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Desserts & Snacks

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Coco-Mango Sundae

Desserts & Snacks, Fully Raw, Workout & Recovery

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A sweet treat without the cheat…

Treat doesn’t have to be a cheat. You can make yourself the best, the sweetest, the creamiest and the most colorful treat without using any dead foods or allergens to which your body responds poorly. Meet my current addiction, a Coco-Mango Sundae. Pure indulgence without the guilt, a sweet treat without having to cheat!

The base of this sundae has just 2 ingredients: mango & coconut milk. Depending on your preference for consistency, you can add half a banana. Doing this will make the Sundae a little more creamy and fluffy, which has my personal preference. To be honest, this part of the recipe is all you have to remember, because even without the bells and whistles, it’s damn good! But of course we want to put a little more effort in it and push it a little further to make it even better.

The second step is choosing a soft fruit that can be used as a sauce. I used blackberries in this recipe, but the options are endless really.

The final touch is adding crunch. Oooh I like chrunch. Magic for me is in contrasting food textures. And I guess manufacturers of processed foods put a lot of research, money and effort in creating perfect textures. From Twix to Ben&Jerry’s and from M&Ms to Magnums, they all owe their success to the in-the-mouth contrast of the smooth and creamy with the crisp and crunchy. So that’s what we wanna do here as well, only we are choosing whole foods clearly.

How about a sprinkle of cacao nibs, sprouted buckwheat, rawnola or chopped nuts to contrast with the fluffiness of the coco-mango icecream and the juiciness of the sauce?

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Recipe

Equipment
Immersion Blender or high speed blender

Ingredients
2 cups mango cubes – frozen
½ a banana
1 cup coconut milk
4 blackberries
5 raw almonds – chopped

Method
– Blend the frozen mango cubes with the banana and coconut milk, leaving it somewhat chunky.
– Transfer the ice cream to a glass or bowl.
– Squeeze the blackberries between your fingers on top of the ice cream. (or crush it using a fork)
– Sprinkle chopped almonds on top.

Enjoy as dessert, treat, breakfast or workout snack!

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With love from the Happy Earth Kitchen.

 

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Gooey chocolate-date pudding

Desserts & Snacks, Fully Raw, Recipes, Workout & Recovery

The good thing about cooking with healthy, nutrient-dense, whole foods is that dessert doesn’t turn out to be something you have to feel guilty about. As a matter of fact you can have dessert for breakfast or lunch, as a pre- or post-workout meal or just as a treat. This pudding is date based. I use medjool dates, for their softness and sweetness. If you opt for a different kind, make sure to soak them first to get them juicy and plumpy.

Dates contain lots of fiber, which helps you maintain a healthy digestion and keeps you satisfied for a longer period of time. They are a great source of instant energy (I always have some whole dates or datorade with me during long runs, the greatest runners fuel if you ask me. Dates are also good source of iron and potassium, which are essentials for maintaining healthy heart function and blood pressure, as well as helping to prevent muscle cramping after exercise.

The ground chia and flax seeds in this recipe not only help the pudding set (as they absorb the water, forming a gel like substance), but are also a rich (plant)source of omega-3 fatty acids. Cacao is well known for its mood enhancing property (it raises the levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins, yeayy!!) and is one of the highest providers of magnesium. But above all, cacao is what makes this pudding simply irresistible!

Whole, plant based ingredients only

Whole, plant based ingredients only

Holy Cacaoly

Holy Cacaoly

Happy Earth Pudding

Happy Earth Pudding

 

Recipe

Makes 1 portion

Equipment

I use an immersion blender, because it’s practical for smaller portions, but a food processor or high-speed blender will work as well. When using the latter, you might want to consider making at least 2 portions to achieve proper blending of the ingredients.

Ingredients

4 medjool dates
100 ml plant milk*
1 full tablespoon of cacao (preferably raw)
1 full tablespoon of ground chia & flaxseeds
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
pinch of salt
Topping of choice

Method

– Blend all ingredients well until you get a smooth, pudding-like texture.
– Transfer to a bowl and let it set for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
– Serve it with your favorite topping. I used pistachio nuts, for its lovely taste and vibrant color, but any other nut, coconut flakes or even fresh fruit like strawberries work great as well.

* Hempmilk, coconutmilk or ricemilk are great in this recipe. If you make your own nutmilk at home, that is of course even better. Try to avoid processed soymilk.

With Love from the Happy Earth Kitchen