Though dairy-free diets and products have gained attention among consumers over the last few years, dairy isn't necessarily bad for people who do not have intolerance to lactose. In fact, milk products can be a great source of calcium, potassium, and in the case of fortitied milk, vitamin D.
For those who are more concerned with the fat and calorie content of dairy, there are products available in the market with less fat and carbohydrate content than the traditional kind.
Coconut Flan - Low Carb & Gluten-Free (All Day I Dream About Food)
This Coconut Flan - Low Carb & Gluten-Free from All Day I Dream About Food is a luscious dessert that it surprisingly quite easy to make. This is healthier than your usual flan because it's made with coconut milk and low-carb condensed milk. The caramel sauce is made of low-calorie sweeteners and molasses so it's a perfect treat for those who are trying to lose weight.
"This creamy low-carb coconut custard topped with a sugar-free caramel sauce. So delicious!"
- 4 large eggs
- 1, 14-oz can coconut milk
- 1 recipe Low Carb Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener or granulated erythritol
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener
- 1/4 cup xylitol (you can use all Swerve, but your caramel sauce will harden more after cooling)
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp molasses
Homemade Skim Milk Chocolate Pudding Recipe (The Kitchen Magpie)
The Kitchen Magpie has a great recipe for Homemade Skim Milk Chocolate Pudding that is rich and tasty. It's made of chocolate and skim milk, and owes its thickness to cornstarch. It's a very easy dessert to whip up, and you probably don't have to make a grocery run to make it. If you're trying to stay away from sugar, you can easily substitute Stevia or artificial sweeteners for it to make this dessert healthier.
"Once you try this homemade chocolate pudding recipe, I guarantee you will never use a boxed recipe again. Making chocolate pudding at home is so much easier than you think and I would almost bet money that you have the ingredients in your house already."
- 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp of cornstarch
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 cups of skim milk
- 6 ounces of swmi-sweet baking chocolate â€“ or any good quality chocolate chips About a cup of chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
All Natural Fat Free Whipped ‘Cream’ (The View From Great Island)
This All Natural Fat Free Whipped ‘Cream’ recipe from The View From Great Island is a fantastic treat to make if you're avoiding calorific heavy cream. It's a great topping for healthy desserts and transforms a cup of berries or any sliced fruit into a glorious parfait. The best part? It only has 7 calories per tablespoon!
"It’s certainly not identical to whipped cream, but I think it makes an acceptable stand in. At 7 calories per tablespoon it will come in handy when, for whatever reason, you want to cut down."
- 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
- 1/2 cup ice water
- 1 egg white (I always use pasteurized eggs when they will be eaten raw)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted (you can add up to 1/2 cup for a sweeter 'cream')
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Ludy's Kitchen Healthy Tip:
You can easily substitute non-fat milk or skim milk for full-cream milk in most recipes. There would be a slight difference in texture, but not significant enough that the finished product would be a whole new different dish.
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