Eek! The 4th of July is coming up! I absolutely love the 4th of July. Since my birthday is on the 3rd, I have more fond memories than I can count of warm summer nights with fireworks, food, family and friends! As I was thinking about cute, patriotic, healthier desserts… I came up with these adorable red, white and blue, berry and angel food cake skewers!
After imagining them in my head I tried them out on some unsuspecting dinner guinea pigs – I mean guests – and they were a huge hit!
Berry and Angel Food Cake Skewers
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might notice I mention fairly often that even if I don’t always photograph fruit with my meals, I always include it! (With the exception of dining out ☺️). Think about how you can get more nutritional value into your meals can set you up with a healthy frame of mind for balanced meal planning. Using fruit in a dessert dish is a great way to add more vitamins, minerals and fiber into a meal, and reduce the calories you might have had with a more “normal” dessert dish.Add #fruit to dessert with these #delicious #berry & angel food cake skewers! Click To Tweet
Why Angel Food Cake?
Angel food cake is fairly benign. It does have sugar, but it has little or no fat, which keeps the calories low. You could go with a sugar-free angel food cake, but I decided against it because the one at my local grocery store was really high in sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols can cause a lot of gastrointestinal discomfort (ummm… gas). Besides, if you look at the skewers, there’s really not a whole lot of angel food cake on there. A couple small squares aren’t going to make or break your overall diet, and I’m a firm believer in moderation.
You could definitely make these skewers with a different type of dessert! Brownies would work well or a different type of unfrosted cake (icing would catch on the skewer so I would skip anything with icing!).
I chose strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries because – duh… I needed red and blue! Each of these berries is a good source of fiber (~3-8 g per cup, depending on the berry) (1,2,3,4). Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C (in fact they have as much or more vitamin C per cup than an orange!) and potassium (1).Raspberries are high in potassium and they have the flavonoids quercetin and gallic acid, which may play a role in preventing heart health, obesity and age-related decline (5). Blackberries have anthocyanins, which may help improve cognitive function, and reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risk (6). And blueberries might help improve motor skills and cognitive function (7)! Varying your fruits is a good idea to reap maximum nutritional benefits from the foods you choose!
Favorite Strawberry Tool
I’m a real kitchen appliance and gadget fiend… and one of my most-used kitchen gadgets is this *strawberry huller by Chef’n.
To use it:
- Rinse your strawberries and pull off the stem.
- Press the button on the huller so the claw encompasses the hull.
- Release the button, twist and pull!
Note: If you want a “clean line” across your berries then you’d want to use a knife instead! Otherwise, it helps speed up the process and reduces food waste because you throw less of the strawberry away.
Regular skewers are a bit too long, so instead I used apple skewers. I found some in the kitchen appliance aisle at my local grocery store, but here’s a similar similar set.
I used three different dips when I served these fruity, angel food cake skewers! I served it with Siggi’s Greek yogurt, whipped cream (just grocery store brand – and I used regular instead of sugar-free because regular whipped cream only has ~15 calories per serving and <1 g sugar anyway), and Nutella!
Prepping Your Red, White & Blue Angel Food Cake Skewers
Be sure to cut the berries and angel food cake into bite-sized pieces. Depending on the size of strawberries you have, you might either half or quarter each strawberry. For the angel food cake, each one-inch thick slice will work best if it’s cut into about 8 pieces (once long cut vertically down the center, and across three times). I prefer to leave just a titch of space between each item so the colors don’t bleed on each other.
You can also make these a day early and save them in the fridge if you’re prepping for a party or event. Cover them first and they will stay moist.
How to Eat These Fruity Skewers!
Put some dip onto a plate, and dip each piece before you take a bite! You can move the fruit or angel food cake pieces down the skewer with your mouth pretty easily for dipping or eating!
As always, I hope you love this easy recipe! Feel free to get creative with it and let me know what you think!
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