strawberry bouquet with candy

These strawberry desserts have your choice of topping and are also easy  gifts you can make. Do it the super easy way or make chocolate covered strawberries. We explain both.

This is both a food and craft project so perfect for senior activities. The result will be an attractive centerpiece, door prize, or gift – sure to please. And satisfying to make and give.

If you’re planning elderly activities, be sure to consider these strawberries desserts  – both plain or chocolate covered. The project is easy to modify and to give extra help to those who may need it. Simple items are used, and you may already have some around.

Bouquets & Strawberry Desserts

Candy Vase With Bouquet

You will need:

  • 4 large strawberries
  • Vase of your choice – tall and narrow work well
  • Candies to fill vase – wrapped is always best if it’s for a non-family member
  • 4 long kabob skewers
  • Ribbon or raffia, and bow if you’re using one — or
  • Colored feathers, or artificial flowers instead of a bow
  • Curly reeds for bouquet (optional)
  • Whipped cream, — or
  • Dipping chocolate (in microwavable container), — or
  • Small gumdrop for top of strawberry instead of whipped cream or chocolate dip
  • 4 toothpicks if you are using gumdrops
  • Plate with waxed paper, if using dipping chocolate

Make sure your vase is washed and clean.

Fill the vase half way with your candy. Put the skewer sticks and curly reeds in, arranging them as you desire. I put them in at slightly different levels so the berries wouldn’t bump into each other. Finish filling up the vase with candies.

Then wrap the ribbon or raffia around the vase several times. You can also separate the strands to give a spiral effect. Insert the feathers, flowers, or attach a bow.

If you are going to be presenting this right away and the recipient can eat the strawberries soon, then it’s very easy to use whipped cream for the tops of the berries.

However, if you’ll be giving it or eating it later, use gumdrops on the tops (sticking them on with toothpicks), or make chocolate covered strawberries (see below). First put a strawberry on each skewer. At this point, put on the whipped cream topping, or gumdrop, if not using chocolate dipped.

You can decorate strawberry bouquets for many holidays and occasions, like these super easy ghosts. They are white chocolate dipped, and the instructions are further below. The faces were made with edible food markers. Or use chocolate squirt frosting in a tube. Then place them in a vase of black and/or orange jelly beans.

Below is another version of a bouquet to use both as a centerpiece (either on a buffet, or perhaps one on each table that can later be used for your strawberry desserts. Just change out what you fill the vase with, and surround it at the bottom with real or artificial flowers.

strawberry bouquet dessert

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you want to make chocolate covered strawberries, there’s a really easy way. Learn all about it and see our chocolate strawberry ideas,  at: Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

They also look fabulous with a white chocolate coating. And colored berries make fabulous strawberry desserts in a bouquet type arrangement.

Learn the specifics of what to do at the link above. Then just stick a kabob skewer in each berry. Fill a teapot or vase half way with florist foam or styrofoam, and arrange the berry sticks in it. I also made and inserted a few long, thin leaves of colored paper to add to the look.

Chocolate Strawberry Flowers

For this whimsical bouquet, make chocolate covered strawberries according to instructions, in any color you like. Add a candy on top, if desired.

To make the petals, I like to use old rolls of wallpaper samples (from the thrift store) or colorful wrapping paper. You could also use doilies. Fold your paper in half (so it will be double sided), making a 3 to 4 inch square.

Trace or draw a simple flower shape on it and cut it out. Glue the two sides together.

When the glue is dry, pierce the flower centers with something sharp, like a needle, then insert kabob skewers as stems. Also insert the skewer ends into the strawberries. Make as many as you want.

Then arrange them as a bouquet in a vase filled with candies, nuts, etc. If you put one on each table, or several in a grouping, there will be enough flower strawberry desserts for everyone.

For Valentine’s Day, you could also make the petals out of red or pink paper, and cut them in the shape of hearts.

Below is a sunflower style using the same petal onto a stick principle. By doing several, you could create a bouquet.

Bouquet Strawberry Desserts, with Parfait

These strawberry desserts involve a different approach, using layers of a variety of items such as ice cream, strawberry sauce, coconut, fruit, etc., layered with fresh strawberries. The berry bouquets are made as usual. These desserts would need to be eaten right away.

You can also make these red, white and blue, so they’re great for the Fourth of July. Or use green mint ice cream and more green in your coloring, for Christmas.

I first put a layer of fresh strawberry cranberry relish sauce, which I made and which is very easy. You just add some chopped berries to the recipe. Then I layered coconut, fresh strawberries, strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, etc. Whatever you like. I topped it with a little whipped cream.

Lastly, I insert 3 skewers with chocolate strawberries of different colors. Even just one would suffice. Fun for parties!

As a little alternative to using strawberry desserts in a bouquet, try a towering kabob. Very simple, with fruits and candies that are easy to get. See our strawberry apple fruit kabob page.

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Fresh strawberry desserts are available almost all year long!
Our strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. (And in the off-season, you can use frozen for most of these recipes).

Nutritious! – As you may know, strawberries are very healthy with no sodium, cholesterol or fat. Plus they’re high in vitamins like Vitamin C, and great for fiber and anti-oxidants to support our health.

These fun fresh strawberry desserts are perfect for special occasions and holidays such as Valentine’s Day, the 4th of July, even Christmas (red and green)! And, of course, all spring and summer long. Even during winter you can usually find fresh strawberries in the stores. Making strawberry treats are also delicious senior activity ideas that you can eat!

Fresh Strawberry Desserts

Apple Bowl With Berries

And lots of other goodies too. This is very healthy, especially using natural products.

Try real whipped cream and/or natural ice cream. (We used whipped cream from a can for some of our fresh strawberry desserts, but you can use fresh, home-made). Orstrawberry ice cream. Or both!

You will need:

  • A small plate or shallow bowl
  • Bright red apple, cut in half, core scooped out
  • About 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice cream (optional)
  • 6 to 8 pieces of cut fresh strawberries
  • 4 to 5 raspberries
  • 3 to 4 blueberries (optional, but fun for July 4th) !
  • Strawberry sauce (see recipe further below)
  • Small sized kabob skewer (“brochette” size)
  • Candy for garnishment

Pour lemon juice into a shallow small bowl, making a large puddle to dip the apple into.

Cut an apple in half and place it face down in the lemon juice right away, to prevent browning. Then take a spoon or knife to core and hollow out a bowl shape in the apple.

Drizzle some strawberry sauce into the hollow. If you are serving your fresh strawberry desserts right away, fill the hollow with a scoop of ice cream. You will want to have your berries all ready (strawberries cut in advance), to quickly prepare this so it does not melt. Otherwise, fill the hollow with whipped cream.

