As February approaches I start to think more about dark chocolate! I use 73%, which is low in carbs and dairy free! Check out this link for ideas on how to make healthy chocolate covered strawberries and a low carb fondue! The strawberries are topped with freeze dried fruits, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs.
The Ingredients for this healthy dessert Recipe is simple
Ingredients • 1 cup canned (or cooked) black beans, rinsed and drained • ½ large eggs • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil • 2 tbsp cocoa powder • 1/3 cup soaked pitted dates, finely chopped (about 12-14) • ½ tsp baking soda • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar • 1/8 tsp sea salt • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract • 2-3 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Gluten free can still be delicious and healthy, and here’s the proof! Sometimes it means getting a little more creative but the results are so worth it. All of these recipes use simple, common ingredients (no chemistry experiments here, I leave those to my fiance haha!) and take just a few minutes of prep time.Whether you’re gluten free or not, these recipes are tasty, healthy, and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
With all of these I highly encourage you to customize the recipes! Pick your favorite dried fruit or nuts in the breakfast bars, your favorite fruits in the cheesecakes, your favorite toppings for the banana ice cream, these are recipes you can truly make into your personal favorites.
After lunch today David and I went out for cupcakes. Okay actually we went out for chocolate but faced with the choice between $2.75 for a one bite truffle and $3 for an amazing gourmet cupcake, well the choice was obvious. The cupcake I had (snickerdoodle, pic on my instagram) was by far the best gluten free baked good I had ever had and the baker told me she used garbanzo flour. Later tonight, still thinking about that deliciousness, the idea hit me to try using chickpeas in a cupcake. If black beans make great healthy brownies, maybe chickpeas could make a good cupcake, right? RIGHT! These cupcakes came out, especially for gluten free cupcakes, with the perfect moist texture and with so much PB2 they were filled with peanut buttery flavor. After the first test run I decided to add in the chocolate bits because, well chocolate makes everything better, and I like my peanut butter with a friend haha!
You can enjoy these plain or add a host of toppings. David added chocolate butter cream but said they were good both ways. Chocolate ganache, chocolate drizzle, even a banana based topping would all be great here, or go simple with a swirl of reddi wip. At just 32 calories per cupcake you can really play around with toppings both making and enjoying a couple options! :)
A much healthier and delicious summer time treat, not to mention the wonderful properties of matcha.
P.s: Buy your matcha powder in small quantities and store in a cool, dry place. Preferably put it in a separate container as well as it picks up smells easily. Good quality matcha is bright green in color, stay away from any (expensive) matcha powder that looks like a dull, stale color.