Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert Recipe

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Using healthy ingredients creates a light, leaner dessert....


One of our favorite dessert recipes that is low fat, low calorie is the simple apple we like to call, "Don't Tell William".

Our Dessert Recipe Low in Fat & Low in Calories

Core one apple; fill with 2 Tablespoons of natural brown sugar that has been mixed with a dash of ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of no calorie butter spray - or you can opt to use reduced calorie margarine.

Microwave until apple is bubbly hot.

This low calorie, low fat dessert recipe serves one and contains about 100 calories. Another health benefit? The apple is packed with fiber which assists in combating hunger.

Both hunger as well as cravings are responsible for the majority of failed diet plans.

By building a weight loss plan around foods that the dieter enjoys that are low in caloric values as well as in dietary fat grams, assists by keeping both hunger and cravings under control.

And while we're on the topic of apples being the star for dessert, have you ever enjoyed an apple pie that wasn't made with apples?

We used to live in Fort Worth, Texas - and we had a very tall and ancient pear tree in one corner of the back yard.

Every time the pears would come in season, we always had enough to make a few pies, cakes or cobblers with - as well as to enjoy fresh. And there were plenty left over to share with the squirrels and Texas honey bees.

My dessert pie recipe below was a huge hit with friends and family, particularly with my better half. It tastes like a rich apple pie - but not one morsel of apple resides therein. I hope that you enjoy it too.


Mock Apple Pie, a low calorie pie recipe

The Recipe Ingredients

1 can of unsweetened pears OR use fresh pears if you have them available in your area
Ground cinnamon with amount based on personal taste preference
2 teaspoons of reduced fat margarine, melted
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Splenda if more sweetness is desired
1 Tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tablespoons of water
Double Crust Pie Shell OR Use a brown sugar, margarine & oatmeal crumble for the top
1/3 cup of dried sweet cranberries OR dark/golden raisins [optional]

How to Prepare This Recipe

As a note, using a single crust will slash calories considerably. You can even prepare the filling mix and use the pie dough in cobbler-fashion - cutting it into strips and layering it with the filling before baking in the oven.

If you're using fresh pears, start the recipe by peeling the skin. Core the pears and wash to remove any remnants of seed hulls, seeds or skin. Cut into thin slices.

apple pie recipeFrom this point you can either boil the fresh pear on the stove top for a few minutes - until the pears are cooked about half-way through.

Then proceed with the recipe. Or, if you like your pears a little 'less than tender' with a crispness to them OR if the pears you're using are naturally tender, then you can proceed from here to the remainder of the recipe.

To prepare the Mock Apple Pie, mix the pears, ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of the margarine, Splenda, vanilla extract and the dissolved cornstarch with a large spoon to incorporate.

Transfer to an unbaked pie shells. Top the filling ingredients with the remaining crust.  Pierce the dough with a knife or fork.

Sprinkle the top of the pie shell with ground cinnamon - a just a spoon or two of brown sugar if you wish. Place the remaining teaspoon of margarine in the center of the pie shell.

Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes - or until done.

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