Many people think that because you want to eat healthy that you have to sacrifice flavor. Today, I am going to introduce you all to two paleo inspired dessert recipes that are not only good for you but will leave your sweet tooth satisfied.
Fudgy Pumpkin Blondies (gluten, grain, dairy free, paleo) (Living Healthy with Chocolate)
• 2 cups blanched almond flour
• ½ cup flaxseed meal
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional)
• ½ cup raw coconut palm sugar
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 egg
• 1 cup pumpkin puree
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• ⅓ cup (or more) chocolate chunks
1.) Mix together the almond flour, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, coconut palm sugar, chocolate chunks and salt
2.) In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, pumpkin and vanilla extract
3.) Using a rubber spatula, gently mix dry and wet ingredients to form a batter being careful not to over mix or the batter will get oily and dense
4.) Spoon the batter onto a 9-inch pan lined with parchment paper
5.) Bake at 350°F until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 25 minutes
Sticky Date Pudding Muffins (Eat, Drink Paleo)
For the muffins
• Butter to ghee to grease the muffin tray with
• 10 tbsp water
• 12 dates
• 1 ½ ripe banana, peeled and roughly chopped
• 2 ½ -3 tbsp coconut flour
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract or essence or 1 fresh vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
• 2 eggs
• 1 tsp honey (my addition but it will be sweet enough without)
• ½ tsp baking powder
For the sticky date Ganache
• 5-6 dates, chopped
• ½ of orange, juice only
• 3 tbsp almond milk (coconut milk or water can also be used)
• 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
• 1 tsp honey
• Fresh raspberries or strawberries for garnish
1.) Preheat oven to 185°C (365 °F).
2.) Grease muffin tins with the butter or ghee and set aside.
3.) Heat the dates and water in a small saucepan over low heat until the dates break down and thicken. Use a fork to mash them together and set aside.
4.) Place the coconut flour, egg, banana, vanilla extract and baking powder in a blender or food processor and mix well until well combined and aerated.
5.) Add the dates to the banana mixture and combine. Evenly distribute into the ramekins. Cook in the oven for about 20-22 minutes.
6.) While the muffins are in the oven, place the sticky date ganache Ingredients in a small saucepan over a low heat and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the dates break down. Mash with a fork and whisk until thickened. Set aside.
7.) Allow the muffins to rest for 5 minutes before removing them to a serving plate. Scoop a dollop of sticky date ganache paste on top and garnish with a few raspberries.
These two paleo inspired desserts will not only keep you wanting more but are easy on your waistline.