This Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta is a decadent, yet low calorie dessert.
Earlier this summer, we traveled to St. Martin and were treated to lots of decadent desserts, including panna cotta, which is an Italian dessert traditionally made with heavy cream. I’ve lightened up this elegant dessert using Vanilla Silk Cashew Milk and Greek yogurt, and come up with my own version, topped with raspberry sauce and vanilla poached pears.
Silk Cashewmilkprovides creaminess to this dessert without all the fat and calories of heavy cream. It’s a simple swap that helps lower calories in creamy desserts like this one.
Cashew milk is creamier tasting than most non-dairy milks I’ve tried. One cup of Vanilla Silk Cashewmilk has 80 calories, 2.5 grams fat (0 grams saturated fat), no cholesterol, and is lactose-free, dairy-free, casein-free, gluten-free and contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. For comparison’s sake, since we’re swapping cashew milk for heavy cream, one cup of heavy cream has 821calories, 88grams fat (55grams saturated fat) and 326mg cholesterol.
Several of our family members are lactose intolerant so cashew milk is a great alternative to dairy milk. It provides creaminess with dairy qualities without the dairy. Greek yogurt (which islower in lactose than most dairy products) adds some body to this light panna cotta. If you’re completely dairy-free, try So Delicious Dairy-Free Greek Style Yogurt .
For the topping, I made raspberry sauce and vanilla poached pears. Aren’t these pears gorgeous?
I decided to poach thepears in a mixture of apple juiceandorange juice, scented with a fresh vanilla bean. You can see the flecks of vanilla beans on these beautiful poached pears. I loveincorporating fruit into desserts.
I let the poached pears sit overnight in the vanilla infused juices. When you’re ready to serve the panna cotta, cut the poached pears in half, leaving the core intact. Drain any excess juices by placing each half on a paper towel. Carefully use a knife to cut slices lengthwise, leaving about 1/2? uncut at the top. Gently spread the pear to create a fan and place on top of the panna cotta which has had some of the raspberry sauce spread on top.
This Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta is pretty enough to serve to company or as a special treat for your family. It makes me happy that I can feed my friends and family a decadent dessert without sacrificing taste. It’s so light, I could even eat it for breakfast ;).
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Source: Jeanette’s Healthy Living