Ideas for a healthy dessert to take to dinner party?
A Pavlova looks spectacular and not like a penance. Made with egg whites and sugar (maybe substitute Splenda?), it's a huge fluffy baked meringue and a traditional dessert in Australia. The center is usually heaped with softly whipped cream but you could substitute yogurt. Then berries and other fruit are pile on top.
A Dacquoise incorporates nuts into beaten egg whites which are baked in torte layers. The layers are usually filled with buttercream or whipped cream and other things, but you could easily use yogurt and fruit. Joy of Cooking has a good recipe and clear instructions with illustrations. Looks like you are a fancy pastry chef with very little effort.
I think Pavlova is the way to go. Heart healthy ought to mean low in fats and high in antioxidants, and berries are great antioxidants (basic rule of thumb is the darker the berry, the more antioxidizing it is) - so what about making a pavlova with all dark berries? It would also be beautiful with the almost white background and the dark berries. And really, it doesn't require any topping, but as MakingSense recommended, you could use yogurt (or make a sauce of yogurt) to drizzle over the fruit.
I would make a trifle. This is always a party hit.
If you are a baker try Ina's Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake. Or cube any lowfat cake like Angel Food with fresh berries and instead of whipped cream and/or custard use whipped Fage yogurt sweetened with splenda or honey, vanilla, lemon zest and thin out with a bit of skim milk.
I like to top with nuts and coconut and more lemon zest.
I'm trying to think of a dessert that includes many heart-healthy foods (chocolate, wine, nuts, fruit, collard greens - OK, maybe not collard greens).
How about this chocolate-cherry-pistachio flourless cake with wine sauce? It's at the Cooking Light web site - I haven't tried it, but it looks good.
And there are plenty of great ideas above, but if you want even more, check out the Eating Well web site and the recipes from the nutritionist on the Food Network (she recently made a dish with figs and honey that looked really good).
Hot Banana Pudding (more like a souffle) Heart healthy since no butter or egg yolks included.
13/4 cups mashed bananas (about 5 ripe bananas.)
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 egg whites, whipped to stiff peaks with 1/4 tsp salt
Mix bananas, flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Fold in egg whites. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
Bread pudding with whole wheat or a whole grain cinnamon (raisin) bread with eggbeaters, skim milk, and splenda or 1/2 1/2 splenda...
I do mini-key lime pies that each come out to 1 point weight watchers wise. You could make just a whole pie... I use All-Bran Extra Fiber, ground up for flour, combine with cinnamon and water for the crust, and sometimes a few sprinkles of Molly McButter. Bake and let cool Make Jello non-fat sugar free vanilla pudding mix with non-fat milk, and mix in key lime juice. Fill and chill. Make meringue w/ splenda and brown.
I make bunuelos w/ whole wheat La Tortilla Factory tortillas. Sprinkle with water or spray w/ I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, sprinkle with splenda and cinnamon mixed, then bake til crispy and brown... Serve w/ non-fat vanilla fro yo if desired.
Baked apples, filling the core with an oatmeal streusel.
Tiramisu with low fat or fat free ricotta, splenda, and eggbeaters instead of eggs. Ladyfingers are already low fat/lower cal.
I made a yogurt and low fat milk panna cotta a couple of days ago that's surprisingly addictive.
2.5 cups - 2% milkfat milk
2 cups - 1.5 % fat yogurt
2 envelopes knox gelatin
3 tablespoons sugar
couple drops of vanilla extract (but next time I'm using vanilla bean)
Sprinkle gelatin over 2.5 cups milk in small saucepan. Let stand 1 minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin dissolves, about 2 minutes. Stir in sugar. Cool 15 minutes. Pour into gelatin mold or whatever your going to use but I think fancy molds make it all the better. Let chill overnight.
Make a simple fruit coulis to decorate plates.
i just tried the vegan devil food cupcakes from the ny times a few weeks back. ice storm yesterday, had all the ingredients on hand (except the black cocoa, which didn't matter), and none of them made me gag (like pureed prunes:) baked them in madeline tins for 10 minutes. skipped the frosting.
they were fabulous. the only change i would make is to add a teaspoon or two of powdered espresso, and maybe try brown sugar instead of granulated.
Before you scoff, look at this blackberry zinfandel gelatin from Martha Stewart
And isn't red wine good for you? I actually made this and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten ... the blackberries succulent & juicy.
She has a number of gelatan recipes on her site.
This lemon terrine gelatin with lemon confit and mint syrup is very attractive.
Here is my most recent adventure in jello, not quite as impressive as Martha. However it links to other experiments ... one of the more successful was fresh strawberry / white wine
Cranberry / blood orange might be good and how healthy is that? I've made cranberry jello with no sugar just using 100% juice bottled cranberry juice. Put in pretty molds. Garnish prettily.
Actually some Chinese and Mexican bakeries make beautiful cakes out of gelatin with elaborite flowers. You might as on your home board if any bakeries near you make them.
Here's a picture of such a cake
Angel food cake with mango-ginger sauce: Add rasberries for color contrasting garnish.
2 finely chopped, peeled seeded mangoes.
Reserve one cup.
Put the rest in a blender with
2 Tbsp sugar (if you want, you can omit)
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
2 tsp fresh lime juice)
Once pureed, stir in the remaining mango pieces.
Let sit at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend.
You could make a chocolate tofu cheesecake with a nut crust - full of fiber, omaga-3s, antioxydants and soy protein. Plus the chocolate hides the "tofu-ness" of it.
I like the crumble idea, since both oats and nuts are heart-healthy. Look for recipes using oil instead of butter, and toss in some flaxseeds too.
You could also make a winter-y trifle, using crumbled whole-grain lowfat muffins (like Vitamuffins), poached dried fruit (like figs) and Fage 0% yogurt drizzled with honey. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts, of course.
Angel Food Cake can be quite light and you can serve it with fresh fruit. Or you could make a trifle with vanilla frozen yogurt instead of whipped cream (I would not recommend one of the fat free whips, because I do not consider edible oil healthy, lol)
Meringues (sugary but not a lot of fat).
I think poached pears is a great idea.
You could make a decent apple crumble (no crust, oat crunch topping with minimal butter), lots of cinnamon in the apples, some real vanilla bean for flavour and minimal sugar.