by Deb
(Wisconsin)

These apple sauce brownies are absolutely delicious and use just a little oil. Plus, the apples make them very healthy.

Ingredients:
1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 Cups Sugar (can use sugar substitute like Splenda or adjust with stevia instead)
2 Cups Flour (try whole wheat pastry flour)
2 Cups Apple sauce (naturally sweetened or unsweetened is best)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Cocoa
2 eggs (can use 4 egg whites to reduce fat even more)

Directions:
Pre Heat oven at 350F. Beat sugar and oil until smooth, then mix in remaining ingredients. Pour mixture into greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake at 350F for about 35 minutes. Let cool, then enjoy!

For an extra delight, you can sprinkle chocolate chips or powdered sugar on top, once brownies are finished baking. Another option is to add nuts to the brownie batter for a delicious and nutty flair!

I hope you enjoy these special brownies as much as my family and I do!

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by Madelaine
(NC)

My family has some great easy dips – with a little pizazz! (Even if your stomach or system can’t handle much “pizzaz”)! We serve these a lot during the holidays, parties, and don’t lets forget watching the big game. Or Downton Abbey ??

I do understand that sometimes seniors have more sensitive stomachs and digestion and need food that is a little bland. But these are so good I wanted to share them anyway, because you can always change them, and remove an ingredient if you need to, or substitute your favorite that is less pizazzy. If that is a word. Some of these are good for dipping veggies into, as well. So here are a few of our favorites.

Spinach Appetizers

1 package of frozen spinach chopped, thaw and drain really well
4-5 green onions, chopped fine
1 tsp lemon juice
2-4 dashes of tobasco sauce
Real mayonnaise, enough to make it all spreadable
Salt to taste

Combine everything and chill well. Serve chilled, spread on Escort crackers (or your other favorite fancy crackers).

Picante Party Dip

1 medium size jar of Pace Picante Sauce, medium hot, (or else whatever else you like).
2 Haas (or Hass) avocados, chopped (these are the kind with dark bumpy skin and the inside is lightish green).
1 medium seedless English cucumber, chopped.
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
1 tsp fresh lime juice.

Combine all the ingredients and chill well. Serve with chilled with white and blue corn tortilla chips.

Hot Curried Crab Dip

6 oz lump crab meat, picked through for shells and cartilage
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 tsp sweet curry powder
1 Tablespoon minced shallot
1 T milk
Freshly cracked black pepper

Mix all ingredients and place in a greased shallow baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve with melba toast rounds.

One thing I know is that seniors do love parties. My mother ate these dips just fine, as did her mother. But you can change them as you need to. Enjoy!

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by Marilee
(Wisconsin)

We tried a really good crab appetizer with all kinds of stuff on top of a crispy cracker. You can either heat them or eat them cold. (I like them heated the best). You could also microwave them, but they are crispier if you heat them in a traditional or counter top type oven. Here is what to do.

Ingredients:
Crispy crackers (I prefer low salt Triscuits – they’re whole grain and healthier)
Can of crab meat, drained well
Seafood sauce (this is optional)
Shredded cheese, your choice
Spinach or lettuce leaf (I like spinach better)
Bread crumbs (optional)
Various toppings — such as slice of mushroom, small onion slice, pimento, celery, black or green olive, piece of fresh tomato, even one or two thin almond slices. Whatever your favorite toppings are.

Place your crackers on a cookie sheet. Spread on a little seafood sauce (if you like that). Then add a piece of lettuce or a spinach leaf. Put on a little pile of crab meat with a spoon. It this point, sprinkle on some bread crumbs if you’re going to use that – it adds a little more crispness. Top that with a little shredded cheese. Lastly, add on your other toppings. I really like a slice of fresh mushroom on mine. But use whatever you have around. If you’re not going to use the seafood sauce, these taste good with a little lemon juice squirted on the top, too.

I bake mine for 10 minutes on 300F in my little counter top oven. If you use a larger oven, you might do them at 325 or 350F.

I’d say to plan on anywhere from four to eight of these per person. They’re great for a snack just for yourself, or to serve at a party. And since they’re pretty complete, besides being used as an appetizer, they can be eaten as part of a quick lunch too. They go well with white wine or a sparkling juice. (Sometimes I make my own concoction with sparkling water or gingerale, plus some fruit juice added to it).

I’ve also tried a similar version of these using leftover lobster, white fish, and even tuna. For tuna, probably a little mayo would be better instead of seafood sauce.

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by cooking_gal
(USA)


Whatever the occasion, this combination of food will keep you satisfied and healthy.

1) Nachos with low-fat cheddar cheese, whole-grain tortilla chips, and natural salsa (all three ingredients can be found at Whole Food’s)
2) Smartfood popcorn mixed with almonds and M&Ms or chocolate chips
3) S’mores with one marshmallow and a hunk of dark chocolate (dark chocolate contains antioxidants, a necessary ingredient)
4) Mini ice-cream sandwich: take 2 leftover cookies and slab frozen yogurt between each one. Delicious!

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by Tammy
(FL)

This orange dessert is made with fresh slices of orange, plus sugar-free orange slice candies, arranged in a circular flower. Very easy to make and delicious to eat! I included a picture so you could get the idea better.

