Hungry Girl Goes… In Search of Desserts Under 200 Calories!

In honor of my new all-dessert cookbook, Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts, here are some amazing desserts (products and a recipe!) with less than 200 calories. Sweet!
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Weight Watchers Snack Size Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches
I love these brand-new frozen treats. Red velvet plus ice cream equals a ridiculously good flavor combo. Each treat is filled with frosting-flavored ice cream and a red velvet swirl — even the sandwich wafers are red velvet! Plus, each one has a couple grams of fiber and protein and a slim 100-calorie price tag. Nice!
Each sandwich has 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 3.

Breyers Blasts! Girl Scouts Thin Mints and Samoas
Girl Scout cookie season may be over, but you can still find Thin Mints and Samoas in the freezer aisle! Breyers has blended chunks of Girl Scout cookies into creamy ice cream with fudge swirls. Genius! They aren't billed as light, but the stats are pretty impressive. Sure to satisfy ice cream lovers and cookie lovers too!
Each 1/2-cup serving has 140 calories, 4.5 - 6g fat, 23g carbs, 0 - <1g fiber, 2g protein and a PointsPlus value of 4.

Dole Banana Dippers
Want a freezy, fruity snack? Dark-chocolate-coated frozen banana coins should do the trick. These Dippers come in 100-cal packs for easy portion-controlled snacking. Plus, there's something awesomely nostalgic about the banana-chocolate pairing. For 120 calories, there's also an almond-topped variety. Great for the whole family!
Each 4-slice pack has 100 calories, 4.5g fat, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g protein and a PointsPlus value of 2.

HG-Developed Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip and Triple Chocolate Chunk VitaTops
"High-fiber" and "low-fat" aren't words usually applied to dessert, but they are in the Hungry Girl world! Both of these chocolate muffin tops are incredible swaps for fattening desserts. VitaTops are also great for making HG whoopie pies. (There are eight whoopie pie recipes in 200 Under 200 Just Desserts that call for Deep Chocolate VitaTops!) These flavors can be ordered online, but the classic Deep Chocolate kind is stocked in freezer aisles nationwide. Stock up!
Each VitaTop has 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 26g carbs, 8 - 9g fiber, 4g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.

HG Recipe: Mini Dutch Apple Pies
Recipe alert! These personal pies are both adorable and amazingly delicious!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), or HG Alternative
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. salt
2 cups diced Fuji apples
2 cups diced Granny Smith apples
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet
2 sheets (8 crackers) cinnamon graham crackers, crushed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray (butter flavored, if available).

In a large nonstick pot, combine cornstarch with 3⁄4 cup water, and stir to dissolve. Add Splenda, cinnamon, lemon juice, salt and apples. Stir well.

Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until apples have slightly softened and mixture is thick and gooey, 6 - 8 minutes.

Stir in butter, and remove from heat.

Roll or stretch out dough into a large rectangle of even thickness, at least 12 inches by 9 inches. Evenly cut dough into 12 squares. Place each square in a muffin cup, and press it into the bottom and up along the sides.

Evenly distribute apple mixture among the dough cups. Bake until golden brown, 10 - 12 minutes.

Sprinkle with crushed graham crackers, and let slightly cool, about 10 minutes.

Gently remove pies from the pan, and enjoy!

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Each mini pie (1/12th of recipe) has 103 calories, 3g fat, 17.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein and a PointsPlus value of 3.

HG Alternative: If made with an equal amount of granulated white sugar in place of the Splenda, each mini pie will have 117 calories, 21g carbs and a PointsPlus value of 3.

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