Desserts

American, Contains Nuts, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Vegetarian, Winter

Pumpkin Mousse Tarts with Cranberry-Pecan Crumble

Twitter inspiration strikes again! This time in the form of a pumpkin mousse that was the main filling for a pumpkin tiramisu recipe tweeted from Food and Wine Magazine. By the time I got around to testing the recipe my daughters had found and devoured the lady fingers needed for the recipe.

I am a big fan of bite-sized desserts and decided that the mousse could play the star role with a raw nut and dried fruit crumble as its side kick. My first test batch of 15 tarts were gone in 5 minutes! It’s creamy fall flavors wrapped in buttery phyllo topped with a crunchy sweet crumble; this is a must at my Thanksgiving dessert buffet.

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Raw Banana Trifle

I am not much of a baker but I love to make easy, simple raw treats and desserts, which are a healthier way to satisfy that sweet tooth anyway. Here is one of my favorites that can be made year round. Raw foods tend to be dense and this recipe is no exception which means smaller portion sizes are very satisfying.

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Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds in a Manuka Honey and Red Wine Reduction

This was the grand finale for Mystic Meals Under the Moon’s Full Harvest Moon 4-Course Dinner. The richness of the chocolate and pumpkin seeds were perfectly balanced by the petite size and lightness of fresh figs. Paired with a cinnamon or other fall-spiced hot tea and you have the perfect early fall dessert or snack when figs are in season.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Something about the start of fall (even if it is 90 degrees) has me trying all kinds of quick breads. As you know I am not much of a baker and quick breads are very forgiving and easy. While banana bread is my good ‘ole standby (as I always have ripe bananas lying around), I wanted to try my hand at a gluten-free version of a popular end-of-summer, early fall favorite- zucchini bread (when we are all trying to use up the abundance of zucchini in our gardens). Two thumbs up from family and friends and they did not even miss the wheat flour or refined sugar.

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Coconut-Cranberry Chia Pudding

I adapted a chia pudding recipe from Natural Health Magazine to make it more palatable to kids, thinking this would be a great substitute to store bought puddings. Much to my surprise this tastes and has a texture more similar to rice pudding. Both my daughters gobbled it up! Steeped in calcium-rich milk and blood regulating cinnamon, and studded with sweet cranberries and healthy fat from the shredded coconut, the high protein, and high fiber, omega-3 rich chia seeds are in good company creating a healthy grab-and-go breakfast, snack or sleep-inducing nibble.

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Sweet and Salty Nutter Balls

My husband likes Lara Bar’s Uber bars and one day he brought home a box of “Roasted Nut Rolls”. I liked the name so I flipped to the ingredients and decided I wanted to make a simple version at home. These were a huge hit with my gym friends (great for both pre- and post-workout) as well as a sweet treat, snack or quick, grab-and-go breakfast for my family.