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What's Your Favorite Healthy Dessert?

FoodWacky Apr 30, 2014 03:44 PM

Okay, "healthy" can mean different things to different people, but I'm talking about desserts that have high nutritional value instead of all empty calories.

Chocopeanut Banana Pudding falls right smack into that category, and somebody needs to save me from eating any more of it for a week or so!

Anybody else have a favorite? And, are you willing to share your recipe for the good of humanity? Seriously, think of it as a public service!

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    callmijane RE: FoodWacky Apr 30, 2014 04:06 PM

    Banana "ice cream".

    1. perk RE: FoodWacky Apr 30, 2014 04:45 PM

      i really like to grill fruit....brushed with a bit of balsamic.....and serve it over gelato. frozen yogurt or sorbet would be a bit healthier....

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        Cynsa RE: perk May 2, 2014 07:36 PM

        love grilled pineapple slices, fresh peach or apricot halves. - grill the apricot and fill with a bit of blue cheese, topped with a walnut half.

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        willownt RE: FoodWacky Apr 30, 2014 04:46 PM

        I make a lot of healthy(ish) breakfast baked goods, so something like a quick bread/muffin with carrots and cranberries and a good amount of whole wheat flour with a bit of oatmeal and perhaps some walnuts is my vote. Or something with blueberries. This goes for cakes, too. I tend to try to get whole grains and a fruit or vegetable in there, with a lower amount of sugar, rather than just something that's sugar, butter, and white flour.

        1. Ttrockwood RE: FoodWacky Apr 30, 2014 10:06 PM

          +1 for banana soft serve (and the tons of variations, add other fruit, nut butter, etc)

          I love dates with a smear of almond butter for a simple dessert

          Coconut whipped cream is awesome, if you can find canned creamed coconut (ingredients should read coconut and nothing else) that's ideal. This post has great instructions:

          Homemade larabars are a great easy dessert ( there are a ton of recipes out there


          Have you ever made black bean brownies? They are damned good if you like fudgy brownies- i like them best with a darker chocolate chip

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            guilty RE: Ttrockwood May 3, 2014 07:26 PM

            +1 for dates with almond butter. Put a dried mission fig inside and you have heaven. I don't know what happens when those three get together, but it's magical.

            CCKatie refused to post my comment, but I suggest upping the cocoa powder in the black bean brownie recipe and halving the baking soda. With those modifications I make black bean brownies at least once a month. Including today.

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              chowser RE: guilty May 4, 2014 06:12 AM

              Who is CCKatie and why does she have control over your posts?

              I don't make the black bean brownies often since I'd rather have the real thing, only less frequently but I cut the sugar and add chopped dark chocolate to it. I don't like the texture of the black beans in the brownies but maybe I just need to puree it more.

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                Berheenia RE: chowser May 4, 2014 06:35 AM

                I'm definitely making these- for the novelty factor as well as to mess with a chef I know who is always promoting the benefits of black beans. I'm going to make her guess what the secret ingredient is. I'll use good chocolate and I'm trying to cut the sugar these days.

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                  chowser RE: Berheenia May 4, 2014 07:27 AM

                  I think the bits of good dark chocolate melting in your mouth make all the difference in it. I also add instant espresso powder. It's just too cakey of a brownie for me.

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                  Ttrockwood RE: chowser May 4, 2014 06:47 PM

                  Chocolate covered katie is the name of the blog that i had linked with the recipe- most bloggers have to "approve" a comment before its posted....
                  Regardless the suggestions to improve the black bean brownies sound like a great idea to me

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                    chowser RE: Ttrockwood May 5, 2014 04:17 AM

                    Thanks for explaining!

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                      guilty RE: Ttrockwood May 7, 2014 07:22 PM

                      Thanks for explaining that for me!

              2. kitchengardengal RE: FoodWacky Apr 30, 2014 10:12 PM

                I'd probably say a big bowl of fruit salad.
                Or a broiled grapefruit.

