Red, White, and Blue Dessert Nachos (With Fresh Berries and Coconut Cream)

Independence Day was one of my favorite holidays as a kid.

If my family didn’t spend the day at the beach (on the coast of Maine), we went to my aunt’s house for a huge family cookout with lots of fresh seafood.

For me, the holiday meant lots of swimming, running around barefoot, laughing with friends and family, and eating tons of fresh summer dishes.

So I wanted to create a dessert as light, easy, and carefree as all those holiday traditions.

These dessert nachos are patriotic with all the red, white, and blue ingredients (you can even cut the sweet nacho chips into star shapes).

They’re quick and simple to prepare (with minimal baking because it’s just too hot for that!)

They also taste really sweet, summer-y, and wonderful.

I think the only thing better than Fresh Summer Berries is Fresh Summer Berries served with sweet cinnamon crisps, smothered in coconut cream.

Here is everything you need to get started.

To begin, grab a whole wheat tortilla and a star-shaped cookie cutter.

Place the cookie cutter at the outermost edge of the tortilla for the first “chip.”

Arrange the next star as close as possible, almost interlocking the first, to use as much of the tortilla (with as little waste) as possible.

If you don’t have a star-shaped cookie cutter (or if you hate to see the leftover scraps of tortilla go to waste), just use a sharp knife and cutting board to cut the tortillas into small triangles instead.

Arrange a layer of tortilla chips on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

In order to get the chips as crisp as possible, they shouldn’t overlap.

Portion out about a tablespoon of canola oil and use a brush to coat each chip with some oil.

Then place them under the broiler for about 5 minutes.

Watch them carefully (they burn fast!) and when you see the chips just begin to turn golden, remove them from the oven.

Immediately sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar over each one.  If you do this immediately, the cinnamon and sugar will oh-so-deliciously melt a little into the crisps.

Cinnamon, by the way, is really healthy and a smart choice to add flavor to desserts.

It’s super-concentrated with antioxidants (1 teaspoon of cinnamon has the same antioxidant level as half a cup of blueberries!)  It’s also great to combine with sweets because it’s been proven to help regulate blood sugar levels, meaning it may help prevent or help control diabetes.

Next, prepare the coconut cream.  Place some Neufchâtel low-fat cream cheese, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Use a hand mixer to blend for about 2 minutes, or until all the lumps are worked out and the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Note: to reach the ideal consistency for this Coconut Cream, use coconut milk that is fresh from the can and at room temperature.  (Refrigerated coconut milk will have solidified significantly. Still delicious, just very thick and tough to drizzle over the dessert nachos).

What I love about this recipe: it’s quick and easy  and so sweetly delicious. It’s creamy with a really rich hint of coconut.

Now that I’ve discovered it, I plan to use it in a hundred of my dessert recipes going forward…

Grab some fresh strawberries. Chop off the stems and quarter the berries.

Then cut each quarter in half again.

Set out bowls of the sweet cinnamon chips, coconut cream, diced strawberries, and some fresh blueberries.

Then allow everyone to dig in, building their own red, white, and blue desserts.

Fresh, ripe summer blueberries and strawberries are such a sweet treat on their own.

But the crisp, sweet cinnamon tortilla chips and the creamy, rich coconut cream take them to a whole other level of summer heaven.

This one is really, really delicious.

Enjoy!  Here is the complete printable recipe:

Red, White, and Blue Dessert Nachos (With Fresh Berries and Coconut Cream)
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Recipe type: Guiltless Dessert
 
Total Time: 25 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1½ tablespoons plus ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons cinnamon
  • 8 ounces Neufchâtel low-fat cream cheese
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces strawberries, stems removed and diced
  • 10 ounces blueberries
Instructions
To prepare the Cinnamon Tortilla Chips:
  1. Preheat oven broiler.
  2. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut star “chips” from each tortilla. Or just use a knife to cut tortillas into small triangles.
  3. Place one layer of chips (they should not overlap) on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush each chip with canola oil.
  4. Toast under the broiler for about 5 minutes. When chips turn lightly golden, remove from the oven.
  5. Immediately sprinkle cinnamon and 1½ tablespoons sugar over each chip.
To prepare the Coconut Cream:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the Neufchâtel, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and ⅓ cup sugar. Use a hand mixer to blend for about two minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
To assemble the Dessert Nachos:
  1. Place several Cinnamon Tortilla Chips on a serving plate. Top with plenty of fresh blueberries and diced strawberries. Drizzle the Coconut Cream all over the top.
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Comments

