Favorite Dessert: Ricotta & Fruit Bowls ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Favorite Dessert: Ricotta & Fruit Bowls

My favorite desserts of all time would have to be either a tart or cheesecake loaded with ripe, delicious fruit.  I can't imagine baking every day, so this is something that I like to imagine as a deconstructed version of those desserts!

The way that I came to this recipe was when I was moving out of my last apartment and needed to start cleaning out my pantry.  I was working my way through my dried fruit stockpile, and decided to add dried blueberries to some leftover ricotta from a lasagna recipe.


Sometimes, I swear that it almost tastes like cheesecake if I concentrate hard enough.  :)  This is going to be a lot like last week's "recipe" of yogurt and fruit cups, and just like that recipe, I eat this almost every day for a quick, light dessert!

Ricotta & Fruit Bowls
A Vintage Zest original

  • Ricotta, whichever fat content you prefer
  • Sweetener of choice*
  • Fruit of choice*
  • "Crust" of choice*
  • Optional extras that you'd like to mix in (i.e. - Protein powder, Fiber powder, etc.)

*See below for what I like to use!


1.  Mix the ricotta with any extras that you would like to use.

2.  Mix in the amount of sweetener, to your taste.
* I like using agave nectar or honey.  Other good sweeteners to use are maple syrup, mashed persimmons, date sugar, etc.

 3.  Top with your favorite fresh or dried fruit!
*I used fresh peaches, but this works well with strawberries, blueberries, mango, and everything in between.  Even dried fruit works, like my favorite, dried blueberries!

4.  Top with your "crust."
*I use fiber cereal most of the time, but feel free to use other cereal, broken graham crackers, or anything to mimic a tart crust!

5.  Enjoy!

This is light and simple dessert that satisfies my sweet tooth with a bit of fiber and nutrition thrown in.  It tastes good and it's good for me?  Yes!

I'll promise to stop sounding like an infomercial by next week's recipe.  :)

What is your favorite dessert to make at home?


  1. This sounds yummy! I put it on my grocery shopping list.

  2. Yum! I'm always looking for healthy snack ideas. I just can't handle the texture of cottage cheese, so ricotta is a great idea (even though I know they are the same cheese - I can't convince my brain of that).

    Allison @ www.allisonskinnyjeans.com

  3. What a great idea, I'll have to make for my boys. Thanks for the recipe, stopping by from Adorned from above.

  4. This would make a great breakfast! Visiting from Miz Helen's Country Cottage.

  5. I totally understand! I used to do cottage cheese back in college, but I just love ricotta so much more now. :)

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  7. What a great idea! I often see people mix fruit and cottage cheese, but I never thought of ricotta. I would love for you to share this at what i am eating http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/07/what-i-am-eating-36.html

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