Desserts: Cold Desserts: Heavy Cream Substitute

Looking for a lower-fat cream substitute to use in place of some recipes calling for heavy cream? Try this made-over recipe!
Per 1 cup: 131 calories and 2.5g fat
Saves: 516 calories and 64.2g fat!

Author: Recipe and photo courtesy of Aimee's Adventures:
Date: June 12, 2012

Suggestions: * To avoid curdling, gradually add in the ricotta cheese to the hot tapioca mixture.

This recipe may not be suitable for some baked recipes.

Serves: 1 person(s)
Yield: 1 x 9 fl. oz (approx. 1 cup)

Preparation Time: 7 mins
Cooking Time: 5 mins
Extra Time: 1 hrs (for refrigeration)


    For some recipes that call for heavy cream, the calories and fat can be skimmed off with "Heavy Cream Substitute". By replacing the whole milk with water and tapioca, and the butter with low-fat ricotta cheese, the calories and fat drop dramatically.
  Recipe Makeover

    2 Tbsp small tapioca pearls, dry (such as Minute Tapioca)
    1 cup water
    1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

  Traditional Recipe

    1/3 cup butter
    3/4 cup whole milk (3.25%)


    Put the tapioca and water into a small sauce pan and let it sit for 5 minutes. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Add in a small amount of the ricotta cheese to the tapioca mixture. Then, continue to gradually add the remaining ricotta cheese to the tapioca mixture.* Pour the mixture into a blender and purée until creamy (about 1 minute).

    Cover and refrigerate until room temperature, or keep chilled until ready to use.


    If using part-skim ricotta cheese, adjust the nutrition.

    Serving suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:131 cals647 cals
Kilojoules:546 kJ2,704 kJ
Fat2.5 g66.7 g
Carbohydrates20.5 g8.3 g
Protein5.0 g6.5 g
Cholesterol15.0 mg179.0 mg
Sodium65 mg505 mg
Saturated Fat1.5 g41.9 g
Fiber0.2 g0.0 g
Calcium111.0 mg225.0 mg
Total Sugars3.7 g9.7 g

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