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More Low Calories Dessert Recipes

By: Meg Russell - Updated: 25 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
More Low Calories Dessert Recipes

No food need be off-limits when you are following a low calorie diet, and even a dessert is fine now and then. Just make sure your have modest portions.

Desserts based on fruit are particularly suitable. Meringue, too, is very light in calories and is very versatile.

Meringue with Rhubarb and Raspberry

You can prepare the fruit part of this recipe ahead of time and leave only the meringue to add at a later stage. This delicious dessert recipe has only 90 calories per serving.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 450 grams rhubarb
  • 2.5cm piece stem ginger (optional)
  • finely grated juice and rind of one orange
  • 75 grams caster sugar
  • 75 grams frozen raspberries
  • 1 large egg white

Clean the rhubarb and cut into 2.5cm pieces. Finely chop the stem ginger, if using. Place the rhubarb in a large saucepan with 25 grams of the sugar, the chopped stem ginger and the orange rind. Cover and cook gently for 2-3 minutes, adding a little orange juice if necessary. Add the raspberries. Spoon the mixture into four 150ml ramekins or ovenproof teacups.

Whisk the egg white and remaining sugar together until foamy. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and continue to whisk for 5 minutes or until stiff and shiny.

Place a spoonful of meringue mixture on top of each ramekin and bake at Gas mark 4 (180 degrees C) for 5-10 minutes or until lightly golden.

Poached Peaches and Strawberries

Cooked in only 15 minutes, this low calorie dessert should then be chilled for 10 minutes before serving. It has only 70 calories per serving.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 ripe peaches, halved, stoned and quartered
  • 250ml orange juice
  • half teaspoon golden caster sugar
  • small pinch ground cinnamon
  • 225 grams halved strawberries

Put the peaches in a pan with the orange juice, sugar and cinnamon. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon and put in a bowl.

Let the juice bubble until reduced by half. Pour over the peaches, then cool, cover and chill. Remove from the fridge about 2 hours before serving and stir in the halved strawberries.

Chocolate Sorbet with Cinnamon

The perfect answer to a chocolate craving, this dessert recipe has only 130 calories per serving.

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 200 grams golden granulated sugar
  • 50 grams cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 tsp crème de cacao (chocolate liqueur) to serve

Put the sugar, cocoa powder, coffee and cinnamon stick into a large pan with 600ml water. Bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Boil for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Leave to cool. Remove the cinnamon stick, then chill.

If you have an ice cream maker, put the mixture into it and churn for about 30 minutes until firm. Otherwise, pour into a freezer-proof container and put in the coldest part of the freezer until firmly frozen. Transfer the frozen mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Quickly put the mixture back in the container and return it to the freezer for at least 1 hour.

To serve, scoop the sorbet into individual cups and drizzle 1 tsp chocolate liqueur over each portion. Serve immediately.

Blackberry Mousse

This low calorie, creamy-tasting recipe is high in Vitamin C.

Ingredients (serves 6)

    li>350 grams fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 80 grams caster sugar
  • 11.7 gram sachet of gelatine
  • 250 gram tub ricotta cheese
  • 200 gram tub light cream cheese
  • 2 large egg whites, whisked to stiff peaks
  • fresh mint leaves to decorate

Reserve a few blackberries to decorate and place the remainder with the caster sugar and 2 tbsp water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over a moderate heat. Lower the heat straight away and simmer gently for 3-4 minutes.

Sieve the blackberries and their liquid into a bowl to remove the pips then sprinkle the gelatine over the puree. Whisk with a hand whisk or stir with a spoon until the gelatine has dissolved. Allow to cool.

Beat the low calorie ricotta and cream cheeses together in a bowl and stir in the blackberry mixture. Fold in a tablespoon of the whisked egg whites with a metal spoon to loosen the mixture and then fold in the remaining whites until there is no white visible.

Spoon into wine glasses or glass dessert dishes and decorate with the reserved blackberries and mint leaves.

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