Who says you can’t have dessert when you’re watching your calories. These baked peaches prove that’s not true.
Okay – I’ve probably overemphasized that point a bit, but during the summer months there is no reason for weight watching folks to miss out on dessert. There is an abundance of fresh fruits just waiting for us to be creative and make a dish that will satisfy that sweet tooth.
When I was young my mother used to bake fruit in the oven. Most often it was a can of pears, or apples. As kids, we thought this was a big treat. I decided to do Mom one better and bake fresh peaches with a little brown sugar and cinnamon, then top them with blueberry sauce and vanilla yogurt.
I have to admit, my husband wasn’t going for the yogurt, so his is topped with light vanilla ice cream. Calorie for calorie, there wasn’t enough of a difference, so if you’re an ice cream fan, go for it!
- 2 cups blueberries
- ½ cup water
- 4 large peaches, pitted and cut in half
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ? tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups low fat vanilla ice cream or low fat yogurt
- 1. Heat oven to 350.
- 2. Add blueberries and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to low and simmer for 30 minutes until berries have reduced into a sauce.
- 3. Line a large baking dish with foil and place peach halves inside.
- 4. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl, then sprinkle over peaches.
- 5. Bake 15 - 25 minutes until just tender. This timing is dependent on how ripe the peaches are, and how large the halves.
- 6. Top peach halves with blueberry sauce and 1/4 cup ice cream or yogurt.
What’s good for me in this dish?
One peach can contain as much as 285mg of potassium. If you are watching your blood pressure and heart health, getting enough potassium is a good place to start as it helps the body regulate blood pressure.
Peaches are naturally high in fiber, making them a perfect treat for dieters. And don’t forget vitamins A and C for a healthy dose of antioxidants.
Berries in general are high in manganese, vitamin C and fiber. Berries are naturally high in a class of phytonutrients called “tannins” that are considered to be responsible for antioxidant activity.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 1.08g
Total Carbs: 22.09g
Dietary Fiber: 2.35g
Weight Watchers Points 2
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.