Eat like a king with Zest's favourite dessert ideas for pigging out without popping out
1. Upside-down pavlova
Throw out the rule book and turn this traditional dessert on its head. By getting fruity and cutting down on cream you slash the calories of this sugary treat.
2. Berry ice cream with biscotti
Get a berry bonus with this quick and easy pud. Using fro-yo instead of ice cream will again cut calories. You’ll also get your dose of vitamin E from the almonds in the crunchy biscotti.
3. Apple and hazelnut cake
Ditch the chocolate fruit and nut bar for a home-bake with benefits. Apples give you a great fibre fix while the hazelnuts will serve up antioxidants and give you a protein push to keep you fuller for longer. Let them eat cake!
4. Low-fat vanilla custard
What’s a hot pudding without lashings of custard? This thick and tasty recipe involves some clever but subtle ingredient switches. Drizzle it onto your fave comfort-food cake for just an extra 48 calories per serving.
5. Wholesome bramble crumble
Who can resist the sweet fruit filling, a crisped-up topping - and that gooey inner layer when they meet in the middle? Is your mouth watering yet? This oaty version cuts the calories in half and the added pecans offer an extra-nutty flavour.
6. Apple-berry crisp
Packed with six juicy apples and half a cup of dried cranberries and cherries, this sweet and sour pudding ramps up the goodness with a guaranteed 5-a-day fruit filling.
7. Berry and cream roulade
This clever version of a classic roulade looks and tastes every bit as naughty. Yet clocking-in at only 160 calories and a quarter of the fat of your usual roll, this is the diet dessert that real foodies will love.
8. Cheat's chocolate macaroons
Listen up chocolate brownie fans! Here’s one fashionable dessert that offers all the taste of your fave treat but is a light and low-cal option. Plus, they look pretty posh on the side of your teacup!
9. Chocolate soufflé
Rise to any occasion with this gourmet dinner-party dessert. Add a dollop of low-fat natural yoghurt and your guests will leave feeling guilt-free.
10. Chocolate tart
This alternative recipe includes dates, pecans, oats, coconut and… wait for it… avocado! It’s full of goodness, flavour as well as satisfying that chocolate craving.
11. Skinny scones
Afternoon tea anyone? Of course! Everyone loves a posh brew! Cut the calories with this slim line recipe. They’re also crammed full of crème fraîche to give you that authentic cream tea feel.
12. Chocolate panna cotta
This snazzy mousse with a boozy touch uses natural yoghurt instead of naughty double cream and is made with dark chocolate and fresh berries for an extra-rich flavour.
Looking for gluten-free baking recipes? Try these tasty treats.
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