I have a serious sweet tooth – that’s no secret. It’s something I’m happy about (I swear someone like Adam can’t experience the joy of an incredible cookie the way that I do… and I don’t know if I’d want to give that up) but of course it has is (kind of obvious) downfall. I’m a sugar ADDICT. Once in a while I can enjoy something super sweet and move on but more often, I want more. A lot more. Sometimes that leaves me in a fetal position with a stomachache and a sugar high. No bueno.
I’m contemplating a short sugar detox. The holiday season isn’t the right time to start this but I’m already starting to play with recipes for unprocessed sweets that I can reach for if I get the shakes
How about some brownie bites? [Christie told me about this recipe but she wasn’t sure where it originally came from. Let me know if you are or know of the master mind behind this one. ]
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup high quality cacao powder* (or more if it has lower cocoa content)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of salt
1. Soak dates in water for about 20 minutes
2. Process walnuts until an almost flour-like consistency
3. Add dates (reserve the liquid), vanilla and salt.
4. Add cacao powder
Add reserved liquid from the dates if necessary. I didn’t need to do this for my batch.
5. Form into little balls.
I got nine 1.5-tablespoon sized bites.
Store in refrigerator.
These seriously taste like rich brownie batter. LOVE them!!
Do you have any recipes for sweets without processed sugar?
*I received the cacao powder in the above picture for free at the Whole Foods Whole Body event. It’s incredibly chocolaty and I’m a big fan already!
PS – Don’t forget to enter the Three Sisters Cereal giveaway!