Frugal Foodie Mama: Red, Light, & Berry Dessert Dip

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Red, Light, & Berry Dessert Dip

With just 4 simple ingredients, you can make this light & fruity three-layered dessert dip in minutes. And it just happens to have a natural color palette of red, white, & blue- perfect for the Fourth of July...
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Need a last minute sweet treat for a Fourth of July barbecue or get-together this weekend?
I know it is tempting to just run into the bakery of your local grocery store and pick up some ready made red, white, and blue cupcakes or cookies, but just hold up for a sec. ;)
Because I have a super easy & quick dessert dip for you that you can literally whip in under 15 minutes.
Yes, folks. Fifteen minutes. But probably less.

And bonus? It is low fat and low calorie! No need to wreck the healthy eating and sweating you have been doing at the gym for swimsuit season in just one weekend. :)

Fresh berries, nonfat vanilla yogurt, and light whipped topping combine to make this super simple layered dessert dip....

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Red, Light, & Berry Dessert Dip

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: None
    For the vanilla layer
    • 1 cup of light (or fat free) whipped topping, thawed
    • 1/2 cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt
    For the raspberry layer
    • 1 cup of light (or fat free) whipped topping, thawed
    • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
    • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, pureed
    For the blueberry layer
    • 1 cup of light (or fat free) whipped topping, thawed
    • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
    • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
    • Fruit (strawberries, apple slices, etc) and cookies & crackers (shortbread, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, etc) for dipping
    Blend each of the layers in separate bowls until smooth & creamy. I used my immersion blender for this. You could also use a food processor or even a hand mixer.
    **If you prefer no raspberry seeds or blueberry skins in your dips (I like to leave them for the added fiber & texture), strain the purees through a metal mesh strainer before blending with the yogurt & whipped topping.
    **If any of your dip layers seem to be a little too runny (some berries may be juicier than others), blend in a little more whipped topping to thicken it slightly.

    Layer each dessert dip in a bowl (as I did) or add the layers to a large bowl and gently swirl.
    Garnish with fresh berries and a cookie, if desired.
    Serve with fruit, cookies, and crackers for dipping.

    Keep any leftovers covered & refrigerated for up to 3 days.
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    I used fresh raspberries and blueberries in this dip, but you could certainly substitute strawberries for raspberries or blackberries for blueberries.  Either one of those would work instead and would still keep this dessert dip perfectly patriotic. ;)
    I served this dip with graham crackers and star shaped Walkers shortbread cookies I happened to have leftover from Christmas (and yes, they were still good since I never opened the package).  This dessert would also be tasty with chocolate graham crackers, apple slices, vanilla wafers, or whole fresh strawberries.

    Are you in charge of a dessert this weekend? :)

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