October 30, 2012


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

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 http://paleospirit.com


  • 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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