Chocolate Cherry Cheese Tarts

Chocolate Cherry Cheese Tarts are a low calorie dessert or treat for any occasion.

These are so perfect for a party! Chocolate Cherry Cheese Tarts Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert

Crisp phyllo cups filled with a creamy nutella filling and topped with fresh cherries.

I love dessert! Such a simple statement but it can wreak havoc on my diet.  I have been trying to find different ways to satisfy not only my sweets craving but my love of baking.  I love to make and decorate cakes but have little willpower to eat a tiny slice. (Why oh why does a serving size of cake have to be so small ?!) I have started making my cakes into cupcakes and freezing them.  Last week was my birthday so I made 24 cupcakes.  I kept out ten and froze the rest. (No, I didn’t eat all ten.  I had a cupcake two days in a row and family had the rest.)  It was a great solution to my see cake, eat cake desire.

Another little trick I have found is to make little phyllo cup tarts.  Two mini tarts have 25 calories and provide great crunch.  This helps to limit the quantity I can pop into my mouth without thinking, my mindless eating habit.  They also look so pretty, don’t they?  They would be fantastic for a tea or Mother’s Day.

These are so perfect for a party! Chocolate Cherry Cheese Tarts Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert

Since they have fruit, I wonder if I can consider them a breakfast food??  Guess not.  For now I will have to be satisfied with a little sweet, crunchy dessert at the end of a healthy eating day and another step in the right direction for healthy living one bite at a time.

P.S.  The first two weeks of the blog helped me lose 1 pound.  Thank you all for helping me on my weight loss quest.
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Chocolate Cherry Cheese Tarts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 tarts
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of mini phyllo cups 15 cups
  • 1 cup pitted bing cherries coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp . sugar/stevia mix I used Domino, divided
  • 2 tbsp . water
  • 1 tsp . instant tapioca
  • 1 tsp . lemon juice
  • 1 tsp . vanilla extract divided
  • 2 1/2 tbsp . nutella
  • 2 1/2 tbsp . light cream cheese softened

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the cherries, 1 tbsp. sugar/stevia and water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tapioca and cook for 1 minute. Take the saucepan off the heat and add the lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract. Allow to cool for 10 minutes to set up. (You can refrigerate for a few hours)
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 tbsp. sugar/stevia mix, nutella, cream cheese and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract.
  4. Place mini phyllo cups on a baking sheet. Fill with 1 tsp. nutella mixture and top with 1 slightly heaped tbsp. of cherry mixture.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes or until warm. Serve immediately with any toppings of your choice.
Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. audrey Palmatier says
    these are just great looking. I would like to eat one right now and that WOULD be my Breakfast.
  2. wow. These look so great. Thanks for shaing
  3. These look quite tasty Christie. I would find it hard to only eat two as well. Thanks so much for sharing them with us during our Friday Community Party on our FB page. I appreciate you stopping by and celebrating my birthday with us. I hope you'll join us every Friday for the party.

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