Pistachio cream for dieters

Did you ever experience having people turn down a dessert you slaved over saying “sorry, I am on a diet”?  Nearly everyone is on a  diet these days and this is a solution.

Serve it in a mini-container (each serving  less than 100 calories), and no one will refuse to have a spoonful of this pistachio cream.

Or spoon it onto a liqueur glass.

INGREDIENTS: 4 servings

  • 1/2 cup of whipping cream
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of pistachio paste (recipe is included) OR
  • 1/4 cup of ground pistachios (peeled and toasted first); keep a few for garnish
  • A handful of raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon of berry jelly (optional, to glaze the raspberries)

METHOD:

  1. Place the mixing bowl and beater in the freezer for a few minutes. Pour the cream and sugar and beat till thickened; add the pistachios or pistachio paste and mix to combine. Serve with raspberries.

PISTACHIO PASTE:

  • 2 cups of peeled and toasted (5 minutes in a 300F oven) pistachios.
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar syrup or any other syrup or light honey
  • 1/4 cup (or more) of grapeseed oil
  • a few drops of green food color (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor till pasty; taste and adjust, adding more oil if needed to get the right texture.

NOTE: To peel pistachios, pour some boiling water over the nuts and let it cool; rub with your fingers and the peel will come off easily.

To make a sugar syrup, pour 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan; bring to a simmer, add a teaspoon of lemon juice and let it boil gently for 5 minutes.

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18 Comments

  1. Posted August 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I WANT PISTACHIO PASTE! This looks amazing dieting or not.

  2. Posted August 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    When I saw this in my side-bar I just knew I had to pop in. Oh goodness, Joumana, diet or no diet, I would love a spoonful now. And no ice cream maker required, so cool…

    Thanks for sharing…

  3. Angel of the North
    Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    That looks totally wonderful – summery, modern and of the region. NOBODY could restrict themselves to just one spoon, though!. I also noticed that labneh mousse, which looks like a real low fat dream if made withGreek 0% yoghurt.Another triumph from your kitchen.

  4. Posted August 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Mmmhhh, delicious! I wish I could find cheap pistachios here…. They are far to expensive for my budget. :-(

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Posted August 11, 2011 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    They are all wonderful, It ısn’t enough one spoon for me:) I can use pistachio paste to make truff to serve my visitors on Ramadan Bayram instead of candy and others.

  6. Posted August 11, 2011 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    I’m not on a diet but I would exchange this with any rich dessert in a heartbeat! Amazing photograph that first one Joumana.

  7. Posted August 11, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    OK I adore pistachios, I want this for sure. Looks so amazing. And low cal is excellent. I am watching what I eat now and on a careful day I could have 2 at night he he.

  8. Posted August 11, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Doesn’t matter if one is dieting or not! This is WONDERFULJoumana – i want to eat up all those soup spoons now.

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  9. Posted August 11, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I feel strongly that there is just as much an art to being a good guest as there is to being a good host. If you don’t plan on eating, then don’t go to someone’s house for dinner. Its so unfair to the person who cooks and puts all their heart and soul into making their guest happy and comfortable.
    Great recipe though, I feel like I’m always on a diet LOL.
    *kisses* HH

  10. Posted August 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    What a bonus! Pistachio cream AND pistachio paste. You just made me very happy.

  11. Posted August 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I adore pistachios Joumana and It ısn’t enough one spoon for me! “Pistacchio di Bronte” ( Sicily) is the best !hve a good weekend, a hug…

  12. Posted August 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    This wouldn’t be diet food for me, because I can eat a VAT of it!! It looks sooo good. I adore pistachio, but to whip it with cream…that just elevates it 10 times more!

  13. Posted August 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I love anything pistachio and these would be no exception…I may need 10 though :)

  14. Posted August 12, 2011 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    I love little dessert bites, and I even have the Asian spoons to serve these in. Great idea! – S

  15. Posted August 13, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Yes, my husband! But these are so lovely and I love how you serve them in delicate tiny portions. Beautiful!

  16. Posted August 14, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I’m not on a diet (although I should be) so can I have a larger portion please?

  17. Posted August 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    This looks amazing!! I love anything with pistachio ..

  18. Posted August 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Dear Joumana, I made pistachio paste . The result is perfect. Thev are waiting to be g served for my visitors on Ramadan fest. Thank u for sharing us. Happy Ramadan for all of you.
    http://www.tuzekmek.com/bayram-geliyor-antep-fistigi-ezmesi/

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