Then arrange the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and anything else you’d like to use. Add a little more whipped cream and berries, repeating as many layers as you’d like. Then stick the skewer into the apple, and top it off with a raspberry, blueberry, or other garnishment.

Arrange any candies around the bottom. Chocolate candy is also delicious with strawberries.

Strawberry Chocolate Cup

This item can actually be several projects for fresh strawberry desserts all in one. You have making the chocolate cup if you’d like (very easy, see below), and also the chocolate swirl on top (also easy, see our Food Activities page). And of course making the dessert itself. This could also be a fully no-bake project.

You will need:

  • Chocolate cups; either from store or home-made
  • 4 to 6 strawberries per cup
  • Other berries if desired
  • Strawberry ice cream 
  •  - OR – Whipped cream
  • Strawberry sauce (recipe below) or jam
  • Chocolate swirl for top, or other candy or topping

If you are making your own chocolate cups, which is really fun and quick, see below. When the chocolate is chilled and set, remove from their cups.

Cut several strawberries in small pieces. Place them in the bottom of the cups, along with a few other berries, until the cup is full. If you are using strawberry sauce or jam, drizzle it on at this point. Option: you could also add in a couple spoonfuls of chocolate custard/pudding. Add on a small scoop of strawberry ice cream. Top with a chocolate swirl (see how to make them at link above), or other candy or topper. That’s it!

Chocolate Cups

These delicious cups are fun food activities for seniors and can be used for all sorts of desserts! They have a natural, fanciful free-form look since they’re home made.

You will need:

  • Package of chocolate chips
  • Baking cups
  • Cupcake pan
  • Spray oil 
  • Craft paint brush
  • Spoons, water and paper towels
  • Platter

These are so easy. I just used regular paper baking cups. But if you can, the silicone cups work really well, as the chocolate pops right out.

Microwave the chocolate chips to melt them at short intervals. This avoids over-cooking. First melt for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Then 15 seconds, remove and stir. Do this routine until the chips are melted, with just a few lumps remaining, that will melt on their own as you stir.

Spray the paper baking cups with oil. Spoon melted chocolate onto the bottom of a baking cup and spread it around.

With a moist but not wet brush, brush chocolate up the sides of the cup to thoroughly coat it. Put them all in the fridge to set for 10 minute. (Wash and dry paint brush between applications).

Then brush another coat of chocolate, and into fridge for another 10 to 15 minutes. When they’re set, gently peel off the paper. Or pop them out of the silicone cups. Place them on a platter.

Now they’re ready to fill with your preference of ingredients for fresh strawberry desserts, or whatever else you choose.

Options — Here is another super simply way to use them. Just fill with fruit and whatever else you like, and squirt chocolate tube icing over them. Top with a candy.

Chocolate cups are excellent for any holiday events. You can also get squirt tube icing in a variety of colors to suit your occasion — such as green for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day; orange for Halloween. Strawberries (including frozen) can be found almost all year long.

All-Natural Strawberry Sauce

I make many berry sauces like this, and this one can be added into many fresh strawberry desserts for a little extra enhancement.

You will need:

  • Sauce pan with cover
  • 1 to 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup, to taste
  • About 1 teaspoon water

The amount of ingredients is flexible, depending on how much you’re making, and how sweet you want the sauce. Just place all the ingredients in the sauce pan. Bring to a boil on Medium heat, then turn it to Low and cover the pan.

Let it simmer for about a half hour or so, depending on how much strawberries you used. You want the berries to be soft. If you want the sauce to be thinner, add in a little more water, or even more honey/syrup. Then with a fork, mash the berries. Serve warm, add in to other desserts, or chill the sauce. I like to eat it just plain! It’s also great over ice cream.

Brandy Chocolate Strawberry Tart

I loved the recipe a reader submitted for Brandy Chocolate Custard and decided to use it on our fresh strawberry desserts page. You can also eliminate the brandy and just use vanilla. Or use chocolate ice cream instead of making the custard.

(NOTE: I did use 3 Tablespoons of brandy instead of 2; and 2 Tablespoons of coco powder instead of 1 –  because I like strong flavor).

You will need:

  • Pre-made mini graham cracker crust pie shells
  • 3 to 4 strawberries, cut in pieces
  • Raspberries, blueberries, etc. as desired.
  • Brandy chocolate custard made in advance
  •  - OR just use chocolate ice cream 
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate swirl topper, or other candy or topper

Fill the graham tart shells with a spoonful of custard and several pieces of cut strawberries, raspberries, etc. Add another mound or two of custard. Top with a bit of whipped cream, and insert a chocolate swirl (easy on our food activities page). Also shown in the picture, a pink covered strawberry — you can learn to make chocolate covered strawberries in a very simple way. They’re great to use for all kinds of things.

Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

Fresh strawberry desserts are more naturally sweet when made with exactly that – fresh strawberries. This is a delicious rendition of the Oatmeal and Peach Muffin recipe submitted in our Share Your Healthy Desserts Forum, by Anne of Illinois. She suggested modifying the recipe with fresh strawberries instead of peaches. So I did give it a try, and it’s very good. I used pure maple syrup instead of the honey, since that’s the sweetener I prefer.

You will need:

Have 3/4 cup of fresh chopped strawberries ready first.
Then…
Sift the following dry ingredients together:
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
Add in next:
1 tsp of vanilla
Then stir in a cup of rolled oats
Beat together:
1 egg
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of oil
4 Tablespoons of maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir until just combined; do not over-mix.
Add in the cut strawberries. Stir again gently, until just mixed in.
Bake in pre-heated oven, 20 to 25 minutes. Later, you can top it with a little strawberry sauce and cut berries.
Berry muffins not only make delicious fresh strawberry desserts, but also are favorite items for buffets and brunches.

Frozen Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

We topped this dessert with cooked dark cherry sauce for a little variety, but you could also use strawberries, or a medley of berries.

You will need:

  • 1 quart of natural ice cream or ice milk. Or try strawberry flavored Rice Dream.
  • I cup of chopped fresh strawberries
  • Several halved strawberries (for top) – or use a different kind of berry on top for contrast, or sauce as in the photo; even jam
  • ½ cup unsweetened chocolate chips (optional, but yummy)
  • Whipped cream topping (optional)

First, pre-bake a pie crust according to its instructions, and cool. You can also use a graham cracker or cookie crumb type crust. We stress using natural, low-sugar ingredients when at all possible. You can find all kinds of healthy options in the natural food section of your grocery store, or at a health food store.

Soften the ice cream until you can mix it, then stir it until it is smooth. Gently fold in the strawberries and chocolate chips. Stir until evenly mixed in. Put the mixture into the pie crust. Add the sliced strawberries in a decorative pattern on top. Cover well with plastic wrap, and freeze. To serve, top with whipped cream, if you’d like, and a whole strawberry on each piece. Or a piece of candy.

