Boring “same old” bananas and berries are magically transformed into treats when they are layered with a little nut butter, sprinkled with coconut and served up in some cupcake liners.
What do you get when you press an apple through a spiralizer, add some lemon juice, cinnamon raisons and walnuts? A healthy recipe for kids- tasty enough for dessert but nutritious enough for breakfast…Apple Pie “Froodles”. Kids from grades 1-8 of the Eliot School in the North End had a blast making this snack/dessert this week. They loved learning about the benefits that fruits like apples have for our hearts, the way lemon can act as a detoxifier, and the anti-inflammatory properties that cinnamon has – they even enjoyed learning that cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree.
Recipe can be found here:
- 1 Apple
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Wash and core the apple.
- With the spiralizer on the thinnest setting, spiralize the apple.
- Add remaining ingredients, toss and serve.
Desserts don’t have to come from a box, and they certainly don’t have to be made with ingredients that make us feel guilty for eating them. Next time you are craving something sweet to serve after dinner – skip the recipes made with cancer causing GMOs, blood sugar spiking white flour and artery clogging butter – and opt for this nutrient dense recipe chock full of vegan plant power…try these delicious black bean brownies from chocolate covered Katie. My daughter shown to the left, this is one of her favorite desserts.
- 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10g)
- 1/2 cup quick oats (40g) (See nutrition link below for substitutions)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave (or honey, but not for strict vegans.) (75g)
- pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil (40g) (See nutrition link for substitution notes)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g) (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.)
- optional: more chips, for presentation
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth.
- Really blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.)
- Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
- Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top.
- Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut.
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
- Remove pits from avocado, and measure all ingredients.
- Add all contents to blender and puree - best if consumed within 24 hours. Garnish with sliced avocado and raspberries if desired.
- Hard to believe something so delicous and decadent could be raw, vegan, gluten free, and so good for you. I definitely did not mind giving my girls this for dessert tonight. Avocados are high in oleic acid, (known to protect against breast cancer) folate (which helps prevent heart disease) as well as vitamin E- great for overall health. Dark chocolate and vanilla are both rich in anti oxidants, which helpt to defend against cancer. For a variation, layer with fresh berries and slivered almonds or add in peppermint or almond extract. Guilt free and delicious – need I say more!
Encouraging children to eat more fruit is certainly not the same as the vegetable struggle. Full of natural sweetness, fruit is a healthy and delicious treat anytime of the day that children tend to gobble right up. Try to stick with produce that is in season whenever possible. Eating with the seasons is better for the environment, is more affordable, and is generally fresher/higher in nutrient density making it better for our health. Try these colorful, fun fruit skewers at your child’s next playdate or party. They are easy and always a crowd pleaser.
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup orange segments, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup kiwi, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup grapefruit, cut into 1 inch pieces
½ cup pineapple cut into 1 inch pieces
6-10 wooden skewers
Wash and dry all fruit thoroughly. For each skewer, thread fruit pieces in a rainbow pattern starting first with 1 raspberry, followed by a piece of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, kiwi and finally ending with 2 blueberries.
Rainbow Fruit Skewers