I think I picked the wrong week to quit eating sugar. I was doing really well and then it happened, Valentine’s Day. For four straight days I abstained from sugar and then came that day we devote to love and chocolate. I’m not much for the Hallmark Holidays but we had a gathering planned at our house with some friends to have dinner and play a game we love called Sparked.
As I walked up to my home after work I was greeted by one of our friends who was walking up at the same time. As we got into the house he shows me what he brought to the dinner, dark chocolate vegan brownies. If you read my last post, Kickin’ Caffeine, you know how I feel about chocolate. What you don’t know yet is how much I like brownies. They have been one of my go to treats when I want something sweet. At this point though, I’m bolstered by my success in being sugar-free for four days so I look at them with envy knowing I can’t eat them but no big deal.
I make my way into the kitchen to see what all we’ll be having for dinner and there on the counter I see them, coconut macaroons. Yes, homemade coconut macaroons made with maple syrup. I love all things coconut. Shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut manna, coconut nectar, coconut aminos etc. You name it, if it’s coconut I like it. At this point I can feel my will starting to reason with me. “Hey Ron, you’ve done great for four days and today is a special occasion.” But I’m strong and shrug it off like “I got this, macaroons and brownies, no big deal.”
Then it happens, I open the refrigerator. As I open the door and peer in I see them, almost glowing. It was kinda like a scene from a magical movie. You know the one, where someone opens a door and there’s a bright light beaming out from the room, or in this case the refrigerator. There I discover a baking sheet full of dark chocolate avocado truffles! Now, if you’ve never had such a treat I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious they are. It’s at this point that I realize I’m in serious trouble. Macaroons and brownies are one thing but not eating a truffle is for me a true test of will force.
I close the refrigerator door, and with as much cool and calm I can muster on the outside I have an internal meltdown knowing the cards are now stacked against me. I’m now in over my head and so I do the one thing I can think of, text my coworkers about my dilemma. After laying out my current situation I think I said something like HELP! Even just being able to reach out and share the unfolding story helped to reduce the desire for the sweet treats.
Thankfully we sat down to dinner at about this time, which took my mind off all the sweet temptations. We ate a wonderful meal, had meaningful conversation then moved into the living room to play Sparked, a game that promotes connection over competition. But this is the most dangerous time of an evening for someone trying to avoid sugar. This is when the desserts come out and get set right in front of you. Releasing the trifecta of brownies, macaroons, and truffles was like releasing the mythological Kraken, no matter how strong you are you can’t defend yourself.
I dug deep, I really did. Somehow I managed enough will force to avoid all the treats, for most of the evening at least. Then at the end of the night after having sat right next to the truffles for at least two hours I did it, I ate one! And after savoring its richness and texture for some time, I ate another! Dark chocolate, avocado, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder, simple yet amazingly delicious.
Two hours I stared at those things before eating one! That’s a victory for delayed gratification if I’ve ever seen one, at least for me. I knew I was gonna do it but I at least wanted to wait as long as I could before doing it. You see, I’m human, which means I don’t have to be perfect. Being human means I get to do my best, which is different each day. My best before Valentine’s Day was being completely sugar-free and my best on Valentine’s Day was waiting two hours before having a couple of truffles. And with the satisfaction of having enjoyed a couple of those delicious tempting treats I went the rest of the week without sugar.
For those interested here’s the recipe for the dark chocolate avocado truffles and as usual let us know what you’re experience has been quitting sugar.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
1 ripe avocado
5 ounces dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) such as Equal Exchange or Endangered Species bars
2 Tbsp. coconut sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp real salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- Pit the avocado and place in a food processor.
- Add coconut sugar, vanilla, salt, and cocoa powder.
- Process to combine until smooth.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or gently in a small sauce pan on the stove. Once melted add the chocolate to the avocado mixture in the food processor and thoroughly combine.
- Place the truffle mixture into the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes or until cool and partially set.
- Using a spoon dollop out the truffles and form balls with your hands.
- Roll truffles in cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or chopped nuts.
- Refrigerate until serving.