3 Recipes for Healthy Desserts

3 Recipes for Healthy Desserts by Ann Bordeleau #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #HealthyDesserts

The holidays are that special time of year when we get together with family and friends and enjoy traditional treats. As we grow more conscious of our health, how and what we’re feeding our bodies, there may be tinges of guilt if we indulge in some of our normal holiday favorites.

Below are 3 recipes for healthy desserts that will help you to still enjoy without the guilt and negative after effects from too much sugar or processed foods:
1. Chocolate Avocado Mousse (from the kitchen of Giada De Laurentiis)

Now I hear you thinking, avocado? Really? I don’t know about that one! Trust me, I never liked avocado and made this as a pie. This has been a hit at every party I’ve ever brought it to. It’s very rich, so a small piece goes a long way.

Ingredients (use organic when possible)

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 very ripe (approximately 8 oz.) avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup agave (I use raw honey instead)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • Fresh raspberries or your favorite fruit for garnish

Directions

  • Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Place over a small saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, (about 3 minutes). Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Place the melted chocolate, avocados, agave (or honey), cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla, and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.  Spoon into dessert cups/glasses and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (can be prepared a day in advance). Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve.

To make into a pie, use your favorite pie crust (I’ve used different variations of either a traditional pie crust, graham cracker crust, and mixed chopped nut crust – you can use your favorite). Prepare the ingredients the same way and pour into the crust instead of dessert cups/glasses.


2. Easy Homemade Healthy Ice Cream (from the kitchen of Ann Bordeleau)

This recipe is one of my favorites and I make it all the time. It’s super easy and quick. It does require at least 24 hours of prep time.

Prep: 24 hours before, take a bunch of ripe bananas, peel one, then break it into 3-4 pieces. Take those pieces and wrap them in either Saran Wrap or Cling Wrap (I like Press N Seal). Set aside. Use at least 1 banana for each person who you will be serving. Then put them all in the freezer overnight.

Ingredients (use organic when possible)

  • 1 1/2 frozen banana per person
  • ¼ cup almond milk

Directions

  • Unwrap 1 banana and place it into a food processor. Add in the almond milk. Blend until smooth.

This ice cream will be a little bit thinner than regular ice cream, so it’s best to make it as you need it. I’ve tried making in advance and put back in the freezer until I needed it and did not get great results.

You can also add in different “mix-ins” as well. Some of my favorites are mini-chocolate chips, fresh ground peanut butter, nuts, etc. The possibilities are endless!


3. No Bake Date & Nut Balls (from the kitchen of Jen of www.yummyhealthyeasy.com)

Ingredients (use organic or raw when possible)

  • 6 dates (pitted)
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup Almonds (raw)
  • 1 cup coconut (flaked or shredded)
  • 1 cup Walnuts (raw)
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla

Directions

  • Place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor, chop until finely chopped, then add in the raisins, dates, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Blend until all ingredients are combined and sticky.
  • Pour coconut into a bowl.  Roll the date & nut mixture into 1 inch balls, then roll the balls in the coconut to coat.  Makes 25-30 date & nut balls.
Enjoy these healthy desserts! I wish lots of love, peace, and happiness to you all during the holidays!

Love,

Ann


 

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