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 you never experienced this – 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 ultra-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.
Sounds tempting? 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. There were days I ate this every night after dinner to satisfy my dessert urge. Being unable to eat sweet little things after meals has been one of the toughest aspects of the low carb diet for me. So this creamy berry bowl comes to the rescue!
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 will be enough.
Most of your work here will be chopping: Nuts, chocolate and the berries. Not much else but bringing the delicious ingredients together into one yummy bowl.
Start off with whipping up your cream. Once the cream starts getting fluffy, add the vanilla and cinnamon powder. Keep whipping until the cream reaches your preferred state of creaminess. Don’t go too far as it may eventually turn into a not-so-creamy buttery state. Stop when the cream is firm, forming peaks.
Finely chop dark chocolate with a sharp knife and stir it into the cream with a spoon. Becomes ever yummier, right?
Chop pecans and set aside, while you rinse and cut your berries. You decide how big you’d like them. Cut strawberries halves or quarters. Keep blueberries whole or cut them in half.
Divide your cream into two serving bowls. Lastly, toss all your berries and chopped nuts over your cream bowls. You decide whether to mix them all in or keep them on top, leaving you to work them into the cream while enjoying your guilt-free dessert!
Cashew cream – the plant-based alternative 🌰
If you’re not into cream or on a plant-based diet, feel free to replace the whipping cream with my home made cashew cream I have posted just a few days ago to accompany this post. It is equally creamy, has a subtly nutty flavour and hint of sweetness. To make this delicious alternative, all you need is cashew nuts, water, a spoonful of low carb sweetener and a few spices. See below:
If you opt for my cashew cream, be aware that there are already nuts and some spices 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. Yoi may not have to add spices either – just taste it and decide.
Serve your creamy bowls as dessert after dinner or on its own – with a coffee, tea, sparkling or a glass of white wine.
Whipped cream or cashew cream, enjoy this great dessert full of flavour and vitamins. You deserve it!
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
1/2 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. Keep whipping until the cream reaches your preferred firmness.
- Wash and rinse your berries. Chop strawberries into halves or quarters, depending on their size. Leave blueberries whole or cut them in half.
- 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 the cream with your berries and sprinkle with nuts.
- Serve as dessert or on its own – with a coffee, tea, sparkling or a glass of white wine.
- Experiment with your berries: 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.
- Category: desserts
- Method: whisk and chop
- Cuisine: European
Keywords: easy low carb cream and berry dessert