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Ricotta Creme

Desserts are always tasty, but many are carb filled and add to our waistlines. Carb-free treats often leave us wanting for more to satisfy our sweet tooth. Several years ago I started living a South Beach lifestyle. Their recipes are easy and satiating.

One of my favorite dessert recipes is the Ricotta crème dessert cups. They are insanely simple to make and they can be made in several different flavors for variety.

The recipe below is for one single serving. I prefer to make an entire batch and store them in ramekins in the refrigerator. I think they taste better if they have time to set over night. However, if you are having a sweet attach and need to make a good food choice late at night, this quick dessert will satisfy any sweet tooth.

This recipe is really versatile as your favorite flavorings can be added to keep it fresh and interesting. If you enjoy pudding or Crème Brule, this recipe will be a great substitution if you want something that is sweet but won't add to your waistline.

My favorite variation is cocoa with hazelnut extract. I never feel like I am deprived with this dessert. The texture of the ricotta cheese is heavier than a pudding and even a small portion is filling and satisfying. I never feel guilty having this dessert when I am having a late night craving.

Another favorite is mixing vanilla and orange extract for an orange dreamsicle flavor. It is rich and refreshing and tastes just like an orange dreamsicle popsicle. The creamy texture of the ricotta cheese gives it just enough weight to feel substantial and rich.

I have taken this recipe to social events and it has been well received. People are always amazed at the wonderful flavor and texture and how simple it is to make. It also travels extremely well. Dressed in a nice serving bowl with a simple garnish, it can look quite elegant.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla extract (almond or orange extract or cocoa can be substituted)
  • 1/4 Lemon or lime zest, if desired
  • 1 Package sugar substitute (I prefer Equal)

Directions

  1. Mix together ricotta, vanilla and sugar substitute in a dessert bowl.
  2. Let set over night.
  3. Serve chilled.

Serves 1.

 

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