                1. ninrn RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 12:03 AM

                  Yogurt and fruit or yogurt and raw honey

                  Super-dark, raw, no alkali chocolate

                  Chocolate Avocado Pudding

                  Frozen mango and a few cranberries blended up with coconut water to make a slushie

                  This weird paleo cheesecake made with ground up cashews and coconut cream: http://www.paleolland.com/2014/paleo-...

                  Whole grain carrot cake with LOTS of carrot and cream cheese-maple syrup frosting

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                    AreBe RE: ninrn May 2, 2014 05:37 AM

                    +1 for yougurt and fruit

                    For Easter dessert we passed strawberries, several yougurts & granola and each made our own parfait.

                  2. Cheese Boy RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 12:25 AM

                    Flan ... because it's mostly eggs and milk.
                    I include coffee in my flan mixture too though.

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                      magiesmom RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 04:56 AM

                      A few squares of excellent dark chocolate, especially with almonds and sea salt.

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                        FoodWacky RE: magiesmom May 1, 2014 08:54 AM

                        Oh yes, you've got me here!

                      2. chowser RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 09:22 AM

                        Greek yogurt (or ricotta cheese), fresh berries, handful of chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate, a scoop of PB2. I don't normally go for low fat versions of food like PB2 but it has a much stronger peanut butter flavor and is easy to add to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, cookies, etc.

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                          laliz RE: chowser May 1, 2014 03:30 PM

                          I LOVE Greek yogurt w/(dark) chocolate chips

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                            emily RE: chowser May 2, 2014 09:44 AM

                            I love a good quality ricotta mixed with chocolate chips and candied orange peel.

                          2. Scirocco RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 09:30 AM

                            Do you mind sharing your recipe for the pudding? It looks and sounds delicious!

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                              FoodWacky RE: Scirocco May 2, 2014 10:00 AM

                              Happy to share!

                              Chocopeanut Banana Pudding

                              4 Ripe bananas
                              1/2 Cup peanut butter
                              1/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                              2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
                              1 Teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
                              1/8 Teaspoon chili powder (optional)
                              1/4 Cup honey
                              4 Teaspoons sugar
                              3 Tablespoons milk (or soy milk, coconut milk, etc)

                              Combine all ingredients in a electric blender until smooth and ultra creamy. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Try not to eat it all in one sitting!

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                                Scirocco RE: FoodWacky May 2, 2014 10:37 AM

                                thank you! :-)

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                                  Springhaze2 RE: FoodWacky May 5, 2014 06:54 PM

                                  That sounds really good! Buying some bananas tomorrow.

                              2. Berheenia RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 09:37 AM

                                I posted these muffins last month. I'm making another batch today- they really are good. I think I'll use real sugar instead of the phony stuff - probably turbinado.


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                                  lagatta RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 10:03 AM

                                  Fresh berries in season. So as not to be too too virtuous, a good splash of rum or brandy.

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                                    joycebre RE: lagatta May 1, 2014 10:52 AM

                                    I use a little Grand Marnier. :)

                                  2. ipsedixit RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 10:04 AM


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                                      lagatta RE: ipsedixit May 1, 2014 01:05 PM

                                      Well, for that matter, I'd say a nice, ripe cheese. With some grapes by the side and some fermented grapes in a glass...

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                                      jammy RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 02:57 PM

                                      Along the pudding route: Blend up a few tablespoons of yogurt or kefir with one mango and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Fast, easy and healthy x 3

                                      1. mcf RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 03:07 PM

                                        Sugar free cheesecake for me, flourless chocolate cake are two of my favorites. But mostly desserts are few and far between, except for a square of very dark chocolate most nights.

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                                          ipsedixit RE: mcf May 1, 2014 06:10 PM

                                          Sugar free cheesecake for me ...

                                          Isn't that called ... quiche?

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                                            mcf RE: ipsedixit May 1, 2014 07:28 PM

                                            Nope. Not even close.

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                                            magiesmom RE: mcf May 2, 2014 05:30 AM

                                            mcf, you mentioned making a blackberry crisp with almond flour once, I think.
                                            If that was you would you mind posting proportions, please?

