Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Refreshing Lite Summer Dessert!

I mentioned yesterday in my post that we are trying to eat healthier. We are trying to make better choices. I had someone give me this recipe yesterday and I went right out and bought the ingredients so I could make it for last night. I didn't tell Curtis or Allison it was a "lite" dessert. They both liked it anyway and voted it a repeat recipe. It's super easy to make. It only took 15 minutes to put together but you need to chill it for at least 2 hours so make sure you give yourself plenty of time.
Let's get started!
This dessert is called "Chilled French Apple Dessert"
Start with an 8 inch square pan and line it with 9 squares of cinnamon graham crackers.
I have to share this with you! The grocery store I went to didn't carry cinnamon graham crackers. UGH! So instead of going all the way to the other grocery store in town, we stopped at Walgreen's at the off chance that they had them. They had these tiny little boxes that held one pack (the big boxes hold 3 packs). Aren't they just adorable??? They were more expensive of course, but I would have wasted the gas going to the other store anyway. The little boxes were definitely a happy find!
Next take 2 1/2 cups of canned sweetened CHUNKY applesauce and mix in 6 oz. of light artificially sweetened vanilla yogurt. Don't let this scare you if you are not a yogurt eater. You can not even tell it's in there!
Spread half the mixture over the first layer of cinnamon graham crackers.
Top that layer off with 9 more squares of cinnamon graham crackers. Got that? Okay! Now do another layer with the other half of the applesauce/yogurt mixture. After you are done spreading it out evenly, top it off with 9 more squares of cinnamon graham crackers. HINT: If your pan is rounded at the edges like mine, break a little corner of the crackers off before placing them in the dish.
Now we need the Lite Cool Whip. I'm not a big fan of cool whip but this lite stuff is good!
Spread one cup of it evenly over the top layer of cinnamon graham crackers.
Now you need 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. The recipe says it's optional but trust me, you want to do this. When I started sprinkling it over the top, I thought a tsp. may be too much but I went ahead and put the whole teaspoon on it. Trust me again here, it needs the whole teaspoon. It's a yummy addition!
TA DA! The finished product. It is very cool and refreshing for those hot Summer days we will be having soon!
"Chilled French Apple Dessert"
27 average cinnamon graham crackers squares
2 1/2 cups canned sweetened chunky applesauce
6 oz. light artificially sweetened vanilla yogurt
1 cup lite whipped topping
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Line bottom of an 8-inch square pan with nine graham crackers.
2. In a small bowl, combine applesauce and yogurt.
3. Pour half of mixture onto graham crackers, layer with nine more crackers and repeat. Top with remaining nine squares.
4. Spread whipped topping over top and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Chill 2 hours. Cut into 8 pieces and serve.
"Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness."
- modified from : Edward Stanley (1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life
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