I am often asked why it is I don’t weigh 500 pounds. Want me to let you in on my secret?
You may have noticed there are a lot of desserts on this blog and I even wrote a gluten-free dessert book with 150 recipes. Well my friend therein lies my secret – I do not believe in feeling deprived.
For the most part – I would venture to say about 85% of the time – I eat a healthy diet; lots of vegetables and fruits, flax and other seeds, organic protein and tons of salads. My normal diet does not include a lot in the way of processed foods. And as much as I hate the thought of it, I do exercise.
And I definitely eat desserts; rich, sumptuous and often chocolaty desserts. I find that if I have a few bites of something truly satisfying, it helps me not over indulge. And let’s face it; a sliced apple just does not have the same satisfaction factor as something decadently chocolate!
If I gain a few pounds I will cut back a bit on the fat and calories I consume and maybe up the exercise a little as well. One trick is to catch it quickly, five pounds is a lot easier to loose than 10. My other trick is to eat a simpler, more basic diet – lemon juice instead of sauce for fish and chicken, salsa instead of sour cream for baked potatoes and lots less dressing on my salads. But then I run the risk of feeling deprived which is something that just does not work for me. The more deprived I feel, the more I want to eat!
Having a few bites of something that makes me feel indulged rather than deprived helps me stick to a simpler eating plan. These Sunflower Chocolate Squares are rich, chocolaty and definitely indulgent! With dark chocolate, heavy cream and Sunbutter, these squares are so decadent and luxurious that a just a small square is all it takes to satisfy my sweet tooth and keep me on track and thus keep me from weighing 500 pounds.
So there you go – isn’t this the BEST diet tip you ever got?
Gluten Free Sunflower Chocolate Squares Recipe
1 – 11.5 ounce bag of bittersweet chocolate chips
½ cup creamy Sunbutter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup whole milk
¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
1 cup heavy cream
Optional garnishes – shaved dark or white chocolate, roasted and salted sunflower seeds
Put the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave for 2 – 3 minutes on high power, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Alternatively you can melt the chocolate in a heatproof pan over a pan of simmering water making sure the bottom of the pan does not touch the water. Put the melted chocolate in the bowl of a stand mixer along with the Sunbutter and vanilla.
Bring the milk and salt to a boil and add half of the milk to the chocolate and Sunbutter. Blend on low speed to combine. Add the remaining milk and blend until smooth on low speed. Increase the speed to high and whip for 5 minutes or until the mixture has cooled.
In a clean bowl with clean beaters, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Take about a quarter of the cream and mix with the chocolate Sunbutter mixture. Fold in the remaining cream until no longer streaky. Scrape the mixture into an 8 inch square baking pan and refrigerate for 4 hours. Garnish with optional garnishes if desired.
Cut into small gluten free chocolate squares and serve.
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Ready for dessert?
Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts is now available, with over 135 recipes not featured in my blog.
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