It's a celebration
One of the challenges of ditching refined sugars is making a dessert for a special occasion. Birthdays can be especially challenging, because part of the celebration is singing around a candle-lit, ooey-gooey, decadent cake covered in delicious frosting. Substitutions abound, though, and this one is not only refined-sugar free, but grain-free, too. And it's easy to make, to boot, with absolutely no baking involved. One caveat: While it's about as unprocessed as a dessert gets, sugar is sugar, and this one is fairly brimming with natural dried fruit (pitted dates). If you don't like dates, never fear. You won't be able to tell they are in there. Caveat number two: This one isn't too easy on the grocery budget. However, if you already have chia seeds and raw cacao powder handy, it won't hurt much at the checkout. And if you ask me if it was worth it, I'd say a definite yes!
We were blessed to honor our daughter-in-love on her birthday. It's a day to shower her with love and gifts, but she is, without a doubt, the gift that we celebrate today. This is a girl after her mother-in-love's heart. For MY birthday, which we celebrated two weeks ago, she made me a gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free cake. I've been temporarily avoiding eggs (and most dairy) since I discovered that when I don't eat them my seasonal allergies improve. So she went on a search to find just the right recipe. It was delicious and even better the second day. The frosting was made from coconut milk and overnight it soaked into the cake, making it even more moist and gooey. Not surprisingly, it was gone before the weekend was done.
Life is full of celebrations when we may decide to momentarily sidestep our usual commitment to clean eating. Thankfully, there are creators out there who develop and share their "cleaner" recipes for these times, making our sidestep more like a happy-feet dance break! One such creator is Danielle Walker of Against All Grains. Here is her Layered Chia and Almond Pudding Parfait recipe.