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7 Easy to Make Fruit-Packed Desserts for the Whole Family
PHOTO BY Yummy.ph; Elaine P. Lim/Yummy.ph
  • In an ideal world, kids will ask for plain apple for dessert. In reality, it does not happen often even for us grown-ups. But do fruits in dessert, then you suddenly get requests for seconds from everybody. So we recommend using these dessert fruit recipes as reward after a hard week of work in school or in the office--and in moderation. We live in a tropical country where wide variety of sweet fruit are within arm’s reach no matter the time of year. Let us take advantage. 

    1. Fruit Cocktail

    Video from: YUMMY Ph/Youtube

    Here's a Filipino favorite! No family gathering is complete without this easy-to-do (you only need four ingredients!) ref cake. Make it at home, and let your child try a variety of fruits all at once--no special occasion needed. Feel free to add more fresh fruits or nuts.

    2. Minatamis na Saging

    Bananas are one of the most nutrition-packed fruits out there; potassium, lutein, carotene, vitamin B-6 and vitamin C are just some of them. Saging na saba is used for this classic Filipino merienda. Add crushed ice and get ready to serve in seconds. 

    Takes 30 minutes
    Makes 4 servings

    5 pieces saging na saba, sliced diagonally
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 cups water
    1/4 cup fresh milk
    Crushed ice, to serve

    Cooking instructions are at Yummy.ph.  

    3. Pecan Caramel Apple

    Ever make a caramel apple? This dessert-on-a-stick is surprisingly easy to whip up. These need an hour in the fridge to chill but the wait is worth it because the cold makes them more delectable.

    20 minutes
    Makes 5 servings

    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup light brown sugar
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    Pecans, chopped

    Cooking instructions are at Yummy.ph.

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    4. Mango Sago

    Video from: YUMMY Ph/Youtube

    Mangoes are always a winner. One cup already satisfies your daily vitamin C. They also contain vitamin A, vitamin B-6 and vitamin K. Sweet and creamy, they’re perfect in desserts, too!

    5. Grape Dessert Cups

    Make an extra healthy dessert by adding sweetened yogurt and nuts to grapes. Remember, grapes make fun finger food but, if you’re serving these to little kids, make sure to slice them so they don’t pose as a choking hazard. Go for the seedless variety, so you and the kids don’t have to fuss with pips. 

    Takes 5 minutes
    Makes 4 servings

    1/2 kilo seedless red and green grapes
    2 cups sweetened yogurt (plain or berry-flavored)
    sliced almonds

    Cooking instructions are at Yummy.ph

    6. Lemon-Berry Yogurt Parfaits

    Have you tried pairing meringue with yogurt? This recipe has both plus strawberries and lemon, two vitamin C-packed fruits. It takes a little more effort, but what’s that to the sumptuous treat you’ll be able to serve the kids, right?  

    Takes 30 minutes
    Makes 2 servings

    3 tablespoons lemon zest
    2 cups sugar
    1 cup lemon juice
    4 large eggs
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    2 150-gram tubs greek yogurt
    8 meringue cookies, broken into chunks
    1 cup lemon curd
    200 grams fresh strawberries, cubed
    2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

    Cooking instructions can be found at Yummy.ph.

    7. Frozen Blueberry Refrigerator Cake

    Did you know you could make a cake with just four ingredients? Well, it’s all you need for this blueberry ref cake. With potassium and folate, plus being cholesterol free, blueberries support the health of your heart. Even if you can’t find fresh ones, frozen blueberries still get the job done.

    Makes 4 servings

    1 cup frozen blueberries
    1 cup low-fat yogurt, thawed, (plain or blueberry flavored)
    1 cup non-dairy, low-fat whipped topping, (Try the dairy aisle at the supermarket)
    60 grams (about 15 squares) graham crackers

    Cooking instructions can be found at Yummy.ph.  

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