Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts

Friday, February 13, 2015

2 Ingredient Ginger Peach Ice-Cream - No added sugar!

Here is a creamy, low-calorie dessert that feels decadent without sabotaging your health goals!

I received the juicer mentioned below for free from Champion Juicer in exchange for 
writing this post. I was not otherwise compensated for my time.

I have had a lot of fun playing around with my new champion juicer. Recently I made pumpkin pie juice! I wanted to experiment with the homogenizing function of the juicer. The nutritional advantage is that this keeps the pulp in the product, ie, you don't lose any fiber! This is kind of like having a very high powered blender or food processor!

In the past I have used my food processor to make banana "ice-cream" by simply pureeing a frozen banana. Sounds too good to be true, but it actually works! I tried the same method with other frozen fruits, such as strawberries, but didn't have as much luck unless there were bananas involved too. The bananas gave the dessert a lovely creamy texture, even though the whole thing is dairy free. 

Because the Champion Juiceris so powerful, it is actually able to turn rock-hard frozen peaches into a velvety smooth mixture just like soft-serve! I added some fresh ginger for a flavor pop.






Step 1: set up your Champion Juicer with the blank. Use the dark funnel to make loading the fruit easier and set a bowl under the spout to catch your peachy dessert!















Step 2: Turn on the juicer. Use the plunger to push frozen peach slices and small pieces of fresh ginger into the feeding tube.

















Step 3: collect the peachy goodness into a bowl and stir to ensure the ginger is evenly dispersed throughout.  Enjoy!














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Sunday, September 21, 2014

{Recipe Redux} Get Your Dehydrator On: Fancy Stuffed Dates

Here is a perfect appetizer (or dessert) to bring to your next party, potluck or picnic. Stuffed dates do not need a fork, they do not need to be kept warm, they're vegetarian and can be vegan, they're even gluten free. Just a few minutes of prep and a small number of ingredients are all that are standing between you and a delicious collection of healthy, delicious treats!

 
 Whether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket – dehydrating food is a budget-friendly way to stock up for later. You can use a food dehydrator, a low slow oven, or natural sunshine to preserve natural healthfulness. Show us how you like to dehydrate, or a healthy recipe for how you enjoy using dehydrated fruits, veggies or other bounty.
 
Sometimes life is just full steam! It has been a wild and wonderful summer full of weddings and travel, some great contract opportunities, a trip to Vermont as well as the beginning of a new teaching opportunity.
 
We have all had those months (or years) where it is all you can do to stay ahead of the avalanche. But, life marches on! And with the holiday season approaching quickly, we will need to have some tasty treats up your sleeve that don't require a lot of fuss.
 
I made four varieties, and the cogs are turning in my brain coming up with more! Almond butter and sea salt? Goat cheese with lemon zest? I think the options here are many! 
 
The most simple are the dates stuffed with a match-stick sized piece of fresh ginger. For a savory option, I mixed soft goat cheese with freshly minced rosemary. Inspired by the Lake Champlain Aztec chocolate I had the opportunity to try last weekend, I stuffed each date with a whole almond, dipped them in dark chocolate and then sprinkled each with the tiniest amount of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
 
Tip: look for pitted dried dates - they're easier to work with.
 
Tip 2: some dates have a slit on the side, making stuffing quite easy. Others, don't. If your dates aren't ready to be stuffed, use a knife and pretend you're opening up an envelope. Easy breasy!
 
 
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

  • Dried, pitted dates
  • Soft goat cheese
  • Fresh rosemary, minced
  1. Mince rosemary and mix with goat cheese. Spread about 1 teaspoon into the center cavity of each date and enjoy. 
Pumpkin Pie Stuffed Dates

  • Dried, pitted dates
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Maple Syrup
  • Course sea salt (optional)
  1. Mix equal parts cheese and pumpkin.
  2. Stuff 1-2 teaspoons into the center of each date and arrange nicely on your your serving plate.
  3. Drizzle with a bit of maple syrup and sprinkle with sea salt, if you wish.
Ginger Stuffed Dates

  • Dried, pitted dates
  • Fresh ginger
  1. Peel ginger and slice into match stick sized pieces.
  2. Stick one piece of ginger into each date. Trim ends if needed.
Aztec Stuffed Dates

  • Dried, pitted dates
  • Whole almonds
  • Dark chocolate, minced
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Cayenne powder
  1. Melt chocolate in microwave or over double boiler.
  2. Stuff one whole almonds into each date. Dip stuffed dates into chocolate and set onto serving plate.
  3. Lightly sprinkle each date with cinnamon and cayenne powder.
What is your favorite way to enjoy dried dates?


Saturday, September 21, 2013

{Recipe Redux} No-Cook Desserts: Cinnamon-Banana Ice-Cream

A good friend Kelly first told me about this great way to finish a meal without guilt but still take care of the sweet tooth. When she told me that it was basically a mushed frozen banana, I was rather skeptical.

Really, Kelly? Do you know how much I love good quality ice-cream?

But sure enough, one frozen banana + 2 minutes in the food processor = one smooth and creamy dessert!

Banana Ice-Cream
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • Optional: vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa powder, almond butter, etc for flavor
  1. Peel banana, slice into several small chunks and freeze. 
  2. When you're ready for a healthy solution to your sweet tooth, pop that banana into your food processor (or very powerful blender) and blend until creamy and smooth. Note: this takes a few minutes; hang in there.
  3. Add flavorings if you wish, I used cinnamon powder and vanilla extract, blend to combine, scoop into a bowl and enjoy!
This tasty dessert is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and guilt free :)

For best flavor and texture, make this dessert right when you're going to eat it. If you puree and then freeze, it tends to get icy. If you need to freeze extra, just let it thaw for a few minutes and give it a good stir before serving.

