5 guilt-free treats the whole family can enjoy
Looking for delicious desserts you can eat without feeling guilty? In need of a simple, healthy ice cream recipe your kids will love? Or a sweet treat to wow your dinner party guests?
Here are 5 gluten and dairy free desserts the whole family can enjoy – they are low in sugar and perfect for sharing at barbecues and picnics too.
This delicious almond and plum crumble is always a favourite – who doesn’t love a crumble! Plums not only taste amazing, they are also rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium and antioxidants (to prevent cell damage). Oats provide a good source of fibre to aid digestion and healthy bowel motions. Cinnamon and ginger bring warmth and aroma, and they are great herbs for digestion and blood sugar metabolism. It can be served on its own, hot or cold, or with a coconut milk custard.
This refreshing granita makes the perfect dessert in summer as it’s light, cooling and fruity. Pomegranates are packed with important nutrients including vitamin E, folate, magnesium, calcium and iron. Plus, they are rich in a type of antioxidant called polyphenols which help reduce the damaging effect of environmental toxins. Pomegranates have shown to be helpful for inhibiting certain types of cancer cells (prostate, breast, lung, skin), decreasing inflammation, lowering blood pressure and preventing amyloid plaque build-up (these are the plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease).
Another delightful dessert for a summer’s day, this vegan, sugar-free berry ice cream is simple and quick to make – and it tastes superb! Made with four ingredients, you can whip it up in no time. Raspberries are found in abundance from July to September and you can buy them in bulk direct from your local farm or farmer’s market. It’s a great idea to make batches of ice cream to last all summer. Baobab powder is made from the fruit of the baobab tree (also known as the tree of life), a native tree in the tropical regions of Africa and Australia. It is rich in vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants and has shown to aid blood sugar metabolism, weight loss and digestion.
Kombucha is a fermented drink made from tea that is well known for its gut-healing, immune boosting and energy promoting properties. Fermented foods and drinks provide a source of live probiotics; these are beneficial microorganisms that support digestion and balance gut bacteria. This vegan cheesecake combines kombucha, creamy cashews and fibre-rich oats to make a mouth-watering dessert that you can eat guilt-free. You can make one large one or lots of mini cheesecakes using a muffin dish.
With a soft gooey centre and coconut and date crumb base, this pecan pie pudding is always a winner with the whole family. A decadent dessert that is both dairy and gluten-free with natural sweetness from the dates. Cinnamon is an excellent herb for balancing blood sugar levels and pecans provide a good source of protein to further anchor blood sugars.