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Cutting sugar can be one of the hardest health changes for a lot of people because sugar is highly addicting and it's hiding in so many of the foods we eat, even foods labeled as healthy.
Some studies have suggested sugar is as addictive as cocaine. People often enjoy the dopamine release sugar provides to balance irritability, emotional lows, and other conditions. Eventually, there is little control over avoiding sugary foods and a sugar addiction has developed.
Eating healthy doesn't mean you can't enjoy sweet tasting foods, it's about learning how to prepare foods where you can control the amount of added sugar and use real foods that are packed with nutrients and good for your body. A word of caution, even natural sugars found in fruits need to be consumed in moderation and used as part of a well-balanced diet full of healthy grains and plenty of veggies.
Here are some of our favorite delicious dessert ideas that are healthy and easy to make!
Chocolate Pudding Pie
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ripe banana
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 3/4 cups of chopped strawberries
- 3/4 cup of chopped bananas
- 7 dates
- 1.5 cups of organic oats
- 2 cups of pecans
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
Preheat oven for 350 degrees.
Cut up avocado and remove pit and skin. Add avocado, banana, coconut milk, coca powder, vanilla and cinnamon to mixer. Mix well, and set aside.
Get a 9×9 baking pan. In a blender or food processor, add in coconut oil and pitted dates and pecans. Blend until you get a chunky nut texture. Take mixture out of the blender and put into a mixing bowl. Spoon in oats and stir. Once well-mixed, press mixture into the pan until evenly distributed. Bake in the oven at 375 for around 15 minutes, or until the top of the mixture turns slightly brown. Take out and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Spoon pudding on top of crust, and then top mixture with chopped strawberries and bananas. So tasty!
Mango, Coconut, Mint Popsicles
- 2 cups of frozen mango and pineapple
- 1-13.5ounce can coconut milk
- ½ cup of coconut water (or reg. water)
- 5-7 mint leaves
Blend the fruit, coconut milk, coconut water, and mint leaves into a blender and blend thoroughly. Pour into mold and put into the freezer for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Makes 4 – 6 popsicles
Banana Chai Crepes
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 Cup Cashew or Almond Milk
- 2 Tblsp. Ground Flax Seed
- 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
Stuffing and Sauce:
- 2 Bananas – Sliced
- 1 Cup Sliced Strawberries
- 1 Tblsp Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 Tblsp. Coconut Oil plus additional to coat pan
Mix together all ingredients for crepes and stir until smooth. Heat medium size frying pan and add a small amount of coconut oil. Coat pan with oil. Add batter and spread to smooth layer. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, flip and cook for additional 3-4 minutes. Place crepe on plate, add 1/2 of a sliced banana to the center and roll. Continue doing this for additional crepes.
For sauce add strawberries, maple syrup and 1 tblsp. coconut oil to small pan and cook over low/med. heat. When strawberries have softened and oil has melted use a fork to break up strawberries.
Pour sauce over crepes and serve.
Servings: 4 Crepes