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A sugar-free wheat free dessert that your kids will LOVE

October 30, 2012

Ideals and realities often collide when it comes to eating healthy
Over the summer, our busiest season at SoYoung, there was a lot of rushing around in our house and a lot of lunches and snacks that were thrown together as quickly as possible. As much as I claimed that healthy eating was a priority for me, the quality of what my kids (and I) were eating did not reflect this. I felt that my kids were eating way too much sugar, and filling themselves up on bread-y type foods. So how do I get my kids to stop eating sugar? Simple. (But not easy.)

I had to stop eating sugar myself. So I did.
Almost 6 weeks ago, I adopted a new way of eating – one that involved no sugar or wheat or grains of any kind. (For those of you interested – it is Paleo eating). For my kids, I decided that we would take it in stages. So first stage was – no more refined sugars. They way I got them to agree to it was that we would do it for a month (birthday parties and other exceptions were allowed), and if they managed to follow this rule for the month, they could get any toy they wanted after 4 weeks. (We're not against a little bribery in our household).

No sugar doesn’t mean no treats
The day that my son reported that he refused a lollipop from his barber (I wasn’t even there!) was a proud moment. Now, let me be clear - no sugar doesn’t mean no treats. It’s all about redefining what a treat is. One of the new recipes in my arsenal is this one here – Paleo chocolate cake from Lea at PaleoSpirit. Sweetened with 10 dates and a cup of unsweetened applesauce. Nothing else. And they LOVE it, no joke. Give it a try.

Chocolate Paleo Snack Cake Recipe Recipe courtesy of


  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (I use decaf, never take chances that my kids will lie awake a minute longer than they should)


  1. Place the medjool dates in a food processor and pulse until completely pureed.
  2. Add applesauce and continue to pulse until pureed and combined with the dates.
  3. Add the fruit purée to the bowl of a stand mixer, add the eggs, vanilla, coconut oil and coffee and mix on low-medium speed until well combined.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed, scraping down the sides, until you have a smooth batter.
  6. Grease a 8×8 glass pan with coconut oil, pour in the batter and smooth it with the back of a spatula.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.
Makes 9-12 servings

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