Easy Plum Tart
Here is easy, peasy, fool-proof dessert, made with just four ingredients. You can easily swap the plums for apples, pears, or apricots, and it would be just as good. Sure, pie crust is involved, but it's very thin, and no extra butter is added to the recipe. Add a nice scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream or fro-yo while it's still warm, and you're golden.
Dark Coco Brownies
Okay, so you can totally taste the healthy in these, but in a delicious, I-don't-feel-too-bad-about-eating-these kinda way. They are 100% whole wheat and made with coconut oil, one of my favorite ingredients.
Zucchini Bikini Pumpkin Bread
We'll name this skinny version of Zucchini Bread after my Zucchini Bikini Soup. After all, it is much lighter than the zucchini bread I was told about. This is my first zucchini bread ever, as in the first I have ever tried, and therefore tried to make. (Okay, this one pictured is the second one, because round one of recipe testing was a major fail.) It's surprisingly delicious, moist (and almost fat free) and packed with healthy stuff. I also decided to add a fall twist with the pumpkin. You zucchini bread connoisseurs can try this out and let me know how I did.
Strawberry Cheesecake Souffle
This recipe turned out to be even lighter than I had planned. I was testing for two servings and it yielded four! Anyhow, I was surprised by the flavors and texture - it tastes a lot like a Tres Leches, but with none of the butter, flour, or condensed milk. It's light, airy and very delish... enjoy!
Skinny Moose Munch
I discovered Moose Munch when I was at my heaviest. That's right, meeting Harry and David was not good news for the size of my rear end. Now, thanks to 100-calorie bags of popcorn and a little bit of melted dark chocolate, I can have Moose Munch every day if I want to, and not feel the slightest bit guilty about it.
Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
It's easy to make your own healthy chocolate-covered strawberries at home. Yes, healthy. Mine are (lightly) dipped in (antioxidant-rich) dark chocolate and covered in heart-healthy nuts. If you love Nutella, and who in the right mind doesn't, you'll fall in love with this recipe.
No Bake Peanut Butter Cake in a Cup
Alas, it's not a trick of television - you can microwave cake. I saw Michael Symon do it on Symon Suppers a couple of weeks ago, and couldn't believe my eyes. An iron chef making dessert in the microwave? Genius. Here's my ooey, gooey take on this clever little technique.
Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins
Muffins don't have to be the calorie bombs that most bakeries make them out to be. Mine are 100% whole wheat and sweetened naturally with agave and real fruit. Dessert meets breakfast with my strawberry cheesecake muffins, and I'm not worried about it!
It's like I rediscovered Greek yogurt all over again, and I'm finding endless ways to enjoy it. A secret to staying on track is keeping it interesting, and by that, I mean playing with flavors and presentation. There's no reason why I can't enjoy my breakfast or snack in a martini glass. Cheers to that!