Dessert Recipes

Date Sweetened Cookies

Date Sweetened Cookies

This is a great Diet Level 4 cookie recipe, although it also fits nicely into DL’s 1, 2, 3, and 6 (NOT DL 5, due to the inclusion of oats, so not grain-free). They are crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside cookies. You can make these as chunky or smooth as you want, depending on how long you let the blender or food processor machine go. These cookies are made with raisins, but you could also substitute Lily’s chocolate chips (see image below), which are made with stevia and you would still be in the “sugar-free” diet-level realm! You can find them at HEB with all the other baking chocolate chips.

Lilys Baking Chips No Sugar Added

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Date Sweetened Cookies
Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place dates and vanilla in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Add almonds until smooth, another minute or so.
  3. Add in the oats, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and oil, and process for another few minutes. You might need to stop periodically to scrape the sides in order to get the mixture to blend evenly. Add in the banana for 10 seconds.
  4. Stir in the raisins.
  5. Shape dough with a spoon into 20 cookies on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets and flatten slightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown.
  7. Place on a cooling rack and store uneaten cookies in an airtight container.
Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

I mean, come on…who doesn’t LOVE peanut butter cups, right??? Okay, maybe there’s one or two people on this here planet that might not like them…maybe. I’m DEFINITELY NOT one of those two people!!! I haven’t made these yet, because I am currently on Diet Level 4, but I’m sure going to!!! They are NOT sugar-free, due to the honey in them. So, they are a Diet Level 6 Recipe. They are really very “clean” eating…just use your portion control sense!!

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Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Diet Level:6
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Prep Time 35 Minutes
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Prep Time 35 Minutes
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Diet Level:6
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Instructions
  1. Place almond butter, coconut, coconut oil, honey and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add a spoonful of the mixture into 8-10 mini muffin tins, then pour melted chocolate on top of each spoonful. (You don't need to grease the tins.)
  3. Place in freezer for 30 or more minutes until set. After set, use a sharp knife to pop out each almond butter cup.
  4. Store in freezer and remove 5 minutes before eating to help soften the chocolate.
Recipe Notes

HEB in Boerne carries the following products. (While you may feel that these products can be a little pricey at the outset, you will use them time and time again AND they go really far, so you won't be repurchasing for some time):

MaraNatha Natural Creamy & Raw Almond Butter
Bob's Red Mill Unsweetened Medium Shredded Coconut
Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Good Flow Honey Company Raw Wildflower Honey
Lily's Baking Chips No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Stevia)

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are healthy and full of chocolate goodness!  In fact, I’ve heard they might even be more delicious than a real cupcake. They are full of clean ingredients and so easy to whip up!

Love the little white cupcake holders in the picture? You can purchase them on Amazon. HERE is the link!

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Chocolate Cupcakes
Diet Level:1
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Diet Level:1
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in your blender. Blend on high for about 2 minutes to form a nice batter.
  3. Fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes. (Check after 15 minutes. The tops should be firmer to the touch, puffed up similar to a soufflé. They may need 18 minutes.)
  5. Let cool on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

You can store in an airtight container for up to three days. If you opted to bake six larger cupcakes, increase cooking time to 20–25 minutes.

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

This lemon pound cake is just as rich and lemony as the one you get at Starbucks! However, it is sans the flour, sugar, butter, or oil!  This clean eating and grain-free treat has the perfect balance of tart and sweet. It is a great dessert dish to bring to a family gathering, baby shower or potluck.

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Lemon Pound Cake
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Diet Level:5
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, and add the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour into loaf pan.
  4. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. (Bake first 20 minutes covered with foil, then uncover and bake 20-25 minutes longer.)
Optional Frosting
  1. To make the optional frosting, mix ingredients for frosting and spread over loaf just before serving! (Leftovers can be stored in the fridge.)
Recipe Notes

Go HERE for a link to purchase Sweet Leaf Baking Stevia for this recipe. There are other brands available at HEB and Whole Foods.

Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt can be found at Whole Foods.

You can freeze slices of this cake and thaw out one slice at a time for a treat!

Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

Gluten-free! Grain-free! Refined sugar-free! What do these yummy cookies have? Healthy fat from coconut oil, antioxidants from cinnamon, and protein from hemp seeds.

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Sweet Potato Pie Cookies
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
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Diet Level:5
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Instructions
  1. Soak all 12 pitted dates in very warm water for at least 10 minutes to soften.
  2. In food processor or large bowl (if using immersion blender), combine the mashed sweet potato, coconut oil, 8 of the softened dates, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Add egg, flours, salt, baking soda and spices and combine until a soft dough forms (it may be sticky). If using a food processor, scoop dough into a mixing bowl. Fold in chopped walnuts, additional 4 chopped dates and hemp seeds (optional).
  3. Place bowl with dough in refrigerator, covered, and chill for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350° and begin to scoop tablespoon-size balls of dough, evenly spaced, on parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each ball so that it is roughly 1⁄4 inch thick.
  5. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or store in the refrigerator. May also freeze to enjoy later.
Recipe Notes

For a 40-Day Challenge Approved Vanilla Bean Powder, go to this link: CHALLENGE APPROVED FOODS

Sautéed Apples & Pears with Coconut Butter

Sautéed Apples & Pears with Coconut Butter

Incredibly easy and delicious!  No added sugar or sweeteners!!  If you don’t have coconut butter in your pantry, be creative and use another topping!

