I imagine, if you are reading this, that you woke up early this morning – maybe even several hours earlier than you would like. You slipped out of bed in the hopes you could steal a few precious quiet moments to soak up peace and be productive before your little bundle of strong willed love tumbled out of bed and took the day by storm. Your child being as strong willed as they are, though, knew you were up and didn’t leave you in peace for long. And then you started on your day filled with juggling your child’s wishes and needs, along with your desire to give them a beautiful and happy-filled day, against the pull of your mounting todo list.
How do I know this is how your day started? Because it is exactly how mine started, too. Well, almost. My daughter actually got me out of bed this morning with her eagerness to great the day 😛 And let me tell you, she is a force to be reckoned with! Just to keep up with her and help engage her mind, let alone try to fulfill contracts and write books and keep the house running smoothly, I need some extra fuel.
And since I’m busy, constantly going to this play date or heading out on this errand, I often find I don’t have the time for breakfast. (Morning is our busiest out-of-the-house time.) So I was hunting for a recipe that felt like a treat but was also AIP friendly. (Something you probably don’t know about me and my family, but after my daughter’s bout with thrush we are now trying to heal our bodies through eating according to the GAPS diet.)
A treat like this is surprisingly hard to find! Especially since I needed something easy to make and that kept well while packing an energizing punch. Then I stumbled across Phat Fudge.
I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients in my baking cupboard, AND I wanted a greater anti-inflammatory kick from the turmeric. (New to the benefits of turmeric? It is amazing what it can do for you, from calming nerves and toning down pain to helping heal your gut and being good for your brain!) So I modified it a bit. And you know what? It turned out amazing!!! It’s energizing and filling and relaxing to the nervous system all at the same time. Plus, it tastes like having halva for breakfast. (Never had halva? It’s a Middle Eastern dessert of flaky layers of sweetened ground sesame seeds.)
I call it my Magic Fudge, and I’ll share the recipe below!
1 cup raw, unsalted tahini (using roasted makes the final product taste bitter)
1 cup unsalted grass fed butter
3 Tablespoons raw honey
3 Tablespoons turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
A pinch of ground black pepper
A pinch of salt
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. (You don’t want the butter to bubble or it will throw the texture of the fudge off.) Whisk in the tahini. Keep saucepan on the low heat while you stir in the honey and then the spices. Remove from heat and pour into a small baking dish lined with parchment paper. Place in your freezer for 2 hours. Remove and cut! (This recipe makes 16 servings.) Store in a glass container in your freezer, popping a piece out when you need it! (It’s also an excellent afternoon pick-me-up when you child is napping. 😉 )
Let me know in the comments below if you try the recipe….and what you think about it! Also, what are your favorite quick energy fixes that help you keep up with your strong willed child?