NutriPro Desserts - Desserts with a healthy appeal

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How do you meet the needs of guests who want to limit their sugar or fat intake? Try a few of the suggestions below, and make sure your servers or menus tell diners that healthier options are available.

These are our suggestions:

  • Make fruit the hero! Try grilling and baking fruits to enhance their natural flavors.
  • Puree fruits and use them to increase flavor intensity or decorate plates.
  • Substitute lower fat milk, yogurts and cheeses for full-fat options.
  • Replace half of the cream in a recipe with milk.
  • Use gelatin to improve texture when dairy fat starch levels are too low.
  • Using a siphon, inject air into flavored cream or egg whites to increase volume and appearance of more dessert without the calories.
  • Use a dusting of cocoa powder or powdered sugar to finish an item.
  • Use non-caloric sweeteners when possible, but keep in mind that sugar crystals may be necessary for volume or texture. Try a 50:50 mix. 
  • Pre-portion desserts to control calorie levels.
  • Make sauces more flavorful by adding spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar or cardamom or flavorful sweeteners like fruit juice, brown sugar or honey.
  • Use a pacoject high-powered blender to create the creamiest sorbets and ice creams without a high fat content.


The minimum amount of milk fat needed to whip is 30%. For the perfect whip, mix heavy cream with full fat milk at a ratio of three to one.1 Lower fat milk can be whipped l with the use of starches.



1. . McGee on Food and Cooking An encyclopedia of kitchen science, history and culture by Harold McGee 2004