Please your sweet-loving kids with natural sugar alternatives!
The good news is that you don't need to forbid sweets, even if you decide to ban sugar in your household!
And even better news is that many of these natural sweeteners actually retain the nutritional benefits of the fruits and plants from which they're derived.
Find out how to get your kids happy and healthy again. No sugar involved, but still sweet!
DATES OR FIGS (GREAT TO SWEETEN SMOOTHIES)
RAW AGAVE NECTAR
RAW CANE JUICE CRYSTALS*
Avoid pasteurized honey
...and other cheap mass-produced honey. Commercial producers often feed their bees sugar syrup to boost production, and they pasteurize it - in effect killing the nutrients.
Tip: *Some local bee keepers won't pasteurize their honey, and you may be able to buy from them directly, receiving a significant discount if you order in bulk!
Raw cane juice crystals
... are made by extracting the juice from the sugar cane, adding water, and heating it. The syrup is then dehydrated and crystallized. Unlike white sugar, raw cane juice crystals don't cause a quick rise in insulin levels.
In an ideal world we'd dispense with sugary treats and only offer our children fresh fruits! But in the real world we tend to find that fruits don't always satisfy a candy-loving kid.
So it's important to get a little creative - and these fresh, delicious, uber-healthy desserts are a great sugar alternative!
What's more, these simple treats are all sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, and made up of entirely raw ingredients.
Mash one avocado with a fork.
Add 1/4 cup of carob powder, 1/4 cup of raw cocoa powder, and about 10 chopped honey dates.
Either mash everything together with a fork or mortar and pestle, or - the quick way - mix it all in a blender or food processor.
Add enough water to get a smooth, pudding-like texture.
Juice one orange, 3 apples and 3 carrots.
For a healthy start to the day, add leafy greens and half a cooked beet.
Tip: *Beets are very sweet naturally, and also make a great sugar alternative for sweet and savory veggie dishes.
In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine 1 cup of dates and 1 cup of raw pecans or walnuts.
When the mixture has become a sticky ball of "dough", take it out and roll it into little balls.
Dust a plate with cinnamon and have the kids roll the truffles in the cinnamon.
Experiment with cocoa powder or sesame seeds instead of cinnamon.
Soak 1 cup of almonds with 3 cups of water in your blender overnight (you can also try other nuts, hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds).
In the morning, blend with a bit of sweetener (see the natural sugar alternatives at the top of the page).
Add a little vanilla to taste.
Strain the milk*, then blend it with raw cocoa powder to taste.
*(Set aside the mush left behind when straining the milk to use in the coconut truffle recipe below).
Serve and enjoy.
Use the mush leftover from the nut milk recipe (above).
Add 1 cup raw shredded coconut, a few tbsp of lemon juice, and enough sweetener (like agave or raw honey) to make it sticky.
Let your kids help you roll the mixture into little balls.Share and enjoy, then refrigerate leftovers.