Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I've got a major sweet tooth. However, I also know how bad sweets are and always feel guilt when I indulge (basically because I do it too much). I have battled with this dichotomy for years, and finally decided I would just have to find some healthy desserts to make. Some guilt free desserts. I'm not talking about healthier versions of an old favorite, I mean desserts that are free and clear from unhealthy sugars and fats (as much as possible). I found this website with a yummy truffle recipe sweetened with dates.
The ingredients are dates, dried cherries, raw almonds and cocoa powder. Food process it all and roll it into balls. That's it folks. And they are delicious! I even had some dark chocolate chips waiting on the counter just in case the truffles weren't chocolatey enough (I figured I'd dip them). But even adding more cocoa powder to the mix was too much. They were very rich.
Then I tried the website's cashew date bars, only we made them into rolls. So good!
It turns out that dates are very sweet on their own, and have lots of vitamins and nutrients, including fiber. You can even make date sugar and substitute it for regular sugar in recipes (I'm trying that out this week).
Another treat we've been making lately is ice cream from bananas. Just slice some bananas and freeze them separately, then throw into a baggie in the freezer until you're ready to make the ice cream. Put them in a blender with a little milk and vanilla, and you have a tasty, healthy dessert that's the consistency of a Wendy's frosty. Sometimes I'll put cocoa powder in it, and if you want you can freeze it and then put it in the microwave on defrost for a couple minutes. Tasty!


Malea said...

Chels, I'm loving these food posts! And I have such a sweet tooth, too, that I'm always looking for something sweet and not super bad for me. Thanks for posting about these, I'll have to try them!

Nicole said...

Going to check it out right now!