Thank you to Lily’s Sweets for providing me with product, free of charge, for review.  All opinions are my own.

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I have been trying to watch my family’s sugar intake lately, especially when I am baking and purchasing snacks.  This had me on the hunt for products sweetened with something other than sugar, corn syrup, fructose, and all of the other names used for sugar.  Then I came across Lilly’s Sweets.  Founded in 2011, they have created a line of Fine Chocolate products that are sweetened with Stevia instead.  For those unfamiliar with Stevia, it is a plant derived botanical sweetener that comes from Stevia rebaudiana.  Stevia can be used as a sweetener in place of sugar but carries none of the unhealthy side effects.  It is even safe for diabetics because of its  low glycemic index.

Lily’s Sweets Products are:

~All Natural
~Fair Trade
~Certified Gluten Free
~Stevia Sweetened
~Low Glycemic Index

Lily’s Sweets sent me a variety of their Chocolate Products to try.  So I headed to my kitchen to use them in a couple recipes I was adapting to my Trim Healthy Mama program.  First up, I tried a recipe that was shared on the THM Facebook Group:

Homemade chocolate milkshake

Home Made Chocolate Milk Shake – THM Style:

Add all ingredients into a quality blender.
~1 Cup Almond Milk
~1 Scoop Protein Powder
~2 Tablespoons Cocoa
~1 Tablespoon Sweetener (I use Truvia.)
~1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
~1/4 Cup Cottage Cheese
~Swirl Of Heavy Whipping Cream
~1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
~1 Tablespoon Coconut
~1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
~1 Ounce Lily’s Sweets Chocolate Bar
~12 Ice Cubes

Blend all ingredients thoroughly and serve immediately.  Can be topped with a squirt of Redi-Whip and fruit.  This dessert is rich and delicious.  I’m amazed at how closely it resembles ice cream!

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Next up, I had a Zucchini Cake Recipe I received from an old neighbor that calls for Chocolate Chips.  Since regular chocolate chips are full of sugar, I was thrilled to have Lily’s Premium Baking Chips to add to the recipe instead.  While I didn’t get any zucchini planted this year, thankfully, I have some friends and family who did and have some to spare.

chocolate chip zucchini cake THM approved

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake:

~1 3/4 Cups Almond Flour
~3/4 Cup Coconut Flour
~1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
~1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
~1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
~1/2 Cup Almond Milk
~1 teaspoon Vinegar
~1/2 Cup Butter, softened
~1 1/2 Cups Truvia
~1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, melted
~2 Eggs
~2 teaspoons Vanilla
~2 Cups Grated Zucchini
~1 Cup Lily’s Sweets Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9*13 pan.
Combine flours, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl.
In separate bowl, combine milk and vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add into first bowl.
Add butter, Truvia, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla.
Stir till combined.
Fold in Zucchini. I always add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter as well.
Spread evenly into pan.
Sprinkle with Lily’s Sweets Chocolate Chips.
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or till done.
Cool slightly before cutting.

Looking for more trim healthy mama recipes? Try these!

Italian Creamed Chicken
THM pancakes recipe

THM baked blueberry oatmeal
Trim healthy mama muffin pancakes
THM approved fruit punch in a jar

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Whether baking or just as a small snack, we have really enjoyed Lily’s Sweets products.  It’s a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth or spruce up a baked good.  I am happy to have found a company that has created quality products without sugar so I can still serve yummy treats to my family.  Every year, Lily’s Sweets also pledges a percentage of its profits to non-profit organizations supporting children with cancer.  This is to honor their namesake, Lily, who is a young cancer survivor.

Buy It: Head over to Lily’s Sweets to see for yourself the great selection of products they offer.

Connect: Don’t forget to like Lily’s Sweets on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest for all the latest news and promotions.

Win It: Lily’s Sweets is generously offering one of our lucky readers a Lily’s Sweets Prize Package containing:

  • 2 Almond and Milk bars with 40% chocolate
  • 2 40% Chocolate Bars made with Milk
  • 1 Bag of Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips

This giveaway is open to US only and will end August 28th, 2014. For your chance to win, enter the Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!

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