Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Healthier desserts, drinks and salads!

I sent a friend these healthier recipes and thought I would go ahead and post them on here as well if anyone is interested in trying them. Let me know if you try them and what you think! :)

Healthier Chocolate Syrup

1 ½ cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup olive oil
1T vanilla
½ cup carob powder
Blend and refrigerate.

Freeze some bananas after
the peelings are removed.
After frozen, put ½ banana
in a bowl and add some
chopped almonds, coconut
flakes, strawberries, whipped
cream (sweetened with agave)
Then pour the sauce over it.

Healthier no bake cookies

Almond Butter
Pure maple syrup
Coconut
Coconut oil
Oatmeal
Carob powder
A little all natural peanut butter

Mix it all together until
It looks and tastes like no
Bake cookies. If its too dry
Add more gooey things and if its
To gooey add more dry things.

Healthier Caramel Dip

Almond Butter
Pure maple syrup
Coconut (optional)
Whip the almond butter with
The maple until it looks like caramel.

Dip apples or bananas in it.

Healthy Banana Shake

½ C almonds or almond butter
1 C water
4 ice cubes
1 banana (frozen)
3 dates (pitted)
Blend together in blender and enjoy!

Lemonade

For glass full:
2 Tbs. lemon or lime juice (1/2 lemon)
2 tbs. pure grade A or B maple syrup
12 oz purified water

For pitcher full:
½ C lemon juice
½ C syrup
48 oz. water

Green Smoothie

2 handfulls fresh spinach leaves
2 apples cut and cored (don’t need to be peeled)
1 banana
1 ½ cups water
Combine all ingredients into a high power blender and blend until smooth!
Add a little agave to make sweeter if you desire!

*You can do different variations of the fruit you put in this. We also like adding a few frozen strawberries and one less apple, or adding a splash of orange juice, grape juice or pineapple juice for more sweetness/flavor.

Yummy strawberry/orange smoothie

Handful of frozen strawberries
½ can orange juice concentrate
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1 tray of ice
1 C water
1 C milk
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth!

Healthier French Salad Dressing
Blend the following in a blender until smooth:

1 ½ C. olive oil
3-4 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp. mustard powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
5 Tbs. honey
Mix together and serve over salad!
(Good on salad with all kinds of veggies, olives, avocado, feta, etc.)

Red Onion Dressing
Blend the following in a blender until smooth:

¼ red onion
1 C agave or honey
2 tsp dry mustard
½ tsp salt
½ C red wine vinegar (make sure vinegar doesn’t
have sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it)
1 C Olive oil (I usually use grapeseed oil because
I don’t like the flavor a lot of olive oil. Grapeseed oil
Is very mild in flavor and is a good oil like olive oil.)

(Good on salad with bacon, craisins, feta cheese, and slivered almonds or pecans.)

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Blend the following in a blender until the consistency you desire (this one is good even if it’s a little less blended . . . it depends on what you prefer):

¼ C lime juice (about 2-3 juicy limes)
¼ C rice vinegar (make sure it doesn’t have sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it)
4-5 cloves garlic
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp agave or honey
1 C oil (olive or grape seed)
½ C roughly chopped cilantro (stems removed)

(Good on Mexican type salad with black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, etc. Also good on fish tacos as a marinade).

Asian Salad Dressing

¾ C oil (olive or grapeseed)
¼ C honey
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/3 C rice vinegar (no sugar or high fructose corn syrup)

(Mix together and put on salad with shredded cabage, chicken, chopped almonds or cashews, and chopped green onions)

8 comments:

Joanna said...

I posted a link to this on my healthier mommy blog. Some great ideas on substitutions- I think I may try some of the smoothies next week after my shopping trip :)

Camber said...

Those are some GREAT ideas! If you don't mind, I'd like to post a link to that post as well for my Natural Health Goddess Blog. I'm always looking for other deliciously healthy recipes to share with my readers! Healthy desserts are of course a plus as well!

Thanks for posting!
Camber

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Ms.April said...

I love cooking and baking, and will surely try out your recipes! I don't have an oven at home, so your "no bake cookies" recipe will save my life!!