Authentically Sweet Yum!

Some delicious authentically sweet recipes by Stefanie. And healthy too. Enjoy!

In honor of the fact that the topic of food and nutrition can be overwhelming, I promised to follow up last week’s blog on superficial sweeteners with some naturally sweet recipes. I might add that I consider myself a half-assed baker, meaning that I suck at the exacting nature of baking (and I can’t stand it), so I aim for recipes that allow me to be a little lazy—so if my measurements are a tad off, it’s no biggie. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family and friends do (and of course I do)!

Ginger Banana Ice Cream
- 2 bananas (not over ripe), peeled and frozen, cut in half
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk, or other milk
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger root, with juice
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup, to taste


  1. Peel bananas, quarter and freeze in plastic bag or container overnight.
  2. In food processor, combine bananas, coconut milk, ginger and maple syrup and purée until creamy (about 5 minutes). Taste and if not sweet enough (sweetness depends on bananas' ripeness), add more maple syrup to taste (puréeing between incremental additions).
  3. Enjoy immediately.


Nutty Chip Cookies
12-24 cookies
- 2 cups rolled oats, ground in food processor
- 2 cups pecans, ground in food processor
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup canola oil
- 4 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚
  2. Combine rolled oats and pecans in a food processor and grind to a fine meal then add to large bowl
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly
  4. Form walnut size balls and press onto parchment covered cookie sheet until about 1/8" thick. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown


All recipes © 2012 Stefanie Sacks


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