Five Awesome Desserts for Your New Year's Resolutions

How-to cook up mouth-watering treats that aren't gut-busting sweets.

Monday, Jan 2, 2012  |  Updated 7:10 AM EDT
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Five Awesome Desserts for Your New Year's Resolutions

This article is sponsored by T-fal Actifry, a unique kitchen appliance engineered with innovative heat pulse technology. Learn more at tfalactifry.com.

 During New Year celebrations we tend to relax, reflect on what we've accomplished, and make grand pronouncements about dieting and self-control while gorging on desserts.

But not to worry: you can sneak some healthy ingredients into your sugary after-dinner treats using ActiFry, a healthy alternative to traditional deep fryers.

A versatile, low-fat multi-cooker, ActiFry helps you whip up tasty homemade desserts using just a tablespoon of oil.

ActiFry also uses a pulse heat system, which of course heats the small amount of oil and spreads the oil throughout the chamber, helping to cook the food evenly.

Below, four simple, delicious, and healthy deserts you can cook at home. 

Cranberry Pecan Granola
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cooking Time: 8 Minutes | Serves: 4
Mix the oats, pecans, oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and stir until evenly coated. 2. Place the preparation in the ActiFry and cook for 7 minutes. 3. Add the cranberries and cook for 1 minute more. Check out the full recipe.

Mixed Berry Compote
Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cooking Time: 20 Minutes | Serves: 6
Put the berries, 3 tablespoons of sugar, orange liqueur, lemon juice and dissolved cornstarch into the ActiFry pan, and cook until the liquid has thickened and the fruit has softened (20 minutes). Add more sugar to taste if necessary. Allow to cool slightly before serving or serve at room temperature. Check out the full recipe.

Roast Pineapple and Figs in Australian Honey
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cooking Time: 15 Minutes | Serves: 4
Cut off the crown and the lower part of the pineapple. Cut it into eight lengthways. Remove the core and the skin and chop the flesh into cubes. Place the pineapple pieces in the ActiFry, pour in two tablespoons of honey and cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile wash the figs and cut into quarters. Add the figs with the remaining tablespoon of honey, the lemon juice and the cinnamon. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Serve the pineapple and figs with vanilla ice cream.  Check out the full recipe.

Chef Ming Tsai's Five Spice Apple Crumble
Prep Time: 10 | Cooking Time: 35 | Serves: 4
1)Make the “crumble:” In a medium bowl, combine nuts, flour, oats, brown sugar, five-spice powder and salt. Stir to combine. Add the melted butter to the bowl and mix. Add the crumble mixture to the ActiFry. 2) Set the timer to 20 minutes and start the ActiFry. Transfer the finished crumble to a sheet tray. Be careful as the mixture is very hot because of the caramelized sugar. Set aside to cool. 3) In a bowl, combine the diced apples, lemon juice, brown sugar and five-spice powder. Add the apple mixture to the ActiFry, set the timer for 12 minutes and start the ActiFry. 4) After the apples have cooked for 12 minutes, add 1 1/2 cups crumble mixture to the apple mixture. Allow the mixture to cook until warmed through and moist, about 3 additional minutes. 5) Remove from the ActiFry. Serve on its own or with ice cream and a sprig of mint. Use additional crumble for garnish. Check out the full recipe.

And for more on the ActiFry difference, go to tfalactifry.com.

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