How to Make

5 to 6 slices of fresh orange
5 or 6 pieces of sugar-free jelly orange slices
Scoop of low-fat ice cream, or orange yogurt, or orange sorbet
Whipped cream
Sugar-free malted milk ball, or a truffle, for the center

(If you use ice cream for the center, you need to have the items all ready to assemble, in order to serve and eat it right away). On an attractive plate, place the ice cream, yogurt or sorbet in the center. Put the malted milk ball or truffle on top (or other candy that you’d want to use).

Then arrange the orange slices and the sliced candy around the center, like flower petals. You can add a squirt of whipped cream on the end of each orange. Or put a little piece of candy on the ends instead.

These are nice, healthy desserts to serve for friends or family, when you want something a little different. You can also serve it with Mimosas (champagne or sparkling juice, with orange juice added).

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Snacking seems to be a favorite past time for all ages. Everybody loves to snack. But on what? For seniors especially, who can be light eaters, healthy snacks are nutritionally important.
So how do you handle nibbling and snacking?

Dips, spreads, fruit, veggies, appetizers, healthy chips and crackers. Salads and soups too. Snacking is often done not just for parties and fun, but out of boredom as well. This is especially true for seniors of all ages (and baby boomers).  However, as it has been said, we are what we eat. Including our snacks.

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by Virginia
(Missouri)

This is a really simple custard recipe from scratch. It is light and healthy, made with all-natural ingredients. And delicious. You can leave the brandy out if you want, and add another flavor instead.

Ingredients
2 cups of milk
3 Tablespoons of instant milk
4 Tablespoons of honey (I’m sure you could use sugar instead)
2 teaspoons of brandy (or rum)
…or substitute with 1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon coco powder
1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Add in the instant milk into the regular milk and beat it well with a beater. Then beat the eggs. Add them into the milk and mix them in with a wire whisk. Next put in the honey and brandy (or vanilla instead). Lastly, stir in the coco powder, coconut and chocolate chips.

I have custard cups that I use. Or you could use a glass baking dish. Make sure you oil either one before putting in the mixture. I use the custard cups, and I’ve always been taught that you place them in a pan, then put hot water in the pan so that it goes about half way up the outside of the custard cups. This helps with steaming. Then bake them at 325 F for around 45 to 50 minutes. Test a custard cup with a knife to see if it’s done. It will be clean when you pull it out. Almost everyone likes chocolate, and good, old-fashioned custard is a popular dessert with the elderly.

by Carol
(Ohio)

This fresh blueberry pie is really scrumptious, and best when the blueberries are in season. And especially good when you pick the berries yourself!

You may already know that blueberries are considered to be a highly nutritious fruit. They are high in many vitamins like Vitamin A and K and C. They are also high in anti oxidants. So to put all that in a fresh pie, you can’t go wrong!

Ingredients
3/4 c. of sugar or sweetener of your choice
3 Tblsp. of corn starch
1/8 tsp. of salt
1/4 c. of water
4 cups of fresh blueberries
1 Tblsp. of butter
1 Tblsp. of lemon juice
Whipping cream (optional)

Combine the sugar, corn starch and salt in a sauce pan. Add the water and 2 cups of the blueberries – set the others aside. Cook it over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is thick and clear.

Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in butter and lemon juice. Then let the mixture cool.

Bake a prepared pie shell. Either use your own recipe or purchase a prepared shell in the frozen food section of grocery store. If you like a natural pie crust, I love the brand called “Wholly Wholesome” which is an all natural organic crust I get at the health food store.

In the baked and cooled pie shell, add in the remaining 2 cups of fresh blueberries. Pour the cooked, cooled blueberry mixture over top of fresh blueberries. Chill and serve with whipped cream. Or ice cream.

I have used this as a basic recipe for other types of berry pies as well. So depending on what berries are in season, you can change out what you put into the pie. So enjoy!

by Sue
(Colorado)

I have a really good date nut bread recipe that’s been in our family for years. My elderly grandma used to make it. It’s sort of desserty too – you can add frosting to the top! (You can also add in lots of other kinds of dried fruits if you want, not just dates). We serve it at brunches a lot especially at family get togethers. This one is very healthy too. It’s made with honey but you could use other sweeteners. Since honey is a liquid, you could use another liquid like maple syrup. But if you use regular sugar I am not sure what the proportions would be. So here goes.

Beat these ingredients together very well –
4 eggs
1/2 cup of oil
1 cup of honey (or other sweetener)

Now add in these next ingredients and stir well –
1 cup of flour (using whole wheat pastry flour is good)
1 teaspoon of salt

Next stir in –
1 cup of chopped dates
1/2 cup of other chopped dried fruit (optional)
1 cup of ground walnuts or pecans

Grease a loaf pan, add in the mixture, and then bake at just 300 degrees (F), for about 2 hours. Check it to make sure a fork comes out clean. Cool it thoroughly before you serve it. You can also add a frosting of your choice if you want to dress it up! Sorry, I don’t have a picture, though!

This is a sweet bread, but it is also good with a little jam on it. I’ve also put the slices in a toaster oven in the morning for breakfast. I just set it on Bake at about 250 degrees, for about 10 minutes. It’s nice a warm, and a little toasted.

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.

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