5 Easy Eggless Desserts

Sweet treats

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Healthy, nutritious ... dangerous? The ubiquitous egg is in need of a serious makeover, thanks to the shoddy farming practices of a handful of Midwest egg producers. Since the recall, countless home cooks and thousands of restaurants have been scrambling for ways to replace a kitchen staple used to stiffen meringues, bind hamburgers, and brighten breakfast plates sunny side up. If you can't bake a cake, at least try these easy eggless desserts.

Ginger-Cantaloupe Fruit Pop

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Still hot? Homemade fruit pops are the MacGyver of frozen snacks, made with basic kitchen tools in a rainbow of flavors. You're limited only by your imagination and creativity. Need a mold? Use paper cups. Lack paper cups? Experiment with ice cube trays. Try any combination of blended fruit with a kaleidoscope of ingredients that complement each other. As a bonus, the chef can make smoothies with surplus ingredients.

Ginger-Cantaloupe Fruit Pop

Time estimates

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: Allow up to 6 hours for freezing

Yield

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fresh cantaloupe, seeded, peeled, and diced
  • 8 ounces fresh papaya, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 12 ounces almond milk
  • 1 ounce ginger root, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into mold. Before freezing tap sides of mold with fingers to remove air bubbles. Add popsicle sticks.
  3. Run under warm water for about 15 seconds. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Remove from mold.

Fried Bananas and Ice Cream

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Pan-fried bananas are a Latin mainstay. Serve over vanilla ice cream for an all-American dessert.

Fried Bananas and Ice Cream

Time estimates

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Yield

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe medium-sized bananas, peeled and sliced
  • Half cup fresh-squeezed orange juice, about 3 oranges
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Half orange, zest
  • 1 shot Grand Marnier
  • 1 pint Philly-style (eggless) vanilla ice cream
  • Cinnamon to taste

Directions

  1. Zest orange. Using potato peeler, carefully remove outer skin of orange.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet. Add sliced bananas. Stir over low heat until bananas caramelize, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add zest, orange juice and Grand Marnier.
  4. Add sugar. Add cinnamon. Stirring slowly, allow sauce to thicken. Simmer over low heat for about five minutes.
  5. Spoon over vanilla ice cream and serve.

Chocolate-Dipped Apricots

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Boiling water and deft fingers are all that’s required for this quick and satisfying dish.

Chocolate-Dipped Apricots

Time estimates

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Yield

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces dried apricots, about 24
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Place a small bowl in a large pot of boiling water. Add chips to bowl. As the chips begin to melt, stir chocolate until smooth. Remove bowl from heat.
  2. Quickly dip apricots into chocolate. Dragging along the edges of the bowl to remove the excess.
  3. Place apricots on wax paper until the chocolate sets.

Baked Stuffed Apples

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Need to add a touch of class to the table? Try baking seasonal fruit paired with dates, nuts or raisins to make a sweet and savory dessert classic.

Baked Stuffed Apples

Time estimates

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 6 ounces raisins
  • 4 ounces
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 shot brandy

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove cap of each apple, peel and core.
  2. In medium-sized mixing bowl, combine raisins, walnuts, brandy, brown sugar and butter. Stir until blended.
  3. Divide mix equally. Stuff apples. Replace cap and put cinnamon stick in place of apple stem.
  4. Place apples in baking pan and pour orange juice over them.
  5. Bake apples for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve warm.

Blackberry Tofu Cheesecake

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A lighter version of traditional cheesecake, tofu cheesecake requires no baking and may even result in fewer trips to the gym.

Blackberry Tofu Cheesecake

Time estimates

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: Allow up to 12 hours to freeze solid

Yield

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces firm tofu, chopped
  • 8 ounces yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 ounces condensed milk
  • 8 ounces whipped cream
  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 ready-made graham cracker pie crust

Directions

  1. Puree blackberries in blender with sugar and orange juice till smooth. Remove and set aside.
  2. Toss tofu and condensed milk into blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream, yogurt and condensed milk tofu blend. Stir until well mixed, about 3 minutes.
  4. Pour contents into pie crust. Pour blackberry puree into the center of the mix. Slowly stir clockwise until the puree is evenly distributed.
  5. Freeze overnight. Thaw slightly before serving. Garnish with blackberries (optional).