Welcome to another healthy recipe! I can’t believe it is already Friday! These days are going by way too fast.
This week I have decided to provide you with a healthy dessert option. I know you have been waiting for this! A lot of people think that desserts have to have the connotation “guilty” connected with them.
However, given the right knowledge about healthy eating and the right ingredients, you can set yourself up for some pretty awesome desserts you don’t have to feel too guilty about enjoying!
Check out this week’s recipe fromDr. Weil (who has awesome information on naturally healthy living). I would like to call it “Not-So-Guilty Apple Cake”. So what makes this dessert classified more on the healthy eating list?
Health Benefits of Ingredients:
Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
Regulate blood sugar (great for diabetics)
Combat yeast infections
Anti-clotting in the blood
Arthritis pain relief
Natural food preservative
Boosts cognitive function and memory
May prevent breast cancer
May prevent lung cancer
May prevent colon cancer
May prevent Alzheimer’s
Plus, it has whole wheat flour and dates which have great health benefits on their own. Most important, it allows your body some great ingredients that don’t involve unhealthy hydrogenated oils (trans fat) or a lot of the other processed or high fat ingredients that most desserts (even those you make from scratch) consist of. So enjoy!
“Not-So-Guilty Apple Cake”
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons softened butter or Spectrum Spread
2 cups apples, peeled, cored, finely shredded
1/4 cup finely chopped dates
1/4cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix the flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl and stir thoroughly.
- Cream the sugar and butter together in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs and whisk until smooth. Stir in the shredded apples and dates until they are completely distributed throughout.
- Slowly stir in the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly into the batter.
- Spray the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, or grease it with 1/4 teaspoon of butter and pour in the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes.
- Put the confectioners’ sugar in a sifter and dust it over the cooled cake a few times until all the sugar is gone. If you want to garnish, mix the walnuts with the maple syrup and drizzle over individual serving plates. Cut the Apple Cake into 9 squares and arrange each one on top of a decorated plate and serve.
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