There is no reason why anyone who is on a low cholesterol diet should have to sacrifice the delight of delicious desserts after their meal. There are plenty of ways to satisfy a sweet tooth without feeling guilty, by simply being a little careful about what you eat.
There are 2 different types of cholesterol. LDL is commonly known as ‘bad’ cholesterol, as too much of it in the diet can raise the chances of strokes and cardiovascular disease. HDL is known as ‘good’ cholesterol, and can actually help to protect the cardiovascular system.
All of the dessert options in this article are low in LDL, but they should be eaten as part of a balanced diet to maintain a good, healthy body and mind.
One of the classics, pavlova has been a favorite dessert for generations. However, thanks to its use of heavy cream and lots of sugar, it wasn’t the best option for anyone on a low cholesterol diet. There is a way to turn this delicious treat into a cholesterol free option though. Whisk cream of tartare to egg whites before adding skimmed milk powder and a sugar substitute, and you have a gorgeously crisp and sweet pavlova that won’t make a dent in your cholesterol levels!
2. Vanilla Ice Cream
Another old favorite, and this one contains a measly 1mg of cholesterol per serving, as well as only 0.1 grams of fat. You can use 3 teaspoons of gelatin along with 3 cups of skimmed milk, a little sugar, vanilla extract and water to create a really healthy version. Simply dissolve the gelatin in some boiling water and separately mix the other ingredients together. Combine all in a large, shallow container and partially freeze before beating the mixture to make it nice and fluffy. Then, just keep in the freezer until you need it.
3. Chocolate Angel Cake
Yes, it is indeed possible to create a sumptuous chocolate cake that is completely cholesterol free. Simply use unsweetened cocoa powder, a sugar substitute such as Splenda, and a teaspoon of cream of tartare to deliver a wonderful chocolate hit that is guilt free, as it is cholesterol and saturated fat-free as well.
4. Pumpkin Pie
This pumpkin pie is a real favorite with the whole family, as it tastes just as good as a regular, full fat one! Simply use some crushed ginger snaps for the base of the pie, plenty of spices like ginger and cinnamon and a can of evaporated skimmed milk; the end result is a delicious dessert that contains just 1.5 mg of cholesterol, and the same amount in fat per slice.
5. Caramel Slices
For those of you with a very sweet tooth, this is the one for you. Using some bittersweet chocolate chips, combine them with a low-fat chocolate cake mix, condensed milk and some fat-free caramel topping. Bake in an oven for around 20 minutes for a tray of gorgeously sweet caramel treats that will only contain 2mg of cholesterol per slice. There will be around 180 calories in each one though, so treat with caution!