This is the perfect dessert, but it is so healthy and guilt-free that you could have this for breakfast or even as an afternoon snack to banish your sweet tooth. It is naturally sweetened with dates and banana, and packed with protein and healthy fats. Cinnamon does not only add a wonderful flavour and richness to this dessert, but it is also great for helping to stabilise blood sugar levels.
If you’re a regular follower of NYTD you probably would’ve noticed that I haven’t posted on the blog for a while. There is a good reason for it, I promise! You see, there is a bun in the oven. The kind that takes 9 months to cook up and leaves you feeling exhausted, nauseated and gagging at foods you used to love. Naturally, this has affected my normal way of eating and zeal for all things healthy and nutritious.
I love makeovers. Before and after photos of people who lost weight, renovated their home got a new haircut. It’s so fun to share in the transformation. But the best makeover of all is when you can take one of your favourite unhealthy recipes and make it healthy! But hopefully in this case, you WON’T be able to taste the difference between before (unhealthy) and after (healthy) – I couldn’t!
All you get here is a 100% satisfying piece of cake – dense, moist, and chewy. This is packed to the brim with good-for-you ingredients and filling too – so you won’t be tempted to have a second slice.
One of my most precious memories as a little girl was coming home from church, the house filled with aromas of the Sunday roast my mum had put in the oven that morning. The whole family sitting down for a long lunch with lots of laughter and jokes, us kids playing under the table and making fun of the mung beans in mum’s salad (little did I know about their nutritional value). The moment we were all waiting for finally came at the end of lunch and mum would reveal a perfectly baked Malva pudding from the oven. We could hardly wait for her to evenly divide it so that everyone had their fair share, and then of course with a big scoop of ice cream on top. Back then, you didn’t have dessert every night, you had a treat once a week. The desserts weren’t low fat, sugar-free, or gluten-free but man did they taste good!
Every now and then I will have a craving for this kind of pudding. If you’re South African (like me) or if you have any South African friends, I am sure they would’ve told you about this pudding before. It really is heavenly in taste, but unfortunately being laden with sugar, butter and cream, not so heavenly for your health. So here is my best recreation of a healthier version. Remember that any dessert, whether healthy or unhealthy, is still a treat and should only be enjoyed occasionally.