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Let’s be honest, we all love a sweet treat sometimes. However, as you might be learning as you venture further into the world of whole foods, refined sugar can wreak havoc on any diet plan. Whether your goal is weight loss or simply being healthier, processed sugar certainly is not your friend.

If you are addicted to sugar, know that you are not alone. Ps1000 will definitely help you eliminate sugar cravings, and you can also consider doing a short term cleanse to help break the addiction, before moving into a longer term, more sustainable eating model.

Here, you can find some delicious sweet treat recipes that are much healthier than your average baked good made with processed sugar and flour, not to mention they are definite crowd-pleasers.

Maple Syrup as a sugar alternativeInstead Of White Sugar, Consider These Alternatives:

  • Raw honey
  • Grade by maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Date sugar
  • Fruit juice
  • Green leaf stevia

Now, on to the recipes! Remember that even though these are far healthier dessert options, they are still fairly calorie-dense, so should only be a once in awhile treat.

Spicy Sweet Dark Chocolates

Makes about 12 chocolates

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 3/4 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (use more or less depending on desired spiciness)
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2-3 tbsp. raw honey
  • chocolate molds

Instructions:

  • Over low heat, melt your chocolate in a saucepan until texture is creamy and smooth.
  • Get artistic! Using a small paintbrush, coat your chocolate mold completely with chocolate. Place mold in the fridge for 5-10 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened.
  • Repeat the previous step of brushing chocolate into your mold in order to form a thick chocolate later. Allow to set in the fridge.
  • While chocolate hardens, mash your raspberries with the honey and jalapeñ Fill each mold with this mixture, leaving a bit of room at the top.
  • Lastly, reheat the remaining chocolate in order to spoon a bit into each mold over your raspberry filling, so they are each covered completely in chocolate.
  • Place in the refrigerator one last time to set.
  • Enjoy!

Delightful Dark Chocolate Brownies

Delightful Dark Chocolate BrowniesMakes 10-12 brownies

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. grass fed butter or ghee
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flour

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish with butter or ghee, and then place the remaining butter (or ghee) in a double boiler, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth.
  • Add all other ingredients, continuing to stir until thick.
  • Pour everything into your baking pan and place in the oven. Cook time will vary depending on your oven, but check at 30 minutes, inserting a fork to check for doneness.

Raw Banana Chocolate Pudding

 Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 1 medium, ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Top with any or all of the following: whipped cream, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender, mixing until totally smooth.
  • Serve immediately with toppings of your choice, or allow to cool anywhere from 1-12 hours. The flavors actually set in and become richer if you leave it in the fridge for a bit.
  • Enjoy this sweet, sexy, and guilt-free treat!

Oranges Dipped in Chocolate

 Oranges dipped in ChocMakes the equivalent of 10 mandarin oranges, sliced

Ingredients:

  • 10 mandarin oranges (or less, depending on the quantity you’d like)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • sea salt

Instructions:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Peel your oranges, and melt your dark chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler.
  • Once this mixture is smooth, carefully dip each mandarin slice into the chocolate, but only half-way (so half of each slice is coated in chocolate). Place slices as you go on your baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle all orange slices with sea salt, and place in the fridge until chocolate has hardened.
  • Simple, easy, and delicious!

Sweet and Salty Pomegranate Brownies

 Makes 10-12 brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar (or 1 cup raw honey)
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips, chopped (or buy mini)

Instructions:

  • First, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, cacao powder and sea salt. Combine thoroughly with a whisk, as you slowly add in eggs.
  • Next, add in almond flour and thoroughly mix everything together until batter is smooth.
  • Add batter to baking dish and top evenly with pomegranate seeds and dark chocolate chips.
  • Bake brownies for about 40 minutes, or until fork-done. Upon removing them from the oven, sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and allow to cool.

Dark Chocolate Bites

 Dark Chocolate Bites Makes between 20-25 bites

Ingredients:

  • 10 pitted dates, chopped and soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
  • 4 tbsp. filtered water
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

  • First, add your walnuts, cashews, cacao powder, salt and vanilla to a blender or food processor and process until nuts are fine, almost a flour consistency.
  • Slowly add in dates, dried cherries and water, blending constantly.
  • Once mixture is a thick cake-like batter, remove from blender and begin forming the batter into small balls with (wet) hands). The dough will be sticky.
  • Roll each ball in your cacao powder to coat evenly.
  • Place balls into a tupperware, and store in the fridge or freezer. Serve immediately, or these make for a delicious and sensual treat for enjoy later with your honey!

Chia Chocolate Cookies

Makes around 10 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 large, ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp. raw honey
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a large baking sheet.
  • Once your banana is thoroughly mashed, mix in your almond butter, cacao powder, chia seeds, vanilla, salt and baking powder. Mix well, and then begin slowly adding in raspberries and dark chocolate chips.
  • Mix everything well, and then form individual balls with the dough (using wet hands).
  • Place balls on your baking sheet, and flat each a bit
  • Bake for roughly 10 minutes or until done, and serve!
  • Rachel Fiske started Madrona Wellness Holistic Nutrition in 2010, after discovering her passion for healing and preventing illness through a real, whole foods diet and lifestyle. This passion now encompasses working with her clients to find the underlying cause of symptoms, and achieving optimal health in the short and long term.Rachel specializes in the following conditions: digestive issues, food allergies/sensitivities, blood sugar regulation, detox, fatigue, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, depression, stress, weight loss, and more. She wants her clients to understand the importance of starting with whole foods, and then proceeding to herbs and supplementation when necessary.

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