Recipe by The South Beach Diet Online
"Sweetened ricotta and chocolate makes the perfect South Beach Diet Phase 1 dessert."
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part-skim ricotta cheese
unsweetened cocoa powder
Dash espresso powder
mini chocolate chips
I love this dessert. There are a few things you need to know to make this taste great. First being there are differeces in textures of ricotta cheese from brand to brand and from light to whole milk. The brand I've found to be the best with texture is Sargentos and the light is smoother then the part skim. Second, throw a dash of cinnamon into this and it adds another dimension to the flavor. I use Suiss Miss Sugar-free Mocho mix for the top and I use a cheese grater (like the ones in italian restaraunts)to grate the chocolate chips ontop. That way they're more evenly disperse and you don't have to use very many (and you don't have to buy mini chocolate chips). Try these suggestions and see if you like it, if not keep in mind this is a sugar-free good for you dessert and sometimes you have to take what you can get.
I really didn't like the consistancy with ricotta cheese, either, but if you substitute an equal amount of fat free plain yogurt in any of the ricotta cremes, it becomes a 5 star recipe. (according to the south beach web page diet updates, the yogurt is ok in phase 1 now).
I am in love with this. I would eat it even if I wasn't on the diet!! I did make a couple of changes. I used 1 tsp of the cocoa powder, omitted the chocolate chips (because I forgot them but think they would be great) and added a little decaf instant coffee instead of the espresso powder. I used my Braun hand bleader and got it to a great smooth texture.
Maybe it's my white-trash/siscillian-american up bringing, but I LOVED this...it reminded me of the canoli's I grew up on....that is why the texture did not bother me. I will definately make this again...it curbs teh cravings while also giving you a "full" feeling.
This was a great treat however I'd recommend doubling up on the amount of cocoa powder. Also, it should be known to any other South Beach dieters that this dessert is not Phase one correct unless you do not use the semi-sweet chips.
South Beach is working for me, but this recipe is NOT. The texture is so bad, even with "smooth" ricotta (I tried Kroger). Try my doctored version: 1 cup ricotta, 2 tsp. cocoa (like Ghiradelli), 1/2 tsp. almond extract, 1 1/2 packets Splenda, 1-2 TB fat free half-and-half... Put it all in the blender/cuisinart and blend-blend-blend until smooth. I topped mine with a chopped sugar free peanut butter cup and some crushed almonds, then froze it. Now *that's* edible.
Not bad. I used fat free cottage cheese instead of the ricotta, added a bit of orange peel, processed everything smooth in the food processor and refrigerated to firm up the texture. I also skipped the chocolate chips. I am not sure if fat free cottage cheese works for SB as I am not following that diet particularly - I am watching carbs and making sure they are good ones as well as watching overall calories. I agree with other reviewers that ricotta has a disagreeable texture even after blending - it is also a lot more expensive than cottage cheese.
This was horrible. I made this recipe as suggested from the South Beach Diet book, where it raves you can have dessert. Don't even waste your time having this "dessert", it has the consistency of sand, and the taste is really awful. I even tried to put it in the food processor to make it more smooth, but it didn't do a thing. I even got a second opinion. My boyfriend could barely swallow the first and only bite. If you're going to have dessert, just go for a REAL dessert.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mocha Ricotta Creme
Serving Size: 1/1 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 90
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