Today’s Training: Cross Day Tuesday…complete with a 20 lb. baby weight;)
I thought it might be relevant and sweet and kind and cool of me to include a few recipes using little to no sugar in them after yesterday’s fun sugar post.
Whaaat?!?! No SUGAR?!?!
It’s that time of year for parties and snuggling and comfort food! Now, let me lead into this by remarking clearly…I am well aware these may not taste as sinfully sweet as other desserts, but give them a chance because they are fantastic. Yes, there are absolutely times when I just want a badforme freaking chocolate chip cookie, and I make them. Infact, I am well-known in my fam for the best chocolate chips in the land- with loads of butter, sugar, and eggs. That’s fine once in a while- my family (and I) deserves them!
But there are also times I want to bake a healthier treat; something a little bit guilt-free. That’s where these sweeties come in. I tried to find a bread, a cookie, a brownie, and a bar- you know, have all my bases covered.
I’m always looking for easy recipes that do not include a ton of hard to find ingredients and 200 difficult steps in making them. I just want healthy, makeable, everyday stuff. And I’m being very serious when I say they really do taste delicious. If you tell no one their ingredients, they will truly be none the wiser. However, as with anything, they do unfortunately contain calories- so enjoy them in…wait for it…moderation🙂 Better yet, share them with your faves!
1. Banana Bread (Sugar and Oil Free!)
-2 large eggs
-1 1/2 cups (well packed) mashed banana (about 2 large VERY RIPE! bananas)
-1/2 cup apple sauce
-1/4 cup milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup white flour
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350. Grease loaf pan or use parchment paper. In large bowl, beat the eggs with a beater until fluffy. If you want to use banana slices as decoration on top, take about a half banana and set aside. (Best to use a banana that is a bit less ripe). Mush the ripe bananas (measure them out) and add to eggs. Add milk and vanilla and mix well. In another bowl mix all dry ingredients and add dry to wet. Pour into loaf pan. Bake 45 mins.
2. No-Bake Trail-Mix Cookies
(I am into figs lately- they’re in season right now, and supremely healthy. A post on them to come tomorrow!)
-1/2 cup dried figs
-1/2 cup raisins
-1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, + @ 1/4 more for coating
-2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds or chopped nuts of choice
-1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- In a small food processor, process the figs and raisins into a thick paste. You can add a Tablespoon of applesauce if the dried fruit is too thick to puree very well.
- In a bowl, add the coconut, sunflower seeds, and quinoa and mix together well until all incorporated. You can use your hands to knead the mixture.
- Separate the dough into 12 portions (@ 1 Tablespoon each). Roll into a ball then flatten into a cookie shape. Coat in shredded coconut and store in the fridge. Enjoy!
3. Healthy Grain-Free Brownies
- 1 3/4 cups black beans
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 lightly beaten eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped up bittersweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts -optional
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8×8 pan.
2. Place all but the final 3 ingredients (eggs, chopped up chocolate and walnuts) into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
3. Fold in the remaining ingredients.
4. Pour into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes.
5. Let cool – the texture actually changes as they cool off, getting more “fudgy”.
4. Low Fat Pumpkin Bean Bars
(Afterall, ’tis the season- pumpkin is so good for us!)
- 15 ounces white beans
- ½ cup pure pumpkin
- 2 whole bananas
- 3½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar (hey, it’s just a bit!)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- ½ cup oats
Preheat oven to 350F. Drain and rinse beans. Combine all ingredients except oats in a food processor, blending until smooth and creamy. Stir in oats then transfer to a square baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the center is firm to the touch. Allow to completely cool before slicing or eating (the bars firm as they cool). The pumpkin flavor also intensifies the next day (make in advanced if possible).
So there you are, some easy, healthy recipes to make for your next holiday party- along with the usual loaded mashed potatoes. Hey, Aunt Sandy- are you writing these down?!!??