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From EatingWell:  September 1998

Though cannoli might seem like an overly decadent treat for a healthy diet, these are filled with a mixture of reduced-fat cream cheese and nonfat ricotta for less fat with all the creaminess.

10 cannoli | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 1 1/2 hours



  1. Puree confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, ricotta and vanilla in a food processor.
  2. Bring 1/2 inch water to a gentle simmer in a small skillet. Sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons water in a small heatproof bowl. Let stand for 1 minute to soften. Set the bowl in the simmering water just until the gelatin has dissolved. Add gelatin to cheese mixture and process until smooth. Add chocolate chips and orange zest; pulse until just combined. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until firm, 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with a large star or plain tip. Holding Pizzelle Cannoli Shells seam-side up, pipe in filling. Sprinkle pistachios over filling at each end. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.


Per serving : 215 Calories; 9 g Fat; 4 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 37 mg Cholesterol; 26 g Carbohydrates; 7 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 119 mg Sodium; 93 mg Potassium

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 lean meat, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

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