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Easy Dessert Recipes - Tropical Treats from the Thai Kitchen!

Simple Tropical Desserts

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Try these easy Thai dessert recipes! Thai desserts are exotic and tropical, plus healthy and lower in fat and calories than most Western-style desserts. Many make use of fresh fruit, and most are also gluten free. ENJOY!

1. Easy Mango Sorbet (no ice cream machine required!)

Mango sorbet
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Try this fantastically easy recipe for Mango Sorbet! Quick and simple to make, and there's no stove involved. You'll need only a blender or food processor. This sorbet is creamier than most, halfway between sorbet and ice cream, but still light and full of mango flavor. Makes a beautiful dessert to serve company. Best of all, you can have it whipped up and in the freezer in just 20 minutes!

2. Easy Thai-style Creme Caramel

Thai-style Creme Caramel
D.Schmidt

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's also naturally gluten-free. ENJOY!

3. Thai Mango Pudding

Thai Mango Pudding
D.Schmidt
This Thai recipe for mango pudding is very delicious - like the mango puddings you get at dim sum. Plus it's really easy to make - you'll have it whipped up and in the refrigerator in just 15 minutes. Great for company!

4. 10-Minute Chocolate Mango Mousse (New!)

Easy Chocolate Mango Mousse
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 02/24/11, About.com Corp.

These days, chocolate mousse can be found in practically every country around the world. But when Thai chefs take on this international favorite, you can bet it's going to be made extra wonderful with the addition of a few tropical touches. The following recipe hails from Bangkok and includes fresh ripe mangoes, a touch of cardamom, plus coconut milk (instead of dairy cream). The result is a rich-tasting mousse that is actually much lighter in calories than most Western-style mousses.

5. Easy Coconut Sorbet

Coconut Sorbet
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 06/24/10

This recipe for Coconut Sorbet turns out like a cross between sorbet and granita, but with all the coconut flavor and richness of ice cream. It tastes very much like some of the coconut ice cream you can buy from vendors on the streets of Thailand. Very easy to make (no stove involved), and this recipe does not require an ice cream maker.

6. Tapioca Coconut Pudding (New!)

Thai Tapioca Pudding
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt
This Asian-style tapioca pudding recipe is SO delicious and very easy to make (cooks in just 15 minutes!). In Thailand as well as throughout Southeast Asia, tapioca is a common dessert, but it is much different than our Western-style tapioca and SO much yummier (trust me on this one!). This is one of my family's all-time favorite desserts.

7. Quick & Easy Banana-Lychee Dessert

Banana Lychee Dessert
D.Schmidt
This easy dessert only takes 5 minutes to make! But don't be deceived by its simplicity - the taste is so wonderfully sweet and exotic that I find it addictive! It's also a low fat dessert that happens to be incredibly healthy.

8. Thai Fried Bananas (simple no-batter recipe)

Restaurant-style Fried Bananas
D.Schmidt
Unlike most fried banana recipes, this one doesn't involve a messy batter. It's surprisingly easy to make, and tastes like restaurant-quality fried bananas. Enjoy them hot from the pan, or add ice cream on the side (vanilla or coconut) for a special Thai dessert that is to-die-for delicious!

9. Tapioca Mango Pudding

Tapioca Mango Pudding
D.Schmidt
This easy dessert is so exotic and scrumptious tasting, you'll want to make it the next time you're entertaining guests. Tapioca is a natural root vegetable that looks like a grain when processed, but is completely gluten-free. Although most tapioca puddings take hours to make, this one is ready in 30 minutes or less (I made mine in 15). The fresh mango is optional - you'll find this tapioca pudding delicious without it too. ENJOY!

10. 5-Minute Thai Sweet Chili Ice Cream Topping

Thai Ice Cream Sauce
D.Schmidt
Thai food has always seemed magical to me, but few things have astounded me more than the magic of this simple ice cream topping recipe - just drizzle it over vanilla ice cream for an exotic treat that will wow your friends and family. A little sweet, a little spicy, this ice cream topping is a gourmet food lover's treat!

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