Need ideas for something else now....low fat/low-sugar deserts that actually taste good!
On my mission to lose weight I am trying to not skimp on the protein/carb, etc. foods (for ex. for dinner and lunch) that I really enjoy and instead skimp on the things I don't absolutely need (i.e. desert)... But of course, I crave chocolate regularly... so...
any ideas for low-fat/low-sugar deserts? Don't have to be low carb - I am trying to watch my fat intake and not take in a giant amount of sugar...
Only 2 things - I don't use splenda or artificial sweeteners and I truly dislike whipped cream (yes I do know how weird that is!) Other than that any ideas truly welcome!
When my mom was in Weight Watchers in the eighties, they gave her a recipe for a cappucino flavored blender "mousse." I still make it from time to time when I want something a little sweet but with some redeeming nutritional value. It's basically powdered milk, instant espresso, ground cinnamon, a bit of sugar, and powdered unsweetened gelatin, thickened with ice. I can look up the formula if it's of interest to you, let me know.
I also think a small amount of chocolate goes a long way, though for some it's a challenge to stick with the small amount. There are some good dessert recipes in Sally Schneider's cookbooks, in particular one called The Art of Low Calorie Cooking that may be out of print. It's usually on eBay for not much--the chocolate chestnut truffles are genius, as is the pineapple upside down cake based on sponge. She treats fruit well in A New Way to Cook, though fruit desserts aren't always low calorie, it's all about portion control.
Lastly, one of my favorite desserts is a few dates, split and stuffed with walnuts or thick yogurt cheese or chevre. When figs are in season, they're good this way, too. Berries with greek yogurt and honey is another favorite. A little good cheese and a nice piece of fruit are a satisfying winter dessert, as are poached pears or compotes with citrus, flavored with vanilla bean, etc.
Low sugar and no sugar substitutes compounds the challenge. Try any variety of rice pudding and use chopped dates or prunes (they're called dried plums today) to sweeten it up. You can chop the fruit and cook it down in a bit of water to make a syrup that will distribute the sweetness of the fruit more evenly throughout your pudding.
I melt a small amount of really nice dark chocolate, and dip fruit in it (berries, oranges, nectarine, apple...). Not fancy or anything I'd give guests but tasty. I just take maybe 1/4 or 1/5 of a bar and melt in a little bowl.
I love berries with Cointreau and/or Limoncello on. I usually put Splenda on but you wouldn't have to.
I made this chocolate sorbet for a party last night and it was really good and VERY chocolaty so even if it does have a ton of sugar in it, you don't need to eat a ton of it. It is very low fat. Good with some fruit on the side.
I also once tried a recipe for pouring caramel sauce over sliced oranges. Yum.
Other than that, when we were in our weight loss mode we ate a lot of small portion ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. Still sugary of course, but smaller portions satisfied the sweet cravings. (we lost 70 pounds between the two of us without ever touching Splenda & co).