Guest Post: Healthy Dessert Options

I asked Erin from highonhealth if she would be willing to do a guest post for our blog because every time she posts a new recipe, I am amazed! She makes the most creative and delicious looking recipes! Do yourself a favor and check out her blog while you’re at it!


My name is Erin, I am currently pursing my dream of becoming a registered dietitian so I can help others create healthy lifestyles in order to be their best selves.

As a sweet tooth enthusiast, I was constantly trying to find desserts that tasted great and were also nutritious. Sounds impossible right? Well, I was looking in all the wrong places; boxes of cookies, foods marketed as ‘low fat’ or ‘low cal’. These foods sound great but they are often filled with nasty preservatives and ingredients you can’t even pronounce. As a soon to be dietitian, I decided to take control and start developing my own sweet treats while still fueling my body with wholesome delicious ingredients.

 

No bake Imitation Seven Layer Bars (much healthier!)

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  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/3 cup creamy cashew butter
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • For the glaze: 1/2 cup coconut butter
  1. On a stovetop or microwave, melt nut butters and honey until combined
  2. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients
  3. Put mixture in 8X9 square pan and set in the fridge
  4. Melt 1/2 cup coconut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds until melted. Drizzle on top of the bars and put them back in the fridge to harden

Black Bean Avocado Banana Brownies

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  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup coconut butter (or oil)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 5 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Blend all wet ingredients in a blender or food processor
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl (except chocolate chips)
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the large bowl and combine with the dry ingredients and mix well
  5. Fold in chocolate chips
  6. Line an 8X11 baking pan with foil and coat with non-stick spray or oil
  7. Pour batter into pan and bake for 25-30 min or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Paleo Chocolate Protein Muffins

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  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour/meal
  • 2/3 cup chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup avocado
  • 1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter) can use butter or healthy alternative
  • 1/3 cup stevia (granulated not liquid)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and spray muffin cups with non stick spray/oil
  2. In one bowl, whisk together almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, protein powder, flax seed and cocoa powder.
  3. In a separate bowl beat ghee (butter), avocado, and stevia. Once combined add eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Add half the dry mixture to the wet and then add in the almond milk.
  5. Add the last half of the dry mixture and beat until combined.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips
  7. Bake for 18-20 min until toothpick comes out clean

Cassava Flour Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

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*Gluten Free, Paleo, Grain Free, Dairy Free

  • 5 cups cassava flour (can use any flour)
  • 2 large overripe bananas
  • 3 large brown eggs
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line an 8 X 11 pan with foil (oil or butter the foil)
  3. Mash bananas in a bowl
  4. Mix all we ingredients in a large bowl
  5. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl
  6. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet, and mix until combined.
  7. Pour into pan and bake for about 35 min or until a toothpick comes out clean

Peanut Butter/Dark chocolate Protein Bars

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  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup pbfit (powdered peanut butter-mixed with water or milk before adding to recipe)
  • 1 scoop of egg white protein powder (vanilla flavored)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 3 packets of granulated stevia
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joes coconut crusted cashews
  • 1 cup 80% Dark Chocolate for topping
  1. Melt the liquid ingredients in the microwave for 30 seconds to mix together
  2. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture and stir until incorporated
  3. Press mixture into a pan
  4. Heat dark chocolate in a double boiler until melted
  5. Drizzle on top of bars and spread
  6. Freeze to let the chocolate harden

 

 


 

 

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