Raspberries with lemon zest and mint are the perfect fresh, healthy desert to satisfy your sweet tooth for under 100 calories.
Has anyone else been totally obsessed with fruit and mint this year? No? Okay, so here I go again getting weird with food, but I swear by this combo. Its totally refreshing and totally awesome. Throw in some lemon and a touch of sugar and you’ve got yourself a light and tasty desert that takes under 5 minutes to prep. Yup, you heard me right. Under 5 minutes.
Its the kind of desert that won’t put you into a food coma and zap your energy too. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE those kinds of deserts, but sometimes you just need something a little lighter, ya know? Something cool and tasty after a hot 90 degree day in the sun. With fruit at its peak this time of year, its pretty much a crime not to take advantage of it too. Well, at least it is in my little foodie world.
We have had such great weather lately in Portland that chilled berries have been the perfect go-to treat to cap off summer BBQs. This recipe was created on one of those, “I don’t feel like putting in any effort or going on a store run, but I’m in need of sugar” moments. I know this is a very specific problem to have, but I’m afraid its such a common occurrence for me that I don’t even bat an eye when it pops up. It normally results in scouring the fridge and cupboards for random odds and ends that can be thrown together to create something delicious. This time it was lemon, mint, and plump, juicy raspberries. The plump and juicy part is critical for this recipe because that makes them sweet enough that you can get away with barely using any sugar.
I know white sugar isn’t the most ideal sweetener health wise, but it just works so well in this combo. A spoonful of sugar here and there isn’t going to kill you, and its really only the icing on a bowl full of natural sugar in this case, so I feel like that makes it easier to justify. Again, we’re living in my little foodie world so whatever I say goes, right? Right.
- 1 lb. fresh raspberries
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
- 2 tsp. white sugar
- Stir all ingredients together and chill for 15 - 20 minutes before eating.