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Dessert Recipes

Frozen Banana Yogurt Treat

Frozen Banana Yogurt TreatSince the recent heatwave in the Northeast I’ve been craving cool and refreshing treats.  Utilizing my homemade yogurt, bananas and my favorite gadget of them all – my Vitamix 750, I’ve created this quick and yummy frozen banana yogurt treat.

The combination of caramel, banana and cinnamon is truly finger-licking good!  This is also an excellent treat to make if you have unexpected company and need to whip something up as quick as possible!

Super Power Smoothie: Kale & Pineapple & Apple & Flaxseeds

Super Power SmoothieKale is known as the healthiest green leafy vegetable, but most kale smoothies have a distinct flavor that won’t necessarily please every palate. If you are looking for a way to get this wonderful and nutritious green into your daily diet, try this vitamin rich smoothie. The addition of pineapple (which is packed with various antioxidants) and an apple neutralizes the flavor of kale and makes this smoothie that much more nutritious.   The addition of the powerful flaxseeds adds even more healthy benefits.  Flaxseeds are packed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids, fiber and Lignans.  Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. Drink this smoothie as often as you can for a better overall health!

Lemon & Mint Infused Water

Lemon Mint Infused WaterI  mainly drink plain water, but at times it can get pretty boring and I crave flavor.  Since I abstain from sodas and majority of the juices (unless I juice fruits & veggies myself), this healthy alternative is right up my alley.  I always loved how refreshing mint could be when used in cooking (and especially in summer salads), it is just as great in water. Plain old boring water no more!

All you need is a mason jar and a muddler to create this flavorful and refreshing drink.

I prefer to let the water sit in the fridge for at least a couple of hours (and sometimes even overnight) so the flavor intensifies.  However, you can certainly drink it right after making it. The ice will serve as a sieve so you won’t get pieces of mint/lemon slices into your water.

Banana Pecan Bread (Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free)

Banana Pecan Bread Banana bread is a true classic. There are many variations to the recipe for this staple. My take is gluten-free and sugar-free, yet full of flavor and sweetness. The over-ripe bananas are key for the most intense flavor and a soft texture that mashes and blends easily. Coconut flour and coconut oil add wonderful texture, flavor and optimize the health benefits. This is truly gilt-free treat that you won’t be able to get enough of!

Goat Cheese & Apple & Rosemary Tart

Goat Cheese Apple Rosemary TartI was craving something savory.  Looking through the contents of my pantry and my refrigerator I knew I realized a quick and simple tart was in order.  With just a few simple and readily available ingredients this is winning combination. The melted goat cheese is truly the perfect pairing with baked apple slices (this tart is also wonderful with pears). This is a wonderful dish to make when you don’t want to do too much or spends too much time cooking/baking.

I baked this yumminess utilizing my favorite Le Creuset Tarte Tatin Pan that I highly recommend!

Banana Walnut Muffins (Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free)

banana desertEven though no one in my family requires gluten-free cooking, I really enjoying making various gluten-free dishes and deserts.  To me they always feel a tad lighter and easier to digest.  I was in the mood for something sweet (yet not overly sweet) and had a few over-ripe bananas. What’s a girl to do?  Make quick and easy muffins!  The combination of ripe bananas, dates (that add beautiful sweetness) and crunchy walnuts is truly scrumptious. These come out fluffy and moist. My toddler loved these and there were none left in just a few hours! These are great frozen as well (but almost nothing lasts long enough in my house for me to freeze).

Melon Blueberry Pops

desertNothing says summertime better than a great frozen treat. This guilt-free sweetness is sure to please both adults and kids.

I’ve made homemade popsicles so many ways! You can puree whole fruit and pour it into molds, use any type of freshly pressed juice, or use mixtures of coconut milk or yogurt and fresh fruit purees swirled together. This time around I pureed/blended watermelon and melon (done separately) , added whole blueberries and just a tad bit of coconut sugar/crystals to boost the sweetness.desert

Chocolate Cherry Crisp

Cherry-Pie

While browsing through food magazines, I came across a collection of recipes for traditional summer classics.  I was instantly inspired to create my own version of the cherry crisp.

This dessert is fairly quick (excluding the pitting of the cherries which you can avoid if you use frozen/de-pitted cherries).  Since it’s not dough-based it’s quite light (always a bonus in my book).

I loved the crispiness of the baked rolled oats. The sweetness of the cherry combined with slight bitterness of the raw chocolate nibs is absolutely to die for.

This was truly a hit with the family and is sure to become one of my staple desserts.

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