Light dessert recipes include ambrosia fruit salad, spiced applesauce, low-fat chocolate chip cookies and malted chocolate pudding cake. Dessert recipes that are lighter and healthier often use fresh fruit, Dutch cocoa powder and vegetable oil free of trans-fats as ingredients.
Ambrosia is made by combining citrus fruits, such as orange and grapefruit, with flaked coconut, strawberries and kiwifruit. Place the fruit in a bowl, and stir in the sauce ingredients of brown sugar and dark rum.
Spiced applesauce uses 2 pounds of firm apples that are cored, peeled and sliced. Cook the apples in a saucepan over low heat along with dark brown sugar, and several spices, until the apples are tender. Allow the apple mixture to cool for at least five minutes before mashing them with a potato masher.
To reduce the fat content of chocolate chip cookies, use a light vegetable oil and bittersweet chocolate chips with a higher cacao content. The low-fat cookie recipe featured at CookingChannelTV.com also includes an ample amount of oats, and each cookie has 4 grams of total fat.
Malted chocolate pudding cake has a total of 6 grams of fat. It gets its rich chocolate flavor by combining processed cocoa powder with chocolate malt powder.