A Year in Homemaking: Healthy Desserts & Snacks {Week 33}

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In the last month and a half, I have started really focusing on losing all of the baby weight and also the newlywed weight… haha.  Yes, in a little over a week it will be our 7 year anniversary, but that newlywed 20 has hung around ever since.  I have not embraced a fad diet, but instead, I am slowly moving our family toward eating more and more clean ( = less and less processed foods).  Dessert and snacks are an area that definitely needed work.  I refuse to make things that do not taste good, so it has definitely been a trial and error period.  I wanted to share with you a few successful recipes that I have found so far!

We will start off with the snack category.  It was becoming too easy to give the kids crackers, pretzels, fruit snacks etc.  While these can be okay every once in a while, they are not what I want for my go-to snack items.  The first new snack that I have added to my list is peanut butter/oatmeal/chocolate chip apple slices.  They are delicious!  I used all natural peanut butter and dark chocolate.  

The next snack is a peanut butter/banana “sushi.”  These are so simple and yummy.  Spread peanut butter on a wheat/whole grain tortilla and then wrap a banana inside.  Slice the tortilla into bite size “sushi” pieces.

Now, let’s move to DESSERT!!!  As a girl who LOVES to bake, I was a little nervous looking at some of the substitutions that needed to be made in order to make a truly clean dessert.  I was proven wrong and was thankful for it.

10555538_934440074288_1106327963_o (1)I started with the idea of making a super refreshing watermelon “cake.”  The chef made layers of watermelon and fresh homemade whipped cream between each one.  “Frosted” the outside with the whipped cream and decorated the cake with fruit.  I ended up with uneven slabs and not enough whipped cream, so I improvised.  I used cookie cutters to cut out watermelon hearts.  Added fresh berries, and piped my homemade cinnamon whipped cream in the middle of the plate.  Here is what we came up with.  Pretty huh?

Comments

  1. Very pretty. You could make that watermelon cake even healthier by substituting yogurt for the whipped cream. 🙂 Once you start looking, you’ll find lots of healthy alternatives for snacks: ants on a log, apple slices dipped in peanut butter (tastes just like a caramel apple), toasted chickpeas, etc. Simple yet nutritious. Baking will be the harder one to find tasty alternatives for, but I’m sure Pinterest can help!

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