One way to control sweet calories is to make dessert at home. The following natural "fat fakers" can help, so be sure to include them on your grocery list: prune butter (a puree of dried plums, also sold under its Hungarian name "lekvar"), apple butter, applesauce and/or bananas.
To make baked goods lower in fat, you can substitute them for some or all of the oil, butter or shortening in the recipe.
- Applesauce, apple butter or prune butter can replace up to three-quarters of the shortening in many dessert recipes.
- Prune butter works especially well with chocolate recipes. To make your own prune butter, combine 8 ounces of pitted dried plums (prunes) and 6 tablespoons of hot water in a food processer; process until pureed. Leftover puree can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to one month.
- Mashed bananas can be substituted, measure for measure, for oil or shortening in simple cake, cookie and quickbread recipes.
- To make your own healthful pumpkin pie, pick up some unsweetened canned pumpkin and nonfat evaporated milk (instead of cream).