Family, Recipes

Fudging around for a fourteen year old (homemade healthy fudgcicles!)

If you know me to even a short extent, you know I believe living healthy is part of living fully.

Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

When Camden (my 14-year-old) was just a toddler, we noticed him struggling health-wise. After many trips to local doctors, we took him to a specialist in Houston when he was 4 years old.  The doctor ran tests to rule out Leukemia and a brain tumor based on Camden’s symptoms.  The results, thankfully, showed no major maladies.  However, we were told he had a surplus of serious health shortcomings.

The doctor then informed us we could administer prescription medications to Camden or we could change the way we ate.  This would mean eating whole, natural foods.

Even then, Camden may never have the stamina of his peers.  And his growth could be stunted.  So said the doctor.

We prayed earnestly.  And chose the dietary change.

For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.  (Philippians 3:18-19)

We parted with our boxed and pre-packaged meals.  On the road to eating naturally.

Foods eaten as closely to the way God created them.

This was not easy.

They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. (Psalm 78:18)

Within a week, Camden was noticeably better.  He was able to run and play like his younger brother.

camden soccer

Then the words I’ll never forget,

Mommy, my head doesn’t hurt today.

I can’t remember when I never had my head hurt before.

I’d had no idea my child had daily headaches.

Over the last ten years we’ve changed our diet regularly as I learn more about nutrition.

camden baseball

By the way, diet is a noun in the DuBois home.

Not a verb.

camden crossfit

I’m on constant pursuit of ways to feed my family healthy meals and to honor God even with our choices of food and drink.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Camden is now quite healthy.   With more stamina than most of his peers.  And more height than many on his teams.

camden football

Living fully.

With purpose.

Refusing to Tiptoe.


Fudgcicles

(Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly)

 

Camden loves treats. Which means I’m frequently attempting to create a healthy version of desserts for him.

This treat I’m sharing with you is one of Camden’s favorites. (And it is SO easy!!)

I must tell you I accidentally made these.  That’s actually the way many of my recipes are created.  I was trying to make Brittany’s Cocoa Amore.  But, I altered the ingredients just a bit to suit Camden’s dietary needs.

And that’s when Fudgcicles were formed.

1 3/4 cups Coconut Milk*

2 oz. 100% Cacao**

4 Tablespoons honey

2 pinches Stevia***

dash vanilla

dash cinnamon

Mix together in blender (warm milk first, if needed, to melt chocolate; I use a Vita-Mix and run on high to melt chocolate).

Pour into popsicle molds and insert sticks.  Makes about 8-10 fudgcicles (depending on size of popsicle molds).

Freeze for about 3-4 hours.

Enjoy!

*  You could use one entire can coconut milk (found in International food section at grocery store).  But, they usually have some crazy preservatives.  So, I use the coconut milk found in the refrigerated section with the regular cow’s milk.  There is a slight difference in consistency when using canned versus cold.  The canned milk will be a bit richer and stay consistent a tad better.  But, not enough to warrant eating something I cannot pronounce.

** I buy the 4 oz. 100% Cacao Bar in the baking section of the grocery store.  You could play around with the recipe and use 70-80% with less added sweeteners if you don’t mind the processed sugar.

***  I try to only use KAL Powdered Stevia.  It is 100% pure.  The Stevia at the local store will almost always have fillers.  You’ll need more Stevia to get the same results.  The KAL Stevia comes with a tiny scooper.  I use two of those itty bitty scoops, which is close to two pinches.

28 thoughts on “Fudging around for a fourteen year old (homemade healthy fudgcicles!)”

    1. Through this situation with Camden, we learned so much about prayer and thanksgiving and faith. We also found the importance of being Spirit led versus peer or worldly led. We still face great opposition (isn’t that crazy!) for eating the way we eat. But, we are certain we’re following God’s plan. And we give Him thanks!!

