Cherry Banana Dessert

2 c. cherry flavored sugar free beverage 1 envelope cherry flavored gelatin 1 sm. banana, peeled and sliced

Sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup of beverage. Heat remaining beverage to a boil. Combine with gelatin mixture. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Refrigerate until thick. Add bananas and chill until firm.


1 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. cocoa

1 tbsp. cornstarch

1 c. skim milk

2 tsp. sugar substitute 1/8 tsp. salt

Melt butter. Combine cocoa, cornstarch and salt; blend with melted butter until smooth. Add milk and sugar substitute and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly until slightly thickened, remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Set pan in ice water and stir until completely cold. (Sauce thickens as it cools.) One serving - (1 tablespoon) free exchange.


15 oz. part skim milk Ricotta cheese 1 1/2 c. (12 oz.) light cream cheese, softened

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

1 c. unsweetened apple juice concentrate

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa 1 tbsp. cornstarch

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa (for topping)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease bottom and sides of a 9 inch spring-form pan. Wrap outside of pan with aluminum foil. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, puree all ingredients until smooth. Do in 2 batches, if necessary.

With a rubber spatula, scrape mixture into prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes. Turn oven off. Leave in the oven with door closed for 1 hour. Remove and refrigerate. Before unmolding and serving, let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Sift 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa over the top.

Slice with a knife which has been warmed in hot water. Serves 12. Per serving: 167 calories, 16 gm carbohydrates, 8 gm protein, 8 gm fat, 220 mg sodium. Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 medium fat meat, 1/2 fat. Cholesterol: 50 mg per serving.

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