Berries are the one fruit that is compliant with most low-carb diet plans. Regardless of your lifestyle or diet plan, you can’t beat fresh strawberries and cream for taste and simplicity. Here is one awesome recipe that takes those ruby red (low-carb) jewels to a new level.
What the Heck is a Berry “Fool”
Basically a berry “fool” is a mix of pureed berries, some sweetener, and whipped dairy (most often whipped cream). The oldest version of a fool is thought to be the Gooseberry Fool, which is a classic in British cuisine.
There are some schools of thought, however, that place the berry fool dessert in the 17th century with the French.
Did you know? The word “fouler” is a French word meaning “to mash” and many will say that is where the name of the dessert originated. As these things often go, however, it is highly (and sometimes hotly) debated.
At any rate, the low-carb Strawberry Fool recipe below is a creamy, sweet, luscious mixture of chopped strawberries, pureed strawberries, heavy whipping cream, and a little Pimms liqueur, all topped with crunchy pistachios.
I could barely finish the video before diving into it. It’s so simple and so very delicious. Don’t pass this one up!
Types of Dairy that can be Used to Make a low carb “Fool”
Three types of dairy products are low-carb and can be whipped into a creamy texture to blend with the strawberries (see this article and video for a distinction between soft peaks and stiff peaks)
- The first would be heavy whipping cream. Heavy whipping cream has 36% milk fat and will whip up easily to soft peaks or stiff peaks. It is what many low-carb people use in their coffee as it is high fat but without the milk sugar. This is my dairy of choice both for desserts and for coffee.
- Sour cream can be used in desserts instead of heavy whipping cream. It is more tangy than the heavy whipping cream with a little less fat. Sour cream is fermented milk and cream and is around 30% fat
- Plain Greek yogurt can also be a dairy replacement. It is fermented milk and the Greek yogurt removes the whey. It is 10-12% fat.
Tip: The three dairy products listed above can be interchangeable in cold applications but not in recipes that are heated. Lower-fat dairy like sour cream and yogurt will curdle and separate when used in hot applications.
Baking with different dairy products can also result in a flop, so you need to follow the specific recipes unless you are used to substituting dairy products in recipes.
Crème Fraiche is another dairy product that can be used with cold recipes. It is harder to find and more expensive, however.
Crème fraiche is very rich like the heavy whipping cream but it does not have any added thickeners. Crème fraiche is fermented cream (not milk).
The recipe is quite simple and is explained in the recipe card below. If you would like to see this dessert (plus 2 others) made in a video, here ya go….
The video also gives you a sneak peek at the blueberry bushes on our farm.
Popular Desserts made with Strawberries
Other strawberry dessert recipes you might like include:
- Low-carb panna cotta with balsamic glaze
- No-Bake Strawberry Tiramisu Cake
- Strawberry Brownies with Rosewater Buttercream Frosting
- Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Citrus Syrup
And….for growing your own strawberries to use in these luscious desserts, check out “How to Grow Strawberries in Pots”.
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Low Carb Strawberry Fool
- 1 pound strawberries hulled and quartered
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup Truvia can use 1/2 cup white sugar instead
- 1 teaspoon Pimms Cup liqueur
- 1 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup shelled pistachios crushed in food processor or with heavy rolling pin
- Take the stems off of the strawberries (aka hull them). Quarter the berries or chop into large pieces and place in large bowl1 pound strawberries
- To the bowl of strawberries, add the lemon zest, vanilla, Truvia and Pimms and stir together. Place bowl in the refrigerator to chill and macerate for about 1 1/2 hours. ** note: if you want to use regular sugar instead of Truvia, use 1/2 cup.1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup Truvia, 1 teaspoon Pimms Cup liqueur
- While the berries are macerating, pour the heavy whipping cream into a stand mixer and mix until the cream forms 7 Chill the cream until berries are ready.1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- Crush the pistachios. This can be done in a food processor or you can place them in a baggie and crush with something heavy like a rolling pin or heavy tool.1/2 cup shelled pistachios
- After the berries have macerated long enough that they are sweet and juicy, pull them out of the refrigerator along with the whipped cream. Divide the berries in half and blend half of them into a puree. Pour the puree back into the bowl of strawberries and stir together.
- Gently fold the whipped cream into the bowl of berries and spoon the mixture into a parfait glass or a bowl. Sprinkle with the crushed pistachios and enjoy!