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Even if you've vowed to eat healthier in the new year, that sweet tooth just has a way of winning out at some point. Here are a collection of lighter dessert recipes that feature the natural sweetness of fruit. If chomping on an apple just isn't going to cut it for you, check out these 9 fruity desserts from the Serious Eats recipe archives.

Poached Pears: Fruit poached in a gingery wine syrup flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and star anise is wonderful with a dollop of yogurt or a drizzle of barely-sweetened chocolate sauce.

Actually Good Frozen Yogurt with Roasted Cherry Compote: Top this tangy frozen treat with roasted cherries or whatever fruit you have on hand.

Broiled Grapefruit: Dot grapefruit with butter, sugar, and cinnamon and broil for a quick dessert with minimal prep.


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Winter Fruit Salad with Pomegranates: Fresh fruit rarely looked prettier than this vividly colored salad.

Apple Brown Betty: With just a few pantry basics, you can have a delicious-smelling house and a satisfying baked apple dessert.

Sake Melon Slush: The delicate flavor of sake is wonderful with cantaloupe and a little lime juice in this frozen dessert.

Greek Yogurt Lemon Mousse: This mousse is based on the creamy texture of fat-free Greek yogurt, enhanced with vanilla and lemon.

Maple Cranberry Applesauce: Maple syrup and dark brown sugar sweeten this rosy-colored applesauce.

The World's Second-Easiest Fig Dessert: Sure, you can enjoy figs as they are, but these honey-drizzled broiled figs are much more decadent.

What's your favorite way to eat fruit for dessert?


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