Posts tagged #dessert

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

I am reposting one of my favorite homemade chocolate chip cookie recipes. I whip this up often, as it is easy, FAST, and satisfies my sweet tooth without making me feel too bad :) the cookie uses healthy fats and almond flour. It is sweetened by honey and cooks in 12 minutes! This recipe makes 6 cookies.

 

Ingredients:

½ c whole wheat flour

½ c almond meal

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1  egg

2 T honey

1 ½ tsp vanilla

½ cup chocolate chips

1 T coconut oil, melted is ideal

2 T almond milk

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry and add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 6 cookies.

For a vegan version, use 1 T ground flax seed +  3 T warm water instead of the egg, and use maple syrup instead of honey. Enjoy! What is your favorite type of cookie?

Posted on February 9, 2015 and filed under sweet, dessert.

How NOT to blow your healthy eating this July 4th weekend.

July 4th means a lot of food, drinking, and dessert. But it does not mean that you have to throw your healthy eating out the window! This is what I would do before heading out this weekend:

1. Workout before you leave for your BBQ or outing.  (you could workout after but I like before better)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSrdAwUfCUM&w=560&h=315]

2. Drink a lot of water the morning of. I would eat a light breakfast. Maybe an egg, avocado and toast? Or some nuts and a banana. You could even do a green juice! I would never leave my house with an empty stomach. That would just set me up for disaster. Get something in your belly so you are not starving causing you to overeat.

3. I always try to bring a healthy side dish or appetizer. I am bringing a hearty and delicious salad to my families BBQ. Bringing something is helpful because if there is nothing on the "healthy" side at your BBQ, you know you always have your dish to fall back on!

4. If you are going to a place where there will be a lot of people, loud music and drinking it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and just start shoving food in your mouth. Try to be mindful. Find a seat and enjoy your beer (or cocktail!) and food. Sitting makes a HUGE difference and will somehow make you feel more satisfied.

5.  Fill your plate with veggies or salad, first! Then you can add in your protein and starch. I would grab a sweet potato or brown rice if that is an option!

How I will fill my plate:

- half my plate will be filled with a salad or veggies of some sort

- a protein (probably grilled chicken). About the size of my cell phone, or smaller.

- possibly some type of starch. Brown rice? Sweet potato?

- and I will always leave room for dessert!!!!

6. How I will choose my dessert: I will most likely scope out the table and choose something chocolaty. I love chocolate. And I will take just a little to satisfy me. Look at the table first, then pick your favorite dessert. Who knows, it might even be the fruit!?

7. Try to avoid sugary margarita mixes and drinks. I would stick to the less sugary drinks. After every alcoholic drink grab a water. If you are hosting a BBQ maybe you can try one of these: (Thanks Sarah!)

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So there you have it. Do not stress about what you are eating, just enjoy every bite. Holidays should be fun. Do not deprive yourself, that will just lead to over indulging. Enjoy your friends and family (or whoever you are with)! Be mindful of what you are putting in your body. And if it is a chocolate chop cookie, enjoy and embrace every bite :)

Be safe and  happy fourth!

Posted on July 3, 2013 and filed under food.

4 ingredient brownies

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raw brownies

For my wedding Elise catered the perfect lunch for my bridesmaids and I.  She made the best brownies ever.  I invited her to come over so she could show us all how to make these delicious treats!


What you need:

1C cacao powder

1C dates (take the pits out!)

1C walnuts

1tsp salt

food processor

Posted on June 14, 2013 and filed under dessert.

Grapefruit too bitter? Try this!

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I'll admit it, I am not a fan of grapefruit. I always get annoyed when health magazines and websites tell us to eat grapefruit for breakfast. Like really? You want us to like the taste of grapefruit?!!

I was SO excited when I came across an article on how to take the bitterness out of grapefruit. Watch the video below as it shows you what to do! So easy, and it works! I now can enjoy grapefruit!

WAHOOO

Posted on May 29, 2013 and filed under food, breakfast, dessert.

Delicious healthy chocolate chip cookie

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I love chocolate. I love dessert. I really do. So when Elise (from Lillybelle Foods) told me about her recipe for a healthier version of a chocolate chip cookie I was alllll about trying it.

