You want to dive face-first into a rich and moist 7-layer chocolate cake or take a tasting tour of your favorite bakery, but you know that even one day of complete indulgence isn’t a good thing, and it could derail your healthy living mantra.
So, how do you (literally) have your cake and eat it too? You do it by adding some collagen to delicious and decidedly decadent desserts to come up with a compromise that you can live with.
Why Add Collagen
Collagen peptides make up a large portion of the connective tissue in your body. This includes your joints, tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles.
They give your body structure, strength, and an overall glow. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. So why do you need to add more?
♦ Better skin health. Collagen strengthens your skin, makes it more elastic, and it holds water better. In the long run, this means fewer wrinkles and signs of aging.
♦ Relieves joint pain. If you are at risk for joint disorders because they run in your family, then boosting your collagen intake now can help stave off those aches and pains.
♦ Prevents bone loss. Bones are made of collagen, so adding more gives them added strength and fights deterioration due to age.
♦ More muscle mass. Collagen is needed to keep your muscles strong and functioning. Taking collagen supplements can help build muscle.
♦ Strong heart. Everyone wants a strong heart, and collagen gives your arteries structure to help them function well.
♦ Killer hair and nails. Collagen strengthens hair and nails, and it can actually make them grow and look better.
Now that we know why collagen is good for us, it’s time to look at how it can be part of our dessert extravaganza! And for more desserts, check us out on Facebook @livewelllabsnutrition and Instagram @livewelllabs.
Collagen Desserts to Die For
There’s a healthy twist to each of these recipes, but don’t let that fool you, they’re still crazy delicious. In fact, if you don’t tell people they’re healthy, will they even notice?
1. Drop Dead Black Bean Brownie Recipe
Yes, they’re made with black beans, and they’re dense and moist and chocolatey and amazing.
1 can of black beans
3 tablespoons of cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons nut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 scoops Collagen Peptides
1 large ripe banana
1/2 chocolate bar, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375°.
In a food processor, add all of your ingredients, except the chocolate bar. Combine well, then fold in the chocolate chips.
Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and pour in your mixture. Use a spatula to make sure it’s spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and dry.
Cool completely before cutting as these brownies are very fragile.
2. Strawberry Lemon Kombucha Gummies Recipe
If you love that sweet and sour combination, this recipe is a total must. It’s delicious, healthy, and provides a little zip to your day. And, come on–kombucha!
1 cup low-sugar plain kombucha
6 tablespoons beef gelatin (it’s got collagen in it!)
2 cups chopped strawberries
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons honey, can adjust amount to taste
pinch of sea salt
Get a wide bowl and pour in your kombucha and beef gelatin. Stir gently, and let it sit for 3-5 minutes as it blooms. What is this? Blooming gelatin is the term for letting the gelatin absorb liquid, in this case, your booch.
While you’re waiting, put your chopped strawberries, lemon juice, honey, and sea salt into a blender, and give it a whirl until it’s smooth. Pour this mixture (no gelatin/booch yet) into a medium-sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until it’s hot but not yet simmering. Turn off the heat, and then you can add your gelatin/booch. Whisk the entire mixture until the gelatin is dissolved and it’s well blended.
Pour into a mold or a glass baking dish, and chill in the fridge until it sets–about an hour.
3. Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Seriously, this is so much easier than making a real chocolate mousse, and it’s so good.
1 16-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 medium avocado
3-4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 scoops Collagen Peptides
5 drops liquid stevia
Put all the ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into serving dish, and top with favorite treats and serve! See, it’s really that easy.
4. Matcha Crepe Cake Recipe
This recipe is amazing, but it takes a little skill. Making a great crepe takes a little talent and, trust us, the first one is always going in the garbage. But with some practice, you’ll find that crepe making is actually kind of fun.
1/2 cup filtered water
2 scoops matcha collagen
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
pinch of sea salt
your favorite cooking oil
(Whipped cream recipe below)
Put eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt in blender, and blend on high until very thin and frothy.
Add matcha collagen and water. Do a quick blend just to mix it in. Then set aside.
Heat your crepe pan over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes. This ensures an even distribution of heat. Grease the pan with a small amount of oil, and pour in about a half cup of batter. Swirl the batter to quickly cover the bottom of the pan evenly. This is where the practice pays off. It cooks quickly, so look for the edges starting to brown, and then gently flip the crepe over. Using a big spatula helps when you’re new at it. The one-handed flip is for pros. Cook until the second side browns and slide onto a clean surface. Each side will cook in only about 1-2 minutes, so it’s fast work. Repeat until you’ve made all of them.
On a serving plate, place one crepe down, and spread 1/4 cup whipped cream, then place next crepe on top, and repeat this until you’ve used all of the crepes. Refrigerate until firm. Dust with matcha powder before serving.
Ingredients for Dairy-Free Whipped Cream
1 14-ounce can unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
2 scoops coconut collagen creamer
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Refrigerate coconut in can for 8 hours or more.
Put mixing bowl in the freezer for an hour to chill the bowl.
Open the coconut cream. Do not shake the can. You actually want the solid bit on top. Scoop the solid layer of the cream into the chilled mixing bowl. User a mixer to beat the coconut cream on high until light and fluffy. Add the coconut collagen creamer, and beat another minute. Add vanilla to taste.
From two chocolate sensations to a tangy sweet and fruity treat, and finally, a decadent vanilla creamy cake–these are all the recipes you need to create a dramatic dessert tray for the holidays or for a special weekend. The best part is every single recipe contains collagen to help you build strong tissues and have healthier-looking skin, nails, and hair.
Each of these recipes also has additional nutritional benefits, so they let you indulge without all of the guilt. It’s truly a win/win with a sweet reward.
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