I subscribe to Dr. Weil's Optimum Health Plan newsletter mainly because he's got some really cool recipes for tasty healthy and light dishes. Recently, I came across this recipe for a Chocolate Ricotta dessert. Not only is this dessert pretty healthy, it's so easy to make. In fact, you could probably make this dessert during a TV commercial break. I changed a couple of the ingredients to things I like better, but I'll include the original ingredient for you.
Ingredients: (2 servings)
- 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp light agave nectar - The original called for honey
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder - I used Trader Joe's cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie- The original called for cinnamon
I replaced the honey with agave nectar because I find that honey has a distinct taste and it can take over. Agave is lighter and the only way you know it's there is because of the sweet boost. I used Trader Joe's pumpkin pie spice instead of plain cinnamon because the pumpkin pie spice has a blend of nutmeg, ginger, lemon peel, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon. I like blendy spices.
Let's start cookin'
- Put all the ingredients in a small 3-cup food processor starting with the ricotta.
- Press the process button and let the machine do its thing until the ricotta is smooth to your liking.
- Your done!
Put the ricotta in a serving bowl and serve by itself or coupled with ice cream, a tea cookie, or in the picture above, try these Chocolate Tortilla chips made by Food Should Taste Good. These chips are so awesome, and yes they taste good! The chips are all natural, gluten free, lactose free, non-GMO, trans fat & cholesterol free, and kosher. The chocolate tortilla chips actually taste more like flat salty cookies. Here's a product locator.
The chocolate tortilla chips were a hit with the ricotta dessert. My tummy was blissful.