Monday, March 19, 2012

Strawberry "Cream Cheese" Frosting Bites

If you remember the strawberry muffin post from a couple weeks ago, you'll remember the huge amount of strawberries we came home with after the Strawberry Festival. I won't rub in how fabulous those strawberries have been. However, I will tell you Florida strawberries should be showing up in grocery stores across the nation by now. Please indulge in these juicy berries picked at perfection! That's right, the dietitian said indulge. Maybe not with the dessert below, but on cereal, as a snack, or topped on salads. Then if your strawberry mound doesn't disappear, make them super smoothie ready by freezing in Ziploc bags. If that doesn't seem to do the trick, make this simple, sweet, succulent dessert.
These strawberry cream cheese frosting bites are just that, bite size. Small morsels keep calories low, even when adding sugar or oil. It certainly isn't an everyday, or even every week dessert, but it can transform a few basic ingredients into a decadent dessert suitable for a dinner party.

Completely random but interesting tidbit: the tofutti brand was developed after a Brooklyn restaurant owner was looking for a non-dairy alternative to serve in his kosher restaurant. He discovered tofu, and began experimenting with different consistencies to create the first non-dairy frozen dessert that was remarkably similar to ice cream.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Bites

1/2 cup tofutti cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
15 medium to large strawberries
1/4 cup Kashi GOLEAN crunch cereal
cinnamon to taste

1. Blend cream cheese, powered sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl.
2. Wash and cut bottoms off strawberries so they will stand upright. Be careful not to cut too much that it creates a hole in the bottom. Cut stems/white area on strawberries off in a circular motion, along the natural line of the fruit.
3. Place a dollop of the frosting mixture in the center of the strawberries.
4. Top with sprinkle of Kashi GOLEAN Crunch cereal and cinnamon, if desired.

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