How To Make Ice Cream — Learn how to make fresh strawberry ice cream, the easy way. Nowadays how to make ice cream is very easy, because there are excellent gadgets out there. Great ice cream can make a healthy dessert – it all depends on the recipe.

My dad made his own homemade ice cream until he was 93 (when he could no long see well enough). That’s how easy it is. We have some of his excellent, natural recipes here, including strawberry. Machines are inexpensive and worth it. Ice cream making is a great group activity as well.

Fresh and Easy Strawberry Pie

Our fresh and easy strawberry pie has a most marvelous flavor and texture. The secret is making the sauce filling. It is definitely not the gelatinous kind. Everyone calls it the best they’ve had! And it only takes minutes to make.

This is my mother’s recipe that has been in the family for over 50 years, and we’re very excited to share it. This is one of my favorite fresh strawberry desserts, and is perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, even Christmas. Click here to get the full recipe: Fresh and Easy Strawberry Pie.

Bouquet Strawberry Desserts

These fresh strawberry desserts have your choice of topping and are fabulous bouquet gifts you can make. Do it the super easy way, or make chocolate covered strawberries. We explain how to do both on this page. See how to make a candy vase with a bouquet. Or perhaps a parfait bouquet (that you eat right away, of course!) This is both a food and craft project. And no matter what your age or ability level, these bouquets make a great project. The result will be an attractive centerpiece, door prize, or gift – and they’re sure to please; plus satisfying to make and give. Go to: Bouquet Strawberry Desserts.

Strawberry Fruit Kabob

This towering fruit kabob is made with strawberries, apples, raspberries, candy, and whatever else you’d like to put on it. This is a healthy dessert you can stretch your imagination with. Plus, it’s both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties. Use it for a centerpiece, door prize, gift, or fun dessert. Get the details by clicking this link: Strawberry Fruit Kabob.

Strawberry and cheese kabobs — You can also make fresh strawberry desserts with stacks of cheese cubes on a skewer, topped with the berries. Serve with other cheese and fruit plates.

strawberry cheese kabobs

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Decorate your favorite cake by creating a flower pattern on the top, held in place with frosting or whipped cream. Start with a wide circle of petals on the bottom, and work your way up. You can make as many petal layers as you’d like, depending on how fancy you want to get. Also consider finishing it off with a dollop of whipped cream on top, and/or candies or sprinkles.

Use a baked apple as a base for this easy dessert. Surround it with fresh strawberries and a cookie such as a meringue or a macaroon. Top with whipped cream and drizzle on some strawberry sauce or even jam.


Be sure to also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries – In many colors! Plus, creative decoration ideas, for many seasons and holidays.
Valentine’s Day Desserts
Get more ideas for fresh strawberry desserts (and others) on this festive page.

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This towering strawberry and fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Fun for your senior activities. Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties.

Nutrition — As we’ve discussed on previous pages, the strawberry is an excellent food for elderly nutrition due to its high content of vitamins, especially Vitamin C, anti-oxidants and fiber. So use it often, and for sure try this kabob. (Also take a look at our page on easy apple recipes for more fun ideas).

For many occasions and holidays — You can change out the fruit, colors, and candy (if you are using any) depending on what your occasion is. This kabob can be used as a centerpiece, door prize, gift, or dessert. I’m sure you can think of other uses too!

Towering Fruit Kabob

You will need:

  • Plate or shallow bowl
  • 1 doily for under the apple in the dish (optional)
  • 1 long wooden skewer
  • (Optional) 1 small doily for top of apple
  • 2 red apples. washed
  • Lemon juice in a bowl
  • 2 large strawberries
  • 2 large gum drops (or you can use other fruit instead)
  • 1 raspberry for topper
  • Festive candies to surround the kabob at the bottom (or other fruit pieces)

Start by poking a hole in the whole apple with a sharp instrument such as an ice pick, which you will stick the skewer into. The pointed tip of the skewer may be able to poke a hole, but only if the apple is soft enough.

It’s easier to get a straight hole and make it stand up straight, if you use something stronger than the stick. Whatever you use, make sure it is clean, as this fruit kabob will be eaten. Put the apple into its dish. It looks nice to have a doily under the apple.

Stick the skewer into the apple hole. Then begin stacking your fruits on the stick. I started out with a slice of apple, cut out of the second apple that you have. Immediately set the slice in the lemon juice for a minute, to prevent browning. Then put it on the stick.

I next put on a gumdrop, followed by a large strawberry, and so on. Try to keep the heaviest fruits at the bottom — the fruit kabob tower can get top heavy and start to lean. Top off the tip with your raspberry topper. Or a festive candy looks cute too.

Arrange candies in the dish around the apple, or other fruit. I was making Valentines Day desserts, so I used gumdrop hearts, and my colors were red and white.

Have fun making a fruit kabob, and be sure to try new ways to enhance it!

Be sure to also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! Makes great senior activities.
Creative, Easy Dipping Chocolate — A fun and yummy project you can eat! Great decorating ideas included. Perfect for elderly activities too.
Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got  super-delicious, super-easy, ones that to boost nutrition.

Go to: Fresh Strawberry Desserts.

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Our Valentines Day Desserts are simple but unique!

If you need special Valentines Day ideas for treats and desserts (something to go along with those Valentine flowers or other Valentines Day gift ideas), then we just might have something here for you!

Many of our desserts are made with fresh fruit, which is an important component of good nutrition, especially elderly nutrition. Strawberries and raspberries are especially popular (and healthy) for this day. Of course there are ways to dress these up or make them decadent too!

And remember, if you have sugar restrictions, most recipes can be made with a sugar substitute (such as stevia, a natural plant derivative – it’s the healthiest we’ve found). We also have several easy, healthy dessert ideas using honey or delicious pure maple syrup.

We recommend using low-fat, low or no sugar products for Valentines Day desserts, whenever possible. Including chocolate. Many of these alternative sweets are found in health food stores. If you haven’t shopped them and want to eat healthy, do make a visit and see what healthy substitutes you can find.

Adding drizzles of chocolate (have you ever tried carob instead?) or caramel will dress up any of these Valentines Day desserts, as will adding a chocolate heart to the top – perhaps a-top whipped cream or ice cream? Or encircle the bottom of the serving plate or bowl with valentine candies. You can get many kinds sugar-free.

Our Valentines Day Desserts

Valentine Apple Bowl

Valentines Day desserts are more showy when you use many layers, and this one has a special surprise topper too, a pink chocolate swirl (the simple instructions are on our food activities page – try it!)

You will need:
Large red apple, halved and core scooped out
3 or 4 strawberries, halved
3-4 strawberries, cut in pieces
4-5 raspberries
Raspberry sauce or jam
Chocolate sauce
Valentine candy

This is just a matter of cutting and scooping the core out of the apple, and then filling it up with goodies. Berries were also placed at the base of the apple.

