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Saturday, October 13, 2012

5-Layer Flat Belly Dessert

Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons shared something you never thought was possible: a fabulous and decadent dessert that can actually help flatten your belly. Each layer of this 5-layer dessert has an added benefit to keep your midsection trim.  If I remember correctly, this was on the Dr Oz Show but I could be wrong. Sorry, I can't find the email from the friend that sent this to me. :(

150 calories per 1 cup serving
1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup water
4 cups fat-free ricotta
1 cup coconut milk, well stirred
1 cup shredded, toasted sweetened coconut
4 tablespoons agave syrup
1/2 cup toasted oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds or flaxseed meal
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, lightly toasted if desired
4 cups total of any combination of fresh well-washed berries (strawberries, hulled and halved, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, for shaving

Note: Ingredient quantities depend on size of pan. This recipe is for a 9-inch trifle dessert pan. Preheat oven to 350° F degrees.

Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray or butter and lightly flour each pan.

(Layer 1) In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the cake mix, yogurt, and water and mix well until no lumps remain. Divide batter evenly into prepared cake pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake emerges cleanly. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans.

Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, mix the ricotta, coconut milk, shredded coconut and agave. With a rubber spatula, gently fold them together to fully combine. Remove the cake from its pan and place in desired glass dish with high sides. Evenly spread half of the whipped topping mixture on top of the cake (Layer 2).

In a large resealable bag, combine the oats, flaxseeds and walnuts. Seal the bag and shake well. Sprinkle half of the mixture evenly over the ricotta (Layer 3), then top with the berries to cover the whole cake surface (Layer 4).

Repeat all 4 layers with the other half of the ingredients. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the bittersweet chocolate decoratively over the top (Layer 5). Serve dessert by scooping portions of the cake and all its layers into shallow bowls.



  1. Wow! This definitely looks like a 'keeper' recipe ! Thanks!

    1. Hey Wilma - it's definitely a "keeper" in my book. Easy and tastes great!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks for confirming BB - thought it was but still can't find the dang email. :( Since she had included other info, I just copied the recipe into Word and printed it out.

  3. This looks delicious and belly flattening too. WOW. I might have to make this sometime even though it has more than five ingredients and two steps. LOL Thanks Cat

    1. It is delicious sunnygirl and really is not hard to make. Try it - you might like it. :)

  4. I was getting hungry just reading the ingredients! Yum. I will save this for sure.

    1. I got hungry typing the ingredients Minelle. :) Hope you enjoy it!

  5. This looks wonderful and good for you, too. I am definitely going to make this. I'll let you know how I do. Thanks, Cat :D

    1. Hope you enjoy it Lillie - even though the recipe says 1 cup is a serving, usually 1/2 cup is enough to satisfy my cravings. Yes, please let me know how you do with making it!

  6. Holy cow, that looks awesome! Thanks Cat!

    1. You're very welcome June. When you put it in a clear glass bowl, it looks very elegant and people will swear you spent all day working on it! LOL Hope you enjoy it.



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