Low Fat Healthy Peppermint Dessert Recipes

Fat-Free Peppermint Cream

Ingredients

  • 24 regular-sized marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 drops peppermint extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2-4 drops red or green food coloring (optional)
  • 8 oz fat-free whipped topping

Instructions

In double boiler (or heat-safe bowl over a boiling pot of water), melt marshmallows in skim milk. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Beat in salt, vanilla and peppermint extracts, and green food coloring, if desired. Chill until cold and slightly thickened. Fold in whipped topping, spoon into serving dishes (parfait glasses, small bowls or ramekins), and chill until firm. Serve cold.

Garnish ideas: Sprinkle with crushed oreos, crushed peppermint candies, or chocolate shavings.

Peppermint Candy
Peppermint Candy

Easy Low-Fat Frozen Peppermint Pie

Ingredients

  • 24 crushed oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 pint fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt, softened
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 8 oz fat-free whipped topping
  • red food coloring (optional)
  • fat-free chocolate topping

Instructions

Combine melted butter and crushed cookies. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate to create an oreo crust. Place in the freezer while you prepare the filling. Stir together softened ice cream and crushed candies, then fold in whipped topping. Stir in red food coloring (if desired) until evenly combined. Pour into crust, and drizzle with chocolate topping (in a pattern or drawing shapes, if you like). Freeze until firm. Remove from the freezer 5 minutes before serving to ease slicing.

Low Fat Chocolate-Peppermint Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup white sugar (or substitute)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow creme
  • 2/3 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter, and salt in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and let boil 5 minutes, continuing to stir. Remove from heat and immediately add chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Add marshmallow creme, vanilla, and crushed peppermint candies. Spray an 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and pour in fudge mixture. Let cool to room temperature, cover, and refridgerate until firm. Cut into one-inch squares to serve.

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eatlikenoone 5 years ago from Saline, MI

I love peppermint, I use it as much as I can during Christmas time.


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Im The Nana 7 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful. I love these recipes and your hubs. Terrific!


Susan M 7 years ago

I love peppermint - thanks for the recipes they look great!!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Love the recipes. Great to print out and try. Thanks Maddie!


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livelonger 7 years ago from San Francisco

Great recipes - I love minty foods! :)


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hattoss 7 years ago from United States

Hey,Nice Recipes! just made my wife read them afterall she is the one who will make it for me.


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Maddie, okay, I guess it was not the best forum to bring this up in. Anyway, the recipe looks good!


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Maddie Ruud 7 years ago from Oakland, CA Author

Well, it's true that if you're eating less calories total, and less calories from fat, the percentage of your calories coming from carbs is higher than if you were eating more calories and more fat, but you aren't actually eating more carbs than you would be anyway, at least in this case (things like skim milk have fat removed, but don't have carbs added to them).

I'm glad you're thinking critically. Too many people get caught up in the latest crazes and don't bother to investigate for themselves. I, personally, don't advocate "diets" at all. I think people should concentrate on eating a balance of foods from all the food groups, including fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and unsaturated fats--and enjoying their food, rather than obsessing over it.

Anyway, I'm happy to discuss diet, but I'd prefer to do it in a more relevant place. This hub is not meant to pass judgement on any one philosophy of nutrition, merely to provide people who are searching for this particular thing--Low Fat Peppermint Dessert Recipes--with what they're looking for ;)


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Maddie, you're right. It is a matter of personal needs and desires. But a low fat food is usually a high carb food, because usually you're just taking out fat, and leaving the carbs and proteins alone. It's just a question of percentages. You are then going to end up with fewer total calories in the food, but a higher percentage of carbs than in the same food with the fat still in it. Now, if you make up the difference for the calories you lost and eat a high fat food next time, then it all evens out and no harm done. But if, given a choice, you always choose low fat options on all your foods, then overall, it means you're eating a higher percentage of carbs, unless you add extra protein to make up for the lost fat.

A high carb diet is a good choice for people who have a high metabolism, or are underweight and are trying to gain weight. But for people with a sluggish metabolism or those who would like to lose weight, it is not a good choice.


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Maddie Ruud 7 years ago from Oakland, CA Author

Aya:

I think it's all a matter of personal needs and desires. Some people don't want dessert to be filling. Some people prefer the taste of lower-fat foods (I know I personally can't stomach the taste of whole milk). Some people are watching their cholesterol or trying to lose weight. Lower fat does not necessarily mean added carbs. The ingredients in these recipes are mostly all naturally low-fat (like skim milk and frozen yogurt), and as I said above, you can easily substitute full-fat products if you prefer.


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Maddie, it looks like a great recipe, but why go low fat? I mean, I think it's great to indulge in sweets every onc ein a while, but the lower the fat, the higher the carbs, because it's all a matter of percentages. Why not use real whipped cream? It'll taste better and it's more filling, and you'll tend to eat less sugar that way, because you won't want seconds. When we have low fat treats, we usually end up eating more, because fat is what we're craving.


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Maddie Ruud 7 years ago from Oakland, CA Author

michaelgrisso:

Ah, well, to each his or her own! The peppermint pie is less pepperminty than the other two desserts, since you are using vanilla frozen yogurt. You could use low-fat peppermint ice cream, if you can get ahold of it. Or, if you're not worried about fat and calories, go all out and use the full-fat regular kind.


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michaelgrisso 7 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

I don't know what is about peppermint pie that just doesn't sound right. I love unique stuff though and am willing to try just about anything. Have to put this one to the test :) Definitely the fudge!


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josephdiego 7 years ago from Eastern Long Island , New York

That's Great, Maddie.

Promoting the good and real stuff. Eat right, exercise choose the right habits and lifestyle. It seems to me that too many of us are always looking for the quick fix in everything we do. People want to lose weight the look for the miracle pill. Want to look good, go get a little nip tuck, Want to feel good, lets drink a little of this, smoke a little of that. The easiest way is usually not the best way.

The best things in life are free, but we all have to put in some effort by our part. Then and only then we will reap the rewards and those rewards are much more than we can ever imagine. However we have to remember it’s an inside job. We get out of life what we put into it.

Maddie keep up the good work.

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

I am defintely going to try these recipes! Thanks for offering them; they sound very good.


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Mark Salinas 7 years ago

These look very tasty! Just what I needed...thanks for this!

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