Wednesday 21 March 2018

Fruity & Fabulous

Strawberry nutella fondue
Strawberry nutella fondue
Banana ice cream
Frozen yoghurt

Fruit is a great way of getting a serving of something sweet. Try these tasty ideas...

Yoghurt Drops

A great idea for a little sweet snack is to mix 100ml 0% fat natural Greek yoghurt with some mashed-up raspberries. Add 1 tsp icing sugar, give it a good mix, then drop teaspoons of the mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper. Flatten the drop into a small coin shape and then pop in the freezer for a couple of hours. Once fully frozen, put them in a resealable bag and dip in and out as you please! They have a ProPoints® value of just 1 for the batch. For a change, try using 1 tsp Nutella instead of the icing sugar - this would give the whole batch a ProPoints value of 2.

Grilled Pineapple

Fresh pineapple is a great favourite. Just eating it as it comes staves off thoughts of chocolate. But this recipe takes things to a new level. Take a pineapple and cut into wedges. Put in a food bag with 2 tsp cinnamon and 55g brown sugar. Seal and shake so it's all coated, then pop under a hot grill for 2-3 minutes until golden. This recipe serves 4 with a ProPoints value of 2 per serving.

Nutella Fondue

For a quick and easy treat try a Nutella fondue. Simply mix 200g of 0% fat natural Greek yogurt with 1 tbsp Nutella, give it a good mix then proceed to dip in any fruit you fancy - grapes, strawberries, raspberries - the world's your Nutella fondue oyster! These quantities give you a total ProPoints value of 6 - share it with someone else and you've got a divine dessert for just 3 ProPoints values.

Banana Ice-cream

Take 1 banana per person, peel it and slice it roughly. Pop into a plastic container or tin foil and freeze overnight. The next day, take it out of the freezer, leave to stand for a few minutes, then put it into a food processor. Switch it on and after a few minutes it will miraculously turn into delicious soft ice-cream - for a grand total of zero ProPoints! You can add extra ingredients to it - my favourite is fresh strawberries or a little peanut butter - just remember to count any extra ProPoints values.

Frozen Berry Yoghurt


350g raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or a combination of summer berries, frozen

6 tbsp artificial sweetener, powdered

350g fat-free natural yoghurt

2 tsp vanilla extract

In a blender or food processor, purée the frozen berries. Add the sweetener, yoghurt and vanilla extract and blend until combined. Tip the mixture into an ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions to freeze. If you do not have an ice-cream maker, tip the mixture into a rigid freezer container and freeze for about an hour. Remove and stir with a fork to break up the ice crystals. Repeat every hour until the mixture has frozen. Remove from the freezer about 30 minutes before serving to allow the mixture to thaw a little. Scoop into small bowls or serve with fresh fruit.

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