I put cut strawberries and raspberries inside, plus home-made strawberry sauce. (Just cook cut strawberries with a little honey or pure maple syrup for about 30 minutes in a covered pan on Low until berries are soft. Then mash them to make a healthy sauce). You could also add in strawberry ice cream under or over the sauce.

Next, I stacked more berries, and then chocolate syrup, letting it drizzle down. Lastly, the pink chocolate swirl. These are simple, by microwaving white chocolate chips at 15 second intervals until melted, then adding a drop of red food coloring. With a spoon, drizzle it onto wax paper. I used a toothpick to help nudge it off. Refrigerate about 15 minutes. Remove with a metal spatula – the detail is strong enough to stay in tact.

You can get more details and a photo at the link above. The last item is a Valentine candy by the apple.


Valentine Strawberry Cake

Using slices of strawberries in Valentines Day desserts is ideal, because after you cut out the stem in a circular motion and slice the berry, they look like hearts. This dessert was made by first baking your favorite chocolate cake.

You will need:
Chocolate cake baked in advance
White or pink frosting
Sprinkles
At least a dozen strawberries, sliced
5-6 strawberries, cut in pieces
Strawberry sauce or jam
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate heart for the top (of each square)

Bake the cake and cut it into squares before applying filling to the center. I find it easier to cut the smaller squares in half in order to insert the filling, rather than trying to cut the whole cake in half — but do it whichever way works for you.For a group activity, cut the cake into squares first may be easier.

In a bowl, mix the cut strawberry pieces in with enough sauce or jam to spread filling on the center of the cake. I also added a few dabs of whipped cream. Open up the cake halves, spread on some filling, then sandwich them back together.

For frosting, I just used an easy kind that is applied from a can. Then added a few sprinkles. Next, I drizzled a little strawberry sauce over the frosting. Then I placed 5 sliced strawberry “hearts” in a flower shape on top of each cake square. Lastly, the chocolate candy was added.

Strawberry-Cranberry Relish with Hearts

A strawberry-cranberry relish may be a nice touch for your Valentine Day desserts. And on top just add a few flowers made of strawberry slices, as described previously. The centers are a dab of whipped cream and candy on top. Also included is a heart-shaped candy.

I have a great all-natural cranberry relish recipe made with pure maple syrup, at the link. (Frozen cranberries work fine too). As you make it, you can also include chopped strawberries as it cooks. Or simply use canned cranberries with a little strawberry sauce (from our fresh strawberry desserts page), strawberry syrup, or jam mixed in.

Chocolate Strawberry Tower

This colorful tower of strawberries and chocolate makes a statement with your Valentines Day desserts! If you’re ambitious, you could make one for everyone. Otherwise, it could serve as a centerpiece at dessert time at each table. Those at the table would share the strawberries. And a heart candy could be provided for everyone too, as well as a pink chocolate covered strawberry (see that section further below) for each.

You’ll need very large strawberries and a kabob skewer, as well as chocolate syrup, which you drizzle onto each berry as you stack it on the skewer. And a plate, of course. The bottom berry should be the largest, and I cut off a slice from the side it’s sitting on, to made it stand.

After you’ve stacked and drizzled all the berries with chocolate, drizzle a bit more on the bottom. Add the candy hearts. And a pink chocolate covered strawberry, then green candy, at the top.

Refrigerate until serving. Depending on the chocolate you use, it may also harden, which is nice because it’s less messy. You can provide forks for everyone to help them get the strawberries off the stack.

Raspberry Puff Pastry

There is a variety of ways you can dress up these flaky pastry puffs for Valentine Day desserts. Some of the ideas are below.

You will need:
Package of frozen puff pastry
Pint of raspberries
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tblspn corn starch
1 Tblspn water
1+ teaspoon gelatin
½ cup sugar, or sweetener
Yoghurt, low-fat whipping cream, or custard, or vanilla ice cream
Natural chocolate sauce (optional)
Red food coloring (optional)

Bake the puff pastry according to the instructions on the package. Cool, and cut in half.

Berry Mix:
Mix ¼ of the raspberries in a sauce pan, and stir in the sweetener.
Dissolve the corn starch into the lemon juice. Then add into the above sauce.
Cook the mixture on Medium-Low heat until thickened.
Mix the gelatin in the water. Add into the thickened sauce.
Add in most of the rest of the raspberries – but save some out for later.

Assemble the dessert:

If you are using whipped cream, place some in a bowl and add a drop of red food coloring to make pink whipped cream. Stir very gently. This may also work with yoghurt.
Scoop some whipped cream onto the bottom half of the puff pastry.
You can also add a couple spoonfuls of chocolate sauce too.
Add 3 or 4 raspberries.
Cover with the puff pastry top.
Place a generous scoop of the raspberry sauce on top.
Top it with whipped cream (or other topping), plus a red Valentine candy, or chocolate! (You can also add in other colors of berries as well, if you’d like). These are very good chilled before serving.

Frozen Pink Sorbet or Ice Cream Pie

These refreshing Valentines Day desserts are made with real fruit strawberry or raspberry sorbet. Of course, strawberry ice cream (as in top photo) is great too. Or try strawberry Rice Dream. It’s a delicious ice cream substitute, made with naturally sweet rice syrup. If you’ve never tried it, do!

You will need:
1 quart or 2 pints of sorbet
1 pie crust (Graham cracker or chocolate cookie crumb crust is great with this) — or
A dozen mini pie shells or fillo shells (as in photo)
2/3 cup (or more if you’d like!) of chocolate chips
Fresh raspberries; frozen if fresh are not available
Optional: ½ cup mandarin oranges, chopped (canned is OK, not in sweet syrup)

Soften the sorbet so it is mixable. Put it in a bowl.
Fold in the raspberries, oranges, and chocolate chips, mixing gently.
Put the sorbet mixture into the pie crust (we used mini fillo shells) and smoothen it out. Cover it well with plastic wrap and re-freeze. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, or top it with a spoonful of chocolate sauce. Or both. Plus a chocolate candy. Go for it — after all, it’s for Valentines Day desserts.

Apple Cranberry Roll-ups

These roll-ups can be made with either canned cranberry sauce, or homemade using either fresh or frozen cranberries. This is a deliciously tart dessert, not too sweet. But if you want sweeter, just add a little more whipped cream or ice cream! Or add a little granular sweetener to the sauce (more syrup would make it too soupy).

