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The Best 250-Calorie Dessert Recipes

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These dessert recipes are the real deal: rich brownies, gooey caramel popcorn, and decadent raspberry mousse cake. They're 100% -- okay, maybe 99.9% -- guilt-free.

Caramel Popcorn

Nearly 43 percent of Americans say they'd stop eating dessert if it meant they could add 5 years to their life. No worries: At only 250 calories, these four treats won't require any sacrifice.

Makes: 12 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 5 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. In a stockpot or an extra-large saucepan, heat popcorn kernels in 3 tablespoons of oil. Stir to coat all kernels. Cover and cook over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes, or until kernels are fully popped (shaking pot after 3 minutes).
  2. Lightly coat 2 large baking pans with cooking spray. Pour popcorn into pans and preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, honey, remaining oil, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden or silicone spoon, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in baking soda until smooth.
  4. Evenly drizzle over popcorn; stir to coat. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Per serving: 250 calories, 1g protein, 41g carbohydrate, 11g fat (4g saturated), 1g fiber.

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denise.lendino wrote:

The Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake is amazing! I made it for Easter and everyone loved it. I added extra raspberry jam to the mixture of jam and cream cheese though. The recipe calls for more cream cheese than jam, but I think my method was way tastier!

4/5/2010 09:33:52 AM Report Abuse
sandlgosnell wrote:

What is the sodium content for these brownies. Please always add the sodium count for recipes. Thanks.

3/28/2010 06:39:27 AM Report Abuse

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