Well, my recipe for the day flopped. I made a healthier version of blackberry crumble. I had to rename it blackberry sludge.  I think I know where I went wrong and will try again, but in the meantime, here is a recipe I posted in the early days of my blog.  It’s easy and  requires no baking — which is important on days like today when the temperature is forecast to be in triple digits.

 Fresh Fruit Parfait

•  1 cup part-skim milk ricotta cheese

• 1/2 tsp. almond extract

• Stevia, or other sugar substitute to equal 1 tsp. sugar

• 1 TB skin milk

• 1 cup sliced oranges

• 1 cup seedless red grapes

• 1 medium apple

• 2 bananas

Blend ricotta cheese and other non-fruit ingredients in a blender.  Cover and refrigerate. Peel, cut and dice the apples, slice the bananas, and mix with the sliced oranges and the grapes.

Prepare six parfait glasses.  Place a tablespoon of cheese mixture in the bottom of each glass.  Add a layer of fruit mixture to each glass.  Top with another tablespoon of cheese and keep layering.

It looks pretty and tastes good.  The glycemic index is just 46 and there are about 145 calories per serving.

And look for an improved blackberry crumble recipe next week!

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown

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