Generally speaking I do not have a sweet tooth. I would, 90% of the time, choose to have something savoury over something sweet (especially if there is cheese involved!!) However, every now and again I do get a real sweet craving and whether I am on a diet or not, I think it is important to listen to those cravings and try to satisfy them. I find that when I deny myself then that is when I will fall of the wagon. Plus, life and healthy eating should not be about denial, it should be about moderation… I am still working on that. When I get these sweet cravings, I do try and make myself some kind of dessert or sweet treat. In the winter, it will often be something indulgent and stodgy but in the summer I find I don’t want anything too heavy. Plus, I find that summer recipes tend to be a lot easier to make healthy and actually good for you. One of my main choices for a healthy dessert or sweet treat always involves berries because there are so many health benefits and I have a great recipe for a berry cheesecake recipe that I use!
As I said, when making a sweet treat or summer dessert, one of the best things to include are berries such as;
Up at the allotment we are currently growing blueberries, strawberries, loganberries and my favourite, raspberries. Berries are a great source of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and resveratrol. In addition to protecting your cells, these plant compounds may reduce disease risk which is always a bonus.
A super simple sweet treat dessert, is grabbing a cup full of raspberries and melting 2 squares of dark chocolate over the top of them, super healthy, tasty AND low in calories!
The problem I am having at the moment is there is STILL a distinct lack of flour in the shops, meaning that if you can’t get your hands on what seems to be rarer than gold at the moment, when cooking and baking it really limits your options when it comes to desserts and sweet treats.
Having lived in Sicily for several years, this cheesecake took me right back to the delicious flavours of that country and like I said, no flour which is great! I have used a number of Gino’s recipes in the past and this one is hopping right up onto my list to repeat! Gino’s bestsellers as well as a decent selection of discount baking books are available at The Works if you fancy trying your hand at making some delicious recipes!
One of the best things about Gino’s cheesecake recipe is that you could completely change the fruit if you choose as there are so many healthy fruitsand perhaps make it into a tropical cheesecake! You could definitely try
If you do decide to make it and switch up what fruit you use then let me know and don’t forget to share – Mango will be great if you have a really sweet tooth!
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