Some of you may remember that I decided to Go Sugar Free in 2014. A lot of you expressed how crazy I am. After all, how could anyone give up something as wonderful as sugar? Well, here's the deal: I am not giving it up entirely. I'm taking a course that teaches me what sugar and other foods do to my body and how to overcome cravings that won't actually make me feel better but will make me feel worse. It hasn't been as hard as I originally anticipated. I thought for sure I would be hiding in the closet with a freshly baked batch of cookies and a jug of milk. No one would ever know. But instead, I find myself focusing my energy on developing easy recipes that are added sugar free.
Breakfast is a tricky time for me because I love to have a simple piece of toast slathered with jam. Raspberry jam, to be exact. It's not like I'll never have that again, but I'm doing my best to find something I like even more. As I searched for recipes with no added sugar, I found that many people use dates. Dates are one of those things that I frequently forget about, which is unfortunate seeing as how they taste like delicious soft caramels. So I went to a big box store (don't judge) and bought a massive container of Medjool dates. I went home and cut one open. As I took my first bite (after removing the pecan shaped pit from the center, of course) I was struck by the smooth texture and nutty sweetness. I knew right then and there that I had found an ingredients that could take me to new realms of freedom from sugar.
For this bulgur wheat, based on a Cooking Light recipe that I fell in love with a couple weeks ago, I chopped the dates very finely and added them to the wheat along with some natural, unsweetened peanut butter. It was absolutely delicious. The flavors came together beautifully, creating a PB & J bowl of wonderfulness.
If you've never used bulgur wheat, you should start now. It has a wonderful flavor and all the work is done in the fridge while you sleep. One minute of microwaving in the morning and you have a healthy, easy, delicious breakfast ready to go. AND THERE IS ZERO SUGAR. You're welcome.
Peanut Butter & Date "Jelly" Bulgur Wheat
- 1 cup bulgur wheat
- 3 cups low-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon natural, unsweetened peanut butter
- 1 large date, pitted and finely chopped
- Extra milk (optional)
- Put the bulgur wheat in a large bowl.
- Add the milk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, fluff the bulgur with a fork.
- Scoop 3/4 cup bulgur into a microwave safe bowl along with the peanut butter.
- Microwave for 1 minute.
- Stir in the dates and top with additional milk if desired.