Want dessert, but want to cut down on calories/fat? Check out "Hungry Girl Just Desserts: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories" by Lisa Lillen.
Star of the popular TV cooking show and author of many Hungry Girl books, Lillen gives ideas for great desserts to serve one or a group of friends, indulge your sweet tooth and not regret it in the morning.
The book is divided into 15 delicious chapters: Cake Mugs & More Desserts in a Mug, Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Cakes & Cheesecakes, Brownies & Fudge, Pies & Cutie Pies, Softies & Whoopie Pies, Freezy Dessert Sandwiches, Ice Cream Cupcakes & Other Frozen Treats, Crunchers & Crunchettes, Crunchcakes & Dessert Cones, Cream Fluff Cups, Cream Fluff Stacks & More Dough-Bottomed Desserts, Trifles, Parfaits & Creme Brulees, Fruity Fun and Desserts in Disguise.
Photo by Amy Phelps
Frozen Cannoli Sandwiches gives the taste of both an ice cream sandwich and a cannoli pastry in one less-fattening snack.
Cake Mugs & More Desserts in a Mug is individual portions of desserts like Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake Mug, So S'mores Cake Mug and Oreo Cheesecake in a Mug.
Cupcakes make the usual 12 (to share with friends) and are such treats as Snickers-licious Cupcakes, Boston Cream Cupcakes and Strawberry Snowball Cupcakes.
Cake Pops are the individual treats on a stick (each recipe making 18) like Coconut Patty Cake Pops, Walnut Brownie Pops and Creamsicle Cake Pops.
Cakes & Cheesecakes are special occasion treats (usually serving 8 to 12) like Vanilla Caramel Dream Cake, Red Velvet Coconut Cake and Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cheesecake.
Brownies and Fudge usually serve 16 and are treats like Caramel White Chocolate Brownies, PB Banana Brownies and Bacon Maple Madness Fudge.
Pies & Cutie Pies serve 8 to 12 and are recipes like Yumy Crumbly Lemon Meringue Pie, Scoopy Chocolate Marshmallow Cream Pie and Struesel-Topped Pumpkin Cutie Pies.
Softies & Whoopie Pies are cookie/cake-like treats ranging from a batch serving 6 to 8 to individual servings like Pretzel Chocolate Softies, individual Freezy-Cool Salted Caramel Whoopie Pie and Mini Red Velvet Cheesecake Whoopie Pies.
Freezy Dessert Sandwiches satisfy the craving for ice cream sandwiches with Chocolate Banana Freezy Sandwiches, Freezy Tart Peach-Cobbler Squares and Open-Faced Chocolate-Peanut Freezies.
Ice Cream Cupcakes & Other Frozen Treats has ice cream cakes like Brownie Sundae Cupcakes, Brownie-Bottomed Ice Cream Cake and Very Vanilla Baked Alaska.
Crunchers & Crunchettes uses wonton wrappers and fillo shells for desserts like Movie Concession Stand Crunchers, Peaches & Cream Cheesecake Crunchers, White Chocolate Raspberry Crunchettes and Almond Kiss Crunchettes.
Crunchcakes & Dessert Cones include recipes like Salted Caramel Gooey Apple Crunchcakes, Turtle Cheesecake Cones and Blueberry Pie Cones.
Cream Fluff Cups, Cream Fluff Stacks & More Dough-Bottomed Desserts uses crescent roll dough in recipes for Mocaccino Cream Fluff Cups, PB&J Surprise Cups, and Strawberry Shortcake Cream Fluff Stacks.
Trifles, Parfaits & Creme Brulees layer on the taste but not the calories with Rockin' Red Velvet Trifle, Key Lime Pie-fait and Cappuccino Creme Brulee.
Fruit Fun satisfies with Stuffed-Apple Apple Pie, Sugar 'n' Spice Baked Pears and Creamy Dreamy Fruit Fandango.
Desserts in Disguise ends things with tricky dishes like Tropical Fruit Waffle Tacos, DIY Apple Pie Nachos, Sassy S'Mores Quesadilla, Pumpkin Pie Pot Stickers and Dreamy PB Chocolate Ravioli Puffs.
My girls love cannolis, but I don't love the calories, so we made Frozen Cannoli Sandwiches, a cross between an ice cream sandwich and a cannoli, which was even better since my oldest has a milk allergy and can't have a lot of ice cream. These treats use graham crackers as the sandwich part with a filling of sugar-free vanilla pudding, ricotta cheese, cool whip free, sugars and vanilla and chocolate chips. The filling freezes up into something that tastes pretty much like ice cream and the individually wrapped treats store in the freezer for a quick treat anytime.
The book says it makes 8 servings at 137 calories, but I made my filling stretch to make 12 servings easily. The girls and I loved these and they were a lot better for us than storebought ice cream sandwiches or cannoli.
"Hungry Girl Just Desserts" is published by St. Martin's Griffin It is $19.99.
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