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Healthy and Delicious Desserts For National Dessert Month

October is National Dessert Month, and what better way to celebrate than with some new recipes! Desserts are known for being sweet and full of fat, which isn’t a bad thing to have every once in awhile, but how great would it be to have healthy desserts that actually taste good too? Here are a few recipes that will cure your sweet tooth while being kind to your body.

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

Since it’s fall, it’s only right that we include an apple dessert. When you don’t have the time or skill to make a whole pie, these cookies are your next best option. They taste just as good, loaded with fresh apples and cinnamon- and they also have whole-wheat flour and oats for complex carbs. Each cookie is under 100 calories and 10 grams of sugar. The recipe serves 15, and you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp. salt

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter, melted

  • 1 large egg, room temp.

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup agave syrup

  • 1 medium apple, finely diced

Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil or butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the agave. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the apple. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared sheet, and flatten slightly. Bake at 325°F for 13-15 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Avocado Chocolate Bread

This delicious bread will make any chocolate lover happy while being gluten and grain-free, dairy-free and paleo. Combining two or the most delicious foods in the world, this recipe makes a moist cake, loaded with healthy fats from the avocado. If you’re not a fan of avocado don’t worry, the chocolate hides the taste of it, but you still get all of the nutrients you wouldn’t get from ordinary bread. For this recipe you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups avocado

  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2½ tablespoons coconut cream (cream that forms on the top of a can of coconut milk when can is left in the fridge overnight)

  • 3 tablespoons raw honey

  • 2 room temperature eggs

  • ½ cup pecans

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour

  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips, plus some more to sprinkle on top

Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line the bottom and sides of an 8½ x 4½-inch medium loaf pan with parchment paper. Add the avocado to a food processor and pulse to break it down. Then add the coconut oil, vanilla, coconut cream, honey and eggs, and pulse until smooth. The pecans are optional, but if you wish to add them, chop them and add them to a large bowl along with the almond flour, baking soda, cacao powder, salt and chocolate chips. Using a rubber spatula, mix the wet and dry ingredients gently, being careful not to over mix. Spoon batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake approximately 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan over a wire rack for about 10 minutes before serving.

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Allison RouseHearn Kirkwood