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Do you have a sweet tooth? Don't know about you, but my life isn't complete if I do not have a little (or maybe big) treat during my day. There are many schools of thought on this one - some say dessert should be an occasional reward and not an everyday one, others warn against sugar and some, like me, make our own dessert rules. 

Personally, I like my treats to be delicious, nutrient packed, plant based and super easy to make. Also, I like to feel sated yet light after eating one, two or five of whatever indulgences I am making. Tall order? Not so much! By relying on some simple guidelines, and making fruit + healthy fats the star ingredients, you'll be your own dessert pro in no time!

CRAVING ICE CREAM?

Bananas make an excellent, soft ice cream base. Unpeel a banana and freeze for at least 15-30 minutes. You can blend it on it's own and that will be a deliciously satisfying dessert or add any combination of the following: frozen fruit, cacao powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon...the possibilities are endless. Top it with fresh fruit, nuts or even granola. 

For richer, more traditional ice cream, you can't go wrong with a cashew nut base. Soak 2 cups of cashews in water for at least two hours. In a blender add your favorite sweetener (1/4 cup of honey or 3 ripe bananas work really well,)  a pinch of salt, some vanilla extract and blend until smooth. Freeze for a firm consistency. This would be your basic recipe. You can spice it up by adding any other fruit, dates, cinnamon or nutmeg, cacao, even a liquor.

CRAVING CHOCOLATE?

As a chocoholic, this single piece of information changed my life: Coconut oil becomes solid if refrigerated. Mix 1 cup coconut oil + 1/2 cup cacao powder + your desired level of sweetener + any other addition you like (mint or vanilla extract, crushed nuts, bourbon, etc.) Hand roll small sections into round balls. Place on a flat surface and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. 

CRAVING PUDDING?

Avocados are your friend. No, really. Make creamy, scrumptious pudding by blending 1 avocado + 1 banana + 2tbs of your favorite sweetener + 4tbs cacao powder + anything else you want in there (I like cherries.) Refrigerate for at least an hour. 

 

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