All posts filed under: Desserts

Strawberry Cookies GF, DF, Low Carb

I had a bunch of organic strawberries last weekend, and I didn’t want them to go bad, so I made this recipe based on a paleo recipe I saw.  You can also substitute blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.  And, because of their nutritional value, they make a great breakfast! This makes 36 small cookies.  You can freeze them too. The one thing our family has learned is once you stop eating processed food, most of it taastes too sweet once you try it again.  So, these cookies have only ½ cup of raw honey for 36 cookies.  I like using natural sweetners vs. others, but you may want your carbs even lower.  There are websites you can look up substituting Stevia for the honey, I just haven’t done it.  Each cookie has about 5-6 carbs and they are full of protein from the almonds, and net carbs are probably lower due to the fiber. preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) Ingredients 3 cups blanched almond flour (Honeyville is my fav) ½ cup raw honey 1 tsp sea …

Raw Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites

I’m always looking for snacks that are low sugar and have some protein, but taste good!  I made these today, and they are good!  So, throw this all in your food processor with the metal blade, and violà!  You have a snack that will give you some holding power. Why does it have holding power?  It has three crucial ingredients:  fiber from dates, fat and protein from nuts.  Some things are this simple! Raw Dark Chocolate “Brownie Bites” Ingredients for ~ 12 balls: 1 ½ Cups Raw Walnut Halves 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract ¼ Cup Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder 10 Medjool Dates, pitted Grind the above ingredients in a food processor. Continue processing until a dough-like texture is formed. Scoop out the mixture and roll into bite sized balls. Store in frig until ready to eat!  Yum.   Here are some finished Brownie Bites ready to eat!

Wheat Free Snickerdoodles

It’s raining here today, as it usually does on Memorial Day weekend.  I decided to play around with a recipe that I had for wheat free snickerdoodles, one of my husband’s favorite cookies.  Success!  Here it is.  (These are higher in protein and lower in carbs, but they still have some carbs due to the maple syrup — those of you who want no carbs, you may know how to replace the maple syrup with sugar alternatives, but I haven’t tried that yet.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat liners. Makes approx. 2 dozen small cookies. Ingredients 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ cup arrowroot powder ½ teaspoon sea salt 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon 2½ cups ground blanched almond flour (it should be beige, blanched means no almond skin, I use Honeyville) 6 T shortening (I use Nutiva, a combination of palm, red palm and coconut, Spectrum is another brand) ½ cup maple syrup 2 tablespoons vanilla extract (I use Penzey’s double strength) cinnamon sugar for garnish (optional) …

Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse

Who didn’t eat instant or boxed Chocolate Pudding when they were young?  Now that I know what’s in it (read the label sometime…  ugh), I stay clear.  Besides, there are lots of reasons to not eat heavy cream and milk.  I do not eat dairy at all.  I would recommend, if you are trying to lose weight, that you avoid all dairy for the first two months.  Then, re-introduce it slowly ONLY if you can’t live without it.  I’ve found my body feels much better when I do not eat any. Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite “legal” desserts.  This is a healthy alternative to chocolate pudding/mousse.  The avocado, if soft and not over-ripe, has an almost neutral flavor, can be mashed and mixed with cocoa, and you can use Agave, or if you want it to be completely sugar free use Stevia!  I recommend using a food processor for this, it makes it much easier.  Experiment with it, and add a bit of water or almond or rice milk if it’s …

Dad is great, he gave us chocolate cake!

Have you heard the infamous 1982 Bill Cosby bit where he let’s his small children have chocolate cake for breakfast? (Yes, I wrote this before Cosby was a bad word, but stay with me here…)  It went something like this: “The child wanted chocolate cake for breakfast! How ridiculous! … And something in my brain thought about the ingredients: eggs! Eggs are in chocolate cake! And milk! Oh goody! And wheat! That’s nutrition! … And their father said, ‘Chocolate cake coming up!!’ … And five children sat at breakfast and the morning music was playing and they were eating chocolate cake and singing songs to me:  ‘Dad is great! He gave us chocolate cake!’” Mrs. Cosby, upon arising, did not find this scenario remotely amusing.  And we know why.  The average chocolate cake is not the healthiest thing for anyone any age.  But, there are ways to tweak the recipe, and not only make it better, but make it healthier.  Now, this is NOT a recipe I condone for everyday eating.  I made this for …