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Red, White and Blue Fruit Kebabs with Light Lemon Cheesecake Dip

Posted Jul 02 2013 6:02am

Here’s a quick and easy last minute 4th of July dessert idea that doesn’t require getting near the stove: red, white and blue fruit kebabs.

Just thread fruit and other selected ingredients on bamboo skewers in pretty alternating patterns and voilà, a fun and festive dessert that will please young and old alike. (What is it about food on a stick, anyway?)

Fourth of July Fruit Kebabs

Fourth of July Fruit Kebabs

You can customize your fruit kebabs with whatever fruit and other ingredients you have on hand. I used blueberries, strawberries, banana slices, mini marshmallows and cubes of leftover Madeira cake , combining them in different ways.

Raspberries, seedless red grapes, and cubes of watermelon or angel food cake would all work well too.

Red, White and Blue Fruit Kebabs

Red, White and Blue Fruit Kebabs

You can keep your kebabs ultra Weight Watchers Friendly by making them with just fruit (I used strawberries, blueberries and banana slices) giving them a PointsPlus value of 0.

July 4th Fruit Kebabs with Blueberries, Strawberries and Mini Marshmallows

July 4th Fruit Kebabs with Blueberries, Strawberries and Mini Marshmallows

Or sweeten them up a bit with the addition of a few mini marshmallows. (According to my calculations, 5 mini marshmallows has 10 calories, which would still keep them at 0 unless you got carried away!

The skewers made with fruit and two cubes of leftover Madeira cake have a PointsPlus value of 2 since each cube of cake has a value of 1.

Fruit Kebabs with Lemon Cheesecake Dip

Fruit Kebabs with Lemon Cheesecake Dip

I wanted a dip to go with these fun red, white and blue fruit kebabs and immediately thought of the leftover lemon curd cheese spread I had in the fridge. By adding some nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt, I was able to create a light creamy dip that reminded me of lemon cheesecake with only 1 PointsPlus per tablespoon! (Am I the only one who gets a thrill out of turning leftovers into something new and tasty?)

Another nice thing about these fruit kebabs is that you can make as few or as many as you need. Assemble them ahead and then cover and refrigerate them until you’re ready for them.

Enjoy!

Red, White and Blue Fruit Kebabs with Light Lemon Cheesecake Dip
 
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A quick and easy red, white and blue fruit based dessert perfect for the 4th of July or any casual summer celebration
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Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
For the Skewers
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Strawberries, cut up into halves or quarters depending on their size
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas, sliced
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Slice(s) of pound cake, cut into cubes
For the Lemon Cheesecake Dip
  • 4 ounces light tub-style cream cheese, at room temperature (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons jarred lemon curd
  • ¼ cup nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt

Instructions
  1. Thread your ingredients onto the bamboo skewers, alternating them in fun patterns and combinations.
  2. Note: If using marshmallows, it’s best to slide on a piece of fruit prior to a marshmallow to help lubricate the skewer and prevent the marshmallow from making the skewer sticky.
  3. To make the dip, beat together the cream cheese, lemon curd and yogurt until light and creamy. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 skewer): 0 PointsPlus if made with all fruit or fruit and 5 or fewer marshmallows. Add 1 PointsPlus for each cube of poundcake used. Each tablespoon of dip has 28 calories, 1.3 g fat, 2.6 g carbs, 1.4 g protein and 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus

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