With the heat of the summer and the abundance of fresh berries on hand, this is the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. Although it really isn’t all that sweet, it is very gratifying. It is tangy and creamy and has a pudding-like consistency. Imagine taking a spoonful and being delighted with the creaminess of the pudding enveloped in a sea of fresh berries that seem to explode on your taste buds. I chose blueberries and raspberries but you could use any other berry of choice.
This dessert uses an alternative sweetener called monk fruit which ironically is 300-400 times sweeter than sugar with no calories and zero effect on blood sugar. It contains antioxidants known as mogrosides which are metabolized differently than traditional sugars. It has been in use for centuries and now can be found in health food stores in the United States. It helps fight free radicals in the body and helps lower the risk of obesity and diabetes among other benefits.
Recipe: (Yield 2)
- 1/4 + 1/8 cup monk fruit sweetener
- 1/2 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 4 large eggs or medium
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 2 cups berries of choice
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced mint
In a medium pot, whisk the sweetener, lemon, and egg. Add coconut oil and place on medium heat. Once the oil is melted, constantly whisk until the mixture thickens. Pour the mixture through a strainer with small holes. Let the curd cool completely.
When cool, in a parfait glass, layer the berries and pudding. Top with grated lemon zest and mint.
Ilia Regini is a certified healing through food specialist/health-supportive chef/ culinary instructor/writer/ blogger and speaker. Healthy Nourished Body offers chef service, cooking lessons, healthy kitchen makeovers and customized menu planning for healing through food dietary protocols. www.healthynourishedbody.com www.facebook.com/wellnourishedbody63 e: firstname.lastname@example.org