Blackberries and Cocoa-Cream

Claire and I took a 8-week break from sugar. Half of the time we even limited fructose, which meant no fresh or dried fruits. Cutting out sugar is a challenge, but one I recommend to everyone, and I can assure you it's worth it. After the 8-weeks was up I felt really good and completely in control of my cravings. I didn't impose it on my family, but I will, one day... 

I'm now eating fructose - hello berries! My favorite family dessert is about as simple a recipe as one can make. Blackberries with homemade whip cream and cocoa powder. As long as the berries are more sweet than tart my husband and kiddos are as happy with this as they are with the sweeter stuff. The bit of unsweetened cocoa gives a little balance to the sweet berries and adds an unexpected kick and a bit of intrigue to the straight forward classic. This is my favorite late summer treat.

We usually chill the bowl for a few minutes to keep the cream cold, which helps it to whip faster. The really hot 90 degree room meant we were whipping by hand for almost ten minutes. My friend and Luc and I took turns. 

We usually chill the bowl for a few minutes to keep the cream cold, which helps it to whip faster. The really hot 90 degree room meant we were whipping by hand for almost ten minutes. My friend and Luc and I took turns. 

The blackberries were tart so a little powdered sugar was added to Luc's serving. As long as the berries are sweet, the four ingredient recipe is delicious. I love the simplicity of this dessert.

The blackberries were tart so a little powdered sugar was added to Luc's serving. As long as the berries are sweet, the four ingredient recipe is delicious. I love the simplicity of this dessert.

Blackberries and Cocoa-Cream
1 pints (2 cups) of heavy cream
2 pints of blackberries
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of unsweetened raw cocoa    

I love Healthworks raw Cacao Powder, also great in banana almond butter smoothies and give a serious cacao buzz

The whipped cream takes a while to do by hand but I enjoy the ceremonial process. It also feels a little like magic to see the cream start to thicken. I recommend chilling the whipped cream bowl and cooling the room a little. Mix in the vanilla as your whipping. The cocoa can be stirred into the whipped cream or dusted on top. Wash the berries and plate with a generous dollop of whipped cream on top. 

Do you have a favorite late summer dessert?

One serving is an 1/8 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of blackberries, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa. Feel free to have more than one serving!

One serving is an 1/8 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of blackberries, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa. Feel free to have more than one serving!