Tis the season of pecan pie, Christmas pudding, and cookies galore! But if you're on a low carb diet, or simply just trying to cut back, holiday parties can be difficult to navigate. Worse still, if you struggle with blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar balance issues, regular desserts can literally kill!
Instead of holding back, this holiday season, bring a dessert to the party that is deliciously decadent, but great for your health too! Especially when the dessert is based in CHOCOLATE! And guess what, when you cut out all the processing, all the extra added sugars and fats, and replace them with all natural ingredients like anti-oxidant rich cocoa powder, heart-healthy coconut, and maple syrup, not only do you NOT miss the regular dessert, your jeans will also thank you afterwards. It may be a lot simpler than you think, and uses some easy to access ingredients!
1. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
This recipe is low carb (especially if using sugar replacement like erythritol or xylitol), vegan, and loaded full of rich chocolaty flavor and anti-oxidants!
3 large ripe Haas Avocados
1/3 cup Maple Syrup (or sugar replacement)
3/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder (not the sugary hot cocoa stuff, but just the pure dark chocolate powder)
Mix all ingredients in a food processor and pulse till smooth and silky! This is extremely easy to make, takes no time at all, and is bound to be a party favorite! You can spice it up more by filling some popsicle molds and freezing to make healthy fudgesicles! Serves 3-4 people.
2. Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake
Don't know what to serve for dessert? How about a 2 Minute, Microwave chocolate mug cake?! This recipe comes from healthy food blogger Lisa Bryan and is incredibly easy, classy, delicious, and best of all, great for you!
Ingredients (per individual mug)
1/4 cup almond flour
2 tbsp cacao powder
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
Whisk all ingredients together in a measuring cup, pour batter into mug and microwave 1-2 minutes or until cake is cooked through.
*Photo courtesy of allrecipes.com*
3. Minty Chocolate Bark
It's not Christmas without a little bit of peppermint bark! But skip all the added processed sugar, artificial flavorings and dyes, this recipe is so simple but oh so very delicious!
Simply melt the dark chocolate, mix in the peppermint, spread thinly onto non-stick surface, and let set!
8 oz of 60-70% Cacao Dark Chocolate (use sugar free dark chocolate if low carb)
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Sundry nuts/dried fruit for topping if you wish.