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Recipe updated 5/13/16
Light, creamy, fluffy, easy – and oh, so summery! These gorgeous bars, similar in texture to a jello salad, are a pretty dessert perfectly suited to take to a party. They’re a cinch to mix together, and the recipe yields a 9×13″ pan – plenty to share, if you’re feeling generous, that is.
These are based off of a recipe I came across in a book of tea-table delicacies (traditional, sugar-laden recipes, of course). The example picture was so pretty, and once I looked at the recipe, I was thrilled to see that it wouldn’t be too hard to recreate in a healthier version.
These bars really are beautiful, and my pictures (which I took in terrible lighting) do them no justice. The bars are a crisp white, bejeweled with brilliant blue berries. You could use blackberries or raspberries in place of or in addition to the blueberries. Alternately, I’m guessing that one could blend the berries to make a purple dessert, or keep part of the batter white and blend berries into the other part and swirl the two together. I thought of doing that, but I was going for easy.
This recipe actually reminds me of a fruit jello salad; I think it would do well in a pretty mold. However you want to adapt it or shape it, it’s good – a great dessert to take to a social function. 🙂
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- 4 tsp. Knox gelatin (add an extra teaspoon if you're using Great Lakes brand or THM Just Gelatin)
- ½ cup near-boiling water
- 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- 16 oz. (two packages) ⅓ less fat cream cheese, softened
- ¼ tsp. THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup whipping cream
- Fresh berries (blueberries, blackberries, and/or raspberries) - do not use frozen
- Whisk the gelatin into the hot water and let it stand while getting the other ingredients assembled.
- Blend the almond milk and cottage cheese together until smooth (an immersion blender works well).
- In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, stevia, salt, and vanilla. Add the almond milk/cottage cheese mixture and beat until well-combined. Add the gelatin mixture; beat well. Add the cream and beat until just combined.
- Pour into a 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle with the fresh berries of your choice. Refrigerate for 3 hours or longer before serving. Yields: 15 servings.
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder can be purchased from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.
- Unflavored gelatin