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Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries

These tasty Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries are healthy twist on a classic cannoli! 

healthy cannoli stuffed strawberries

Hi friends!

I always get so sad during early winter when the berries at the grocery store are expensive and not that tasty.  It’s like a berry drought and as a fruit-lover it’s a rough time of year!  When the juicy Florida strawberries return to the stores in February, March and April I get giddy like a schoolgirl and buy pint after pint.  I’ll bring them up to my nose and just take in the fragrance before even eating them.

Many moons ago I posted a Classic Strawberry Cannoli recipe using those fresh berries…. but since them I’ve been brainstorming a good way to get that flavor I crave in a slightly healthier package.  Enter these delightful berries stuffed with a creamy and slightly sweet ricotta cannoli filling.  I call them Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries and you’ve got to give them a try!

healthy cannoli stuffed strawberries

These Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries is also low-carb and gluten free!

Ever since I went to Italy, I’ve been full on obsessed with cannoli.  If I see them on the menu at a real Italian place, I have a hard time saying no.  The crispy shell and creamy, sweet ricotta cheese get me everytime.

Some healthier desserts feel like you are missing out… but not with these Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries!  The sweet berry is in some ways even better than that fried cookie shell.

healthy cannoli stuffed strawberries

Now for the sake of full disclosure, there is a little bit of real powdered sugar in this.  But just a little….  it’s just enough to give you the sweetness you normally get with a ricotta filling.

healthy cannoli stuffed strawberries

The strawberries pair perfectly with the creamy filling.  You can either go with low fat ricotta or full fat… depending on your views on that sort of thing!  The full fat is a lot richer and the low cal is less calories… both are fabulous.  Top them with mini chocolate chips and pistachios, which is classicly Italian.

healthy cannoli stuffed strawberries

With berry season in full swing, these are the perfect little spring or summer treat.  Can’t you just imagine these at a Memorial Day or 4th of July party?

Cannoli Strawberries recipe / Delish & lighter way to get that classic cannoli flavor! / Running in a Skirt I hope you’ll give these Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries a try!

healthy cannoli stuffed strawberries

healthy cannoli stuffed strawberries

Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries recipe

A healthy twist on a classic cannoli! My Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries use a light ricotta filling to create a delicious, but healthier treat.  These are perfect for summer parties.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Healthy, Italian
Servings 12
Calories 21 kcal


  • 1 dozen large strawberries
  • 1 cup part skim or full fat ricotta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-4 drops lemon juice


  • mini dark chocolate chips & crushed pistachios


  • Prepare the berries by cutting the bottom off of the strawberry just enough so it will stand up on it's own. Cut the top off of the berry and carve out the middle. 
  • Mix the ricotta, powdered sugar, almond extract and lemon juice in a bowl.
  • Put ricotta mixture in a piping bag or zipper bag with the corner cut off.
  • Pipe ricotta mixture into berries.
  • Top with the chocolate and pistachios.


Try to find large berries of uniform size. The skim milk ricotta can get a little watery. Blot it dry if you see extra moisture. If that bothers you, use full fat ricotta.
Each stuffed strawberry is only about 20 calories.  This recipe makes 12.


Calories: 21kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 22mgSugar: 2gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mg
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a weekly recap.

Your turn!

Do you like healthier dessert or would you rather just have the classic one?

By | 2020-06-02T17:06:13-04:00 April 12th, 2018|All Vegetarian, Dessert, Food, Snacks & Appetizers|57 Comments


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  6. Ellie April 16, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Such a cute and delicious idea!

  7. Pam Greer April 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I meant to rate these! They look and sound amazing!

  8. Pam Greer April 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    This is genius!! I have a couple of cartons of strawberries in the fridge and I can’t wait to try it!

  9. Brian Jones April 16, 2018 at 3:06 am - Reply

    I’m not much of a dessert eater so cannoli are usually the sort of thing I would avoid, these however are the perfect mid-afternoon nibble, a big tray after a BBQ would be the perfect finish!

