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.
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
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. Takes 20 minutes Makes 5 servings
1/2 cup water 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup heavy cream Apples Pecans, chopped
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
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
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