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                                              mcf RE: magiesmom May 2, 2014 07:30 AM

                                              It's actually rhubarb (I low carb) with some blackberries or other berries tossed in but you could do it with all berries, too. I don't measure anything, I just go by texture and taste, but it's mostly almond flour, chopped pecans, maybe 1/4 cup of carbalose flour, but not always, and Diabetisweet brown sugar sub (I normally avoid artificial sweeteners, but I make sweets so seldom, I use them when I do), a bit of salt and melted butter. Really, just please yourself by tasting as you go. Wish I could be more informative!

                                              To the fruit, I add some lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt and erythritol, xylitol and liquid sucralose.

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                                            laliz RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 03:32 PM

                                            1 cup blueberries mixed w/3 cups peeled and cubed cantaloupe.
                                            Mix w/juice from one lemon, a pinch (or 6) of cinnamon, and 2 TBS honey.


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                                              lagatta RE: laliz May 1, 2014 05:56 PM

                                              In season here (Montréal) that would be tiny Québec blueberries mixes with slices of ripe peaches from the Niagara Peninsula in southern Ontario. Mmm.

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                                              nothingswrong RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 06:35 PM

                                              I don't know if whipped cream is allowed, but freshly whipped cream with a dash of vanilla and a bowl of in-season strawberries is heaven.

                                              Still healthier than most desserts, and hard to beat.

                                              Other than that, I second the dark chocolate + nuts.

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                                                sueatmo RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 08:46 PM

                                                I like banana bread or fresh pineapple. Maybe there is a way to fancy up fresh pineapple? I like it sliced in triangles with the skin on, so it can be grasped for eating like a pizza.

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                                                  ipsedixit RE: sueatmo May 1, 2014 08:58 PM

                                                  Grilled pineapple, with a gentle sprinkle of plum salt, is outstanding.

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                                                    Cheese Boy RE: ipsedixit May 1, 2014 10:06 PM

                                                    +1 for the grilled piña. Most churrascarias prepare them well ... (pic) http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/rainha...

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                                                    Ttrockwood RE: sueatmo May 2, 2014 07:47 PM

                                                    I love fresh pineapple with basil...

                                                  3. daislander RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 08:48 PM

                                                    Yogurt with maple syrup drizzled on. hmm maybe some cinnamon.

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                                                      autumm RE: FoodWacky May 1, 2014 08:51 PM

                                                      A white Russian made with one percent milk. Calcium and protein, plus also serves as a night cap.

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                                                        smilingal RE: autumm May 1, 2014 09:07 PM

                                                        Love the white russian...but where is the protein?

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                                                          autumm RE: smilingal May 1, 2014 09:18 PM

                                                          in the one percent milk. Not a lot, but better than with cream or half and half. Talking "healthy" here. . .

                                                      2. greygarious RE: FoodWacky May 2, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                        Nikki's Healthy Cookies (google that title) are vegan but as I am not, I add an egg for a bit firmer structure.

                                                        In the CHOW Recipe section are Healthy Hummingbird Muffins, a recipe I created that was a finalist in the CHOW muffin contest. Adding icing/frosting and slightly increasing the sweetness makes them into cupcakes. My favorite easy cream cheese frosting is to stir together whipped cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and a splash of vanilla. But you could be more virtuous with neufchatel or fat-free cream cheese plus beaten eggwhites, vanilla, and your preferred real or artificial sweetener. The main thing is that a cupcake does not need to be smothered in frosting - a couple of tablespoons will do.

                                                        1. Cynsa RE: FoodWacky May 2, 2014 07:24 PM


                                                          Chocolate Velvet

                                                          Yield: 1 1/2 cups or
                                                          3 servings as a pudding
                                                          6 servings as a sauce
                                                          Velvety smooth and creamy, the avocado makes it thick and rich. 

                                                          Serve Chocolate Velvet as a pudding 
                                                          or as a topping for Bananas I Scream (see recipe below);
                                                          or layer it with strawberries and bananas for an amazing parfait; use as a chilled dip for fresh fruit; as a fabulous filling for Chocolate Tart with Strawberries and Bananas.

