Top Five Frugalicious Desserts

2010-01-24T00:17:26+00:00 Food|

Do you treat yourself with spongy Twinkie tidbits? Like to spend cash on caloric comfort confections? Stop dishing out your delicious dollars on calorie-rich and nutrient-poor fake food desserts. Sugary confectionery concoctions are wasteful to your waistline and wallet. It’s time to temper your taste buds for frugalicious and healthful treats.

With a little planning, passing on paltry pastries and doughy donuts will be pleasingly simple with frugally nutritious and delicious desserts. Slurping on sugary sweets will be a thing of the past with this visual guide for healthier morsels. Each delicious dessert is balanced with yummy goodness and healthful heaps to keep your tongue happy and your hips slim.


Here are my top five frugalicious desserts:


1. Dark Chocolate:

Dive into a square of divine dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is easy to make, just unfurl the wrapper and break off a square! Unlike calorie-dense candy bars, dark chocolate is full of flavonoids believed to be heart healthy. Stay on the dark side with chocolate boasting a cocoa percentage of at least 60%, as anything lower becomes laden with scary sugars. If in doubt, learn how to buy dark chocolate without going bitter.


2. Dark Chocolate with Nut Butter:

Take a pass on “grease peanut butter cups” and go nuts for dark chocolate with nut butter on top. It’s easy to take a chocolatey, cocoa rich square and add a nudge of nut butter. Try non-hydrogenated butters like peanut or almond for a devilish dessert. This treat is taste-bud tasteful and packed with protein.


3. Sorbet or Sherbet:

Skip the dairy fat and melt with some fat-free frozen fruit sorbet. Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water flavored with iced fruit (juice or puree). The definition for sorbet differs from country to country, and some nations call this frozen fruity ice “sherbert”. Try all fabulous frozen flavors like orange, strawberry, lime, and mango. Skip the fatty designer “Dazs” and melt for some skinny sorbet.


4. Chocolate Almond Truffles:

Got your taste-buds set on something rich yet healthy? Try these flour free, gluten free, egg free, bake free tantalizing truffles. These little balls of goodness strike an honest balance of heart healthy and dishfully delicious, made with almonds, dates, fresh lime juice, and cacao powder. The ingredients may cost a little, but you won’t need to eat a lot to satiate your senses. Get the recipe.


5. Green Tea:

Who says you need to chew on dessert to derive after meal pleasure? Nonsense. Try sipping on something steeped, like green tea. True green tea is made solely with Camellia Sinensis leaves, and has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Scientists are still stumped on the healthful evidence on green tea and it’s disease fighting properties. Take a sip and see for yourself.

Avoiding dastardly desserts by eating frugal treats is simple. It just takes a bit of planning to save some bucks and eat dessert right with these frugalicious choices. Do you have a favorite frugal dessert?


  1. CindyS April 29, 2008 at 3:51 am

    Breakfast is NOT a good time to look at pictures of delicious desserts! These look wonderful! I try to eat fruit as a snack and dessert but chocolate definitely has a place in my life and chocolate dipped strawberries are one of my favorites.

  2. Heidi April 29, 2008 at 5:25 am

    Great suggestions!

    Tea is my favorite frugal snack. Cheap, low cal, and satisfying.

    I also like to snack on fruit – I keep apples, berries, grapefruit, etc around the house to munch on when I *need* something sweet.

    Fresh strawberries on a home made angelfood cake is one of my go-to desserts in the summer – a frugal choice when the berries are in season.

  3. Jules April 29, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Licorice tea is delightfully sweet in a very strange way–it takes a little getting used to, but it also has the added benefit of helping skin conditions like eczema.

  4. Susan April 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Mmmmm…delicious. All great ideas. To give green tea an even more dessert-like taste (not htat it isn’t wonderful on its own), add a stick of cinnamon as it steeps. So good.

  5. Beth April 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Fatty designer Dasz makes some fantastic sorbets, though! 😉 their mango one is fantastic.
    Sorbet, however, is super simple to make and I highly recommend DIY sorbet! Just puree fruits and freeze in an ice cream maker (or container and stir every 10-15 mins), or use the food processor to blend up frozen fruit.
    My healthy dessert of choice: frozen fruit with yogurt on top (real yogurt! not milk ingredients that contain gelatin!)
    My frugal dessert of choice: frozen grapes.

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  9. LĂ©onie May 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    mhmm yummy – looks so delicious. I’d choose chocolate almond truffles;-)

  10. Aline July 26, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I sometimes buy the Lipton Select triangle black tea bags that have vanilla and caramel bits and add a piece of a dark chocolate bar with it to make a caramel chocolate tea. Black tea is an appetite supressant, tiny bit of caramel in it sweetens it enough, and dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, calcium(some more than milk), and is great to clear you skin.

    I have recently found Yogi Mayan Chocolate Spice Tea- which is fabulous when Im having a chocolate or sweet craving. The tea contains licorice, clove, cardamon, cinnamon, cocoa shells, and other ingredients- all are craving and appetite reducers. Its a great alternative to hot chocolate!

    I also drink Tazo Earl Grey tea in the afternoon when Im still hungry. The bergamot oil and black tea reduces hunger, but you have to drink it without the sugar. When I want to sweeten it I use Agave and Stevia which taste link honey and splenda respectively, which are made from plant and roots and help balance out the sugar absorption and level in your body. Great for diabetics. Its a little steep in the cost, but both go a long ways because you just need a fraction of the sugar alternative.

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  12. Kathlene August 4, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Great dessert ideas! Not only are these beautiful to look at, but just the right amount of dessert too!

  13. Freddy Lue March 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Nothing beats the sweet taste of homemade applesauce: pure apples and some water-that’s it, and you’d swear there was sugar added!! I use empire apples and leave the skins on while making it so it turns out pink. It also freezes beautifully!!

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