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Healthy Dessert Recipes for Skin Cancer Prevention

The dessert recipes you find below use ingredients that may help prevent the formation of skin cancer. Each recipe description explains why that dessert dish is thought to be particularly good for people who want to reduce their risk of getting skin cancer.

If you want to learn more about the skin cancer preventing properties of different foods and nutrients, check out the section Diet Plan for Skin Cancer Prevention and the section Foods for Fighting Skin Cancer of this online guide.

Apple Slices with Cinnamon

This dessert is a cinch to prepare, and it contains only 95 calories! But the benefits of this dish do not end there: apples are supercharged with phytochemicals, and scientists have associated an increased consumption of apples with a reduced risk of many types of cancer. Also laboratory experiments have shown apples to possess strong antioxidant properties and inhibit cancer cell proliferation.
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Rice Pudding with Blueberry Sauce

This rice pudding recipe calls for brown rice, which is a healthy alternative to the more common white rice. In addition, this rice pudding is dairy-free, which helps improve the antioxidant capacity of the accompanying blueberry sauce. Blueberries are one the best sources of antioxidants, but consuming milk together with these pleasantly tart berries has been shown to decrease their antioxidant capacity.
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Scandinavian Blueberry Soup

In Scandinavia, blueberry soup is a popular treat that can be served warm as an appetizer or chilled as a dessert. But the benefits of blueberry soup extend far beyond its culinary use. In a laboratory test conducted by USDA researchers, wild blueberries were ranked number one in terms of antioxidant capacity over 40 other tested fruits, berries, and vegetables. The antioxidant power of wild blueberries was shown to be even stronger than that of cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums, or cultivated blueberries.
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Low-Fat Apple and Raspberry Crumble

Not only does this divine dessert tempt your taste buds, it also makes a healthy alternative to many other desserts. The apples and raspberries featured in this crumble are among the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has strong anti-cancer and antioxidant properties.
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Chocolate Cake

Research indicates that people who eat beans on a regular basis have a significantly lower risk of many types of cancer. Guess what? Eating a piece of this chocolate cake can help you fulfill your body's quota for beans: black beans are a key ingredient in this flourless cake! What's more, this recipe calls for dark, unsweetened cocoa powder—the kind of cocoa that has been shown to possess significant antioxidant properties.
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Nettle Crêpes with Raspberries

Don't worry about this dessert stinging you; the nettle in these crepes will only do you good. Young, cooked stinging nettle shoots are perfectly edible, and they are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids. To maximize the health promoting properties of these crepes, serve them with fresh raspberries; raspberries contain ellagic acid, an extraordinary compound that has been shown to act as a potent anti-carcinogen, anti-mutagen, and inhibitor of cancer.
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Green Tea and Mango Blast

This recipe pairs refreshing green tea with mellow mango to create a smoothie that is crammed with antioxidant and anti-cancer compounds.
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Raspberry Blueberry Smoothie

This smoothie combines blueberries and raspberries, two delicious berries that are at the top of the list of anti-cancer foods.
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Antioxidant Muffins

These scrumptious muffins feature blueberries and pecans, two antioxidant powerhouse foods. Blueberries top the list of berries with the highest antioxidant capacity, and pecans—along with walnuts and chestnuts—have the highest concentration of antioxidants in the tree nut family.
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Carrot Muffins

Everyone knows that carrots are good for your eyesight, but did you know that they are also an excellent anti-cancer vegetable? Carrots contain falcarinol—a compound that has been shown to inhibit the development of cancer.
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Low Glycemic Raspberry Muffins

This muffin recipe is a must-try for those who love muffins but are concerned about the high glycemic rating of most muffins. This muffin recipe uses for low-glycemic ingredients, including soy flour, whole wheat flour, and raspberries. The soy and raspberries featured in these muffins also contain isoflavones and ellagic acid, respectively, which have strong anti-oxidant properties.
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Buckwheat Crepes with Prune Compote

Buckwheat delivers a generous amount of rutin, a bioflavonoid with powerful antioxidant properties. Also prunes are an excellent source of antioxidants: a study, which assessed the antioxidant capacity of a wide range of fresh and dried fruit and vegetables using the so-called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) methodology, ranked prunes, or dried plums, the #1 food in terms of antioxidant potential. Prunes had more than twice the antioxidant capacity of other high ranking foods such as blueberries and raisins.
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Quinoa Crepes with Applesauce

Quinoa contains zinc while applesauce is packed with health-promoting phytochemicals. Also apples offer extraordinary health benefits: laboratory tests have found apples to exert strong antioxidant activity and inhibit cancer cell proliferation.
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For more recipes that may help lower your odds of developing skin cancer, go to the main recipe directory of's Guide to Preventing Skin Cancer.