Healthy, Yummy Pudding

Monday, May 25, 2009

It has been since March 11 that I've not been eating sugar. Most of the time this comes fairly easy for me now, but today was a struggle. My 13 year old daughter wanted me to help her make cheesecake brownie bars for the family, which are most definitely not healthy or sugar-free. :) I did help her and that didn't bother me a bit, but the smell.....! Ooooh my goodness the glorious s-m-e-l-l of chocolate has lingered in the house all day, and that has made me really struggle with wanting to have a piece or twenty. :)

Although in theory I'm all for moderation and would tell you that it is ok to indulge every once in awhile, for me in the past I have found that once I am off of sugar, eating sugar again causes me headaches, mouth sores, or other unpleasant ailments that I'd rather avoid. I took a few nice big sniffs of the cheesecake bars, but weighed the indulgence in my mind for hours and ultimately decided to make a treat for myself that could help me not feel deprived. :)

Normally I would make some healthy ice cream, but I didn't have any frozen bananas. So I made a pudding instead. This is how it went:

3 ripe bananas, sliced
6-8 frozen strawberries
about 3/4 cup of soaked almonds (they hadn't been soaking long since I thought it up shortly before creating this)
about a half cup or so of natural peanut butter
about a tablespoon of cocoa powder (I'm out of carob)
about 2 tablespoons of organic agave nectar

It all got whizzed up in the food processor and served. It was chocolately, crunchy, and nutty, which hit the spot really well.

I am reading impressive things about raw cacao powder and plan to buy some soon. I had to adjust to the relatively high price of it before I could bring myself to the point where I could accept it. Cacao is very high in antioxidants and sounds like a great healthier way to get chocolatey goodness into the diet. I'll let you know when I finally buy some and try it out!

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