No sugar tonight

“No sugar tonight in my coffee
No sugar tonight in my tea
No sugar to stand beside me
No sugar to run with me”

The Guess Who

It’s the start of the second week of the ‘No sugar challenge’ and today has been a banner day!

No-sugar latte and a bowl of overnight oats for breakfast (I added almond butter, fresh cherries and a few coconut flakes to my usual recipe).

Lunch was a whole wheat wrap with chicken, peppers, mushrooms and a bit of feta cheese. Yum, yum!

I snacked on a homemade protein bar in the morning and a banana mid-afternoon.

For dinner we ate crockpot (I found it!) chicken in pesto-tomato sauce and roast mushrooms and asparagus (I am just in love with roasted veggies lately; I like to serve them over raw spinach for a warm, wilted salad).

But tonight is Sunday and in my house that means dessert!

Faced with the pressure of making something to satisfy my family’s sweet expectations, but determined not to eat any sugar myself, I searched my Clean Eating cookbooks for something that would make everyone happy (I need to give up on the idea that I will ever be able to make them all happy…). No luck. While there were lots of clean desserts, they all contained some form of sugar or sugar substitute.

Then I remembered that Tiffany of The Gracious Pantry, had created some recipes specifically for the challenge. A quick perusal of her web site revealed a possibility; Clean-eating strawberry rhubarb crisp. Not only is there no added sugar in this recipe (it’s sweetened by fruit and some apple juice concentrate), there’s also no butter! And the bonus? Oats and quinoa on top!

Only one problem. I had no rhubarb. My husband harvested a few paltry stocks from our garden yesterday, but had eaten them by the time I got around to making dessert. A quick check of the freezer revealed a bag of frozen blackberries (we have a ton of wild blackberry plants in our neighbourhood and pick a freezer full every summer). A perfect replacement for the rhubarb (in my opinion, never having been a big rhubarb fan).

The verdict? Absolutely fabulous!

I ate mine warm, fresh from the oven (the recipe advises you to freeze it before slicing and eating, but mine was sufficiently thick that this step seemed unnecessary). Hubby missed the whole ‘no sugar’ point of this dessert and added vanilla ice cream. My oldest son even asked for seconds! (children number 2 and 3 would have nothing to do with it and were instead given one of their dad’s home baked chocolate chip cookies; I have not given up on them though!).

With a happy, full tummy, I retired to the couch with my knitting and a cup of ginger tea; no sugar tonight in my tea!

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  1. I tried to make no sugar pb cookies…and protien pancakes….both bombs.

    so I caved and made them brownies…and all I did was SAVOR one eentsy bite.

    (which I had planned to)
    I did not lick my fingers, the plate or the bowl.

    your crisp LOOKS amazing and I wish I had a plate right now!

    WAY TO GO.

    something tells me week 2 is going to be tougher.

    • I have had epic failures with cleaning up favorite sweet recipes too!
      Check out The Gracious Pantry for some yummy options, including ones she has created specifically for the no sugar challenge.
      Congrats on not caving in and eating a whole brownie.
      My favorite way to cheat is to cut a very narrow strip the whole length of the pan; that way no one can tell that you had some (except for you of course; note that it still counts as a cheat even if no one else knows…)

      • I got caught trying to sneak a sliver! HAHAHA
        that so cracked me up.

        I love the recipes at The Gracious Pantry, and THANKS for the link the other day!


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