A couple of Low Cholesterol Sweet Treats

Blueberries

Here are two easy desserts from ‘The Low Cholesterol Recipes for Life’ cookbook, part of the Better Living Series. They are quick and easy to make as well as healthy for you.

BLUEBERRY MOUSSE

This pretty dessert is the perfect way to finish any dinner party. When fresh blueberries are in season they are the ideal garnish.

Serves 8.

400g. canned blueberries, drained and liquid reserved
3 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons gelatine
1 cup (250ml) evaporated skim milk, chilled
1 cup (250g) low fat unflavoured yoghurt

1. In a food processor or blender puree blueberries and sugar. Strain and discard skins. Dissolve gelatine in 3/4 cup (185ml) of warmed reserved blueberry liquid. Whip evaporated milk until thick and beat in yoghurt. Mix in gelatine mixture and fold through blueberry puree.
2. Spoon mousse into a wet mould, or eight individual moulds, cover and chill until set. Unmould and serve.

657 kilojoules (154 calories) per serve
Fat 0.5 g low
Cholesterol 4 mg low
Fibre 2.2 g med
Sodium 116 mg low

HOT BANANAS AND ORANGES

Barbecuing is the perfect way to cook this easy dessert.  But it is just as good baked in the oven.

Serves 4.

1 teaspoon polyunsaturated oil

4 bananas, peeled and sliced in half  lengthways

4 tablespoons orange juice

1 orange, segmented

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1.  Cut four pieces of aluminium foil large enough to wrap around the bananas.  Brush foil very lightly with polyunsaturated oil.  Place two bnana halves side by side on each piece of foil.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon orange juice over each banana.  Divide orange segments and sugar into four portions and spoon over bananas.

2.  Wrap foil around bananas and oranges to form a parcel.  Cook on the barbecue for 15-20 minutes or in the oven at 180 degrees C.

681 kilojoules (163 calories) per serve

Fat                       1.2 g                           low

Cholesterol      0 mg                           low

Fibre                   4.3 g                           high

Sodium               3 mg                          low

Inside a wild-type banana
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