                                                          1 ripe avocado, 
6 tablespoons unsweetened raw cocoa powder, 
1/4 cup Trader Joe's agave syrup/maple syrup, or other liquid sweetener, 
(2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice, optional),
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
, Pinch of ground cinnamon
, 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup purified water.
Frozen Fruit Ice Cream (see recipe below for Bananas! I Scream), 
Strawberries and sliced bananas.

                                                          In a food processor fitted with the S blade, process until smooth: avocado, cocoa powder, agave syrup, evaporated cane juice, 2 tablespoons of the water, vanilla extract and cinnamon
                                                          In Blender: add liquid ingredients first, add dry ingredients, add avocado last.

                                                          Add the remaining 1/2 cup of water and process again until well blended. The more water you add, the thinner the sauce will be.

                                                          Bananas! I Scream

                                                          Yield: 4 cups or 3 servings
                                                          This ice cream tastes rich and delicious, but it is 100% fruit, nondairy, and guilt free! It's perfect for children and adults alike.
                                                          Serve it with Chocolate Velvet or any blended fruit sauce and you'll have the perfect ice cream substitute!

                                                          5 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
                                                          1. Run the frozen bananas through a Champion or Green Star Juicer fitted with the homogenizing plate. Alternatively, break the bananas into chunks and process them in a food processor fitted with the S blade until smooth.
                                                          2. Serve immediately. Stored in a sealed container in the freezer, Bananas! I Scream will keep for several hours before it freezes solid, making it impossible to serve. Once frozen solid, it will need to thaw slightly before serving.


                                                          Easy Chia Seed Pudding/Vanilla Chia Pudding
                                                          makes one serving:
                                                          2 tablespoons chia seeds, 
1/2 cup coconut milk, 
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
, a pinch of salt, 
1 tablespoon honey.
                                                          In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir, so it doesn't clump together. Once you're ready to eat, stir in the honey to taste and top with your favorite fruit or chopped nuts.

                                                          Chocolate Chia Pudding, makes one serving:
                                                          2 tablespoons chia seeds
,1/2 cup coconut milk, 
1 tablespoon cocoa, 
pinch of salt
, pinch of cinnamon, 
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
                                                          In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir, so it doesn't clump together. When ready to eat, stir in maple syrup. Chocolate pudding may need a bit more sweetener than the vanilla. Top with your favorite fruit or chopped nuts. Recommend pomegranate seeds and roasted almonds...
                                                          loved the chocolate version with a bit more maple syrup, as well as a dash of cayenne, and topped with strawberries and blackberries.

                                                          Here's the recipe for Overnight Chia Seed Pudding: http://www.coffeewithkate.com/2013/12...

                                                          Overnight Chia Pudding
                                                          2 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk beverage like Almond Breeze, 
1/2 cup fresh blueberries/blackberries/raspberries, 
1/2 cup chia seeds
, 2 Tbsp stevia (or sugar/honey to taste)
1 tsp vanilla.
                                                          Mix everything in a mason jar. Shake well and place in the fridge. Shake again after half an hour. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours. Garnish with berries before serving.

                                                          Note: use fat-free/2% milk or almond/soy milk.

                                                          1. tim irvine RE: FoodWacky May 3, 2014 05:58 PM

                                                            I love bread pudding made with stale baguette, skim milk, eggs, turbinado sugar, vanilla, and toasted pecans.

                                                            1. Fowler RE: FoodWacky May 4, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                              Either plain of vanilla Greek yogurt topped with cherries that have been macerated in Cognac.

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                                                                Muddirtt RE: FoodWacky May 5, 2014 04:26 AM

                                                                If you consider Grape-Nuts in yogurt a dessert, that'll be my pick. I consider a lot of fruit a nice dessert also. Mmm, oranges and pineapples and mangos. Can't go wrong with a dehydrated trail mix either. Does red merlot count? :)

                                                                I don't have too much of a sweet tooth but am a sucker for ice cream and milk and malt, and cheesecake.

