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Healthy Holiday Desserts

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!

Carob Truffles

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


Raspberry Torte

Crust:

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.

Topping:

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)


Coconut Chews

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.