Two Generations of Healthy Lifestyles: Sweet and Healthy Treats

Two Generations of Healthy Lifestyles: Sweet and Healthy Treats

Welcome to another Two Generations of Healthy Lifestyles post! This time Tori and I are sharing our favorite sweet and healthy treats.

While Tori leads a vegan, plants-based lifestyle, I choose to eat a keto/low carb diet.

Though I usually crave salty, crunchy and savory foods over sugary treats, I do have my sweet tooth moments. I used to eat a sugar-free Popsicle to satisfy my sweet craving but they have too many chemicals for me to feel good about so I stopped buying them. Other days, I’d eat a spoonful of Lily’s chocolate chips with peanut butter and call it good but really I’d like something more interesting, satisfying and nutritious.

That’s where Coconut Manna comes in. Coconut Manna is essentially coconut butter made out of dried coconut flesh and is considered a healthy fat. It can be used in smoothies, spread on toast or fruit, added to sauces and dressings and is often used for baking. It’s also a delicious part of my first healthy sweet treat recipe.

I bought two jars of Coconut Manna and shipped one to Tori in Oregon. We thought it would be fun to each create our own sweet treat recipe using this new to us ingredient for this week’s Two Generations of Healthy Lifestyles post.

Coconut, Chocolate Chip, Turmeric Balls rolled in Hemp Hearts

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Ingredients for the Base:

1 to 2 scoops of low sugar, low carb vanilla protein powder (One serving of my protein powder is about 1/3 cup)

2 tablespoons of heavy coconut cream –  use only the thick cream part and not the liquid. I store my unopened can in the refrigerator until I am ready to use so the liquid and cream are well separated. Save the liquid for something else.

2 tablespoons Coconut Manna (you may have to let your closed jar sit in some hot water in order to make it soft enough to scoop)

Stir these three ingredients by hand or in a food processor until smooth.

Now you are ready to add what you like. These are the ingredients I added to my base to make Coconut, Chocolate Chip, Turmeric Balls but you can certainly customize.

Additions:

2 to 3 tablespoons Crunchy Almond Butter (I use this one)

2 tablespoons sugar free chocolate mini chips

1/4 cup desiccated shredded coconut – unsweetened

2 teaspoons turmeric powder

4 to 6 teaspoons Stress-Adapt Pow[d]er

A pinch of pink sea salt

Stevia drops to taste if you want it sweeter. But be careful adding too much stevia – a little goes a long way.

If you find the mixture is too dry, add more coconut cream or manna or both until you have a consistency you can roll into balls. If it’s too wet, add more protein powder.

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Once the consistency is to your liking, set out a plate or tray then cover with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Or you can use silicone molds. I have this set and love using the heart tray to make treats, as you will see in my next recipe.

Roll the mixture into balls, either small – the size of a medium grape – or larger, the size of a walnut. Either place the balls directly on the parchment or roll them in hemp hearts first until covered evenly. I like hemp hearts because they add texture and they contain omega 3 essential fats. Hemp hearts are also very mild in flavor and low carb.

I made several rolled in hemp hearts and a few little ones without.

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Once your balls are made, put your plate or tray in the freezer. They don’t take long to harden – about an hour. When you’re ready to eat one, take out of the freezer and in just a couple minutes, they’ll be soft enough to bite into.

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For my second sweet treat, I wanted something fruity!

Chilled Raspberry Cheesecake Bites

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This treat was inspired by a recipe I came across in this fun and tasty cookbook.

The cookbook’s recipe calls for strawberries and twice the sweetener that I use. I also increased the amount of fruit and used both cream cheese and heavy coconut cream instead of one or the other.

Like my first recipe, you can customize this one to your own taste buds.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (thaw first if frozen and use a different type of berry if you prefer)

1/2 cup full-fat cream cheese

1/4 cup heavy coconut cream

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tablespoon of powdered erythritol (like Swerve)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stevia drops as needed

Combine all ingredients into a food processor except stevia, if using (you will want to taste the mixture first before adding stevia).

