dessert

Wild Blueberry Cashew ‘Cheesecake’. A Healthy Dessert.

This vibrant, vitamin and mineral-rich, dairy-free dessert is packed with nutrients and deliciousness! While it may taste luxurious, it is made from entirely nourishing, wholesome ingredients – without any added refined sugars or oils. Being winter in Canada, we have limited fresh local fruits available – so frozen berries are a flavorful option. Wild blueberries are especially rich in anthocyanin, a potent flavonoid antioxidant – responsible for the dark purple pigment of this fruit. The good unsaturated fats found in cashews, provides a natural thick and creamy texture – creating a cheesecake-like consistency. Adding lemon zest to the crust and topping of this tart, provides a slightly acidic tang – resembling the ‘cheese’ in standard cheesecake. While this is a healthy dessert recipe, it is still rich, and satisfying! Allowing you to enjoy the eating experience, while still feeling good afterwards!

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Almond-Stuffed Dates with Pistachio & Orange.

Sweet and sticky dates are nature’s ultimate candy! Wonderful on their own, and even more delicious when jazzed up like this. Stuffed with crunchy toasted almonds, dipped in slightly bitter dark chocolate, coated in nutty pistachios, bright orange zest, and sea salt – this plant-based recipe is rich in flavor and nutrients. Naturally ‘packaged’ in individual-sized portions, these stuffed dates are a small, yet satisfying treat – composed of wholesome ingredients. To me, it is perfectly healthy to enjoy a homemade plant-based dessert like this on occasion – as part of a balanced diet!

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Cashew Butter, Maple & Lemon Glazed Raw ‘Donuts’

While not actually made with traditional ‘dough’, these whole food, plant-based ‘donuts’ are a delicious AND nutritious treat! Using nuts and dates as a base, one can create many different raw sweets – of all shapes and flavors. As a lover of lemon, I was inspired to make a lemon-infused dessert, that would bring brightness and tang to the almonds and dried fruit. Including fresh ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa, also makes these ‘donuts’ more flavorful. With no refined sugars or oils, you can feel good about enjoying this no-bake healthy dessert!

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Oat & Carrot Baked Donuts With Tahini, Maple Glaze & Hemp Seeds.

These whole food, plant-based delicious donuts (or muffins) are composed of only real, nutritious ingredients – with no added sugars or oils. They are packed with fiber-rich complex carbohydrates – offering steady energy! The applesauce acts as an oil replacer, making it a low fat recipe. The applesauce and carrots also add natural sweetness, so you don’t have to use much maple syrup – a minimally processed, lower glycemic option. The tahini and hemp seeds are a source of protein, minerals, and Omega 3’s. The whole family will enjoy these satisfying, healthy baked goods for breakfast, snack, or dessert! Also a nutrient-dense pre-workout option, instead of processed granola bars for example.

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Toasted Almond, Sticky Date, Dark Chocolate & Orange Bars.

This delicious and nutritious vegan dessert is made from whole food ingredients, with no added refined sugars or fats. To make this recipe an everyday snack, simply minus the chocolate, adding citrus zest to the date paste layer instead. Enjoying a sweet treat on occasion, is part of a healthy and balanced diet/lifestyle (moderation is key!), and by making your own from scratch, using un-processed, wholesome foods, you can feel good both psychologically and physiologically about indulging!

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Orange Spiced Poached Pears, Silken-Tofu ‘Yogurt’, Maple Candied Walnuts.

This whole-food, plant-based recipe makes for a delicious and nutritious dessert or breakfast! it offers a variety of flavours and textures, making it a satisfying dish. Packed with protein from the silken tofu, essential fatty acids aka omega 3’s from the walnuts, as well as vitamins, minerals and fiber provided by the pears.

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Summer Peach, Ginger & Lemon Tart. A Whole Food Plant-Based Dessert.

Ontario peaches are now in season, and I have been enjoying them in every way! Grilled or shaved in salads, turned into desserts like this tart, and simply eaten whole as a snack. This fresh, nutritious and delicious raw dessert, is quick and easy to prepare. It only require two essential kitchen tools: a mandoline and a food processor, both of which are very handy in plant-based cooking, as it allows one to turn whole vegetables and fruits into different textures and creative dishes!

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Banana Vanilla ‘Ice-Cream’ Sandwich with Almond & Date Cookies.

This nutritious and delicious plant-based summer dessert is made from only whole foods, without any added sugars or refined ingredients. There is no need for processed sugar when using naturally sweet organic ripe bananas! When frozen and blended, bananas create a creamy, satisfying gelato-like texture. This fruit is a source of vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Unlike dairy ice-cream, there is no saturated fat or cholesterol found in this version. Many of the vegan ice-creams on the market are made with coconut, which is also high in saturated fat, like in animal-products. When it comes to plant-based ice-cream, this banana recipe is the healthiest option I can recommend – plus it is cheap and easy to make at home!

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