This is a fun keto yogurt parfait when you want to head in the dessert direction without being too extravagant. It definitely has some carbs in it and in the very strict world of aggressive keto weight loss, you’re probably going to pass on it until you’ve gotten some more pounds off. However, when you’re in a less aggressive stage of loss or in maintenance, this is one to reach for. You’ve probably been missing the berries anyway (I sure have done so) and this is a way to grab a few and have the dessert experience at the same time.
What makes this one extra-special is that herbal touch. In this recipe I use rosemary but as I say in the video, the fun here is playing with the different flavors. Rosemary is typically used in savory recipes but I really love it as a flavor accent in desserts as well. I have had great success with sage (especially the many wild varieties we have here in California), oregano, thyme, and basil. It’s a lot of fun.
You can go a lot of directions with the berries too but you will add to your carb amount pretty quickly here. You can use the whole berry to keep in the berry’s fiber to slow its absorption and impact on your blood sugar. The fibrous berries are easy to spot: they are the raspberries and blackberries that have all of the little fibrous parts and pieces tucked in with the juices. I show a blueberry in the video since it’s the berry I had but the newer hybridized blueberries tend to be more on the juice side than on the fiber side. That said, using a whole blueberry is still better than using just the juice.
As for the elderberry, which you know I love and wild craft if you follow this site, one of these days I intend to lab test my own juice. It does have carbs to be sure but mine is pretty thick and fibrous since I don’t have any real equipment to strain it thoroughly. I do wonder about the net carbs from my own homemade juice that is foraged from a wild-crafted berry.
As I’ve fussed with this recipe and the layers, I’ve made these instructions a bit more straight-forward than the concoction you see in the video. I reduced the number of layers, for one. You can definitely achieve the many-layered effect, but the instructions here require less in-and-out of the refrigerator.
I also ate mine with a few thin slices of apple, as you can see, being all decadent with the fruit. 🙂
A traditional parfait is served in a tall glass and those glasses do fit better in the refrigerator than a collection of wide glassware, so consider your options.
This recipe is a traditional layered juice-and-yogurt parfait where the yogurt layer is flavored a bit with the juice mixture. I dilute the juice a bit to reduce the carbs. You can dilute it entirely with the herbal infusion or with a combination of the herbal infusion and water. I do recommend that you taste as you go because you simply may not want as strong an herbal flavor in your dessert as I do. You may want it stronger, though I am told that is unlikely, LOL.
Obviously, you can leave out this step and just go with the juice and yogurt approach, but I do think it makes the recipe. With any herbal infusion I am using in recipes, I make it as strong as possible because I can always dilute it. To make a strong infusion, you are just going to place your herbs in a sauce pan and cover them with water. For this I would pick about a half cup of rosemary leaves and cover them with about a cup of water. That will be a very strong-flavored cup of rosemary tea. It will be really, very strong but you’ll be assured that the flavor will come through in your juice.
With this layer, combine your choice of juices with the herbal infusion and the gelatin. Before adding the gelatin, taste your juice mixture and make sure you like it. In fact, leave a bit of room in there to add some more of the herbal infusion for dilute it with water. The whole recipe calls for four cups so you might want to make 3 1/2 cups and taste it, adding more infusion or more water as you wish. Add additional sweetener too at this point. If the herb flavor is still too strong, you can dilute it further at this point with more water or juice. This is a highly individualized aspect of this recipe.
Technical note: We’re having some problems displaying the nutritional information, but this dessert has about 10 grams of carbs per serving, using cranberry juice. The recipe makes 8 servings.
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