It sucks to say no.
Bottom line, when someone asks you to do something fun or eat something great it sucks to say no. Yes is much easier, not to mention way more fun. And for the parents out there it sucks to CONSTANTLY say no to your kids. Mom, can I have a cookie/cupcake/ice cream/juice/other treat that will send them into a sugary tailspin. Whoever thinks sugar isn’t as addictive as any illicit drug hasn’t seen a kid fiend for it.
Here are two treats to which you can say yes. Grain-free and refined sugar-free, they won’t wreak havoc on your insides. Give your kids the ingredients and tools and they can bake themselves!
Paleo Chocolate and Almond Butter Mug Cake
1 T each coconut flour and almond flour (or 2 T almond flour if you don’t have coconut flour)
1 t unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa powder
1/8 t baking powder
2 T paleo approved sweetener (coconut palm sugar, honey, or pure maple syrup)
1 egg white
1 T unsweetened apple sauce (or add the whole egg if you don’t have apple sauce)
1 T almond butter (I haven’t tried other nut butters but I’m sure they’d be good)
½ T almond or coconut milk
1 T dark chocolate chips (optional, but why would you leave it out?)
Sliced strawberry or raspberries, or citrus zest, for garnish
In a mug or a ramekin, add all dry ingredients and mix well. Add wet ingredients and mix well. Microwave for 1 minute (may need to adjust time depending on the size of your mug/ramekin, power of microwave, and how baked/lava-like you want it). Let cool for a minute and enjoy.
Paleo Banana Bread Muffins (adapted from With Style and Grace)
1 ½ cups almond flour
2 T ground flax
1 t cinnamon
½ t each baking soda and baking powder
A pinch each of salt and ground nutmeg
2 super-ripe bananas, mashed
1 T sweetener (honey, pure maple syrup, palm sugar)
1 T fat (coconut oil, butter, ghee, olive oil)
½ t vanilla
Optional– ½ c chopped nuts or dark chocolate chips mixed in + extra for garnish
Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, wet ingredients in another. Pour wet into dry and mix until combined. Portion mixture into muffin tins ¾ full. Top with nuts or chocolate chips, if desired. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. (I doubled this recipe and it made 15 muffins.)
Treats are just that, treats. They won’t help you lose weight or help you get over your psychological issues with food. However, making the change to eating this way shouldn’t be about deprivation but about sustainability. Relax a little and say yes knowing you’re still on the right track.