Two years ago my husband found out he had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He worried that this was the beginning of the downward spiral to poor health like it had been for his dad. Knowing these issues were related to diet, we went to a healthy cooking class at Whole Foods Market.
I thought the class was going to teach us how to cook lean meats, fish and vegetarian meals, but I was wrong! Instead it promoted a Plant-Based Died based around fruits, vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Meat, dairy, extracted oils and processed foods including sugar are used sparingly or avoided on this diet.
As we reviewed the research on the health bennies of eating this way, we came to believe this was the healthiest way to eat. We decided to adopt the diet just on Monday through Friday because it sounded too difficult follow all the time. And it was a challenge even doing it just for the work week in the beginning.
As I discovered easy and delicious plant-based recipes, even amazing sugar-free dessert recipes like Orange Chocolate Pudding, however; it became easier. We actually started to enjoy eating plant-based. What’s more, we lost weight, our skin improved and my husband’s blood pressure and cholesterol went down.
This is when we took the plunge and went plant-based full-time. For a while, I was obsessive about following the diet, but over time I relaxed. For the most part, I still follow the diet but I’m not anal about it (except when it comes to consuming animal products, because I now have additional ethical reasons for avoiding these).
I’ve noticed, however; that I’ve become overly relaxed about sugar. If you read my blog, you may not even realize that I’m “supposedly” following a no-sugar diet. I’m not comfortable with my behavior, so I’m taking action. I’m not going to make or post sugary desserts from now on.
This doesn’t mean I’ll stop posting desserts – heavens no! It just means that I’ll be posting delicious sugar-free desserts like these:
A list of AMAZING sugar-free desserts
The Most Delicious Chocolate Cake Ever!
I Can’t Believe it’s Healthy Hot Chocolate
Kick the sugar habit with me!
After this last sugar binge, I hope you’ll join me in kicking the sugar habit. Or at least that you’ll try some sugar-free desserts so you can see how amazing they can be. For now, however; here’s one last sugar indulgence. This recipe is adapted from Vegan Flavorista’s Chocolate Mousse Pie.
Chocolate, Coconut & Rum Pie
12 oz bag of vegan chocolate chips
12 oz silken tofu
¼ cup full fat canned coconut milk
¼ cup rum
½ teaspoon vanilla or coconut extract
Oreo cookie pie shell, homemade or store-bought (click here for the recipe I used)
Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler until smooth. Puree tofu, milk, rum, salt and extract in food processor or blender until well blended. Stream slightly cooled chocolate into tofu mixture and blend until fully incorporated. Transfer to pie shell and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
This pie is really rich as it is, but if you want an extra special dessert, top it with raspberry syrup or coconut milk whipped cream.
If you read my post, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Farm Sanctuary, you know that I didn’t get a photo of this pie. The reason why is embarrassing! If you must know why, you’ll have to read the above post. Anyway, this pie was too good not to share, so I’m using another photo that’s courtesy of niul.org.
Good luck with your sugar-free journey Celeste!
The pie sounds fabulous! I imagine it would be scrumptious with kahlua instead of rum too. 🙂
Hey Ally! I appreciate your support girlfriend. And Kahlua does sound yummy for this pie! I actually remember noticing that you had a Kahlua chocolate cheesecake recipe on your blog. I looked it up, and it looks amazing too: Here’s the link if anyone is interested: http://madeofstars1.com/2013/06/03/recipe-kahlua-chocolate-cheesecake-no-bake-vegan/
I’ll see you at the potluck! 🙂
Oh you have a great memory! Thanks for sharing my recipe Celeste. That is very thoughtful of you. That was a special cake, for my mum’s birthday.
Oh yes, the potluck is nearly here! I’m making a salad. We are on the cusp of summer here, so it seemed logical. Right now it is pouring rain! 🙂
Looking forward to your salad Ally! 🙂
No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! No ! ……oh, okay then, if you insist 😥 Ralph xox 😀
Hey Ralph! I’ll be honest that I’m probably not going to be a perfect little angel about my no sugar thing, but I do want to do better. And, I bet you’d be amazed at how wonderful sugar-free desserts can be. If I served you some of the sugar-free orange chocolate pudding I make without telling you it was sugar-free I bet you wouldn’t even know it. I guess I’ll have to take a little trip to make you some dessert! 🙂
Celeste !! NOT the perfect little angel ??? Then you are so welcome in visiting to make some dessert 😉 hehe
Someday Ralph, someday…. 🙂
Wonderful Post Celeste! Some very interesting points made too. I have been addicted to sugar for years and would love to be able to ‘kick the habit’. Sugar is like most drugs (I think it must be a drug) It makes you feel good at first,then once it has you hooked,you simply can’t have any dessert or drink ect without lashings of sugar. I have actually found myself feeling pretty rough,when i have left off the sugar. i definitely think I should try again at giving sugar up. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
Hey there Adam! I totally believe that sugar is a drug!!! I remember hearing about a recent study that found that sugar is more addictive than cocaine!! When I first learned about the health bennies of a plant-based diet, I couldn’t imagine giving up sugar. But I did it – at least for a while. It’s so hard in our society, however; not to let sugar sneak back into your diet. I hope you give kicking the sugar habit another try. We can do it together. Have a lovely day 🙂
I think that’s great Celeste! You should check out Fully Raw Kristina and Easy To Be Raw on youtube (if you haven’t already). They both have loads of sugar-free dessert recipes. 🙂
Thanks for the suggestions!! I haven’t checked out either of those sights before. I just checked out Fully Raw Kristina and boy does she have some amazing desserts. I’ve got to try her Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Vanilla Cream Frosting. Here’s a link if anyone else wants to make them: http://www.fullyraw.com/#!low-fat-desserts/c3zd
Have a lovely day Cat! 🙂
Those cupcakes do look amazing don’t they?! I love the look of her ‘jelly doughnuts’ as well. Hope you have a lovely day too Celeste. 🙂
This sounds super yummy! Going to have to try it, or some variation.
