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Acorn Squash Dessert with Apples and Walnuts

Acorn Squash Dessert with Apples and Walnuts

acorn squash apple walnut dessert maple syrup Even though it’s Fall, it sure doesn’t feel like it here in Arizona. What a wonderful November day. So to make it seem more like Autumn, I needed to make something Fall-ish. I previously made and Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Apple dish so this time I wanted to make something more dessert like. This turned out awesome. Sweet and savory.

acorn squash apple walnut dessert maple syrup It reminds me of the sweetness of sweet potatoes and the tanginess of a walnut apple tart. Great combination of flavors. Top this with a scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream and you got yourself a dream dessert.

acorn squash apple walnut dessert maple syrup Not only is this dessert tasty tasty but it’s healthy (gluten free and vegetarian). You know how I love healthy disguised as delicious 🙂  Seriously, you do not need processed foods to have a satisfying sweet dessert.

The hubby said this tasted like a country apple pie, especially with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Acorn Squash Dessert with Apples and Walnuts
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Dessert, Snack, Vegetarian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 medium acorn squash, cut in half lengthwise with seeds cleaned out
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee (can sub with butter)
  • 4 Tablespoons walnuts, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cup apple, peeled, cored and cubed small
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon ghee and brush over the cut side of squash.
  3. Add enough water to cover the bottom of a large pan (with sides), place squash cut side up in pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until tender.
  4. While squash is baking, heat remaining ghee in a pan and sauté onion for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.
  5. Add apple to onion and cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring to combine.
  6. Add raisins, walnuts and maple syrup. Cover and cook on low for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are tender.
  7. Stir in sage, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  8. Spoon stuffing into squash cavities and bake 15 to 20 minutes more, adding more water to the pan if necessary.
  9. Optional serving suggestion: Top each half with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Tropical Island Popsicles – No Sugar Added

Tropical Island Popsicles – No Sugar Added

popsicle tropical island banana coconut raw honey paleo vegan pineapple raspberry

If you’ve read any of my other dessert articles you know of my hubby’s wicked sweet tooth. He likes all sweets, healthy and processed unfortunately. So it makes me feel good to keep healthy sweets in the house.

popsicle tropical island banana coconut raw honey paleo vegan pineapple raspberry

One of his favorite treats is Outshine Bars but I don’t like the list of ingredients in them. The list below is for the coconut pineapple coconut water version.

Ingredients:

COCONUT WATER FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, COCONUT WATER CONCENTRATE), SUGAR, PINEAPPLE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, GUAR GUM, CAROB BEAN GUM, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR.

See what I mean? Modified corn starch in a Popsicle? And the ever ambiguous “natural flavor”. When I was out shopping a few weeks ago I came across a cute little Popsicle mold set for like $6.99 so it was my mission to make some yummy healthy low-ingredient frozen treats for my man. Plus, I love kitchen gadget things.

This recipe only has 5 ingredients and I can pronounce every single one. 

popsicle tropical island banana coconut raw honey paleo vegan pineapple raspberry

UPDATE: I made this tropical version and before I knew it, hubby ate them all. He just asked “hey, you got any more of those Popsicles?”. I told him we didn’t have any more pineapple but I had some frozen black berries. He said to go for it. I used all of the other same ingredients but swapped pineapple for blackberries. These are now my new favorite. I’m a little peaved that I have to share them.

popsicle tropical island banana coconut raw honey paleo vegan pineapple raspberry

Tropical Island Popsicles
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Paleo
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  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (I use the Trader Joe brand)
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 2½ cups fresh pineapple or fruit of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 Tablespoons raw honey
Instructions
  1. Pour coconut milk in blender first, followed by all other ingredients.
  2. I recommend putting the raw honey in the middle of the ingredients so it doesn't get stuck at the top or the bottom in the blender.
  3. Blend until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Pour into Popsicle molds and put in the freezer for 3 - 4 hours.
  5. I ran the Popsicle mold under warm water until the Popsicle slid out easily.
  6. Nom nom nom.

Healthy Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

Four ingredients (5 if you count the ice cubes) and super chocolaty rich. Hubby’s wicked sweet tooth totally approves of these. He puts his in the freezer for an hour to eat with a spoon or sometimes as popsicles. It just depends on his mood.

