Monday, 12 December 2016

A few of my favourite healthy dessert recipes for the festive season

Creamy berry chia pudding

This is one of my favourite snacks, breakfasts or even desserts. Its so fresh and creamy and not to mention nutritious. YUM!
Chia is full of so much goodness, being high in omega 3, fiber and many micronutrients. Plus as they swell in your tummy they will keep you full too.
·       1/2 cup chia seeds
·       1 can coconut cream
·       1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries
·       Stevia to taste ( I use 1/2 a pipet of Sweet leaf Vanilla flavoured liquid stevia)
Berry Chia pudding

Blend coconut cream and berries until smooth. Pour into bowl, add in chia seeds and stir until thoroughly mixed through. Add stevia to your liking. I use about 1/2ml of liquid vanilla stevia. You could also just add 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla essence or 1 vanilla bean pod.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Top with fruit and serve :)


Chocolate/ cinnamon truffles

We all love a delicious chocolate truffle, but wouldn’t it be great if they were actually good for us? I made these healthy truffles for my ‘not so healthy’ extended family and there were barely any left. Now I think that’s saying something!

·      1 cup medjool dates
·      1/2 cup almond meal
·      1/2 cup almond butter
·      1/3 cup cocoa powder
·      1/3 cup coconut oil
·      1/2 cup desiccated coconut
·      2 tablespoons chia seeds

Chocolate/ cinnamon coating:
·      2 tablespoons softened coconut oil
·      2 tablespoons cacao powder
·      1 tablespoon maple syrup
·      1 teaspoon cinnamon
Soak dates in warm water while preparing the rest of the mix in a big bowl.
Place almond meal, almond butter, cacao powder, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and chia seeds into a big bowl and mix together. Drain and remove pips from dates. Place dates with ¼ of other ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth, then add the remainder of the ingredients and blend completely.
Roll about 1 tablespoon size pieces of the mixture into balls. Then place them in the fridge to set for half an hour.
While the balls are setting in the fridge combine the coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Mix together until smooth.
Once the balls have hardened roll them in the coating until fully covered. Once all the balls are covered sprinkle with extra cinnamon and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set.

Chocolate/cinnamon truffles


       Healthy chocolate mousse

This chocolate mousse is very rich so you will only need a small serving. I like serving it in little shot glasses, which looks great for presentation. It also goes great with a side of berries.


·      1 can coconut cream
·      ¾ cup cacao powder
·      ½ cup maple syrup
·      ¼ cup coconut oil
·      Optional extra 1 teaspoon peppermint oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. If you want a choc/mint mousse then add the peppermint oil or some fresh mint leaves. Place in the fridge for 3-6 hours to set. Serve with fresh berries, as an icing on cakes or just eat as a mousse.

Healthy chocolate Mousse

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