Since learning about GMOs I’ve been experimenting with different non-GMO ingredients and alternatives.
When I started cutting out GMO foods I realized the diet that best fits my needs and supports my cause is based around whole and raw foods, not processed or refined foods.
Avoiding processed and refined foods is a sure way to avoid GMOs, herbicides and pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics, and the health benefits are GREAT!
Finding non-GMO dessert alternatives was hard for me at first. It seems everything has hidden GMO ingredients and organic candies and desserts can be expensive. I threw out boxed cakes and brownie mixes, and kicked the cookie batter to the curb. No more candy bars or gummy worms, goodbye instant hot chocolate and caramel sauce.
Sounds scary, right! Say goodbye to GMO and the sweets have to go? Actually, I say NO! (By the way, you can find non-GMO cookies, cakes, brownie mixes and candies at your local health food store or somewhere like Cost Plus World Market.)
My sweet tooth is being filled like never before, thanks to my discovery of raw desserts. By using nuts, natural sweeteners, and fruits I am able to enjoy sweet treats that taste amazing and have great health benefits.
By request I am sharing my favorite apple pie and hot chocolate that is GMO free, delicious, and actually nutritious (in moderation of course)! Raw desserts can easily by modified and I’ve combined several recipes to come up with a hot chocolate and apple pie that is GMO free.
I promise once to try these desserts; you’ll keep wanting more!
But first, why is it important to avoid the sugar we find in most of our sweets and treats? Because all sugar is GMO, derived from GMO sugar beets. Remember, it must be cane sugar to be non-GMO. Cane sugar is still refined, something I am trying to cut out of my diet, but it is still a better alternative. When we use dates, natural sweeteners like honey or agave, or fruits in our desserts, we are getting unrefined, healthy sugars in our diet.
These recipes are not only GMO-free, but also wheat, gluten, and dairy free. We are seeing more and more food allergies these days, so raw desserts might be a great option for you if you experience any food allergies. They also contain ingredients that have high nutritional value. Let’s check them out!
Non GMO Hot Coco
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 – 2 tablespoon raw cacao
- 1 tablespoon raw agave
- Dash of cinnamon
- Drop of vanilla
Yields 1 serving
Mix all of these ingredients together and bring to a boil on your stove. Add a cinnamon stick if you’d like, pour and enjoy!
By using almond milk, you can avoid GMOs, antibiotics, and hormones that are fed to most conventional dairy cows. Of course you can use regular milk if you would like, preferably organic or GMO free raw milk. By using raw cacao we can also avoid milk and GMO sugar. The raw agave provides an all-natural sweetener alternative that is non-GMO. I like to use all organic ingredients in my hot coco, but it is not necessary unless the ingredients could contain GMOs.
Raw cacao is the unprocessed, unrefined chocolate bean. It is bitter by nature, but I enjoy very dark chocolate. By adding a sweetener though, we can really bring out the rich taste of the chocolate bean.
Raw cacao is high in beneficial nutrients and many of them we lack in our diets. The cacao bean is high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and omega 6 fatty acids. The cacao bean is also the highest food source for magnesium, which 80% of Americans are unknowingly deficient. Isn’t it nice to consume hot coco that actually has health benefits? And this recipe is so easy, it’s close to instant!
Non-GMO Raw Apple Pie
This raw pie is too good! Made with beneficial nuts instead of flour, wheat, or gluten, we can give our bodies calcium, essentially fats, and magnesium instead of filling our gut with waste. Because this pie is not cooked or heated, it is easier to digest because of the living enzymes found within raw, whole foods. The dates also aid with digestion.
Again, I use all organic ingredients although might not be necessary.
In a food processor combine:
- 2 cups raw pecans
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup dates
Process until crust is sticky yet still fluffy and flaky, press into pie pan.
Next, in the food processor, slice 4 – 6 apples and set them aside.
For the filling combine:
- 1 chopped apple
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 – 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup dates
Process this mixture until it is creamy and if it’s too thick, add a splash of almond milk. Add this mixture to the apples you sliced earlier and you might want to pulse the entire filling in your processor just a little bit to bring everything together. Pour into crust.
I like to place some apple slices on top and sprinkle them with cinnamon. Chill to set the pie and serve cold.
Yields 6 – 8 servings.
I hope you enjoy these yummy non-GMO desserts and start to experiment with your own non-GMO ingredients! If you have any ideas or feedback, send them our way.
Here’s to being GMO free!
- Leslie Stoddard