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Sweetness & Light

These four fab fruit desserts are laced with antioxidants and loaded with flavor
Sweetness & Light

Dessert isn’t the dinner course most people associate with healthful options. But when fruit is the star ingredient, dessert becomes an ideal way to slip extra antioxidants into your diet. From baked apples to a berry-studded buckle, these easy homemade treats let you sweeten the dessert deal with a dose of disease-fighting goodness.

April 2010 p.49

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Baked Apples with Maple-Walnut Sauce

Baked Apples with Maple-Walnut Sauce

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Apples made the top 20 in a USDA list of foods with the highest antioxidant scores. The richest concentration of antioxidants is found in the fruit’s skin, so this recipe calls for unpeeled apples. Halving the apples before baking them saves cooking time and lets the fruit soak up more

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Grapefruit Clafouti

Grapefruit Clafouti

Think pink when choosing grapefruit—the rosy hue is a sign of lycopene, a potent antioxidant (most often associated with tomatoes) that has been linked to heart health and cancer prevention. For weeknight ease, assemble the clafouti and let it stand at room temperature while you prepare dinner, then

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Mango Kulfi

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Kulfi is an Indian-style frozen dessert that’s similar to ice cream but doesn’t require an ice cream maker to prepare. This one’s flavored with mangoes, a traditional kulfi ingredient that also happens to be packed with vitamin C and beta-carotene.

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Raspberry Buckle

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As this old-school American dessert cools, the top “buckles,” which is how the treat got its name. Frozen or fresh, raspberries are an excellent source of heart-healthful, cancer-fighting poly-phenols and anthocyanins.

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