The reason I ask you to think about your perfect dessert is because this may not be something you have ever thought about. No seriously. You may never have COMPLETELY thought about your ideal dessert in its entirety. I’m talking about including not only the taste and other sensory aspects, but also the nutritional components. You may never have idealized this food because it simply does not exist. For example, there is not a gooey, chocolatey, crunchy, no sugar, decent amount of fiber and protein, artificial and preservative-free, not going to widen my waistline dessert which is made from pure unadulterated ingredients. Look around bakeries and grocery stores – the only sugar free items are filled with artificial sweeteners, or (my favorite) the “natural” sugar alcohols that cramp your digestive tract and send you running to the bathroom. Perhaps this is why you have never mentally created your perfect treat – because it is simply not possible.
Well after 10 years of searching out an ideal dessert for myself that I could indulge in without feeling guilty afterwards (or feeling sick), I was beyond fed up. Don’t get me wrong, I love having fruit as a snack. But fruit does not fulfill this craving I speak of. At this point in my life (about 2 years ago), I had enough motivation and drive behind me to begin my journey into producing my ideal dessert.
Obviously what I want is going to be different from the next Suzie-Q. But see, I have several food intolerances therefore, if I make a dessert that is great and I am able to eat, most likely you will be able to enjoy it as well.
My tall order was as such: real food ingredients, nothing artificial, preservative-free, dairy-free, egg-free, 2 grams of sugar or less per item, no sugar alcohols, no additives, non-GMO ingredients, no animal products or by-products. When I was able to produce delicious muffins, cookies, cakes and cupcakes that fit these guidelines, I challenged myself to including desserts that were gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free and raw.
This feat was accomplished over the last 2 years through diligent research of health and medical journals, cooking and baking books, trial and error experimentation and taste-testing groups. I am very pleased that I am able to produce these fantastic, healthy and nutritious desserts! Just because it doesn’t exist does not mean it cannot exist. You can either hope and dream that one day you will be able to enjoy what you really want, or you can accept the challenge and dive in.
After my success, I wanted to share what I thought to be truly unbelievable treats! I began giving friends, family and colleagues desserts as gifts. One thing led to another and soon enough I was receiving requests for various desserts. These desserts are particularly perfect for diabetics. The sweetener I use is the stevia plant. Unlike Truvia, Stevia in the Raw and many other stevia-blended sweeteners, the stevia extract I use has no additives or artificial ingredients. There is no MSG – yep I said MSG, but that is a topic for another post. You see, during the processing of many food products MSG is added along the line. Well, not in my food.
So I will leave you with this question – what is your ideal dessert? Please let me know!
Real Foods Lady