I have a mouth full of sweet teeth. And while my candy addiction is long gone (candy-free for over a year!) I still enjoy indulgent dark chocolate more than a few times a week.
One of my favorite dessert activities with my daughters is to create these incredible banana sandwiches. Even better is when we roll up our sleeves and make a bunch of them to freeze for future treats.
There are so many ways to look outside the standard dessert fare, remain on track and STILL feel satiated and unrestricted. I have gotten creative with a lot of alternative ingredients like almond & coconut flours, and using raw honey as a sweetener over refined sugar. It is often the case that my family doesn't notice substitutions and having previously been a dessert caterer, they clearly have an edge in the world of dessert over the years.
My advice for incorporating more guilt-free meal finales is to recommend not jumping into an overhaul of your pantry, but as your items run out, consider replacing them with healthier alternatives. That way the transition is a lot less intimidating and overwhelming. There are literally hundreds of variations of our most treasured recipes available that promote a healthier lifestyle and balance our need and deservedness of a treat every now and then. Visit the dessert board on my company Sollus' Pinterest page for lots of great grain-free healthy dessert recipes.
However, to make my point, there are also many opportunities for dessert that don't require fancy elements or labor-intensive kitchen sagas.
Here is one with just three ingredients and served up in less than five minutes. And yes, I too think Elvis would applaud your efforts.
Dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
Slice bananas into 1/2" inch slices and pair them up on a piece of parchment paper or cookie sheet.
Take 1 tsp nut butter (almond butter works great for those who follow a Paleo diet) and slather it on one slice of banana.
Add a chocolate chip or two to the peanut butter and top with the other banana slice. (I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips or Natierra raw cacao nibs)
Eat immediately, chill for dessert or freeze for later! (Just keep in mind that frozen bananas can hurt if you have sensitive teeth)
Nutrition information per banana bite (approximate as nut butters and chocolate chips vary)
Saturated Fat: .99g
Eat with purpose.