I got sidetracked! My dad challenged me to come up with an indulgent recipe that is heart healthy. His requests were no fat, no cholesterol, and no milk (which really adds up to no dairy at all). At first, I thought, no problem! Ben and I have both lost a ton of weight and developed a healthy lifestyle which includes eating super healthy 6 days a week and taking 1 day off each week to eat whatever we want. That one day off leads to most of the recipes on this blog. So far this lifestyle has helped us to maintain healthy weights, and plenty of blog material, for about two years now.
Since we eat healthy, the majority of the time, I thought this would be easy. I tried out a couple of things this week involving kale, vegan cheese, and barley. Both were complete fails! BTW, if anyone knows of a vegan cheese that melts well let me know. The one I tried tasted like cardboard and melted about as well.
The problem is this: When we eat healthy we eat healthy foods and on our cheat day we eat sugar and fat. I’ve never tried to make vegetables taste like sugar and fat! I’ve learned to enjoy the taste of healthy foods 6 days a week and even look forward to them on those days. Then one day a week I reward myself with sugar and fat.
I have some research to do! In the meantime you are left with only this one blog post for the week and I broke my resolution to post testing another food blogger’s recipe each week. I have to work all weekend but I’ll get back to it on Monday. I’ll keep thinking about my Dad’s challenge (it may take longer than I anticipated) and I’ll test out another food blogger’s recipe next week.
On a positive note this coffee cake I made was fabulous! It tastes as good as it looks, I promise! I adapted it from a Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe at Two in the Kitchen. I used this Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter I found at my local grocery store. I absolutely love the beautiful brown flecks of espresso color and flavor it lent to the cake! But, if you can’t find it, regular natural peanut butter would work fine.