If there is one time of year when sweet treats should come to the forefront, it’s Christmas time. Gingerbread cookies, popcorn balls, toffee, sugar cookies, puddings, cakes and pies, start appearing every time we turn around. It’s definitely a sweet time of year!
Let’s not let our nourishing food principles go to the wayside, but instead make delicious, naturally sweetened sweets. I think you will be surprised at how much you can do with natural, unrefined sugars. They really have a depth of flavor that white sugar just can’t match. I have learned to love naturally sweetened desserts, and would honestly not even want to go back to refined sugar sweets.
The challenge I present to you is to dust off old family recipes using less than stellar sweeteners and revamp them using the best type of sweeteners. (If you aren’t familiar with some of the natural sweeteners, don’t worry, I will be doing a post early next week explaining the use of different natural sweeteners). If you are already a natural sweetener pro, then please, share your wealth with us!
Update: My Guide to Natural Sweeteners is up now!
Here are the rules:
On the 16th of December, a Tuesday, I will be hosting a Mr. Linky carnival, where everyone can use the Mr. Linky to post their links. (see a past carnival to see how this works).
1-Your entry must showcase a sweet something- sweetened entirely from a natural, unrefined sweetener. I realize that is a rather wide (or narrow, depending on your view point) definition, so I will be doing a follow up post to this one, explaining the different sweeteners I consider good choices. Examples: Unrefined cane sugar (like rapadura), maple syrup, sorghum, coconut/palm sugar, honey, etc.
Whole grain would be nice, soaked even better, but neither are mandatory. We are concentrating on natural sweeteners. But do make sure that you use nourishing fats (lard, butter, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, are all great).
2-Please post a link back to the carnival post, so that your readers will be directed to everyone else’s posts.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with (who doesn’t need a few more sweet recipes in their recipe boxes?).
See you then!