Sometimes I envy people who don’t like sweets (yes, there are such people ;)). I think my life would be so much easier and healthier then. No internal fights with myself if I should have (or why I shouldn’t have) another piece of cake. No so-difficult-to-keep promises that I will eat chocolate only once per week.
But I do love sweets, and I guess for the rest of my life I will have to look for the answer to the eternal conundrum of how to eat the cake (or dessert or chocolate) and have the cake (i.e., have a generally healthy diet).
So far, I have found different ways of dealing with this issue. For example, in my cakes or desserts, I swap butter for oil or avocado. Instead of regular flour, I use wholemeal or quinoa. Additionally, whenever possible, I decrease the amount of sugar I use in my recipes.
However, I never thought about making a dessert without sugar at all. Everything changed when a few weeks ago my daughter and her friend set a challenge for themselves.
They wanted to check who could stay longer on a no added sugar diet. My daughter was doing very well for a few days. But as you can imagine a moment came when she was craving for something sweet other than fruit.
As a good mother, I wanted to help my daughter and came up with a recipe for sweet but no sugar desserts – Banana Tapioca Pudding.
I cooked the tapioca in almond and rice milk that is naturally sweet (almond or coconut milk would work as well). To add more sweetness to the dessert, I used very ripe bananas that I additionally fried to enhance the taste.
This Banana Tapioca Pudding – a dessert without sugar turned out to be so sweet that I even had to add some tart raspberries to balance the flavour.