A few months ago M bought a scale. I stepped on it; I cried. Shortly after that I lost 8 pounds in two weeks simply by cutting out sweets. Since then I've played yo-yo with 5lbs. It goes like this: lose 5bs by not eating sweets, cave and eat a whole bag of cookies, a cake, some donuts, a chocolate bar, etc in one day, gain 6lbs back.
And then I came to the conclusion that I would never be able to cut out sweets. They are who I am; it's like a fish out of water. So I did some crazy googling to try and find healthy, low sugar/fat/calorie deserts that aren't sweetened with chemicals (splenda, aspartame, etc). I was skeptical but I found a bunch of great recipes (and a few duds). Here's a review of some so far:
Nutella Pudding Pops 5/5 stars
A two ingredient, super easy to make recipe that is only 130 calories per serving. Our home is nut-free due to allergies so I was worried about this BUT, then Superstore had a nut-free chocolate spread that I used instead. The kids and I LOVE these! We also use them on pancakes as an alternative to syrup (not frozen of course). Mixed with vanilla yogurt it's a creamy dip. I used 6TBPS of chocolate spread in my second batch and it was just as good!
123 Cake 4/5 stars
This is so easy to make and really yummy! It does have a bit of an odd texture but I think that's just because my brain has a preconceived notion of what cake texture is supposed to be like. I like to add a few chocolate chips to the batter or drizzle with a bit of chocolate sauce after.
Breakfast Cookies 5/5 stars
No sugar, no flour, no eggs, yet really easy to make and my kids LOVE them (seriously, the 4 year old thinks it's amazing being able to eat a cookie for breakfast). I had to modify these a lot because of the nut-free thing but it was easy to do: flax meal instead of almond meal (I found a big bag of flax meal at Superstore in the natural foods section) and chopped dried apricots and prunes instead of the nuts. She has a really tricky way to make them into a cookie shape. I just used my muffin scoop instead and flattened them with a fork after. These won't spread out when baking like a regular cookie so you can put them close together. I took these to my scrapbook retreat and everyone raved about them!
Healthy Mug Cake 1/5 stars
So this was a dud. This was the only chocolate cake I never ate :(
Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffin 3/5 stars
The only reason this recipe isn't 5 stars is because the recipe is a bit off and needed to me tweaked, plus they stick to the muffin paper which I hate. But, these muffins are wicked good and the kids LOVE them! I like that it's all done in the food processor which really cuts down on my cleaning. The recipe was way to runny after mixing it all together so I had to add extra oats. Next time I would start with 1/4 cup of water and work up from there. I do like the idea of using ground oats in the food processor instead of flour though and it got my wheels turning.
Magic Breakfast Pudding 5/5 stars
This whole blog is WICKED actually! This oatmeal is amazing. I didn't have bulgar but I have a TON of organic 7-grain cereal from a bulk grain co-op order that I used instead (and made with water the night before so it was super fast in the am). I never would have thought to use coconut extract but now I use it all the time - brilliant! Both kids loved this. Chicken asked for two helpings and finished off my extra. I make it with a half cup cooked cereal and it leaves me feeling disgustingly full. But I like that kinda thing!
Chocolate Frosting Shots 5/5 stars (I think)
Okay, this didn't actually work for me; the coconut milk never got thick but my can was going on ten years so maybe a fresh can would be better... The sauce was still wicked good though and M loved it! Again we had it on pancakes and later in mini trifles that I served to guests. No one thought it was healthy! It got great reviews so I'd love to try it again.
So that's it for now. I'm hoping to make some dessert pizzas, more healthy Popsicles (Chicken is loving them) and a chocolate fudge single serving cake this week. If you try any of the recipes I'd love to know what you think and if you have any healthy desserts or breakfasts that you love please send me the recipe!