A rich and creamy chocolate pudding that tastes like a thin mint cookie. A healthy, yet decadent dessert.
If you have an avocado obsession, like I do, chances are you’ll occasionally find yourself with too many ripe avocados. I always have at least two or three avocados on my counter at any given time. I buy them extra firm, but as soon as they become slightly soft to the touch (a sign that they’re ripe) I transfer them to the refrigerator if I’m not using them right away – this extends their life by a few days. After that though, they’re usually brown and splotchy when cut open, with very little flavor. Since I hate wasting food, I always make an effort to use up all my avocados before they go bad and one of the ways I’ve been doing that lately is by making this super simple Chocolate Thin Mint Avocado Pudding. (more…)
The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. This month’s theme is healthy small bite dessert creations. Be sure to click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see all the posts for this month’s challenge.
Happy Birthday to The Recipe Redux! In honor of their 6th birthday, member bloggers were asked to create a healthy small bite dessert so I came up with these Healthy Hedgehog Candies. Are they not the most adorable little treats? The best thing about them though, is how delicious they are and how much they taste like real (i.e. not so healthy) candy. The bittersweet chocolate exterior hides a chewy, delicious, caramel-like interior that is made primarily from dates. Dates are among the sweetest fruits in the world so they make an excellent, healthier substitute for processed sugars. Unlike refined sweeteners, dates are chock-full of iron, potassium, vitamin A, and calcium, as well as other trace minerals. They’re also high in fiber. Trust me, you’ve never had candy like this before! (more…)
The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.
We’ve all been there. You have to prepare a meal for your family or bring a baked item to an event but you’re way overdue for a trip to the grocery store and there’s no time to go now. So, you stare into the refrigerator and rummage through your pantry trying to figure out what you can throw together using only the ingredients you have on hand. Such was the genesis for this month’s Recipe Redux theme – Spring Clean the Kitchen. The challenge was to develop a recipe using at least 3 ingredients you currently had in your kitchen – no trips to the grocery store allowed. In keeping with the spirit of the theme, I opted to create a dessert/snack using a few of my favorite healthy baking staples, and to keep the ingredient list short. The result is these adorable and delicious Almond Butter Button Cookies. (more…)
A rich and creamy vegan ice cream, infused with the superfood maca, and topped with a bittersweet dark chocolate sauce.
If you’re not familiar with veganism you might not believe that you can create a good tasting ice cream without milk or cream, but this recipe for Maple Maca Ice Cream Sundaes proves it. The secret is cashews. Vegans have always known that cashews are an amazing substitute for dairy and over the years they have figured out how to use this nut to impart a rich taste and creamy texture in all kinds of dishes. In this recipe for Maple Maca Ice Cream Sundaes the ice cream base is created from pureed cashews, sweetened with maple syrup and banana, and infused with maca powder, an Incan superfood. If there was ever a healthy ice cream, this is it!
Pretty brownies with sophisticated taste and rich chocolate flavor.
The only food that’s more all-American than apple pie is a good old fashioned brownie. Brownies can get a little boring though. That’s why I was so intrigued by a recipe in the most recent issue of Milk Street Magazine for Tahini Swirl Brownies. Putting tahini in brownies sounds so strange, but I love to take classic recipes and make them more interesting and this recipe seemed to do just that, so I was excited to try it. But since I prefer baking with almond flour, and keeping my baked goods gluten-free when possible, I decided instead to develop a recipe for Paleo Tahini Swirl Brownies. They came out great! (more…)
The easiest cake you’ll ever make, incredibly moist cake with intense banana flavor. And bonus – it’s gluten-free and contains no refined sugar!
Last month I posted a recipe for Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes and it was so well received that I decided to post another recipe using bananas. This cake is also made in a blender but it’s much more decadent. Banana Cashew Blender Cake is, hand-down, one of the moistest cakes you’ll ever taste. Made with cashew butter and overripe bananas, it has a soft, pleasantly spongy texture, and intense banana flavor. (more…)
Made with Scotch whiskey, these melt-in-your-mouth dessert bars are casual in appearance, but sophisticated in taste.
I think of Scotch whiskey as kind of an old-fashioned drink. Maybe that’s because as a kid, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I remember countless family parties at our home where this amber liquid flowed freely. Several of my now deceased relatives were Scotch drinkers and I have vivid memories of them, clad in Mad Men like attire, with a Scotch highball in one hand and a lit cigarette in the other. Along with deviled eggs, Swedish meatballs, and grasshopper pie, there was lots of Scotch drinking at these parties. The next day my mother would survey the living room to make sure there were no cigarette burns on the carpet or furniture, and occasionally there were! So, when I saw a recipe in the current issue of Fine Cooking magazine for blondies made with Scotch whiskey, I felt a wave of nostalgia and was inspired to create these Almond Flour Scotch Blondies. (more…)
A healthy, low-calorie, chocolate dessert, with no added sugar and a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas.
If you’re a banana lover, and consume them on a regular basis like my family and I do, you’ll occasionally end up with bananas that are simply too dark and overripe to peel and eat. Here’s a great use for those old bananas – one that will have you actually wanting your bananas to turn all brown and black! Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes are light, with a moose-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. And they clock in at a mere 107 calories per serving so there’s no guilt necessary! (more…)
Use a standard bundt pan to make this fun, festive, and slightly healthier holiday dessert with classic Yuletide flavor!
This Peppermint Black Bean Brownie Wreath is a fun holiday dessert and not at all complicated to make. With all the super indulgent treats that surround us this time of year, it’s nice to offer one that is a tad healthier but still delicious and festive. If you haven’t tried black bean brownies yet you might be skeptical – I was too. All I can say is that it’s truly amazing how pureed black beans can be transformed into something that tastes like a chocolate truffle. Let’s not kid ourselves though, this is still a decadent dessert, and I’ve decorated it with peppermint candy canes and Twizzlers Twists so it’s definitely not health food! Having said that, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any dessert this good that contain 6 grams of fiber per serving, which is nearly ¼ of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fiber. (more…)
Healthy Pecan Pie Cups are amazing, no-bake, mini desserts that are a great alternative to traditional pecan pie.
Thanksgiving is a time to embrace family, friends, and of course food. There is simply no better meal on earth than a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, so if there was ever a time to indulge this is the day. Throw caution to the wind and delight in all the wonderful food this holiday has to offer. And that includes the pies, because let’s face it – Thanksgiving is all about the pies! Having said that, I think it’s entirely possible to fully indulge while still making some wise food/serving choices. (more…)