Oh yeaaaaaaaaaaa we’re talkin DESSERTS!!! and yes, they are totally and completely guiltless, totally good for you and absolutely DELCIOUS!!! This should almost be illegal!!!
Before you say “hah! yea right this lady is cookoo” just hear me out…. er…. read me out. I have a few yummy recipes here for you which will blow your socks off!! and they are ohhh so very easy to make and very few ingredients.
I have an insatiable sweet tooth and so believe you me I have been on an endless hunt for delicious desserts that are actually good for you!! Sure some of them are a bit more decadent then others but in comparison to regular desserts which are filled with processed animal products they actually have nutrients and you can indulge a bit more without feeling gross and weighed down.
Here are a few recipes which I will be posting throughout the next couple weeks, so look out!!
– Banana soft serve (the variations on this one are endless!!)
– Chia pudding
– Chocolate Pudding
– Coconut fudge
– Chocolate Chip “Truffles”
………. and I could go on, but for right now I am going to leave you with what I created yesterday.
Chocolate Chip Truffles
Adapted from Pure 2 Raw
– 1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes
– 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds (raw)
– 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Banana Chips
– 2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
– 4-5 Slices of Dried Yacon Strips
– 1 tsp Almond Extract (or Vanilla)
– 1 tsp Coconut Oil (liquid)
– 1-3 Tbsp Water (added 1 at a time, checking for consistency)
– 1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs
– 1 Tbsp Vegan Chocolate Chips
– 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil (liquid)
– 5 Tbsp Cacao Powder
– 1-2 Tbsp Agave
– 1 tsp Almond Extract (or Vanilla)
1) Place coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and banana chips in food processor and blend until blended until the consistency is fine but not too fine. You still want some chunks.
2) Chop dates roughly and add into processor, along with coconut liquid, almond extract, and yacon strips and blend again
3) While blending add in water, one tablespoon at a time until you reach consistency of a moist “dough”
4) Pour “dough” into a bowl and stir in the Cacao Nibs and Chocolate Chips
5) Using a cookie scoop (or tablespoon) scoop one or two scoops of dough and shape into a ball. It will seem a bit crumbly so don’t try and roll it into a ball. Use the palms of one hand and fingers of the other hand to form into a ball. Place them on a plate with parchment paper on it.
6) Place in fridge while preparing the chocolate coating
Directions for Chocolate Coating:
1) Scoop out 1/3 cup of coconut oil and place in a saucer, then fill a bowl with hot water and then place the coconut oil in the saucer into the bowl. **Make sure the water line is below the saucer, you don’t want water getting into the coconut oil. Stir every so often until it turns to liquid. You may have to replace the water if it starts getting cold.
** you could also pop it in the microwave for like 10-15 seconds at a time until melted.
2) Add Cacao powder, agave and almond (or vanilla) extract into a bowl with the coconut oil and whisk until blended
3) Take the Chocolate chip balls out of the fridge and dip individually in the chocolate sauce and roll until fully covered. Place back on parchment paper.
4) Once all are covered in chocolate, place back in fridge until the chocolate has hardened, and enjoy!!!!
What I love about these is that they are not too too sweet, but just right to satisfy your sweet tooth and know that you aren’t ruining your body with processed sugars!!
A little info on the awesome-ness of whats inside these delicious treats:
– Coconut Oil/Coconut Flakes: High in amino acids and a low-calorie fat that the body easily converts to energy. Improves absorption of the right kinds of calcium and magnesium ions. Also improves digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids.
(**Note: When buying coconut oil, look for it in dark glass jars. Oils are light sensitive. Plastic is generally not best since the oils can seep into the plastic and toxins could possibly get leached into the oil.)
– Cacao: Contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants. It also is the number one source of magnesium. Contains 314% of the U.S. RDA of iron per 1 ounce serving. Also contains chromium (helps to balance blood sugar), Manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, omega-6 fatty acids, phenylethylamine, anandamide, tryptophan, serotonin, fiber, and methylxandthines. (I mean wow!!! no wonder there are whole entire books written on the powers of Cacao!!)
– Yacon: Contains inulin, a complex sugar that breaks down slowly and that promotes healthy probiotics in the digestive system.
– Pumpkin Seeds (or Pepitas): Great anti-inflammatory for arthritis, aids in lowering cholesterol, good source of protein and monounsaturated fats.
– Banana: High in Potassium (great for leg cramps and replenishing electrolytes). It’s a prebiotic and is great for building strong bones!
Now I definitely don’t think you could get all of those benefits from a real truffle or slice of chocolate cheesecake….