Sugar addiction struggles: Choc & Cashew Balls

Almost everyone that has ever met me knows I have a HUGE sugar addiction.  It’s borderline problematic.  I can’t go anywhere without finishing off my meal with “something sweet”.

My closest girlfriends will walk the streets of NYC (in heels by the way – bless them), just to find that perfect dessert cocktail to finish off our meal.  There is even a glass jar at the front door of my apartment filled with Australian chocolates, for “guests”.

When eating at home, I try to curve the habit as much as possible.  So I’m often looking for recipes of treats that hit the spot, minus the refined sugar or ones that are not heavily processed.  I Quit Sugar, by Sarah Wilson is a great site, and recipe book for just that! I’m particularly drawn to recipes which are quick, easy and come in small bites.

The other day I came across this little gem, which tasted MUCH BETTER than I imagined, so much so, that I just devoured the last three.

These choc and cashew balls are fructose free, and freakin delish.  Here is the recipe:

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter.
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil.
  • 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup.
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder.
  • 1 cup almond meal.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder – I used vanilla essence instead
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom.
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, for rolling.

Directions

1. Place cashew butter, coconut oil, rice malt syrup and cacao in a food processor. Process very briefly until just combined. Don’t over process or mixture will become too soft.

2. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients (except coconut) until combined.

3. Place mix in the fridge for several hours until firm – I found I only needed about 30 minutes or so, until the mixture was firm enough to work with. 

4. Remove from the fridge and start rolling balls, 1 teaspoon at a time (or whatever size you want). Roll each ball in coconut and place on a lined plate or tray. Continue with remaining mixture and coconut. Refrigerate again for at least 30 minutes or until firm. (if you can wait that long)

If you too find yourself looking for something sweet after dinner, try one or two of these with some tea.

Love Always, Elise x

Ps.  Know of any delicious recipes that aim to be a little healthier then processed treats? Send them my way!

Pps.  My local grocery store was out of Almond meal today, so I can’t make another batch until tomorrow…  The struggle is real.  x

 

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