April 10, 2020
I love dessert. So much in fact, that I found a way to eat more dessert (perfect for coping during this crazy time of Covid!)
In January, I challenged myself to go sugar free for 30 days. And I did it! An impressive feat for a chocoholic such as myself. How did I do it, you ask?
Sugar free baking (which also happens to be vegan, gluten free, and dairy free. Holla!)
By sugar free baking, I don’t mean cheating and just using Stevia instead of sugar (spoiler: I do use maple syrup, which depending on your definition of sugar, may be sugar. But hey, at least it’s natural!)
So, pop over to Costco, and get yourself some medjool dates, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, and some toilet paper while you’re at it.
First Up: PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
During Sugar Free January, I discovered that coconut oil + cocoa powder had a very similar texture to chocolate, and it was just enough to scratch the itch. I didn’t even feel deprived at all. Look at these beauties!! I dare say they are down right professional.
After making these life changing treats and discovering that I could indeed live without chocolate, I experimented with what other sugar free desserts I could trick my brain with.
I first bought medjool dates to try out a recipe for sugar free and flour free muffins. Gosh darn, I was fooled again! This is when I fell in love with the sticky and sweet fruit.
After making the banana muffins, I had about 30 leftover dates. What to do? Obviously, create VEGAN BROWNIES!
NO SUGAR, JUST DATES, WALNUTS, AND COCOA POWDER (and almonds, but those are optional)
KABOOM! BOOM! KAPOW! That is the sound of my mind being blown, again and again!
If you’re expecting these to taste exactly like brownies, you’ll be disappointed. But if you want something that has the same characteristics that make brownies awesome (AKA gooey and chocolatey) then welcome to vegan brownie town!
I still had some dates leftover, and my internet search led me to my final baking experiment: chocolate peanut butter balls.
Wowee! These are truffl-y and I don’t even know how (actually I do, it’s the magical medjool dates!) They are creamy and soft, and the cocoa powder gives it that chocolate-tasting magic.
My work here is done. Being stuck indoors has forced me to use up unusual experiments and has been a great exercise in creativity! What have you created during quarantine that you wouldn’t usually have made?