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Feb 11, 2011 07:50 PM

Can't have chocolate or fatty foods, so what's for dessert?

On account of stomach issues, chocolate is verboten. So are fatty foods and caffeine.

This comes from my doctor.

My favorite dessert WAS homemade chocolate ice cream. Coffee ice cream, too.

I like to finish my meals with something sweet.

Making pies is too much work.

Suggestions anyone?

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  1. Fried bananas? Flambeed?

    Low/no fat Greek yogurt tastes supercreamy, cold and delectable. Try mixing in some cocoa. Or, in summer, fresh peaches. Low/no fat ricotta works very nicely mixed with some cocoa and something sweet. Coffee yogurt?

    A baked apple?

    A fruit smoothie? Sorbet? Fruit smoothies frozen in cubes, then slushed?

    1. Fat free plain yougurt with fruit works for me. Also, homemade applesauce with cinnamon and nutmeg is very tasty and satisfies that craving for something sweet. It's not easy giving up your favorite dessert, but maybe you'll get some good suggestions here, and can try different things until you find something that satisfies you. Good luck.

        1. I'd ask your doctor for a bit of clarification only because if you're truly not allowed to have any dairy, you can't do pies (butter in the crust). I'm moderately lactose intolerant, and I've learned what I can and cannot have (ice cream makes me bloat, but there's a local gelato that I can eat in moderation). I think the responses you've gotten so far are great, but that's not my idea of dessert. I want something rich and decadent.

          I honestly would try to nail down what, apart from chocolate (which has fat and caffeine normally), your doctor is steering you from.

          4 Replies
          1. re: Mestralle

            I'd ask your doctor for a bit of clarification only because if you're truly not allowed to have any dairy, you can't do pies (butter in the crust).
            she didn't say anything about dairy...?

              1. re: Mestralle

                no need to apologize to me! i just didn't want to add any unnecessary additional limitations to the suggestions for her. of course it's totally possible that dairy is off-limits as well and she forgot to list it specifically :)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  When I hear the no-fat thing, I just flash back to an old flatmate I had. That was the first time I started dealing with restricted diets. I guess I just associate most dairy with fat, particularly when baking (butter, cream, etc.).

          2. Pavlova? I use Bill Grangers recipe with is divine and if you want you can make the meringe part in advance and store them until you want to serve them. You could also make lots of little ones instead of one big one. I like how it uses half greek yoghurt and half cream, so it not only has a significantly lower fat content, but tastes fantastic. You can top with whatever fruit you like, I personally like a combination of strawberries, blueberries and kiwi fruit. Mmmmm.