Well-Being//

Not-So-Sinful Dessert Recipes That Will Put the Sweet Joy of the Season Back into Your Year-End Parties

Your guests won’t be able to get enough!

Photo by Ali Inay on Unsplash
Photo by Ali Inay on Unsplash

It’s official party time! Whether you’re hosting a magical Christmas party or a crazy New Year’s bash, holiday jamborees are one of the best ways to soak up the fun of the festive season. But with all your healthy eating goals, making your guests feast on salad leaves and carrot sticks doesn’t sound like an exciting plan. Not to worry! These dessert recipes are sure to be crowd-pleasers!

1. Raw Tiramisu 

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

Recipe:

  • To make the crust, blend the walnuts into flour in a blender. Add dates and coffee and blend well.
  • Press evenly into the bottom of an 8 by 4-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • To make the ladyfingers, blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Form a cookie layer in the pan and put into the freezer.
  • To make the cream, blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and thick, adding water as needed. Spread half this mixture onto your crust, then place your lady fingers cookie on top of the cream. Spread on the rest of the cream and set in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours to harden.
  • Use a small fine mesh strainer and put some cacao powder in it, to sprinkle evenly across the top of the tiramisu.
  • Cut into squares and serve.

2. Choco Ganache Tarts 

(Makes 3-4 tarts)

Ingredients

Recipe:

  • To make the crust, blend the walnuts into flour in a blender. Add dates and coffee and blend well.
  • Press evenly into the bottom of an 8 by 4-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • To make the ladyfingers, blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Form a cookie layer in the pan and put into the freezer.
  • To make the cream, blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and thick, adding water as needed. Spread half this mixture onto your crust, then place your lady fingers cookie on top of the cream. Spread on the rest of the cream and set in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours to harden.
  • Use a small fine mesh strainer and put some cacao powder in it, to sprinkle evenly across the top of the tiramisu.
  • Cut into squares and serve.

3. Raw chocolate brownies 

Serves: 2-4

Method:

  • In a food processor, add the nuts, cacao powder, chia seeds and salt and process till grainy.
  • Add the dates and continue to blend until the mixture comes together in a ball. If the mixture is too dry, you can add a date or two more and if it’s too sticky, blitz up a couple more nuts and add it to the date-nut mixture, until you are able to touch the dough without it sticking to your fingers. 
  • Line a brownie tin with parchment paper and press the mixture into it ( ½ inch thickness).
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, and then cut and serve.
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