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Happy Heart's Healthy Recipe

Provided by the American Heart Association, this recipe will satisfy your chocolate cravings without tipping the scale in the wrong direction.

Cherry Chocolate Tiramisu

Serves 8; 2 x 4-inch piece per serving


1 cup water
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces ladyfingers, separated and torn into ½-inch pieces
8 ounces fat-free or low-fat frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
16 ounces frozen unsweetened pitted dark cherries, thawed, undrained
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon almond extract
¼ cup slivered almonds, dry-roasted


In a small bowl, stir together the water, ¼ cup sugar, coffee granules, and vanilla until the sugar has dissolved.

To assemble, place ½ of the ladyfinger pieces in an 8-inch square baking pan. Stir the coffee mixture and spoon half over the ladyfingers. Spoon ½ of the whipped topping over the ladyfingers, spreading evenly. Using a fine sieve, sprinkle ½ of the cocoa powder over all. Repeat. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 8 hours to 24 hours.

Meanwhile, halve the cherries if desired. In a large skillet, stir together the cherries and their liquid, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. (A flat spatula works well for this so you can scrape the bottom, where the mixture thickens first.) Remove from the heat.

Put the skillet on a cooling rack. Stir in the almond extract. Let the mixture cool completely, about 15 minutes. Refrigerate in a plastic
re-sealable bag or airtight container until serving time.

To serve, spoon the cherry mixture over individual servings of the tiramisu. Sprinkle with the almonds.

Nutrition Analysis (per serving)

239 Calories
3.0 g Total Fat
0.0 g Saturated Fat
0.0 g Trans Fat
0.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat
1.5 g Monounsaturated Fat
22 mg Cholesterol
24 mg Sodium
49 g Carbohydrates
2 g Fiber
32 g Sugar
3 g Protein

Dietary Exchanges: 3 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

This recipe is reprinted with permission from Love Your Heart, 5th Anniversary Edition, Copyright © 2008 by the American Heart Association. Published by Publications International, Ltd.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted August 2010

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