Like many of us, I love a tasty sweet treat some time after dinner and before bed (you know, like after the kids go to bed!) When I started cleaning up my food act and really evaluated how much sugar I was consuming, I knew I needed to find a plan that satisfies that little part of my stomach that my family calls our “treat spot.” No matter how full you are from dinner, the “treat spot” is always ready for dessert.
As I’ve mentioned in my Food Rules, I enjoy a refined sugar filled treat pretty much once a week. But what about the other six days a week? Here’s a list of my favorite sweet treats:
- Sliced fruit with fresh whipped cream. This is a wonderful way to fully appreciate the seasons of fruit. It’s exciting when something new shows up at the farmers market. We do occasionally purchase a pineapple to pretend we are on a tropical island – everyone in the family is a huge fan. During the winter months we use frozen berries or bake apples. I whip a pint of organic heavy whipping cream with a dash of vanilla extract and less than a tablespoon of turbinado sugar for the whipped cream. It makes a lot of whipped cream that our family slowly uses throughout the week.
- Apple slices with almond butter and a few dark chocolate chips on top. This combo always hits the spot. You can get fancy and add shredded coconut on top, but I’m an old-fashioned dipper, so I just make three piles (apples, almond butter, chocolate chips) and dig in!
- Tea and toast. A warm cup of herbal tea with a little honey and a crunchy piece of toast with butter (made from grass-fed cows milk) makes a nourishing and fulfilling evening snack. If you have a beautiful favorite clean jam, that would make a lovely addition.
- Chocolate dipped strawberries. These are so easy and decadent! Place a saucepan with an inch or so of water in the bottom on the stove top and turn on heat to medium-low. Place a metal mixing bowl on top (to make a double boiler) and pour in 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Use spatula to stir around until the chocolate and oil are melted and incorporated together. Turn off heat. Dip clean, dry strawberries into the chocolate to cover and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Once you are finished dipping your strawberries, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or so (until chocolate is cool and hardened). Enjoy.
- Chocolate covered frozen bananas. Use the same chocolate from above and heavily drizzle over quartered bananas on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired. Place in freezer and enjoy about 30 minutes later.
- Homemade ice “cream.” A family favorite recipe heavily adapted from the Vitamix Whole Food Recipe book by my husband Matthew, this creamy treat makes us give thanks for the power of our Vitamix blender. It can be made in any blender, but the better the blender the creamier the ice cream.
Recipe: Thew’s Sherbet
- 1 cup Coconut Milk
- 1lb any frozen fruit (Strawberries and Peaches are favorites)
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/2 t Vanilla Extract
- Blend to smooth.
- Serve soft or freeze for harder consistency.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
What clean treats do you enjoy after dinner?