This delicious low carb cream and berries dessert is for those of us lowcarbies who occasionally crave the creaminess of a sumptuous dessert without the sugar load. Who hasn’t had that craving? Don’t say never, I won’t believe it. Anyway, a super easy and healthy way to satisfy the urge is a bowl of fresh whipped cream mixed with spices and finely chopped dark chocolate and topped off with your favourite berries and chunks of pecan nuts. That way, the cream becomes the dessert itself, rather than just a topping.
Ready to indulge and celebrate the berry season?
This dessert bowl is so easy that I cannot even really call it a recipe. But nevertheless, it deserves a post since it is so utterly creamy, healthy and delicious.
You can also replace the whipping cream with a home made cashew cream like the one I have posted just a few days ago to accompany this post. It is equally creamy, entirely plant-based has a subtly nutty flavour. To make this delicious alternative, all you need is cashew nuts, water, a spoonful of low carb sweetener and a few spices.
How to make your cream and berry dessert
There really is not much cooking or making you need to do. Just bring all these delicious ingredients together into one yummy bowl. Start with whipping your cream. When it starts getting fluffy, add the vanilla and cinnamon. Keep whipping until the cream reaches your preferred state of creaminess!
Finely chop dark chocolate with a sharp knife and stir it into the cream with a spoon. Becomes ever yummier, right?
Rinse your berries and cut them in halves or quarters and sprinkle them over the cream. Top with chopped pecan nuts. Done!
A word on the ingredients
As this easy low carb cream and berry dessert is more about the idea than a real recipe, I am leaving the decision on how much of each yummy ingredient you use entirely up to you. The berries-to-cream ratio can depend on so many things. People on the keto diet may prefer more cream and nuts, with fewer berries. If you are eating a moderately low carb diet, you may opt for more berries. It’s all good.
Cream: Use full fat whipping cream or heavy cream.
Pecan nuts: To me, pecans are the best nuts in this creamy-fruity-nutty combo. If you can’t get them or don’t like them, use walnuts instead. Chop your nuts into pieces with a knife and use about one tablespoon of the chopped nuts per serving.
Dark chocolate: Use high quality, very dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 85%. Use a sharp knife to chop your chocolate into small pieces or thin stripes. And do use the chocolate powder that sticks to the board after the chopping. So yummy. I usually go with a tablespoon of chopped chocolate pieces for one serving. But again, anything goes.
Sweetener: You can use either erythritol or a brown granulated sweetener. Both work equally fine. Or you entirely skip the sweetener, as the chocolate and berries together provide a subtle sweetness. Sometimes, I use sweetener, sometimes I don’t. That depends entirely on my mood on the particular day.
Spices: Vanilla powder and cinnamon really make this cream special. I love their scent, and it gives the cream a more distinct aroma. Don’t overdo it, though – a pinch of vanilla powder and 1/4 tsp cinnamon per serving is enough.
Cashew cream with berries
If you opt for the cashew cream, be aware that there are already nuts in the cream. You may want to top the cream with additional cashews, raw or roasted, instead of the pecans. Or leave the nuts out entirely. When I use cashew cream, I usually do not stir in the chocolate pieces but rather sprinkle them on top of the entire dessert. Your choice!
The best cream and berries combo! This super easy recipe gives you all the delicious creaminess of a true dessert without the sugar. Top your chocolate-infused cream with your favourite berries and pecan nuts.
For 2 serving bowls
150 ml full fat whipping cream or heavy cream
1 cup strawberries, halved or quartered
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tbsp granulated keto sweetener (optional)
2 tbsp high quality dark chocolate, finely chopped or sliced (at least 85% cocoa content)
2 tbsp raw pecan nuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp of vanilla powder
- Pour cream into a bowl and start whipping with a hand mixer. When the cream starts becoming fluffy, add cinnamon, vanilla and keto sweetener if using.
- Wash and rinse your berries. Chop strawberries into halves or quarters, depending on their size.
- Finely chop your dark chocolate or cut it into thin stripes. Coarsely chop the pecan nuts.
- Mix the chocolate into the cream with a spoon.
- Divide your cream into two serving bowls. Top with your berries and sprinkle with nuts. Serve with a coffee, tea, sparkling or a glass of white wine.
- Remember, all amounts are entirely optional. The amounts given here are just for guidance. Nutrition facts are based on the amounts above.
- You can of course choose other berries of your liking as well. Raspberries and blackberries are super yummy too.
- If you can’t get or don’t like pecan nuts, use walnuts instead
- If you use cashew cream, you may opt to not use additional nuts as a topping. Don’t mix the chocolate pieces into the cashew cream. Sprinkle them over your dessert instead.
- Category: desserts
- Method: whisk and chop
- Cuisine: European
Keywords: easy low carb cream and berry dessert