Whenever I have guests over for dinner, I’ll have them help me in the kitchen by putting the final touches on the desserts. I enjoy making simple swaps to classic recipes and waiting until after my guests have tried the dish to tell them how healthy it actually was. Once people realize they won’t be giving up cheesecake, popcorn, and ice cream, the whole idea of being healthy is a lot less overwhelming.
I’m a sucker for a good dessert—one that’s refined-sugar-free, easy to make, and tastes like the real thing. The secret to seriously cutting sugar and other unhealthy ingredients out of dessert? Spices. Some spices, like cinnamon, actually trick your tongue into thinking the food you’re eating is sweeter. All spices add a ton of flavor, so you won’t even miss the eliminated sweetness.
My Dressed-Up Popcorn is so easy to throw together with friends or family and is so fun to customize using different toppings (basically, I grab whatever is in the pantry!). My favorites include coconut oil, cinnamon, a few pieces of dark chocolate, and coconut chips. My most recent dessert of choice has to be these incredible Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares. There’s no baking required, and they’re a perfect seasonal alternative to pumpkin pie or classic cheesecake.