When I first opened the new Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook, I just kept thinking “I want it! I want it! I want it!”. When I told the book’s author, Chef Devin Alexander, she enthusiastically replied “You can have it! You can have it! You can have it!”. The author behind many other Biggest Loser cookbooks and several of her own, says it’s because this is the first cookbook of its kind. All the recipe ingredients are all-natural and unprocessed, not to mention low in calories, fat and with hardly any saturated fat.
Too good to be true? Maybe, but the good news is it’s true!
Devin spent the summer working on this top secret project at the request of Biggest Loser. They gave her some unheard of rules that would have left her with a dessert cookbook without any chocolate syrup or whipped cream, as examples. She told herself to revolutionize, and she did. The results include her own creations for a chocolate syrup (unsweetened cocoa powder and agave nectar), her own “Cut the Crap” Whipped Topping (egg whites and agave), as well as the one recipe in the book she is most proud of, “New”-Tella, a natural alternative to that “other” hazelnut spread that she says “is actually kind of good for you.”
Listen now as Devin talks to us about how these desserts can complement your diet, how she used a variety of ingredients to maintain the textures and flavors people love, and how substitutions can work in your home baking.
Devin says when you’re using substitutions in your baking, like subbing coconut sugar for white sugar in banana and pumpkin recipes. “It’s important to concentrate on what you crave,” and she continued to explain that if it’s the moisture or the gooeyness, keep that and work until you’ve captured it.
As for the desserts, everything from fruity and frozen to crunchy and chocolaty are waiting for you. Guilt-free macaroons, fruit kabobs, souflees and even cocktails come with simple recipes that any home chef can prepare and serve after any dinner or event without anyone questioning “diet food.” Because it’s not, it’s just food!
In addition to more than 80 guiltless dessert recipes, the cookbook offers more than 30 pages worth of insight into living the Biggest Loser diet and fitness plan, as well as tips and ideas from Biggest Loser contestants. Also, you’ll find explanations of all the ingredients Devin uses in her recipes.
Get a taste of what’s to come in this delicious new cookbook with these Biggest Loser Dessert recipes:
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November 9th, 2010