Today’s breakfast was a “healthy” version of a chocolate banana smoothie. It involved dates, almond milk, dutch cocoa powder, and of course frozen banana slices.
Start with 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
Add a cup of pitted dates, about 8 ounces
You can put the 2 TBS of cocoa powder in at that time too
Blend until smooth
Add 3 sliced and frozen bananas
Blend until smooth
No refined sugar, yet so decadent. Even my super picky 8 year old drank as much as he could and put the rest in the fridge for later. I may not have gotten a compliment from him but a lack of complaint is possibly more rewarding.
And just a tip: Do not make this in a Cuisenart Classic Food Processor circa 1991… it does not seal properly against liquids and well, it turns the kitchen into a splash zone. My youngest is sick today and therefore unwilling to leave my arms or my side for any length of time so she became a reluctant helper this morning and ended up splattered in chocolate almond milk with date chunks… whoops.
My oldest is Gluten Free. We have been sticking to our budget and staying Gluten Free for him. It is more than a financial challenge… it is difficult for those of us, namely me, who love bread, pasta, and soy sauce. To add an extra layer to the challenge he is a picky eater and can’t have cow’s milk.
First things first, I chose not to “substitute” gluten free items in for their gluten laden brothers. If he can’t eat gluten then there is no bread. I am not going to spend $6 a loaf or extra hours every couple of days just to fail epically at baking a decent and delicious bread that he would actually eat. And I am definitely not spending a small fortune on all of the “flours” that are required to make even a nasty tasting loaf of Gluten Free bread… let alone what is required to make a loaf that tastes just like it’s gluten filled counterparts. There is just not room in the budget for those things and I am unapologetic.
Another thing, I am cutting out refined sugar even more than I have in the past years. No juice. No sweets. No desserts. Fruits are our only source of easy sugar right now. Luckily peaches have been on sale for only $0.20 a pound.
That being said I have come up with nutritious and delicious meals for the whole family… and the complaints are… plentiful from his end but minimal from the rest of us. I miss bread. The girls miss bread. Nobody is sleeping well. And all of us are a little grouchy. But I do notice that I no longer crave coffee, let alone my 1/4 cup of sugar in my coffee. I am drinking more water and so are all 3 kids. My Husband Extraordinaire is my rock and support through this.