There are two reasons why I could never do the low carb/whole 30/Atkins type diets.
I know, I know sugar is BAD. White stuff is BAD. You know what? I don’t care. I want sugar sometimes. I want a huge whopping baked potato sometimes. Do I have dessert every night? Unfortunately not. Do I eat mounds of potatoes every night? No, but that is what my personal heaven will be.
I can eat those things in moderation though, which is why Weight Watchers works for me. You pay dearly though, so when I can make something that is good with my Smartpoints balance and satisfies my cravings, we are talking Win! Win! people.
These mini pavlova’s are only 2 Smartpoints each! I modified it from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor.
Now this may seem intimidating at first, but I’m telling you it isn’t hard at all! Read the recipe first, read it again, and then begin.
2 Large Egg Whites (room temp, this is important!)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste (or vanilla extract)
1 Teaspoon Cornstarch
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Pint Strawberries (sliced)
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
4 Stevia Packets
Lemon Blueberry Sauce:
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1/2 Lemon (Juiced)
1/2 Lemon (Zest)
3 Stevia Packets
Optional: Cool Whip (fat free or another variety Smartpoints not included – I like it better without)
Method of Preparation:
Preheat oven to 200 and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Beat egg whites, vanilla, cornstarch and salt on medium speed for 2 minutes. They should be getting all foamy at that point. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes. Slowly add your sugar, sprinkling it in one tablespoon at a time, until all 6 tablespoons are in. Beat mixture on high for 3 to 4 minutes. You know it’s ready when stiff peaks form and the mixture is glossy.
Carefully scoop about 1/4 cup of the meringue mixture and form a little nest on the cookie sheet. I have an ice cream scoop that is 1/4 cup and it works perfectly. Using the back of the scoop I form a little well so that when done there will be an indentation for the fruit.
You should get nine Mini Pavlovas. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, then turn oven off but leave in the oven for a minimum of 2 hours. Your pavlovas should be dry on the outside but not brown. I peaking in the oven window around an hour to make sure they aren’t browning. If you see that they are browning shut the oven off, crack the door for a few seconds and then close.
While your pavlovas are baking prepare your fruit topping. My favorite combination in the world is strawberries and blueberries, but you can experiment with your favorites. Any kind of fruit goes well with these!
Slice your strawberries and mix with your blueberries and stevia. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
For your blueberry-lemon sauce place blueberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a sauce pan on low heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for five minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pushing your blueberries until there is only skin left. Put back on heat and simmer for 2 more minutes. Put sauce in a bowl and refrigerate.
You will want to assemble these pretty close to when you eat them as the pavlovas will get soggy after an hour or so. Drizzle sauce, add as much fruit as you want and top with whipped cream if you want.