By Susan Silberstein, PhD
With the holiday entertainment season upon us, many health-conscious people feel they have to either “cheat big-time” or deprive themselves and their guests of the indulgent joy of eating dessert. Not so! Here are some simple, guilt-free, healthful, delicious dessert recipes that your guests will love and that are so nutritionally dense that they are actually better for you than if you didn’t eat dessert at all! Enjoy!
1/4 C flaxseeds, ground
1/4 C unsweetened carob powder, sifted
1/3 C walnuts, finely chopped
1/3 C raw almond butter
1/3 C honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
small bowl of unsweetened shredded coconut
Process all ingredients until mixture forms a
dense ball. Remove from processor and roll
small portions between palms of hands to form
one inch balls. Roll in coconut to coat.
Place on serving platter and refrigerate.
Yield: About 18 truffles
2 C raw walnuts
8 soft pitted dates, chopped
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 tsp water
In a food processor use the S blade to process the walnuts until uniformly fine. Add dates, vanilla and water and process until the mixture is sticky. Press into 9 by 7 by 1 inch brownie pan.
20 fresh raspberries
3/4 C unsweetened raspberry preserves
3 T flaxseeds, finely ground
Mix flaxseeds and preserves. Spread in layer over the crust. Top with raspberries in rows. Refrigerate. Cut into small squares before serving.
Yield: 1 torte (approximately 20 servings)
1 1/2 C raw almonds
1 1/2 C raw cashews
1 T flaxseeds, finely ground
1/4 C sesame tahini
3/4 C honey
1 T vanilla extract
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 C unsweetened coconut
Place almonds and cashews in food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add flax, honey, tahini, vanilla, coconut and salt and pulse a few times more. Press firmly into 9 by 5 by 1 inch brownie pan and refrigerate several hours. Cut into small squares and store in airtight container in refrigerator. Remove just before serving.
Yield: About 24 pieces
These recipes are a few excerpts from among the 157 simple, no-guilt, healthful, delicious recipes in Susan Silberstein’s popular recipe book Hungry for Health. Books make wonderful holiday gifts, and profits benefit BeatCancer.org.