I have a last minute Christmas recipe for you! This is a dessert that I've been working on and perfecting. It's truly decadent and delicious but the best bit is that it's full of super healthy MS diet ingredients that will keep your blood sugar levels stable, energy levels high and your head clear. This is what we want on Christmas, right?
I have had too many Christmases where I have come away feeling bloated, full of cramps and completely exhausted. Then, there is the inevitable weight gain. Why do we do it to ourselves? I know that we feel it is our one day (or week) of the year where we can throw caution to the wind and eat whatever our hearts desire. However, what we only realise later is that we pay dearly for another 3-4 weeks afterwards as our bodies regain balance. We can still enjoy something healthy and feel like we have still had a treat. There is a whole world of sweet MS diet treats to be discovered!
Since I started the MS diet my festive seasons have been very different. Each year, I experiment with different MS diet dishes and come up with a choice few to serve to my sceptical family and friends. This year I have posted an appetiser, Mushroom & Pumpkin Seed Torte and a Christmas drink: Nutmeg & Cinnamon Eggnog. I haven't posted a main course but I can tell you that I will be relishing a meal of salmon and vegetables. It's clean and still pretty special even if it's what I usually eat!
The good news is that, I have managed to squeeze in this delicious dessert which I think you'll absolutely love. It's raw so it doesn't need any time in the, already in demand, oven. It does need a little time to set in the fridge though so make it a few hours before you're going to eat it. It's so super easy that you can whip it up in just 15 minutes and you probably have most of the ingredients already.
The caramel layer is the best part. Made primarily of dates and cashews, it has a gorgeous creamy, caramel flavour that is reminiscent of 'Carnation Treat' - a tin of pure, sugar-filled caramel I used to eat during my younger years. The South Africans among us will understand what I mean! Pure delightful sweetness! I'm pleased to announce that I have found the healthy alternative. To achieve the same smooth, creamy texture, you do need a high speed blender. My NutriBullet does a brilliant job but any good blender will do.
Layered Banoffi Dessert
Ready in: 15 minutes (needs a a few hours to set in the fridge)
Serves: 4-5 (Or a few more with smaller portions)
2 tsp almond butter
½ cup pecans
½ cup almonds
2 medjool dates
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp raw set honey
Blend all ingredients until well combined and press down into 2-3 glasses to make a firm base.
Caramel Cream Layer
4 medjool dates
2 Tbsp almond butter
½ cup cashew nuts
1 ripe/frozen banana
1 Tbsp maple syrup
4 Tbsp water
1-2 chopped banana for layering
Layer the banana on top of the base and cover with the caramel cream. You can be creative and do a few more layers if you like. Garnish with raspberries and chill for an hour before serving.
I just want to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas. May it be a calm, stress-free day with love and laughter echoing through your house. Try your utmost to stick to your MS diet and remember that you can still enjoy treats like this. You needn't feel deprived at all. Enjoy!