Whole lotta ricotta: Weight Watchers low POINTS ricotta desserts

mom cooking with applesThese Weight Watchers recipes would make terrific breakfast dishes or after dinner desserts.

Note: the original recipes listed large amounts of Splenda sweetener – 4 and 2 teaspoons. That seems like a lot to me. I’ve listed the original amounts, but recommend that you start with 1-2 teaspoons and adjust for taste depending on the kind of sweetener you use. If you don’t like artificial sweeteners, try stevia. Other options are agave nectar, maple syrup, honey or real cane sugar – just remember to add the appropriate points.

Apples and Pears with Sweetened Ricotta

From Weight Watchers

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 small apple, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small pear, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp of your favorite no calorie sweetener like stevia, Equal, Splenda, etc. – adjust for taste
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fat-free ricotta cheese

Directions:

  1. Place apple, pear, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of your favorite no calories sweetener in a small sauce pan.
  2. Cover and cook over medium heat until somewhat soft, about 4 to 5minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine remaining sweetener and cinnamon with ricotta in a small bowl.
  4. Serve hot fruit over ricotta.

Weight Watchers POINTS = 3

Cinnamon Baked Apple

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 servings butter-flavor cooking spray
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (divided)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 2 tsp of your favorite no calorie sweetener like stevia, Equal, Splenda, etc. – adjust for taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Core apple but don’t cut through to bottom.
  4. Peel away skin from top third of apple.
  5. Sprinkle apple cavity with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  6. Place apple in prepared baking dish and spray with cooking spray and bake until apple is very tender, about 45 minutes (loosely cover with aluminum foil during baking if apple becomes overly brown).
  7. Stir together remaining cinnamon, ricotta and sweetener.
  8. Spoon ricotta mixture into baked apple.

TIME-SAVER TIP: You can bake extra apples and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Microwave on HIGH power for 1 minute to reheat.

Weight Watchers POINTS = 3

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