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Dessert Treats with a Taste of the Exotic!

Sweet Endings to Any Meal (includes gluten-free/vegan fare)

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For a dessert that tastes like a tropical paradise, try one of these beautiful Thai desserts!  These Thai delights are naturally low in fat and calories while remaining high in flavor, texture, and taste. Many are also lactose and gluten free - perfect for those with special diet requirements. Looking for an easy dessert recipe? You'll find a variety of easy desserts here that you can whip up in no time. Enjoy one of these colorful and flavorful Thai desserts tonight!

1. Mango Sticky Rice Pudding (vegan/gluten-free)

Mango Sticky Rice Dessert
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Mango Sticky Rice Pudding is THE consummate Thai dessert, and you're going to love love love it. The combination of sticky rice with fresh mango and a sweet coconut sauce is a heady taste experience that can send you straight to mango heaven!

2. Easy Mango Sorbet (no ice cream maker required!)

Mango Sorbet
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Try this fantastically easy recipe for Mango Sorbet! Note that it's really more like a cross between sorbet and ice cream and it does have dairy in it, but oh is it good.  Quick and simple to make, and there's no stove involved. You'll need only a blender or food processor.  Makes a beautiful dessert to serve company or to scoop up in a cone on a hot summer day.

3. Thai-style Creme Caramel (Lactose/gluten-free)

Easy Thai Creme Caramel
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A Thai version of the classic creme caramel dessert that is super-easy to make, melt-in-your mouth delicious, and healthier than traditional creme caramel! This recipe calls for coconut milk instead of cream (coconut milk contains good fats that actually lower your cholesterol), so if you're lactose-intolerant, this is a good dessert choice for you. It also makes an elegant dessert to serve guests or take to a party. Best of all, this recipe can be whipped up and in the oven in less than 10 minutes!

4. Coconut Cake (with Fluffy Coconut Icing)

Coconut Cake
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 04/30/10

This coconut cake is made with coconut milk and shredded coconut for the ultimate coconut-ty taste! In Thailand, all the top hotels make their coconut cake with freshly-squeezed coconut milk from the local market. Here I've replicated the idea using coconut milk and shredded coconut. It has literally taken me years of trial and error to get this recipe right. I'm sure you'll love it as much as we do.

5. Fried Bananas (easy no-batter recipe! - vegan/gluten-free)

Fried Bananas
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 07/16/10

Make this dessert and you'll have friends for life! My most popular Thai dessert - and for good reason. This fried banana recipe is yummy and easy to make because there's no messy batter to worry about. Enjoy fried bananas hot from the pan with coconut ice cream for a special Thai dessert that is to-die-for delicious.

6. Mango Layer Cake - the perfect summer cake!

Mango Cake
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This mango cake recipe is so fresh, fluffy and delicious, plus it's simple and fun to make. In Thailand cakes like this are served at all the big hotels where chefs add ornamental garnishes prepared with fresh mango and coconut. Here I've simplified the process while keeping the original taste. And what is that? I'd describe it as a little like strawberry shortbread except with the exotic taste of mango - a perfect summer treat!

7. Mango Swirl Cheesecake

Mango Swirl Cheesecake
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Try this recipe for the smoothest, most scrumptious exotic-flavored cheesecake. The mango can be purchased fresh if it's in season, or alternatively you can use canned mango (look for it in either the canned fruit section or the Asian section). You'll find this simple recipe for cheesecake easy, fun to make, and sooo delicious, you'll impress your guests and even yourself as soon as you take that first lovely bite!

 

8. Easy Banana, Lychee & Coconut Dessert (gluten-free/vegan)

Bananas & Lychees in Sweet Coconut Milk
D.Schmidt

Don't be deceived by the simplicity of this recipe - the taste is so wonderfully sweet and exotic that I have often found it addictive. It's also a low fat dessert that happens to be incredibly healthy. A great way to use up leftover bananas, this simple, but yummy dessert can be served warm or cold, depending on the weather and your mood (cold is great on a warm night, while serving it heated up makes this a superb comfort food any time of the year). Enjoy!

9. Mango Pudding

Mango Pudding
D.Schmidt

This mango pudding is made with fresh mangoes for a mango-sweet dessert you'll love to serve. And it's simple to make - you'll have it whipped up and in the refrigerator in just 15 minutes.

10. Star Fruit in Mango-Orange Sauce Dessert (Vegan/gluten-free)

Star Fruit Dessert
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, About.com Corp.

This special dessert recipe is beautiful to serve, plus easy to make and healthy too! It starts with slices of fresh star fruit (instructions on how to buy and prepare star fruit are included). While star fruit can be eaten fresh, in this recipe the fruit is lightly cooked and then given a tropical-tasting mango-orange sauce. Topped with a drizzle of coconut milk, this light and delicious dessert is beautiful to serve and lovely to eat.

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