Monday, May 4, 2009

Chilled Blueberry-Cocoa Dessert Soup

Soups in the spring and soups for dessert may seem slightly antithetical to the traditional notion of soup as a robust, calescent bowl of wintery comfort, but thankfully culinary experimentation has long since proven limits simply do not exist when it comes to food. Vegan souffles? No problem! Healthy, light tiramisu? Got it! Blueberry soup? For dessert?


I adore soup. It's an enticingly healthful way to capture nutrients, steeping all your ingredients in a filling broth, and soups thus inherently lend themselves to light, cleansing meals.

When a Southern spring has bountifully bestowed 80 degree weather on us already, though, I don't always want to fire up the stove-top long enough to simmer a pot of soup for a few hours...

and since Zach and I have made it all the way to spring still managing to adhere (quite contentedly as well!) to our New Year's plan of switching to primarily fruit desserts, here comes a berry fruit dessert soup - in honor of the berry theme for No Crouton's Required (created by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen and Holler of Tinned Tomatoes, and hosted this month by Lisa...)

Gather some blueberries... Bring in a hint of chocolate... Indulge with a little whipped cream or granola on top... Let's have a picnic, shall we?

Chilled Blueberry-Cocoa Dessert Soup

2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 cups plain fat free yogurt (or the dairy free yogurt of your choice)
2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup 1% milk or vanilla soymilk
2 bananas
1/4 cup honey or agave nectar

~ In a food processor, whir all the ingredients together until smooth and frothy.
~ Cool in the fridge until chilled, then ladle into bowls and serve with with whipped cream, sliced strawberries, or granola (or all of the above!) on top!


Gita's Kitchen said...

That's a lovley dessert...mmm...blueberry and chocolate, love it :)

Sweta said...

Oh wow-what a lovely dessert. I can't wait to go and pick the blueberries myself-there's a farm just down the road!!

Lisa said...

Wow, what a creative entry! Thanks so much for this lovely dessert soup. I can never get enough blueberries.

Johanna said...

How intriguing! Blueberries and chocolate are such a good combination but would never have thought of them in soup - great dessert idea!

Terry & Dennis Macri said...

Oh wow!!! This soup really sounds like heaven.

Blueberries are so very is something I found about them that is very interesting.

An Antioxidant Powerhouse

Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, blueberries neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. Anthocyanins, the blue-red pigments found in blueberries, improve the integrity of support structures in the veins and entire vascular system. Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the effects of vitamin C, improve capillary integrity, and stabilize the collagen matrix (the ground substance of all body tissues). They work their protective magic by preventing free-radical damage, inhibiting enzymes from cleaving the collagen matrix, and directly cross-linking with collagen fibers to form a more stable collagen matrix.

So...your soup is not only yummy but very healthy. Good job and thanks for posting the recipe.


Kerstin said...

Very creative! My hubby likes to mix chocolate protein powder, blueberries, and peanut butter together as his dessert (he's into weightlifting), so I know he would love your soup!

Astra Libris said...

Gita, thank you! :-)

Sweta, thank you! Your blueberry farm sounds incredible! Picking blueberries is such fun...

Lisa, thank you - and thank you for inspiring this soup with your wonderful theme for this month's NCR!

Johanna, thank you so much! I do love blueberries and chocolate together too... :-)

Terry, thank you for the wonderful wealth of information on blueberries!! I really appreciate your posting the info! Fantastic!

Kerstin, your husband's dessert mixture sounds SO yummy - I will definitely have to fix a batch for myself soon! Thank you for the great healthy dessert idea!

stephchows said...

mmmmm liquid sunshine!

Holler said...

What a great combination of flavours! This sounds so, so good :)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

What a great idea and so healthy too-I always try and order blueberry anything if I see it on the menu because of the anitoxidants! :)

Astra Libris said...

Steph, I absolutely love your description - thank you! :-)

Holler, thank you so much! :-)

Lorraine, thank you! So glad to know you're a fellow blueberry fan! :-) Hooray for blueberries! :-)