Lighten Up, America!

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Lighter American Desserts

Some things in life should be anticipated, and dessert is definitely one of them. These recipes are every bit as indulgent as their high-fat counterparts; they just won’t blow your calorie budget.

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Roasted Banana Pudding
Photo: Oxmoor House

Roasted Banana Pudding

The genius in this recipe is that the bananas are cooked two ways: Some are partially roasted and sliced, so you get sweet bananas that keep their shape. The rest are fully roasted, almost caramelized, so you get bananas with rich, sweet flavor. For a fun presentation, scoop the pudding mixture into pretty ramekins.

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