TODAY | November 05, 2013
>> it's time for today's kitchen and we're indulging in desserts that taste so good you would never know they're also healthy.
>> "today" contributor giada de laurentiis is here with her favorite go to sweet treat straight from her brand new book.
>> look at this cover.
>> called "giada's feel good
food: my healthy recipes and secrets."
>> and we're happy to have you back, sweetheart.
>> we love when you have new books out.
>> one a week.
>> one a week. what? no. no, no.
>> thank you.
>> what are you making today.
>> >> i want people to understand this isn't a diet book, but having said that, this is the way i like to eat. very light, healthy foods.
>> but it doesn't mean you have to skip dessert which happens to be one of my favorites.
>> okay. we're going to start with my chocolate fig bites. i have about a pound of dried figs that i've put in here.
>> do you want to add a little bit of water and almond butter .
>> and mix it altogether and end up with this paste. the whole idea here is dairy-free.
>> i know you're dairy-free right now.
>> she's dairy-free for life.
>> by the way, a lot of people are. people are vegan and they're gluten-free and i wanted to give --
>> we love everybody .
>> yes we do.
>> i do too. there's a lot of different dietary needs out there these days and you can make fun, really good dishes for --
>> can i ask, those -- oh, lord. those figs are dried?
>> they're dried figurs.
>> have you had a dried fig?
>> she looks at it like it's -- they look weird but they're tasty.
>> i like figs.
>> super sweet.
>> with the al month butter, mix this altogether. something you can make very easi easily. it all combines together into this paste like that. okay. then i take a little ice cream scoop so i can make all the balls the same size.
>> that's not what it's supposeden to. looks like something else.
>> you asked me to help and i did.
>> that may be your dog.
>> oh, blake.
>> having said that you make these little balls like meatballs and they're kind of sticky. melt some chocolate. this is dark chocolate . you can use vegan chips. little bit of dairy, maybe a trace, not much. i drop them in the chocolate like that.
>> look what's happening?
>> look at that, hoda.
>> i like it already.
>> i put them here and i like to top them with a little bit of salt.
>> because i think the salt bring out the chocolate. plus it makes them look so pretty.
>> sea salt .
>> you can do sea salt . i do these flakes because they look prettier. i put them in the fridge about 30 minutes . i think these are great on a holiday table. so surprising how good they are.
>> salty sweet.
>> like a bon bon , but a healthy bon bon . no dairy, no gluten. vegan. they're all those things. i think they're fabulous.
>> really great.
>> you could do that with dates if you want to.
>> then i have fruit spring rolls, rice paper and then fruit, almonds and rice noodle .
>> what's the dip stuff?
>> just honey and mint. and then here we have a peach and blueberry crumble which is gluten-free.
>> maple sugar , no sugar.
>> what's the drink?
>> spinach. i'm going to give you this one. i didn't drink out of that one. spinach, apple ginger and a little extra treat for you. can you taste it?
>> there's a little gin which works really well with a green drink looking for a pick me up.
>> it's delicious.
>> you can do it without the gin.