I am a huge fan of 4th of July. The sparklers, fireworks, bbq Foods, beach, sun, swimming, and desserts; all wonderful things that come even better with good company. I’ve always been a fan of spending the whole day and night celebrating and having a good time. This year however, I don’t want all the crazy added sugar. So, I decided to recreate some of my favorites with less sugar, better-for-you ingredients, and of course gluten-free ingredients. These desserts might not please every diet, so just keep that in mind! They can also be made to fit the need of other holidays by using different colors and themes! Personalization is a choice.
White Chocolate Covered Fruit
I love chocolate covered fruit. It is seriously one of my all time favorite things to eat and I don’t think that will ever change. I like the fact that something natural and nutritious can easily be made into a dessert. So, how did I transform this into a better-for-you dessert? I used all-natural white chocolate from the brand SunSpire Fair Trade. This allowed me to be in control of what ingredients I added to the fruit. If I am being 100% honest, the sprinkles are NOT anything special. They are regular ol’ sprinkles, and that’s okay! I decided to make white chocolate covered strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. My family approved and I cannot wait to take them with me for 4th of July festivities.
- 1 package of SunSpire Fair Trade All-Natural White Chocolate Chips
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Red and blue sprinkles
- Any fruit you wish to cover in chocolate
- Wash and dry your fruit. Make sure it is completely dry so you don’t get any water in the chocolate.
- Cut your bananas into thirds and store all the fruit in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes. This is so the chocolate has an easier time hardening because the fruit is cold.
- In a microwaveable bowl, add 1/2 your chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Microwave for about 30 seconds, and mix ingredients together.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. As you dip your fruit in the chocolate, line up on the baking sheet carefully. I suggest not doing too much at one time to avoid the chocolate hardening before you can put the sprinkles on.
- There are different ways to add sprinkles and I think you should be as creative as you want!
- Let chill in the freezer for at least 1 hour before serving. So yummy!
Simple GF Blueberry Loaf Cake
Again, all about honesty here, this did not turn out the way I had planned. However, it came out so delicious that I couldn’t help but share the success with you all. The original plan was to use blue berries and beets to create a swirl in the bread, but I just didn’t use enough! I could have easily used food coloring, but I wanted to make this cake as all natural as possible…and the blueberries added a little color without too much blueberry flavor which was the goal. My family has already finished the half I set aside for them!! So, how did I make a cake healthier but still moist and delicious? I used 100% pure maple syrup and a little bit of stevia. I also used gluten-free flour and coconut oil in place of butter. These simple switches can help make eating cake a little less of a guilty pleasure.
- 2 cups gluten-free flour
- 3 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup All-natural maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons stevia
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup blueberries (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Then, line a loaf mold with parchment paper.
- With a hand mixer, combine your dry ingredients. Then slowly add your wet ingredients. Very simple and easy.
- Set aside 1/4 cup of batter. Pour the rest in your loaf mold.
- On medium high heat, break down the blueberries with 1 tablespoon water. Drain 4 tablespoons of the liquid into a cup and save the rest of the mix in an air tight container for oatmeal in the morning (trust me it’s delicious.)
- Mix the batter left aside with the blueberry liquid. Drizzle on top of the plain loaf and use a toothpick to create swirls.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove, serve, and enjoy!