Today marks the last day I can enjoy dried fruit. As per the sugar smackdown rules, dried fruit was allowed for the first week only, so we didn’t have to shun sugar cold-turkey style.
However, the grace period is over. Here lies my friend, dried fruit, where it will stay for the next 20 days, untouched by my sugar-craving palate.
*moment of silence*
New challenge: Learn how to dehydrate fruit! I don’t have a new-fangled dehydratin’ machine, so I’ll be hitting up Pinterest tomorrow on how to utilize the oven for this task.
The coolest thing about today (besides binge-eating dried fruit) was finding a sugarless, dairy-less bread recipe! I’ve been finding pretty cool things to eat this month, so I haven’t craved bread a whole lot. But today I felt the urge to have a slice of homemade bread topped with almond butter. I found a recipe for whole wheat date bread, gave it a few tweaks, and was very pleased with the result.
Fruit & Nut Whole Wheat Bread
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup fresh fruit (I used cranberries and cherries; the original recipe called for dates)
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup almond milk
1 cup seeds/nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 392 degrees (the original recipe called for 200 degrees Celsius).
Combine flour and baking powder. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add fruit and simmer until it gets mushy. Take off heat and add baking soda. Let cool.
Blend fruit mixture with banana and milk until smooth.
Add mixture to flour and mix well.
Pour into greased loaf pan and press seeds/nuts into the top of the dough.
Bake for 25 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil. Bake for another 25 minutes.
Cool, slice, slather with almond butter, and devour.
Day 7 Progress Report
Breakfast – Almond smoothie (almond milk, banana, almond butter, plain Greek yogurt), black coffee.
I highly recommend this smoothie. It tasted like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Lunch – Avocado chicken salad mixed with diced tomatoes , served on toasted sesame rice crackers. Pickle on the side.
Snack – Apple, slice of fruit & nut wheat bread.
Dinner – Baked tilapia loin with pesto. Roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots on the side. Slice of fruit & nut wheat bread with almond butter.
Snack – Dried coconut, dried mango.
P.S. I started a new Pinterest board called February Sugar Smackdown, where I’m pinning all of the recipes I come up with, as well as other recipes I’m archiving for later this month. If Pinterest is your thing, check it out here.