I’m kidding. No chocolate in this home. Well, not since we bought a snack-pack of the Whittakers L&P chocolate because we just had to try it. My verdict? I love chocolate. Would I buy it again? My answer, I love chocolate.
Posts did stop after 6 days, right about the time Jacob went and stayed on a dairy farm in order to get some work experience. His hosts were fabulous, he remained relatively sugar-free, worked hard, played hard and learnt not to stand too close to the back end of a cow. Not what you are thinking probably, he has bruises (still!) to show the real reason.
Jacob loved it. It’s what he wants to do. We were incredibly lucky to have friends that would take him in, give him a bed, feed him and include him in their busy daily lives on the farm, all with the aim of helping him choose his NCEA subjects next year. He’s a lucky kid.
But that aside, Jacob is STILL sugar free and doing awesome! He’s had a check-up at the naturopath again and his body is starting to respond. He is more energetic, calmer and has even thinned out. His boxing trainer even noticed it after not seeing Jacob for 10 days. This is all from a kid that didn’t really eat much sugar in the first place. (Seriously, my kids eat barely any, no nasty cereals, nothing). But taking out refined sugars and replacing a lot of the other foods such as white flours etc with more natural stuff has made a huge difference. I was somewhat ‘brainwashed’ by the thoughts that all fats were bad meaning my kid’s diets had barely any. I didn’t realise the damage I was doing and now that we are all enjoying more healthy fats and less refined foods, we are all healthier. I realise I’m risking sounding like a total food-hippy here so stopping there BUT seriously, it’s done amazing things for us all.
Here’s an idea of the kind of things we are eating now:
(this is a treat, we’d have this kind of thing 1-2 times a day max, after dinner for example).
No-Bake fudgey sugar free can’t stop eating it slice.
(Made and cut into small squares for treats, this recipe is an adaption of a few other recipes and has a dark chocolate taste)
* 1 cup whole almonds
* 15 Pitted Dates
* 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 2 tbsp. melted coconut butter/oil
* 1 tbsp. honey
* 2 tbsp. water.
* Add almonds to food processor & pulse until ground.
* Add dates, cocoa powder, honey, coconut oil & water.
* Blend until it's a sticky mass. If it won’t stick well, add tiny amounts of water and blend some more until it sticks. Press into a tin and cut into small squares. Alternatively roll into balls.
For those that want a sweeter version, add in less water and add:
* 1/2 very ripe banana
* 1/2 cup shredded coconut
* 1/4 cup cranberries
* 1 tsp xylitol (or equiv of other natural sweetner such as stevia 1 bitty scoop)
or 1 additional tbsp honey
If you like it superdark chocolately, add 1/3 cup additional unsweetened cocoa.
Play with the recipe, it is easily adapted!
(note this is an adaption from a recipe you can find here)
I have other tried and true recipes too. Along with many failed ones.
For those of you that thought this was a scrabooking blog, it still is – I’ve got plans to share over the next week or so – inbetween trialling new sin-free chocolate recipes. ‘Cos I can. ;)