Healthy cuisine trend: lighter desserts

The trend toward healthier eating doesn’t mean you have to lose dessert sales. Let your customers have their cake and eat it too, so to speak, by offering lighter desserts on your menu. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

An Apricot-Strawberry is simple and delicious. It can be prepped with one bowl. The filling consists of fruit, along with strawberry or apricot preserves. Use whatever fruit’s in season or what’s popular with your clientele.

Use whole wheat flour in a Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake for a healthier alternative to bleach flour. Lemon zest gives the cake its zing, while blueberries give it both moistness and natural sweetness.

A Mango Mousse is as easy as 1-2-3! It calls for just three ingredients: mango purée, a banana and coconut cream. It’s so refreshing, you may even want to serve it as a palate cleanser between courses!

Bring back memories of the neighborhood ice cream truck with Blackberry-Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches. In this gourmet version of a childhood favorite, Graham crackers form the outer cookie while a mix of blueberries and vanilla ice cream take “center” stage.

Petit Fours are a great way to give your customers something delicious and sweet but without the guilt. These small portion desserts are filled with flavor but can be eaten in 1 bite. Our traditional Petit Fours are a great place to start if you’ve never served these to your customers before.

Cutting back on calories in your desserts doesn’t mean your customers have to miss out on taste. Give them the best of both worlds with desserts that look — and taste — as good as their more decadent counterparts.