15 Guilt Free
Anti-Candida Desserts
Made In Less Than 15 Minutes
by Aga Postawska, Holistic Health Coach, on Feb 27 2017
Cleansing Candida doesn’t have to feel restricting. 

I’ve rounded up some of my favourite healthy dessert recipes for you to indulge in (guilt free) during your Candida cleanse so you can satisfy your rumbling belly and even please your sweet tooth while you’re at it.

Lets dig in!
Sweet Tooth Basics
The dietary trick to fighting off sugar cravings is to fight sugar with fat and protein! Healthy fats found in avocado, coconut oil, in seeds and nuts, will stop a sugar craving in its tracks, help trigger satiety, all while delivering a mouthful of gut soothing nutrients.

Once you’ve learned the basics, the combination of delicious guilt free treats is infinite. Your go to ingredients consist of:
  •  Nuts and nut butters: almond, cashew, walnut, pecan, macadamia, pistachio
  •  Seeds: chia, flaxseed/linseed, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy, hempseed
  •  Avocado & coconut, and their oils
  •  Berries: blueberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries
  •  Fermented Dairy: homemade yoghurt or kefir (or organic store bought if you must) 
  •  Ghee (clarified butter)
  •  Nut and seed milks: almond, coconut, cashew, pumpkin, hemp (no soy)
  •  Sweeteners: stevia (fresh, extract, or powder - not Truvia or Stevita), lakanto (monk fruit and non                GMO-derived erythritol), organic xylitol derived from birch bark (not GMO corn), mesquite powder
  •  Tasty additions: raw cacao powder (not cocoa), cinnamon (ceylon is best), cardamom, vanilla powder,        maca, ashwaganda, chaga, spirulina, chlorella, moringa, basil, mint, nutmeg, clove.

A Quick Note About Alternative Sweeteners

When looking for an option that best suits you, listen to how your body responds to these sugar alternatives.  Everyone's tolerances/allergies to sweeteners is different.  

Some people do well with xylitol, while others can get stomach aches from it.  Erythritol, which is found in lakanto, can cause an allergic skin reaction for some people and irritate digestive disorders like SIBO.  Stevia seems to be a well rounded natural sweetener for most, but some don't have an affinity for it's particular after taste. Try each one and see which best serves you.

And remember, just because these sweeteners are "Candida safe", they should be consumed in moderation, still treated as a dessert not as a staple in your diet.

****Do NOT take Coconut Oil (or other MCT oils) with your CCWS capsules.
We recommend omitting these oils during your 5 day Loading Period during the Candida Cleanser Protocol and instead indulging in these healthy fats during your 10 day Off Period.  This is simply because the MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) found abundantly in coconut oil, can have a laxative effect in the body and may prevent you from absorbing the active ingredient in CCWS, Lufeneron. So to ensure that you get maximum results during your cleanse avoid coconut oil on your loading days.


Cashew Cream
  1 cup cashews
•  Vanilla powder, or cardamom, to taste (optional)
•  Pinch of sea salt

1.  Soak cashews in boiling hot water for 30 mins. 
2.  Drain and transfer into a blender, add spices, and blend into a paste. 
3.  If you need more liquid add some water or nut milk like coconut or almond milk.

Use this cashew cream as a dip for fresh veggies, (cucumbers, peppers, zucchini) or drizzle over fresh blueberries and add your garnishes like coconut flakes, hemp seeds, cinnamon powder.


Chocolate Avocado Mousse
•  1 ripe avocado
•  1-2 tbsp virgin coconut oil 
•  1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder (adjust to your taste buds)
•  Pinch of sea salt

1. Peel and mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork.
2. Add coconut oil and cacao powder and continue mixing/mashing until you have a smooth mousse. (You could also use a food processor)
3. Treat yourself to a rich dark chocolate dessert or add any above Candida approved sweetener, stevia works great. Eat it on it's own or mix in our favourite berries, nuts, or seeds.


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

•  2 tbsp raw cacao powder
•  2 tbsp coconut oil
•  1 tbsp cashew butter (or almond butter)
•  Fresh strawberries
•  Sweetener of choice from above approved list
•  1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional)

1. Mix coconut oil with cacao powder in a bowl with a spoon to make a chocolate paste, similar to the recipe above.  You might have to slightly heat the oil to melt it so it blends smoothly with the cacao powder. You can adjust the ratio of coconut oil and cacao to your taste preferences. 
2. Add in your nut butter of choice and mix well until smooth.
3. Sweeten with your choice of sweetener.
4. Deep each strawberry in the chocolate and either eat it on the spot, or sprinkle with your favourite crushed nuts (almond flour, coconut flakes) place on a plate and put in the fridge to cool and serve chilled as a classy dessert.


Lemon Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding
•   Chia seeds
•  1 cup raspberries
•   Juice of half a lemon (Meyer’s lemon for a natural sweet taste)
•  1/2 homemade yoghurt or kefir (coconut or milk)

1. Pre-make the chia seed pudding base by soaking chia seeds in water for 1-2 hours. Use a ratio of 1:10 ratio, 1 part chia seeds to 10 parts water. That's about 1-2 tbsp of chia seed per cup of water. They quickly expand and release a jelly like substance.  Mix occasionally while the chia seeds soak as they tend to clump together. You can keep a big batch of this base handy in your fridge to sip on its own, add to smoothies, and have ready for desserts when your sweet tooth calls.
2. In a blender, blend raspberries, lemon juice, vanilla, and ½ cup yoghurt or kefir.
3. Add to the chia seed pudding mix. (Again playing with your own ratio) .
4. Top off with shredded coconut or your favourite crushed nuts: pecans or walnuts.

