Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Eat to Live Cookbook Project: Fuhrman Fudgesicles

I feel so badly about my last review, that I thought I needed to follow it up with something that was a success in our household: Fuhrman Fudgesicles.

I went into this recipe hesitantly, because of the sheer volume of nuts used: 1 cup of cashews for 3 Popsicles. That's 5 ounces of nuts for 3 servings. Way over the 1 ounce of nuts per day recommended for the weight loss version of Eat to Live. Let's just say, this is not a dessert I can indulge in if I want to lose weight. My plan was to make these and give them to my kids as a treat.

When I pureed the ingredients for the Fuhrman Popsicles, the mix was not viscous enough to pour into my molds without great hassle, so I added 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk. I also tasted at this point and thought that they really needed sweetness, so I blended in 3 pitted Medjool dates.

The Eat to Live Cookbook says that these Popsicles (3 per recipe) are 251 calories each. By my calculation, this number is way off. Depending on the size of bananas used, the Popsicles would come out to anywhere between 308 calories each and 328 calories each. I used MyFitnessPal to gather the calorie information. Maybe Dr. Fuhrman is privy to calorie information that the rest of us are not aware of?

Because my Popsicle molds are on the smaller side (which I prefer for any type of dessert--the smaller the plate or bowl, the better), and considering that I added 3 dates and some almond milk, I was able to get 6 Popsicles out of the recipe. The calorie count on my version came to 194 calories per Popsicle. Each of my Popsicles has a little less than one ounce of nuts.

And if you are interested in this nut business and are watching your nut intake, one ounce of cashews is a scant quarter cup. It seems like the once ounce of nuts per day recommendation, regardless of what nut you choose, comes to about 1/4 cup of nuts per day. If you know more about this subject than I do, please leave a comment below!

Fuhrman Fudgesicles
from The Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, p. 302

Did I like it? I took one lick. It's hard to say if I really like them or not, but I certainly didn't enjoy that taste enough to think that it would be worth the consequences of eating my whole nut allotment for the day. I'd rather enjoy my one ounce spaced out throughout the day in salad dressings and soups.

Was it easy to make with readily available ingredients? Yes. But you do need to own some sort of Popsicle molds.

What specifically did I like about the recipe? A treat made with real ingredients that I can feel good about giving to my kids? That's a winner in my book.

What specifically didn't I like about the recipe? One thing and one thing only--I can't eat them! They are too loaded with nuts.

But really, I did need to make a few tweaks as I was making them:
(1) I added 3 pitted Medjool dates.
(2) I added 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk for viscosity--I wouldn't have been able to fill my Popsicle molds otherwise.

Did my husband like it? Yes.

Did my teenage daughter like it? This is a direct quote from her: "A really, really solid A. Really, really tasty for kids!"

Did my eight or five year old try it? Eight year old said they are "Awesome! They are really rich, and that is what a kid likes!" Five year old said "yuck!" Go figure?

Would I make it again? Not for me, but I think I will be making these again for my daughters!

Is there anything I would do to improve on it if I made it again? I would experiment with different proportions of the ingredients, lowering the volume of cashews.

Overall Grade (completely unscientific, I admit): B+

Have you made Fuhrman Fudgesicles? What were your impressions? Leave a comment below.

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