Recipe Sampler - Dessert
Orange Cream Mousse in Sauce
This is a low-carbohydrate dessert, with plenty of protein too (tofu). Instead of sugar we use erythritol. Feel free to use any other sugar substitute.
This is our favorite dessert. It has the consistency of mousse or pudding, yet there are no added fats, and it's quite healthful. We serve it for dessert when we have guests over, and they can’t believe it’s made from tofu! It tastes like gourmet, high-calorie mousse (you know, the kind that goes directly to your coronary arteries). This uniquely healthful dessert is even loaded with protein.
Feel free to experiment with other flavors by using other kinds of fruit juices and fruits.
Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients - MOUSSE MOLD: 1/2 cup orange juice; 1/2 cup cranberry juice; 1 tablespoon agar flakes; 1/3 to 1/2 cup erythritol (or use an sweetness-equivalent amount of another sugar substitute); 2 tablespoons grated orange rind; 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; 1 cup smooth medium tofu
Preparation - PREPARING THE MOUSSE:
- Combine the fruit juices and agar flakes in a medium saucepan, and let stand for five minutes.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring until the flakes are dissolved
- Remove from heat and stir in the sweetener, orange rind and extract
- Cool slightly and whisk in the smooth tofu (process the tofu until it’s smooth).
- Pour the mixture into 6 custard cups, filling each about half full.
- Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
Ingredients - CITRUS SAUCE: 1 cup orange juice; 2 tablespoons agave syrup (or sugar substitute); 1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate; 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder; 1 whole orange, peeled and sectioned (or more to taste)
Preparation - AT SERVING TIME, PREPARE THE SAUCE:
- Combine the orange juice, agave (or sweetener) and concentrate in a saucepan.
- Blend in the cornstarch and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mix thickens and clears.
- Stir in the orange sections
- To serve, unmold the chilled mousse onto dessert plates and spoon the sauce over the top.
Alternate tip: Make the mouse in one large mold and serve the sauce separately
This is definitely high in sugar carbohydrates. But it's all-natural and very simple. For occasional consumption with or after protein food, or during your maintenance phase.
Great for kids instead of those sugar-laden Popsicles and ice cream "treats". We like nectarines or peaches here, but you can use any fruit you want!
Makes enough for 4: 4 cups chopped fresh nectarines (or your favorite fruit); 2 cups apple juice concentrate, undiluted
- In a blender or food processor, puree the fruit. Transfer to a large glass bowl.
- Stir in apple juice concentrate
- Freeze in a shallow bowl. For the first 2 hours, stir mixture every 15 to 20 minutes to break up ice crystals and prevent it from freezing solid too quickly. Freeze until firm.
- Serve anytime!
Fruity Protein Whip
This is a high-protein food. Optionally add balanced food of your choice. A great choice! Really delicious, high in protein, low in carbohydrates and fat. Use your favorite fruit; we like it with peach or strawberry. What a treat!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup low-fat or fat-free milk or better yet, vanilla-flavored, fat-free soymilk; 1 envelope unflavored gelatin; 1 cup peaches, ripe, peeled and mashed; 1 teaspoon vanilla; 4 tablespoons sugar-free maple-flavored syrup; 1/2 cup firm, low-fat tofu; 8 oz. fat-free, plain yogurt; Optional: 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- Pour milk into a medium-sized saucepan.
- Stir gelatin into milk and let set for one minute.
- Add peaches and syrup to the milk/gelatin mixture, then cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Let cool to room temperature, then transfer cooled mixture to blender and add tofu, yogurt, and vanilla.
- Blend for about one minute.
- Pour about 4 ounces of this mixture into each dessert cup and chill for one hour.
- You may, as an option, garnish with the chopped pecans.