Alternative Method:
You can also use 1 cup of coconut or almond milk, add 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds.  Add vanilla, cardamom, and coconut flakes.  Shake.  Set in the fridge overnight and have your pudding ready for the morning. 

Play around with combinations: cacao and almond butter, cinnamon and lemon, blueberries and pistachio, strawberry & basil, cucumber with lemon and mint.

You can even try adding raw (pastured and organic) egg into the mix for extra creamy texture. (It's actually tastier than it sounds and really good for you.)


Linseed Chia “Porridge”
•  2 tbsp ground linseed (also known as flaxseed)
•  2 tbsp chia seed
•  Handful of crushed nuts/seeds
•  1 tbsp coconut oil
•  1 tbsp of our favourite nut butter

1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and add hot water.
2. Stir and let sit for 5 mins. The chia and linseed will release a gelatinous porridge consistency and you can add as much water you like to adjust the consistency.
3. Option to finish it off with a splash of nut milk or yoghurt/kefir (add anything fermented after the porridge cools to avoid harming the beneficial bacteria). 



Very Berry Oven Baked Salad
•  Your favourite berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black currents
•  2 cups ground almond/walnut/pecans
•  2 tbsp hempseed
•  Shredded coconut
•  Ghee or coconut oil
•  Sprinkle of cinnamon and/or nutmeg

1. Mix your choice of berries together, cut them up or blend them.
2. Add nuts, sprinkle with shredded coconut , cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Drizzle with 200 grams of ghee or coconut oil. 
4. Bake at 150C or 350F for up to 30 mins.


Healthy Nutella!
That's right, this is a guilt free version of nutella. All you need is a food processor and you can effortlessly create extravagant nut butters at home in under 20 minutes.

• 2 cups raw hazelnuts (soaked and dehydrated for GAPS approved nut butter)
• 1/4 cup raw cacao 
• 1-2 tablespoons of neutral, light tasting oil like coconut oil or ghee
• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder (to taste)
•  sweeten with stevia, lakanto, organic birch tree xylitol, or mesquite powder
• 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Blend in a food processor for 15-20 mins until creamy smooth and WHALA! Enjoy on strawberries guilt free!


Smoothies
Get playful with smoothie combinations with the ingredients from the list above.

Avocado, coconut milk, lemon, lime, mint, chlorella, stevia.
Almond butter, handful of walnuts, raw egg, cacao, maca, chaga tea, mesquite, hempseed milk.
Strawberry, vanilla, cardamom, basil, lakanto.
Blueberries, raspberries, cashews, cinnamon, milk kefir.

You can also toss in above ground vegetables and fresh herbs like: cucumber, cilantro, parsley, wheat grass, chard, kale, spinach, beet tops, collard greens.

Tip:
To make dark leafy greens more digestible (especially if you have leaky gut), try lightly steaming your greens before adding them into your smoothie.  Kale, chard, and spinach in general are better tolerated and digested when slightly cooked.

Cooking leafy greens also diminishes the oxalic acid content of these vegetables.  The problem with oxalic acid is that it binds with calcium and other minerals (like magnesium and iron) in order to be excreted from the body which can add to mineral deficiencies.  And since many of us are deficiency in these minerals as is, consuming vegetables high in oxalic acid can further exasperate nutritional deficiencies.

With smoothies you have the option of adding in any addition gut healing supplements such as:

•  L - glutamine powder
•  Collagen protein
•  Probiotic powder
•  MCT oil
•  Alpha Lipoic Acid

For inspiration for superfood boosted smoothie recipes check out The Grateful Gut Smoothie
https://tailordlife.com/blogs/food/the-grateful-gut-smoothie-recipe

Tailor uses a lot of gut healing supplement in his recipes such as l-gluatmine, bone broth powder, collagen powders, and MCT oil.  If you can get your hands on a few and incorporate them into your healing regime you can help speed up your recover from leaky gut and Candida.  If you don’t have these supplements handy, omit them from the recipe and go with what you have at home.

Use any smoothie leftovers to mix with your chia seed pudding base and store in your fridge for next time.

Apple Skin Chips
•  Skin of 3-4 apples
•  2 tbsp of coconut oil
•  1 tsp of vanilla
•  1 tsp of ceylon cinnamon 
•  Dash of nutmeg

1.  Heat the oil up in a large skillet on medium low heat
2.  Toss in the apple skins and spices. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
3.  The dish is done when the apple skins start caramelizing.


10 Minute Chocolate Muffin (Use the stevia option)
Who thought you could bake tasty treats in less than 15 minutes?  Check out this super quick recipe from Grass Fed Girl. Make sure to omit the honey and use the stevia option. 
http://www.grassfedgirl.com/easy-10-minute-chocolate-muffin-grain-free-gluten-free-dairy-free/

Coconut Blueberry Pancakes
•  3 eggs
•  2 tablespoons of coconut flour
•  Pinch of sea salt
•  1 tbsp of ghee 
•  Handful of blueberries
•  Option to add vanilla or cardamom powder

1. Beat the eggs, add the flour and salt.
2. Toss in the blueberries.
3. Fry on low to medium heat on ghee. About 2 minutes on each side. This mix makes 2 pancakes.

Enjoy with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and cashew cream.

Raspberry Sorbet
To make quick sorbet anytime of the day in under 5 minutes make sure you have frozen berries stocked in your fridge.

•  1 cup frozen raspberries
•  Splash of yoghurt, coconut milk, or kefir
•  Juice of half a lemon 
•  Option to add vanilla powder or extract

1. Pop the berries in a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
2. In the last few seconds add the remainder ingredients.
3. Serve on the spot, or pop back in the fridge/freezer to freeze it to get your desired consistency.

Bon appetite!
Aga Postawska
In-House Holistic Health Coach
Candida Cleanser

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