Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cannoli Parfaits

Holy cannoli! Here is an Italian classic minus the carbs. Unbelievably, these are a satisfying treat and great for those who are trying to minimize their waistline during the holiday season. It’s a wonderful thing when you don’t have to pass on dessert!

Cannoli Parfaits
Serves 4

1 Low carb chocolate bar (preferably from Trader Joe’s)

Cannoli Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
¼ teaspoon real almond extract
1 teaspoon no sugar added vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

Cut the low carb chocolate bar into small chunks.

Meanwhile make the cannoli cream. With an electric mixer on high, whip heavy cream just until frothy, and then add sugar substitute and almond and vanilla extracts. Continue to whip on high until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over-whip, or cream will break.

Gently fold in the ricotta cheese and almost all of the chocolate chunks, saving a few chips for garnish. Spoon cannoli cream into parfait glasses, top with remaining chocolate chips, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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