Healthy sweets Recipes,
nutritional dessert alternatives using organic ingredients
Use certified organic products where possible.
Not all recipes are sugar free, honey can be subsituted for sugar. With honey you take the risk of it not rising and not looking
the same as when sugar is used. Have fun, experiment at least it is healthy and still tastes
Zam's Flourless Chocolate Cake
This one is gluten free, but does have sugar!
A good recipe for those special occasions.
- 100gm Almonds, ground
- 75 gm Caster Sugar (honey)
- 250 gm Dark Chocolate
- 150 gm Butter
- 5 Eggs, separate
Over a double steamer, melt the chocolate, butter and sugar. Remove from the heat and let stand, add ground almonds and Beat in egg yolks one by one. Beat egg whites until stiff and Peaky, then fold into the chocolate mix. Bake @ 150oC for 40-45 mins. Let cool. Sprinkle with icing sugar or brown sugar if you wish.
Baked Apples for 4 - gluten free desert
- 4 Large Green Apples, Cored, skins on if organic.
Sit the apples in 0.5cm of water, in a ceramic/glass baking dish.
- 2/3 cup of coarsely chopped pecans
- ½ cup sultanas
- 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of cloves
- ½ cup apple or mandarin juice
Mix all ingredients together and stuff into the apples. Some of the mix will fall to the outside of the apples - That's okay because it's still nice to eat. Put any left over juice over the tops of the apples. Bake in a moderate oven until the apples are soft but not puffed out too much - usually About 30-40 mins. Serve hot.
It's easy with this recipe to experiment and create variations - Try cranberries mixed with sultanas, or substitute pecans for walnuts.
Fruity Carob Cake
- 1 ½ cups of spelt flour
- ½ teaspoon bicarb soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons of carob powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup apple juice
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- ½ cup of honey
- 1 grated green apple
- 2 eggs.
Sift all dry ingredients together, and then add coconut. Blend together the apple juice, banana, vanilla and honey. Add flour mixture and stir together well. Pour into lightly greased loaf pan and bake 45-50 mins in a moderate oven.
- 1 cup spelt flour/ or ½ spelt and ½ barley flour
- 1 cup rolled Oats
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ¼ - 1/3 cup hot water
Mix the flour, oats and coconut in a bowl. Mix in almond meal, then add the honey and water. Consistency needs to be able to roll them into walnut sized balls then flatten them out with a spatula or fork (or your hands!) and place them on a greased baking tray, then bake in moderate over until golden brown.
Carob Digestive Balls
These are great for after a meal because they are light and the peppermint in them soothes the digestion.
- ½ cup Honey
- ½ cup Tahini, unhulled if possible
- 1 cup carob powder
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- ½ cup ground almonds or pecan nuts
- 2 tablespoons of Maple syrup
- 3-5 drops of peppermint oil
Over a low heat warm the honey and stir in tahini, maple syrup, then carob and cinnamon, peppermint oil, then finally the almonds. Roll into grapesize balls, put on a tray/plate and refrigerate. These are great because they keep for up to two weeks (if you don't eat them!) They also make a nice little gift to take to friends.
Article by Shauna Kendall