Guilt Free Desserts??? Do tell…

SO this past week I have been trying to stay away from sugar and dairy products. That means as a result that many of my most beloved desserts are out of the question. I have been getting reaaaaally creative trying to find substitutes for things I would normally make, and many of them have turned out surprisingly well! I thought I would share a few desserts that really fixed my cravings in a flash. 

All of these desserts are clean eating, daniel fast friendly, and gluten free*.

*Use gluten free oats

1. Banana and Oatmeal Cookies 

Clean Eating, Daniel Fast Friendly, Gluten Free

Makes about 10-12 cookies, depending on how big you make them. 

These babies are made of exactly what they say – banana and oatmeal. That is all you really need, but adding a few extra things makes them pop. Here is what I used in mine:

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup of oats (use gluten free if you need a gluten free recipe)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Handful (so accurate, I know…) of dried cranberries

Mix all of your ingredients together and then scoop them out in cookie sized lumps onto a baking sheet. 

Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 and these guys are done-zo! 

2. Two Ingredient “Ice Cream”

Clean Eating, Daniel Fast Friendly, Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly

Makes 2 servings (or sometimes only one…)

Many of you have probably heard of banana ice cream, it is a big fad on pinterest right now. I tried it a year or so ago and it turned out terribly. Well, I did some more research this time and figured out that the key to making it turn out well is frozen bananas. Duh. I know, I should have realized. I tried to use room temperature bananas and then freeze it afterwards and it was pretty gross. 

You need:

2 ripe bananas cut into about 1/4 inch slices. 

1/2-3/4 cup of frozen fruit (I like peaches, strawberries, blueberries… whatever works!) 

A note about the frozen fruit – I am always tempted to add more fruit after the half cup. You can add a tiny bit more, but too much more and the texture of your ice cream changes, and surprisingly it doesn’t taste as sweet. So try and stick to 1/2 – 3/4 cup if you still want the creamy texture. 

The first step is to freeze the bananas until they are totally frozen. I put wax paper on a plate so they would be easier to get off later. 

When the bananas are totally frozen, put them in a food processor with your frozen fruit and blend, blend, blend!! At first it looks like it is not going to work, but keep going! Patience gets you deliciousness. Also, I have tried this with a blender and a food processor. Both work, but a blender takes much longer. With both ways it is a good idea to stop and scrape the sides every so often. 

Nom Nom!!! This looks and tastes extremely similar to real ice cream. 

3. Apple Crisp

Clean Eating, Daniel Fast Friendly, Gluten Free

Makes 2 servings

Apple crisp is at the top of my list of favorite desserts!!! But most apple crisp recipes have tons of butter and brown sugar… what to do!

2 apples cut into cubes (I used one granny smith and one pink lady)

1/2 cup of dried cranberries

1/2-3/4 cup of oats (I just eye balled it to make sure that the apples weren’t suffocating in oats.)

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon (just make sure the apples are coated nicely)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ginger

dash of allspice

First mix apples in a bowl with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and all spice. Then add in oats and dried cranberries. Then throw everything into a baking dish and toss these babies in the ole’ oven.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. 

Devour unashamedly. I may or may not have eaten this for breakfast… 

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Okay! I will try to get some more pictures up later of these delicious and healthy treats! For now, you’ll just have to use your super active imaginations and take my word that you definitely need to try them. 

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Traveling Along the Romantic Road

I was so tempted to call this post “The Road Less Traveled.” However, due to the popularity of the city we visited, this would be entirely untrue. You are quite lucky that I spared you such a cheesy title and opted for something more classy. *cough, cough.* 

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Red Fortress above the Tauber) is a city along the Romantic Road that is a popular tourist destination because of its beauty and history. It is one of the only cities left in Germany with walls still around the city, having escaped most of the damage from WWII.

Jason and I had the privilege to visit this city this past weekend and we were not disappointed!

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 Here is an etching of the city that gives you a pretty good idea of what it looks like. Being the artist that I am, I am totally in love with how much detail is in this! This was etched into a copper plate, mind you. So much time had to have gone into this piece. 

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 As it started to get dark, we headed out to the wall to look out at the city where it curves back around. It was so beautiful, something that this photo doesn’t quite do justice! 

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 This clock tower is from the 1300’s!! It totally blows my mind to be in a city that is literally older than my country… We are talking Canterbury Tales, the Divine Comedy, the bubonic plague, the first translation of a Bible into English – all in the 1300’s. And this tower is still here. BAM. And we think Washington D.C. is old… 

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This is St. Jacobs church, also from the 1300’s. It took 170 years to build and is built in the Gothic style. 

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This tower is one of the oldest buildings in the city, built in (drumroll…) 1172! What was going on in the 1100’s you ask? Well. I shall tell you. The crusades, Oxford was founded, AND Richard the Lionhearted becomes King… which means ROBIN stinkin’ HOOD. It does cross my mind that maybe Robin Hood once crossed under this arch. I know he lived in England, but maybe he traveled. You never know! 

Okay, surely you’ve had enough history for tonight. But lets end on a yummy note with these famous Rothenburg treats, Schneeballs. Yes, they should be in a Dr. Seuss book. 

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Schneeball means snowball in English, and they are basically shortbread covered in powdered sugar, chocolate, nuts, caramel, or any other random sugary delight. 

For family members and friends who want to see better quality pictures of the city, be sure to keep an eye on Jason’s Facebook. I know he fared much better than I did with my phone! My philosophy of late has been taking pictures mostly for composition in order to sketch or paint later.