I love making simple desserts that taste fabulous and don’t take a lot of effort to make. Preparing for desserts and meals can become an overwhelming ordeal, especially during the holiday season. So this treat is a no brainer to make this season with yummy results. Day 21 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge, I am making Double Layer Paleo Almond Butter Cacao Fudge! Get your taste buds ready for something smooth, creamy, rich, chocolatey, and tasty. Just having one of these fudge bites will solve all your sweet tooth cravings.
1 cup raw creamy unsalted almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey (or can be subsituted for 10-15 drops of stevia, sweetened to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons cacao powder
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup dark chocolate chips (I like to use Lily’s Sweets sugar free chocolate chips)
- Mix together your almond butter, coconut oil, unsweetened shredded coconut, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, honey (or stevia), and salt until it is a smooth consistency
- Pour half the mixture into a square baking dish lined with plastic wrap (or candy chocolate molds like I did) and use a spoon to spread out evenly.
- Put this half of the mixture in to the freezer to harden
- Then take the rest of the mixture that you didn’t put into the freezer, and add your cacao powder. Add as much as you want. The more cacao powder used the stronger the cacao taste. You may need to add a little more honey or stevia to sweeten the mixture a little more.
- Once cocoa powder is incorporated in, pour your chocolate fudge on top of your now hardened light almond fudge.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Cut into chunks.Fudge should be stored in the freezer and eaten chilled, otherwise it will begin to soften if too warm.
I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do!
fudge from candy mold and cut into chunks
coconut toppings on fudge
Winter can be a hard season to get yourself to go the gym or to a workout class. The days are shorter, the weather is colder, and it is just darn right hard to get yourself unbundled from your warm cozy clothes. Well, one of the best things about winter is the array of festive active things that you can do that are super fun, but also burning the same amount of calories as if you were at the gym. Some ideas include: iceskating, snowboarding or skiing, snowball fights, building snowmen, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. And if you don’t any snow where you live, then go on wonderful hike or walk! These are all some great fun things to do, but they also give you a killer workout for your day! For Day 20 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge, let’s get out of the house today and do one of your favorite winter exercises and bring your family & friends along for the excitement! Personally, my favorite thing to do every year is snowboarding! Did you know with just 30 minutes of skiing, you can burn up to 300 calories?! Wow!
When I think food for the holidays, I think of chocolate and peppermint! (Gingerbread too, but I already made some yummy Gingerbread Men in my Day 12 post). For today’s Foody Friday I wanted to create something that incorporates all of those delicious ingredients! Day 19 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge let’s make the perfect chocolatey pepperminty holiday treat! I’m making Paleo Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches! The cookies themselves are delicious, but I wanted to add a little something extra by using my own ice cream that I have at home to fill the middle. My favorite ice cream for this is Arctic Zero’s Vanilla Maple. With only 36 calories, 5g net carbs, 5g sugars, and 3g protein for 1/2 cup serving size.. this is the best low carb, low calorie, low sugar ice cream that I could get my hands on and it is super good and the come in all kinds of flavors. Make your own cookies with any ice cream flavor filling that you want!
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees
- Combine all of the cookie ingredients together and mix thoroughly
- Pour mixture into muffin pan (about 1-2 spoonfuls into each muffin cup or 1/3 full). Make sure to cover each muffin cup with non-stick baking spray so that the cookies will easily removed
- Bake for 10 minutes
- Remove and let cool (best way to easily remove them is by tipping the pan upside down and the cookies will fall out)
“Find happiness in the simplest of things”
Tis’ that time of year where cheer is in the air and smiles are permanently on people’s faces. Life, diabetes, work, school, and the annual holiday stress can sometimes be a damper on your attitude. So today we need to turn that negativity into positivity. For Day 18 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge, spend this day to find out what little thing about the holidays that makes you happy! For me, its the excitement of picking out that perfect Christmas tree and decorating it with all my favorite ornaments!
During the holiday season there can always be lots of traveling involved. Whether it’s going to a relative’s house for a night or having to travel far by train, plane, bus, or car to stay for weeks.. both ways still require packing and becoming a fortune teller to predict the future of what you will be doing and what you will need. Even being a non-diabetic, traveling itself can already be quite the ordeal. However, with Type 1, it’s a whole new game. It can be quite complicated when you basically have to bring a whole other suitcase with just for your diabetic accessories. On top of that, traveling can induce stress (in which I talked about T1D and stress in Day 14 post). I hold my breath stressing out every time I walk through security thinking that they will take away my needles or cause an embarrassing scene about it. So managing all that packing, stress, traveling can be a lifesaver. The best way that I can manage all of this is by preparation. I created a helpful checklist of all the things that I make sure I have before going on any of my quests:
- Ice pack
- Insulin pens
- Pen needles
- Insulin pump (if used)
- Insulin pump consumables
- Blood glucose meter
- Glucose strips
- Ketone strips
- Extra batteries
- Emergency glucagon
- Glucose tabs
- Doctor’s letter
- Extra prescriptions
- Snacks and water
- Identification and medical card
- Disinfecting wipes
- Sharps disposal container
- Any other vitamins and/or medications
When flying, make sure that all your diabetes supplies equipment are in your carry-on luggage. Traveling in Europe definitely taught me this lesson. On my first flight as a Type One from France to Barcelona, I packed all my things in my checked bag (because I did not think that they would allow me to carry needles on the plane). Rookie mistake. Consequently, my bags were never lost (thankfully), but they did arrive late which did lead me to freak out for a while to think that all my supplies were gone for good. Lesson learned.
For Day 17 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge (if you are traveling for the holidays) think about your travel plans, make sure that you are well prepared for them, and make sure you have all you medical needs taken care of in advance. What are your fun travel plans for the holidays?
Also if any diabetics have ANY problems with airlines, TSA, etc. make sure to contact the American Diabetes Association as they help advocate the rights for us to travel with ease.