Bite-Sized Dessert Delights

There’s been a trend the past few years in French bistros, cafés and restaurants called the Café Gourmand. It’s an alternative to a single, full-sized dessert which includes a cup of espresso and a selection of anywhere from 3 to 6 mini desserts. The usual suspects include chocolate mousse, financiers, tiny chocolate cakes, mini crème brûlées and the like, and it’s a gorgeous, varied end to a meal. I’ve been wanting to come up with my own bite-sized dessert ideas and since I’m dieting again I’ve had to find some healthy alternatives to the usual gooey suspects. 

For a healthy bite-size treat, string some berries and chunks of fruit on a pick and enjoy!

For a healthy bite-size treat, string some berries and chunks of fruit on a pick and enjoy!

So how about these Bite-Size Fruit Picks, made with chunks of berries and fruit? They’re low in calories, fat free, gluten free and even guilt-free 😉

If you’re into more traditional bites, here are some creations by my fellow food bloggers and a few of my previously published recipes:

I’ll be making Kitchen Confidant’s 7-Layer Bars just as soon as I get settled after my diet !

On the healthy side – and in honour of the recent Australia Day – are these Gluten and Dairy Free Lamingtons from MeandmyThermie, with reduced unrefined sugar.

And how about some egg-free Chocolate Cranberry Muffins from Keeper of the Kitchen? Even better for some of us are Luschka’s decadent-yet-healthy Bliss Balls. She has loads of recipes on her blog and has even produced a little e-Book.

And of course you can make little chocolate mousse in espresso cups from my Super Easy Chocolate Mousse recipe.

Then there’s @ThermOMG’s “Free” Brownies, which are Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Paleo and simply delicious!

Three-Chocolate Bites are just that, bite-sized bursts of three chocolates. Puuurrrrfect with coffee or any time you need a chocolate fix 😉

Last but not least, Madame Thermomix’s One-Minute Faux Macarons make lovely little bites to end a meal and enhance a cup of good coffee.

Gosh, so many gorgeous recipes. I’d better get to it!

Grapes, banana, pineapple, and citrus are just some of the fruits you might choose from for your Healthy Bite-Size Fruit Picks.

Grapes, banana, pineapple, and citrus are just some of the fruits you might choose from for your Healthy Bite-Size Fruit Picks.

Here I've chosen apple, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries for my Healthy Bite-Size Fruit Picks. You can use any fruit you fancy.

Here I’ve chosen apple, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries for my Healthy Bite-Size Fruit Picks. You can use any fruit you fancy. Bon appétit !

Bon appétit !

 

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