When I was a little girl, my mom used to make extra large batches of whole wheat chocolate chip cookies… enough to fill a 5 gallon bucket at a time. I can’t tell you how many times I would sneak to have extra after my allotted serving was consumed.
So began a life of sugar addiction.
I always considered myself a healthy kind of person and most of my friends would say I had lots of
self control…. I am glad they couldn’t see me hiding in the closet to eat cookies that I didn’t want to share with my toddlers. While I have usually been able to keep my weight within 10 to 20 lbs of my ideal number, the health issues that come with eating too many sweets were starting to creep up on me in not so subtle ways.
A year ago all that began to change. A friend told me about this book called Trim Healthy Mama and I was intrigued at the idea of delicious healthy dessert that could feed my sweet tooth but not my yeast infections…. Sorry, just being real.
I asked for the 640 page book for my Birthday.
The first recipe I tried was called Skinny Chocolate and on the first bite of sweet, rich creamy flavor, I was hooked! I have spent the last year eating delicious desserts and instead of hiding in the Closet of Shame, I excitedly share them with my family.
The sweetener used in most of the dessert recipes is Stevia, a natural sweetener that I have been using for 10 years but just didn’t know how to effectively use it to satisfy my craving for amazing desserts. Well, the sisters over at THM have now taught thousands of us women how to use this amazing little sweet leaf to satisfy our love of all things delicious! I have learned that all Stevia products are not created equal! There is a wide variety of flavor and aftertaste that varies from brand to brand, so if you don’t like the first one you try, please don’t give up! The folks over at Trim Healthy Mama have recently developed their own ine of sweeteners available for purchase on their web-store They have a few different ones to choose from and after trying every Stevia option on the market, Believe me when I say that these are the best!
In the last year I have had the awesome privilege of working with these talented Authors to provide photos of their delicious recipes. Let me assure you that I am not in the habit of taking photos of food that doesn’t taste good, no matter how beautiful it might look.
If you already have this book with it’s vast wealth of information and recipes, I have provided
page numbers to help you find what you are looking for.
If not, you can purchase it here and you
won’t be sorry… It is so much more than yummy desserts.
The following photos are some of my favorite stand by recipes layered one on top of another.
We Trim Healthy Mamas get to choose from lots of different frozen desserts and icy drinks as well as these Chunky Cream Pops for those hot summer days or to eat in front of the fire one a winter evening.
Holidays can Be Trim and Tasty by combining the THM Basic Cheesecake and Pumpkin Treat recipes. Brown your crust then add cheesecake batter and bake for 10 min. Gently spoon on the Pumpkin Treat recipe and continue baking for 50 to 60 minutes. Chill and serve.
My favorite layered dessert is the Brownie Cheesecake. I make this almost weekly and I can often be found enjoying it for breakfast along side a steaming Trimmachino. Just layer this recipe with the brownie first, bake for 10 min then add the cheesecake batter gently and return to the oven for another 30 min or until a knife comes out clean.
There are so many rich and delicious desserts in this plan that I could not possibly share them all. Some may be perfect for you and others might not interest you as much. The greatest part is that I have also learned how to create my own recipes with these nourishing ingredients. It is so fun to get an Idea and actually have the knowledge to create a dessert from scratch, Like my newest creation: Chocolate Praline Cake! (you can also click on the photo to get the recipe!)
You will find your perfect sweet spot with the sweeteners but for some of you it will take a little time to figure out what that is. Don’t give up. I have learned that I like things slightly sweeter than most of the recipes are written. Don’t be afraid to lick your batter for a taste test . When I am trying any recipe for the first time, I often half the recipe, especially if the ingredients are on the pricey side. The little bit of effort that this learning curve requires is so worth it for my health and
In the beginning you might still feel the need to eat too much dessert. It’s ok. My body was still trying to get the sugar fix even though there was none to be had. Over time you will adjust and learn to enjoy dessert just for the flavor and not because your body is telling you it needs it. I still enjoy a traditional sugary dessert on occasion but I am able to enjoy a little without the temptation to binge. I am no longer addicted to the results of eating sugar. I have freedom to enjoy all kinds of foods and while the desserts offered are my true love, there are lots of great meal and snack options in the 200 page recipe section of the book.
I am having so much fun and freedom with the food I am eating…