  1. Have you ever read “The Makers Diet”? Its an awesome resource that has taught me a lot about eating “naturally”. I was able to eliminate many of my health problems simply by changing my eating habits. Its amazing how we function when we’re fueled properly!

    1. Jordan Reuben! Yes! His testimony and books have offered tremendous insight. In fact, I meant to add some links to this post with other recipes (one being his fudge recipe). I’ll go do that now. 😉

      And, I totally agree with you, when fueled properly our bodies function so much better. We’d not put inferior gasoline in our vehicles; but we readily pour low quality products into our bodies.

      I am so thankful you stopped by. Your comment added a great amount of wisdom!

      1. 🙂 Jordan Rueban is exactly who I was talking about! I don’t adopt ALL of his convictions, but overall find I feel much better when I am following a “natural” approach to eating.

        1. Same here — and it’s like that for most all “nutrition” experts — I glean what works for our family and am thankful for every little bit that helps.

    1. Amen! Yes, we do give God all the thanks, praise and glory for Camden’s health. We fully realize, without His intervention, Camden’s story could have been written quite differently.

  2. The Lord want us to be good stewards of our bodies as well, we aren’t to just eat what we want and then later end up suffering and they what happens we go to God asking Him to heal us, now if you ask me if we take care of our physical body then there would be no need to ask God to heal us if we did what we are to do…Now if life just happens to happy to our phyiscial bodies then yes we should go to God and ask Him to heal us…also I wanted to thank you for your prayers yesterday for my bible study it went very well….

    1. AMEN, Desiray. Good stewards of all He’s given to us, including our bodies. Most every time I am sick, I can relate it back to something I’ve eaten (junk or something I know I shouldn’t have). Which all boils down to lack of discipline for me. I am glad your bible study went well!

      1. Thank you Cristal and yes the bible study went very well. As like you mention when I get sick I too can think of how much I ate…I try to discipline myself to eat right but every now and than I cheat…LOL

    1. Hi Ginger, I hope you try this and enjoy it. I just checked out your colorful blog and can’t wait to dig around more. It sure seems to be something I’ll enjoy! I’m glad you stopped!!

  3. Looks delicious! Glad to hear the good report about your son! What I find interesting about his story is that the doctor pointed to a diet change OR prescription medication… in traditional medicine, it doesn’t always seem the diet option is suggested. What a blessing to hear such an option!

    I have a son with many food allergies (and coconut is one of them). He eats Rice Dream ice cream (the only ice cream on the market I’ve found for him).

    1. It was truly a blessing to have been led to this specialist in Houston. I’d have also never imagined a physician recommending a diet change. But, I am certainly thankful! We have also enjoyed Rice Dream ice cream and milk for years. Now, we are falling head over heels with the Coconut Ice cream (which you’d not want to try). But, we have pretty much had to go grain free (including rice and corn). So, I am thankful for almond milk and coconut milk/ice cream!!

  4. Thank you for this post… Great idea for a cold treat. I too must eat grain free/ sugar free/ dairy free/ gluten free. It was a difficult adjustment but feel better than I have in years…my family is a bit resistant to this “change in cuisine” but I pray will begin to see the benefit and be more enthusiastic. I have found some great paleo recipes that they like. God bless you for setting this example for your children . I only wish had done it sooner!

    1. I absolutely understand where you are coming from. When I veer from this eating plan now (after having made the adjustments initially for Camden and then finding out “cheating” was the source of my physical illnesses), I am very sick. But, unless the entire family is on board, it is extremely difficult (if not impossible). It seems when God gets our attention about how to eat, the decision is firm. I pray God will get your family’s attention. 🙂

  5. love this! i will have to try the recipe some time soon. (along with crossfit, i try to stick to paleo as much as possible) im so glad that both you and camden are doing well 🙂

    1. Hi Tami! I can’t wait to read of your journey. I have been very interested in this exact topic. And then you offer your experience! Thank you!!

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