A couple of days ago, I talked a little about sweetness and how you train yourself to know what sweet really is for you. I didn’t talk much about the dangers of sugar, only that in the US and most of the western world, we are on overload – a dangerous overload. Lots of chronic diseases are related to too much sugar, and I recently read a new study that suggests that processed sugar is leading to inflammation in the arteries and causing cholesterol to build up eventually contributing greatly to heart disease.
But a life without sugar doesn’t sound very sweet?
You don’t need to use white, brown (usually white sugar and molasses), or even raw sugar if you are a little adventurous in the kitchen. Cane syrup, agave, stevia, and other sweeteners don’t seem so bad for you, but you still don’t have to use them.
So what do you do?
As you may have seen in our previous recipes, we use fruit. Fruit has lots of natural sugar that’s not so bad for you. Fruit is good for you! Along with the sugar, there are vitamins and minerals and fiber – all things needed for a healthy diet.
Play with recipes a little to see how to substitute the sugar. Bananas, dates, figs, or raisins seem to work well. For baking, we either use mashed banana or dates blended with a little water to form a puree paste. A lot of times, we soak the dates first and use some of the water in the blend. We currently substitute 1:1 to suit our tastes. We drop a couple chopped dates in the bottom of chai or add bananas to our oatmeal. Peaches or other sweet fruit can work well, too, you just have to balance the taste. Try them and see what you think! OR try this deliciously sweet sugar-free oatmeal we’ve been loving for breakfast lately….
- Blueberry Oatmeal
Blueberry Oatmeal – Makes 1 serving. Quick and healthy for those busy mornings before work, school, church, or the weekend farmer’s market.
- 1/4 cup of Quick Oats
- 1/2 cup of Water
- 1/2 Banana cut into small pieces
- 1 Handful of Blueberries
- Tsp Cinnamon
Bring water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn heat off, add in the oats, let stand for 1 minute, then stir in the banana, mashing it up a bit while you are stirring. Add the cinnamon. Spread the blueberries onto oats. Love your beautiful breakfast.
Adjust water according to how much you like. We tend to like our oatmeal a bit less watery, so we reduce it by a little.
Variations: For variety add fruit of your choice.