Raspberries make for a great dessert berry: they’re not too sweet, but they have just the right amount of tart and berry in them to make them the best addition to your favorite dessert. You can add them to anything, blend them with anything, and even whip them with anything, and you’ll have a new dimension of flavor in your sweets.
What’s more, raspberries are nutritious, too! They have high amounts of Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins that can help give your immune system a much-needed boost. So forget about those candy sprinkles, sugary toppings, or chocolate laden with more fat than antioxidants. Try out raspberries for a delicious, nutritious dessert! Here are a few ideas.
1. Yogurt or Keffir – Yogurt is great, whether you’re having it frozen or plain. Add some zing to your yogurt by piling on the raspberries. You can also add a bit of sweetness to your yogurt by adding honey. Honey burns slowly as a sugar, and the combination of honey and raspberries in your yogurt can make for a great breakfast that will give you a dose of energy through your day.
Try keffir, too. Keffir is a fermented milk product that has even more protein than yogurt, and that can help your digestive system. It’s not as sour as yogurt, so all you need to do is add some raspberries to a bowl of keffir, and you’re all set!
Other toppings to add include granola, muesli, bran flakes, and other berries – all of which go great with raspberries on your yogurt or keffir!
2. Cheesecake Topping – Cheesecakes can be really sweet, so cut the sweetness with a topping of fresh raspberries. Forget about turning them into jam: just bake your cheesecake, serve it with raspberries on the side, and you’re good to go! There’s nothing like a contrast between tart and sweet, smooth and soft, as you bite into a combination of raspberries and cheesecake.
Here’s a dessert idea: make mini-cheesecakes using muffin tins, and top them with raspberries. You can have a small, delectable dessert in no time!
3. Chocolate Cake Topping – Dark chocolate is wonderful to eat, but it can be tiring after you’ve had oodles and oodles of dark chocolate cake. Cut out the uber-sweetness with some raspberries. You can bake a dark chocolate cake, and then serve a small slice with a good helping of fresh raspberries.
Try this: bake dark chocolate brownies with dark chocolate chips and walnuts mixed in. Add a tiny bit of ice cream, and then top it off with a good sprinkling of raspberries. Talk about decadent with a tart twist!
4. Raspberry Muffins – Try adding raspberries instead of blueberries to your muffins. You can have a tart, nutritious dessert treat that’s out of the ordinary. For extra sweetness, you can bake in white chocolate chips or almonds as well.
Try making bran muffins with raspberries instead of raisins. You can also have a mixed berry muffin, with raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. It’s an antioxidant cocktail in a cup!
You can make smoothies and top your ice cream with raspberries – no matter what you do, these berries can turn desserts into adventurous masterpieces!
Alex VanDyke is a health writer, he has a website all about raspberries and raspberry ketones. Check it out! raspberrysupplementguide.com