05 July 2010

Easy Healthy Dessert: Orange Gel n Fresh Fruit

*** Healthy recipe, quick and easy to make in a flash to beat the summer heat - and it's beautiful for the eyes!

From Denny: Want to eat with your eyes along with your taste buds yet want to keep down those calories? This simple dessert is a winner and a refreshing ending to a light summer meal. Serve it in grand style in a martini glass so you get a 360 degree view of this pretty dessert.

It combines the fresh fruit of your choice, what's in season, along with quenching fresh orange juice, gelatin and a little fresh buttermilk.

Fresh fruit choices? Fresh orange segments, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana and kiwi - whatever you and your family enjoy the most. You could wait to garnish with the fruit and make this interactive fun, allowing guests to make their own fruit choices and then help you serve the dessert.

You have the option of placing some orange segments in the gelatin - or serve the fruit on top later - or both. The choices are endless.

What keeps the calories low is this dessert is made from sugar-free gelatin. The dessert is 60 calories before you add the fruit topping. And don't worry about using buttermilk as it is not noticeable while it gives body and creamy flavor to the dessert.

Orange Gel Dessert With Fresh Fruit

From: “Healthy Eating the Louisiana Way” Food Focus booklet, produced by The Advocate newspaper

Makes: 4 (1/2-cup) servings


1 cup pure orange juice
1 (3-oz.) small box, sugar-free orange gelatin
1 cup buttermilk
Fruit of your choice for topping
Vanilla yogurt or Lite Cool Whip for topping, optional


1. Heat orange juice to almost boiling, then add gelatin. Remove from heat and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature.

2. Add cold buttermilk. Stir thoroughly and pour into 4 glass cups or glasses.

3. Refrigerate and chill until firm.

4. Before serving, top with a spoonful of your favorite fruit and a small dollop of vanilla yogurt or whipped topping.

Note: A 1/2 cup is 60 calories (without the fruit and yogurt topping).

*** Photo by Richard Alan Hannon @ 2 the advocate - online Louisiana newspaper

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