Dessert is one of the best meals of the day, don’t you agree?
Although I’m 100-percent nutrition nerd, I also happen to be 111-percent treat freak. (Which makes 211 percent, but who’s counting?)
So when the holidays come around, it’s time to hit the kitchen, because there are SO MANY awesome sweets this time of year.
Give me the most decadent, sugar-laden, “bad-for-you” treat and I’ll bet we can find a way to make it awesome for your body.
In fact, that right there is a challenge to you – if you’ve got a favorite unhealthy recipe and want me to take a whack at turning it into a healthy eat, let me know on the fan page. I’d love to help you make some of your favorite family recipes more nourishing – and more delicious.
How to Make Vegan Creme Brûlée
Take, for instance, crème brûlée. Most chefs would say it has to be made with eggs and cream. But if you’re dairy-free like me, or going egg-free for diet or allergen reasons, crème brûlée would typically be a no-go.
But what if you could make it with four very simple, pure, real-food ingredients? How about with cashews, coconut milk, vanilla extract, pure maple syrup?
Seriously, that’s all you need. Well, those four ingredients and a high-speed blender.
All you have to do is toss everything into a blender and puree for 2 to 3 minutes, until the fats in the nuts become creamy and start to thicken up the mixture. Then, you spoon the blended ingredients into ramekins and cool.
And now, for the fun part. It’s tricky creating a no-sugar caramelized “crust” for vegan crème brûlée. (Not to mention, refined sugar is on the naughty list). But when you pan-fry sliced bananas in coconut oil and then drizzle them with a little maple syrup, they caramelize into the most splendid dessert topping.
Spoon them on top of your creamy cashew-coconut pudding and no one will believe they’re diving into a vegan dessert.
More Desserts Everyone Will Love
Creme brûlée is just one of the healthy desserts I’ve created for the holidays. If you’re looking for other ideas for your next party or family gathering, check out some of my others:
- Sugarless Banana Bread. Sweetened only with bananas, this delicious loaf is as good as the original – but with no sugar added.
- Vegan Pumpkin Pie. This recipe is similar to the vegan crème brûlée, only made with pumpkin, spice, and a sweet coconut whip.
- Paleo Blondies. This one tastes like a plateful of chocolate chip cookies married a pan of brownies. The best part about these bars is that they’re hiding protein-rich chickpeas inside.
Desserts Your Body Will Love
Yes, you can eat your dessert and keep your body happy, too. You just have to learn a few techniques, along with tricks for choosing ingredients, to make superfood desserts.
The 8 recipes in my Healthy Desserts eBook are a delicious start – they’re low in sugar and allergens, contain no dairy or gluten, but yet are satisfying to the tastebuds.