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Simple Desserts Made From Fruit & Spices

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I enjoy having something sweet to end a meal. I've been experimenting with combining fruit with spices as a simple alternative to less healthy desserts. I've been surprised at how nicely my experiments have turned out! A good result from my new gluten-free diet.

Here are a few successes:

-canned pineapple slices sprinkled with cilantro and paprika

-fresh pear dusted with chili powder (really!)

-sliced banana topped with cardamon powder

-prunes stewed in water with cloves

-cut-up kiwis and strawberries dribbled with a balsamic vinaigrette and dill

Let me know if you have your own versions. : )

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Wow that sounds gross! hahaha I just might try it out one day though, when I'm feeling really adventurous! ;D

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How about corn meal and banana with some cocoa powder, cinnamon and honey cooked with coconut milk in the nuker for a few minutes.

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pears simmered with bay leaf, allspice, and black pepper

pears simmered with lemon, cinnamon, and fresh ginger

pears and cranberries with lemon, ginger, and brown sugar

pears simmered with rosemary

pears (or peaches?) roasted with balsamic vinegar

(see theme: cooked pears. Roasting or braising would probably also work.)

melon with mint

strawberries with basil

I like crushing herbs with a little sugar (maybe 1/2 teaspoon) in a mortar and pestle to help release all the oils when you aren't cooking them.

Anyone tried anything with chives or sage? I have both coming out my ears, practically.

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I like making raw "cookies" out of ground up flax seed meal, nuts, banana, and dates. Blend until its a paste, then roll up into balls. These taste especially good rolled in powdered cocoa and put in the freezer for a few hours.

Sometimes I have one of these for breakfast. They're packed with protein and nutrients and are a great way to start the day. They're great as a treat as well.

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Baked or fried apples with cinnamon.

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Great to see everyone else's posts!

I'm looking forward to stewing up some pears, and maybe some apples (with cinnamon?). And, naiiad, I definitely want to try out the your cookies!

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