You asked us for decadent-tasting low-fat desserts. Here are two creamy options. You won’t miss what's missing

Recipe:  Raspberry Lemon Pudding Cakes

“This light and tangy lemon dessert satisfies my longing for lemon pie,” said reader Jeanette Hennings about her original version of this recipe. We added loads of berries for a more summery take. The tender berry cake rises to the top, and the creamy lemon cake sinks to the bottom.

Recipe:  Chocolate Panna Cottas

Panna cotta means “cooked cream,” and true to its name, our classic vanilla version of this recipe weighed in with nearly 20 grams of fat per serving. “Very rich, so smaller portions are better,” noted one reader. This svelte chocolate variation has a grown-up tang and tastes indulgent ― yet has only 4 grams of fat.

Variation:  Blueberry Cardamom Panna Cottas

Almond and cardamom are two of our favorite flavors with blueberries.

Dessert as health food?

When you make smart choices, dessert can actually be good for you

Load up on calcium Most of us don’t get enough. Steer toward low-fat options like the milk and yogurt used in our panna cottas. Or try our homemade frozen yogurt.

Focus on fruit You can’t go wrong in summer with so many delicious, good-for-you choices; berries, in particular, are loaded with anti-oxidants, fiber, and vitamin C.

Think protein Desserts made with eggs and dairy products ― the recipes here, plus soufflés, custards, and puddings ― satisfy your hunger even after their sweetness fades, reducing your desire to keep on eating.

More:  16 light summer fruit desserts

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