Balance

Stuff I read says cancer likes sugar.  It makes sense, because cancer cells have too many glucose receptors, so they suck in all the sugar they can get before your good cells get it (this is a highly-simplified version of my understanding).  So, I try my best to limit sugars.  That includes high-carb foods that have low nutritional value, like white breads, goldfish crackers, most cereals, etc.

That being said, it is CHRISTMAS.  So, balance.  Balance is key here.

So, here are some of my “lower sugar treats” that act enough like dessert to be satisfying.

1) Chocolate zucchini muffins.  I have posted about these before, my version of these – they don’t disappoint.

1 C almond butter (I have used peanut butter in a pinch)
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
1/2 C cocoa powder
4 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 C shredded zucchini
1/4 C mini chocolate chips (I use the Enjoy Life brand) – you can add more if you want.

Use a mixer or blender to combine everything except the zucchini and choc chips; fold the latter two items into the batter.

Bake in cupcake papers in a muffin tin at 375 degrees for 20 minutes-ish.  I always lightly spray the papers (or the tin if you don’t have the papers).

These muffins are a little more dense than typical muffins, but they are surprisingly close.

2) Chocolate bark.  This recipe is from Nomad at First Descents!  Adjust amounts to your preference!

Dark chocolate chips
Assorted raw nuts and seeds (I like sliced almonds, pepitas, and sunflower seeds!)
Assorted dried fruits, if you want

Throw the nuts and seeds onto a tray and toast in the oven (I use the toaster oven!  Faster and less clean-up!)  They should only need about 10 minutes, but watch out!  They can burn all of a sudden.

Meanwhile, throw some chocolate chips into a bowl.  Add chopped dried fruit to the chips.

When the nuts/seeds have been toasted, throw them into the bowl with the chocolate and mix!  The hot nuts will melt the chocolate and VOILA!

Spread the “bark” onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet and throw in the freezer.  Once frozen, break apart and keep in a freezer bag in the fridge or freezer.

**For a holiday twist, I bet you could add some crunched up candy canes!

3.  Cannoli dip.  My version.  Also, I never measure, so these amounts are just a guess.

One small container of whole-milk ricotta (I think 8 oz?)
1-2 tsp almond or cashew milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp (or less) almond extract
1 tsp maple syrup
4-5 packets stevia (I use Sweet Leaf)
Mini dark chocolate chips and/or slivered or sliced almonds

Throw all ingredients into a blender (I use my nutribullet!) except the chocolate chips and almonds.  Blend until smooth and creamy.  You may need to add a bit more almond milk to thin it out a bit.

Mix chocolate chips/almonds into  it or sprinkle on top in a pretty dish.  BOOM!  Some great dippers include graham crackers, Goya Maria cookies, or strawberries.  Or spoon some onto pancakes or waffles.  YUM!

4) Chocolate smoothie.

Ice
Almond or Cashew Milk (unsweetened)…OR, coconut milk from a can if you need calories and want it to be richer
1/3 banana
1/2 avocado (you can omit this if it freaks you out)
One scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla flavored Warrior Blend)
Cocoa powder
Handful of spinach
*you can add some hemp seeds, a bit of yogurt, chia seeds, flax meal, etc. for added nutrients, protein, calories, etc.  I sometimes add a good squirt of flax oil or hemp oil!

Dump into nutribullet (or other blender) and blend.  More ice makes it thicker.  More banana adds more flavor, but also adds more sugar.  Again, I never care enough to measure!

5.  Dark Chocolate.  At least 80% cacao.  This is not a recipe; just an option 🙂

 

Like I said, though, it is all about balance.  I would lie if I told you I haven’t been eating the Christmas cookies Xander and I made.  Or some of Tim’s birthday cake.  Or bites of the goodies laid out at ALLLLLL holiday events I have been to.  But, this is December.  BALANCE.  The recipes I have included do hold me over for most of the year regarding sweets and treats, though.  SO, enjoy!!

 

 

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