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Naturally Sweet Tuesday

Thanks to all of you who participated in our very first Naturally Sweet Tuesday! I’ll be honest, I was excited to have ANY additions this past week, since it was new and not very well advertised. But I hope over time it will be a source for those looking to enjoy a sweet treat, but in a healthier way.

Highlights from Last Week

The most popular (most clicked) recipe from last week was from Heather at Cook it Up Paleo, Chocolate Chip Biscotti. Thanks for the submission, Heather! They really do look delicious :)

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Each week I am going to highlight my personal favorite recipe that was submitted as well. I’m choosing with the idea that ‘this is the recipe I am most likely to try soon’. This week I was most taken with Grain Free Strawberry-Almond Coffee Cake, by Tessa from Tessadomesticdiva.com. This would be a wonderful way to use up the strawberries I have growing in my backyard right now!

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My Entry for this week:

Almond Joy Bites

I don’t want to sound like I am tooting my own horn here, but this is SO GOOD! I love the combination of chocolate and coconut, and using almonds as a base, it made a wonderful candy treat. It’s not ‘healthy’ of course, but it’s a lot better for you than a candy bar you’ll buy at the gas station! So if you’re going to indulge – may as well get some ‘good for you’ in as well :)

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Here is a reminder of the guidelines. They don’t need to be followed perfectly, but please keep the spirit of this link-up in mind. We want to inspire our readers, and each other, to try recipes without refined sugars and artificial sweeteners!

Great healthier options for sweet sources:

  • Raw honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Stevia (I’m still on the fence about whether or not I will continue to use stevia {here are some great articles: Why I Quit Stevia & What’s Your Take on Stevia?}, but let’s include it for now)
  • Banana
  • Dates & date sugar
  • Other dried fruit such as raisins, apricots, prunes
  • Coconut sugar (like stevia, this is one I’m on the fence about but let’s include it for now. Here is an interesting article on it: is coconut sugar a healthy sugar sub)
  • Anything I’m missing? Please share in the comments!

For the sake of overall health, things that DO NOT count as sugar-free will be as follows:

  • Table sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, etc (commonly known as sugar)
  • Splenda (aka sucralose)
  • Truvia (other stevia products that have bulk fillers)
  • Sugar in the raw
  • Agave nectar
  • Aspartame (which includes Equal, NutraSweet, & Amino Sweet)
  • Anything I’m missing? Please share in the comments!

Link Up Guidelines

Please read all the items in this list! I may need to remove links that are not applicable :/

  • Link to your individual recipe post, NOT your home page.
  • Within your recipe post on your blog/website, please link back to this post URL specifically, not livingfree.aubreecherie.com (this will only frustrate and confuse our readers)
  • Recipes do not need to be desserts. ANY recipe without sugar or artificial sweeteners is welcome. Please do try and avoid any boxed products in your ingredients as most pre-made things (like cake mix) contain sugar or artificial sweeteners.
  • Also, please feel free to link articles related to sugar free living or using naturally sweet ingredients. Information, reviews, menus, etc are just as useful as a recipe!
  • Links can be ‘older’, AKA not just something you recently published. It can be from last month or last year!
  • I failed to mention this last week, but recipes DO NOT need to be gluten or dairy free. Obviously *I* like recipes without them, but not everyone eats like I do ;)
  • When you share your recipe link, please leave a comment about what you shared and what’s great about it!

This link-up will close Sunday, June 8, at midnight and the next week link-up will be available the following Monday night:

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Thanks to all of you who are participating! If you have any suggestions about how to improve this link-up, please let me know. I’m flexible and want it to be easy and enjoyable for all!

~Aubree Cherie

 

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22 Responses to Naturally Sweet Tuesday – June 3, 2014

  1. Hi AUbree! Hope you get to trying the coffee cake, it is well loved around here and gets good reviews! I brought a different sort of coffee cake this week too!

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  4. Linda says:

    I just realized that I forgot to leave a link back last week. Sorry about that. I took care of it and remembered this week. :) Thanks for the reminder about the link up. I can always use reminders. I’m realizing though that I don’t have many recipes that are completely naturally sweet. Many of my recipes that use honey do contain chocolate chips that have sugar in them. So I don’t know how many more I will have to share, but it’s a good eye opener.

    • Hi Linda – no worries, I’ve done that a time or two as well. Thanks for going back and adding it though! Also, I completely agree that this is an eye opener. It’s part of the reason I wanted to have the linkup – to get creative with ways to enjoy something sweet but without so much sugar. Thanks for sharing your recipes :) ~Aubree

  5. Oh man! I seriously meant to plan this linkup into my blog schedule! Next week I hope!! Brilliant idea! I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes!

    • Hi Susan – okay, hope to see you next week! Thanks for still stopping by though and your kind words. I too am excited about all the recipes people are sharing. Lots of great ideas :) ~Aubree

  6. Peggy says:

    Thanks for inviting me to link up my rhubarb sauce. You could also make muffins, jam, crisps and pies with rhubarb.

    What is your take on xylitol or erythritol? Which list would you put them on?

    • Hi Peggy – thanks for the ideas! I really need to try it – I know people that love rhubarb and some that hate it. Time I find out which camp I am in! I would probably love it :)

      About the other forms of sugar. I personally have a bag of xylitol that I keep around because I think it’s great for my teeth. I can visibly see a difference in my teeth now than back before I used it. But I don’t use a lot and I typically just add a teaspoon to tea or a fruit shake, I don’t use it as a sugar sub in things like baking or meals.

      I think for now I will be neutral, because I really need to do more research on both. My gut reaction is that they seem more ‘made in a lab’, so possibly not good, but if you have a recipe that includes them, I think that is fine to add! I have posted a few recipes on my blog with xylitol because I was experimenting. I also know that ‘healthy’ looks different for everyone. So yeah – completely on the fence still. Sorry if this was cryptic… haha

      Also, thanks for sharing your recipe! ~Aubree

  7. Laureen Fox says:

    Hi Aubree, thanks for the invite. I’ve linked up my Tutorial on Roasting Berries. Have a great week!

  8. Thanks for the invite! Everything looks wonderful!

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  10. Thanks for inviting me over here! This is a great link-up — I love the idea of naturally sweetened things!
    I brought my Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream recipe! :)

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  12. Thanks so much for the invite to the party! I’m a little late, but I’m sharing my gluten free matcha green tea mug cake :)

  13. Thanks so much for hosting! This week I’m sharing my Chive Flower Chicken Salad. It’ s a great way to make use of chive flowers and enjoy a crisp, fresh salad besides! :)

  14. I can’t believe I forgot to comment when I linked up last week. Sorry, dear. :-( Those Almond Joy Bites of yours have been very popular on All Gluten-Free Desserts. :-)

    Shirley

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