Regardless of being considered more healthy, I LOVED IT ! Try it, and YOU tell me how amazing it is, k?

  • The only sweetener in the cookie is honey (and the chocolate chips)
  • No butter! We used only coconut oil

YUMMMMMMMMM

Ingredients:

½ c whole wheat flour

½ c almond meal

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1  egg

2 T honey

1 ½ tsp vanilla

½ cup chocolate chips

1 T coconut oil, melted is ideal

2 T almond milk

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry and add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 6 cookies.

For a vegan version, use 1 T ground flax seed +  3 T warm water instead of the egg, and use maple syrup instead of honey.

 

Raw mango pie - using only 4 foods

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I had Jody over, from JoJo's Raw Kitchen and she introduced me to the most delicious and easy to make RAW pie.  When I think of dessert I think of chocolate. I am not much of a fruit and nut dessert girl. So when Jody mentioned mango pie, it was not my first choice, but now I have become officially obsessed! This is something that I could eat every day as a sweet treat and not feel bad about it. Seriously awesome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates (take out the pits)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 banana

Directions:

In a food processor place almonds and chop until almost a powder. Add in dates and blend together until they form a paste. This will be your raw crust. Take out and place in a pie dish to make a crust. Press the paste down hard and form a base to your pie.

Cut up 1 mango and 1 banana. Place in food processor and and blend. This is going to be your "cream" part of the pie!

Pour the mango and banana mixture on top of your raw crust and place in the fridge for 10 minutes then serve. The pie stays good for 4-5 days. It might lose its bright yellow color, but it is still good to eat.

Some tips:

  • If your dates are hard soak them in water for about 30 minutes to soften
  • Your pie may crumble when you serve it. WHO CARES. Because it just tastes so good.
  • Make sure your crust is really stuck together and there are no holes.
  • If the almond/date crust is not sticking together add more dates to the mixture.

YUM! Enjoy! Do you have any raw, quick and easy recipes that you would like to share??

flourless chocolate cake

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Sarah, from Sarah Fit, and I decided to have a bake-off! Our mission was to make a dessert that was on the healthier side, yet still able to satisfy the sweet tooth! I went with a chocolaty taste and Sarah went with more of a pumpkin pie-ish flavor. I thought they both came out great. I am actually going to make Sarah's dish for my Thanksgiving gathering. I can’t wait to share how it comes out!

*Sarah's 100 calorie Pumpkin Pie Dessert Bars

Check out our videos and try both recipes. Which do you like more? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gknIC2yASh4]

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My inspiration for this dessert came from my love of chocolate and sweet potatoes! The recipe that I followed is from Chef Toni Robertson, as I also added my own twist here and there.

Ingredients:

¾ C semi sweet chocolate

2 ripe bananas

1 medium-sized sweet potato

3 egg whites and 1 whole egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbs chia seeds

1 tsp of cinnamon? If you wish!

1/4 c (or less) honey

2 tbs brown sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350

Melt chocolate (any way you know how!) add in 1 tsp vanilla if you wish

Microwave the sweet potato and peel. Place sweet potato, 2 ripe bananas, honey and sugar in blender. Blend until smooth.

Remove the melted chocolate from heat and fold over sweet potato/banana puree add 1 whole egg and chia seeds. Mix well.

Beat the 3 egg whites until a little foamy. Add this to your mixture.

Place chocolate mixture in (sprayed) single serving custard cups. This recipe serves 6-8. The more filling in the cup the longer it cooks!

Cook for about 10 minutes. If you desire it more cooked through add 5 minutes or less. Keep a lookout though, every oven cooks differently!

I had an awesome time cooking with Sarah. You have to check out the videos. Her new camera is insane!! Have an awesome Thanksgiving.

Posted on November 23, 2011 and filed under food, dessert.

Amanda's Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins (no butter)

While in Vermont this past weekend my friend Amanda brought her amazing blueberry muffins! They were not too sweet, making them an awesome breakfast or snack. Amanda's Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup soy milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease muffin pans.
  •  In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.  In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, egg whites, vanilla extract and milk.
  •  Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.  Fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
  •  Bake 16-18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
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Posted on July 20, 2011 and filed under food, snack, sweet, dessert.