Appetizers, Snacks, Dips, Salsas and Spreads:Spreads


Strawberry-Orange Spread

A creamy, flavorful topping that works for pound cake, shortcake, coffee cake, waffles or pancakes.


  • 8-ounce block light cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda® (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest (or finely chopped orange peel)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse to whip together and blend until a spread forms. Scrape down sides of processor bowl and break up any chunks of cream cheese after about 5 seconds.
  2. Cover and store in the refrigerator until needed. Serve within 24 hours because the moisture in the berries may leak into the mixture over time.

1 1/2 cups spread, or about 5 servings (1/4 cup each)

Nutritional Information:
Per Serving: 129 calories, 5 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 21 mg cholesterol, 0.5 g fiber, 213 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 53%.

© 2006 Elaine Magee

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Last Editorial Review: 7/24/2006