i'm going dip and drizzle crazy. i've googled homemade chocolate sauces in the past and normally they contain some type of oil (usually coconut which is 120 calories 13g fat, 12 saturated), a wack sugar substitute that tastes like chemicals, or just an ingredient i don't particularly care for. i took a complete gamble with the ingredients and the measurements and it turned out, well, darn good. so i tried it on what else, some dessert first!
i made a guilt-free arctic zero sundae with soy whip and crushed pistachios.
trial and error is a huge, frustrating part of coming up with your own recipes. it can get expensive too!! so getting it right the first time (or at least the first few times) makes me feel good. really good.
would you like to read about my fantastic workout from this morning before i share the recipe? ok great!!! there is something about the peacefulness of the gym super early in the morning. i get it now. i can clear my mind, focus on my to-do list not only for that day but my long-term goals, projects, dreams, next moves, pray...talk to God...and get my life together.
it's that crucial. minimal interruptions, effective workout, no waiting on the equipment... it's never the same in the evenings immediately after work. even late at night; it doesn't compare.
symmetry is good. symmetry is preferred. lol. my right shoulder area is still more defined than my left, but i'm in the process of fixing it. one way to correct that is to do isolations (one limb at a time). i used to pass this machine up, but never again! i added it to my routine this morning and felt different parts of my glutes and hamstrings being worked way more vs. pressing both legs at once. do NOT let the machines intimidate you- you can't progress if you don't try different things. find a trainer and ask them for a demo if you can't decipher the directions.
i rushed home to my breakfast and my boys! made some egg whites and topped them with fat-free feta and parsley. i kept my banana oat pancakes simple and sprayed them with 'i can't believe it's not butter' and walden farms pancake syrup. aaand reduced sugar Heinz for my eggs.
for my oatmeal though, i topped it with more fresh bananas, crushed almonds, and a drizzle of my clean chocolate sauce! mmmm crepes would also be a grand idea.
by the way, my oatmeal is cooked in unsweetened vanilla almond milk/water, and a splash of vanilla. then i add cinnamon and stir.
clean, guilt-free, all natural, chocolate sauce
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp all natural, raw, coconut crystals (found at Whole Foods)
- 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
i suggest you heat the milk first ( you can nuke it for 15-20 seconds) THEN add the cocoa powder and crystals. the cocoa won't absorb into the milk if it's cold and you will be stirring forever cause it just won't mix. just like oil and water. you can either add more or less almond milk- the consistency is up to you. i found that after mixing these exact amounts together (get all the lumps out) and letting it sit in the fridge for less than 30 min, it was the perfect consistency for dipping, pouring, or spooning it straight :lol:
strawberries and chocolate - classic combo.
banana chunks, dipped and topped.
raw unsweetened coconut flakes, crushed almonds, crushed pistachios.
had way too much fun today. happy friday eve :)