I am really happy to make this post!  I have just about EVERYBODY always asking me, Griff how can I satisfy my sweet tooth for dessert?  The answer is two-fold:  1- You have to redefine what “sweet” is.  If you are used to eating sugar and junk food everyday, then the following recipes may not do it for you for the first little while, BUT your taste buds WILL begin to adapt and appreciate a sweet treat as posted.  Give it some time and be patient!  Don’t judge it and throw it out upon your first bite.  Your taste buds really do change with time…give it a try and you will become a believer!  Eventually the sweet treats and junk food that you may enjoy now will become less and less appealing and you will love it when I continue to give you cool recipes like these…your welcome!

2-Remeber that these sweet healthy treat should also be consumed with moderation.  Sometimes people think that to “satisfy” their sweet tooth means to become full to the brim!  No matter how healthy the treat is it will still catch up to you if consumed in excess.

CHOCOLATY GOODNESS
By Linda Melone
Makes 24
INGREDIENTS:
  •  Olive oil cooking spray
  •  6 oz dark bittersweet chocolate, broken up
  •  3 large egg whites
  •  1 1/2 cups Sucanat, divided
  •  1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  •  1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  •  4 1/2 tsp arrowroot powder

 

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1.  Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly mist 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2.  Place chocolate in a microwavable bowl and heat on high until chocolate melts, approximately 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3.  Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup Sucanat and continue beating until mixture appears creamy. Add vanilla.
  4.  In a separate small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup Sucanat, cocoa and arrowroot powder, then beat into egg whites on low speed.
  5.  Stir in warm chocolate and continue stirring gently until mixture thickens.
  6.  Place rounded tablespoons of batter onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Cool on sheet pans for an additional 10 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.

 

NUTRIENTS per cookie:
CALORIES: 90 SUGARS: 14 g
TOTAL FAT: 3 g PROTEIN: 1 g
SAT. FAT: 1.5 g SODIUM: 15 mg
CARBS: 16 g CHOLESTEROL: 0 mg
FIBER: 1 g

 

SUNNY ANDERSON’S FRUIT SALAD
By Sunny Anderson
Serves 4 Hands-on time 10 minutes Total time 45 minutes
INGREDIENTS:
  •  1 cup halved green seedless grapes
  •  1 cup quartered strawberries
  •  1/2 cup blueberries
  •  2 tbsp raw honey
  •  1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  •  1 tsp poppy seeds
  •  1/4 cup unsalted pistachios
  •  1/4 cup unsalted walnuts
  •  1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt

 

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Toss grapes, strawberries, blueberries, honey, lime juice and poppy seeds together in a bowl and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. In a pan over medium heat, toast pistachios and walnuts for about 5 minutes or until fragrant, making sure to constantly stir or toss nuts. Roughly chop toasted nuts and toss them with fruit. Serve a scoop of fruit salad with a dollop of yogurt.

 

NUTRIENTS per serving (about 3/4 cup salad and 2 tbsp yogurt):
CALORIES: 204 SUGARS: 21 g
TOTAL FAT: 9.5 g PROTEIN: 5 g
SAT. FAT: 1 g SODIUM: 24 mg
CARBS: 28 g CHOLESTEROL: 2.5 mg
FIBER: 3 g

Well there you have it my friends!  Your feedback is always greatly appreciated!  Life is good!

Griff

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