Cannoli Crostini w. Chocolate, Pistachios & Honey

These rustic yet elegant Cannoli Crostini with Chocolate, Pistachios & Honey are perfect for dessert or an easy brunch dish. Creamy ricotta, crunchy nuts and dark chocolate, and sweet honey are a delicious combination for #Choctoberfest!

Thank you to Nature Nate’s for providing the product used in this recipe. All opinions are my own.

Woo-hoo, it's #Choctoberfest! This virtual event features bloggers from around the world, posting their favorite chocolate recipes—like these Cannoli Crostini with Chocolate, Pistachios & Honey—and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. Head over and enter now!

#Choctoberfest has some amazing sponsors, including Nature Nate's 100% Pure, Raw and Unfiltered Honey. I was lucky enough to receive a wonderful goody box that included a huge squeeze bottle of honey (made by American Bees!), Raspberry Honey Syrup, and a bunch of handy Honey Packets—perfect when I'm on the go.

I also got a fantastic "Honey Gives Hope" t-shirt, celebrating Nature Nate's initiative to support breast cancer awareness. This speaks directly to me. Both of my parents are two-time cancer survivors. Supporting cancer awareness, treatment, and research is of the utmost importance to me. Over the past four years I have worked with a team to raise over $125,000 for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center here in New York. I truly appreciate that Nature Nate's takes on such crucial work.

And I also truly appreciate that Nature Nate's provides such delicious honey. It certainly adds a wow factor to my
Cannoli Crostini with Chocolate, Pistachios & Honey. These simple, sweet toasts are wonderful for dessert, but would also be fantastic for a brunch! They take just a few minutes to put together but look like a whole lot more work went into them.

  • 2 cups ricotta
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 ounce dark chocolate, shaved
  • 6-8 slices of Tuscan/peasant-style bread, each cut in half and toasted
  • additional honey, for drizzling

Put the ricotta, sugar, honey, vanilla, lemon zest, and salt into a food processor. Process for about three minutes, until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Spread a dollop of the cannoli cream onto each toasted slice of bread. Sprinkle the chopped pistachios and shaved chocolate on top. Finish with a generous drizzle of honey over each toast. 

Some other recipes to check out:

Cannoli Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate and Pistachios

And stay tuned for more delicious chocolate recipes for #Choctoberfest!


  1. Hi Justine , love this. Would you like to share this with the other participants in Food on Friday over at Carole's Chatter? I have a weekly link up party – each week there is a different ingredient or theme. The current theme is Holiday Treats. You can see upcoming themes in one of the pages at the top of my home page. If you would like to join in the fun please schedule a reminder for each week. The collection starts at 7am Friday New Zealand time – which is probably some time Thursday your time – I do find time zones quite confusing. Hope to see you soon. Cheers, Carole

  2. I just love this combination. I often serve fig jam and honey on my cheese boards and you put everything in a bite! Sounds delicious!

  3. Can I tell you, I think this is brilliant!!! Love the idea of this sweet treat Italian crostini!

  4. I love everything about this! It looks amazing, and I'd love to dig in. Right now I really need something comforting and yummy, so this would be great!

  5. I am super impressed with this idea of a dessert crostini. You may have started a trend.

  6. This was a creation just waiting to happen! Crostini is a natural host to so many good things, this recipe proves it!

  7. Oh my - this looks completely amazing - I have to have it!

  8. This is MOUTHWATERING, Justine!

  9. Wow - those look amazing! Such a yummy treat! I'm wishing one would just appear off the computer!

  10. This looks so gorgeous and I'm sure it tastes amazing!

  11. I love all things cannoli and I am totally drooling over these!

  12. I love all the ingredients you have in this crostini, and love a company that supports cancer research!

  13. Oh my gosh, this is calling to me!


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