Half Sugar Desserts, Thrifting & Dessert Snacks

“Dessert is a necessity of life.” ― Adrienne Posey

Before I talk to you about my latest experiment with half sugar desserts, I want to make sure you noticed our new logo the What’s For Dessert blog. My son, James, Oreo Cheesecake maker, is also a soon-to-be visual communications college graduate. When I told him I needed a logo for my podcast and blog he created these just for me. I am simply over the moon with the results. My kid is a graphic genius. I am feeling pretty proud.

What’s For Dessert Is Back! Did you miss me? What’s For Dessert?

My son explained to me that there are two designs because one serves as the primary logo and the other as a secondary one. I feel so fancy. If you are looking for a graphic designer, let me know. I will get you connected to the man!

Now onto desserts.

Spring in Ohio can be like summer one day and winter the next. It is rarely Spring. But this Sunday it was Spring. A chilly morning that evolved into a warm afternoon that is perfect for sitting out on the porch eating on a popsicle or a creamy bowl of ice cream for dessert. I decided for today to combine the two and made Strawberry Cream Pops.

I was introduced to this delightful fruity cream fused dessert by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH authors of Half The Sugar All The Love, a family cookbook. Driven by a desire to deliver receipes that taste good with less sugar, the authors have recreated some dessert favorites and made some new ones that satisfy any one who has a sweet tooth, is a chocolate lover or just wants to indulge without guilt. And I will tell you this book delivered.

You know at What’s For Dessert we encourage everyone to eat dessert every day. Dessert that is decadent and dessert that is healthy. The best way to have it every day is to balance the one to two times a week you eat an over the top full sugar, butter cookie, cake or ice cream is with five days of eating something that is sweet enough through natural sugars, like fruits and vegetables, that just hit the spot. And Half The Sugar All The Love provides recipes that do just that.

This is why I chose the Strawberry Cream Pop for this Sunday. Our family had just had two days of eating on “delivered warm to your door” cookies from Insomia Cookies. Insomia Cookies is a dessert company that serves the most incredible cookies fresh from the oven. No matter when you buy them or have them delivered, they are “melt in your mouth” ready. After eating a couple of those, I decided to balance it out with the fresh strawberry treat.

Lee and Patel share that the key to naturally sweetened desserts is using very ripe fresh fruit and some of the sweeter variety of dried fruit like dates.

As strawberries are coming into their season, which runs April to June in most places, I felt confident I could find delicious sweet strawberries. And I did.

The recipe for the Pops is super simple. Puree a pound of strawberries. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and a fourth cup of whipping cream. Puree some more. Pour into a popsicle mold. Freeze overnight. And viola, Strawberry Creme Pops.

My lovely Strawberry Creme Pop made in a popsicle mold from when my children would make Kool Aid Popsicles years ago.

They were most plesant treat after a dinner of Salmon Burgers with Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce, salad and homemade BBQ Potato Chips all made from recipes from the same book. We were so happy after the meal that we almost fell asleep watching Concrete Cowboy on Netflix.

If you are a person who loves to eat dessert but look for healthier options, this is the book for you. We will be trying out a few more recipes from here so stay tuned.

Now speaking of healthy options, on my podcast today, I spoke to Zontaye Richardson, owner of Theze Dealz Thrifty Boutique in Dayton, Ohio, about what thift store owners eat for dessert. And healthy was at the top of her list along with simple – think your basic cheesecake.

Her boutique is not just a thrift store. It is also home to a number of other small businesses that sell anywhere from handmade jewelry to straight out of New York dresses and purses and locally made food seasonings. Her business has been so successful that two of the smaller businesses that once sold her store now have their own store fronts.

She recently penned the key to starting a successful business in her soon to be released book It’s More Than Just Clothing. If you ever thought about starting a business, you are going to want to check it out.

Speaking of starting a business, it’s time for my big announcement.

On Mother’s Day weekend I am launching my own little business at Theze Dealz and online right here selling dessert snacks created by black and women owned businesses. I am expanding my What’s For Dessert empire to offer you the reader and maybe listner too of my podcast an opportunity to buy something that is yummy like dessert and is also good for the body. These are ready to eat treats made with the same ingrediants you use to make dessert.

I am so excited to share these delicious treats with you. Be on the look out as they are coming to a dessert blog near you.

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