You will need:
4 to 6 apples
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
¼ cup of pure maple syrup (you can add more, to taste)
1 can of cranberry sauce (the gelatin kind does not work as well) – or you can make fresh!
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of pecan or walnut pieces
I package of refrigerated crescent rolls, low fat

Peel, core, and cut the apples into small pieces. Put them into a medium sized sauce pan, and add in the lemon juice and maple syrup. Cook, covered, on medium heat until the apples are almost tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Add in the cranberry sauce, cinnamon, and nuts. Mix together.

Separate the crescent roll dough, and spread each out (into the triangle shape) on a greased cookie sheet. Put some of the fruit mixture into the center, then roll them up according to the instructions, and seal the ends. Brush the tops with a little maple syrup.

Bake according to instructions, usually 15 to 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Before serving, put a spoonful of leftover filling on top. Finish it off with the topping of your choice: ice cream, whipping cream, yoghurt, or chocolate sauce. And, of course, a Valentine candy on the top or the side. You can serve these Valentines Day desserts warm or at room temperature.

Fresh Strawberry Desserts

Our fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. They are perfect for lots of Valentines Day desserts. From my mom’s 50+ year-old, fabulous strawberry pie recipe – to an easy hand-crafted chocolate cup chuck full of various berries and goodies –they’re delicious!

We like to go for Healthy on our web site as much as possible, so we try to offer those types of recipes, some suggestions, and let you decide how you want to get imaginative with them! Even the chocolate morsels can be low in sugar, and from the health food store, if desired. The ice cream is all-natural. 

All-Natural Easy Brownies

This all-natural easy brownie recipe is also nutritious for you! As you may know, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants, so why not take advantage? Make this for your Valentines Day desserts, and even add some chopped cherries (or other red fruit) into the batter. You can also add chocolate chips into it to make them extra chocolaty.

And top the servings with whipped cream tinted pink with a little red food coloring. Or pink ice cream. And a chocolate candy to top it all off, of course. Take a look at: All-Natural Easy Brownie Recipe.

Chocolate Cheese Cake

One of our readers graciously submitted this fabulous chocolate cheese cake recipe in our Share Your Healthy Desserts Forum, so we are featuring it here.

Dress it up — All you need to do is add your own red candy or fruit enhancements (or pink whipped cream), and you have one of the truly rich Valentines Day desserts. Click here to go to Rob’s page and see his recipe: Chocolate Cheese Cake Recipe.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! We have instructions for both white and dark chocolates, the easy way. Chocolate strawberries can be either elegant or whimsical additions to your Valentines Day desserts.

And you can make them pink if you add a little red food coloring to the white chocolate, as shown with this mouse. It’s ears are strawberry slices, and its tail a strip of red licorice.

The pink bunny also has strawberry eats. As for the love bird, its wings and tail are heat-shaped strawberries. The beak is sliced almonds. You’ll see just what to do for these when you read the page at the link: Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Here is how I incorporated the love bird into a fancier setting. Just place it in a small wine or apertif glass filled with strawberry ice cream, yoghurt, etc. You can get the foil garlands at craft stores, then cut them into sections to wind around the glasses. These would also be lovely in a hand-painted wine glass as shown below.

Brandy Chocolate Custard

This delicious custard recipe was graciously shared in our desserts forum by a reader. So I’m adding it in to our Valentines Day desserts. You can see it at Brandy Chocolate Custard. (I added in extra coco powder and extra brandy because I like strong flavor!

After it was done baking, I put it all into a blender, added in about 1/2 cup of raspberries, and blended it until smooth. The raspberries gave it a wonderful taste. But this is optional.

It’s topped with a raspberry and pink chocolate swirl, but you could top it with anything you’d like. At the bottom is a candy heart.

You can see that it’s served in a hand-painted wine glass, which I use not just for beverages, but for serving all sorts of treats, including a variety of Valentines Day desserts, even to fill with candy or nuts. See the link at how to paint glass.

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Nowadays how to make ice cream is very easy, because there are excellent electric automatic ice cream makers out there. You put in little or no effort – no salt or ice needed. The work is done by electricity or a cranking paddle, and a special freezer bowl that you pre-freeze in the freezer before starting (this takes several hours).

And with the right recipes, ice cream can be a healthy dessert almost anyone can indulge in, even those who have dietary issues that restrict sugar or fat.

On this page we’ll be giving some from-scratch recipes on how to make ice cream with an ice cream maker. Making and eating ice cream can be delicious senior activities. See how it might fit in with your group. (Ice cream can add pizzazz to Valentines Day desserts too, and other holidays).

But you can also buy your favorite ice cream, especially if you need to use a certain kind, and then enhance it with the recipes below. You can turn any standard vanilla ice cream into something very special!

My Dad was a pro at how to make ice cream – he always made his own homemade, even when he was in his 90s. He used a Donvier ice cream maker. He had to turn the crank himself, but other brands such as Cuisinart make an all-electric model. It makes about a quart of ice cream.

Here are some of Dad’s recipes. They’re easy healthy recipes, and you can always use your imagination and tweak them yourself! You can use milk instead of cream, but keep in mind that it won’t be quite as “creamy.” Still very good, though.

How To Make Ice Cream

Basic Honey Ice Cream

I’m partial to cooking with honey and pure maple syrup. So this recipe is great with either as a sweetener.

1 cup chilled whole milk
2 cups chilled heavy cream
3/4 cups honey
2 tsp vanilla

Blend the ingredients together well. Then just pour into your ice cream machine, according to the directions of the machine. When it has gone through its mixing cycle, then freeze the ice cream in a plastic container. You can add all kinds of flavorings to this basic recipe, including chocolate pieces and syrup, fruit, nuts, etc. Cut down on the vanilla when adding flavorings.

Basic Ice Cream Recipe – With Eggs

This recipe makes a about quart. To make a about pint, cut the ingredients in half. This is a traditional recipe when folks learned how to make ice cream the old-fashioned way, with eggs. So you would have to make sure the eggs you used are pasteurized or safe. But the recipe is exceptionally rich and delicious.

6 eggs
1 ½ cup honey
3 pints of cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt

Add ingredients into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the instructions on how to make ice cream for your individual model.
The recipes below are made with a pint of ice cream.
Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker about when to add in chopped fruit and nuts in the mixing and freezing process. Or soften your already made ice cream and add in the ingredients.

Apple Ice Cream

Use the above basic recipe (but scaled to one pint), or softened already made ice cream. Also add in:
Substitute ½ of the cups of honey with apple juice
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ cup chopped walnuts

If you’re using softened already made ice cream, do not over mix when you add these in. Then re-freeze and it’s ready to serve.

Pina Colada Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
1 cup of juice-packed crushed pineapple (just slightly drain off some juice)
1 cup grated, unsweetened coconut
Taste the mixture before freezing. You can always increase amounts of ingredients if you want more of a particular flavor. Mix together and freeze well.

Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made, according the the following process:
¼ cup honey
½ cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons more of lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 Tablespoons finely minced lemon peel

In a pan on the stove top, heat the honey and ½ cup lemon juice to boiling. Separately, mix together well the 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and cornstarch. Then add in to the boiling mixture. Remove from heat. Add the lemon peel. Cool the mixture quickly by setting the pan over a bowl of ice. Then stir into the ice cream and freeze. Or re-freeze if you’re using already made.

Peach and Honey Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
2 cups of peeled, diced peaches (frozen or canned is fine)
½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix into the ice cream recipe, or softened ice cream. When frozen, top with ripe, peeled peaches mashed, and flavored with honey or maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon.

Fresh Strawberry

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
2 cups fresh, chopped strawberries
½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix into the ice cream recipe, or softened ice cream. When frozen, top with chocolate or strawberry sauce and more fresh strawberries.

Learning how to make ice cream the easy way makes really fun elderly activities. And almost anyone can eat the results. Just plan it a little ahead of time if you’re using an electric ice cream maker, so it will be ready. It’s worth the effort and the wait! And the sky is the limit with what you can do to dress up ice cream.

After you learn how to make ice cream…
also be sure to see:

Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Our fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Raved-About Easy Pecan Pie — This is an old family recipe that has been around for over 50 years, and is very unique (with a surprise sweetener). It’s always raved about, and people say it’s the best they’ve ever had. And easy! Just takes a few minutes to prepare — and a is a true no-brainer!
All-Natural Easy Brownie Recipe — This all natural easy brownie recipe is also nutritious for you! As you may know, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants, so why not take advantage and use chocolate in a healthy dessert? Learn our special recipe here.

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This fresh, homemade cranberry relish recipe has been in my family for years. Sweetened only with pure maple syrup, it has a very special flavor. And it’s versatile – you can even use it in many different healthy dessert recipes. (It’s especially delicious in strawberry desserts).

Cranberries have health benefits too, and are great for many different elderly issues. You may be familiar with their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections (per the Journal of the American Medical Association back in 1994) and kidney stones. But they’re also good for the stomach, promote good cholesterol levels, and being high in Vitamin C, may help prevent cancer.

So try this easy cranberry relish recipe for your next holiday or dessert. (and be sure to also check out our “dessert central” page at Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes

Maple Cranberry Relish Recipe


Ingredients
:

1 package of fresh (uncooked) cranberries
½ cup pure maple syrup
Other options: raisin, chopped apples, chopped pecans (carmelized pecans are also delicious)

Wash the cranberries in a strainer and then dump them into a sauce pan. You do not need to add water, because they will form their own juice. Some of the water left from washing will also add moisture. Also add in the maple syrup. If you are adding apples or raisins, put them in now.

Partially cover the pan with a lid, leaving a little crack. Turn the burner to Medium heat, and cook, stirring every five minutes or so after the sauce starts to heat up. The berries will start to pop open as they cook, making a juicy sauce. You can lower the heat to Medium Low when this starts.

It only takes about a half an hour to cook this cranberry relish recipe. But you can let it simmer for longer, especially if you’ve added in raisins and apples. When done, I mash the relish a little to make it smoother, yet still chunky. You could also put it through a blender if you want it very smooth. As the sauce cools it becomes a little thicker.

When I use pecans, I add them in at the end so they maintain their crunch. Some people like to “toast” the pecans first in a frying pan to make them crispy.

Try using this over ice cream, on toast, in pastry puffs, even in strawberry or apple pie! This easy cranberry relish recipe is one of my most versatile, and I use it all year round.

Also be sure to read:

Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition.
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious! And many are perfect for adding cranberries to.


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carob brownies dessert

Delicious carob recipes are becoming more popular.
Carob treats can provide outstanding nutrition, as well as delicious flavor! Nowadays it’s easy to buy carob too. Are you familiar?

Carob is often used as a substitute for chocolate. Are you familiar with carob? Or need some excellent recipes? Well we have great information here. And food projects, including making treats, are popular for senior activities. And of course eating them!

Carob Facts

Carob comes from the brown pod of the carob tree and is found in the Middle East. It is highly nutritious in vitamins and minerals, and is great to include in elderly nutrition snacks. It has also been known as the locust bean, or just locust. Eating locust and honey was also mentioned in the bible.

Using natural and healthy honey along with carob would indeed make a highly nutritious combination. Especially for dessert! We’re all looking for more healthy desserts, especially if our loved ones have elderly issues causing dietary problems, or if they need a nutritional boost.

Carob is naturally sweet, so I use less sweetener in my carob recipes. You can find it in the stores as powder (similar to coco powder), as carob chips (similar to chocolate chips), or in syrup form.

When we lived in Kuwait, I bought the fresh, dried carob beans in the market. I then washed and dried them, ground them in my electric grinder myself, and made my own carob powder. This is a laborious task – it took about two hours to prepare and grind one cup of carob powder. But it was certainly an interesting experience!

Besides the recipes below, you can also take a look at our main dessert page at Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipesto see how you can modify them with carob.

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Our Carob Recipes

Here are a few really good carob recipes that my family loves. Especially the first one.

all natural, no-bake carob yummies

No-Bake Carob Yummies

This is a yummy family recipe (one of my kids’ favorites, and my elderly father too) using carob chips instead of chocolate chips. This recipe calls for carob chips, which can be found in the natural foods section. It also calls for honey (raw honey is best) or pure maple syrup as a sweetener. I’ve made it both ways, and personally prefer the maple syrup.

You need:

2 cups of carob chips
½ cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
2 Tablespoons of milk
4 Tbsp butter
3 cups oatmeal
½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are great)

Grease an 8×8 cake pan with butter; glass is preferable for cutting and removing the bars later. Melt the following together slowly in a sauce pan (double boiler is best): carob chips, honey or syrup, milk, butter.

Put the oatmeal in a large mixing bowl. When the wet ingredients are melted and stirred together, add the mix to the oats. Then the nuts. Mix well. Press into a greased pan. Cut into squares while still warm. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. This is one of my unique healthy snack recipes – and is still one of the favorites of my grown kids. They ask me to make it every Christmas.

carob cream pie dessert

Chilled Carob Cream Pie

Pre-baked pie shell
3/8 cup of carob powder
8 oz cream cheese
3/8 cup honey
1 cup Half-and-Half
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup water
I package of gelatin

Carob recipes wouldn’t be complete without pie! Blend everything together except the gelatin and water. Prepare the gelatin according to instructions. Basically, in a small pan, sprinkle the packet over ¼ cup cold water and let it sit for a minute. Then stir over low heat until totally dissolved.

Add this into the above mixture, along with the other ¼ cup cold water, and blend in well. Pour mixture into the pre-baked pie shell. Chill until set. Top with whipped cream, if desired. It’s also delicious with natural ice cream.

