Sweet Cravings? Healthy Recipes!

Hi friends!

Read on! I ensure you that you’ll become very hungry, guys! I love to cook!

Are you ready for some totally obsession-worthy miracle desserts? Get up! Spoil your kitchen!

The ‘sweeties’ I want to share with you today, are my new best friends and I can’t wait to play with them more. We all know the prettiest dish gets eaten first, but I promise, these recipes are also supremely delicious! And easy to make! Well, let’s exclude the ice cream. It’ll take a little more time to prepare. But it’s awesome! Try it!

And how unhealthy do those recipes look? Extremely! The good news: they aren’t! Just let’s forget for a moment that those recipes are gluten- and sugar-free as well as without cow’s milk! Just focus on the delectable elements!

Enough talking. Here are the recipes!

That Italian Taste! Sweet Goats Ricotta Cream

Ingredients:

– 250 gr goats ricotta (store bought or homemade)
– 2-3 tsp raw organic honey
– one dash of cinnamon

Optional flavorings and toppings:

– add some chopped dark chocolate (70% or more pure cocoa – to reap the benefits of flavonoids!)
– fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, red or black currants
– pistachios, almonds or walnuts (slightly roasted, if you like)
– grated orange or lemon zest
– finely chopped peppermint leaves
– serve on thin pear slices, with fresh cherries, baked figs or roasted peaches (recipes below)

How to make:

Combine ricotta, honey and cinnamon in a bowl and mix until smooth and homogeneous.
Fold in some chopped dark chocolate, nuts or grated lemon zest at taste. If you love berries or go mad for fresh peppermint leaves, add them as a topping.

Trust me! This is heaven!

Baked Figs

Ingredients:

8 black mission figs
chopped walnuts (or hazelnuts)
1 tbs grass-fed butter
2 tbs raw organic honey
sea salt

How to make:

Preheat your oven. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Slice figs cross-wise and add some butter on top of each fig.
Place them on your baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes.
Let them cool for a few minutes, place some honey on each fig, garnish with chopped walnut pieces.
Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy!

Grilled Peaches, Nectarines or Apricots

Ingredients:

2 yellow peaches, nectarines or 4 apricots
chopped almonds, slightly roasted
2 tbs grass-fed butter
2 tbs raw organic honey
sea salt

How to make:

Preheat your grill or a grill pan. Brush the cut-side of peaches, nectarines or apricots with some melted butter and grill, turning once, until golden (1-2 minutes each side). Transfer to a bowl and let them cool down for a few minutes. Serve warm with honey and almonds.

Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

– 3 cups of fresh strawberries
– 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
– freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
– 1 ripe banana
– raw organic honey at taste (if needed)

Optional flavorings:

Add a dash of cardamom or scrape out some seeds from a vanilla bean.

How to make:

Remove stems from strawberries, wash. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Instead of strawberries, try blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, red or black currants!

Strawberry fields forever? Yes!

Fried Bananas

Ingredients:

– 2 large slightly green bananas
– 1-2 tsp grass-fed butter (or ghee or coconut oil)
– optional: freshly chopped ginger, cinnamon and/or desiccated coconut at taste

How to make:

Slice the bananas lengthwise into equal slices.
Fry the slices in a little butter, ghee or coconut oil until slightly brown on both sides.
Serve hot! On its own, sprinkled with a few fresh ginger slices, cinnamon or desiccated coconut.
Add some extra butter, berries, or some honey-drizzled fresh goats cheese for extra deliciousness!

Gelato alla Crema

Ingredients:

– 400 ml raw organic (goats) milk or coconut milk (full-fat, of course!)
– 2 large eggs or 4 egg yolks (if you want to be ‘chef de la cuisine’, use egg yolks!)
– 3 tbs raw organic honey
– seeds from 2 fresh vanilla beans

Optional flavorings:

– 1/2 cup of your favorite berries (chopped or blended to a puree)
– 2 tbs of cinnamon
– 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
– 1/4 cup of high quality dark chocolate chopped to your liking

How to make:

Place a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Make sure that no part of it comes in direct contact with the water!

Pour the milk into the bowl. Add vanilla seeds and heat until hot, but ensure heat is low enough to prevent boiling. If you are using dark chocolate, you can add it now. You can also add chocolate at the end of the process to keep the pieces whole.

Separately whisk the eggs. When thoroughly whisked, vigorously mix in one ladleful of the hot milk mix. What you’re doing is tempering the eggs and slowly bringing the temperature up without cooking them. You won’t want to produce scrambled eggs! Add two or three other ladlefuls of milk and incorporate it to the eggs while whisking continuously.

Take the tempered eggs and add to the bowl with the hot milk. Whisk for a couple of minutes non-stop to form a thick cream. Make sure that the mixture doesn’t get too hot!

Let the mixture cool off. Add honey and any flavoring you want once the cream is cold enough to put a finger in it and feel comfortable. Place the mixture in a container and let it cool even more in the refrigerator before placing it in the freezer. Remove every 30 minutes for 2 or 3 hours and stir vigorously until you have a creamy ice cream! Or get yourself an ice machine!

Taste it! You’ll be over the moon!

© images by Svea

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4 comments
  1. Lizzie said:

    Omg yum!! I’m definitely going to try these out! I’ve never really tried figs but I think I’ll give ’em a try. I just need to find me some goats ricotta! Or maybe make some myself…I wish I had access to some raw dairy but it isn’t legal in Canada :/ and I can’t seem to find any nearby cow shares. Ah well! I’m trying these babies out! Ah, I so love the hippie I am becoming lololololol

  2. Lizzie said:

    oh one more thing!! something I luuuuuuuurrveee doing is making up crazy weird awesome popsicles out of fruit and such. my last creation: rhubarb popsicles! surprisingly sweet, cold, and yummy! 🙂

  3. Svea said:

    Thanks a lot, Lizzie!

    Wow, raw dairy isn’t legal in Canada? Here in Italy it’s labelled “da consumarsi solo dopo bollitura”, which means “to be consumed only after boiling”! Haha! So you’ll enjoy all benefits of raw dairy for sure! But at least you can still buy it (and not necessarily follow the “instructions”).

    Anyway, go for goats milk! That’s what I do if I can’t get my hands on any raw milk. I cannot give you any real advice where to buy goats ricotta in Canada, but you could try to have a look in some health food stores or Italian food stores. Or look out for sheep ricotta as an alternative. Try to google it! Make sure to buy only the fresh and creamy version, not mature ricotta (that’s actually a “real” cheese – delicious, but not a good idea if you want to make a sweet cream).

    Oh yes, popsicles are an awesome idea! A fast and easy ice cream alternative. I’m ready for summer now! 🙂

  4. Lizzie said:

    No, it unfortunately isn’t! I got my hands on some goat milk so I’ll be making some sweet ricotta cream tomorrow! Gonna fry some bananas in a bit of cane sugar + water then top it with the cream. Hope it’ll be yummy! 🙂

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