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My Five Favourite Healthy Desserts

Who doesn’t like to enjoy a good dessert from time to time? Whether you prefer chocolate or one of Quebec’s treasures, maple syrup, here are some of my favourite healthy desserts to satisfy your cravings guilt-free (or almost)!

At the top of the list, I suggest a chocolate mousse recipe (in French only) by Geneviève O’Gleeman, nutritionist. With only three ingredients, this recipe is simple, delicious, and nutritious. This mousse has a smooth creamy texture with an intense chocolate taste that effectively masks its secret ingredient: tofu! For this recipe, I suggest you use quality dark chocolate from a chocolate shop. Try it without a second thought! You can also indulge in the delicious dark chocolate mousse recipe from the Zero Diet recipe book.

What comes second on my list? A refreshing dessert inspired by a recipe from head chef Louis-François Marcotte (in French only). Simply mix light ricotta cheese with a drizzle of maple syrup, some roasted pistachios for a crunchy texture, a fresh diced fig and a few raspberries. Thanks to its protein content, this dessert is filling and is therefore the perfect complement to a light meal. I bet your taste buds will beg for more!

Third place belongs to the Zero Diet Chocolate Mendiant (truffles) with Field Berries recipe. Ready in minutes, all you need is chocolate and your favourite berries (frozen or dried). Personally, I love a mix of fleur de sel, pecans, cranberries, and dried mangoes. Unleash your creativity! First, melt the chocolate in a double boiler before adding the other ingredients, and then shape into bite sizes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Refrigerate and enjoy… in moderation!

In fourth place is a maple risotto, in which you can substitute cinnamon for star anise and add some currants to experience pure bliss! I personally tried this version and fell in love with it!

Finally, have you ever heard of the “Desserts santé pour dents sucrées” books? In two volumes, nutritionists Annick De Celles and Andréanne Martin offer a wide range of healthy desserts that showcase vegetables and will satisfy your sweet tooth! Try the Truffle and Garden Pea recipe (in French only) featured in the second edition: a blend of chocolate and garden pea puree that provides a significant quantity of fibre. These truffles are simply delicious!

Do you have a healthy dessert recipe you would like to share with us?

By Valérie Noël, nutritionist

Valérie Noël

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Université Laval in 2006 and member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec, Valérie has been working as a nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since March 2014. Throughout her career, she has worked in various fields, from hospitals and physical rehabilitation to writing articles and reference documents. However, she has dedicated the majority of her work to food safety and allergies. Curious and versatile… but most of all, passionate about cooking and sports nutrition, she loves giving advice to her clients to help them make the best choices to reach their specific objectives, whatever they may be. Physical activity has always been an important part of her life: recreative and competitive volley-ball, training in the gym, group classes, and also running in the last few years. She also loves the feeling of freedom she gets from it, and would love to surpass herself by running increasingly longer distances during competitions!

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