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Sautéed Apples & Pears with Coconut Butter
Diet Level:1
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Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Cook Time 10 Minutes
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  1. Heat a medium, well seasoned cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil.
  2. Once heated, add the apples and cook/stir one minute, then add the pears and combine.
  3. Sprinkle the salt evenly over the top and stir. Continue to cook until softened, about 3 minutes, adding any extra coconut oil and adjusting heat to lower, if needed.
  4. Adjust heat to low and sprinkle the cinnamon over apples and pears and stir. If mixture is very sticky, you can add a drop of water to thin it out. Once fruit is coated with cinnamon, soft and lightly browned, remove from heat.
  5. Microwave coconut butter in a glass dish in increments of 5 seconds until drippy, but not too hot.
  6. Drizzle over apples and pears to serve.
Plantains, Fried

Plantains, Fried

These fried plantains will make your knees buckle they are so tasty! Top them with cinnamon, butter, cashew yogurt, or anything else you like that is “challenge compliant!”

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Diet Level:6
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  1. Heat coconut oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Peel plantain by cutting off the ends and then scoring the peel twice to make it easy to peel. Peel should slip off easily this way.
  3. Slice plantain so you get medium-thick round slices.
  4. Fry plantains in coconut oil, making sure they don't touch each other. When the bottoms are golden brown, flip to brown the other side. With the back of a fork or spatula, press down on each one to flatten just a bit. Adjust the heat to avoid burning the second side.
  5. Remove from pan and add the butter, salt, cinnamon, and yogurt. Eat right away!
Banana Bread In A Mug

Banana Bread In A Mug

Banana bread in a mug?  How easy is that?  I love banana bread!!! The smell of it baking in the oven instantly makes me think of my sweet mama. This single-serving recipe is great for when you don’t want to commit to baking an entire loaf of banana bread and helps you portion control. To keep the texture moist, this recipe calls for a ripe banana instead of added oil or sugar.  The almond flour acts as a base and creates that craveable, bread-like texture.

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Banana Bread In A Mug
Diet Level:2
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Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a mug with coconut oil. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mash banana until soft and mushy. Stir in coconut milk and egg until just combined.
  4. Gradually stir in almond flour, cinnamon and nuts. Pour into greased mug.
  5. Place mug on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before eating.
Cinnamon-Cacao Coconut Custard

Cinnamon-Cacao Coconut Custard

Recipes that satisfy chocolate cravings, without compromising your health are hard to find!  This recipe definitely fills that void!!

Raw cacao powder contains magnesium, calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, sulfur and nearly twenty times the antioxidants found in blueberries. This combination of powerful phytochemicals has been linked to improving heart function, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing cancer risk. Consumption of cacao has also been shown to positively affect emotional health by increasing serotonin and theobromine levels, positively impacting mood and promoting relaxation and contentment.

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Cinnamon-Cacao Coconut Custard
Diet Level:1
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Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
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Category Desserts, Snacks
Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
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Diet Level:1
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Instructions
  1. Pour ½ cup water into a small dish with gelatin. Let set until gelatin is spongy, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. In a high-speed blender, blend avocado, coconut cream, cacao, bananas, cinnamon, vanilla powder and sea salt until thoroughly combined.
  3. Warm gelatin on the stovetop or in the microwave for about 30 seconds, not allowing it to boil.
  4. Remove gelatin from heat and mix in cacao coconut mixture until thoroughly combined.
  5. Place in individual ramekins and chill in refrigerator, until set (at least 4 hours, or overnight).
  6. Serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

Optional: Garnish with fresh berries, unsweetened cacao nibs, and/or unsweetened shredded coconut.

See CHALLENGE APPROVED FOODS page for recommendation for Collagen Gelatin, Vanilla Powder, and Cacao Powder.

Coconut Date Bites

Coconut Date Bites

Instead of reaching for typical candy and cookies filled with refined sugars, preservatives and saturated fats, have a coconut date bite! They can be made in 10 minutes, require no cooking or baking, and your family and friends will love them because they taste just like cookie dough! This is a great, fun recipe to make with kids too!

When you consume raw unprocessed foods that are not cooked above 104° F, your body metabolizes them much more efficiently, allowing your body to focus energy on other parts of your system, other than digestion. These gluten-free, raw, vegan bite-sized treats provide healthy fats, natural sugars, and macro-nutrients that will satisfy your sweet tooth, give you a little burst of energy, and keep you away from the candy dishes!

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Coconut Date Bites
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Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Category Desserts, Snacks
Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Diet Level:1
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Instructions
  1. Combine almonds, cashews, and coconut in a food processor or high powered blender.
  2. Pulse or blend until ingredients break down into small pieces but not into butter.
  3. Add dates and 1 Tbsp of water for moisture. Blend until a thick dough is formed.
  4. Remove the dough from your blender and stir in cacao nibs.
  5. With a measuring spoon, divide the dough into 10 balls, at 1 tablespoon each.
  6. Place in mini cupcake liners and store in a container in the freezer. Cool for 20 minutes before consuming.
Recipe Notes

A word about cacao nibs. Be careful when purchasing. As always, READ THOSE INGREDIENT LISTS!! For example, at HEB there are two brands that look the same at first glance. However, if you notice, there is one little word inserted in the name..."sweet"...  If you read the ingredient list of the "sweet" version, they have added "certified organic cane juice" so it is NOT your best choice. The other one is totally unsweetened. So, although they BOTH say "natural" and "organic," if you don't look carefully, you could make a wrong choice!

Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Nibs (CHOOSE THIS ONE!)

Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Sweet Nibs

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