NO ADDED SUGAR DESSERTS….

BECAUSE WE’RE SWEET ENOUGH 

Mayan Choco-Avo Delight

I learned how to make this dessert indulgence in Mexico and I like to call it the Mayan Choco-Avo Delight!

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a blender, blend avocado until smooth 

  • Add the cacao and honey/maple syrup, keep blending until mixture is uniform

  • Put in the fridge 2 hours at least before serving

 

HOLISTIC HEALTH HACKS

 

  • Depending on the ripeness of the avocado you may need to slightly adjust the texture by adding a little extra cacao or a little extra honey

  • You can also add honey if it tastes too bitter to you (but not too much, we are trying to get your taste buds detoxed from sugary taste!)

  • You can sprinkle on toppings for extra colour, texture and yumminess – such as blueberries, raspberries, or a few crushed almonds/hazelnuts or pecan or grated coconuts

PREP TIME 15 mins

FRIDGE TIME 2 hours

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 medium, ripe avocados

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) raw cacao powder

  • 2 tablespoons of pure honey or maple syrup

Fried bananas – Or ‘Pisang Gorang’

Pisang Gorang is the name of this treat in Balinese, where I learned & loved making

this (also, traditionally French) recipe

PREP TIME 15 mins

FRIDGE TIME 30 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 medium, ripe avocados

  • 1 tablespoon of butter 

  • pinch of salt

  • Optional, cinnamon to sprinkle on top

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  • Half the banana in the middle (as if you prepared a banana split)

  • Melt butter into the frying pan, place the halves bananas into the pan

  • Let the banana halves cook for about 5 minutes each side until it becomes golden- brown and slightly crispy

  • Sprinkle a little bit of salt over the fried bananas 

  • Serve warm and enjoy!

 

HOLISTIC HEALTH HACK

 

  • You may want to sprinkle cinnamon and or cacao powder for extra indulgence - however, I do think that the simple combination of butter and bananas is perfect as it is!

  • This is a real treat but I would not recommend indulging too often - keep this for a Self-Care Sunday or a special occasion – and remember that bananas are rich in carb/fructose so are not recommended to be eaten too often as part of a weight loss diet

Cacao-Coco Truffles

PREP TIME 15 mins

FRIDGE TIME 30 mins then a few hours

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or clear honey 

  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder 

TOPPINGS/OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL TOPPINGS

  • 1/4 cup raw caco powder

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  • If your coconut oil & butter are not already melted, melt coconut oil & butter in a pot on low heat, then transfer it to a bowl that can go into the freezer

  • Add the salt and maple syrup/honey, and whisk until evenly distributed in the coconut oil & the butter

  • Add cocoa powder and whisk thoroughly

  • Place the bowl with the mixture inside into the freezer for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate mixture sets solid

  • Take the chocolate mixture out of the freezer. It should be solid but not too hard (it needs to be easily malleable)

  • Scoop out about 1 tbsp of the chocolate mixture and form it into a round truffle with your hands or by using another small spoon

  • Roll each truffle in the cacao powder if you wish to add topping,

  • Place in the fridge and let it set for another 30 minutes at least, enjoy!

 

HOLISTIC HEALTH HACK

 

  • These amazing truffles are a treat you can enjoy for a few days, as they keep well in the fridge (but I am sure they won't last that long!)

PREP TIME 15 mins

FREEZE TIME Overnight

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large ripe (soft) bananas

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  • Peel the bananas and chop into small even pieces

  • Place the bananas in a freezer-safe glass bowl 

  • Freeze the banana pieces for at least 2 hours until solid but ideally overnight.

  • Pulse the frozen banana pieces in a powerful blender/food processor

  • Pulse until the banana pieces look crumbly or smashed 

  • Keep blending until the banana turns into a smoother ice cream texture

  • Transfer the mixture into an airtight container and freeze again until solid (at least 2 hours) 

  • enjoy!

 

 

HOLISTIC HEALTH HACK

 

I love this very simple one ingredient recipe. However if you fancy, there are many ‘mix-in’ or topping options. Here are a few of my favourites…

  • Spoonful of almond or hazelnut butter

  • Drizzle of honey before serving

  • Tablespoon of cocoa powder sprinkled or mixed in

  • Half a teaspoon of cinnamon sprinkled or mixed in

  • A few berries to sprinkle at the top before serving

One Ingredient Pure Banana Ice Cream

Cashew & BERRIES Cheesecake

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add the dates to a blender and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside

  • Add the hazelnuts and blend if they are not already ground then add dates back in and blend until a dough forms

  • Adjust the texture by either adding a few dates if the dough is too dry or adding a few hazelnuts/some hazelnut powder if the dough is too wet. Add a pinch of salt

  • Lightly grease the springform pan with butter

  • Scoop the crust mixture and press is down to the bottom of the tray (you can press it down with a spoon or the bottom of a glass) and set in freezer to firm up

  • Add all filling ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth

  • Place on the filling mixture into the tray, on top of the crust that you previously set aside

  • Add berries on top 

  • Freeze until hard – about 4 hours

  • Once set, open your springform pan and cut a slice 10 minutes before serving so that it’s cold but not fully frozen

  • Enjoy!

NOTE

 

If you prefer to make individual small portion size cheesecakes instead of one big one then you can use silicon cupcakes trays and you can make 10 cupcake size mini cheesecakes! 

PREP TIME 15 mins

FREEZING TIME 4 hours to overnight

INGREDIENTS

For the Base

  • 1 cup packed pitted dates

  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts or hazelnuts powder

  • A pinch of salt 

  • Melted butter to grease the pan

 

For the Filling 

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews

  • 1 large lemon or 3 limes (1/4 cup or 50 ml of the juice)

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1 cup coconut cream

  • 3- 4 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey (try to aim for 3 but 4 for a sweeter taste) 

For the Topping

  • 1/4 cup berries (fresh or frozen)

DISCLAIMER:

Please note that as your Health Coach, I provide education, guidance and tips on healthy living and my recommendations are not medical advice or a substitute for diagnosis or treatment that a physician, doctor, licensed dietitian, physical therapist or health care professional might recommend.

© 2023 by Charlene Gisele.