Treat mom to angelic desserts this Mother’s Day

Published 7:01 am Sunday, May 3, 2015

Next week is Mother’s Day and it is time to give back to moms for all the wonderful things they do for us. Just like moms want us to be healthy, your Hy-Vee dietitians suggest making a healthier treat for mom this Mother’s Day.

One way to treat her is with an angelic dessert using angel food cake.

Angel food cake may not sound like an easy cake to bake but that is where your Hy-Vee Bakery steps in. With angel food cakes made fresh daily, all you need to do is stop by your favorite Hy-Vee location and pick one up.

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Not sure what to do with the cake once you purchase it?  Here are a few ways to make your angel food cake angelic for mom.

Grill, toast or broil:
The weather is getting nicer and it is a great time to fire up the grill. You can quickly toast angel food or pound cake slices, brushing each side with a little melted butter to avoid sticking. Alternatively, warm and crisp your cake slices in a toaster or broiler. Cut the cake slices into cubes, skewer with fruit and drizzle a little chocolate syrup for this simple and delicious dessert.

Make shortcake
with classic strawberry shortcake as your guide, experiment with different cake, cream and berry combinations. For a healthier version, use Greek yogurt instead of whipped cream. Choose one berry or a combination of several; any fresh, seasonal selection will be a treat.

Make Individual Parfaits: 
Continuing the theme of adding fruit, along with something creamy, cut your angel food into cubes and layer everything in individual glasses to make parfaits. The possibilities are just about endless with different fruit, Greek yogurts or similar whipped toppings to make a fun dessert that can be made differently for each family member.  Remember to make mom’s parfait with all her favorites.

Grilled Angel Food Cake Kabobs

Grilled Angel Food Cake Kabobs

The best gifts a mom can receive are those made by her children.  Use these simple recipes below to get the kids involved to sweeten mom up for Mother’s Day in a light and healthier way.

 Grilled Angel Food Cake Kabobs


All You Need

•1 cup (1-inch cubes) angel food cake

•1 cup whole strawberries

•1 cup peach slices

•1 tablespoon sugar

•1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

•1 (6 oz) container Yoplait Light white chocolate strawberry yogurt

 All You Do

1. Heat gas or charcoal grill.

2. Arrange cake cubes, strawberries and peach slices alternately on eight 6-inch skewers. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over kabobs.

3. Place kabobs on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook kabobs about 2 minutes, turning once, until golden brown. Serve kabobs with yogurt.

 Easy Angel Food Parfait

Serves 1

All You Need

•½ cup (1-inch cubes) angel food cake, divided

•1 (5.3 or 6 oz.) container vanilla Greek yogurt, divided

•½ cup mixed berries, divided

 All You Do

1. In a small cup or bowl, start with a layer of angel food cake.

2. Next add a layer of Greek yogurt and then a layer of mixed berries.

3. Repeat these layers until all ingredients have been used, saving a small amount of Greek yogurt to top it off.