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Let the natural sweetness of seasonal fruit do the work in these 8 dessert recipes. Dig your fork into low-fat pies, cobblers, and crisps that are full of tart, sweet, and tangy flavors.
Rustic Plum-and-Almond Tart
Plums are sweet and juicy additions to any desserts, but this dish packs in the flavor by pairing them with rich ricotta cheese for a tangy combination.
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, part-skim ricotta cheese, unsalted butter, an egg, reduced-fat milk, vanilla extract, plums, almonds
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Blueberries blend their tart flavor with sweet peaches and tangy buttermilk. Plus you'll get this flaky crust, a delicious fruit flavor, and tons of antioxidants for only 300 calories.
Ingredients: Peaches, lemon juice, granulated sugar, salt, flour, cooking spray, baking powder, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, buttermilk, blueberries, turbinado sugar
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This recipe uses both dried sweet cherries and frozen sour cherries to provide a contrasting sweet-tangy filling. The cream cheese dough adds the perfect sweetness to this low-cal, vitamin A-rich dessert.
Ingredients: Dried sweet cherries, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, frozen sour cherries, butter, cornstarch, vanilla extract, sweet cream cheese dough circles, white chocolate baking chips
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Rich in vitamin C, this dessert gets natural sweetness from the strawberries, plus a little help from the brown sugar. The oats pack in plenty of fiber, and the chopped almonds add a savory crunch.
Ingredients: Strawberries, light brown sugar, regular oats, all-purpose flour, butter, chopped almonds
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Mango Macadamia Crisp
The tangy-sweet taste of mango provides the perfect contrast for the nutty macadamia flavors. Plus the sugar-and-spice-filled topping adds a crunchy texture to the smooth mangoes.
Ingredients: Granulated sugar, cornstarch, mangoes, limes, butter, cooking spray, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, ground ginger, butter, chopped macadamia nuts
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Warm Apple-Buttermilk Custard Pie
Even though this recipe calls for a refrigerated pie dough crust, you’ll love this pie's fresh, homemade taste and creamy texture. Fat-free buttermilk adds a layer of richness while keeping the dessert at only 10 grams of fat.
Ingredients: Refrigerated pie dough, cooking spray, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chilled butter, Granny Smith apples, granulated sugar, salt, eggs, fat-free buttermilk, vanilla extract
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Almonds and a sweet batter turn canned fruit into a decadent dessert. And for less than 250 calories, you can savor this sweet guilt-free.
Ingredients: Canned apricot halves, sugar, butter, almond extract, cooking spray, sliced almonds, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, low-fat milk
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Lattice-Topped Blackberry Cobbler
Sweet and juicy blackberries make a rich filling for this decadent cobbler. And just like other berries, they’re rich in heart-healthy fiber, so this dessert provides you with almost one-third of your daily dose.
Ingredients: Granulated sugar, butter, an egg, vanilla extract, almonds, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, blackberries, cornstarch, lemons, cooking spray, turbinado sugar
Try this recipe: Lattice-Topped Blackberry Cobbler