Diet dessert recipes can add just enough decadence to your healthy eating plan to keep you on track for your weight-loss goals. Being able to indulge in a sweet treat now and again without blowing your diet gives you a new lease on a lower-calorie lifestyle – one you can stick to permanently.
Reducing sugar in your diet is not only a sure-fire way to reduce calories, but it’s also a good long-term healthy eating strategy. Decreasing the amount of sugar you eat lessens your risk of developing diabetes. If you have diabetes, cutting sugar is the best thing you can do to keep your diabetes under control. Sugar-free instant puddings are a cornerstone of diet dessert recipes. They’re rich, creamy and delicious, and contain a fraction of the calories found in their full-sugar counterparts.
In this diet dessert recipe, satin-smooth chocolate pudding envelops a light strawberry cream for a decadent taste sensation. It’s the perfect fusion of chocolate-covered strawberry flavor and creamy pudding goodness. To pretty your desserts up a bit, you can garnish them with fresh mint leaves, or halve four strawberries and place them atop the finishing dollops of light whipped cream.
Diet Dessert Recipes: Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pudding Cups
1 4-serving-size package sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups low fat milk or soymilk
1 1/2 cups frozen light whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped (optional)
1 teaspoon strawberry-flavored extract
Few drops red food coloring
Additional frozen light whipped topping, thawed
Prepare pudding mix according to package directions using the two cups of milk and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the dessert topping, strawberry extract, optional strawberries, and as much food coloring as you’d like.
In eight small dessert cups, layer half the pudding, followed by the strawberry-blended dessert topping. Top off cups with the remaining pudding. Cover the cups with foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours, or until set. When ready to serve, uncover cups and top each with a dollop of the remaining whipped topping.