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“Smart Sweets”: A Better Option

by Michelle on November 21, 2011

When it comes right down to it, most of us like to have dessert once in a while (or more often than that!). The biggest problem I have is finding recipes that taste delicious, are simple to follow, and even if they don’t have huge nutritional value, they are at least not downright terrible for me (high fructose corn syrup, anyone?).

So coming across Katie over at Kitchen Stewardship’s new eBook, I wanted to share it with you as there are 30 dessert recipes (89 pages total) including recipes for chocolate syrup, brownies, cakes, and fudge bars- all made healthier! She also takes the time to explain about different sweeteners, alternatives to sugar, and where to find them. Some of the goals she incorporates (as a “real foodie”) into the book are:

  • Less sugar
  • Healthier sweeteners
  • Whole grains, soaked/sprouted grains, or no grains
  • Probiotics
  • Some vegetables

Yes, some of the recipes still contain some sugar, but I have to agree with a good point that Katie makes in her post about it: while the health benefits of using other sweeteners than white sugar are undeniable, realistically, sometimes it is just too expensive to use sweeteners other than sugar (for bake sales, etc.). The price of pure maple syrup, local raw honey, sucanat, and even stevia can be just too costly to serve much outside the family.

So if you are interested in giving healthier desserts a try with simple, tested recipes, click here to purchase the book for only $9.95!

Also, one last important note, many of the recipes in Smart Sweets can be adjusted to specific dietary needs. 17 recipes are gluten-free (15 of these are also grain free), 16 are dairy free, 15 have been tested egg-free, and for most recipes any nuts called for are optional!

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Kitchen Stewardship’s eBooks, which means I’ll earn a small commission from any sales made through these links. However, I won’t promote anything I don’t personally believe in (plus the brownies are totally delicious!) 

 

 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily November 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm

You mentioned stevia – the problem with that is that it is a truly acquired taste. And most people I know who have tried it an not liked it don’t want to acquire it.

Michelle at Openeyehealth November 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hi Emily, you make a good point, but to me, it all depends on the particular recipe. I find that in certain ones, all I taste is sweetness- no aftertaste. My favorite ones are the spelt pancakes and the coconut smoothie.

http://openeyehealth.wpengine.com/2011/01/homemade-spelt-flour-pancakes/

http://openeyehealth.wpengine.com/2011/01/easy-banana-coconut-smoothie/

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