Also, good luck with your personal goal!
Thanks so much for your support – I appreciate it! 🙂
I never knew that desserts could be soooooooo nice AND healthy! Now that’s what I call eating bliss!
This was news to me too Steven!! I’ll never forget the plant-based dessert class that I went to and how delicious the desserts were without any sugar or butter. The world needs to discover healthy desserts. You really can have your health and eat cake too. 🙂
Este…this looks heavenly divine and gorgeous…I am going to try it…sounds much lighter too 🙂
Hey there Sonal!! Always lovely to see your comments girlfriend! 🙂
I’m with you! I’ve gone 3 days without ‘added sugar’, will try to make it to the end of the week then gradually will ditch fruit sugars, artificial sugars and white carbs. Loving your sugar free recipes, esp the hot chocolate! *off to the shops to buy ingredients*
Congrats girlfriend!! I’ve done the sugar free thing, and I know I can do it. It’s just SO easy to backslide. If you find any great sugar free recipes, I’d love for you to share!! Good luck! Celeste 🙂
Thanks Celeste! I made it 7 days sans sugar so treated myself to the ‘can’t believe it’s healthy’ hot chocolate recipe last night – YUM! Have bookmarked loads of your recipes and will share any others I find!
That’s great!! And I’m so glad you liked the hot chocolate – it’s one of my faves!!
Almost exactly two years ago, my 49-year-old, normal-weight, “normal-cholesterol-level” husband had a heart attack! It was Christmas Eve, actually. That’s why we’re both 100% plant based! Instead of finding this oppressive, we LOVE it. We’ve found so much wonderful food we never would have found before. Our “numbers” improved dramatically. Having said that, we also relax on things. For us, oil in cooking, although sugar too 🙂 Like you, we relax and then re-commit! That’s how it goes. Good for you. And I’m all for this dessert!!
I’m so sorry that you and your husband had to go through all that Susan. I’m glad that your hubby is alive and well and that you’ve both gone plant based. I love eating plant based too! When we first adopted the diet, I found it oppressive, but as I learned how to cook this way that changed. My husband and I eat much tastier food now than before we went plant based because it forced me to learn how to cook. I suppose you’re right about it being normal to relax and then re-commit. Anyway, thanks so much for your comment!
Also, I’d love to share the story of how and why you went plant based on my blog. If you’re interested, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can figure out the details. Have a lovely day! 🙂
I’ll be delighted to share the story. Let’s see, I blogged about it on my abandoned blog: http://susan-portuguesewaterblog.blogspot.com/
There’s pictures! I’ll email you too! Take care.
I need to go low sugar but it’s hard! I use running as an excuse to eat as much as I do…
Running is a great excuse – you’re probably in tip top shape. Of course, sugar doesn’t do anyone any favors and there are so many yummy non-sugary things you can load up on. It’s so hard to do everything we’re “supposed” to do to be healthy – that’s for darn sure! 🙂
Good for you, Celeste! I know you’ll find wonderful sugar-free ways to still enjoy sweets (and I look forward to seeing the results on the blog!) Sugar is something I need to watch as well – but haven’t yet committed. I look forward to following your journey.
Thanks for the support! I was successful with going sugar free for a while, so it’s just a matter of getting back into the habit. With the holidays coming up, however; I’m wondering if this was the best time for me to make this commitment. Oh well, if I have a little sugar over the holidays I’m not going to beat myself up about it. 🙂
I feel like the holidays are always hard no matter what we’re trying to avoid (my vice is wine… always have too much around the holidays). I’m sure you’ll do great, and if there’s a little sugar you’re right – don’t beat yourself up. 🙂
That looks simply delicious. And its sugar free too. Thumbs up! 🙂
Thank you for sharing your story – I don’t eat sugar or anything sugar based and haven’t done for years and I don’t even miss it, you just retrain your taste buds and your eating habits 😀 good luck with your journey and good health 🌸
You’re so good!!!! Sugar has long been my downfall, but I was able to give it up for a while. I’m sure I can do it again, it’s just a matter of getting back into the habit. Thanks for your support! 🙂
I have every belief that you will do it, look at the changes you’ve made already! And once you can kick the habit, you realise what a drug sugar is. I know if I’ve inadvertently had something with sugar in, it starts to affect all of my food choices that day, it plays with my brain and my taste buds!!
