Low-Carb, 21 Day Fix Dessert: Cannoli Cream

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We’ve been trying to get healthier at my house.  Have you?

We recently completed a round of the 21 Day Fix (check out my review) and we are loosely following the plan still.

Very loosely.  As in, I am writing this  post with a belly full of chicken enchilda, fresh tortillas and queso, and chimichanga.

Ooops.

But we ARE doing better.  Before the 21 Day Fix, it was our nightly ritual to tuck our wild precious children into bed, pour ourselves some decaf coffee and settle in with dessert.  I don’t know how it happens, because I tend to avoid buying dessert at the grocery store, but somehow we always had cookies, cakes or something on hand.  (I’d blame the husband, but it’s only partially his fault.)

Please tell me we aren’t alone in this awful habit.

So, while every other aspect of the 21 Day Fix was an excellent and pleasant change, our nightly dessert plans proved challenging.

I came up with a few options.  One, I would save a carb and fruit serving for the evening, cook some frozen berries until they were a delicious compote (no sugar added) and pour over a sourdough english muffin.  This is excellent if you don’t mind having a fruit and carb late in the day.

My second option was greek yogurt with blueberries.  Yummy.  Not sweet, but satisfied my dessert craving.  Again, good if you are ok with fruit at the end of the day.

For best results, it is recommended to eat your fruits and carbs before 6:00pm and enjoy protein or veggies after dark.  Veggies for dessert anyone? Um…No.  Nope.

So what’s a dessert-loving girl like me to do?

How can I get my Dessert Fix on the 21 Day Fix?

Enter: the cannoli cream.

Oh, Cannoli Cream! I think I’m in love.

There are two ways to make this.  By the serving, which I usually did, and in a big batch.   I made a batch to serve to guests before I shared the recipe with you.  Had to make sure it wasn’t just me thinking it was amazing.  My guests were sweet to be guinea pigs for this.  Of course, they didn’t know they were being guinea pigs.  🙂

The guest enjoyed it, but there was a lot leftover.  I saved it in the fridge and it was fine for the two days it lasted.  Just needed a little stir before serving.  Also makes an excellent breakfast! 

To begin:

Scoop some ricotta cheese into a bowl.  Yes I said, “some”.  I don’t get too uptight about measurements unless they’re necessary for chemical balance like in baking.

I’d guess this is about two cups.  If you are making it by individual serving, use almost one full red 21 Day Fix container, or about 2/3 C.

21 Day Fix Dessert

When we were following the South Beach Diet (which this dessert is also great for), we tried a number of desserts using ricotta and found all of them to be icky, grainy, unappealing.  I didn’t have that problem this time and this next step is why.

Next, SOME yogurt.  For a large batch, approximately 1/4 cup.  For a single serving, about 1 Tbsp.

(Note, the yogurt in this photo looks like two different ingredients because it is two different yogurts–one a full fat, raw milk yogurt, and the other store-bought greek yogurt. I just didn’t have enough of one or the other.) 

South Beach Diet Dessert

Next, add a little honey, vanilla extract, and stevia to taste.

I used approximately one tablespoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and 10 or so drops of liquid stevia. (link to the brand I use)

For an individual serving, use 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (or just a splash) and just a few drops of liquid stevia.  I used very little honey or eliminated it altogether.

Ricotta Cheese Cannoli Cream

That’s it.  Then just stir it all up together.

Low Carb Dessert

If you’re feeling virtuous, serve as a dip with strawberries.

If you’re desperate for decadence, pop some dark chocolate chips on that baby and serve with a spoon!

By the way, 7 chocolate chips is NOT going to ruin your diet. Just sayin’.

21 Day Fix Dessert

Ok, so maybe that’s more than 7 chocolate chips. Shhh.  Don’t tell.

Actually Delicious South Beach Diet Dessert

Doesn’t that look dreamy?  Don’t you just want to dig right in?

Low Carb Dessert Ricotta
Go on, have a bite.

Sorry.  I’m just tempting you now.  That’s kinda rude.

21 Day Fix Dessert Low Carb

But guess what!  I’m not tempting you with evil food, but nourishing food! Hooray!

Delicious, decadent, dreamy, creamy…PROTEIN.

Dessert on a Diet: Cannoli Cream
Author: Stina Moms Have More Fun
Cannoli Cream is a low-carb, delicious dessert suitable for the 21 Day Fix or South Beach Diet.
Ingredients
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Plain or Greek Yogurt
  • Honey (optional)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Stevia (liquid or powder)
Instructions
  1. For multiple servings: Mix 2 Cups Ricotta, 1/2 Cup Yogurt, 2 Tbsp honey, 2-3 tsp vanilla and stevia to taste. Stir together and serve. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days.
  2. For single serving: Mix 2/3 Cup Ricotta, 1 Tbsp Yogurt, 1 tsp honey (optional), 1/2 tsp vanilla, and stevia to taste. Stir together and serve. Top with chocolate chips, optional.

Looking for more diet-friendly meals?  Check out Skinny Minnie Chicken.

Tell me, what’s your biggest temptation when you’re trying to change your eating habits?

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2 Comments

  1. Catherine wrote:

    Cannoli Cream: Do you have a nutritional breakdown for this? I’m doing lower carb (but not “no carb”) and am desparate for a new dessert. I still use regular sugar. But am hoping the honey will do in place of the stevia. Thanks!!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
    • Hey Catherine! Good question. Since I “eyeball” the ingredients, I can’t give specific nutritional value, but I love using the app “Lose It” to track nutritional info. My Fitness Pal is another popular choice.

      Using “Lose it”, I come up with these numbers. Note, this is for part-skim ricotta and with the honey and chocolate chips.

      Calories: 287
      Protein: 20.5 g
      Fat: 14.6 g
      Carbohydrates: 18.2 g (sugar 9.9g)

      Now that I’ve run the numbers, I would probably reduce the amount of ricotta to 1/2 C to save some calories.

      Posted 1.16.19 Reply