I know; I didn’t think it was possible either, but apparently there are healthy desserts out there! I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world and, like everyone else, I am always conscious about piling on unnecessary weight. Fortunately, I came across the Holy Grail while surfing the internet earlier this week and just had to share it with you.
Thank God there are other, like-minded visionaries like us out there!
Vegetables for Dessert
It doesn’t sound like something you would normally go for, does it? I thought the same thing when I came across the carrot halwa. It’s of Indian descent made from finely grated carrots that are slow cooked for an extended period. Together with raisins, nuts, milk and spices, the carrots are cooked until soft and served. Despite how it sounds, the halwa is incredibly flavoursome and full of foods high in nutrients, so it is healthy as well as tasty.
I love poached pears. They are a classic French dessert that just gets my taste buds flowing like there is nothing out there that can compare. But, there is. It is an innovative take on the poached version where you roast it instead! Yep, that’s right. It’s the same dish just prepared a little differently, but it makes all the difference to the taste.
Peel the pears and cut them into wedges and cover them with a fruit juice of your choice; apple or lemon is a fantastic choice. Then, add a small dose of honey to the sauce, set the oven to 180 Celsius and bake for twenty minutes. Delicious!
Mixed Berry Flaugnarde
Let’s stick with the French theme for a minute, but lose the unconventional take on desserts. If, like me, you are a true dessert enthusiast you are wondering where the ‘real’ desserts are, aren’t you? Don’t get me wrong, the roasted pears and Indian halwa are delicious, but they are a bit different. On the other hand, a mixed berry flaugnarde is the perfect mix of health and comfort food.
It contains mixed berries, spices, flour, eggs and milk, but only has 175 calories. Better yet, it is low in sugar and the dreaded carbohydrates!
Charoset is a dried fruit paste usually eaten during Passover, but you don’t have to be religious to enjoy this dessert. All you have to do is spread it over oatmeal or smother it in Greek yogurt and for a healthy alternative. A one-quarter cup of charoset only contains 150 calories, so it is great after a light dinner.
Deep Dish Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
That does not sound like a dessert that has any nutritional value at all, but you will be as surprised as I was when I heard about it. The crust is made from hemp seeds and cacao powder while the filling is frozen bananas, dates, cashews, water and nut butter. Still, it keeps the traditional taste that will have professional chocolatiers jumping for joy!
So, now you don’t have to feel guilty about that insatiable sweet tooth. In fact, you can indulge it as much as you want without any of the negative side effects.