Process ingredients until smooth and creamy then pour into silicone molds. Freeze for about two hours, less if using small molds. Store in the freezer. I like to cover the exposed part of the molds with a little plastic wrap.

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I added two chocolate chips to each of the bites in one tray of Cheesecake Bites for my husband, the chocolate lover. Raspberry and chocolate make such a tasty combination. I’m making a batch of these for Valentine’s Day using the heart molds and extra chocolate chips!

I love to pop these in my mouth whenever the mood strikes. They are so delicious and creamy! I am sure I will be making them even more once warm weather returns this spring.

Be sure to stop by Tori’s blog to see what two healthy and sweet vegan recipes she’s sharing today.

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13 Comments

  1. January 29, 2018 / 8:15 am

    A,
    Both of these recipes look heavenly! I love the idea of rolling the energy balls in hemp seeds for added texture and nutrition, and how adorable are those pink raspberry cheesecake bites? YUM! I am loving doing this series with you A, I miss you more than you know and love you so so much!

    Love, Tori

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      January 29, 2018 / 8:25 am

      Miss you lots too, sweetie!
      I can and will definitely be making those PB chocolate squares with stevia. You know how much I love peanut butter!
      I look forward to next week’s post. So fun to do this series with you!
      Love you lots and lots!
      xo

  2. Rosemary
    January 29, 2018 / 9:05 am

    These both sound delicious! I like coconut so I’m sure I’d like them both but especially the Raspberry Cheesecake bites … with or without chocolate. I love fresh raspberries! It’s also good that they are stored in the freezer so there’s no big container full of sweet treats that has to be eaten in a day or so! Looking forward to trying them.
    I sometimes keep a box of Medjool dates in the freezer … give them a minute or so after taking out of the freezer before biting as they can be very hard. They’re so good though, sweet and chewy … and healthy!
    Off to read about Tori’s choices now.
    Risemary x

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      January 29, 2018 / 9:15 am

      The raspberry bites are so good! I am going to try them with blueberries next time as I love blueberry cheesecake.
      I love dates too. Have you ever had a date shake? They make them in Palm Springs with date sugar. So tasty but also so, so sweet. I can only take a few sips but Bill can drink a large one, no problem!
      Adrienne

      • Rosemary
        January 29, 2018 / 1:10 pm

        I can’t begin to imagine what a date shake would be like! Other than, as you’ve said, extremely sweet! Obviously Bill enjoys them
        I find that I really don’t enjoy very sweet things as much as I used to … a good thing, I guess !

        • Adrienne Shubin
          Author
          January 30, 2018 / 8:08 am

          Same here – light sweetness is much more satisfying and palatable to me.

          • Rosemary
            January 31, 2018 / 12:33 pm

            Coincidentally I came across a smoothie recipe yesterday, that had date syrup in it!

          • Adrienne Shubin
            Author
            February 1, 2018 / 8:39 am

            Yum! I love dates but they are a little too high in sugar for my diet at the moment. Once I get where I want to be in a few months, I can start adding back in – slowly – some of the healthy foods I love.

  3. Rosemary
    January 29, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Oops! Rosemary!

  4. January 30, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Both look so good and wish I had some right this moment. Very inventive too.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      February 1, 2018 / 8:40 am

      The turmeric balls are just what I need to give me a little boost in the afternoons…I always get such a drop in energy around 3 and these seem to help without stimulants.

  5. Linda Salazar
    February 1, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    These look so good Adrienne…I laughed at the chocolate chip and peanut butter thing…I do that too! (or take a square from a dark chocolate bar) Whatever is on hand!

    Have a great day!

    Linda
    xo

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      February 1, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      Yep! You really can’t beat that combo – I need to make a peanut butter version of my almond butter balls.
      Hope you are having a great week! Love to hear from you. xoxox, A

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