by Nora Tobin for SHAPE.com
I love dessert, but cookies and milk every night don't exactly keep my body camera ready. My secret for enjoying sweets without packing on extra pounds? Homemade vegan treats!
Why vegan? I used to eat an assortment of everything (in moderation). But when I faced surgery to help treat my stomach problems a few years ago, I took the advice of my good friend and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Freston and gradually adopted a vegan diet instead. The result? All the pain went away. Plus, I lost weight, my hair and skin look healthier than ever before, and I have more energy. The best part: I don't feel deprived!
Here are three vegan desserts I love! They not only taste amazing, but they're sugar-free, packed with nutrients, and super easy to make. So go ahead: Have your strawberry shortcake and eat it too!
Raw vegan cocoa bites...yum!1. Vegan raw cocoa bites:
1 c dates
1 c walnuts and almonds
3/4 c raw cocoa
2 ripe bananas
4 Tbsp raw almond butter
4 Tbsp honey
Directions: Combine the dates, walnuts, almonds, and 1/4c raw cocoa in a food processor. Spread the mixture evenly in a glass pan.
Combine the bananas, almond butter, honey, and 1/2c raw cocoa in a mixing bowl . Spread this mixture on top of the first layer in the glass pan. Place it in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.
¼ c honey
2 ½ Tbsp baking powder
¼ Tbsp salt
6 Tbsp Earth Balance Butter (cut into pieces)
½ c almond, soy, or rice milk
Strawberries, sliced and chilled
Directions: Set aside the strawberries and honey and combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Form 8 biscuits with the resultingdough and place them on a floured cutting board while you work. Transfer the biscuits to an oiled cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Add sliced strawberries on top and drizzle honey on each warm cake. Enjoy!8 sliced apricots
2 c. berries
1 ½ c. oats
½ c. cornmeal
5 Tbsp applesauce
¾ c. almond, soy or rice milk
3 Tbsp. flaxseed
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp salt
3 Tbsp honey or agave nectar
½ c. almonds, pecans, or walnuts (optional)
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a largemixing bowl. Spread the mixture evenly in a glass pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. It's that simple!
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