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  • Writer's pictureKourtney

Healthier Seasonal Desserts

With Christmas right around the corner, I get a lot of questions about healthier, more blood-sugar-friendly dessert options. In this post, I will share some of my favorite recipes for you to enjoy!


Sugar Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, melted (may use coconut oil if DF)

  • 1 cup raw cane sugar

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

  • 2 pasture-raised eggs

  • 2 scoops collagen

  • 1 c cassava flour

  • 1/2 c coconut flour

  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Steps:

  • Using an electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter

  • Add in the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract

  • In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients

  • Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients

  • Start to form circles/balls on a parchment paper-lined baking tray and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. The dough will be sticky; this is completely normal! If you are having trouble with the dough, wet your hands or spray them with avocado oil. Alternatively, put the dough in the refrigerator for an hour to harden up. You will not be able to make normal dough balls with the dough if you do not refrigerate it; you will have to use a spoon or your fingers to form a round shape.

  • Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown


Chocolate Chip cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c softened grass-fed ghee or butter

  • 1/2 c organic raw cane sugar

  • 1/2 cup c organic brown coconut sugar (may substitute for organic brown sugar)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 pasture-raised eggs

  • 1 1/4 c cassava flour

  • 2 scoops collagen

  • 1/2 tsp baking

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 dark chocolate bar (I like the Evolved brand or Hu Kitchen brand, but any will do. Look for one with minimal ingredients!)

Steps:

  • Start by creaming together the sugars and butter in a large bowl.

  • Once combined, add in your vanilla, followed by the eggs

  • In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients.

  • Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (work in batches here!)

  • Chop up your dark chocolate bar and add it to the dough

  • Start to form balls on a parchment paper-lined baking tray and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. The dough will be sticky; this is completely normal! If you are having trouble with the dough, wet your hands or spray them with avocado oil. Alternatively, put the dough in the refrigerator for an hour to harden up.

  • Top with coarse sea salt when fresh out of the oven, and let set for at least 15 minutes!


Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Kalona whole milk (use coconut milk if dairy free)

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice (I like raw honey, pure maple syrup, organic cane sugar, or coconut sugar!)

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla bean extract

  • 1 tbsp cacao

  • Ginger to taste (optional!)

  • 1 scoop collagen

Steps:

  • Heat the milk on the stove over low-medium heat

  • While the milk is heating up, mix the egg yolk and the sugar in your mug

  • Add the vanilla to the egg-sugar mixture

  • Once the milk is heated, add the cacao and collagen (and ginger, if using!)

  • Pour the warm milk over the mixture in your mug and mix to combine

  • Enjoy!


Baked apples with cream and chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 Honeycrisp apple

  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter

  • ½ cup fresh apple juice (can be store-bought with no additional ingredients)

  • Cinnamon

  • drizzle of lemon juice

  • 1 date chopped

  • 1-2 oz quality chocolate

  • 1 dollop quality cream

  • 1 tbsp collagen


Steps

  • Core the apple from the top (be sure not to puncture the bottom, or the filling will leak out!)

  • Simmer apple juice in a small saucepan until 1-2 tbsp are left

  • Add grass-fed butter, collagen, cinnamon, and lemon juice to the saucepan. Melt, stir and remove all ingredients.

  • Stir in your chopped date + half of the chocolate into the melted butter mixture and pour into the center of the apple. Pour the remaining ½ of the apple juice into the bottom of the baking pan.

  • Cook the apple in a baking dish at 350 degrees for 45-60min.

  • Add one dollop of cream.

  • Melt the remaining chocolate over the entire apple and cream.


White Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts

  • 3 tbsp raw honey

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 c cacao butter

  • 2 tbsp milk powder

Steps:

  • Use a double boiler to melt the cacao butter over low heat

  • Pulse the nuts in a food processor until a crumble forms, and they begin to stick together.

  • Add in the remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined.

  • Press into a parchment paper-lined tin and chill in the fridge.

  • Cut into squares when hardened.

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