healthy dessert, is it really possible?

Throughout my #whole30 process, I was careful not to try to replace unhealthy desserts with healthy ones, its one of the rules. But after doing #whole30 for nearly 8 months, I think it makes sense to have a few good go to’s that I can enjoy too! Here are my top three picks that are not only #whole30 & #paleo compliant, but also delicious, easy to make, AND beautiful. I feel fortunate that I have made all three more than once and I urge you to do the same. Two of three of these are NOT my recipes, so I take zero credit for the delicious factor. The last, is me experimenting, and its been working.
IMG_0673Okay – first the decadent chocolate cake. See the link to the recipe and I highly urge you to make it. Two things that will make this come out the best are 1) use a food processor. You do not need to clean it between crust/filling and 2) have a pan that had the removable sides. I didn’t get that, but I think that would take it to the next level. Mine is a 9″ one as seen here.

 

Here is my during christmas holding both desserts!

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Second is pumpkin pie, although right now isn’t the season, its a great win. It took
me two to three times to get this to not burn on the top, but now it’s definitely a dessert staple. To make this #whole30 compliant, I swapped equal parts of the honey for date paste. However, if you want it to be less sweet, like I did, I put in about 70% of the volume of date paste.
Was delicious nonetheless. Also, for the coconut whip cream, use date paste, but not required, AND do not put it on until you want to eat it, looks crappy if you put it on too soon.IMG_1328

Lastly, ice-cream!  I personally didn’t grow up being a major ice-cream person. I definitely like some here and there, but never had to have a tub of it in my freezer. However, I married into an ice-cream loving family and slowly became a little envious of ice-cream while on #whole30. So I got myself this kitchenaid attachment just a while ago, and made two different flavours. I can tell you that this is definitely a great investment, and I can already picture some future ice-cream flavours like pineapple-lime or raspberry-blackberry sorbet.

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The two flavours I made were as follows.

  • coconut milk (full fat), acai berry juice (no additives), diced dates, & walnuts <– this is fairly flavourful, and reminds me of a typical ice-cream from a store (above picture)
  • coconut milk (full fat), vanilla (from mexico), diced dates (for the sweeter), & walnuts. <– this is less sweet and nice summer flavors

Note on the dates: I use dates as a sweeter while on #whole30, but if you are #paleo, use honey, it will help the ice-cream stay less icey and easier to get a sense of favour.

Note on walnuts: you can use any nut you want, I like walnuts in ice-cream over others because almonds & peanuts for example are hard before going to ice-cream compared to walnuts. I also like the walnut taste and don’t eat walnuts otherwise.

 

Shepherd’s pie, with a few twists!

I got excited when I found a recipe in my #whole30 book (referenced in other blogs) for Shepherd’s pie. I have never made it before (any version). But before we get started on that, let me go on a small rant!

I recently started a small debate on facebook about yams vs sweet potatoes. The recipe called for sweet potatoes, while the image next to it is orange; the colour of yams. In the store, I picked up “yams” (as the label said) to make it look like the recipe pictured. I completely effed up and didn’t get the orange yams, I got sweet potatoes. It looks like the grocery store is just as confused as I am! This sweet potato/yam issue is not good for someone who is learning to cook and learning about vegetables. I have lost confidence in this area.IMG_2901.JPG

Okay, back to my point! The recipe is on page 350 of the cook book. I made mine with lamb (my first twist, which is also quite traditional) and instead of putting this in a 9” X 12” casserole dish, I used a 9.5” X 9.5” dish (my second twist). Interestingly enough, I thought that the recipe would have been a bit too thin in a larger casserole dish.

IMG_2902.JPGFinally, I didn’t make the recipe with yams (because it said sweet potatoes!) I used Canadian sweet potatoes instead (the white ones). I also used my hand blender to make the sweet potato into an easy mash.

IMG_2899.JPGI got a little cheeky and make a smiley face in my food! This dish made 6 meals and cost about $30 – so about $5/meal (not bad!)

Recipe difficulty (Agata scale) 5 out of 10

Recipe taste (Agata scale) 8 out of 10

Things I would do differently:

  • make more meat

  • add more veggies, like parsnips and peppers

  • use a different shape casserole (would feed a good group of people)