Let them eat cake! …at 2pm

I don’t know what kind of cake/pie this is….but I’m all in!

We all eat dessert, most of us love it and some of us LOOOOOOVE it, either way we are eating it.

I don’t let my kids eat sugary ice creams (vegan of course), cake, pie, and other decadent treats after supper. Of course there are special occasions like birthdays that allow for rule breaking but on the regular, this is not the time we have dessert.

Why not? …you might ask.

If you think of it, we eat dessert after supper because that is the tradition, that is what restaurants promote and that is what we grew up with and never gave it a second thought…. well I have arrived to provide thought and ruin your dessert! LOL

Would you eat or feed your child a few teaspoons of sugar after supper or before bed, maybe as a bedtime snack? This is literally what is happening with evening desserts. Of course I’m not talking about giving your kids a piece of fruit or maybe a toast with peanut butter and banana if they didn’t eat much supper. I’m talking about real dessert, the kind with ice cream, or chocolate, or whip cream or strawberry cake with pretzels…did you see that amazing picture?!?!

EVERYTHING we put into our body and our kids body needs to be cleaned and used or stored in some way.

My daughter asked me the other day, why we don’t eat dessert? I told her that we do eat dessert, we just eat it in the middle of the afternoon. See I’m the best mom ever! Dessert before supper!

(Insert 8 year old eye roll)

If we have something special we have it as an afternoon snack, after our lunch. This way our body has time to burn calories, it has a healthy dinner on the way to help with the clean up and plenty of time to finish digestion before we are in relax and recovery mode.

While we sleep our body is recovering from the assault that is suffered at our hands throughout the day. It is essentially cleaning up our mess and getting prepared for the day ahead.

I told my daughter, “imagine if I kissed you goodnight and then said now just mop the floor and then relax and I’ll see you in the morning”. She was like, “whaaaattt I can’t mop the floor at bedtime? I’ll be awake and it will be hard to fall asleep and then I won’t get enough sleep and I’ll be tired in the morning”. “Exactly my love, this is why we have dessert in the afternoon!”

We can’t make a mess late in the evening and expect our body to quickly clean it up, relax and recover….it just can’t do it.

You have the knowledge, it makes sense, you’re not taking anything away from yourself or anyone else. You have the choice and the power to follow blindly in the path of tradition and cultural norms or you can take this knowledge and apply it to your life and your kids life (if you have kids) and create a new path, a new tradition, a norm that promotes health, promotes relaxation in the body, promotes restful sleep and promotes recovery (our body’s natural state while we sleep).

Brownies… again

Ok so here I am again posting about brownies… a window into my life 🙂

An accidentally cool swirl!

My littlest is doing her best to live off of chocolate… getting it into as many meals a day as possible and will use tears as a weapon if necessary. Obviously this is every mom’s dream come true and even better if you are a nutritionist right! LOL

I do wonder if I am losing the 80/20 balance that I strive for with her and her chocolate obsession. I try to incorporate healthy chocolate recipes into her life as much as possible… also she likes to cook and bake and with me, so who doesn’t love a helper 🙂

Yes these brownies contain chocolate chips (non-dairy of course) and yes these brownies contain maple syrup which is basically just liquid sugar BUT for the balancing act they also contain black beans, dates, ground flax and peanut butter!

I’m calling this a win, she will eat some fibre, she will eat some healthy fat, she will eat some protein and she will eat some chocolate.

Black Bean Brownies – happen to be gluten-free!

What brownies? I didn’t make any awesomely delicious brownies with date caramel.

Ok ok maybe I made 1 or 2… or 11 🙂 It wasn’t my recipe but it was vegan and easy and mega delish!

https://minimalistbaker.com/refined-sugar-free-black-bean-brownies/

Full disclosure her pictures are mouth watering and I do have nuts on the inside of these brownies but I ran out for the topping. I skipped the coconut flakes and added a splash of almond milk to the batter to make it a little more moist.

These were very quick and easy and I made the whole recipe in the food processor so it was 1 dirty dish plus the pan for baking in 🙂

Here is the recipe incase you just wanna stay here:

  • 1 15-oz can black beans (well rinsed + drained // 1 15-oz can yields ~ 1 1/2 cups drained)
  • 2 batches flax eggs (2 Tbsp (14 g) flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp (75 ml) water as original recipe is written)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted // or sub other oil of choice (I used avocado oil because it’s unsaturated)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I buy the organic one from Costco)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (I eliminated this since I never buy or use it, it’s so $$$$!)
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Basically you just heat the oven to 350ºF stick all these ingredients into your food processor and then scoop into a greased up muffin tin… below are the toppings that you put on after you have portioned the batter but before baking! My convection oven cooked these perfectly in 22 mins… and BAM… Brownies!!!

  • 1/3 cup chopped raw pecans (plus more for topping) (I used walnuts, I added these in after everything was blended and just mixed it a little so that the walnuts still had texture)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (plus more for topping) (I skipped these)
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (I added these in at the same time as the walnuts and just mixed them so they didn’t get all chopped up by the food processor)
  • 1/4 cup date caramel* (soaked dates blended) (After you portion the brownies out you just put a blob of caramel on top and swirl it with a toothpick)

This was my first run at it… I’ve already decided on some alterations…. I’ll keep you posted 😉

Oatmeal Banana Cookies

cookies

These fluffy cookies are filling, delicious and very flexible with the recipe.  I add and subtract ingredients depending on the state of my pantry that day and they always turn out delicious.  BONUS: These cookies are sugar free!

Recipe:

**Add all ingredients to your food processor**

**Pre-heat oven to 325ºF (163ºC), bake for 20 minutes**

  • 2-3 peeled ripe bananas
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup plant based milk of choice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda (pour apple cider onto the baking soda to activate it)
  • *optional – 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • *optional – tablespoon ground flax
  • blend until you have a thick but moist mixture that you can easily scoop out with a spoon
  • *optional – handful of raisins or other dried fruit 
  • *optional – dairy free chocolate chips
  • blend a little, just until chocolate and raisins are mixed in but not completely chopped up

Seasonal Berry Crumble

Everybody likes dessert and it’s always a nice cherry on top when it’s healthy too! A good friend introduced me to an apple crumble that was simply too good to stop eating and I thought…what if I just added all the berries I have in my fridge 🙂

berry crumble

Chopped apples and seasonal berries to fill the bottom of an 8″x12″ pan; sprinkle with cinnamon

In the food processor whiz 2 cups oats; 1/2 cup flour; 1/4 cup sugar; a dash of cinnamon;  2 tbsp hemp hearts; 2 tbsp ground flax; add in a couple blobs of maple syrup (maybe 2 generous tablespoons after all this is dessert!)

Massage about 1/2 cup of coconut oil into your oaty mixture, it should become a bit clumpy…  Spread this out over the apples and berries and bake @ 325°F for about 25 mins or until the top begins to brown up (ovens often differ especially if you are using convection)

In our family this is best enjoyed with a couple scoops of cashew ice cream but we have also been known to enjoy this for breakfast with a little peanut butter or chickpea chocolate mixed in!

 

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