Last night was Dessert Night at my house. One of two nights during the week when we indulge in a sweet treat after the evening meal.
I started the practice about two years ago. Tired of (1) my children arriving nightly at the dinner table asking “is there dessert tonight?” and (2) giving in to their escalating demands (sometimes it’s exhausting holding your ground), I designated Friday and Sunday as Dessert Night.
It’s been a glorious success!
- my children eat more of their healthy meal (no need to save room for dessert)
- I eat fewer cookies, cakes and pastries (and don’t crave them the same way, since dessert night is always only a few days away)
- I try recipes from my favourite clean eating cookbooks
- I spend more time searching the internet for ‘cleaner’ dessert recipes (there are tons of them out there)
- I experiment with the recipes I find to further reduce sugar and unhealthy fats and increase the nutritional content of the treat (this is usually successful, but there was a time I added too much flax to a cake recipe; the incident is now referred to as the ‘flaxident’)
In response to your requests for the recipes to my more successful creations, I’ll occasionally be posting a Dessert Night recap.
Here’s what we had last Friday night:
Peanut butter chocolate chip brownies
I took a recipe I found online and made a few adjustments, reducing the sugar, swapping out whole wheat flour and flax seed for the white, reducing the butter and increasing the peanut butter to compensate (natural peanut butter, with no added sugar), substituting egg whites for the whole eggs and omitting the peanut butter cups.
My version’s ingredients:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (next time I’ll try WW pastry flour)
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
- 1/8 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup low fat milk
- 2 tsp best quality vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Recipe makes 16 servings.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories, 119; Total fat, 6.8 g; Sat fat, 2.1 g; Carbohydrates, 10.2 g; Fibre, 1.9 g; Sugar, 3.2 g, Protein, 4.3 g.
These were a huge success! Everyone asked for seconds and there was even enough left over for Sunday night’s dessert. Gotta love a twofer!