Living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance and long-term sustainable change. I don’t like diets because they’re extreme and yield short-term results.
What option sounds more appealing?
1. Two weeks of “no-dessert allowed” followed by two weeks of going crazy with dessert because you’ve deprived yourself for two weeks, followed by guilt and another two weeks of “no-dessert allowed” followed by two weeks of going crazy with dessert because you’ve deprived yourself for two weeks, followed by…(you get the point)
2. A healthy, delicious, guilt-free dessert every day.
I like option two.
When you learn to make healthy choices there’s no need to deprive yourself and you can start living a balanced, happy and healthy lifestyle.
If you like dessert and you can relate to the vicious cycle in option one, you must try these healthy treats. (I learned of this recipe through my brother-in-law’s sister, Shannon. Thank you, Shannon!) These delicious homemade chocolates are called Kapows and they are SUPER easy to make. There’s no baking required and you won’t believe they’re good for you. This is my kind of dessert.
¼ cup unpasteurized or organic honey
¼ cup natural almond butter or peanut butter (can increase amount if you want a thicker consistency)
¼ cup organic coconut oil
½ cup dark cocoa powder
3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
You can use any additions you like; other options include:
In a medium-size glass bowl, combine honey, almond butter and coconut oil. Melt in microwave for 30 seconds.
Stir in cocoa powder until completely incorporated. Stir in coconut and seeds until well combined.
Let mixture sit for five to 10 minutes to thicken. In the meantime, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spoon approximately two tablespoons of the mixture onto the cookie sheet — like you would when baking cookies — to form the Kapows. This recipe makes about 12 to 18, depending on how big/small you make them.
Place in freezer for one hour.
Once frozen, transfer the Kapows from the cookie sheet to a Ziploc bag. Store in the freezer, and enjoy whenever you feel like a healthy dessert!