Healthy Desserts and Detox - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Healthy Desserts and Detox

March 22, 2011

A Future Health Now! member just emailed and I thought her’s was such an important topic that I immediately set out to blog about it.

She said I mentioned a couple of tasty desserts in her most recent module but didn’t give the recipes. They are probably buried in some previous module but I thought I’d dust them off and give them to everyone. They’re from the IBS for Dummies Cookbook that I wrote with my sister Christine Wheeler. And they include a recipe that my foster-daughter, Shannon contributed.

After you indulge in the following yummy treats, you can sign up to receive Shannon’s Free World Detox Day Guidebook and an interview we did together (page 6).

Actually, I’m just kidding about needing to detox after these desserts because they are actually quite healthy. Pure cacao (chocolate) is very high in magnesium. Coconut milk is an antifungal containing immune-boosting levels of medium chain fatty acids. Avocado is a fantastic health food with high levels of glutathione (antioxidant), Vitamin E and healthy fats. Limes and lemons are packed with Vitamin C.

Carolyn’s Chocolate Banana Cream Pudding

The name says it all! This recipe is probably already out there, but I haven’t found the original chef. It popped into my head when all I had on hand for company was frozen bananas, 100-percent raw chocolate powder (cacao), and coconut milk. And voilà: A dreamy dessert with healthy ingredients was born . . . and quickly eaten.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: None

Yield: 2 servings

4 small frozen bananas, cut into rounds
4 ounces full-fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons cacao powder
Strawberries or blueberries, for garnish

1. Pulse the bananas, coconut milk, and cacao powder in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.
2. Serve with sliced strawberries and/or blueberries.

Tip: Cacao powder is all the rage on the Raw culinary scene, so it’s easy to obtain at health food stores or online at stores like

Per serving: Calories 152; Fat 6.7 g (Saturated 5.7 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 5 mg; Carbohydrate 25.4 g (Fiber 3.5 g); Protein 2.2 g; Sugar 12.4 g.

Key Lime Mousse
This recipe, also from Shannon Leone’s Raw kitchen is fast and so delicious that it hits the spot every time! Avocados are non-sweet fruits, a source of healing vitamin E, and a source of healthy fat that keeps joints lubricated, provides insulation around nerve sheathes, and is great for the hair and skin.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: None

Yield: 2 servings

2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
2 limes, squeezed
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw, organic honey
Sprig of mint for garnish
2 strawberries, thinly sliced, for garnish

1. Blend the avocados, lime, vanilla, and honey in a food processor until smooth and creamy.
2. Serve in a dessert cup with a sprig of mint and very thinly sliced strawberries.

Tip: To save yourself time, you can purchase organic lemon juice in bottles to keep on hand for when you don’t have lemons to squeeze.

Vary It! You can substitute 1 lemon for the 2 limes if that’s all you have on hand. And add more lime or lemon juice for a stronger citrus taste. You also can use agave nectar instead of honey.

Per serving: Calories 407; Fat 29.3 g (Saturated 4.5 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 18 mg; Carbohydrate 39.5 g (Fiber 23.6 g); Protein 4.3 g; Sugar 19.6 g.


Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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