Do you do sugar-free?
I do. Sorta.
Pretty much I don’t buy anything that’s marked sugar-free or diet, just cause chemical aftertaste ain’t my thing, but I do enjoy eating sweet desserts without any added sugar. All about that natural sugar found (gasp) in real foods.
Crazy thought right? I used to think so. I used to think how can you have dessert without ice cream, Toblerone (the best!) or Caramello. I would eat a bag of skittles and a pack of starburst at the movies, consuming about 500 calories of sugar without batting an eye. Gross. And gross is how I ALWAYS felt after eating candy. So why did I do it? Um cause, well I uh, have no will power and give in to chocolate temptation like it’s my job.
Not no mo.
About two years ago Lui and I did a cleanse called Clean (read about it on GOOP < Gwyneth’s website) that basically took out all sugar, processed foods, dairy and had us juicing and eating while grains with lean meats and veggies. After three weeks we had different taste buds and are addicted to juicing to this day! Now I know that sounds extreme but it’s not that hard. After the first week you have more energy (and usually a few less pounds) that alone keeps you going at least another week, and at that point it’s more about the satisfaction of saying you actually did a 21-day cleanse that runs you clear through the finish line.
I’m not saying to start a cleanse over Thanksgiving, I mean who do you think I am? But, what about not indulging for 2 whole months, just because ‘it’s the holidays.’ For me this is about cutting back on the drinks, save those for the actual holidays/nights , and getting rid of excess sugar where it’s not needed. I know I will feel better come January, I’ll be able to fit into that dress for New Years, and I won’t have to make 5 resolutions just about my weight and eating habits.
So let’s do this.
Wait, how do we do it?
These are ridiculously delicious.
I promise you won’t miss the sugar. You won’t know you’re missing it, you might even freak out wondering how there could not be any sugar in these squares.
I guess you really can have your cake and eat it too.
sugar free walnut date squares
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (6-8 squares)
- 1/4 c. walnuts
- 1/4 c. raw oats
- 8 dates, pitted, at room temperature
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
Combine the oil and cocoa powder and throughly mix with a fork or small whisk. Set aside to cool, stirring periodically.
In a food processor, pulse the walnuts and oats until a bit bigger than bread crumb size.
Using a sharp knife carefully finely chop the dates. It will end up looking like a paste but it easier than a food processor in my opinion.
Using clean hands, mix together the dates and walnuts, place in a parchment paper lined square dish and spread into layer about 1/2 inch thick. Place in refrigerator for about 10-20 minutes to set. Once set cut into squares. (or you can roll into a log like the pictures and just straighten out the edges, or make them chocolate date circles, tastes the same!)
Once the oil/powder mixture has solidified whisk again and spread a thin layer on each square.