With Mardi Gras right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on beads, mark your parade routes and pull your purple, green and gold wardrobe out of the closet. But what Mardi Gras would be complete without Louisiana’s sweetest holiday treat – a king cake?
While the high-sugar, high-carb, high-calorie and high-just about everything king cakes found in area bakeries can leave your diet with a hangover the following Wednesday, there are healthier options so you can have your king cake and eat it, too.
Check out the recipe from Nutrition Services at Woman’s Center for Wellness for a healthy king cake éclair, which reduces the calories from a regular king cake by a third, the sugar by nearly half and the fat by more than 60 percent!
Healthy King Cake Éclair
- 1 large box (5.9oz) sugar free instant vanilla pudding
- 4 cups skim milk
- 1 16oz container Light Cool Whip
- 1 box graham crackers
- Dark chocolate syrup (or sugar free chocolate syrup)
- Yellow, green, and purple food coloring
- Prepare pudding according to package direction. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Thoroughly, mix Cool Whip into pudding mixture. Separate into three small bowls.
- Mix one bowl with yellow coloring, one with purple, and the last with green. Using desired amount of coloring. More will create darker colors.
- In a 9×13 baking dish, place a layer of the graham crackers on the bottom. Top with one of the pudding mixtures. Repeat. End with pudding mixture on top.
- Top with desired amount of chocolate syrup. Preferably keeping to a small amount.
- Refrigerate 8-12 hours before serving.
King Cake Éclair – Nutritional facts per serving
Original King Cake – Nutritional facts per serving