Healthy Recipes

Healthy Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving!

At IdealShape, we’re grateful for recipes that let us satisfy that sweet tooth without the guilt!

This Thanksgiving, forgo the pre-made desserts filled with artificial junk and more sugar than you’d ever imagine, and craft one (or all three) of these scrumptious desserts instead!

Coconut Truffles

coconut-ball

Ingredients:

1/4 c toasted old fashioned oats
1/2 c natural peanut butter
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1/4 c chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

Toast oats in a skillet on medium heat for 10 minutes. In the meantime, combine the rest of the ingredients except for the coconut. Mix really well with a fork. When the oats are finished toasting, chop them a little in a food processor or blender. Put into the mix and combine well.

Put coconut into a bowl for rolling onto the balls.

If your mix is too sticky to handle, set in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. Make small balls about 3/4 of an inch across, roll in your hands and then roll in the almonds. Voila! Store in fridge in an airtight container.

Why it’s healthy: oats, peanut butter, chocolate, honey, vanilla and coconut all pass the “naturally sweet” test! 

You can also add cinnamon, oats or peanut butter to your IdealShake!

Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin coffee cake

Ingredients:

1 c oat flour (1 ¼ c. oats, blended)
2 scoops Vanilla IdealShake 
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
4 egg whites
3/4 c Splenda or another sugar-free sweetener
8 oz pumpkin
4 oz water

Frosting:

4 oz low-fat cream cheese
1/2 c Splenda or another sugar-free sweetener
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients well. Mix wet ingredients. Combine. Pour into an 8×8 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Spread frosting over cooled pumpkin bars.

Why it’s healthy: you can’t go wrong with spices, egg whites, pumpkin and the sweetener of YOUR choice! 

“Apple Pie” Baked Apples

Baked apple stuffed with honey, raisins and nuts

Ingredients:

4 large apples
3/4 c whole oats
3/4 c chopped pecans
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 pinch allspice
3 tbsp. sugar-free maple syrup
3/4 c water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine oats, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and maple syrup and mix thoroughly. Remove the apple cores without cutting through to the bottom of the apples and scoop out a little flesh. Fill the apple centers with the oat mixture.

Place apples in a small baking dish and add water to the bottom of the dish. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the apples. You want them to be tender but not mushy. If a knife easily slides through, then they are done. Remove from oven and serve warm.

Why it’s healthy: fruits, oats, and nuts are all nutrient-rich, and a perfect blend of spices keeps things low sugar… so you can justify a little dollop of cream or ice cream! 

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Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer


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