Several years ago, I learned that I was borderline diabetic and I also started having episodes of severe hypoglycemia. Really miserable stuff when that hits. So I had to learn to eat differently and tame my love for sugar and refined carbs. The first step I took was simply cutting back the sugar in recipes, sometimes significantly, but usually by about 1/3-1/2. Usually, the recipes were sweet enough, even with this adjustment.
Over time, I also learned to make things using more natural alternatives, such as honey, stevia, and xylitol. Honey still has to be used in limited quantities, as it is a sugar. However, it does have some health benefits and I find it tastes better than sugar. Honestly, I also limit how much xylitol I use, simply because it still feels very refined to me. Stevia is much more natural, made from a ground herb. I prefer the taste of NOW Better Stevia Glycerite drops.
I also learned to use organic sugar, for the times when I need real sugar in a recipe. It is less refined and has fewer chemical agents in it from processing. While it’s still sugar, I feel it is healthier because of this. It also has a fuller flavor, so I can use less of it.
This is a wonderfully rich and delicious recipe that also happens to be really healthy!
Healthy Chocolate Pudding Pie
Ingredients:2 avocados, pitted
2 avocados, pitted
1/3 to 1/2 half cup milk of choice (I love the way coconut milk tastes in this)
1/2 cup cacao powder (cocoa powder is fine and carob would probably work, though I haven’t tried it)
2-3 Tablespoons organic sugar or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
Optional: low-fat graham cracker pie shell
Put everything in a food processor or a blender and blend on high speed for a minute of so, until well blended. Scrape the side and reprocess, if needed, to mix everything well. Chill for about 10 minutes. Pour into pie shell, or for a grain free, lower carb, no crust pie, pour directly into a glass pie pan and chill for 30 minutes to set.
You can drizzle a chocolate sauce topping on this for garnish/decoration if you like.
1/4 cup coconut oil (do not substitute with another oil!)
1/4 cup honey
2-3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
Heat in a saucepan over low heat, stirring often until oil is melted and ingredients are well mixed. Stir in drizzles of milk of choice until the sauce reaches the consistency you want.