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Every dessert lover knows that no meal is complete without something sweet to follow.

Dessert needn’t undermine all your efforts to eat healthily, as a healthier version of your favourite dessert can be just as good.  Follow these steps for a simple guide to make your tempting treats a bit better for you.

  1. Fresh fruit can turn your dessert into something a little healthier and help towards one of our five-a-day when added to a dessert (although chocolate oranges still don’t count!)
  2. Look for fruit that’s in season. Start the summer with a strawberry cream topped sponge cake or a light yoghurt cheesecake. Mid-summer is the best time for light bakes and meringues: shop shelves are heaving with blueberries, peaches, nectarines and currants. In autumn, it’s time for ripe apples, plums, pears and blackberries, perfect for a fruit crumble
  3. Cookies can be a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth - make them more nutritious by swapping white flour for a wholegrain option. You can even use muesli as the base for your baking. Add dried fruit, nuts and aromatic spices such as cardamom or cinnamon to create a hot cookie no-one can resist