Lighten up dessert for spring

by Marie Rodriguez

Who doesn’t enjoy a decadent dessert?

Whether you’re savoring a sliver of wealthy homemade chocolate cake for a birthday or sharing a slice of creamy raspberry cheesecake after a meal with a loved one, all of us revel in indulging for a unique event. I idea I’d share with you a number of my favored twists to lighten up your desserts, as we welcome spring and the celebrations like Easter and Mother’s Day that go along with the new season.

Cheesecake is so versatile – from chocolaty to fruity, the options are infinite. While it’s splendid to indulge in the real issue now and again, I even have a creamy and attractive opportunity you can revel in extra often. My secret’s the use of ricotta cheese! Add some ricotta, maple syrup, and vanilla to a meals processor and mix until smooth. Serve like a parfait with a few overwhelmed graham crackers, sparkling fruit or a self-made chia jam. Try including some cocoa powder to the ricotta aggregate and pinnacle with sparkling bananas or raspberries!

Trifle is an English dessert this is so deliciously easy to make. It strikes a chord in my memory of summer, with the layers of clean fruit and cream. Traditionally, trifles are made the use of cookies, leftover cake or cakes with layers of wealthy pudding and whipped cream. My tip: switch the cookies for some fluffy angel meals cake. You also can layer in an aggregate of vanilla skyr yogurt and a little swirl of lemon curd for some brightness. I love the usage of clean strawberries in a trifle however any of your favorite end results will work terrific.

Want to attempt something completely special? This creamy coconut mango rice pudding is worth a strive! The sweet Kent mango and coconut in reality scream “Spring is right here!” Starchy and creamy, the sticky rice has the ideal texture. Try swapping the white rice within the recipe for PC sticky brown rice for added nuttiness and fiber. Don’t have any mango reachable? Pineapple also works top notch with this recipe, as do fresh (or frozen) berries.

Of route, you may revel in your typical decadent dessert however in case you love having greater-than-occasional goodies, those lightened-up cakes will simply fulfill any candy teeth. Don’t forget about to add some fresh fruit – it is nature’s sweet, in the end, and brings a deliciously sparkling sweetness, colorful color and vitamins increase to any dessert.

Creamy Coconut Mango Rice Pudding


½ cup (125 mL) PC Premium Medium Grain Sticky Rice

½ cup (one hundred twenty-five mL) granulated sugar

Pinch salt

2 cups (500 mL) 2% milk

1 can (four hundred mL) coconut milk

Half PC Black Label Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean

2 massive egg yolks

½ cup (a hundred twenty-five mL) 2% milk

¼ cup (50 mL) unsweetened dried coconut

1 PC Flavour Burst Kent Mango


Heat rice, sugar, salt, 2 cups milk and the coconut milk in the saucepan over medium warmness. Cut vanilla bean in half of lengthwise and scrape seeds out; upload seeds and pod to saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring every now and then. Reduce warmth to low; cover and simmer 25 mins, stirring often, or until rice is tender and a combination is thickened.

Stir collectively yolks and ½ cup milk in a bowl. Stir in half of-of the rice pudding, the stir combination back into the saucepan. Cook 2 mins, stirring. Scrape mixture into a bowl; area piece of plastic wrap directly on the floor of pudding. Place bowl in a large bowl filled with ice and water, allow cool 15 mins.

Meanwhile, toast coconut in the small frying pan over medium-low heat, stirring till golden and aromatic, approximately 4 mins. Let cool.

Transfer rice pudding to the fridge; chill for ninety minutes or till bloodless.

Discard vanilla pod. Divide pudding among six dessert bowls. Peel and dice mango; sprinkle mango and coconut over pudding and serve.

Serves 6

Per serving: four hundred calories, fats 20 g (three g of which is saturated), sodium 95 mg,
carbohydrate 48 g, fiber 1 g, protein 7 g

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Ellen Greenan is a registered dietitian with Atlantic Superstore in New Glasgow.

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