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Cannoli Tartlets

Contributed by: Arthur Agatston, MD of The South Beach Diet Parties And Holidays Cookbook

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Prep Time: 10 minutes - Chill Time: 2 hours

A classic Italian favorite, cannoli gets a light update here that's as sweet as ever. You can find prebaked mini whole-wheat phyllo shells in the refrigerator section of most supermarkets.


  • 2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup granular sugar substitute
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 boxes mini whole-wheat phyllo shells (15 shells each)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped unsalted pistachio nuts


Stir together ricotta, sugar substitute, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla in a medium bowl until well combined. Chill, covered, until ready to prepare tartlets.

No more than 2 hours before serving, fill mini phyllo shells with about 1 tablespoon ricotta filling. Sprinkle each tartlet evenly with pistachios and refrigerate until ready to serve.


The ricotta filling can be made up to 1 day in advance and refrigerated in a covered container. Tartlets can be filled up to 2 hours ahead of serving and refrigerated, lightly covered, until ready to serve.

The recipe is from "The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook" by Arthur Agatston, M.D., with permission from Rodale, Inc. The book is available where books are sold or at (800) 848-4735.

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Preventive cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is the author of the best-selling books The South Beach Diet, The South Beach Diet Cookbook, The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook, The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide, and The South Beach Dining Guide. Dr. Agatston is frequently quoted as an expert in cardiac health and diet in the media. He maintains a private cardiology practice, focused on prevention, in Miami Beach, where he lives with his wife, Sari, and their two sons.

Serving Size: Makes 30 Tartlets

Nutritional Information: Per Tartlet: 70 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 5 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 30 mg sodium

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