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Good-for-You Sweet Treats Recipes To Try

Good-for-You Sweet Treats Recipes To Try

While eating healthy and enjoying sweets seldom go hand-in-hand, choosing the right combination of nutritious ingredients can allow for guilt-free indulgences that shirk conventional dieting wisdom. Some eating plans take it a step further by actually encouraging eating big in the evening when you’re naturally hungriest to help achieve your weight loss goals.

For example, “Always Eat After 7 PM,” written by Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT, five-time best-selling e-book author and co-founder of the e-commerce supplement company BioTrust Nutrition, debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense cravings by eating the majority of your calories at night. The outlined plan features a 14-day “acceleration phase” designed for rapid results, a “main phase” when you’ll learn which fat-burning foods to eat to achieve your weight loss goals and a “lifestyle phase” to keep the weight off for good.

Conventional wisdom dictates that it’s best to avoid carbs, eat an early dinner, and never eat immediately before bed. However, Marion debunks the myths underlying traditional dieting with a simple, highly effective weight loss program allowing readers to enjoy social dinners without restriction, satisfy nighttime hunger with fat-burning sweet and salty pre-bedtime snacks, and indulge cravings with strategically timed cheat meals.

With straightforward food lists, easy-to-follow meal plans, and recipes for each phase, this can be a simple way to lose weight without feeling restricted. Taken directly from the book, these recipes for No-Bake Salted Caramel Bars, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Fruit Tarts can satisfy that sweet tooth before heading to bed.

Learn more about the diet and book at joelmarion.com.

No-Bake Salted Caramel Bars
Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM.”
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 30

Cookie Layer:

2 1/2

cups raw pecans

8

pitted dates, soaked in hot water 10 minutes then drained

2

tablespoons blanched almond flour

1

teaspoon coconut flour

1/4   

teaspoon sea salt

1/4

cup granular zero-calorie, natural sweetener

3

tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Caramel Layer:

1/2

cup coconut palm sugar

1/2

cup granular zero-calorie, natural sweetener

2

tablespoons full-fat coconut milk

2

tablespoons coconut oil

1

pinch sea salt

1

tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2

teaspoon baking soda

Chocolate Layer:

2

cups stevia-sweetened chocolate chips

2

tablespoons coconut oil

coconut oil

1/3

cup dry roasted macadamia nuts, chopped

coarse sea salt

To make the cookie layer: Place a large skillet over medium heat. Spread pecans over skillet and toast, often stirring, 8-10 minutes until golden. Remove from heat.

Transfer toasted pecans to a food processor and pulse until fine. Add dates, almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt, sweetener, and coconut oil; pulse until dough forms.

To make the caramel layer: In a skillet over medium heat, combine coconut palm sugar, sweetener, coconut milk, coconut oil, sea salt, and vanilla extract; bring to boil. Once boiling, decrease the heat to low and cook 5 minutes, stirring often.

Remove skillet from heat; whisk in baking soda. Return pan to low heat and cook 2 minutes, stirring often.

Remove caramel from heat and let cool and thicken 5 minutes.

To make the chocolate layer: In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil. Stir until mixture is smooth then remove from heat.

To assemble salted caramel bars: Line bottom and sides of the 9-by-9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over sides. Lightly rub parchment paper with coconut oil.

Press cookie dough into the bottom of the pan to create even layers. Place in freezer 5 minutes to harden.

Pour caramel over cookie layer and spread to coat evenly—place in freezer 5 minutes. Pour chocolate over the caramel and spread to cover evenly. Sprinkle with macadamia nuts and coarse salt. Place in freezer 10 minutes until chocolate sets.

Use overhanging parchment paper to ease set mixture out of the pan—transfer to cutting board and slice into bite-size bars.

Nutritional information per serving: 180 calories; 15 g fat; 15 g carbohydrates; 56 mg sodium; 4 g fiber; 2 g protein; 4 g sugar.

Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM.”
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

1/4

cup fresh Bing cherries pitted and halved

1/4

cup stevia-sweetened dark chocolate bar, chopped

3

overripe frozen bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4

cup unsweetened coconut milk

1

pinch sea salt

Chill cherries and dark chocolate.

In a food processor, pulse frozen bananas, milk, and salt until smooth, creamy consistency of soft serve is achieved. Stir in cherries and chocolate. Serve immediately or place in a freezer-safe container and freeze until serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 165 calories; 7 g fat; 27 g carbohydrates; 134 mg sodium; 6 g fiber; 2 g protein; 12 g sugar.

Fruit Tarts
Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM.”
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Servings: 20

Custard:

8

egg yolks

1

cup raw honey

1

tablespoon coconut flour

3

cans (13 2/3 ounces each) full-fat coconut milk

1

teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4

teaspoon lemon zest

Sugar Cookie Crust:

1/2

cup coconut oil, plus additional for greasing

1/2

cup palm shortening

1

cup coconut palm sugar

See Also

1

teaspoon baking soda

1

teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4

teaspoon salt

3

egg yolks

1⁄2

teaspoon vanilla extract

1

cup blanched almond flour

1⁄4

cup coconut flour

2

tablespoons arrowroot starch

Toppings:

2

kiwis, peeled and sliced

1

mango, peeled, pitted and sliced into 1/2-inch strips

1/2

cup raspberries

1/2

cup blackberries

1/2

cup blueberries

1/2

cup red grapes

1

cup strawberries, thinly sliced

fresh mint leaves, for garnish

To make the custard: In a saucepan, whisk egg yolks and honey until smooth. Mix in coconut flour.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest; bring to boil then remove from heat.

Pour hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture, stirring while pouring. Over low heat, simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and let cool, continuing to stir occasionally. Once cooled to room temperature, pour into individual custard cups. Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes or until serving.

To make the crust: Heat oven to 350 F. Line bottom of the pie pan with parchment paper and grease with coconut oil.

In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on high, beat coconut oil and palm shortening 30 seconds. Add coconut palm sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Beat in almond flour, coconut flour, and starch. Chill dough in refrigerator 15 minutes.

Press chilled cookie dough into the bottom of the pie pan and 2 inches upsides. Bake 12 minutes, or until crust is golden and browned on top and edges. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Place cooled crust in refrigerator 30 minutes or overnight before assembling.

To assemble fruit tarts: Spread custard over chilled crust. Decorate top in a circular pattern with kiwis, mango strips, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, and strawberries.

Before serving, chill at least 30 minutes or freeze 1 hour to help keep toppings in place.

Remove from the freezer and set out at room temperature 20 minutes before slicing. Garnish with mint leaves.

Nutritional information per serving: 192 calories; 14 g fat; 16 g carbohydrates; 61 mg sodium; 2 g fiber; 1 g protein; 9 g sugar.

Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT, is a five-time best-selling e-book author who has been featured all over the media throughout his 18-year career, including in the pages of more than 20 popular national newsstand magazines such as “Men’s Fitness,” “Woman’s Day,” “Oxygen,” “Clean Eating,” “MuscleMag International” and “Muscle & Fitness Hers.” Marion is also the co-founder of BioTrust Nutrition, one of the fastest-growing and largest e-commerce supplement companies in the United States, and the host of the podcast Born to Impact. Today, Marion lives in Florida with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Lily and Gabby, and is dedicated to helping millions of people all over the world find their purposes and live the lives they were born to live.

SOURCE Family Features Editorial Syndicate

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