Desserts Fit for Health

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You can ditch sugar completely…

or… tuck these in your back pocket for special occasions.

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Ninety-nine percent of the people that I’ve coached in health and fitness struggle with SUGAR cravings. (Little secret: it’s not your fault…completely).

Let’s not get into blame, shame, regret… OK?

Let’s be effective: you DO have options.

Sugar overload

Sugar makes life sweet, is a centuries-old reward… but the BIG problem is that we’re surrounded by it way too often. “Sweets” have moved off the “treat” line-up and have become more of a “staple.” And that is costing you energy, causing inflammation, and creating those extra pounds.

Let’s get back to treats, OK? When you’re ready, try these treats made with the not-so-bad sugars and grain free too.

Pumpkin Pie

Makes 2 ten inch pies Crust: 16 oz crushed nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts) 5 drops liquid stevia (optional) 4 tsp real vanilla 4 Tbs melted butter 2 eggs, beaten Mix all of the above until blended. Press into the bottom and sides of each pie plate. Bake at 350oF for 10 minutes. Custard filling: 3...

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Grannie’s Apple Crunch

A family tradition, what is a holiday without pie? The good news is this (once was top secret) recipe for a not-overly-sweet treat and a much simpler crust. In fact, I never was a big fan of pie crust. So this is for all of us who like to eat the warm, gooey apples and...

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Dr. Greg’s Famous Vanilla Ice Cream

Have an ice-cream maker? Try one of Dr. Greg’s favorites. Our back-to-basics natural ingredients include eggs and coconut milk (read our “Got Milk?” info sheet if you want to know more about what happened to the healthfulness of milk and why commercially available products cause inflammation; available in our office). Unsweetened coconut milk makes for...

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

By now I am certain my readers never would think something like this belongs at the bottom of the food pyramid or the main section of MyPlate or whatever current lobbying wins. That said, for those rare occasions when a sweet treat is warranted, these are made without inflammatory cane sugar or wheat flour. Carob...

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Chewy Brownies

Staying away from wheat, dairy, corn, and cane sugar can make baking interesting. I tried a lot of different recipes including some made with coconut flour (too cake-like), others made with, well, other stuff... my professional taste testers definitely felt these were along the lines of “box brownies”. I've gotten my son pretty aware of...

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Chocolate “Moose”cakes

My son Alex came to visit last week. We are not sweet fans but since life only involves seeing him a week or so here and there after 14 years of life together non-stop... well, I'm thinking chocolate. Valentines day can happen any day of the year. Unbelievably creamy with just the right amount of...

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Pumpkin Chiffon Chocolate Tart

This elegant and amazing pumpkin desert is light and not too sweet with surprising combinations of chocolate and traditional pumpkin pie flavors. Serves 8-12 Ingredients Crust: 1 cup raw cashew pieces 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds ½ cup raw pecan pieces ¼ cup coconut sugar ¼ cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder ¼...

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Cacooquis (“ca – COO- kees”)

Cacooquis (“ca – COO- kees”)
Dinner with friends always finds me inventing some sort of new desert. Maybe that's why I have friends over? And especially clever and creative friends who are willing to lend their talents to helping me name the new treat. Made with Cacao, not really a cookie... After much discussion... hats off to Erick who wins the naming contest. I bring...

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