This pretty photo grabbed my interest, but I was a little disappointed to see that the original recipe on My Baking Addiction included Cool Whip. Not ’cause I’m a snob about that, but we’re trying to eat low-carb, and even “No Sugar-Added” Cool Whip has corn syrup in it. (Sneaky, huh?)
But that’s easily solved. To make this dessert low-carb:
– replace the sugar with equivalent sweetener of your choice,
– replace the Cool Whip with homemade whipped cream: start w/ 1/4 c. cream, sweetened with a little vanilla and 1 or 2 teaspoons of the sweetener of your choice, then whip it — whip it good!
– replace the graham cracker crust with chopped pecans.
I’ve also made variations…
Lemon or lime – Leave out the raspberries and add the zest and juice of one lemon or lime. If you like, add a little food coloring to make it more citrusy-looking.
Coffee – Leave out the lemon juice and add 1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder. And, if you like, a couple tablespoons of Kahlua.
Peanut butter – Leave out the lemon and add sugar-free peanut butter to your liking; 2 Tablespoons if you want just a hint of PB flavor; pile it on if you want more. This is especially delicious topped with a bit of shaved chocolate! (Or try my Peanut Butter Pie recipe.)
Also, you can make this lower fat by using reduced fat cream cheese and/or replacing some of the cream cheese with ricotta.