Easy Dessert Ideas

Here are some quick and easy dessert ideas that are low on the calories but high on the yum factor - get baking!

How can I bake three cakes and get that financial report finished by tonight...?

Apple and coconut crumble 


  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, cored, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat spread
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Arrange apple slices in the base of an ovenproof dish.
  • To make crumble, combine oats, sugar and coconut in a bowl. Rub in spread until mixture resembles crumbs.
  • Scatter mixture evenly over apple. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly for 5 minutes. Serves 4 people with 5g fat, 231 calories per serve.  

Meringue-Topped Fruit


  • 400g apple, rhubarb, or a mix
  • 1 orange, rind and juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 egg whites
  • Cut fruit in bite-sized chunks. Grate orange then squeeze juice. Set aside.
  • Place fruit in a pan with ginger, orange rind and a third of the sugar. Cover. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes, adding orange juice as necessary.
  • Add raspberries. Spoon mixture into 4 ovenproof ramekins.
  • Whisk egg whites and remaining sugar until stiff and shiny.
  • Top each ramekin with a large spoonful of meringue mixture. Bake at 180ÂșC for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Serve immediately. Makes 4 serves with 1g fat, 229 calories per serve. 

Baked Bananas With Honey


  • 4 firm bananas
  • cooking oil spray
  • 150g pottle reduced-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Place bananas in their skins on a lightly greased baking tray. Use a knife to pierce banana skins several times.
  • Bake bananas in skins for 20 minutes until completely blackened, turning halfway through.
  • Once banana skins are blackened, remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Split skin using a sharp knife. Spoon over yoghurt and honey. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately. Serves 4 with 3g fat and 227 cals per serve.

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