Yummy Desserts That Are Not Only Tasty, But Healthy Too!
Barbara's Lentil Chocolate Chip & Nut Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. INGREDIENTS 1 cup mixed lentils, cooked 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup old fashion rolled oats 1 cup slivered almonds 1 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips Directions: Cook the lentils in boiling water for 35 minutes. Strain the lentils and then mash with a fork. In a bowl, cream the crushed cooked lentils, the butter, and brown sugar together and then add the egg and mix well. Add the flour, baking soda, and the vanilla. Stir in the oats, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips and mix well while the lentils are still hot. Drop the cookies by the spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten. Bake for about 10 minutes and allow to cool on a baking rack. Cookies will appear not completely baked, but when cooled, will be wonderfully soft and decadent!
DIY Acai Bowl
During warmer days, I love to substitute omelets and scrambles with refreshing smoothies and other cold breakfast meals. One of my favorite bowls to treat myself to once in awhile is a delicious Acai Bowl. This recipe from Curry Girl’s Kitchen includes plenty of healthy fats from coconut and almonds as well as flax seeds, and it is rich in antioxidants. The whole family will love it. Serves: 1 large breakfast bowl or 2 snacks Ready in: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 packet acai, frozen 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries1/4 cup canned coconut cream + liquid 2 tablespoons almond butter 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seeds 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1⁄4 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract 1/3 cup coconut water Handful ice (optional) Toppings: chopped pecans or nuts of choice, chia seeds or other seeds of choice, coconut flakes, and/or low-glycemic fruit of choice. Step 1: Add the acai, berries, coconut cream, almond butter, flax seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla to a blender and start to blend. Gradually add in coconut water and continue to blend. Step 2: Add ice to thicken, as needed. Step 3: Pour into a bowl and top with toppings of choice. Nutritional analysis (1 large bowl without toppings): calories 477, fat 37 g, saturated fat 10 g, cholesterol 0 mg, fiber 13 g, protein 10 g, carbohydrate 26 g, sodium 34 mg