In a diet-focused culture, desserts often get a bad rap. Some, however, can be nutritionally beneficial. 

Desserts made with fruit, nature’s natural sweetener, are healthy after-dinner treats. Reducing the sugar and fats in a recipe can make desserts more healthful and still taste good. 

The July issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers the following healthy dessert suggestions. All of the ingredients should be readily available at your local natural and organic food store. 

Grill Fruit Slices

Cut apples, pineapple, pears or peaches into chunks. Brush them lightly with canola oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Grill the fruit on skewers, or wrap in foil and grill over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. 

Make a Fruit Dip

Mix together 1/2 cup low-fat, sugar-free lemon yogurt, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lime zest. Serve cold as a dip for fruits like grapes, sliced strawberries, kiwi or bananas. 

Add a Dollop

Add a dollop of fat-free plain or vanilla yogurt to frozen or canned fruit. Opt for fruit without syrup.