Dinner Party Plan: Set up a Healthy Dessert Buffet to End the Night on a High Note

What happens when an award-winning restaurateur returns to America after 20+ years in Bali? Karen Waddell came back to the US and was shocked to notice the rise in childhood obesity, so she became determined to get kids off added sugar. Reveri is the result, a plant-based dessert that delivers the sweetness and rich mouth feel of ice cream, yet contains no dairy, added sugar, sweeteners, or fats.  Waddell grew up eating rich cuisine made by her mother, a chef who had trained under James Beard, and followed in her mother’s footsteps. Since her family also had a history of diabetes, as an adult Waddell was challenged to create recipes that were rich in taste, but used healthier ingredients. At her first restaurant in Bali, she was known for sourcing goodies from her own organic farm.

What happens when an award-winning restaurateur returns to America after 20+ years in Bali? Karen Waddell came back to the US and was shocked to notice the rise in childhood obesity, so she became determined to get kids off added sugar. Reveri is the result, a plant-based dessert that delivers the sweetness and rich mouth feel of ice cream, yet contains no dairy, added sugar, sweeteners, or fats.

Waddell grew up eating rich cuisine made by her mother, a chef who had trained under James Beard, and followed in her mother’s footsteps. Since her family also had a history of diabetes, as an adult Waddell was challenged to create recipes that were rich in taste, but used healthier ingredients. At her first restaurant in Bali, she was known for sourcing goodies from her own organic farm.

“You’re not going to stop people craving ice cream,” Waddell said. “I feel good about the fact that anyone can eat Reveri and feel great afterwards. Your body is the processor. You don’t need processed food.”  Only 70-90 calories per 4-ounce serving, it comes in four flavors: Vanilla Almond Blossom, Purple Mint Chip (which gets its color from blueberries), Chocolate Forest, and Strawberry Patch. Here are a couple of recipes that use Reveri as a base, and add fresh ingredients to mimic traditional desserts: A Carrot Cake and Apple Pie.

“You’re not going to stop people craving ice cream,” Waddell said. “I feel good about the fact that anyone can eat Reveri and feel great afterwards. Your body is the processor. You don’t need processed food.”

Only 70-90 calories per 4-ounce serving, it comes in four flavors: Vanilla Almond Blossom, Purple Mint Chip (which gets its color from blueberries), Chocolate Forest, and Strawberry Patch. Here are a couple of recipes that use Reveri as a base, and add fresh ingredients to mimic traditional desserts: A Carrot Cake and Apple Pie.

Reveri Carrot Cake    SERVES 12 (MAKES 78 OZ)   MAKE THE VANILLA BASE AHEAD 3 CUPS Almond Breeze unsweetened Almond Milk 24 oz Vanilla Almond Blossom Reveri 1/4 CUP Vanilla whey (or vegan) protein powder pinch salt — 1 1/2 CUP oz rolled oats — Combine ingredients, except oats, in a blender until well mixed. Pour into container, add oats, stir well. Seal container. Refrigerate overnight.  MAKE THE CARROT CAKE MIX 62 oz Vanilla Base 3/4 CUP carrot, shredded 1/2 CUP oz raisins 1/3 CUP walnuts- chopped small pieces 1/4 CUP orange juice 1 TB cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt — fresh pineapple, chopped, for garnish — In a bowl combine all ingredients, except pineapple. Stir well until thoroughly mixed. Place into sealed container. Refrigerate a few hours. Portion into 12 cups, garnish with pineapple.   Reveri Apple Pie   Use the same vanilla base from the Carrot Cake recipe, then add these fresh ingredients.   SERVES 12 (MAKES 78 OZ)   MAKE THE APPLE PIE MIX 62 oz Vanilla Base 3/4 CUP tart apple, unpeeled, julienned 1/4 CUP oz raw pumpkin seeds, plus additional for garnish 1/4 CUP Craisins, plus additional for garnish — 1/4 CUP pineapple or orange juice 1 TB cinnamon — In a bowl combine first four ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Place into sealed container. Refrigerate a few hours. Portion into 12 cups, garnish with a few pumpkin seeds and Craisins, sprinkle cinnamon.  Reveri is sold through the website in 6-packs, 8 packs, and 12 packs. $7.99 to $9.99 each.  reveri.com

Reveri Carrot Cake

SERVES 12 (MAKES 78 OZ)

MAKE THE VANILLA BASE AHEAD
3 CUPS Almond Breeze unsweetened Almond Milk
24 oz Vanilla Almond Blossom Reveri
1/4 CUP Vanilla whey (or vegan) protein powder
pinch salt

1 1/2 CUP oz rolled oats

Combine ingredients, except oats, in a blender until well mixed. Pour into container, add oats, stir well. Seal container. Refrigerate overnight.

MAKE THE CARROT CAKE MIX
62 oz Vanilla Base
3/4 CUP carrot, shredded
1/2 CUP oz raisins
1/3 CUP walnuts- chopped small pieces
1/4 CUP orange juice
1 TB cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

fresh pineapple, chopped, for garnish

In a bowl combine all ingredients, except pineapple. Stir well until thoroughly mixed. Place into sealed container. Refrigerate a few hours. Portion into 12 cups, garnish with pineapple.

Reveri Apple Pie

Use the same vanilla base from the Carrot Cake recipe, then add these fresh ingredients.

SERVES 12 (MAKES 78 OZ)

MAKE THE APPLE PIE MIX
62 oz Vanilla Base
3/4 CUP tart apple, unpeeled, julienned
1/4 CUP oz raw pumpkin seeds, plus additional for garnish
1/4 CUP Craisins, plus additional for garnish

1/4 CUP pineapple or orange juice
1 TB cinnamon

In a bowl combine first four ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Place into sealed container. Refrigerate a few hours. Portion into 12 cups, garnish with a few pumpkin seeds and Craisins, sprinkle cinnamon.

Reveri is sold through the website in 6-packs, 8 packs, and 12 packs. $7.99 to $9.99 each. reveri.com

darci eckermann