Every once in a while, we crave something sweet, but often we convince ourselves that it is not a good idea, or, even if we do end up having a treat, we feel awfully guilty afterwards and feel like we should ‘punish’ ourselves for the snack.
But indulging in delicious desserts doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your commitment to a healthy lifestyle, especially during the summer when the abundance of fresh ingredients offers endless possibilities. By opting for natural, organic, and non-GMO ingredients, you can create mouthwatering desserts that not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also nourish your body.
For this, we have you covered. In this article, we will explore a selection of healthy desserts that are perfect for the summer, incorporating ingredients like sustainably sourced, organic coconut milk and coconut oil, allergen-free compound chocolates and non-GMO natural colored sprinkles from the FoodGrid range.
Make tropical and creamy dairy-free sweets with organic coconut milk
Coconut milk is a versatile ingredient that adds a creamy and tropical touch to desserts. It is rich in healthy fats and can be used as a dairy-free and low-calorie alternative in recipes that call for milk. When craving something sweet and refreshing, try making some tropical-flavored coconut milk popsicles. They’re so easy to make: just blend together coconut milk, fresh fruits like mango or strawberry, and a natural sweetener of choice, like honey or maple syrup. Then pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours until firm. The result is a delightful and guilt-free treat that will keep you and your friends and family cool on hot summer days.
Bake your favorite desserts using coconut oil
Another ingredient that can elevate your summer desserts is coconut oil. Its natural sweetness and subtle tropical flavor make it an excellent substitute for traditional cooking oils and butters. For a simple and healthy dessert, try making coconut oil chocolate bark. All you need to do is melt dark chocolate chips with a spoonful of coconut oil and spread the mixture onto a lined baking sheet. Top it with chopped nuts, dried fruits, or natural colored sprinkles for added texture and visual appeal. Allow the bark to harden in the refrigerator before breaking it into delicious bite-sized pieces for when you feel like having a snack.
Baking with allergen-free compound chocolate is a great choice
When it comes to chocolate, opt for high-quality compound chocolates made with organic and non-GMO ingredients. Compound chocolates are an alternative to traditional chocolate that contains vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter. They are easy to work with and come in various flavors, so we have you covered whether you feel like having dark or white chocolate. One delightful summer dessert idea is chocolate-dipped fresh seasonal fruits. Choose an assortment of ripe and juicy fruits like strawberries, banana slices or even watermelon cubes. Melt the compound chocolate in a microwave or on a stovetop, dip the fruits into the melted chocolate, and let them cool on a lined baking sheet. The result is a delectable and healthier alternative to store-bought chocolate-covered treats, plus you can make them at home whenever you feel like enjoying a sweet and healthy bite.
Add some color to your desserts with non-GMO natural sprinkles
Incorporating natural colored sprinkles into your desserts adds a playful and vibrant touch without artificial additives. Look for sprinkles made from natural food coloring, like those derived from fruit and vegetable powders, juices and extracts. One fun and nutritious dessert option is yogurt parfaits, for which you only have to layer Greek yogurt, fresh fruits, and a sprinkle of granola or crushed nuts in a clear glass or jar. Then you top it off with a generous amount of natural colored sprinkles for a visually appealing and wholesome treat.
Make some homemade nice cream to cool off this summer
Making healthy ice cream or nice cream at home using natural ingredients is a delightful way to indulge in a guilt-free frozen treat. By opting for wholesome ingredients such as coconut milk and coconut oil, you can create a creamy base that is both dairy-free and packed with healthy fats. To add a touch of fun and color, opt for natural colored sprinkles made from plant-based dyes or fruit powders. These sprinkles not only enhance the visual appeal of your ice cream but also provide a burst of natural flavor.
When experimenting with healthy desserts, don’t be afraid to get creative and try new flavor combinations. Incorporate seasonal fruits like berries, peaches or melons into your recipes to add natural sweetness and refreshing flavors. You can also experiment with herbs like mint or basil to infuse your desserts with an aromatic twist. The key is to use organic and non-GMO ingredients to ensure you’re nourishing your body with wholesome goodness.
So keep in mind that enjoying delectable desserts during the summer doesn’t have to mean compromising on your health goals. By using natural, organic, and non-GMO ingredients you can create a wide variety of mouthwatering and nourishing treats. Embrace the abundance of fresh ingredients available during the summer season and let your creativity soar in the kitchen. Treat yourself to desserts that are both delicious and nourishing, and savor the joys of a healthier indulgence.