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Eat Right: Absolutely Delicious Guilt-Free Dessert

July 21st, 2011 by - no comments

Backyard barbecues. Picnics. Or just a regular dinner.  Maybe snack time with kids. A birthday party.

A lot of fun times in summer want cool, refreshing desserts. First to my mind (always) is ice cream. Sure, I can buy low cal or “diet” ice cream, and trust me, I do. But in the end, it really just delivers satisfaction, no actual nutrition. It’s enjoyable but unnecessary calories. A bowl of fruit is more nutritious, also delicious, but somehow doesn’t feel like that much of a special treat.

The other day I ran across a slew of delicious ideas for treats, but one stood out: the Garden Party Garland Skewers.

These mixed sliced fruit — any sort you like! — with bite-sized rice krispie treats.

First, you start with the rice krispie treats. Here’s the classic recipe for those:

3 tablespoons   butter or margarine

1 package (10 oz., about 40)   regular marshmallows

- OR -

4 cups   miniature marshmallows

6 cups   Rice Krispies®

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

You can get microwave directions too.


-For best results, use fresh marshmallows.

-1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.

-Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.

-Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.

-To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Second, cut the finished squares into fun shapes using chilled cookie cutters. Go for hearts, stars, flowers, or summer themed shapes.

Third, cut fruit or use small berries. Be creative with the fruit, too!

Fourth and finally, alternate fruit and rice krispie treats on a skewer.

I used mostly summer berries, which cut down on cutting, and used a cool colored skewer I found in a “seasonal” section of a grocery store.

Initially , I was thrilled because this must be fat free! Aren’t rice krispie treats a low cal, low fat treat? Not as much as I thought, but still, not too bad:

The workaround is to use basically just one bar, cut into two or at most three sections (the quantity I found worked best on the skewer). I was able to use half of a bar, with more fruit, so that does cut down on the nutrition information above, and with more fruit, increase the good nutrition.

In the checking, I found some great resources for determining overall nutrition of foods. You can see the very detailed nutritional analysis for rice krispie bars. Check out the main site and look up any of your favorite foods.

Try out this recipe for a delicious, and pretty healthy choice, dessert this summer. Let me know what you think!


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