So I have a question for y’all…
How important is sugar in your life?
And, now, I will put this right here.
like love sugar.
Potato chips or chocolate? I will always pick chocolate.
But I constantly have to listen to people “sugar shame” me when I fix my coffee.
“OMG you use that much sugar?…sugar is the devil…it’s so bad for you…it will make you sick…blahhh…blah…blah…”
Well, I could write a whole blog post on my thoughts around sugar…but instead of getting all geeky and sciencey on you, I’ll just let you try this recipe that I came up with after I got a jar of chocolate paste in a package I received that had no refined sugar, no dairy and no actual chocolate (as in ‘containing cocoa butter’).
So I immediately thought about my recipe for date paste (which I posted 6 years ago when stuff like this wasn’t trending!). I use it often but it is purely dates and I wanted a bit more substance (in terms of protein) so I turned to tahini (for those of you not in the know, this is a sesame seed paste that is used in most middle eastern countries). I’m sure it would taste fabulous with nut butter but I wanted to keep the allergens out.
So, because I don’t want to get all geeky and sciencey (again) on you guys (and maybe this is an experiment to see if me not being my normal, verbose self is more popular), I will leave it at that!
Make a batch of this.
Leave it in your fridge….give it as a hostess gift…shmear it on your toast…
Just make some and drop me a line.
Will you try to reduce your sugar because you are now thinking “peeeeople, this is so epic that I will swear off sugar forevahhhh”?
Or will you say, “Mmmmm it’s good, but give me that plain ol’ sugar laden chocolate stuff”?
I’d serrrriously love to know!!!
Chocolate Date Spread
- 2 cups dates
- 1 cup brewed coffee, warm
- 1 cup tahini spread
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
In a medium sized bowl, mix dates and coffee together and let sit for about an hour.
Add mixture to the bowl of a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds (until dates break up a bit); add tahini and cocoa powder and blend until mixture becomes creamy (turn off the machine and scrape the sides down a couple of times to make sure you get all the bits).
Scrape mixture into a large mason jar and keep in the fridge for up to a month.