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Healthy Desserts? Yes, it can be done!!

on March 31, 2012

We saved the best for last!  What would a healthy favorites week be without desserts?!?  We have posted 2 of our favorite healthier versions of traditional desserts that are nutritious and lack the fat and abundance of sugar that most have.  Enjoy!

Healthy Brownies

1 1/4 C Black beans (canned work well)

3/4 C Vegetable or Canola oil (I used Safflower oil, you can also use coconut oil which gives them a slightly nutty flavor)

3 Eggs

1/3 C Unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 C Sugar

3T Vanilla extract

3/4 C Semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 42% cacao chips)

1/2 C White or whole-wheat pastry flour

3/4T Baking powder

3/4T Salt

Preparation:

1. Prepare 9×11 pan and preheat over to 350F.

2. Puree beans with oil in blender or food processor.  Add eggs, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla.  Mix well.

3. Melt half of the chocolate chips, (I used the microwave), add to the mix.

4. Add flour, baking powder, and salt to mix and stir until blended.  Pour into pan and bake for 20 minutes.

5. Let cool 15 minutes before cutting.  Makes 20-24.

Adapted From: http://www.foodnetwork.com

Peach and Blackberry Cobbler

2 1/4 C Whole-wheat flour, divided

8 C Chopped and peeled peaches

1/4 C Honey or agave nectar

3T Lemon juice

3/4T Salt, divided

3C Blackberries (I actually used frozen because my market was out of fresh and it was fine)

3/4C Raw sugar

1T Lemon rind

1T Baking powder

6T Chilled butter cut into small pieces

1 1/4C Low-fat buttermilk (I have also used almond milk in this, I just reduced the amount slightly to make the batter thicker)

2T Turbinado sugar (I usually omit)

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 400F

2. Toss 1/4C flour, honey, 1/4T salt, peaches, and lemon juice in large bowl.  Let stand for 15 minutes then fold in blackberries.

3. Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Then scoop in fruit mixture into pan.

4. Combine 2C flour, lemon rind, baking powder, raw sugar and 1/2T salt in bowl and stir.  Blend in butter until it looks like a coarse meal.  Then add buttermilk and mix until smooth.

5. Drop dough on top of fruit mixture creating 12 even mounds with dough. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar if desired.

6. Bake at 400F for 40 minutes until golden brown and bubbly on top.

Adapted From: Cooking Light

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