Sweet Fruit Drops

I’m panicking slightly right now at the thought of this 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge I have coming up. You see, I was born and raised with sugar in my blood, as some of you may know by now. It has taken me years of shifting my thinking when it comes to sweet treats. There was a time when I’d sit down and eat half a coffee cake and think nothing of it – that was breakfast! Now, we don’t even have a bag of sugar in our house. We make our own peanut butter and spaghetti sauce and I can’t remember the last time I put sugar in my coffee. (In case you don’t know this, 99% of store bought peanut butter and spaghetti sauce are loaded with sugar.)

However – I still love sweets. As much as I try to cut them out, I still always crave them. Luckily the period of time in between bouts with sugar get longer and longer. Therefore each time I splurge and throw caution to the wind and eat a cupcake (or whatever), I typically regret it about 30 minutes later when I can quite literally feel the sugar stomping through my veins.

All from ONE cupcake. Seriously!? What happened to this baker’s daughter??

I’ve come a long way. But then there are the dark chocolate covered almonds we always keep in the pantry, that I always go to in case of a sweet attack. Or the sweet drinks from the Dutch Brothers Coffee drive thru on my way to ceramics class. My biggest sugar attacks usually happen outside the home, which is where the biggest challenge will be for me.

I guess technically now that I think about it, I’ve been doing “no sugar” (aka sugar detox) since my last sugar infested cupcake binge; probably 2-3 weeks ago. We also stopped buying the chocolate covered almonds in anticipation of the upcoming challenge. With that major temptation out of the house, and knowing I’m about to seriously go a full 30 days without any extra sugars, I’m already finding I need a replacement for when the sugar attacks come. Because I’ve found myself wishing for those chocolate covered almonds at LEAST once a day.

What did I do!? I got creative.

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There are natural sugars all around us, provided by Mother Nature, which don’t involve any processing! And while the debate could go on FOREVER on if these kinds of sugars are OK, I’m sticking with yes, fruit is ok. Especially since I know of some Fruitarians.

Tonight I whipped up the easiest, most delicious dessert in a matter of 5 minutes – and it was plenty sweet too! (Dinner was amazing by the way and I will be posting that recipe soon – Pad Thai!)

Sweet Fruit Drops

1/2 banana
1/2 fresh pear (in season!)
2 fresh dates, pits removed
~1/4 c. unsweetened coconut flakes

Slice the banana, pear and dates and place into a small bowl. Sprinkle some of the coconut on top and mash it all together with your hands. Scoop out 1 tablespoon at a time and plop into another small bowl that has the remaining coconut flakes. Roll the fruit drop around until it’s completely coated with coconut. That’s it! You can firm them up by sticking them in the fridge, but we couldn’t wait that long. 🙂 I feel pretty confident that I will find some creative ways to still feed my sweet monster during the sugar detox challenge, but in healthier ways.

Have you cut added sugar out of your diet?

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3 Responses to Sweet Fruit Drops

  1. Dan says:

    These were beyond delicious! Who knew four ingredients could turn into something so amazing.

  2. Bridget says:

    I went sugar free about two years ago and I was surprised that not only did I lose some weight but my skin cleared up! I also found that after about four weeks I just stopped craving sugar altogether. Heh Z.R., are you detoxing from maple syrup, agave and honey too?