Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fresh Fruit Treat, Guilt-free and Sweet

Most of the dessert recipes that I post end up falling under the "seldom splurge" category. Sure, they are lighter than a typical sweet treat but they still contain too many calories and too much sugar to be considered "guilt-free". This dessert is more diet-friendly than most of the others and provides a large portion for only 110 calories. Farmers have reported that strawberries (and peaches) are reaching their peak ripeness ahead of schedule this year. That means that you can already find the red, juicy varieties in your grocery store. Strawberries are one of my all time favorite fruits so I decided to use them to create a sugar-free strawberry shortcake. I actually ran across the recipe on the back of a box of Truvia natural sweetener. I know that I tend to use Splenda in place of sugar in a lot of my recipes but that is mostly because granulated Splenda measures cup for cup like sugar, making it very easy to substitute. Otherwise, I like to use Truvia. The recipe called for a low-fat baking mix to make the shortcake. I used Carbquik because it is lower in calories and higher in fiber than other baking mixes but you could use Heart Healthy Bisquick for slightly higher calorie stats and less fiber. I loved so many things about this recipe. It was very quick and simple. It used only a few ingredients. It made 4 portions so there weren't a ton of leftovers to go to waste. The portions were quite large for a minimal amount of calories. And most of all, it was lightly sweet, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. This strawberry shortcake will definitely be a go-to summer dessert in my house.
Strawberry Shortcake
serves 4

1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
6 packets Truvia
1 cup low fat baking mix
3 packets Truvia
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim milk)
1/2 cup fat free Cool Whip
  1. Prepare fresh strawberries: rinse, hull and slice. Sprinkle 6 packets of Truvia onto strawberries. Stir and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Mix together baking mix, 3 packets of Truvia, and milk. Stir until a soft dough forms. (You may have to add a couple more tablespoons of milk)
  4. Drop 4 spoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes until golden brown. Cool.
  5. Slice shortcakes in half and fill with strawberries and cool whip. Top with an additional layer of strawberries and cool whip.
Nutrition: (with Carbquik) 110 calories, 21g carbohydrate, 5g protein, 5g fat, 12g fiber
weight watchers points: 1
weight watchers plus points: 3

Nutrition: (with Heart Healthy Bisquick) 148 calories, 29g carbohydrate, 3g protein, 3g fat, 2g fiber
weight watchers points: 3
weight watchers points plus: 4


Loretta said...

Hi Lauren, I really love your presentation! And, the dessert looks soooo yummy! I have not used the Truvia yet. Would you say it's better than the rest?
Love your dessert. Thanks for sharing. Luv-Loretta

Lindsey said...

Seth LOVES strawberry shortcake! Cannot wait to try this!!! Yummmm!

Lauren said...

Loretta...I don't like many sweeteners because of the odd taste but Truvia is really good. Besides baking, it is all I use now and I love the fact that it is completely natural. Thanks for reading and the sweet comment!

Lindsey...everybody that tried it loved the strawberry shortcake so hopefully Seth will too :)

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Susan said...

mmm that looks delish!! I love a guilt free dessert that is delectable!

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