I did REALLY well all September in cutting out refined sugar . . . then October happened and I starting practicing eating candy in preparation for Halloween . . . Dr Joel Fuhrman, he don’t like sugar, no how. Here’s some of his ways to stay away from sugar AND lose weight:
1. Eat a large green salad as your main dish at least once a day, with a healthy dressing. (I put spinach in my fruit smoothie, does that count?)
2. Eat two ounces of nuts and seeds a day. Include walnuts and flax seeds. (I only eat brownies that have walnuts in them)
3. Eat some beans every day, in a soup, chili or burger. (I bought a can of beans)
4. Eat a large serving of cooked green vegetables every day. (I put spinach in my fruit smoothies, see #1)
5. Eat one fresh fruit with each meal (I put spinach in my fruit smoothies, see #4)
“This cake tastes so good, you’ll never believe that it’s packed with veggies.” (This is a quote from Dr Fhurman. Please make it and let me know – I only make recipes that have less than 4 ingredients, including the package mix)
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 2/3 cup chickpea flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 tsp baking soda
- 3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided
- 1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
- 1 cup shredded beets
- 3/4 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
- 4 tbsp natural nonalkalized cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup dried currants
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews
- 1 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
- 1/2 cup dates, pitted
- 1/3 cup Brazil nuts or hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla flavor
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flours, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside. In blender or food processor, puree 3 cups dates with the pineapple, banana and apple.
Slice remaining 1/2 cup dates into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. In a large bowl, mix sliced dates, beets, carrots, zucchini, cocoa powder, currants, walnuts, water, vanilla and flour mixture.
Add the fruit puree and mix well. Spread mixture in a 9.5-x-13.5-inch nonstick baking pan. Bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Or to make individual servings, bake in muffin tins lined with paper liners. Reduce cooking time to 20-25 minutes.
For the chocolate-nut icing, combine the remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve or spread on cooled cake.