Italian Cannoli

Italian Cannoli
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Recipe type: Desserts
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Serves: 6
 
If you’ve never had a cannoli you are missing a real taste treat. Since it can be difficult to find a local Italian bakery this recipe is a way to have them regularly. Low in sugar; Low in fat.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups part-skim ricotta cheese, drain water, if necessary
  • ¼ teaspoon stevia extract**
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon dried fruit, as used in fruit cake (optional)
  • 1 oz. mini chocolate chips or carob chips (optional)
  • 6 cannoli shells
  • **This stevia measurement is the minimum to use in the recipe. Since your sweetness preference and brand used may vary, you may need to increase accordingly. For your convenience, Sensational Stevia Desserts has a convenient chart with three stevia manufacturers’ measurements.
Instructions
  1. With electric mixer or by hand, blend ricotta cheese, stevia, vanilla and cinnamon thoroughly in a medium bowl.*
  2. Dice dried fruit in food processor and fold with chips in cheese filling.
  3. Refrigerate overnight or at least a few hours.
  4. Fill 6 regular-sized cannoli shells and serve immediately.
  5. *Using an electric mixer produces a creamier filling.
Notes
Lisa’s Note: I found two brands of delicious cannoli shells that you can buy to save yourself the extra work of making them. Ferrara and Bellino make wonderful cannoli shells that are available in many grocery stores. If you can’t find them in stores, you can order them online at www.shopviviano.com. J. Viviano & Sons, Inc. Italian Importers also has a store in St. Louis, MO (314-771-5476).
Traditional “Sugar” Recipe Comparison:
Calories 259; Fat 12 g; Carbs 31 g; Sugars 26 g; Protein 8 g; Cholesterol 29 mg; Fiber 1 g; Sodium 51 mg.
Variation: Plain Cannoli (without chocolate chips or dried fruit)
Nutrition/Serving This Recipe:
Calories 143; Fat 10 g; Carbohydrates 5 g; Total Sugars 1 g; Protein 8 g; Cholesterol 31 mg; Fiber 0 g; Sodium 54 mg
Lisa’s Note: If you omit the chocolate chips and dried fruit, you will drastically reduce your carbohydrates from 15g to 5g and sugar from 9g to 1g! Wow! The plain cannoli are still outrageously good! For those who are on very strict low-carb diets, you can further reduce your carbs by cutting out the shell altogether and simply enjoying the filling!
The stevia taste is best when filling is refrigerated overnight and served the next day. If you’re in a hurry, serve refrigerated after a few hours for a similar effect. Believe me…these cannoli are so good, you’ll want to make them frequently. Not only are they delicious, but they are so easy to make and will be enjoyed by everyone. When I first developed the recipe, I was very apprehensive about presenting the cannoli to my Italian family. But I was thrilled when everyone— even my parents who were used to the finest cannoli from famous Italian bakeries of South Philadelphia—said they tasted great!
Copyright ©2005 Sensational Stevia Desserts by Lisa Jobs
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 each Calories: 178 Fat: 10g Carbohydrates: 15g Sugar: 9g Sodium: 85mg Fiber: 0g Protein: 9g Cholesterol: 19mg