Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Healthy Desserts, Yum!
We are always trying to be healthy, both emotionally (see last weeks blog!) and physically. We love desserts but recognize that we can’t have them every day. Sugar has been proven to be bad for your body and we really believe when you feel better, you do better. To that end we have been creating some healthy desserts in our kitchens. If you take the time to make dessert yourself, it does two good things: first, you can control what goes into it (eliminating a lot of unhealthy ingredients in store bought stuff) and second, you won’t eat it as often because it takes time to prepare. The same can be said for many other unhealthier foods by the way, not just dessert! Try these recipes, even if the ingredients seem “weird” for a sweet treat, you will be satisfied and satiated!
Heather’s Chocolate Mousse:
2 avocado, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (cacao), 1/2 cup agave, 1 tsp vanilla extract, pinch of salt
Peel and scoop out flesh of avocado and put in food processor, blend until creamy and no lumps. Add all other ingredients and pulse until combined and smooth. Put in 6 individual cups and refrigerate for a few hours to set.
This is a dense mousse, almost a pudding. It even tastes like you can frost a cake with it. I’ve substituted the agave (which is sweetest) for maple syrup (I love but not as sweet).
Fro Yo Pops:
Greek vanilla yogurt 32 oz container makes 8 pops, 5 oz dark chocolate chips, 1/3 cup plus a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter (maple syrup peanut butter is the best!)
Put chocolate chips in a sealed baggie and pound with a rolling pin to break up the chips a little. In a bowl, mix together the yogurt and chips. Then put peanut butter in microwave for about 25 seconds to soften a little and gently fold it in to yogurt and chips to combine, just stirring a couple of times so you still see ribbons of peanut butter. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze until set.
This recipe is more of a “mash up” of ingredients, of which you can add or substitute many different things. It definitely still has the greek yogurt flavor but you get a taste of chocolate or peanut butter with every bite and it’s so yummy!