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

In the summer I like to keep different organic fruits in the freezer (Target usually has them the cheapest around me) and keep a few cans of organic coconut milk in the pantry (usually Trader Joe’s brand). That way I’ve already got 1/2 of the ingredients I use in my smoothies, frosty treats and popsicles.

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie - Dairy-Free,
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (I used canned Trader Joe's brand)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup frozen cherries, pitted and no sugar added
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 - 10 ice cubes
  • Optional: 1 packet of organic stevia
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender. I used a Nutribullet.
  2. You can drink it as is or put it in the freezer for an hour and you have a chocolate cherry slushie that you can eat with a spoon.
  3. *If you like your treats really really sweet, you can stir in a packet of stevia. Depends on your taste buds.

 

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Mango Salsa – Peppadew Pepper

Peppadew Pepper Mango Salsa

peppadew pepper sweet spicy salsa mango jalepeno

This fruity healthy salsa can be used so many different ways.  On fish tacos, chicken, pork or even…ice cream.

Don’t laugh, top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with this salsa. The sweet and spice of the salsa dances with the creamy sweet ice cream on your taste buds beautifully. Seriously, it’s really good.

This recipe is really easy and has one of my all time favorite peppers, Peppadew.  I love this pepper because it’s got a great mild kick to it and it’s sweet too. Plus it adds a nice pop of color to your salsa.  I put these peppers in my scrambled eggs, on portabella pizzas and in my stuffed peppers too.  They have a mild heat combined with sweet. I love them so much!

peppadew pepper spicy sweet piquante red

I have found Peppadew peppers at World Market and Whole Foods but Amazon also sells them here. I usually only use 3 or 4 per whatever recipe I’m making so the jar lasts me a while.  This is a super versatile pepper. I love them so much (in case you didn’t read that the first time)!

Peppadew Pepper Mango Salsa
 
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  • 1 large Mango (about 1¼ cup of peeled, seeded and diced small)
  • 1 de-seeded and diced small jalepeno
  • A few sprigs of fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 or 4 Peppadew peppers chopped small or ¼ cup red bell pepper for color
  • ½ tbsp orange juice
  • Juice from a large fresh lime or 2 small limes (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 chopped green onions (the green stem part, not the white bulb)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and serve with fish, chicken, pork or top a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  2. I always make more than necessary for the recipe because I always find another way to use it.

 

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Frozen Yogurt Blueberries

Frozen Yogurt Blueberries

With another snowstorm upon us in the Midwest, staying inside and keeping warm sounds just about right.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend it’s hot as blazes outside.  I mean we don’t stop eating ice cream do we?  Warm and cozy inside or hot as blazes outside still calls for a delicious sweet treat.

What do you get when you combine frozen blueberries and Greek yogurt?  A sweet, nutritious, kid friendly snack that everyone will love.  Even non-yogurt lovers!

Until recently I have never ever been a fan of yogurt of any kind.  Trust me, I wanted to love it.  My husband eats it like it was going out of style.  But I recently found a way to love Greek yogurt and I can’t believe how simple it is.

Ingredients:

  • Organic blueberries (I used fresh)
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt (or any flavor of your choice)

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Directions:

Seriously, these are so easy that you will be like “is that it”?

  • Line a pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil if you have no parchment paper.  I used a glass pan because I like how cold they get.
  • Using a toothpick, dip each blueberry in the yogurt of your choice.  Get it nice and covered.  Place it on the parchment paper.  Try not to let them touch otherwise they will all freeze in one big clump. 

blueberry greek yogurt organic fiber snack sweet treat dairy fruit frozen

  • Place pan in freezer for about an hour.
  • Take pan out, enjoy fruity yogurt treat.
  • IF you have any leftovers just keep them in the freezer covered until the next time.

blueberry greek yogurt organic fiber snack sweet treat dairy fruit frozen

These are a delicious and fun healthy alternative to high sugar popsicles and ice cream.  But I’m not waiting until summer, these are too good to wait for.

You can use this same technique with green grapes or even raspberries using any flavor of Greek yogurt.  Let the kids make up their own flavor combinations.

See, I told you they were easy.    Enjoy.