Category Archives: Dessert

25 Healthy & Fun Game Day Recipes

25 Healthy and Fun Game Day Recipes | Guess Who's Cooking | Recipes are mostly  minimally processed, plant-based, and low in added sugar and refined flours. Perfect for the Super Bowl!

Looking for a healthier recipe to share during the big game? Here are 25 recipes that are healthy, fun and delicious. For those with special needs or tastes, many recipes are:

  • Made with whole, real foods
  • Vegan
  • Lower-carb
  • No-sugar-added

Appetizers, Sides, & Snacks

Asian Cole Slaw

Baked Falafel

Bean & Corn Dip

Brussels Sprouts Chips

Chex Mix Pumpkin Seeds

Eggplant “Fries”

Mexican Zucchini Fritters

Pizza Hummus

Rosemary Sesame Pecans

Salt and Vinegar Pumpkin Seeds

Savory Roasted Chickpeas

Vegetarian Baked Beans (lower sugar)

 

Entrees

Cajun Meatloaf

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

Fishy Nuggets

Mexican Taco Meatloaf

Personal Portabello Pizzas

Pizza Omelet

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

White Chicken Chili (dairy-free)

 

Desserts

Black Bean Brownies

Buckeyes

Chickpea Blondies

 

Chickpea Blondies Have More Fun

These blondies are made with pureed chickpeas and contain no flour. They are vegan, dairy-free, grain-free, and gluten-free, assuming you don’t use honey or chocolate chips with dairy. These blondies are moist and delicious, and no one will know that they are made from chickpeas! They would make an excellent healthier holiday gift.
Chickpea Blondies - healthier, vegan, grain free, gluten free, dairy free. Guesswhoscooking.com

Chickpea Blondies

Serves 9
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
These chickpea blondies are flour-less, gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be made 100% vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (for greasing)
  • 1 can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave (or honey, if not vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips (look for vegan chocolate if you want 100% vegan or dairy-free blondies)
  • coarse sea salt or Himalayan salt (for sprinkling)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil.
Step 2
In a food processor, puree all remaining ingredients except for chocolate chips and salt. Blend until completely smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, then spoon batter into prepared baking pan.
Step 3
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool, then cut into squares and sprinkle lightly with salt.

Chickpea Blondies - healthier, vegan, grain free, gluten free, dairy free. Guesswhoscooking.com

Triple Sesame Cookies

These lower-sugar cookies contain 3 types of sesame – white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, and tahini, or ground sesame seeds. They have a strong sesame flavor and are slightly bitter, making them a delightfully unusual cookie! You can use only white sesame seeds if you can’t find black sesame seeds, which are often found in the international section of the grocery store.
Triple Sesame Cookies - lower-sugar, flourless & gluten free. guesswhoscooking.com

Triple Sesame Cookies

These unique lower-sugar cookies use 3 types of sesame and are a delightfully unusual treat! These easy cookies are flourless, gluten-free, dairy-free, and lower-carb.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 30 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2
Combine tahini, sugar, egg, vanilla, white sesame seeds, and stevia. Stir well to combine.
Step 3
Place the black sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Scoop about 1/2-1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, then roll in the black sesame seeds, or dip one side of the ball into the seeds. Place onto the cookie sheet and press down to flatten slightly. These cookies won't spread or rise, so they will maintain whatever shape you create now.
Step 4
Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until bottom edges are light golden brown. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Triple Sesame Cookies - lower-sugar, flourless & gluten free. guesswhoscooking.com

Triple Sesame Cookies - lower-sugar, flourless & gluten free. guesswhoscooking.com

Triple Sesame Cookies - lower-sugar, flourless & gluten free. guesswhoscooking.com

Dairy-Free Indian Carrot Pudding (Gajar Halwa)

Dairy-Free Indian Carrot Pudding (Gajar Halwa) - vegan dessert. guesswhoscooking.com

Carrots for dessert? Hey, don’t act like you’ve never had carrot cake! Although this recipe may sound strange, the light sweetness, intriguing blend of spices, and  tender carrots combine to become one extraordinary dessert! Traditional gajar halwa usually calls for milk and butter or ghee, clarified butter. This recipe contains neither, making it dairy-free and vegan.

Indian Carrot Pudding (Gajar Halwa)

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

  • 1lb carrots, peeled, shredded (about 6-8 carrots)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (or regular raisins)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/4 cup toasted nuts, such as cashews, pistachios, or almonds

Directions

Step 1
Heat almond milk in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add carrots and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 2
When there is only a little liquid left, add coconut oil, sugar/honey, raisins, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, and salt. Stir and simmer for another 5-10 minutes, until the pudding has thickened and little to no liquid remains.. Stir in stevia.
Step 3
Scoop pudding into serving bowl or individual bowls and garnish with nuts and a few raisins. Serve warm or cold.

Pear Clafoutis

Pear Clafoutis - dairy free and gluten free. guesswhoscooking.com
Clafoutis is a French baked fruit dessert, but is traditionally made with milk/cream, sugar, butter, and flour, which aren’t the healthiest ingredients. This recipe calls for only 2 tablespoons of added sugar and leaves out the other undesirable ingredients.

