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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

10th May 2013

Getting your kids in the kitchen is a great way to spend time with your family, says Lana Kapelas. Whether you’re rustling up a feast for a gathering or planning some family fun for the weekend, get your kids excited about cooking with these easy recipes that you can make together.

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

10th May 2013

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

10th May 2013

If you’re counting calories and looking for something nutritious to satisfy your sweet tooth or simply longing for something other than your usual bowl of ice cream, these quick and simple desserts are for you. Ready in 30 minutes or less and full of healthy ingredients, these are your go-to weeknight desserts you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again. They taste great and can be served to anyone without apology (and with high expectations of success). So enjoy every bite!

Try these five healthy dessert recipes for all the family (guilt free, nutritional and healthy):

*1. Healthy Dessert Recipe: Raw Cacao Truffles *
These super easy truffles will satisfy that late night chocolate craving without the excess sugar and empty calories of other desserts. This perfect blend of coconut and chocolate and cashew will keep you coming back for more.
Ingredients:
• 5 tbsp of cacao powder
• 4 tbsp of coconut oil
• 4 tsp xylitol (natural sweetener from fruits)
• 1 ½ cup of any type of nuts or seeds (we use cashews)
Directions:
First you have to make the main part of truffle. To do so place cashews, coconut oil, xylitol, and cacao into food processor and pulse till batter holds together.
Grab a cookie scooper or spoon and scoop out your truffles. Roll each one in your hands to form a nice round shape.

2. Raw Chocolate Covered Goji Berries
This is perfect for when you are craving something sweet and chocolaty. Raw cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. Goji berries are a complete source of protein and one of the most nutritionally-rich foods on the planet. These are a perfect after-school snack for kids!
Ingredients:
- 1 cup of Goji Berries
- 1 cup of Cacao Paste/Mass
- 2 tsp Agave Syrup
Directions:
Melt Cacao Paste over very low heat, add agave syrup. Fill bowl with goji berries and mix thoroughly. Place into the freezer for approximately 10 minutes to set. Out of this world!!

3. Chocolate Cashew Butter Banana Dessert
This is our family Saturday Movie Night Dessert!
Ingredients:
3 bananas
1/3 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup of raw cacao paste/mass
1 T coconut oil
Directions:
Cut bananas in small pieces. Divide your cashew butter. Spread the cashew butter mixture over half of the banana slices.
Place the bananas in the freezer and freeze until firm.
When your bananas are all the way frozen, melt your cacao and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. (If you don’t have a double boiler, use a large skillet filled with some water and places a smaller pot inside the skillet on top of the water. Put your chocolate and oil in the smaller pot.) Stir until melted and smooth.
Dip each banana in the cacao and place on parchment paper. Place back in the freezer for a few minutes until chocolate is hardened and cold. Enjoy!

4. Raw Chocolate Brownies
This is for fudge and brownie lovers out there who want to enjoy their decadent squares and still respect themselves in the morning?
Ingredients:
120 g (1 1/3 c) walnuts
100 g (2/3 c) almonds
2 tbsp hazelnuts
125 g (1 c) medjool dates, or pre-soaked dry dates
4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp of coconut oil
Directions:
Pulse half of the walnuts in a blender until they are in small pieces, about the size of a pea. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.
Put the rest of the walnuts, the almonds and hazelnuts into the blender and pulse until finely ground.
Add dates, cocoa and coconut oil and pulse briefly until all is combined.
Add small walnut pieces back to mixture and mix with a spoon until well combined.
Press into a small square or rectangular dish with a flat spatula, until evenly spread. The brownies should be at least 1.5cm thick, so if your dish is large you can just use half of it.
Cover and chill in the freezer for 30minutes, then take out, cut up into small squares.

5. Super Healthy Chlorella & Banana Ice Cream (dairy free)
That mystery ingredient, of course, is banana! The smidgen of fat in bananas makes a magic trick when they are frozen and blended up. They turn creamy instead of crumbly, with a smooth texture any home ice cream chef would love to have in their frozen treats.
You can make it many different ways, experimenting with adding coconut milk, nut butters, avocado, chocolate powder, etc…
Ingredients:
makes 4 servings
3 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid
1 tsp of Chlorella Powder
½ teaspoons Agave Syrup
Directions:
Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in chlorella and agave syrup, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

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