Fruit Flan with Fresh Berries – Healthy Option

Creamy, rich, and delicious, you’ll never believe this dessert is low-cal and low fat.

The Backstory: Making flan may seem intimidating at first but it’s just as easy as making a pie. There’s a base, a filling, and a simple topping. My easy (and delicious) recipe for Fruit Flan with Fresh Berries will turn you into a master pastry chef within 20 minutes and have your guests asking for the recipe. Fresh berries are the star of this scrumptious dessert and they are incorporated into the filing and the sweet and tart topping. This is the perfect vehicle for showcasing berries when they are at the peak of ripeness and in season. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Fruit Flan with Fresh Berries - Healthy Option

This delicious dessert satisfies on all fronts: creamy, fruity, sweet and tart. Fresh berries top a decadent filling and melt in your mouth crust. This flan is also beautiful on the table and perfect for a special occasion when you really want to impress.
Course Desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings


For the Base

  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup light margarine (50% reduced fat), soft/tub, zero trans fat
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose white flour
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 lb. (3 cups) fresh strawberries, sliced

For the Topping

  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved


  1. In food processor, combine ingredients for base.
  2. Press base mixture onto bottom of 11-inch round cake pan.
  3. For filling, mix sugar and flour in bowl. Toss with blueberries and strawberries.
  4. Spoon fruit mixture over base.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35-40 minutes until bubbly. Let cool under refrigeration at 40 degrees F.
  6. For topping, arrange blueberries and strawberries over flan.
  7. Slice into 10 pieces and serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories: 190
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates: 43g
Sodium: 115mg
Fiber: 2g

…The Backstory continues: You can find more tasty recipes in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Poached Pears in Fruit Juice to Broiled Halibut (or Salmon) with Garlic and Tarragon — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!

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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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