This recipe reminded me of the Terry’s chocolate oranges that you smash! But instead of being packed full of refined sugars, these are sweetened with agave nectar and the natural sugars in the dates! I bet you are getting the hint that dates are a very good secret dessert ingredient! The orange extract gives these their orange flavor, and I’m sure you could use orange peel zest if you couldn’t find the extract! Yum!
Autumn Honey Pear Crisp from Jennifer’s Kitchen
photo by Jennifer’s Kitchen
Mmmm… honey, pears, crisp. This dessert looks so warming and tasty and is a healthy twist on the traditional apple crisp! The recipe, from Jennifer’s Kitchen, uses honey as the main sweetener for the filling, and rolled oats to make the crumbly topping. I also love the use of pears! They are a great source of fiber and lend a soft, sweet, taste without overpowering the whole dish! A dessert you can feel good about eating!
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Yogurt Filling from Mix It Up
photo by Mix It Up
Whoopie pies… in my healthy dessert picks?! Am I crazy?! Nope!
These ARE healthy! Oat flour makes the base of these whoopie pies. Oat flour is great as it is high in soluble fiber and a great sours of folic acid! There is a small dose of brown sugar (two tbsp for 10 whoopie pies) and I would substitute it for my favorite coconut palm sugar in this recipe. The filling is made with none other than the mighty Greek yogurt and flavored with pure maple syrup! No refined sugars or flours in these little guys! The pumpkin being the star ingredient is also perfect for a festive party!
So there is my fave five for the week… uhhh… you’ve got a little drool on the side of your mou.. yep there, you got it.
Nutritionist in the Kitch