A Trio of Sugar-Free Sweets
Here I am, heading into Day 8 of my sugar-free challenge. How am I doing? I’ve been weak, very weak. But, I’ve stuck with it, am getting a bit stronger by the day … and have even learned a bit about myself.
I’d never thought of myself as an emotional eater in any way. I just loved food (especially sweet food), period. But, this past week I found out that sweets are a crutch for my stress. Day 1 of the sugar-free challenge was hard, of course, but Day 2 was remarkably easy. Sure, a craving here or there, but I breezed by them. Day 3 started out strong … I made it through the whole morning without thinking once about chocolate or candy (yes, this is a big accomplishment for me!) … but then, the stress hit. I looked at my to do list. I was knee deep in work load and I didn’t want to do any of it. I looked at my job and wondered what it had become. Was this even what I wanted to do anymore? Next thing you know, BAMM! I was *this* close to quitting the whole sugar-free challenge. Thank goodness I had already dragged other people into it, otherwise I would have caved. Support kept me strong. I went for some fruit.
Of course, day 3 wasn’t my only hurdle … no, no, no … I seem to have alternating stress days. Day 5 was when I finally had to break down and make some sugar-free sweets. Thanks to Ricki for her Carob Coconut Sweeties (and yes, I ate the whole leaning tower batch, thank God it was a small one!) …
Recipe in Desserts without Compromise, by Ricki Heller
On Day 7, another surge of stress hit, but Katie’s sugar-free Banana Freezer Fudge helped me through the day …
Recipe on Chocolate-Covered Katie (see my notes below for changes that I made)
This stuff is fortunately sugar-free, even with the stevia I added. I’m going to play with this recipe some more, as the flavor is awesome, but my stomach has trouble handling quite so much fat (considering I could easily eat half a batch!), and all of the coconut oil causes them to freeze very solid (they soften after a few minutes at room temp though). I added 4 (or was it 5?) drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia to Katie’s recipe, used just a pinch of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon.
And then, there was one final creation … Sugar-Free & Grain-Free Brownies. Only mine ended up a lot more like Dark Chocolate Fudge …
Recipe on The Mommy Bowl by Deanna, you can see below for my changes
Almonds are out for my husband, and I was short on ideas for the almond flour, so I subbed ground cashews in this recipe. The result refused to set up, but I chilled the whole batch and it made a wonderful dark chocolate fudge. I will have to experiment with this one more, as getting the amount of dates right for our taste was an experiment, and I added about 15 drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia. I’m not typically a big fan of stevia, but in this amount, it didn’t overpower the flavor and did add some sweetness. Deanna’s recipe is a fabulous one to work with, I highly recommend it!
Wish me luck on Days 8 through 10 (and beyond)!
Have you cut back on sugar since the holidays? If you’re doing the sugar-free challenge with me, how’s it going? Also, do you have any sugar-free treat ideas to share?