These are my TOP three desserts and each of them uses one of my favourite superfoods as a main ingredient, aka GRASS-FED BUTTER, AVOCADO AND GRASS-FED GELATIN! When the temperature outside drops and the sun is hiding behind the clouds who would say NO to sweet treats that are yummy and healthy?
No, I wouldn’t.
It’s time to head to the kitchen and make some delicious treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth and cure your winter blues.
Coconut Flour Cardamom Brownies
In this recipe I use loads and loads of grass-fed butter. Butter not only makes these brownies moist and rich but also helps to balance blood sugar levels. Even though in this recipe I’m replacing processed sugar with maple syrup, it’s worth remembering that sugar, regardless of where it comes from, raises glucose level in our bodies. For this reason, grass-fed butter is my number one superfood as it not only helps to manage blood glucose, but also improves the taste of any food, savoury or sweet.
- 6 green cardamom pods
- 4 pitted prunes
- 3 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon (good quality preferably organic coffee beans), optional
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour (I don't use almond flour; I will explain my reasons in my future posts)
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- ½ cup maple syrup or raw honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, optional
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
- Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a glass baking dish (8x8).
- Place pitted prunes, cardamom pods, coconut shavings and coffee beans into a food processors or into a small electric coffee beans grinder, blend together for about 1 minute (the mixture doesn't have to be smooth).
- Add all the ingredients and mix them together. You can do this by hand or use a high-powered blender.
- Pour into the baking dish and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before cutting or removing from the pan.
- Optionally you can make some primal frosting from coconut butter.
- These store well at room temperature or in the fridge for a few days.
If eating these doesn’t put a smile on your face,
I am not sure what will ;-)
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
The main ingredient in this recipe is avocado. Avocado being one of the true wonders of nature, will supply your body with good fats and a powerful nutrition-packed magic! Also, avocado is what gives this dessert its amazingly thick and rich texture.
- 2 ripe avocados
- ½ cup cacao powder
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup maple syrup or raw honey, to taste
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
- dash of cayenne pepper, to taste
- Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until completely smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Spoon into serving dishes and chill to set.
Coconut-Berry Jell-O Bites!
Good quality gelatin is a must in your pantry! It not only provides the building blocks for healthy skin, hair, nails and joints but also supports your thyroid function, contains gut-healing properties, and helps to balance hormones. In fact, the benefits of good quality gelatin are endless.
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1 and ½ cups raspberries or any berries of your choice
- 4 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey (depending on how sweet you want them)
- Combine coconut milk with berries in a blender and blend until smooth. If you don't like a gritty texture, you might want to strain out the raspberry seeds or swap berries for 1 cup of mango.
- Pour the mixture into a saucepan and bring to simmer over a medium-low heat.
- Whisk in the maple syrup and then the gelatin one tablespoon at a time. Continue to whisk until gelatin completely dissolves.
- Pour into silicone molds and place in fridge to set for at least 2 hours.
These Jell-O bites taste so much better than any marshmallows I’ve ever tasted.
ENJOY! But remember GO SMART on theses sweet treats especially if you are adding honey or maple syrup. Or better, to avoid the temptation of eating it all at once, share them with family and friends!
Izabela Misiuk (Primal Health Coach)
Want to share these recipes with your friends? Then go ahead and share it on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, WeChat, or even by email with anyone you think might like to make these healthy desserts. I'll see that you get bonus karma points for taking the few seconds to do so.
The more the merrier!