My husband calls these pastries ‘Granolly’ and was completely unaware of the existence of this classic Sicilian dessert until he met my family. The rest, as they say, is history.

I buy perfectly packaged Ferrara or Bellini brand mini cannoli shells at our local Italian store that contain less than one sugar gram each and four carbs – fill these little tubes just before you serve them so that the shells remain crisp. Otherwise the cannoli cream is delicious served in a small dish with a bit of shaved chocolate and pistachios.

Sugar Free Cannoli

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Cannoli - made with Splenda or Truvia!
  • One 15-ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese - Calabro is best hands down, Polly-o very good
  • ½ cup Splenda granular or ¼ cup Truvia
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar-free Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding powder
  • Shaved sugar free chocolate-optional
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pistachio nuts
  • a box of Ferraro ready made mini cannoli shells - optional
  1. Puree the ricotta with the Splenda, vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, and pudding powder in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Transfer the mixture to a medium zip lock freezer bag and chill before serving. Snip off ½ inch of one corner of the bag, and using it as a pastry bag, fill a cannoli shell half way from each side. OR squeeze a swirl of the cannoli cream into a martini glass or small dessert dish. Lightly sprinkle with shaved chocolate and pistachio nuts, if using; serve immediately.

Ferrara Cannoli Shells can be filled with sugar free Cannoli Cream from Bariatric Eating


Ferrara Cannoli Shells can be filled with sugar free Cannoli Cream from Bariatric Eating

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