Jennifer Lyon

Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Dessert Question

You all know I’ve been doing Weight Watchers for almost four months now.  I’m really pretty disciplined, even though I’ve hit goal.

It’s just too easy to gain weight.  Unbelievably easy.  Plus I’d love to lose a few more pounds.

However my doctor gave me some advice, I love: He suggested I take either one day a week, or one meal a week, “off” from the program. So that’s what I do when something fun that involves food comes up.

This weekend, Wizard and I are having a family BBQ and pool party. So my idea of fun is planning an easy dessert for that. One that I plan to eat! So it probably should involve some chocolate.

Any suggestions? Because even if I don’t use them, I do love to talk about desserts!

11 comments to “Dessert Question”

  1. B.E Sanderson
    September 1st, 2011 at 7:38 am · Link

    I made Double Chocolate Banana Bread this week for a friend (as part of my crisis baking – she lost her mom and my answer to pain is to throw food at it). I didn’t get to eat any, but they said it was very good. If you want the recipe, let me know and I’ll pass it along.

  2. B.E Sanderson
    September 1st, 2011 at 7:41 am · Link

    And I got so distracted by the thought of food that I forgot to say “Way to go” for all your hard work. And “Good job” for sticking to your weight loss plans. =o)

  3. Silver James
    September 1st, 2011 at 9:29 am · Link

    I’ve plateaued on my diet again but I’m still down almost 20 lbs. I need to get the chocolate chip cookie recipe from my CP. Low fat, low sugar and allegedly to “die for” as evidenced by the fact her 11 yo eats the whole batch. I’ll nudge her for it if you want it. It’s so hot here, I’m thinking light–a Jell-O/whipped cream dessert or the mint chocolate chip ice cream dessert I make (with Oreo cookie crust.) I need to work on that one and try to cut some of the fat and sugar out. It’s Lawyer Guy’s favorite and as we’re monitoring his blood sugar…

    I’ll be checking back to see what folks suggest!

  4. Jen Lyon
    September 1st, 2011 at 10:35 am · Link

    B.E., that sounds like a great recipe for the holidays! Can I have it for that? And I’m sorry about your friend’s mom. Chocolate banana bread sounds like a great comfort.

    Thanks for the compliments, but I worry if I’ll be able to stick to this if I ever get back onto harsh deadlines. Or just let my discipline slip a notch. And I’m not thin, just more comfortable :-)

  5. Jen Lyon
    September 1st, 2011 at 10:40 am · Link

    Silver, 20 pounds is fantastic! Are your knees feeling any better?

    I’m a bit plateaued too. Changing things around–the foods we eat, and varying exercise–is supposed to help. But how much can we really do that? It’s all hard. But you’re doing great!!

    I don’t know what I’m looking for in desserts. I’ll probably just make some brownies and cookies to serve with vanilla ice cream. Then people have a choice of what they want to do ;-)

    I have a chocolate chip cloud cookie recipe that I add some espresso powder to–they are pretty good. The cookies are one point each, and I can probably look up the calories and other info if you’re interested. They are lighter than standard chocolate chip cookies.

  6. B.E Sanderson
    September 1st, 2011 at 10:57 am · Link

    Double Chocolate Banana Bread

    1 c sugar
    ½ c butter or margarine (softened)
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 eggs
    2 bananas (mashed)
    2 c all-purpose flour
    ½ tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp salt
    ½ c cocoa powder
    5 T milk
    ½ c chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 8 x 4” bread pans. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in mashed bananas and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until thoroughly combined. Sift in cocoa powder until well combined and lump-free. Gradually stir dry mixture into wet mixture until just combined. Stir in milk. Stir in chocolate chips. Evenly distribute mixture between baking pans (should half-fill each). Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow loaves to cool for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto clean dry towel to cool completely. Slice and serve.

  7. Kat
    September 1st, 2011 at 12:15 pm · Link

    I remember all the different Jello deserts that always appeared at the family reunions and church socials. There was a chocolate one with whiped cream on top and gram cracker on the bottom. I’ll have to call my mom and get the recipie soon.

    Silver as for cutting out sugars- Check into using splenda granulated sugar subsitute. My husband has been working on using it in a lot of our favorite cookie receipies. He started out by replacing 1/2 the sugar called for in the recipie with the splenda and using regular sugar for the other 1/2. He has be able to adjust it up the amount of splenda and reduce the amount of regular sugar with good results so far. They also make a splenda brand brown sugar.

    BE thanks for the Recipie. I have done a lot of Bannanna Breads but never a chocolate kind.

  8. Viki S.
    September 1st, 2011 at 1:59 pm · Link

    I know it doesn’t have chocolate in it but I love fruit salad for dessert. I put a little of everything in it and place some whipped cream out for those who like it. You could even put it on sponge cake and drizzle chocolate over top.

  9. Jenn
    September 1st, 2011 at 6:06 pm · Link

    B.E., thank you! I copied it and put it in my recipe file. It’s looks so good! I can almost smell it :-)

  10. Jenn
    September 1st, 2011 at 6:07 pm · Link

    Kat, I’ve never tried a chocolate jello, hmm.

    I haven’t tried baking with Splenda yet either–I’ll have to give it a try.

  11. Jenn
    September 1st, 2011 at 6:08 pm · Link

    Viki, I love fruit too! I like it cut up fresh. It’s so good. Dipped in chocolate would be good too.

    I make grilled pineapple with a little sprinkle of cinnamon–it’s so good!

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