Or rather, choc empty.
I thought giving chocolate up for Lent would be really hard. And yes, although I could quite easily at any point have downed a bag of Cadbury’s raisins without troubling a bowl, I’ve actually been enjoying coming up with alternatives to satisfy my raging sweet tooth.
On Monday, I had a weird compulsion to buy some apricots and do something creative with them. Nothing loth and having enjoyed the apricot/almond combination in the past, my first use for them was this:
Chopped fruit, with almond butter sauce (equal quantities almond butter and milk with a drizzle of maple syrup) and some vanilla Munchy Seeds. It was all right, but didn’t grab me by the throat, so to speak 🙂
So for my next trick, the next day, I chopped two apricots, mixed them with 1/2tbsp almond butter and 1tsp maple syrup, mixed well and baked at 190C for ten minutes, till all was softened and lovely. I was going to use the apricot to top some plain soya yoghurt – but then spied some Yeo Valley strawberry frozen yoghurt hiding in the freezer. No contest really:
I remembered the mini cup-shaped cones my mum used to get out for pudding on summer Sundays, which we used to pile high with ice cream and toppings, and which inspired the use of a mini ramekin to serve this in. And it was much more what I’d been hoping for. The hot, sweet, nutty apricot on top of the frozen yoghurt was perfection.
I then had the yoghurt again the next night, only this time with a caramel topping, made from blending 120g dates (soaked for an hour) with 3tbsp maple syrup, 2tbsp milk and about 1tsp lemon juice…. and that was possibly even better:
The caramel is out of this world! I had it on pancakes this morning too:
And am currently wondering how to resist what’s left in the fridge; it’s thickened into something truly spectacular.
It’s been good to eat things I’d not had for ages. I’d forgotten for example just how good banana and almond butter are together and have been going for it with the coconut oat truffles… the added bonus being it’s all got to be healthier than a faceful of chocolate 🙂