  10. Claudia April 15, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Yum, gorgeous idea! Totally love it.
    Thanks for sharing! Claudia

  11. Caroline April 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve seen these before and always thought they were a nice idea – in fact I’d probably prefer them to actual cannoli as I love strawberries.

  12. Heidi April 12, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

    These look great! Just wondering what you use to carve out the strawberries.
    Thank you

    • JulieWunder April 14, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

      I just used a really small knife, but you could also try this—> strawberry huller if you didn’t trust your knife skills! I hope you enjoy them.

  13. Erinn April 12, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

    YUM! I love cannolis – there’s just something about that rich creamy filling! I could eat a whole bowl of it by itself! Perfect for Mother’s Day!

  14. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real April 12, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

    YUM! This sounds amazing Julie!

  15. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups April 12, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Yum! I’m totally going to make these for a summer bbq

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  19. Miz Helen June 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Hope you enjoyed your feature at Full Plate Thursday this week and your new Red Plate. Have a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  20. Miz Helen June 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    What a great summer appetizer, can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon.
    Have a great day,
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  21. Sarah June 15, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Oh but we do have some ricotta I picked up to make something for my dad this coming weekend but didn’t realize it expires before then, totally have to make these for the girls!

  22. Tina muir June 15, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

    As soon as I saw the pic, I had a feeling it was gonna be you! What a great idea Julie 🙂 Yum!

    • JulieWunder June 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Yay! Thanks Tina! I’m glad me recipes look like me 🙂

  23. Farrah June 12, 2015 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Ahhh! I’ve seen these on pinterest and have always wanted to make em’, but haven’t gotten around to it yet! They look so good! *-*

  24. Carole from Carole's Chatter June 11, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    And these are fabulous too!

  25. Cristina @ I Say Nomato June 11, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

    These look amazing! Cannolis are so delicious, and I love this lighter twist.

  26. karen June 11, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply

    hubby would love me forever if I made this..thanks for sharing. Stopping by from #FullPlateThursday

    • JulieWunder June 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Haha! Yeah, mine was pretty pleased with me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today!

  27. Jess @hellotofit June 10, 2015 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    This looks like an awesome treat!! What else can we put cannoli filling in… 😉

  28. Beverley Cheng June 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    this is such a perfect snack for when friends come over – definitely will have to make this soon. also i hate the middle of strawberries (its a weird aversion i have), so love that this takes it out completely!!

    • JulieWunder June 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Haha! So this is really like the best possible recipe! Thanks for stopping by today!

  29. Danyelle Musselman June 10, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    These look amazing! And I love that they’re not totally sinful 🙂

  30. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction June 10, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

    What a perfect summer dessert! Can’t wait to try these!

  31. Annette June 10, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

    These look absolutely delicious. A much healthier choice than the fried crust of a regular cannoli. I will have to try them.

  32. [email protected] June 9, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    These look so pretty and so delicious!

  33. Andrea June 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Yes! I love cannoli and I love strawberries. Such a great idea for my farmer’s market strawberries this week.

  34. Jamie June 9, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Holy cow these look amazing! I want to make these for the next BBQ I go to! I feel like it’s a nice balance of healthy and dessert! I prefer to eat a healthy dessert, but often times if I’m craving a piece of cake, nothing will fix that except for a BIG piece of cake! Haha.

    • JulieWunder June 9, 2015 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      I totally agree. Don’t get in between me an chocolate cake or ice cream! haha!

  35. Joanna @Makingmine June 9, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, these are just perfect for summer! I can’t get enough of strawberries lately! YUM!

  36. Annmarie June 9, 2015 at 8:44 am - Reply

    These just blew my mind…YUMMY!

  37. OMG, these look amazing! So bummed I don’t have any strawberries at the moment! Need some ASAP!!

  38. Such a cute idea for a party! Yummy 🙂

  39. Susie @ SuzLyfe June 9, 2015 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I bet this would be really good with cherries too!

  40. Blane Sherer June 9, 2015 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Those look pretty tasty !

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