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Quick and Yummy Dessert Recipe

This is my favorite recipe and I wanted to share it with you because it’s so tasty and easy to make. Several years ago, I came across a wonderful recipe for a wild blackberry mousse in a cookbook by the dessert chef at Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley. It called for gelatin, which I don’t eat because I’m a vegetarian. (If you don’t know what’s in gelatin, a key ingredient in Jello and marshmallows, you don’t want to know. Yuck!) So I modified and simplified the recipe and my original creation was absolutely yummy and it takes about 2 minutes to make!

Ms. Newburn’s Whipped Dessert

about 1/3 c of heavy whipping cream (preferably organic) – don’t use stuff out of a can
some frozen fruit – my favorite is blackberry
1 T of sugar
Put in a blender and blend until whipped. If you can get it to the consistency of whipped cream that’s the best.


Vary the fruit. I use frozen strawberries, berry mixes and mango. I’ve also added pineapple with shredded coconut or a little coconut milk. Bananas don’t work too well though you can experiment with them yourself.

Add a dash of vanilla.

Another variation that is super delicious is to use a high quality hot chocolate mix. My favorite is the Dagoba Xochitl hot chocolate. You can try another hot chocolate and add a very small amount of cayenne. It tastes like a chocolate mousse, yet only takes 2 minutes to make!

A few summers ago I was writing a math book, and this was my brain and body food. I went through anywhere from a cup to 1 pint a day. 1T = 6 g of fat. Can you calculate how many grams of fat in a serving? Needless to say, I gained 13 pounds that summer… and loved every bit of it. 🙂

If you have a favorite recipe, or you want to experiment, please share it with us. You can also literally share it by bringing it to class. We’d love to taste your wonderful creations, and what a fun way to learn about fractions. (You knew I was going to tie it into math, didn’t you?)


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