Posts Tagged ‘blueberries’

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BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

There’ll come a time in your life when you neeeeeeeeed  this gorgeousness.  

Blueberries, citrus, and a little vanilla…this is perfect as a sauce, jam, or when warmed, even a syrup.  Add to plain Greek yogurt, into ricotta,  a protein shake, over my Oatmeal cottage Cheese Pancakes, or rolled in my Crepes with a a little cream cheese schmear…spooned over a low-sugar cheesecake…you get the drift.

The recipe makes quite a bit, but freeze and keep for when that I-need-some-blueberry-sauce-now emergency strikes.  

What?

 It happens.

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5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup Whey Low Granular (regular sugar, if you prefer)

1/2 cup Splenda Granular (OR use all Splenda or all WL)

Zest and juice of one large lemon OR medium orange

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons cold butter

In a  large sauce pan – over medium heat – combine the berries, WL, Splenda, lemon, and salt.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

Continue to boil for 20 minutes, or until reduced by about a third.  Add vanilla, and stir in the butter until melted. (The butter gives the sauce a beautiful glossy shine as well as another layer of flavor.  SO good!)

Remove from heat and let cool completely. Pour into 1/2 cup freezer containers and freeze.  Lasts in the fridge for a month or in freezer for one year.

Makes approx 3 cups sauce depending on how far it’s reduced, or about 48 servings, two-tablespoons each.

If you used all Splenda the calorie count and carbs would be even less.

Per Serving: Calories 12; Protein 0 g; Fat .3 g; NET Carb 4 g; (Fiber 0 g); Sugar 4; Sodium 7 mg

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BLUEBERRY-ORANGE CUSTARD

A super-silky custard studded with blue jewels and speckled with the bright orange zest. You could use blackberries, raspberries, or diced fresh peaches or nectarines in this also. What a delicious,  treat…and the calorie count makes it even more beautiful!

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1 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon orange zest
4 eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup Splenda Granular
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup fat-free half & half
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place six 4-ounce custard cups or ramekins in a large baking dish. Divide blueberries and orange zest among them and set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, salt, Splenda, vanilla, half & half, and milk just until blended. Pour through a fine mesh sieve over the berries. (If you mix the preceding ingredients in a food processor or blender you don’t have to strain.)

Fill baking dish with hot water halfway up the sides of the cups. Bake for 25-40 minutes or until set, but still jiggly in the middle or a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from water bath to a wire rack and cool. Cover and chill. Makes six servings.

Per Serving: 104 Cal; 6 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 7 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 99 mg Sodium

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