I LOVE juicing! like I think Im a little obsessed with it. Who would have thought veggies could be fun and delicious???
So on the menu today….
Yummmyyyy in my tummyyyyy
Woahhh this is def a winner!! HAD to share!! Enjoy….
Of course you all said yes.
Good, because the following recipe is so delicious you’ll want to do just that.
It’s like a gooey, unbaked form of those Chocolate-Chip Blondies.
I don’t know about you, but when I make the genius blondies, quite a bit of the raw dough gets consumed in the process! So I figured, why bother baking them at all? Especially with the summer weather approaching, this is a great way to get your blondie fix without turning on the oven.
But will “normal” people like it?
Often, I’m unsure if a recipe with which I am in love will be a hit with the general population of people who aren’t used to healthy food. Yes, I have my wonderful taste-testing friends… but by now, they pretty much know that anything I’m asking them to taste will be healthy. Therefore, I worry their judgment might be biased (i.e. they might think, “Well, this is good… for a healthy dessert.) But I don’t want my desserts to be good for a healthy dessert. I want them to be good, period.
The following is directly from my About Me page:
I refuse to believe one must give up delicious food in order to be healthy… Healthy food can taste incredible when it’s prepared the right way.
Time to get sneaky!
I brought this dip to a party. But I didn’t tell anyone it was healthy, and I didn’t tell anyone it was mine. I simply set the dip down on the table amidst the other snacks.
Something amazing happened
People tried the dip. They went back for seconds. Then thirds. Everyone kept asking, “Who brought the cookie dough dip? I need this recipe!” And I can’t tell you how many girls said, “Ugh I gotta stop eating this stuff” or “Where are my fat pants?”
When I finally admitted the dip was healthy (and that it contained chickpeas!), no one would believe me. Therefore, this recipe is a winner .
This dip is high in protein, gluten-free, and it can even be sugar-free!
Cookie Dough Dip
Inspired by this awesome recipe.
1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained) (250g)
1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt
tiny bit over 1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup nut butter (You can get away with using only 3 T. If you use peanut butter, it’ll have a very-slight “pb cookie dough” taste, so if you don’t want this, you can sub oil.)
up to 1/4 cup nondairy milk (Start with 1 T, and add more as needed)
Sweetener (see note below, for amount)
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 to 3 T oats (or flaxmeal) (You can omit, but also omit the milk if you do)
Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a blender or food processor, and blend until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips.
See the following link for a Sugar-Free Version.
Sweetener Notes: I used 2/3 cup brown sugar when I first made this for the party. Liquid sweeteners (agave, maple, etc.) are fine as well. You can easily get away with less sugar– some people will be perfectly fine with just 3 T for the whole recipe! And if you don’t want any sugar, be sure to check out the “no-sugar” version linked above. (You can also use stevia, if you like the taste of stevia-sweetened desserts. Try 2-3 packets of NuNaturals stevia, and add more sweetener if needed. I wouldn’t recommend serving an all-stevia version to party guests, though.)
Let’s talk dippage!
You can, of course, just eat this stuff by the spoonful. (I am a piggy, and this is therefore my preferred method of eating the dip.) For the party, I served it with graham crackers. But fresh fruit might also be nice. Or, you could get totally naughty and…
Dip in some chocolate-chip Guilt-Free Cookies.
Yikes, this is a wordy post! I normally try to keep my posts concise, so as not to talk your ears off. Therefore, I don’t know if you can tell, from reading my blog: In real life, I am a chatterbox!
I’ll end this post now, but I have a ton of fun recipes to post soon, including Snickerdoodle Dip and Funfetti Blondies!
If you want:
You can now get Healthy Dessert Recipes by email.
Then you won’t have to remember to keep checking back .
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One of the things I love most about fall…APPLE CRISP! Seriously, it is like top 5 desserts evverrr! I was just perusing some of my favorite sites and came across this lower calorie version fromBusy But Healthy
Well, it’s Thanksgiving and you know what that means- tons of food placed in front of you, most of it unhealthy and you end up feeling like crud for a week after. Let’s give ourselves a few option! …Here is an idea for you shakeology drinkers! A healthy desert to fool all your friends & family… nutrition info for 1/8th Pie : Calories: 281, Carbs: 33 g, Fat: 11 g, Protein: 11 g
Have to share this feast from Spark People!
Thanksgiving is a time for family, gratitude, and, of course, food. The typical holiday meal can have more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat, according to the Caloric Control Council. That’s almost three days worth of food for most of us! Butter, cream and white bread seem to be lurking in almost every dish, and the meal never seems to end.
For those of us who are trying lead healthier lifestyles, moderation and healthy eating are just as important on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, it is possible to eat right and still enjoy yourself on Turkey Day!
To help, I created brand new SparkRecipes for a three-course Thanksgiving meal that clock in around 500 calories! (Dessert, not included in that number, will add 150 calories or fewer, if you have room for it.)
