I don’t eat any animal produce. I barely touch processed food and I consider refined sugar a once in a blue moon treat. I have cut down dramatically and I’ve not looked back. However restricting my diet may seem, I still enjoy a huge variety of food, including desserts. Yes, healthy desserts that are delicious and just as indulgent. Here are the 5 tips to know:
Add chocolate to your oats – without chocolate
This porridge bowl is like a delicious pudding. Waking up and getting my sweet-tooth cravings out the way, really helps me to stay on track later. There are two healthier, chocolate alternatives – both dairy and refined sugar-free.
The first – cacao or cocoa powder. Mix in with your oats and add a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. I usually make my oats in a jug and leave in the fridge overnight, or for an hour in the morning. Use a container that will make it easy to mix.
For the perfect porridge toppings, I love banana – fresh or frozen, with desiccated coconut. Frozen berries, chia seeds and peanut butter, also make for a delicious, breakfast-time treat.
The other option, is to use my all-time favourite Choc Pot. This is an 100% natural chocolate spread which only uses the sweetness of fruit. It’s ridiculously tasty and a tiny amount goes along way. You can spread on toast or use to up your pancake game.
Bake healthy desserts, by swapping ingredients
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my orange semolina cake. Semolina is sweet and full of health benefits. It contains vitamins E and B, has no saturated fat or trans fatty acids and is low in sodium. Additionally, it has zinc, magnesium, calcium, antioxidants and is high in iron.
Swapping flour for semolina is a great choice. Another simple swap, is to cut back on added sugar, and instead use dates or fruit. A perfect combination is cocoa and squeezed orange. If you can’t bear the thought of no refined sugar in a cake, you can cut the recipe’s sugar amount to half, and then replace with other alternatives.
Treat a smoothie like a cocktail
For those who drink, is there anything better than sitting at a roof-top bar on a sunny day, sipping a colourful cocktail in a beautiful glass container? Smoothies just don’t have the same appeal, which is why it helps to create it. Buy some fancy smoothie glasses (you can buy them for a dollar or pound), invest in some re-usable straws, and find recipes that emphasise colour.
Because throwing a bunch of fruit and veg together – hoping for the best, usually ends in a disgusting, strange hue. My go-to smoothie for summer, is chunks of frozen pineapple, a handful of carrot, and an orange or two.
When you think of healthy desserts, you probaly don’t picture smoothies. But with the right smoothie-making skills, anything is possible. (Inserts wink emoji).
Opt for a chocolate milkshake
Chocolate milkshakes are wonderfully decadent and instantly take me back to childhood. Just like with my chocolate oats, a chocolate milkshake doesn’t need real chocolate.
1 frozen banana, a couple of chopped dates, cocoa powder, almond or oat milk (you can use real milk if you’re not vegan) and a shake of some oats. Blitz together and then enjoy this superbly divine shake. You can of course, add extras. I’m a peanut butter fan (the no sugar or palm oil kind) and I like to add along with chia seeds and perhaps a tsp of Choc Pot.
There are times I cannot wait to get home and whip this up. I’m like a kid wanting sweets before dinner.
Bake without baking
If you have never made a raw dessert before, what on earth are you playing at? Seriously, next you’re going to tell me you don’t know what The Aristocats is (a Disney classic) and you’ve never eaten a slice of cheesecake!
Sarcasm aside, raw desserts are usually full of nutritious ingredients. Some recipes are a nightmare and expect you to have high-powered machinery to blitz all kinds of nuts, which typically make the base of a raw dessert. Nevertheless, this isn’t always the case.
Which of these healthy desserts do you find most appetising? Are you a sweet-tooth person or a savoury?