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Healthy Christmas Desserts Lighten the Season

December 4, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChristmas desserts don’t all have to be cakes and cookies! Sometimes the simplest desserts can also be easy, good and easy on the sugar!

One easy idea for a dessert for six – peel and core six pears, arranging in a pie pan. Combine a cup sugar with the grated rind and juice of one lemon *and* 1 orange. Mix thoroughly and pour over the pears, dot each with butter and bake at 350F for an hour. You can also use brown sugar and cinnamon if preferred.

Another option for those who froze rhubarb from the garden this year – combine three cups cut rhubarb with ¾ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Pour into 9×9 pan. In a bowl combine a cup flour, a cup of sugar and ½ cup butter until crumbly, spreading over the rhubarb. Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes.

Still another makes a tasty quick addition for last minute guests. Combine 2 cups biscuit mix, 2 tablespoons sugar, ¼ cup shredded coconut, ¼ cup chocolate chips and 2/3 cup milk. Mix thoroughly and divide into muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake 10-12 minutes at 450F. Serve hot with chilled canned fruit and/or ice cream.

A quick apple crisp is another option.

Another easy dessert is a fruit cream pie. Use a prepared graham cracker crust or make your own with 12 graham crackers, crushed, ½ cup sugar and ½ cup melted butter – press into a 9 inch pie pan. Mix together 2 cups dairy sour cream, ½ cup sugar, a teaspoon vanilla and 3 ½ cups fruit cocktail, well drained. Pour into the graham cracker crust and bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until set, then chill thoroughly. You can serve this with ice cream, sherbet or whipped cream or just as is.

Pineapple lovers will love an easy dessert made just for them. Crush about ¾ of a box of vanilla wafers (generic work fine), divide in half and put each half into the bottom of a 9″ pie pan. Stand whole wafers around the sides. Mix 1/3 cup sugar, a package of lemon Jello, 1 egg and a can of crushed pineapple and bring to boil then cool. When cool combine a can of evaporated milk with the mixture, spooning into the wafer crusts and refrigerate until serving.

Don’t overlook easy desserts of gelatin with fruit in it, or shortcake with berries and ice cream. There are many alternatives for those wishing to have dessert while not binging on their diet. Christmas dessert can be tasty and easy on the sugar!

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