This is the time of year when everyone is getting into baking Holiday cookies. I myself like to bake several kinds every year. Just because you are trying to eat healthier doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy delicious cookies! I make mine mostly gluten free and refined sugar free, and always use quality organic or natural ingredients. One of my favorites is these chocolate dipped almond butter cookies that I am sharing with you today. They are gluten free, vegan and use coconut sugar instead of the usual refined white sugar. Also, the chocolate I dip them in that can be found at Fresh and Natural Foods is sugar free as well! These are so delicious tasting that you will not even notice that they are not traditional Holiday cookies!
Pumpkin pie is classic for Thanksgiving. But since everyone is usually pretty full after the meal, I like to make mini ones to serve so everyone gets their own little pie. The recipe I am sharing with you today also happens to be gluten free and dairy free (with a nut free option as well), as well as refined sugar free. So it is good for those with allergies or those who are trying to eat a little healthier than traditional desserts. It tastes just as good as classic pumpkin pie though, sweet, rich and delicious with a flaky buttery tasting crust. These are great for making ahead of time as well and kept in the refrigerator until ready to serve!
I love traditional caramel apples. But what I don’t love is all of the processed sugar that comes along with them. So, I make healthier ones at home instead of buying them! I make a caramel out of dates instead of sugar, which may sound odd, but trust me, it tastes just like caramel and is so much better for you! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for Almond Joy apples (like the classic candy bar, coconut, chocolate and almonds), so I made the caramel a chocolate caramel, then coated it with coconut, cacao nibs and almonds. If you are not a fan of those things though, you could leave the cacao powder out of the caramel and make it a vanilla caramel, then sprinkle it with the coatings of your choice! This is a healthier Halloween treat that you can make at home and not feel guilty about enjoying it!
Skip the unhealthy pumpkin shake at the fast food restaurant and make your own at home instead for a healthier alternative that will actually leave you feeling good without a sugar high. The recipe I am sharing with you today doubles as a dessert, or a breakfast on the go. It doesn’t contain any refined sugars, or dairy. The base is bananas instead of dairy, and I add medjool dates for sweetness and it is just right. Also I have included protein powder, because I like an extra boost in my shakes so it is the perfect thing to keep you satisfied until lunch. It has a swirl of vanilla pumpkin and chocolate shake so you get two delicious flavors in one drink! Give this a try next time you are in need of a pumpkin shake! Of course if you are not a chocolate fan, just make it plain pumpkin and leave out the cacao powder.
I love apple season! There are so many delicious things that you can make with them, like apple pie! There is nothing like a home made apple pie made with local apple, served warm with ice cream! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for apple hand pies, which are perfect for entertaining, or bringing along in lunches because you get your own little pie! These happen to be vegan, I use coconut oil instead of the usual butter, and it makes for a really delicious buttery tasting crust! I use maple sugar in them as well, which gives them a lovely sweet maple flavor. These are the perfect thing to bake on the weekend when the weather is cool and you have a lot of apples on hand!
If you are a fan of key lime pie, then you will love this healthier Summer option, Key Lime Blackberry Popsicles! They are not only really easy to make, but good for you too, with heart healthy avocado to give them a rich and creamy texture, and sweet antioxidant rich berries. They are refined sugar free too, but plenty sweet so you would never guess. The next time you want a refreshing dessert, give these a try!
Just because you decided to eat a gluten free or vegan diet does not mean you can’t enjoy delicious home made cookies! Of course you can buy packaged ones, but home made are better, especially when they are still a tad warm from the oven. The recipe I am sharing with you today is a chocolate lover’s dream! It has a chocolate dough, with plenty of chocolate chips mixed in. It also happens to be refined sugar free as an added bonus! These come together in about 45 minutes and they are easy to make, so you can be enjoying them in no time at all!
Why not make some home made candy for Mom for Mother’s Day instead of buying her a box of chocolates. The truffle recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Mother’s Day with Spring strawberries and dark chocolate. They are actually gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free too, so you can feel good about giving them as a gift. Not only that, they are delicious as well, and pretty easy to make, so you might even want to make a batch for yourself too!
If you are looking for a healthy, quick and easy to make dessert, give chia pudding a try! It is packed with fiber, protein and heart healthy omega 3 oils. Not only that, it requires no cooking so it is ready pretty quick. The recipe I am sharing with you today is completely fruit sweetened, because it is packed with strawberries, and has dates included for extra sweetness. Also, it is vegan because I use coconut milk in place of dairy, but you would never know! Although this is a healthy dessert, it reminds me of a sweet strawberry tapioca pudding!
A home made loaf of quick bread is always delicious for breakfast, or just snacking with some nut butter for a more satisfying treat. One of my favorites is a carrot cranberry pecan quick bread that has extra fiber thanks to the added fruit, veggies and nuts. It is easy whip up a loaf, and so good! I am sure it will become a favorite in your family as well. This bread reminds me of carrot cake, but it is so much more simple to make! I used gluten free flour in this, but if you are more of a fan of whole wheat flour, it can be swapped in for the gluten free flour.