Pear Clafoutis

Serves 6-8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Clafoutis is a French baked fruit dessert, but is traditionally made with milk/cream, sugar, butter, and flour, which aren't the healthiest ingredients. This recipe calls for only 2 tablespoons of added sugar and leaves out the other undesirable ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large bosc pears (unpeeled (but peel if you'd like))
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (drinkable kind)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour (you could probably use regular flour (whole wheat or white) if you'd like)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (such as turbinado)
  • 24 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 tablespoon pear brandy (I actually used amaretto vodka)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • coconut oil for greasing pan
  • cinnamon for garnish

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9" pie plate or cast iron skillet.
Step 2
In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients except pears and cinnamon until well combined (about 1 minute). Batter will be thin, like crepe batter.
Step 3
Cut pears into quarters, lengthwise, then remove the core. Slice pears lengthwise, and lay in the greased pan. Pour the batter over the pears and place in the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Garnish with cinnamon.

Pear Clafoutis - dairy free and gluten free. guesswhoscooking.com

Pear Clafoutis - dairy free and gluten free. guesswhoscooking.com

Pear Clafoutis - dairy free and gluten free. guesswhoscooking.com

Breakfast Bites (Vegan)

Breakfast Cookies - vegan, no added sugar, healthy. www.guesswhoscooking.com

These breakfast cookies are vegan and are healthier than most other breakfast pastries. Although there is no added sugar, there is still a decent amount of natural sugar from the fruit, so don’t overdo these! Pair a cookie or two for breakfast with a protein source for a quick and balanced breakfast.

Breakfast Cookies

Serves 12-20 cookies
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
These breakfast cookies are vegan and are healthier than most other breakfast pastries. Although there is no added sugar, there is still a decent amount of natural sugar from the fruit, so don't overdo these! Pair a cookie or two for breakfast with a protein source for a quick and balanced breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup raisins or other dried fruit
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon oil (such as virgin coconut oil) (for greasing)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with oil, such as coconut oil.
Step 2
In a medium bowl, mash the bananas (using a potato masher, whisk, or fork).
Step 3
Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
Step 4
Drop cookie batter onto cookie sheet. Shape the cookies because they will not expand. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 5
Let cool for a few minutes, then move cookies to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.
Before baking
Before baking

 

Breakfast Cookies - vegan, no added sugar, healthy. www.guesswhoscooking.com

Nutrition Facts:

Serving size – 1 cookie (1/18th recipe)

Calories 61

Total fat 1g (1%)

Saturated fat 0g (1%)

Sodium 1mg (0%)

Total carbohydrate 14g (5%)

Dietary fiber 2g (6%)

Sugar 6g

Protein 1g

 

 

 

Fudgy Flour-less (Black Bean) Brownies

Fudgy Flour-less Brownie Recipe - grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and good source of protein and fiber. Follow GuessWhosCooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin & Pinterest.com/guesswhoscookin

Ingredients

1 can black beans, rinsed well and drained

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar (raw sugar, coconut sugar, etc.)

3 large eggs

3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, plus about 1 teaspoon for greasing pan

1-1/2 -to 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or mini chocolate chips)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

20 drops liquid stevia

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan with coconut oil. In a food processor, puree all ingredients except chocolate, until very smooth. Fold in chocolate pieces or chips. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, until set.

Note – Once baked, I topped the brownies with a light sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt.

Gooey Brownies Made With Cauliflower

Cauliflower Brownie – GuessWhosCooking.com – gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, low carb

You were intrigued enough to check out this recipe, so don’t dismiss it just yet! Yes, these are brownies made with cauliflower, but they do not taste like vegetables. These will probably be some of the most moist and gooey chocolate brownies you’ll ever try. I have gotten tons of great feedback on this recipe and it’s been a hit at parties. Just give it a try!

This recipe is based off Chocolate Covered Katie’s “Chocolate Cake… with a crazy ingredient!”: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/06/18/cauliflower-chocolate-cake/

 

Ingredients

4 cups cauliflower florets

1 1/2 cups almond meal

2 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum-free preferred)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt (Himalayan or sea salt preferred)

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup flax meal

1/2 cup sweetener or equivalent (such as coconut sugar, erythritol, etc.)

3/4 mini chocolate chips (dark chocolate if possible, or 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate bar)

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

20 drops liquid stevia or more, to taste

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk of choice)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large cake or pie pan with virgin coconut oil. You could probably bake these in a 13×9 pan or cut the recipe in half and bake it in an 8×8 pan, but I have not tried it… yet. Steam cauliflower until it is almost fork tender, but not fully cooked. You could also use frozen cauliflower, thawed. In a food processor, blend almond milk, vanilla, stevia, and add cauliflower, about 1 cup at a time. Blend until very smooth and completely combined. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients – almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, flax meal, sweetener, and chocolate chips. Combine all ingredients and pour into greased pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the brownies don’t jiggle when you shake the pan. They may be gooey on the inside, but they are best this way, and there are no raw eggs, so they don’t need to be fully cooked. Allow to cool before cutting. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Cauliflower Brownie - GuessWhosCooking.com - gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, low carb