This past Friday I came down with the flu hard. It started out innocent enough; I woke up feeling slightly off, but nothing crazy so I went to the pool and swam two miles (which is normal for me). I finished, showered, and went to the gym and trained clients for a few hours before meeting my friend for lunch. The whole time I still felt slightly off, but again nothing terrible like I’m-going-to-die-right-now sick. Everything was fine until I got back from lunch. I got to the apartment had coffee and one of my amazing raw brownies topped with RAW FROSTING (hell yea!!) with Nick who was working from home, then passed on the couch unable to move. Seriously I was hit all at once with all the symptoms. Headache, sore throat, congestion, cough, fever, body aches, and zero energy. Yuck! I haven’t been that sick for years. Years!!
Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday were terrible. The worst part was Nick went upstate to go skiing with his cousins on Friday night so I was left alone and defenseless! It’s pretty pathetic when you can’t get off the couch to get a glass of water. Anyway, in Nick’s defense I pushed him to go because he wanted to stay. I said I was fine, which was before I took my temperature that registered at 101.2 after taking two advil. Somehow I always think things aren’t as bad as they actually are. I blame competitive running for that. My training and years of racing taught me to push through everything and mind over body. That only works to a point…I’m thinking I had a slight fever when I went for my two mile swim which was probably not the brightest idea 🙂
I bet you’re wondering what my sick story has to do with this recipe for this raw fudgey date frosting. Well, not much. However I did have one of my raw brownies topped with this frosting the past three days of sickness and it is frekin’ delicious! The only ONLY good part about this flu was my stomach was not upset so I was able to eat normally. Even though I was incompassicated and intense pain, I could have a grassfed guacamole raw cheddar burger for lunch and brownie treats. Again, good food makes everything better!!
As I write this post I’m still pretty sick. Still running a slight temp and have a killer soare throat, congestion, body aches, and basically no energy. I’m hoping tomorrow I wake up much better because I’ve already had to take 2 days off work and really don’t want to miss any more. It’s out of my control, all I can do is rest. Rest and eat this icing atop everything. Really amazing!! My excuse is I’m sick and need energy. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it 😉
Raw Fudgey Date Frosting
8 oz raw unsweetened coconut
21 medjol dates, pitted (about 2 cups)
1 cup cacao powder
1-1/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch sea salt
Add the coconut to the base of a high speed blender or food processor and blend until the coconut changes into coconut butter. Add the pitted dates, cacao powder, 1 cup of boiling water, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and blend until a smooth thick frosting consistency is achieved (add more boiling water as needed). Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours before using – the frosting thickens as it cools in the fridge. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Take out 20-30 minutes before ready to use.