Cream Substitute

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Filed Under: Recipes, Substitutions and Tips
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Here's how you canjoy the taste of cream without the fat and calories

Cutting the amount of fat in your diet doesn't mean you have to sacrifice all those wonderful recipes that call for heavy cream. A combination of tapioca and ricotta cheese makes a wonderful substitute that actually tastes like heavy cream—without the fat and calories.

Here's how to make it:

2 T. tapioca
1 c. water
¼ c. low-fat, low-sodium ricotta cheese

Put the tapioca and water into a small sauce pan and let sit for one hour. Bring to a boil and then turn heat down to a simmer for 2–3 minutes. Gradually, add the ricotta cheese to the tapioca mixture. Remove from heat and emulsify in a blender until the texture becomes creamy. Use as you would heavy cream.

If you need a thinner cream, cut the tapioca by 1 tablespoon.

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