I definitely enjoy indulging in a sweet treat every now and again. For me, becoming fit and healthy is all about making it a lifestyle you can maintain and still enjoy the things you love. One of my favourite things to do is turn some not-so-healthy desserts into healthy foods you can eat every day, without ruining your waistline. I’ve got a few good recipes straight from my F.I.T. programs that are perfect for when you want to eat something naughty, but without the unhealthy sugar crash or guilt. These treats are all healthy and taste absolutely amazing.
Chocolate fudge brownies:
It is seriously hard to believe these chocolate fudge brownies are good for you. They are super gooey in the middle and taste just like the naughty version.
1/2 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup of roasted hazelnuts, chopped (option: any natural nut, walnuts or almonds also work great)
2 tbsp. of raw cacao powder
2 tbsp. of natural peanut butter
1 tbsp. flaxseed (linseed) mixed with (3. tbsp. water)
8 organic pitted dates
2 tbsp. of extra virgin coconut oil
2 tsp. of organic vanilla extract
2 tbsp. of water
1/2 cup of raspberries, fresh or frozen, your choice
A few drops stevia (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 160oC (320oF).
2. Combine flaxseed and 3 tbsp. water and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
3. Grease a small baking tray with some of the coconut oil (use the rest in the slice).
4. Combine all the ingredients except the berries and hazelnuts in a food processor.
5. Gently fold through the berries and hazelnuts.
6. Spread the mixture evenly into the tray and bake for 25 minutes or until spongy on top.
7. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing into 8 smaller squares.
Banana Protein Muffins
Protein muffins are a great way to have a super healthy snack on hand for post-workout, or when that afternoon hunger hits. The banana in these makes them taste like banana cake, but they are a lot better for you.
3/4 cup of gluten free oat flour (option: ground oats)
1/2 cup of gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup of flaxseed (linseed) meal
1 tbsp. of baking powder
1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
60g of vegan protein powder, vanilla
Pinch pink Himalayan salt
3 large or 4 small very ripe bananas
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce (option: homemade)
1 tsp. of organic vanilla extract
1 tbsp. (15 ml/0.5 fl. oz.) of melted extra virgin coconut oil
Stevia, to sweeten, optional
1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
2. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well.
3. Place the bananas, almond milk, applesauce, vanilla and coconut oil into a blender and blend well.
4. Mix wet ingredients into dry till just incorporated. Pour dough into lined muffin cups.
5. Bake muffins for 30 or so minutes, or until the top springs back when you touch it. Let the muffins cool down before serving.
Cashew Chocolate Muesli Bars
Most store bought muesli bars are filled with processed sugars, vegetables oils and all sorts of other fillers. I’ve come up with a healthy version of everyone’s favourite lunchbox snack. They also take no time to make.
3/4 cup of gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup of pitted organic dates, chopped
2 tbsp. of natural cashew nut butter (option: any natural nut butter)
1 tbsp. of flaxseed (linseed) meal
1/3 cup of natural cashews (option: any natural nuts)
1/2 tbsp. of extra virgin coconut oil (option: olive oil)
2 tbsp. of raw cacao powder
1/8 cup of sunflower kernels
1/4 cup of water
1. Grease and line the base and sides of a loaf tin pan with baking paper.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, except the flaxseed meal and raw cacao
3. Blend together water, dates, coconut oil, raw cacao, flaxseed meal and cashew butter in a blender until smooth. You may need to add a little more water if dry.
4. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and mix until combined.
5. Press mixture into cake pan, then cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
6. The next day, divide into 6 serves.
Notes: This recipe makes 6 serves. Any leftover serves can be placed in the freezer. The bar can be made into squares or rolled into balls.
Remember healthy eating doesn’t need to be bland or boring. Hope you enjoy the recipes.