Three Low-Sugar Desserts with Spring Fruits
The flowers are blooming, trees and plants are becoming lush, and the temperature
is beginning to rise. Spring is really here—and so are the best
tasting fruits and vegetables. If you are looking for inspiration on how
to make the most out of this season’s produce, you may want to start
with some desserts. Who doesn’t love desserts, right? We whipped
out some of our most favorite and easy to make desserts with spring fruits
including succulent strawberries, juicy cantaloupes, red cherries, blueberries,
and more. As a bonus, all of these treats are low in sugar making it perfect
for individuals with diabetes or those who just want to lessen their sugar intake.
Low-Sugar Cherry Cobbler
In this part of California, cherries are some of the most beloved spring
fruit. In addition to their amazing taste, cherries are packed with antioxidants
and nutrients that support healthy sleep, relieve joint pain, and even
reduce belly fat. With these health benefits, this low-sugar cherry dessert
can be your staple spring dessert this year and in the future.
You will need:
- 2 cups cherries, pitted
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (separate from above)
- 1 cup sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup milk
Preheat your oven to 375°F. In a casserole, melt butter completely
and set aside.
Combine the one-cup flour, sweetener, and baking soda in a small bowl,
mix well. Add the milk into the bowl and stir until combined. Pour this
mixture over melted butter in the casserole.
Mix cherries, honey, and the one-tablespoon flour in a separate bowl. Pour
mixture in the casserole dish as well. Make sure to pour it evenly, without
stirring. Bake this into the oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until golden
brown. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
Healthy Fruit Salad
When you can’t choose among your favorite spring fruits, take them
all! This easy to make recipe can be adjusted to your preference. You
can toss in more fruits, add more of your most favorite or substitute
one from the other, the possibilities are endless.
You will need:
- 16 oz. strawberries, cut up to smaller pieces
- ½ cantaloupe, cut into cubes
- 2 navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
- 1 cup cherries
- 1 cup mixed berries
- 1 lime cut in half
- ¼ cup honey or agave syrup (optional)
In large bowl, place the fruits together while squeezing the lime. Stir
in the honey or agave syrup while mixing the fruits gently. Refrigerate
for at least two hours to allow the flavors of the fruits to blend in together.
Mixed Berry Sorbet
While strawberries are grown in California all year round, they are still
at their sweetest and juiciest during spring. Blueberries, raspberries,
and blackberries are also harvested in late May when the temperature is
slowly creeping into hot, summer weather. Keep the lovely colors of spring
alive with this mixed berry sorbet that can be the perfect ender to the season.
You will need:
- 2 cups of mixed blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
- 1 cup strawberries, cut into smaller pieces
- 1 tbsp. honey or agave syrup
In a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients including the honey
until completely pureed or after about five minutes. Transfer to a container
and freeze solid for at least four hours. Scoop into bowls and enjoy!
Treat your sweet tooth with these healthy, low-sugar desserts. After all,
you can never go wrong with fruits. They’re packed with antioxidants,
vitamins, and other nutrients that are beneficial for your health. You
can even enjoy these spring fruits as is for a healthier, more natural dessert.
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