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Thursday, March 22, 2012

We Need More Healthy Dessert Joints

 Sure, you can find several healthy food establishments in many areas of the US, but do they offer healthy desserts? I’m not talking about organic sugar and whole eggs from free range hens, no; we need places that offer desserts healthy enough to count as a nutritional meal.

Why? Where’s the fun in that, you ask? I understand dessert should be Dessert, but with increasing health problems, special diets, and people like me who just want treats without so many empty, over-processed calories, there’s a void to be filled.

This is something I think about while working (accounting doesn’t feed my imagination very well) and wishing I had my own food business. I like my job, but its still “work”; I’d like to earn my income from something I created and feel passionate about. This way it won’t be viewed as just a job where I work, it would be my own (ok, Kelley’s too) and I would be working with what I love….Food!

Assorted stevia baked goods ready for consumption!

The menu items wouldn’t require a lot of prep work with long wait times, just a nice place to have tea, coffee, and healthy treats like those seen on some of my posts or on Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Blog. Maybe there could be savory foods like the Clean Eating recipes on The Gracious Pantry for a healthy lunch. The menu should be relatively simple so customers can get in and get out; like a donut shop…..but not. Then there’s no reason to go to some unhealthy joint because of convenience!

Sourced from CCK's Blondie Batter Dip Post

I’ve been inspired to create many recipes based on those posted by Chocolate-Covered Katie, and it’s obvious there are many, many fans of her recipes. To bring these nutritious treats into a restaurant seems like a great idea to me. Yeah, you could measure out a tablespoon of cocoa, another tablespoon of flour, some salt, sweetener, puree of some sort, etc to make a Microwave Chocolate Cake at home and that would be fine. Or, you could go with some friends to each order your own microwave chocolate cake with ingredients of your choice (vanilla protein powder, peanut flour, whole spelt flour, etc.) and enjoy their company with a cup of tea or coffee.

Healthy dessert joints like this would prove to be popular hang outs around college campuses too. Hey, this might help offset the “Freshman 15”……or “20” or “50”……ok, I’ll stop.

Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bread with sliced banana peanut butter and honey!

Wouldn’t you like a place to enjoy guilt-free fruit and squash “ice cream”, stevia-sweetened treats, grain-free cereal, or Baked Overnight Oatmeal snacks as a tasty treat that can double as a nutritious breakfast? For lunch, you could have healthy tuna/salmon cakes or a tasty mix of cubed sweet potatoes with black beans and tuna.

If you had a place like this to go, would you? If so, what would you want on the menu?


  1. I agree, we DO need more healthy dessert joints! I would love Froyo, stevia baked goods, huge fruit salads on the menu! :D

    1. Thanks for the comment, Shannon, glad I'm not alone! Now I just need to find a good location......oh, and a lot of start-up capital!! Until then, I'll bake a treat.