Grilled Fruit and Angel Food Cake Dessert Skewers

July 1, 2016

By Kay MacInnis, Registered Dieitian

Grilled desserts are a great way to end a cookout and can be pretty simple to prepare and serve.

I am all about easy, and look for recipes that are quick and make my time in the kitchen with prep and clean-up shorter. I also love doing things on the grill, and this is a great option.

Angel food cake is one of my favorite desserts. It makes me feel like I’m having a lot of calories when in fact it only has about 80 calories in a serving (1/12 of a 12-oz. cake). This is one of the dessert options that can fit nicely into a meal pattern if you are watching your carbohydrate intake to control blood sugars.

But if you are doing that and think that by using honey you are making a better choice, you need to think again. It can fit into your eating habits; you just need to be mindful about how much you are using and how often.

Grilled Fruit and Angel Food Cake Dessert Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 12 medium strawberries

  • 12 chunks of pineapple

  • Angel food cake (homemade or store-bought)

  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips

  • 1/4 cup of honey

  • 1/2 of a lime

Preparation:

  • Soak 6 bamboo skewers in a pan of water for at least an hour.

  • Wash strawberries.

  • Cut pineapple and angel food cake into 1 inch x 1 inch cubes.

  • Thread a strawberry, piece of cake, and pineapple onto a skewer. Repeat so that you have two of each item on each skewer.

  • In a small, microwaveable bowl, mix together the honey and the lime juice. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave.

  • Using a basting brush, coat all sides of each dessert skewer with the warm honey mixture.

  • Preheat your grill on low. Take a long sheet of aluminum foil and punch several small holes. Lay on top of your grill grate, shiny side down.

  • Lay your skewers on top of the foil and cook until browned (4-6 minutes).

  • Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or by microwaving them for about 45 seconds.

  • Remove the skewers from the grill and drizzle the melted chocolate on top. Eat and enjoy!

Makes 6 skewers.

Nutrition Information: 171 Calories, 1 gram fat, 0 grams cholesterol, 93 mg. sodium, 36 grams carbohydrate and 2 grams protein.

(Nutrition information for this recipe varies depending on how much fruit you put on each skewer, how much honey is used to baste on the skewers and how much chocolate you drizzle on top. This is one of those fun recipes that can be set up as a “bar” and let each person make his or her own.)

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This is another in a weekly series of healthy recipes from Kay MacInnis, registered dietitian at Providence Health in Columbia, SC. Kay promotes health and wellness, helping cardiac and diabetes patients eat their way to healthier lives. She works in consultation with the trained chefs at Providence, combining her nutrition knowledge with their food prep know-how to create delicious, healthy dishes for patients and the public. She also conducts a number of health and wellness events for the public, including the monthly Providence Cooks! classes.

"She doesn't just give you the fish, she teaches you how to cook it." – a Kay MacInnis fan and Providence Cooks! regular.