Carob Covered Strawberries

I love carob, and I also love chocolate covered strawberries. (I’ve made hundreds of them). So I thought, why not try dipping with carob? And they turned out delicious, so I’ve included them in my carob recipes.

My carob dip is unsweetened, because carob has its own natural sweetness. However, you can also add a few drops of honey or pure maple syrup to the carob chips after they’re melted. Just a little, or it’s too runny, and when the carob sets it may be a bit sticky. But that’s okay too, if you don’t mind.

Process:

Put a cup or so of carob chips in a microwavable bowl. Many people prefer all-natural traditional methods when making carob recipes. So you can melt them the traditional way in a double boiler. I’ve actually done even a fourth of a cup, if I want to just make a few.

If you microwave — Microwave for about 30 seconds. Take out and stir. Then do this for 15 seconds, several times, until the chips are almost melted. Let the final lumps melt on their own. If you over-do it, the dip can get stiff. If so, add in a little milk, water, or even maple syrup.

Dipping — I like to put a fork in the leaf side of the berry, then twirl it in the dip. Add sprinkles or other decorations while the carob is still soft. Lay them on wax paper on a plate, and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.

(This process is similar to when you make chocolate covered strawberries

Carob Mouse

Add a little whimsy to your carob recipes! (Follow the dipping directions above. Put the dipped berry on a piece of wax paper).

While the carob is still soft, press on a candy for the nose and eyes (or whatever else you want to use). You can also use more carob dip as “glue” to attach some items. I used a strip of red licorice for the tail (you can get natural kinds at the health food store). And the ears are sliced strawberries. I used extra carob dip to attach them. If you slice the berries thick enough, you can also insert a half a toothpick to help them stay on. But you could also use round flat candies instead. There are many options you can think of. When everything is attached, put it in the fridge to set.

Bouquets

You can also turn carob strawberries into lovely bouquets, as with regular chocolate covered strawberries. They make wonderful centerpieces, gifts and give-aways too. Check out what we did on our Bouquet Strawberry Desserts page, and see what works for you!


Carob Brownies

Cream together:
½ cup honey or maple syrup
3 eggs
½ cup oil

Add in order:
3/8 teaspoon salt
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup carob powder
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or regular flour)
½ Tablespoon baking powder

Lastly, add in 1 cup chopped nuts.

Bake at 350 F degrees in a greased pan for 25 minutes or so. A very yummy carob recipe!

Carob Frosting or Dip

This carob recipe for frosting is delicious on the brownies, above! It also makes a great dip for fresh and dried fruit, or nuts (fondue style).
Blend all ingredients smoothly together:

2 Tablespoons butter
¾ cup non-instant milk
¼ cup carob powder
¼ cup honey or maple syrup
4 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Carob Raspberry Royale

The main feature with this dessert is the carob sauce. You can use the frosting/dip recipe above.

But sometimes I just melt a cup or half a cup of carob chips (depending on how much you need), and then add in a little milk and honey or maple syrup, even brandy! until it gets to the consistency that I want. After that, spoon it onto the dessert.

With “Royale” carob recipes, you can get as extravagant or simple at you’d like. I started with a pile of fresh raspberries, and added some of my all-natural cranberry relish recipe (really simple to make) next. Tastes great with raspberries.

Next I spooned on the carob sauce. You could also add in sliced fresh strawberries, or any other fruit. Chopped nuts are also delicious. Then I inserted several large coconut pieces, with a bit more carob sauce over that. Lastly, it’s topped by whipped cream and a cherry.

Or add in natural ice cream. Perhaps a carob-covered strawberry instead of a cherry. I’ve also served these Royales in hand-painted wine glasses. Learn how to paint glass the easy way.

carob s'more dessert

Carob S’Mores

Yes, you can use carob on S’mores instead of chocolate. Do this either one of two ways: by using a carob candy bar (as you would a chocolate bar), or by using the frosting recipe above.

As you probably know, S’mores are often made around a campfire or even home fireplace in the winter time. You only need a few ingredients…
  *  Carob bar, or frosting (instead of chocolate)
  *  Marshmallows (you can get natural types in a natural food store)
  *  Graham crackers (including natural)
  *  OR a flat cookie of your choice (like ginger)

See our page all about how to make S’mores the gourmet way! You’ll get lots of ideas on making your carob S’mores especially delicious, and use them as easy elderly activities too.

If you’re using a carob candy bar, make the S’mores as usual, by roasting the marshmallows, then layering in on a graham cracker (or cookie), topped with your carob square.

If you’re using the carob frosting, spread it on the graham cracker (or cookie) first, then place the roasted marshmallow on top.

Carob Microwave Cake — in a Mug

One of our readers submitted a fabulous and easy microwave cake recipe with an option for using carob powder instead of cocoa. This takes just three minutes to bake. And about five minutes to put together. And it’s a real cake from scratch. This is also a really good elderly activity. For those of you wanting natural and healthy ingredients, and perhaps a sugar substitute, there are options for those as well. One of the unique carob recipes. Go to Microwave Cake.

Below is a photo of one that I made. My mug was tall, so usually the cake is closer to the top of the mug. You can add in carobs chips to the batter before cooking, and also on the top when done. Top it with a little carob frosting, or whipped cream and candies, as shown.

Also check out:

Share Your Healthy Desserts! — Show off your healthy desserts and recipes! These can also be modified for elderly diets. See our dessert Forum and what visitors are sharing.
More Healthy Snack Recipes – From You! — More healthy snack recipes are here, submitted by YOU in our Forum! Many would also be fun senior activities, and are especially ideal for elderly nutrition.

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This natural apricot bread recipe with almonds is both tangy and sweet, with very healthy ingredients. It’s made with both fresh apricots, which makes it very moist; and dried, which adds a little zest! (You can also use either/or instead of both).

The theme of our recipes is “healthy,” and this one is no exception. Apricots are very high in Vitamin A and C, Potassium, lots of other vitamins and minerals, and provide lots of fiber. As with other fruits, they’re low in sodium, and fats, and low in calories.

When you mix this with almonds, a high-protein nut with lots of calcium and manganese for bones, Vitamin E and phytochemicals that can protect against cancer and heart disease, and “good” fats with no cholesterol — you get a great combination. (Also see our “recipe central” page at Easy Healthy Recipes).

