Love Late Night Desserts? Try This Healthy Version of Creme Brulee
November 14, 2011 11 Comments
For Snack Girl, there are two food groups that derail her mostly healthy eating efforts: alcohol and desserts. Don't you DARE mix the two together.
Back in July, "Midnight Snacker" e-mailed me her dilemma:
I have a challenge for you.. I love fruit tarts with fresh berries and creme brulee as the filling. I have a tendency to eat like a well " little piggy" at night and I am trying to lose weight.
I think the medication I am taking made me have cravings because a friend of mine is having the same problem. I need something that is healthy and that I could make ahead of time that won't pack on the pounds at night when I get cravings.
Honestly, I couldn't think of anything until now because to me a "light" creme brulee seemed silly. The ingredients are cream, sugar, and egg yolks. How can you make that over without destroying it?
Sometimes you need to think OUTSIDE the box a bit and envision what else could be custard like and low calorie. How about canned peaches or canned apricots?
Pacific Coast Producers sent me a pile of canned fruit to try and a recipe book - where I found inspiration. "Peach Brulee" is simply sliced canned peaches, sugar, and nuts heated under the broiler.
You use your oven for this recipe - and by the time it is heated up - you have assembled the ingredients which you probably have in your pantry right now.
Does it remind one of creme brulee? YES! Because, you get a custardy inside and a slightly charred CRUNCH on the outside.
The fruit version tastes delicious and if you miss the cream - you can always add some whipped cream to the top.
A single serving of real creme brulee is about 555 calories with 45 grams of fat. My peach brulee is 59 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. Go ahead - have a few :)
These would be great for a party because you can make them ahead and serve them cold or room temperature.
If you don't have ramekins, you should get some. I found my at a thrift store and they are very helpful when you want to enforce a small serving size.
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Peach Brulee Recipe
(adapted from Pacific Coast Producers)
(makes 8 ramekins)
1-15 ounce can sliced peaches in pear juice
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sliced almonds or pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.
Preheat broiler to high. Put peach slices into ramekins (about 3 will fit in each one). Mix sugar and nuts and dust over peach slices. Broil close to heat for about 2 minutes until top is melted and slightly charred. Enjoy!
For one serving = 59 calories, 1.5 g fat, 11.1 g carbohydrates, 1.1 g protein, 0.9 g fiber, 4 mg sodium, 2 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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