Light & Fruity Cottage Cheese Dessert Cups
Tired of feeling guilty after dessert?
You know you shouldn't have that bit of icy sweetness calling from your freezer... but you can't help yourself. So you slyly wander into the kitchen, grab yourself a spoon, and sneak off into the darkness to have your way with the carton...
No? That's not you? Don't lie to me... I do it too!!
Well, I finally have some good news for both of us. This dessert cup is unexpectedly filling, surprisingly light, quick to make, satisfies the sweet tooth, and it won't send you into that guilt-ridden "just ate a quart of ice cream" bout of depression. You'll also find that the ingredients compliment each other well, bringing out individual characteristics for a flavor of harmony.
You'll need some serving bowls... I like to use 6oz dessert bowls for these because they allow the layers to fit onto each other quite nicely. But don't let that stop you... A cappuccino cup or small drinking glass will work just as well.
- 2 medium Kiwis, peeled
- 12 sweet cherries, pitted
- 3/4 cup cottage cheese, low-fat
- 24 (20-25g) milk chocolate chips
- After peeling your kiwi, cut each fruit in half lengthwise.
- Slice three of the four kiwi halves thinly, as shown in the photos.
- Cut the remaining kiwi half lengthwise into three equal wedges.
- Layer sliced kiwi at the bottoms of serving cups (each cup should receive half a kiwi), taking care to distribute evenly. I like to fan the slices out in a circular pattern, personally...
- Quarter 12 pitted fresh sweet cherries, separate into three equal piles (originally four cherries each).
- Place eight cherry quarters (that's two cherries, half of each pile) into serving cups on top of kiwi.
- Place a quarter cup low-fat cottage cheese onto fruit in serving cups, pressing down lightly to cover the fruit entirely.
- Place remaining cherries around cup perimeters, spacing evenly. Each cup should receive eight quarters (again that's two cherries, half of each original pile).
- Gently bury remaining kiwi wedges in cottage cheese, preferably in the centers and no more than half way down.
- Apply the magic of chocolate! Place eight chips around each kiwi wedge.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to three hours.
A Note About Chocolate
In our family, chocolate is an ever-present entity... it's like a house guest that isn't allowed to leave.
The key to not overpowering a fruity dessert with chocolate is moderation. Each of these dessert cups contains only 8 chocolate chips. That's about 8 grams - enough to satisfy but only half a standard serving.
For this recipe, I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate "premium baking chips." If you do a lot of baking (or, like me, you simply love using chocolate in your food), I recommend buying in bulk.
|Serving size: 1 dessert cup|
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 19 g||6%|
|Sugar 15 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 8 g||16%|
|Cholesterol 8 mg||3%|
|Sodium 186 mg||8%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|