By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
If you like to cook or bake, the holidays are always kind of a free pass to just get all crazy and wild with really exotic recipes that you probably would never think to try if you weren’t all hyped up on sugar plums and candy canes and Christmas glitter. It’s usually the only time of year I’ll make a decadent flourless chocolate cake, or individual chocolate soufflés, or beef wellington.
This year though, I’m trying to be just a little bit healthier. I’ve realized that even though I love to make a big production out of fancy desserts and ultra-rich main courses and sides, we have a really small family, and we don’t really like to eat that way anymore. Gasp! I know, crazy, right? I always promise my clients – your tastebuds will change and you truly won’t miss it. Well, maybe not ice cream, but most other really rich foods… And that’s kind of how my family is now, so much of those ultra-rich foods end up going to waste – or I eat them all week because I feel guilty throwing them out.
So when California Raisins challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to come up with a holiday recipe that’s delicious and nutritious for a little less indulgent of a holiday, I jumped right on board, and decided to try a light and healthy dessert. And don’t tell anyone, but this dessert is a great way to sneak in an entire serving of fruit!
This Fruit Compote with Raisin Balsamic Syrup (and I left out the sugar and spice dusted puffed pastry in the title, but please don’t leave it out of the recipe!) sounds fancy, but it’s just roasted fresh fruit that’s sweetened with a touch of spiced cider, and naturally sweet and delicious California raisins. Did you know that raisins are a perfect ingredient to boost the natural sweetness in a recipe, while also adding lots of nutrients, like iron, potassium and fiber?
I dare you to tell me there’s sugar in the balsamic syrup that’s drizzled over the fruit! Just try it – NOPE, not a drop. It’s just all naturally sweet California raisins 🙂
I promise this dessert is sweet, delicious and will satisfy your sweet tooth as well as any cake, but it’s light and healthy with no added sugar or fat. And how about all of that beautiful color! No red or green food coloring here. I have a feeling that this one will be polished off pretty quickly in my house.