Both apricots and almonds are excellent for elderly nutrition. In this recipe we use a more natural sweetener, raw honey or pure maple syrup, which also adds a wonderful flavor. Our healthy dessert recipes also whole wheat pastry flour (which has a fine consistency like regular flour). So here it is…

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Apricot Bread / Cake Recipe

1 1/2 cup dried apricots
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tablespoons soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup honey (raw is best) or pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped or slices almonds
1/2 cup fresh chopped apricots
1/2 tsp grated orange rind

Cook the dried apricots in the water for 7 to 10 minutes (covered, on low heat) until soft. Cool completely. Add in butter, syrup or honey, and salt. Beat in egg and vanilla. Sift together the dry ingredients into a bowl. Then fold into the other liquid ingredients. Lastly, add the almonds, chopped fresh apricots, and orange rind. Put mixture into a greased & floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 F degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Cool for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan.

This tasty almond apricot bread can be served at breakfast, brunch, or a coffee break. It’s perfect with a little butter or natural all-fruit apricot jam. Even whipped cream or ice cream!

Be sure to also check out:

Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition. Don’t miss these!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! For all ages; also makes great senior activity ideas.
Festive and Easy Sangria Recipe — Our easy sangria recipe is sure to add sparkle to your festivities. Choose a recipe for either red or white wine. They’re different! Or sparkling grape juice is delicious too. Check these out!
Fiesta Party Ideas — See our fiesta party ideas and easy recipes, including for some delicious Sangrias. Fun projects for party decorations and centerpieces too.

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This spicy gingerbread cake recipe is all-natural and can even use fresh, real ginger…(Although fresh ginger is not necessary), adding quite a zing to the flavor. And there are lots of ways to dress it up. It’s an excellent addition to your senior activities and parties.

You may have noticed that our overall dessert recipe theme here is “healthy,” and this one is no exception. (Also be sure to see our page about Healthy Snack Recipes).

About Ginger

Ginger, one of the most favorite spices, comes from a humble looking root. A root with surprising zing. When used fresh, in tea, or fresh dried and ground, ginger has properties known to assist with nausea, digestion, and circulation.

Ginger Nutrition

Plus, it gives anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant support, to battle destructive free radicals that cause disease. Ginger also contains many vitamins like Vitamin C and B6, and minerals including magnesium and potassium. So it’s great for elderly nutrition.

You’ve probably heard that most gingerale (unless you get the natural kind) does not really have any ginger. So why do we take it to settle our stomach when it’s upset? It may be the carbonation that helps. Making fresh ginger tea does help, however.

And adding a little to cooking, such as our gingerbread cake dessert, helps keep our systems in good order and is great for elderly nutrition. In moderation.

Ginger is spicy and if used a lot, may result in a mild heartburn feeling, especially for those with elderly issues that cause sensitive stomach. This recipe does include a little fresh ginger, either grated from the root, or ground.

If you can’t get hold of fresh ginger, then using the standard ground ginger from the baking section of the grocery store will certainly be delicious too.

When you buy fresh ginger root, look for one that has a healthy skin, smooth not cracked, wrinkly and dry looking. It should also smell nice and spicy.

This gingerbread is loaded with other healthy ingredients, like the alternative sweeteners of pure maple syrup or raw honey. We also use whole wheat pastry flour (processed white flour is not very good for us); and nuts and raisins if you’d like. Molasses is another healthy ingredient, high in iron. (We discuss this more in our recipe for our natural molasses cookie recipe – also nice and spicy!

Spicy Gingerbread Cake

2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, or honey (raw is best)
1 cup molasses
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger (the fresher the better)
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger –
…(or else just use 1 tsp of ground ginger)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup hot water
1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Cream butter with syrup or honey. Add molasses and egg. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients into mix – and add in alternately with water. Mix in raisins, if you are using them. Pour into a greased & floured 9-inch pan.

Bake at 350 F degrees for about 50 minutes. You can dust it with powdered sugar when done, if desired. Serve this healthy dessert with natural ice cream (have you ever tried Rice Dream instead??)or whipped cream.

I personally love crystallized ginger chunks, and like to put a little piece on top of the ice cream. That will really add some zing. This gingerbread cake recipe also works well as muffins.

Make sure to also see:

Spicy Easy Pumpkin Pie — Like spicy? This easy pumpkin pie recipe is perfect anytime, not just for the holidays. It is natural and nutritious, and we have 2 different variations.
Chicken Chocolate Sauce — A little spicy along with a little sweet, in this surprise sauce. Chicken chocolate sauce makes a fabulous new Mexican recipe for for dinner or a fiesta!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too!  Great for senior activities.


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natural banana cake

Our Simple Banana Cake recipe is exactly that – simple. But it’s also natural and high in nutrition. Who says desserts can’t be good for you, and delicious! We’re also including a great family cream cheese frosting, and Mom’s broiled coconut frosting recipe – see below.

Bananas are very high in nutrition. Most folks are familiar with their high potassium content. They’re low in sodium, cholesterol, and fat. But their also high in Vitamins C and B6, plus the minerals magnesium and manganese, among many others. And plenty of fiber too. (See more recipes on our “recipe central page” at Easy, Healthy Recipes).

With the other natural ingredients that we include, this is a really healthy dessert. And you can also eat it for breakfast – like coffee cake. Serve it, or use it as a project, with your senior activities – anything with food is popular!

Here’s the recipe, then see below for two great frostings!

Simple Banana Cake Recipe

Mix dry ingredients together:
2 1/8 cups whole wheat pastry flour
7/8 Tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda

Cream together first, then add to dry ingredients:
1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups mashed banana
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Make sure ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Put into a greased and floured 8×8 cake pan. Bake at 350 F degrees for 20 to 40 minutes, until done.

Variations –I’ve also included about 3/4 cup soaked raisins, and 3/4 cup shredded carrots in this recipe, and it’s delicious! Makes the cake very moist.

Fabulous Frostings

This simple banana cake recipe is really delicious plain or even spread with a little butter, and un-frosted. But if you just must … here are two fabulous frostings that you can use on your simple banana cake recipe.

Family Recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting

Soften 1/2 cup butter (1/2 stick)
8 oz. cream cheese
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla2 cups powdered sugar

Blend the butter and cream cheese together. Then add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix in well. Spread over a cooled cake. Keep frosting refrigerated if you are not eating it right away.

Mom’s Broiled Coconut Frosting

1 cup of coconut
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons cream

Mix together well the softened butter and other ingredients. Spread over the cake – it does not need to be cooled, as you will be returning it to the oven to broil the frosting. Place the frosted cake (in pan) about 3 inches from the broiler. Broil until the frosting becomes brown, about 4 or 5 minutes. This will cover approximately an 8×8 inch cake.

Also see:

Spicy Easy Pumpkin Pie — Perfect anytime, not just for the holidays. It is natural and nutritious, and we have 2 different variations. Get the Yummy factor plus a healthy dessert!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — The easy way! And fun decorating projects too!
Super Easy Dipping Chocolate — Dipping chocolate is a fun and easy project you can eat! Great decorating ideas included.

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