  1. These are so adorable, I love the cinnamon tortilla stars!!

  2. What a fantastic 4th of July treat. I can’t wait to try making star tortilla chip snacks. They sound yummy! Thanks for the great idea.
    Joy

  3. Nachos for dessert? Yum! Love the coconut cream.

  4. These nachos are actually the cutest and most delicious of their kind my friend :D
    Absolutely stunning!

    Cheers
    CCU

  5. Terrific for the 4th of July…great dessert.

  6. What a wonderful summer treat! These look absolutely delicious!

  7. Beautiful… I love the star shapes!

  8. Too cute. I was not expecting that title! Love it and your photos are edible!!

  9. What a lovely light dessert, and an imaginative way to use tortillas.

  10. Gorgeous. Love the tortilla stars and the coconut cream sounds wonderful with the fruit. You are so stinking creative.

  11. Reblogged this on Urban Farm Foodista and commented:
    Too beautiful not to reblog!

  12. What a wonderful idea…I just might have to make this…
    Thanks for the great post!

  13. Cute as x

  14. What a great dessert idea for the 4th. Coconut cream, sounds delicious.

  15. omg this looks so good.. very clever idea for the 4th of july , and relatively healthy. nice job, Jen!

  16. Too cute as always and such a brilliant idea!

  17. How very creative! Love what you did with the tortillas! What a cute and delicious looking dessert! So 4th of July! Have a wonderful 4th!

  18. These are so cute and innovative!! And I can’t believe how easy it is to make!

  19. This is so fun! I love this idea – very creative :)

  20. Stunning nachos! Very creative and loved the photos too!

  21. Darling idea! I love dishes that look elegant and are simple to make. Congrats on being featured in Top 9 – you deserve it! Enjoy a great holiday.

  22. These are really cute! Congrats on the top 9!

  23. gorgeous! congrats on being in the top 9!

  24. These are amazing!! I love the sweet twist to nachos!

  25. This looks so heavenly! Was kinda afraid to open the link when I saw the title :)

  26. foodiestuntman says:

    Very festive and congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  27. What a fun idea! I love this light dessert idea for the summer, and I can imagine other flavor combinations.

  28. Mei-i @ gastronomic nomad says:

    I love this! So easy and gorgeous. Congrats on top 9!

  29. Sweet nachos are such a clever idea! Really cool for Independence day! I love berries, the cinnamon and sugar combo and don’t get me started on coconut milk…love it all!

  30. What a great idea! I can’t wait to make them!!

  31. What a beautiful dessert! Lovely!

  32. Sweet celebration! Have a great forurth of July!

  33. Food Stories says:

    Whoa, these look good!

  34. This is a fantastic idea! I can see myself using these crispy nachos with so many other flavor combinations like chocolate pudding, or whipping cream or god knows what else….seems like endless possibilities! Hehe

    Btw, your pictures look lovely…very patriotic!

  35. Yum! This looks amazing! And I’ve nominated you for an award! See my post for details: http://www.awkwardkitchenette.com/2012/07/awards.html

  36. Thank you for sharing! How perfect for summer evening snacking!

  37. Hey Jen,
    I love your blog and so I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award!

    Check it out here: http://snazzybiscuits.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/blogging-awards/

    Have a lovely day,
    Amy x

  38. Dessert nachos! How cool! And I love going the extra mile with the little stars. Adorable.

  39. Dessert nachos? You are a GENIUS.

  40. cookingactress says:

    I love how fruity and refreshing (and patriotic!) these healthy “nachos” look!

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