Indulge this Thanksgiving!

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If you are like me, one of the things you are most excited for this Thanksgiving is the dessert. I love sweets. And that is okay! I make my sweet tooth indulgences work for me with delicious, healthy versions of highly caloric desserts. This is what my whole Healthy Indulgence book is about. Eating what we want in a balanced and healthy way! Here is one of my amazing sample dessert recipes that you can enjoy all Thanksgiving long! Indulge in a healthy way with all of your guests!

Chocolate Dreamy Tart:

Here is a no-bake, decadent, elegant, too-good-to-be-true dessert that will keep your guests begging for more. I love using raw cacao powder as it has four times the antioxidant power of regular dark chocolate and contains protein, calcium, carotene, magnesium, and sulfur. I love garnishing this dreamy tart with pomegranate arils as it adds a tarty taste and looks divine.

Recipe:
makes: 10 slices
prep: 20 cook: 0 total: 20
egg-free | dairy-free | vegan

Ingredients:
Crust:
2 cups mixed pecans and walnuts
1 cup pitted Medjool dates, chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon maca powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Chocolate Filling:
2 cups raw cashew pieces
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup coconut oil, melted
1⁄4 cup cacao butter
1⁄ 3 cup nectar or maple syrup
8 tablespoons pomegranate juice
3⁄4 cup raw cacao powder

Garnish:
Pomegranate arils

Method:
Pulse all crust ingredients in a high-speed blender until the crust is combined and looks like a paste. Remove from blender, mix with your hands for 2 more minutes, and press into a springform (8-inch) pan into an even layer all around. Place in refrigerator or freezer to set. Next, take all the ingredients for the filling and place in high-speed blender and combine thoroughly. Remove crust from refrigerator and pour chocolate filling on top. Place in freezer until tart sets. Garnish with pomegranate arils and serve. Will stay fresh in your fridge for up to 7 days.

Sima’s Tip:
Feel free to garnish with any berry of your choice. I recommend adding cranberry sauce. A simple sauce with orange juice, cinnamon , and maple syrup.

I hope you enjoy this amazing dessert. One of my favorite things about my healthy indulgence book is that I do not deny that I have a sweet tooth. Instead of denying and banning myself from eating any sweets, I eat them in a healthy way. For example, in this recipe I add pomegranates, a super-food along WITH the chocolate. I think this is something everyone can benefit from as they get to “have their cake, and eat it too.”

 

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