Tasty Guilt Free Dessert

Lemon Peel Ricotta Crème Recipe – South Beach Diet


This healthy dessert recipe comes from Dr. Agatston’s famous book, The South Beach Diet.  His diet has been scientifically validated to help with metabolic syndrome, diabetes and pre-diabetes.  His diet is also cholesterol/lipid friendly and I highly recommend it as a diet appropriate for most folks.

You can go with even lower fat ricotta cheese to achieve less calories and less saturated fat. Also you can use other flavorings to provide more variety to this “pudding” type dessert.  I have found you can make them ahead of time and keep them in a ramekin (custard dish) so they are easily available for an after dinner snack. Flavorings to consider: chocolate, almond extract, lime peel, banana, berries.  If you use real fruit you won’t need to add the artificial sweetener.  Having a pre-made handy dessert in the fridge will keep you from being tempted to eat something less healthy.  Storing them in the refrigerator also allows the flavoring to “stew” a bit and enhance the flavor experience (cover them though to prevent staleness).

Fast and easy to make, this is sort of a pudding made with ricotta cheese, grated lemon peel, vanilla, and sugar substitute. Good for a snack or dessert for those following the South Beach Diet.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/2 c part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pkg sugar substitute


Mix together the ricotta cheese, lemon peel, vanilla extract, and sugar substitute. Serve chilled.

Yield: 1 serving

Per Serving: 178 cal, 14 g pro, 7 g carb, 10 g fat, 6 g sat. fat, 38 mg chol, 0 g fiber, 155 mg sodium

Recipe from: The South Beach Diet : The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss by Arthur S. Agatston M.D. (Ballantine Books)

Copyright 2003 by Arthur S. Agatston M.D.

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