Good luck on your journey, if I can ever help, please feel free to be in touch 🌟
That pie looks so good. I’m going to be thinking of chocolate all day! I make a version of your chocolate cherry garcia shake, it’s one of my favorites.
Hehe – there are few days that go by that I don’t think about chocolate. 🙂
Oh Celeste! I need a kick in the butt, too!
Good luck, and remember, when there’s dates, who needs sugar! 😉
Thanks for your support Sophia! And you’re right – you really don’t need the sugar when you’ve got dates. I know this, but I’m still drawn to the sugary recipes. But I’m gonna change. If I can give up meat, dairy and oil then I know I can give up sugar. I can do this!!! I will do this! 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting my blog… I need to change my diet – a gut feeling, but I also known it’s better for my husband and I. I’m realyl looking forward to trying out the recipes. Yah for better health. Susan x
Hey there Susan! Thanks so much for reading and for your lovely comment. All I can tell you is that going plant-based is the best thing my husband and I have ever done. We’re not perfect about it, but we mostly follow the diet and really enjoy eating this way. It’s a lot tastier than we ever imagined it would be and we look and feel so much better eating this way. Thanks again for stopping by! Celeste 🙂
I am working on the no-added sugar thing too – not so easy but I feel better when I eat less sugar. It’s good to have a few recipes in your toolkit ofr when you want to make the occasional treat.
Thanks for your comment Ramona! I feel so much better when I don’t do sugar too. But it’s like a drug, sometimes I just want it and then I overdo it. I know some people can have sugar once in a while and be fine with that, but when I have it I binge on it. So, for me I think the key is to just get it out of my life. And there are so many yummy sugar free recipes that I know I don’t need the sugar. I’m excited to hear that you’re working on the no sugar thing too – that’s wonderful!! How’s it going for you? Celeste 🙂
Celeste, like you, a little sugar becomes a call for more and more. And I find that when I haven’t eaten it for a while and start again, I get a slight headache. So I am am aware of its effect on me and hoping that this will make cutting it out easier over time. I’m going to keep at it!
I’m also trying to reduce my sugar intake lately! I’ve definitely been allowing myself to indulge a little more often than I should so count me in. Looking forward to “low-sugar” dessert recipes 🙂
It’s so easy to get into the habit of indulging! And with the holidays coming up it’s especially hard. I was just on your site and loved how your eggnog smoothie sounded. Now that would be a guiltless treat! Here’s the recipe if anyone is interested: http://lizziefit.wordpress.com/ Have a great day! Celeste 🙂
Hi Celeste, I admire your reasons for going sugar-free. I went on a 2-week sugar cleanse 18-months ago and it changed my life. I used to have chocolate w/ breakfast :). Now, I indulge in sugar once a week and not obsessed about not having sugar in my food but keep things clean and I have so much more energy and my moods don’t fluctuate like they used to. Look forward to hearing about this new evolution in your food journey!
Wow – that’s great! Your story is inspiring and that’s just what I need right now. Chocolate for breakfast? Oh girl, you had it bad!! I’m so glad you made this healthful change – good for you. I also like that you allow yourself a treat once a week. I used to do the same thing and that really helped. Celeste 🙂
This pie sounds great! But you’re right – the SAD contains way too many refined sugars and processed foods. An alternative I’m exploring is making my own sweetener from sweet potatoes. It’s a relatively easy process, just time consuming. But when you grow your own and make it yourself you know have 100% control over what goes in your body. Plus, sweet potatoes can be grown in almost any climate – no carbon footprint of thousands of miles of transportation.
I think it’s awesome that you’re exploring making your own sweetener. That’s really cool!! I typically use dates to sweeten things, which works like a charm most of the time. I’ve never had a garden, and I don’t have much space for one. Still, I’m considering growing a few things next year. I don’t know anything at all about gardening, but I’m sure I can learn. Have a lovely day! Celeste 🙂
Good for you Celeste! I’m fortunate that my mom didn’t make desserts except on special occasions or when we had company. I love fruit: sliced bananas sprinkled with cinnamon YUM!!! That’s what I like for dessert or a fruit smoothie in the morning.
Here’s to our health!!!
Cheers to health and great e-friends! 🙂
Celeste, I couldn’t not nominate you for a star for the blog of the year award my friend!! http://bunnykitchen.com/2013/11/16/blog-of-the-year-2013/
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Hi Celeste! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog so I could discover yours!! I LOVE IT! And this recipe looks especially yummy! I have to try it – because I love silken tofu. I made a healthy chocolate mousse with silken tofu and it was fantastic – I can only imagine how tasty this recipe must taste! Thanks so much for sharing and so nice to meet you! 😉 Sylvia
Hey there Sylvia! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and for following! And yea – isn’t silken tofu amazing stuff! Have a lovely day chica. Celeste 🙂