Healthy Treat Recipes

My big sweet fix has mostly come from my Isagenix shakes that are sweetened by natural sweet sources like fruits and beets. However, when I want to let myself have a treat, I have a weakness for organic dark chocolate and nut butters.

I have recently discovered a few great treat recipes and wanted to pass them along.

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Raw Thin-Mint Brownie Bites

This is a great and easy recipe from Raw Food Rehab. The dates will make it sweet so you don’t need all those processed sugars you get from store bought brownies! 😉 My mom, sister, and husband all tried these and had no idea that the main ingredient in them was dates…

◾1 cup walnuts (120g) (I used 1/2 c because that was all I had left)
◾1 and 1/3 cups pitted dates (230 grams) (I highly recommend Sunmaid, because they’re softer.)
◾1 tsp vanilla extract
◾5 tablespoons cocoa powder
◾A few drops pure peppermint extract (depending on how minty you want them… Start with less; you can always add more. I used 1/4 tsp. If you don’t like mint you can make these without the mint extract and a little more vanilla)
◾Optional: for even more chocolate flavor, add chocolate chips. Or add cacao nibs. (I used 1/2 c of 85% organic dark chocolate chunks)
◾Optional: tiny dash of salt (I didn’t use this and didn’t think it was missing, but I can see how some might

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Two-Ingredient Cookies

This recipe from the Burlap Bag encourages you to add your own mix-ins, try these cookies with your own twist – they are amazing and oh-so-easy!

Ingredients
•2 large bananas (can be a few days old for easier mashing)
•1 cup quick-cooking oats
•Mix-ins of your choice (the Burlap Bag recommends a handful of dark chocolate chips, crushed walnut pieces, cinnamon or raisins)

I made several modifications because I had 3 bananas that needed to be used and just under 1 1/2 c oats left. For mix-ins in this recipe I used about 1/2 c finely chopped walnuts and 1/2 c 85% organic dark chocolate chunks and about 1/4 tsp cinnamon). Charley liked the texture of these better than the brownie bites because he likes a little crunch instead of the smoother brownie bites.

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Add the oats and whichever mix-ins you choose and mix.
3. Shape into balls with your hands and place on a baking pan sprayed with non-stick spray or covered with parchment paper (I used parchment instead of greasing the pan). Press down into a disc shape if desired. I used a 1T scoop and left them as balls.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes (mine were done after 14).
5. Enjoy!
Yield: 12-16 cookies
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 12-15 minutes

Liana’s Raw Vegan Nutella

Traditional Nutella has a bunch of sugar and cheap GMO ingredients that you don’t want to put into your body. This vegan version is not as smooth as the store-bought Nutella, but is still chocolaty and sweet.

  • 1 c raw hazelnuts
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ c almond milk

In a food processor or high speed blender, blend the nuts until they begin to form a paste. Add coconut oil and continue blending until it starts getting smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend for a while until creamy and spreadable.

Enjoy!

Questions? Comments? Please let me know.

Jessica