Cheers! 




Friday, October 12, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Dip - Shhhh! It's healthy!

I firmly believe that healthy food and delicious food are NOT mutually exclusive - fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans, prepared well, are wonderfully filling and satisfying. That's not to say that I don't have a sweet tooth though; we're all programmed to love sweet things!

In the US, we are paying a lot more attention to our food and nutrition, and that is great news because our obesity epidemic is out of control. We need to work on more fruits and vegetables and more fiber. Having fresh produce with a tasty dip means we usually eat more of the fruits and vegetables, but most dips aren't adding much to the nutrition equation - they're loaded with calories and have the less-healthy fats from butter and cream cheese.

Here is a delicious dip that has a cameo star to replace the usual butter and cream cheese in party dips...garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas)! The beans are packed with fiber and protein and are low calorie. Can you believe it? Give it a try and I think you'll be surprised at how smooth and velvety it is, and how well it pairs with sliced apples. I even spread it on a whole grain waffle to have a high fiber and protein packed breakfast.

Yes, the dip does have sugar in it, but much less than a traditional dessert. I am not a huge fan of artificial sweeteners, so I'd rather use the real thing, just less. The fat is heart healthy - almonds - and if you're choosing fruit to dip, they're really achieving the goal; a healthy dessert that tastes great.

Cinnamon Roll Dip
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup water (more or less, depending on how thick you like your dip)
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk powder (optional)
  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas well and add to blender container of your food processor - unless you have a very powerful blender, you need to have a food processor for this recipe
  2. Add cinnamon, vanilla, almost butter, sweetened condensed milk and 2 tablespoons of water and buttermilk, if using. Blend for a full 2-3 minutes or until very very smooth. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until your desired consistency is reached; I used 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) total.
  3. Scoop into your serving bowl, garnish with cinnamon and a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk and serve with sliced fruit and pretzel sticks. 




Beans for breakfast? How about a butterfly!


Reader poll: What's your favorite dessert? I'll try to make it into a healthy dip flavor :)

Did you try the dip? I'd love your feedback and comments!

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a happy, healthy day! 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Fruit "Ice-Creams" more delicious treats

Strawberry-Banana "Ice-cream"

This is such a cool trick! Using frozen fruit and your food processor, we make a ice-cream-like treat that satisfies your sweet tooth without ruining your healthy eating plans!

Low-cal Sundae!
This is a follow up to the original recipe that used only banana; most taste testers loved it, but my dad thought it was too "banana-y", which isn't surprising as it was the only ingredient! For this version, I made two batches; one with half strawberries and half banana, one with banana flavored with cocoa powder and vanilla. I scooped both flavors in a cute dish and topped it like a sundae with sliced strawberries and mini chocolate chips. Delish!

Simply freeze fruit of choice; bananas work well, but so do strawberries, mangoes, peaches and more!

Place fruit in food processor (most blenders won't cut it for this recipe) and puree until smooth and creamy. Some fruits might need a splash of milk, but plain bananas will not. Add flavors if you wish, such as cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla extract or cinnamon.

Scoop into your dish and add toppings if you like, or enjoy plain!

Freeze fruit
Half-way there!

Creamy and delicious "ice-cream"; thick enough to scoop!

Do you have a food processor in your kitchen? They're such a great tool to have and last for years. This one is well rated on amazon and is Amazon Prime eligible.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Banana "ice-cream"...a low-calorie dessert that actually tastes super!



There are few things more delicious than excellent ice-cream. And with summer's heat, ice-cream is a tempting way to cool off. However, the high number of calories of even a reasonable portion might take you off track from your beach-bod journey. And the whole pint? Don't get me started! What to do?

I was introduced to this ice-cream substitute last summer from my lovely former roommate Kelly. Even though I am a dietitian, I have a huge sweet tooth. When she was telling me about this frozen banana mush as being something worth trying, I had a pretty high level of skepticism. I tried it though and am an official convert; it really is creamy and delicious! This is lovely dessert that tastes like ice-cream but has the calories of one banana. Magic? Pretty much!

What is in a name? In order for the food package to be labeled as ice-cream, it must contain a minimum of 10% milk fat. Fat gives the creamy mouth feel of good ice-cream, but it also bulks up the calories and saturated fat content. Soft serve treats are sometimes lower in fat and calories, but don't have enough fat to be labeled as ice-cream. Search for the work ice-cream on the menu boards and your cone will be melted before you see it; it isn't there!

Banana "ice-cream"

Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana per person/serving
Optional ingredients and flavors
  • cocoa powder
  • melted chocolate chips
  • cinnamon powder
  • vanilla extract
  • peanut or almond butter

Directions
  1. Peel banana and place in plastic bag or reusable container. Freeze until solid (note: if you're trying to hurry things along, slice the banana. More surface area = faster freezing time).


These slices quickly freeze solid

  • Place frozen banana in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy; this will take a few minutes. Scoop down the sides of the bowl to make sure there aren't any lumps! 
Smooth and creamy "ice-cream"!

  • If you're interested in flavors, add 'em! If not, scoop some into your bowl and enjoy! 
  • Cocoa powder and cinnamon added...yum!
  • If you have left overs, scoop it into a container and store in the freezer. For best results, let the frozen "ice-cream" warm up for a few minutes before serving; this will help it be just as creamy.

Kelly has her own lovely blog called Off The Wall; I'd recommend you check it out! She has great recipes for you to try and love!

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