5 Libido Boosting Desserts (Guilt and Gluten Free!)
POSTED ON February 18, 2015 BY Amber Alexander
By Amber Alexander
Oh, February… Many couples take this time of year to express their feelings for each other in ways both naughty and nice. If you are looking for new ways to spark some passion in your love life, look no further. As you plan your romantic endeavors this month, keep in mind these libido-boosting sweet treats. They are ALL delicious and are guilt and gluten free!
Wash and rinse the strawberries and set aside to dry. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dark chocolate until thick and smooth. Pour chocolate into a narrow, deep dish or glass. Dip strawberries into the chocolate allowing excess chocolate to drip off before placing on parchment paper. Repeat with all the strawberries.
Place strawberries in refrigerator and allow chocolate to set for at least 1 hour.
To make the white chocolate, blend together cashews, agave, and vanilla in a food processor or high-powered blender until completely smooth. With the motor running, add cocoa butter to cashew mixture. Blend until combined.
Fill a paper piping cone (or a ziplock bag with the tip cut off) with white chocolate and drizzle over the chilled strawberries. Return to refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Avocado Chocolate Mousse (Recipe by: Nicola Jane Hobbs). Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, potassium, and vitamin B6, which may prevent or delay heart disease and promote better blood flow.
2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour (add ¼ tsp xanthan gum if flour mix does not already contain it)
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
6 tbsp chilled butter, cut into small pieces
3 tbsp minced crystallized ginger
¾ cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1 large egg white
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp turbinado sugar or granulated sugar
⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat; cook 3 minutes or until berries begin to pop, stirring frequently. Set aside.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a food processor; pulse 3 times to combine. Add butter and ginger to processor; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Place mixture in a large bowl; add milk, stirring just until moist. Turn mixture out onto a lightly floured surface. Press mixture into a 7-inch circle; cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Combine egg white and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Lightly brush tops of wedges with egg white mixture; sprinkle evenly with turbinado sugar. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Place cream in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Split shortcakes in half horizontally; spoon ⅓ cup berry mixture over each bottom half. Top each with 1½ tablespoons whipped cream; cover with shortcake tops.
As someone who can’t eat gluten but LOVES to bake and cook (and has a wicked sweet tooth), I always love to try out new recipes that provide some health benefits too (or at the very least, are WAY healthier than some of the other options out there).
So treat yourself and your sweetie to some of these delicious (guilt and gluten free) treats and comment below to let me know what you think.
As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Amber Alexander follows her passion for vibrant wellness by supporting others in cultivating greater health and joy, specializing in family nutrition and individuals recently diagnosed with autoimmune diseases and/or food sensitivities.
When not working to make the world a healthier place one person at a time, she can be found on her yoga mat breathing deeply, in her kitchen cooking up nourishing deliciousness for her family and loved ones, or out dancing in the woods. She strives everyday to do at least one thing that infuses her whole being with radiance, joy and strength and believes that a hug can solve almost any quandary.
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