Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Frozen pumpkin yogurt & healty coconut butter fudge

Hello friends, thank you for your kind words I know things will work out, but it felt good to vent, and it's good to know that others have been in similar boats. I am sad to say my crock pot meatloaf did not turn out very well. I put it on the other night before bed so we could have it for lunch, in the morning the meat was still pink and there was a lot of grease from the ground beef :( so I drained the meat and baked it in the oven for a half an hour after work. It wasn't a disaster but not a recipe worth making again or sharing.
pumpkin frozen yogurtI made a dessert last night that I saw on pinterest: pumpkin frozen yogurt. I took a cup of plain greek yogurt ( the recipe called for vanilla yogurt but all I buy now is plain greek) 1 cup pumpkin, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, I added four stevia packets instead of one T sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla, and put all ingredients in the ice cream maker until cold. Hubby and I shared it and each serving had around 8g sugar. It was a tasty holiday themed treat but it could use some tweaking...maybe a pinch of xylitol as well, Lauren at Healthy Indulgences often uses sugar alcohols and stevia in her recipes.

I know that I have told you guys how much I LOVE LOVE Pinterest, it is such a great place to find pretty things, crafty things, recipes, ideas etc. Doing the bfc/ft has awakened a part of me that is interested in homemade healthy things. I am no longer content buying something that I thought was "healthy" but really full of sugar. One of my new finds is a site called http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/  (what a great name huh). What really drew me in was a picture of her sugar free fudge on pinterest. She calls it naughty girl vegan fudge. One of the main ingredients is  coconut butter. I had not hear of coconut butter before, it is the flesh of the coconut ground up to make a delicious butter richer than just the oil. 2 T has 1.9g sugar. I made the fudge which is a small banana, coconut butter, coconut powder, and a dash of salt (I added 4 packets stevia) blended together, it was delish. The texture was rich and creamy although it tasted very bananaee. A better name would be chocolate banana coconut yum yum, the name fudge sets one up for disappointment because it is not the usual rich sinful creation we are used to. My personal favorite belly bad fudge is the recipe off the marshmallow fluff jar yummm.
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Naughty Girl Vegan Fudge
    Artisana Coconut Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Artisana coconut butter (or homemade)
  • 1/2 a large, very-ripe banana (80g)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • scant 1/16th tsp salt
  • You can add sweetener, if desired
  • 2T (or more!) cocoa powder


    1. Hi katie, your fudge sounds really, really good. I think I'll try it.

    2. Hi Katie. I looked into this pinterest. I'm still not sure how it works. Maybe you could do a post on it and explain. I get the pinning things on your board, but how do you interact with others? I think that pumpkin pudding sounds great. I was thinking of doing some sort of mousse with the reddi whip, and topped with some walnuts. If I ever get the time. hugs to you from me!

    3. Oops sorry, I meant to say pumpkin frozen yogurt, but now that I think of it, pumpkin pudding wouldn't be bad either!!

    4. I love pumpkin. In my WW days I use to add it to SF pudding, so the Greek yogurt is a good idea.
      I hope you day is great

    5. So funny! I discovered sugar free Katie this last weekend. I want to try so many things on her site!! Have a good day!

    6. Hi Katie, wow that stuff sounds good but a bit too sweet for me. My sweet tooth has changed quite a bit.
      Have a great day. :-)

    7. Katie! I made the fudge from Make it Paleo too and really liked it. I used a little stevia instead of their recommended maple syrup. Probably made mine less chewy but still good. I love the ice cream too. The photos are beautiful, are they yours?

      I am on Pinterest too AmberAS I think is my name there.

    8. Katie you are so impressive! I don't know how you find time to try all of your new recipes. My daughter is addicted to Pinterest. You guys would probably get along great! She actually got her hair cut like the Katie gal? I think that is the one? I have to go check the blogs again.
      Are you exercising girly? I have fallen off the wagon and need to get back on too! It helps in so many ways!

    9. I love fudge but dont indulge in it anymore as it just isnt worth the caloric "hit" it punches. Good for you for experimenting & glad it was a tasty treat for you & the hubs!
      Sorry your meatloaf wasnt all you had hoped. I like my meatloaf with a little bit of a crunchy top so I dont know if I would ever try the crockpot method.
      Hope the rest of your week is great!

    10. Even though your meatloaf wasn't what you wanted I hope you continue your crockpot recipes! I'm hoping you come up with some good ones, lol!! Could that pumpkin frozen yogurt look any more delicious?! I might try that for a holiday treat over Thanksgiving!

    11. Katie, I have been in the mood for meatloaf and want to try to make it BFC style. I have never heard of making it in the slow cooker but I know you can make almost anything in one. I love pinterest too and find so many great crafty things I want to try. What is your name on there so I can follow you?