Labor Day weekend is filled with barbeques, sunshine, and trying to get in that last taste of summer. This year, I enjoyed an incredibly fun and relaxing weekend at Mohican Lake in the Catskills with my boyfriend’s family.
Since feeding 9 people for 3 days can be tough, everyone was in charge of a different meal. My mission was dessert! I don’t tend to make many desserts from scratch. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some sweets. In fact, I satisfy my sweet tooth almost every day (granola bars, smoothies, sweet & salty popcorn, or a little ice cream), but when it comes to making a big batch of cookies, I tend to wait for special occasions to bake. Otherwise, I end up eating way too much dough/batter/final product myself, and that does not a healthy lifestyle make. I digress…
Moving on to the weekend, I decided to bring two options to fit everyone’s dessert profiles. One was rich and chocolately, the other light and fruity.
The rich, chocolately treat was one I found months ago on Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes. Ganache filled double chocolate espresso cupcakes, or put simply, yum cakes!
These were a bit time consuming due to all the different components (cake, ganache, frosting), but easy enough to make. Since baking is much more about precise measurement that cooking, I stuck pretty religiously to the recipe.
Step 1: Make the cakes.
Step 2: Make the ganache.
Step 3: Fill cakes with ganache.
Step 4: Make the frosting.
Step 5: Frost. Eat. Welcome yourself to heaven.
Get the full recipe here.
For the light, fruity dessert, I really wanted to take advantage of all the great fruit that will be out of season soon, so I settled on this Peach Blackberry Cobbler. This was amazing served warm with a little vanilla ice cream, but the best part? It’s only about 110 calories a serving! I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor.
And we’re back. Check out the recipe here. The only thing I did differently was use regular old white flour as that’s what was in my cabinet. (It would have been a bit more nutritious with oat flour, but the calorie count would be about the same.) The secret to the low calorie portions is using natural sweeteners like bananas, dates, and the natural juices from the fruits instead of processed sugar.
Mouth watering yet? Go make these now. Need an excuse? You can celebrate the start of football season. Or fashion week. Or the fact that it’s Wednesday. Or that both desserts are 100% vegan.
Do you have any go-to dessert recipes? Any healthy twists on common desserts? Let me know. I’d love to test them out.