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                                                                  AdinaA RE: FoodWacky May 5, 2014 04:30 AM

                                                                  Figs or pears poached in spiced wine. Boil down to wine to a syrup.

                                                                  We're almost in fig season!

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                                                                    AdinaA RE: FoodWacky May 5, 2014 04:31 AM

                                                                    Baked apples. There really is nothing better than a baked apple.

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                                                                      mcf RE: AdinaA May 5, 2014 06:27 AM

                                                                      Except a baked apple with heavy cream!

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                                                                        chowser RE: mcf May 5, 2014 06:29 AM


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                                                                          nothingswrong RE: mcf May 6, 2014 11:35 AM

                                                                          Except a baked apple in a buttery pie crust :/

                                                                      2. Beach Chick RE: FoodWacky May 5, 2014 05:09 AM

                                                                        I like to grill fresh pineapple and watermelon kebabs..

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                                                                          debbiel RE: FoodWacky May 5, 2014 06:49 AM

                                                                          Plain whole milk yogurt, honey, and some nuts of some sort.

                                                                          Or...same thing but cheese instead of yogurt.

                                                                          Poached or grilled fruits.

                                                                          A small piece of high quality dark chocolate.

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                                                                            Fowler RE: debbiel May 5, 2014 08:39 AM

                                                                            Good idea, debbiel. I forgot about poached fruits as a healthy dessert. One of my favorites are pears poached in Port wine.

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                                                                            foxspirit RE: FoodWacky May 5, 2014 09:01 AM

                                                                            For quick and not fancy? the banana soft serve with some PB added in when blending. For fancier, fat free panna cotta with strawberries macerated in some honey and fig balsamic vinegar on top.

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                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: foxspirit May 5, 2014 09:10 AM

                                                                              I was skepitcal of the banana soft serve but just tried it on Saturday and it's delicious!! Any sort of nut butter mixed in would be great. I added some vanilla syrup.

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                                                                                Cheese Boy RE: foxspirit May 5, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                Banana soft serve sounds interesting but I'd be tempted with add-ins for sure: chopped peanuts, PB, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate chips, sliced toasted almonds, etc.

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                                                                                  mcf RE: Cheese Boy May 5, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                  Those are all healthy!

                                                                                  And tasty, too.

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                                                                                    Ttrockwood RE: Cheese Boy May 5, 2014 08:10 PM

                                                                                    I've done a ton of variations of banana soft serve- adding in some mango is great, another favorite is with a little nut butter- anything goes! Its so easy since i keep a stash of super ripe bananas in chunks in the freezer.

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                                                                                      nothingswrong RE: Cheese Boy May 6, 2014 11:36 AM

                                                                                      Cocoa powder is good instead of actual chocolate too.

                                                                                  2. YAYME RE: FoodWacky May 6, 2014 01:24 AM

                                                                                    A grapefruit topped with Stevia or an extra ripe mango.

                                                                                    1. JungMann RE: FoodWacky May 6, 2014 06:44 AM

                                                                                      Pavlova is a rather balanced dessert. Nothing but a meringue bowl filled with fresh fruits and whipped cream. Whipped coconut cream in lieu of the dairy adds even more nutrients.

                                                                                      1. Candy RE: FoodWacky May 6, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                        Ice Cream! Preferably Lemon Curd IC from Nathlie Dupree's cookbook Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. It leaves other citrus based ice cream back at the starting line.

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                                                                                          halleyscomet RE: FoodWacky May 6, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                          Fresh home-made organic strawberry or clementine sorbet. With fresh, ripe fruits, you don't need to add much sugar at all. Both are loaded with vitamin C. I serve these all the time and get rave reviews.

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                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: halleyscomet May 6, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                                            I love fresh fruit sorbets. Granitas are great too, and don't require an ice cream maker.

                                                                                          2. prima RE: FoodWacky May 6, 2014 06:16 PM

                                                                                            brown rice pudding
                                                                                            summer pudding

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