Desserts are everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure, but many people still hold back on sweets for the sake of nutrition. To that point, EUFIC notes that high consumption of desserts containing added sugars can increase risk for numerous preventable diseases. It is in fact best not to load up on these kinds of desserts.
By contrast, natural sugars coming from whole grains, fruits, and/or vegetables are not of the same concern because they come along with other nutrients your body needs, like vitamins and minerals. And it just so happens that these foods are the very elements contained in most vegan desserts. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some quick, easy, and even healthy desserts that you can make for yourself at home.
Of note, the first recipe I provide here is not vegan, but could be made vegan if you substitute the egg with other ingredients; a “flaxseed egg” made with flaxseed and water is one idea.
Healthy Banana Coconut Bread
- 4 ea Ripe bananas
- 1 can Organic coconut milk
- 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
- 2 ea Eggs
- 2 ¼ cups Organic whole wheat flour
- ½ cup Chia seeds
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash the bananas in a large bowl.
- Add all other wet ingredients, then add eggs and mix until everything is combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients with a whisk until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.
- Grease a baking dish and pour mixture into dish.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until a knife in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Almond Milk Chocolate Pudding
There are many dairy alternatives that vegans can choose from. An article published on SymptomFind provides some commentary on almond milk in terms of health benefits and low carbohydrate levels. The site’s article on the subject specifically highlighted that fortified store-bought almond milk provides calcium to contribute toward daily intake. To be sure the plant-based milk you select contains calcium, it’s always good to check the food label, however.
If you want to combine that source of calcium with another healthy dessert option, here’s how you can quickly whip up some almond milk chocolate pudding.
- 1 ⅔ cup sweetener
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup cornstarch
- a pinch of salt
- 5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- ¾ teaspoon coconut oil
- ¾ tablespoons vanilla extract
- Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt together. Whisk in half a cup of almond milk until the mixture is foamy. Continue the process until all of the almond milk has been incorporated.
- Place the mixture over high heat and stir it for five minutes.
- Remove the mixture from heat. Mix in the coconut oil before adding the vanilla extract.
- Refrigerate for thirty minutes before serving.
Pecan Pie Bites
Pecan nuts are amazing snacks on their own, but they also make a great addition to desserts. On top of that, researchers from the University of Georgia discovered that regular consumption of pecans can lead to a meaningful drop in your total cholesterol and LDL levels. Regarding the study, Professor Jamie Cooper stated that adding pecans to your diet is a more sustainable approach to maintaining your overall health than “many other lifestyle interventions.” Of course, eating pecans is just one way to up the quality of your diet, and nuts in general are very beneficial for health given the content of heart-healthy fat, vitamins and minerals, fiber, and protein.
Pecan nuts are an excellent options for a healthy dessert. Here’s a simple one to try if you’re interested:
- 2 cups of soft dates
- 2 cups of raw pecans
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Blend all the ingredients together until they form a thick and sticky mixture.
- Once the mixture is rollable, take it out of the processor and roll them into 24 balls.
With these vegan dessert recipes, you can satisfy that sweet tooth and enjoy real nutritional benefits all at once. Plus, each one is quite easy to make –– so what are you waiting for!?
If you like these suggestions and would be interested in more nutritional resources, check out some of our other articles here at Jinan Banna.