Valentine's Day is another excuse to indulge, principally in chocolate. Just because you eat low fat doesn't mean you can't share a sweet treat with your sweetie. Here are some lighter, healthier sweet offerings for you and your Valentine, and the good news is that chocolate plays a part in some of them.
2. Panna Cotta
Making a rich creamy recipe like Panna Cotta into a low fat one means making a few key changes, but I promise you won't be disappointed. Panna Cotta is usually made with cream, which accounts for its wonderfully rich, silky texture. But if you want a much lighter version, this very low fat panna cotta does the trick.
Pink fat-free Valentine meringue cookies. What's not to love? For best results, separate the eggs while still cold, make sure not a speck of yolk contaminates them, and leave the whites for 20 minutes or so before beating them. Make sure the whisks and bowl are entirely clean and free from grease before use. This will ensure voluminous egg white with which to shape into cookies.
This rich-tasting one-bowl, one-layer chocolate cake is perfect for Valentine's Day. Simply serve a wedge with some sliced strawberries and a dusting of confectioner's sugar. The hot coffee added to the batter before baking will make it watery thin, but the result is to intensify the deep chocolate flavor of the finished cake.
These light and fluffy little lemon pudding cakes, which hide a creamy lemon bottom layer, are a particular favorite of mine. They happen to make a wonderful dessert for a special occasion such as Valentine's Day. Perfectly portioned and with very little fat, these make a great no-guilt sweet treat. Simply dust with confectioner's sugar and garnish with a few berries.