I drove past a donut shop the other day that I haven’t visited in a long time. I could feel my mouth watering as I thought about the delicious cream cheese danishes they sell with fruit filling. I didn’t stop in, but I did begin to think about healthy ways to incorporate those flavors into a meal. Without reinventing the wheel, I used Health One’s recipe to make these delicious little danishes. From start to finish, including cooling time, they took less than half an hour.
You can watch a video of the HNT dietitians making these on their YouTube channel, but I’ve posted the recipe below for your convenience. One of the best parts about the UAMS Weight Maintenance program is that while I am eating conventional foods, I still have access to meal replacements to create desserts and other items such as these danishes!
2 Vanilla Meal Replacements
2 Tbsp Fat-Free Sugar-Free Vanilla Pudding Mix
1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Tbsp Low Fat Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Sugar-Free Strawberry Preserves
Preheat oven to 325 F. In a small bowl, mix the meal replacements, pudding mix, and baking powder. Add the vanilla extract and enough water to make a thick cake batter. Spray the baking pan with non-stick spray and spoon in the batter, making sure to level the batter in each well. Soften the cream cheese in the microwave and spoon it evenly on each danish. Top each danish with 1 tsp of preserves. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool.