We eat desserts created with these 3 basics day in, day out.
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate sauce
- Dark chocolate
1. WHIPPED CREAM DESSERTS
Buy a whipped cream contraption (mine is ISI brand) and a 50 pack of the chargers from Amazon. I hate kitchen gadgets but this one is worth it. I sweeten with 3 packs of Splenda for every pint of heavy cream. Use whichever sweetener you want, or none if your kids will go for it.
WHIPPED CREAM "RECIPES"
o Shoot whip straight in child’s mouth then tell him to go to bed. **Family fav**
o Top berries, frozen or fresh, with whip.
o Sprinkle sliced almonds and chocolate sauce on top of coffee mug of whip.
o Pile whip on top of black coffee.
2. CHOCOLATE SAUCE
I make my own. It's worth it and easy. I follow the basic recipe for hot cocoa on the cocoa tin, but reduce the sweetener.
Chocolate sauce recipe (US measurements – I double this then keep in fridge.)
- 1/4 C cocoa powder
- 1/3 C sweetener. The recipe on the tin calls for ½ C sugar which makes it too sweet. Use your favorite sweetener. I use a half/half split of erythritol and sucralose. (Erythritol is also called Swerve, Lacanto Monkfruit, Sukrin and Pyure. Sucralose is also called Splenda.)
- 1/3 C water
- Dash of salt - secret ingredient #1
You’re supposed to cook in a pan. I do one minute in the microwave. Make sure you have a tall container, it bubbles up. Use a tall mason jar. I use the Large Working Glass 21 oz from Crate and Barrel.
Your chocolate sauce is done. Use then store in fridge.
CHOCOLATE SAUCE "RECIPES"
- Add to hot milk with dash of vanilla (secret ingredient #2.) Want to lower carbs? Add warm heavy cream + hot water.
- Cocoa crema. This is cold chocolate milk with ice. Again, mix with milk, ½ and ½ or heavy cream, a tiny bit of vanilla and water and ice. “Cocoa Crema” is the name ShareTea gives their chocolate milk bubble tea. I ordered it without sugar and it was still the sweetest thing I’d tasted in a year.
- Top your cocoa with whip and/or make yourself a mocha.
Premade syrup: I used to buy Torani Sugar free dark chocolate syrup. Then my sister found a huge pile of mold in her bottle. I still kept buying it. Then, I finally took the time to read-the-effing-label and realized it has a gazillion carbs. And it doesn’t taste great. It’s salty weird.
3. DARK CHOCOLATE
Buy what you like, striking a balance between low sugar and the taste you like.
These desserts taste good. They’re pretty natural. And they’re not too bad to make when you’re cranky/tired at 9p.
If you do want to cook something, these brownies are the best I’ve found so far and are pretty easy. (I served them to company. Fudgy.)
And most importantly, don't be like me. If you have a baby or a toddler, don't teach them that every meal must end with dessert. If you have older kids and the habit is set, I hope these will keep you all sane.