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What's Your Favorite Healthy Dessert?

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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    1. 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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      1. re: perk

        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.

      2. 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. +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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          1. re: Ttrockwood

            +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.

            1. re: guilty

              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.

              1. re: chowser

                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.

                1. re: Berheenia

                  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.

                2. re: chowser

                  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

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Thanks for explaining that for me!

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: ninrn

                    +1 for yougurt and fruit

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

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

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

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                      1. 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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                        1. re: chowser

                          I LOVE Greek yogurt w/(dark) chocolate chips

                          1. re: chowser

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

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

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                            1. re: Scirocco

                              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!

                                1. re: FoodWacky

                                  That sounds really good! Buying some bananas tomorrow.

                              1. 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.


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

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                                    1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                    2. 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. 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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                                        1. re: mcf

                                          Sugar free cheesecake for me ...

                                          Isn't that called ... quiche?

                                          1. re: mcf

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

                                            1. re: magiesmom

                                              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.

                                          2. 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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                                            1. re: laliz

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

                                            2. 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.

                                              1. 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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                                                1. re: sueatmo

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

                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                  2. re: sueatmo

                                                    I love fresh pineapple with basil...

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

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

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                                                      1. re: autumm

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

                                                        1. re: smilingal

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

                                                      2. 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. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973900

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

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

                                                              1. 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.

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

                                                                  We're almost in fig season!

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

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                                                                    1. re: AdinaA

                                                                      Except a baked apple with heavy cream!

                                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                                          Except a baked apple in a buttery pie crust :/

                                                                      1. I like to grill fresh pineapple and watermelon kebabs..

                                                                        1. 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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                                                                          1. re: debbiel

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

                                                                          2. 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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                                                                            1. re: foxspirit

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: foxspirit

                                                                                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.

                                                                                1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                  Those are all healthy!

                                                                                  And tasty, too.

                                                                                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                      Cocoa powder is good instead of actual chocolate too.

                                                                                  2. A grapefruit topped with Stevia or an extra ripe mango.

                                                                                    1. 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. 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.

                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                          1. re: halleyscomet

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

                                                                                          2. brown rice pudding
                                                                                            summer pudding