Find your way to sweet tooth heaven with healthy varieties of chocolate, confectionary and dessert. Top it up with ‘good’ versions of wine and coffee. We also explore taste favourites like vanilla, sesame seeds, coconut and honey.
Eating can be blissful and healthy all at the same time with mouth-watering treats that curb cravings for unhealthy snacks. Everyone craves a bit of instant satisfaction, here are some fabulous alternatives
protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre 1 cup cashews, 1 cup almonds, ½ cup pecans, ½ cup sunflower seeds, ½ cup sesame seeds, 1½ cups dates, 1 tablespoon vanilla. Cover dates with water and soak them for 30 minutes or more. Drain the water. In a food processor blend the nuts and seeds first then add and blend the dates and vanilla. Mix up well. Press the mixture in to a dish about 2 cm thick. Leave in the fridge to set. Cut into bars. They will last at least a week.
protein, anti-oxidants, minerals, fibre ½ cup almonds, ½ cup sunflower seeds, ½ cup goji berries, 1 cup dried apricots, 1 cup dried apples, ½ cup dried figs, 1 cup shredded coconut, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tsp. zest of an orange, pinch salt. Blend all ingredients until roughly chopped. Mould into round cookie shapes. Place in a slightly warmed oven (40-50 degrees Celsius) for a few hours until they are firm.
JAM YOU CAN
energy, fibre, nutrients and vitamins. This is a delicious date paste that doubles as jam. Soak pitted dates in water for 1-2 hours. Drain and reserve the water. Blend the dates in a food processor, adding the soak water a bit at a time until your dates turn into a thick jam. Store your mixture in a covered container in the fridge. Use it as jam or add to smoothies.
Anti-oxidants, protein, selenium & fibre 1 cup date paste (see above), ½ cup cocoa or carob powder, 1 cup any nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew) 1 tablespoon vanilla essence, ½ cup desiccated coconut. Blend all the ingredients together except the coconut. Shape into balls and roll in coconut (or cocoa or carob).