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Summer is over, but late summer flavors still linger in our gardens… or at least in our grocery baskets! Here’s a treat for when you fancy something light, refreshing and low in calories; sweetened with stevia, this low FODMAP dessert is super-healthy and won’t weigh you down. It’s quick to make, too – you just need a little patience to let it set.

Green Tea Gelée with Black Grapes and Honeydew Melon

(Yield: 8 half-cup portions, preparation: 20 minutes, total time: 3-8 hours, difficulty: easy to medium)

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of unflavoured gelatin
  • 3 bags of green tea, or another low FODMAP tea of preference
  • 6-12 drops of stevia
  • 32 black grapes
  • one wedge of honeydew melon, divided into four very thin slices (ribbons)
  • four slices of lime (optional)

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Start by washing the grapes and then leave them in a colander to dry. Bring 3 1/2 cups of water to boil in a saucepan, and in the meantime, bloom the gelatin. Here’s how: pour the remaining half cup of cold water into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin a little at a time while whisking vigorously, trying to avoid clumps. The liquid should thicken as you whisk. Once you’re done, pour it into the boiling water, whisking all the time; once the whole amount of liquid has boiled, take it off the heat. After 2-3 minutes add the tea bags and let them steep for 2-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. Take out the tea bags and add the stevia – start with 6 drops and increase the amount by one drop at a time until you reach the preferred level of sweetness, you can taste the mixture to assess your preference. 

Allow the liquid to cool for a few more minutes and use the time to arrange the fruit in your molds of choice. You could use different types of wine, whiskey and cocktail glasses to make the dessert look more sophisticated; plus, this way you’ll be able to serve it without turning it out. Add five grapes each to four of the molds, and three grapes with a ribbon of melon to the remaining four. Carefully pour in the hot gelée; you may need to rearrange the fruit if it floats to the top.  If desired, decorate the melon-free molds with lime slices. Place in the fridge for at least three hours (or overnight), enjoy once set!

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What I have not done here, but what would make for a splendid, elegant dessert, would be to scoop some whipped coconut cream on top of each portion right before serving. Here’s how to make the cream; let me know how it works out!

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