Monday, 7 January 2013

Random Raspberry Ricotta Dessert

So, tonight after our dinner I was craving something sweet.  I wasn't terribly hungry and really didn't need a large rich dessert.  I perused the cupboards, freezers, fridge and came up with this AMAZING winner!
(No picture...are you shocked? You shouldn't be!  But, since this was such a hit I will definitely be making it again and will definitely take a photo)

To make ONE SERVING (can do this for as many as you like)

1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/8 cup low fat ricotta
1 tbsp toasted almonds (slivered or sliced)
1 tsp pure maple syrup

-In a custard cup (or any small dish):
Warm berries in the microwave until they are melted, juicy, and warm (15-20 sec in my microwave, may differ with yours)
-Top the warm berries with the ricotta
-Top the ricotta with toasted almonds (can just toast them in a dry pan over med. heat in about 3 minutes)
-Drizzle maple syrup over everything
-Serve immediately

THIS WAS DIVINE!  Tasted sweet, rich, creamy, fruity.  The cool and creamy ricotta over the warm berries was a fabulous contrast.  The crunchy, toasty almonds were perfect and the maple syrup drizzle just cut the tartness of the raspberries perfectly!

This is a perfect dessert because there is nothing fake, processed, chemical-y, - just pure goodness!
(Also, this is extremely nutritious - raspberries are LOADED with vitamins and minerals and FIBER!, ricotta is a low cal/fat way to get lots of good protein, almonds are nutritional powerhouses, and maple syrup is an antioxidant superstar (not to mention a low GI sweetener).

Nutrition Info (per 1 serving):
123 Calories | 7g fat | 14g carbs (4g fiber, 8g sugar) | 6g protein

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