Use the chart below to compare my Thanksgiving feast with a traditional meal. The more recipes you use from this list, the more calories you’ll save–without sacrificing taste or tradition!
|SparkRecipes Feast||Calories||Fat||Traditional Meal||Calories||Fat|
|Herb Roasted Turkey, 3 oz light meat||140||3 g||Turkey, 3 oz light meat||140||3 g|
|Apple Cider Gravy, 2 T||20||0 g||Gravy, 2 T||50||2 g|
|Vegetable and Fruit Stuffing, 1/2 c||78||1 g||Stuffing, 1/2 c||180||9 g|
|Roasted Root Vegetables, 1/2 c||82||2 g||Mashed potatoes, 1/2 c||220||8 g|
|Cranberry Relish, 2 T||42||0 g||Cranberry jelly, 2 T||55||0 g|
|Steamed green beans (or another
green vegetable), 1/2 c
|15||0 g||Green bean casserole, 1/2 c||120||8 g|
|Roasted Soup, 1 c||128||3 g||Cream-based soup, 1 c||250||18 g|
|Total:||505||9 g||Total:||1,015||48 g|
This SparkPeople meal has 510 fewer calories and 39 fewer grams of fat than a traditional feast! You’ll find all the recipes to make it below! These recipes include a veggie-rich soup to start your meal off right, the juiciest turkey you’ll ever taste, several sides, two desserts, plus a cranberry relish that will leave the store-bought jelly quivering in its can.
BONUS! Click here to download and print a colorful recipe book that includes all of these recipes! (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this pdf document.)
|Chef Meg’s Roasted Squash Soup
Studies have shown that starting a meal with a broth-based soup can fill you up, so you eat fewer calories over the course of a meal. This soup gets a boost of flavor from cilantro pesto, but there’s very little fat in this version. TIP:Roast the squash ahead of time and freeze it. Your oven will be full on Thanksgiving, and this will save you some valuable time.
|Chef Meg’s Herb Roasted Turkey
When the fat from the turkey melts during cooking, it falls to the bottom of the roasting pan. When that happens, the bottom quarter of the bird does not roast–it braises in its own juices. To prevent this from happening, try using a V-rack in your roasting pan for perfect results!
|Chef Meg’s Apple Cider Gravy
Traditional gravy gets a bad rap, but this tasty sauce can be made with almost no fat. The trick is to skim the fat from your pan juices (either put it in the fridge or use cheesecloth to soak up the fat). Depending on their size, turkeys will yield varying amounts of juices. From a 12-pound roasted turkey, you can expect about 1/2 cup defatted jus (juice).
|Chef Meg’s Cranberry Relish
Toss the canned cranberry jelly and use this version instead. It’s ready in no time, has less sugar than the store-bought stuff, and is full of healthy fruit! While you might question why this recipe needs the amount of sugar it contains, you’ll understand as soon as you taste fresh cranberries–they’re tart!
|Chef Meg’s Vegetable and Fruit Stuffing
Whole-wheat bread gives this side staying power. The fruits and vegetables bulk up the dish, so a little goes a long way. A bit of turkey bacon adds another layer of flavor without adding many calories.
|Chef Meg’s Roasted Root Vegetables
This recipe sings of the fall and early winter harvest. Take advantage of your local farmers market and buy whatever root vegetables they have. This side dish is quite affordable, too: about 60 cents per serving!
|1/2 cup steamed green vegetables of your choice
The calories are low, the fat is nonexistent, and adding a vegetable to your plate will help prevent you from filling up on empty calories. Try broccoli, spinach, green beans, or any other non-starchy vegetable.
But wait. We couldn’t forget dessert!
A slice of pie can contain between 240 and 400 calories and at least 10 grams of fat. But for just 150 calories or so, you can have two of these bite-size tarts. These portion-controlled pies are the perfect end to a your Thanksgiving feast.
|Chef Meg’s Sweet Potato Tarts
Try these light and low-fat personal pies for dessert during the fall. They’re a great substitute for pumpkin pie or sweet potato casserole. NOTE: To boost the fiber, you can look for whole-wheat phyllo dough, which is available at natural foods stores or in the health food section of many grocery freezers.
|Chef Meg’s Mini Apple Tarts
Instead of a whole pie, try making bite-size tarts! These diminutive desserts cook quicker and are automatically portion controlled. Plus, they’re easier to make for a crowd, and there’s no need for a fork and plate. This recipe only costs about $3.50 to make–but you save money by buying sheets of phyllo dough and making your own tart shells (see directions for more information).
|Chef Meg’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
There’s no need to buy pumpkin pie spice. You can easily make your own at home. And it makes a great for any fall event! Feel free to double or triple this recipe!
There you have it. A full Thanksgiving meal that’s trim–but not missing any of the trimmings. Armed with these , no one has to fear Thanksgiving dinner–except for maybe the turkey!
Click here to download and print a colorful recipe book that includes all of these recipes! (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this pdf document.) You can also click the “SHARE” button at the top or bottom of this article to send these recipes to your friends!