Healthy dessert recipes are becoming more and more available, and most are made with incredibly healthy ingredients.  Even a healthy dessert should be enjoyed only on occasion, as a dessert is a treat and not a pillar of your diet.

cake recipe approved by personal trainer

Here is a pineapple cake that is approved by your favorite Cincinnati personal trainer!  It is incredibly refreshing and has the approval of your favorite Cincinnati personal trainer.

Dessert is a part of a healthy lifestyle!  As I pointed out in my blog on the “12 traits of skinny people”, depriving yourself of certain foods leads to unhealthy eating habits.  Telling yourself that “I cannot eat that”, will only lead to you thinking about it more and more, and eventually caving in and binging.

Sweets are a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Or maybe I should say that backwards…when you live a healthy lifestyle, sweets can be a part of it.  You can enjoy this occasionally and in moderation without a huge impact to your waistline, and certainly without guilt or shame.

My 12 Traits of Skinny People was also published by the Cincinnati news!

A client shared this healthy dessert and said this can be the best sweet treat ever, describing it as Black Forest greatness!  Certainly nothing unhealthy in this recipe…

1 cup almond milk (or any milk)

1 Tablespoon raw cacao

2 dates

3/4 cup frozen cherries

a few ice cubes

Blend until smooth, preferably in a high-speed blender.

Enjoy!

Here is a great recipe that fooled my chocolate loving son!

Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10-15 minuteshealthier snack

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pit removed
1/2 to 3/4 cup water. Start with 1/2 cup and add more if needed
4 TBLS cocoa powder
6-10 pitted dates (this is where you get the sweetness)
Dash of vanilla

Instuctions:
Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender.
Enjoy by itself, or try using it to top fresh fruit.

lemon curd recipe

Lemon Curd (Custard)

3 whole eggs (at room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp lemon zest

1/2 cup Meyer Lemon Juice (or regular lemons or limes)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Place all above except olive oil in a high speed blender.

Turn blender to highest setting and run for 4 minutes.

While continuing to run at high speed – add olive oil and run  (90-105 seconds) until you can see the custard forming up on the sides of the container.

Add oil at 4 minutes – blend about 2 more minutes.  Careful – it comes out hot…

Let cool slightly to use immediately as sauce over fresh fruit or ice cream…or pour into container(s) and refrigerate until chilled and set. Keeps well for several days in fridge or longer if frozen.

Avocado Mint Cream Bars

Crust:

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup pitted dates

1 tbs cacao powder

Filling:

1 avocado, pitted and peeled

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

3-4 tbsp maple syrupmint bars

1 banana

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

5-10 drops peppermint oil, I used peppermint extract

Pinch of salt, optional, I used celtic salt

Topping:

3 tbsp cacao powder

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

2 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

Place the crust ingredients in your food processor and pulse until combine or the mixture is coming together like in the picture. With a spatula press evenly into the bottom of a 8×8-inch square baking pan previously lined with unbleached parchment paper.

Blend the filling ingredients in the food processor until smooth and spread evenly over the crust. Freeze while you prepare the topping. In a small bowl mix the topping ingredients and pour over the middle layer making sure to spread it evenly.  Freeze bars until firm.

To serve let the bars thaw at room temperature for 20-30 minutes and cut as desired.  Patty likes them frozen!

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