Heart-to-Heart with Diane

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sugar Free? Try a "Fool" for Dessert

Delightful whipped cream!

I've been off sugar so long that I really can't remember how badly it had a hold on me. Six months abstinence can really break a habit. I'm glad to be off of it and know I can never go back. To my great surprise, my husband decided as a New Year's resolution to join me in my sugar-free eating habits. He is cruising along happily, making it look a lot easier than my "getting-off-sugar" struggle. We now have more sugar-free members of the family around the table than sugar-eaters. Hey, this is amazing!

I still enjoy sweets and am always on the lookout for a sugar-free dessert to replace the social refreshments that sugar provides at parties and family gatherings. This dessert isn't fat-free, of course, but delicious, impressive, and very sweet—without sugar. Serve sparingly in long-stemmed parfait dishes and I think you'll be quite satisfied that you have had dessert after all!

As long as you have whipping cream, you can make a dessert at a moment's notice. Just add 6 drops of liquid stevia to 1/3 pint of cream and whip it up. Taste it and add more drops of stevia if you need, but don't get it too sweet. The fruit will add more sweetness.

A "fool" is an English dessert made of whipped cream and crushed fruit. The British countryside is full of berries: gooseberries, red currants, strawberries, raspberries and mulberries. Berries and the cream of a good milk cow make a wholesome dessert!

Here are some "fools" to try:

*sliced banana and blueberries and a big dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle with pecans.

*frozen berry mix (strawberries, blueberries and blackberries) can be partially thawed and then stirred into whipped cream, for a brilliant fuchsia-colored dessert.

*very ripe pears, chopped and mixed with whipped cream. Top with walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

*chopped bananas, topped with whipped cream sweetened with chocolate liquid stevia. Sift a light dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder on top for a dramatic effect. Sprinkle with peanuts. Very pretty table presentation. (Stir before eating, so the cocoa powder takes on the sweetening).

*put a dollop of whipped cream in the bottom of a parfait dish. Top liberally with raspberries. Put another small dollop on top. Sprinkle macadamia nuts on top.

Be a "fool" for dessert!

P.S. Mix homemade applesauce, cinnamon and unsweetened whipped cream together— luscious served on French toast. Tastes like dessert!

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  • At February 10, 2010 at 4:06 PM , Blogger Stori said...

    I love to mix lemon zest with my sugar free whipped cream. It's perfect on top of Nourishing Traditions Carrot Cake.

  • At February 22, 2010 at 7:49 PM , Blogger Matthew and Sally said...

    I wondered if you have an update for your whole wheat bread recipe and your "fooled you" brownie recipe. We're trying to go no sugar and I read in a previous post about how cooked honey has sugar properties. What would you do for sweetners in those recipes? I sure do appreciate your tips, ideas and especially your example!

  • At February 22, 2010 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Diane Hopkins said...

    I have left in the honey because at 1/2 cup for 6 loaves of bread, that would be just a fraction of honey in each slice. You don't have to put any sweetener in bread at all, though. French bread does not have any.

    As for the brownies, I have been vigorously trying to learn to bake without sugar or honey or agave or anything else like that. I'd love to learn how to make stevia-sweetened brownies, but so far, not much success!

    One thing I must tell you, though, is once you are off sugar, you really don't care about brownies. I know it seems bizarre and unbelievable, especially coming from a chocolate/sugar lover as I was, but it is true! You lose your taste for it as your addiction diminishes. Veggies taste really good. Do I sound crazy? Well, I like cauliflower (the way I make it on my blog: http://blog.lovetolearn.net/2010/01/instead-of-macaroni-cheese.html), and I'd just as well have that as a brownies. Honest!


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