When it comes to dieting sweet desserts are usually off the menu. Most of us have a sweet tooth, so to be able to finish a meal with a delicious low carb dessert can make all the difference in sticking to any diet.
Many of us like to finish off a meal with fruit. However, it is worth checking the carbohydrates in fruit beforehand as some fruits can be very high in carbohydrates and are not included in some low carb diets. Low carb fruits such as apples, pears and peaches can make a refreshing dessert.
For those who do not have the time to prepare homemade low carb desserts, there are now available many ready to prepare packets of low carb low sugar desserts. These include low carb muffins and low carb cookies. For those who wish to make their own low carb desserts I have chosen 3 popular and fairly simple low carb recipes to make.
One of the most popular dessert is ice cream. It is a dessert that can be made and have in the freezer any time you want it. Low carb ice cream is just as delicious as any other ice cream and can be eaten by the whole family.
Vanilla ice cream
5 egg yolks
1 cup of splender
3 teaspoons of no-sugar vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups heavy or double cream, whipped
1 cup water
Place egg yolks, vanilla extract, water and sweetener in a blender. Blend together on medium for 30 seconds. Fold the mixture into the whipped cream being careful not to over blend. Pour into a refrigerator tray and freeze for 2 hours.
Makes 8 1/2 servings.
4 net grams of carbohydrates per serving.
Chocolate is a definite no on a low carb diet, but you can satisfy your need for chocolate with this low carb dessert recipe for chocolate mousse.
2/3 cup Splender
4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 pint of heavy or double cream
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until stiff with an electric blender. Spoon into 4 small dishes or ramekins. Serve immediately or chill until later. Top with sweetener and whipped cream if wanted.
Makes 4 servings
8.1 net grams of carbohydrate per serving
And finally, one all round favorite has to be a cheesecake. Low carb New York ricotta cheesecake not only makes a delicious low carb dessert but a very filling dessert that is also great if you are having guests and still want to stick to your low carb diet.
New York Ricotta Cheesecake
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup extra fine whole milk ricotta cheese. This can be refined using a food processor for 1 minute.
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups splender
1/3 cup heavy or double cream
1 Tbsp no sugar added vanilla extract
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 egg yolks
1 8 inch springform cake tin
Preheat oven to 400F
First you need to prepare your springform tin.Spray the tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Using a shallow roasting tin big enough to hold the tin, fill about 1 inch of water and place the tray on the center shelf of the oven to pre-heat.
In a bowl beat together the cream cheese, ricotta, sour cream, and sweetener for about one minute using an electric mixer.
In a separate bowl, using a wire whisk mix the heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, eggs and egg yolks until well blended.
Turn the mixer onto a medium speed and slowly pour the egg mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Mix until just blended, being careful not to over-whip.
Pour the mixture into the springform tin and place into the heated roasting tin water bath.
Bake for 15 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 275F and bake for 1 1/2 hours. The top should be a light golden brown and the cake should be pulling away from the sides.
Turn the oven off and leave the cake to cool in the oven for about 3 hours. Then remove the cake and refrigerate before serving.
These are just three very popular low carb dessert recipes. Once you get to grips with what are carbohydrates and how you can make very low carbohydrate meals, you can start to be very inventive with your low carb desserts. There are many free online low carb recipes available to suit the type of low carb diet you choose.
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