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Lemon Cream with Blackberries

I used to bake a dessert nearly every week, but I’ve grown tired of cupcakes, pies, brownies, cookies, and the like. I’ve always considered my family’s diet healthier than most, and we’ve continued that trend into 2012, modifying it a bit by cutting back on baked treats. My alternative, and our family’s new favorite dessert, is lemon cream with blackberries. It’s so lemony, perfectly sweet, and made with only four ingredients. It’s quick to throw together, easy to adjust, and can be made with whatever berries you prefer. It’s a lighter dessert that satisfies the sweet tooth without making you feel heavy or guilty.

LEMON CREAM WITH BLACKBERRIES
Serves 2
Downloadable PDF of Lemon Cream with Blackberries

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the following, stirring until smooth:
    • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
    • 3-4 Tablespoons sugar, adjusting to your preference
  • Thaw 1 cup frozen blackberries in microwave using microwave safe bowl
  • Divide most of the blackberries (reserving a few) evenly between two clear glasses
  • Top the blackberries with the lemon cream, dividing it evenly between the glasses
  • Spoon the reserved blackberries over the top, letting the juice drip down the lemon cream
  • These can be made ahead of time and chilled in the refrigerator until ready to eat, or you can serve them immediately.

The lemon zest and juice add a wonderful fresh, brightness to the cream. The Greek yogurt turns very smooth and creamy with the lemon juice whipped in, making it taste like fresh lemon cream once you’ve added just the right amount of sugar. I tried it with thawed frozen strawberries last night. It was good, but I prefer the blackberries. They’re so dark, adding a beautiful color contrast to the cream, and they’re not too sweet or too tart. I think tonight I’ll be trying this with blueberries! Blueberries and lemon are always a tasty combination…

Downloadable PDF of Lemon Cream with Blackberries

While I haven’t been blogging much (a two-month hiatus!), follow me on Pinterest to see all the recipes I’ve been collecting from around the web and the ones I’ve tried!

Are you eating healthier foods in 2012? We’ve added legume night to our weekly menu. Last week I made these vegetarian “Snobby Joes” recipe from The Post Punk Kitchen and they were awesome served on steamed, buttered whole wheat hamburger buns.

What are your favorite healthier desserts? It’s fair to say this lemon cream with berries has become my new favorite. Or sometimes I simply want a glass of chocolate milk for dessert :-)

Any new favorite health websites or blogs in 2012? I have been enjoying the posts by Heather Morgan at her Muffin Top Makeover blog. She’s hosting a virtual Healthy Living Book Club with a different book each month in 2012. Check it out!

~Ingredients to nourish the body put together in ways to nourish the soul to share with family and friends to nourish the heart~

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Pudding Cups

I have been craving profiteroles lately, but lacking the energy to make them. While going through my deep freeze looking for a frozen vegetable for dinner, I came across a package of mini phyllo cups. Within minutes, I put together a fast dessert to satisfy my profiterole craving (for the moment).

PUDDING CUPS

  • Thaw 1 package of 15 mini phyllo cups
  • While those thaw, prepare 1 package instant vanilla pudding (4 1/2-cup serving size package) with 1 1/2 cups milk (1/2 cup less than the package calls for, making a thicker pudding)
  • When cups and pudding are ready, spoon 1 Tablespoon pudding into each cup (there will be pudding leftover so feel free to fill 2 packages of 15 mini phyllo cups)
  • In a small bowl, mix 2 Tablespoons Nutella with 3 teaspoons cream or milk, and whisk until smooth and thin enough to drizzle
  • Drizzle a touch of the thinned Nutella over each pudding cup
  • Alternately, you can sprinkle a bit of cocoa powder over the tops for a pretty finish
  • Serve

Pudding Cups

Perfect little bite-sized desserts that have a flaky crust, creamy pudding, and chocolate to finish it off. What I love about these is that they’re so easy when needing something in a pinch, and you can change the flavors by using different puddings (I want to try pistachio or coconut pudding!). You can simply dust with powdered sugar, cocoa, or even cinnamon instead of drizzling with Nutella. If you don’t keep Nutella on hand, use a touch of chocolate syrup. Top with slivered almonds or chopped pistachios or walnuts or pecans. Chocolate pudding topped with chopped pecans, dried coconut, and drizzled with a bit of caramel sounds yummy. Or top with a teaspoon of your favorite jam or marmalade or fresh berries. Make the cheesecake flavored pudding and top with berries for a twist on cheesecake. The possibilities are endless!

These are great if you need to contribute a dessert for a party since you don’t even have to turn on your oven. I love to bake, but every so often I want something like this that I can throw together in no time without a lot of fuss. These were really fun for the kids who love desserts in small packages. My youngest would love the cheesecake version, so I may have to make that next. I’ve encountered some kids who don’t like cake at birthday parties, so this could be a fun option instead of serving cake or cupcakes. You can put the pudding in the cups in advance, then lay out a spread of different toppings for the kids to top their own pudding cups using gummy candies, sprinkles, marshmallows, fruits, or whatever you can think of.

~Ingredients to nourish the body put together in ways to nourish the soul to share with family and friends to nourish the heart~

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