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Oct 8, 2008 10:58 AM

Healthy dessert recipes

Does anyone have any good but healthy dessert recipes? I've tried several over the years that were low fat and found them to be tasteless and flat. I'm looking for cake, cookie and pie recipes mostly and if they include chocolate or lemon, even better!

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  1. are you looking for healthy or low fat?

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    1. re: enthusiast

      Actually both if possible. My partner has a major sweet tooth but we really try to eat healthy (low fat, low cholestrol). I'm trying to get him the dessert satisfaction he's looking for while also trying to keep it as healthy as possible.

    2. I'm not sure how healthy/low-fat you're looking for, but I have a few ideas, aside from fruit:

      chocolatey cookies:
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      things with meringue: cookies, bowls for sorbet etc

      sorbets and granitas

      And I saw a recipe for low-fat choc. mousse on America's Test Kitchen recently. I haven't tried it yet, but I could send you the recipe.

      1. These might work.

        Chocolate Molasses Spice Cookies (orig., has other recipes and links you might find handy


        1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (leveled with a spoon)
        1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
        At least 3 1/2 teaspoons of whatever spices your heart desires: I use saigon cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cardamon, ginger, cloves....
        1 teaspoon baking soda
        ½ teaspoon salt
        4 tablespoons vegetable oil (the original uses melted butter, but this actually works pretty well)
        1 cup sugar (mixture of white and brown works well if you love molasses)
        ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
        ¼ cup molasses
        1 teaspoon vanilla extract

        Oven: 350 degrees.

        Mix dry ingredients separately. Mix sugar/oil or butter together, toss in applesauce and molasses. Mix in dry ingredients softly. (It does help to put in the fridge for a bit, the dough is slightly less sticky.)

        Put tablespoons of dough on lightly greased cookie sheets (I've never bothered with parchment paper, but the original has it.

        Check after ten minutes; switch pans around and turn front to back. They are fairly crunchy when even the least bit overbaked.

        To serve: really good with plain yogurt/maple syrup/cinnamon dip. Or fresh strawberries.

        good luck!