We’re just days away from Easter Sunday, and I can already smell the delicious foods simmering. There’s a ham, chicken, string beans, corn, and I can go on and on before I even get to the desserts. Oh yes, those wonderful desserts that are calling my name and looking so enticing, but goes against everything on my diet. Are they calling your name too? I can hear them loud and clear, but I am doing my best to ignore them. Why couldn’t there just be a healthy treat on the table? Here are 3 Healthy Easter Desserts You Should Offer This Sunday:
Easter Egg Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 1/2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring (optional)
1. To prepare cookies, spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
2. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Beat in One (1) teaspoon vanilla and egg. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
3. Place dough between two sheets of plastic wrap. Roll dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Chill 1 hour.
4. Preheat oven to 375°.
5. Cut dough with a 2 1/4-inch egg-shaped cutter. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes or until edges of cookies are browned. Cool cookies 1 minute on pan. Remove cookies from parchment; cool completely on a wire rack.
6. To prepare icing, combine powdered sugar, milk, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; stir until smooth. Add food coloring, if desired. Stir well. Spread or pipe icing onto cookies.
2 cups chopped strawberries
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 1/2 cups whole buttermilk
3 tablespoons Chambord (raspberry-flavored liqueur)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
1. Combine berries and nectar in a blender; process until smooth (about 1 minute). Add buttermilk; process until well blended. Add liqueur; pulse to mix. Add juice, if desired. Chill mixture 1 hour. Pour into freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie
25 chocolate wafers (such as Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafers)
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 teaspoons canola oil
6 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
2 tablespoons seedless strawberry fruit spread
1 tablespoon Chambord (raspberry-flavored liqueur)
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 pound small strawberries, hulled and cut in half
1. Place chocolate wafers in a food processor, and process until finely ground. Place the chopped chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds or until chocolate melts, stirring every 15 seconds. Add melted chocolate and oil to processor; process until well combined. Gently press the mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate or removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Place in freezer 15 minutes or until set.
2. Place cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Carefully spread over bottom of crust. Place fruit spread in a large microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 10 seconds or until softened. Add Chambord and juice; stir with a whisk until smooth. Add berry halves; toss to combine. Arrange berry halves over pie. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
Have fun and be Healthy! Happy Easter!