Small Bite Desserts // Time to Celebrate

This month is the Recipe Redux's 6th birthday, so it seemed fitting that the theme for the month was all about celebration and small bite desserts:

“In honor of our 6th birthday, we’re celebrating with cake…or another small bite dessert that fits your fancy. Show us your healthy small bite dessert creation.”

It has been a really busy month for me with exams, starting up Wholesome Kitchen, planning the first Taste & See workshop (more on this in the coming week), and a few other time-consuming (but exciting) things taking up a lot of my time. I had been working on the most delicious small-bite dessert for this post and had perfected the recipe and earlier this week I planned to make my creation and photograph it, however, in all of my rushing around I managed to create a BIG FLOP! Needless to say, I wasn't able to take nice photographs or share the recipe in time for this month's theme.

I think that over the next week I am going to have to slow down a bit, take some time to sit and be quiet and prioritise tasks and 'to-do's' according to their importance as well as the joy that they bring me and those around me. This world is SO busy and it can be a bit overwhelming at times, but in the midst of chaos, noise, and things to do I am so grateful to find peace when I need it most:

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
— Psalm 62:5-6

Some DELICIOUS small-bite desserts

Anyway, enough about that. I thought that instead of sharing my own small-bite dessert recipe, I would share a few of the recipes shared by other Recipe Redux members that have caught my eye. Oh, but be sure to check out all of the recipes by clicking on the link in the Recipe Redux picture at the end of the post :) There are SO many delicious looking healthier treats that have been shared. If you want to take a look at some of my previous creations, head over to this link and let me know what you think :)

1. Grain-Free German Chocolate Bundt Cakes

Gretchen does an amazing job of turning the classic bundt into a chocolatey, grain-free, miniature version that will make you want to whip out your baking hat and get in the kitchen ASAP. You might as well check out the rest of Kumquat, Gretchen's blog, whilst you're over there. She is a registered dietitian who has become a recipe developer, food stylist, and cookbook author. Her blog has some wonderful gluten-free recipes that satisfy the taste buds, each with some beautiful photographs that satisfy the eyes.


2. The Best Banana Pudding

I know that I've mentioned it here on the blog before, but I used to HATE bananas. I am now a huge fan of bananas in things like smoothies, oats, baked goods, and desserts, but still struggle to think about eating a whole banana straight out of its peel. Anyway, these little banana puddings made by Kaleigh of Lively Table look absolutely divine, and I'm sure I'll have to give them a try sometime soon. Kaleigh made the banana pudding in individual mason jars, making them adorable and perfect for serving at parties. While you're checking out this recipe take a look at some of her other posts including this one, and this one. She is "...on a mission to make healthy eating indulgent. [She's] a firm believer in the power of a good meal, and [she] wants you to be too!".


3. Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with "nice" Cream

Next up we have a healthier twist on an American classic, the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich, which is made with "nice" cream instead of ice cream. The ice cream sandwich is one of my favorite indulgent desserts, so this recipe is a great healthier alternative (especially with the peanut butter flavoured banana "nice" cream, YUM!). This recipe can be found at FitLiving Eats along with a whole lot of other delicious looking recipes :) The blog is run by Carly, a health coach, wellness advocate and aspiring home cook who is on a continuous journey of learning new and exciting ways to live a vibrant and healthy life. Go check it out if you have some time.


4. Maca Almond Balance Balls

This recipe by Karlie from Karl Cooks is an interesting one. Karlie has taken the energy ball craze and included an interesting ingredient called maca, which has the ability to act as an adaptogen. This means that it has the unique ability to help the body adapt to whatever imbalances it is experiencing (for example hormonal imbalances) and helps to bring it back to homeostasis. I'll definitely be doing a bit more research into this interesting ingredient in future :) These yummy looking snack balls are full of healthy fats, fiber, protein, and maca, and Karlie has named them balance balls because they were created to balance your hormones and support all of your bodily processes.  Oh while you're on her blog why not check out this page for a cool 'getting started' resource for if you're keen to try out a more plant-based diet approach.

Ok enough tasty dessert recipes for today :) Take a look at some of the other yummy Recipe Redux posts by clicking on the link below if you're keen to see what other delicious creations were developed this month.