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Blueberries berry good for desserts

Waffles, sauces, parfaits are light, summery, simple

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Fresh blueberries are in season, and their plenty suggests summery desserts — light, fruity and simple.

Dessert Waffles With Spiced Blueberry Sauce is an easy idea to try, combining the waffles' crispness with creamy frozen yogurt and a spicy sauce. Blueberry-Orange Dessert Sauce is a refreshing sauce to spoon over ice cream or cut-up fruit; Blueberry-Pineapple Parfaits layer fruit, yogurt and granola.


DESSERT WAFFLES WITH SPICED BLUEBERRY SAUCE

(Preparation time 10 minutes, cooking time 7 minutes)

2 cups fresh blueberries

3 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)

Four 4 1/2-inch fresh or frozen waffles

4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream

In a small saucepan, combine half the blueberries, the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, black pepper and 1/3 cup water. Over medium heat, bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in remaining blueberries; cool. Toast waffles; place on dessert plates. Scoop frozen yogurt onto waffles; top with blueberry sauce. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 281 cal., 6 g pro., 5 g fat, 55 g carbo.


BLUEBERRY-ORANGE DESSERT SAUCE

(Preparation time 5 minutes)

2 cups fresh or frozen (and thawed) blueberries

1/3 cup light cream cheese (from an 8-ounce container)

1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur or marmalade

In the container of a food processor or blender, place blueberries, cream cheese and orange-flavored liqueur; whirl until smooth. Spoon over ice cream or cut-up fruit. Makes about 2 cups.

Nutrition information per 1/4-cup serving: 49 cal., 1 g pro., 2 g fat, 6 g carbo.


BLUEBERRY-PINEAPPLE PARFAITS

(Preparation time 10 minutes)

20-ounce can pineapple chunks, drained

8-ounce container vanilla or lemon-flavored fat-free yogurt

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (and thawed) blueberries

1/2 cup granola

If using frozen blueberries, drain and pat dry. In a small bowl, combine pineapple with half of the yogurt. Into 4 small wine or juice glasses, spoon alternating layers of pineapple mixture, blueberries and granola, repeating twice. Top each with a dollop of yogurt. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 233 cal., 4 g pro., 3 g fat, 49 g carbo. Recipes from the North American Blueberry Council.