A sugar-free recipe for a much-needed sweet treat. Update on I Quit Sugar below.
I adapted this recipe from Oh She Glow’s fabulous Raw Almond Butter Cups.
It so often happens to me when that when it comes to making sugar-free treats the recipe includes some obscure ingredient that I haven’t yet got. Although this recipe didn’t have anything unobtainable in it, it did have maple or agave syrup which are both out of bounds for a fructose-free gal, so here is an I quit sugar-adapted version:
Rolled oats, blended to a fine powder.
Rice Malt Syrup
Raw cocoa powder
Rice malt syrup
As ever, I don’t use any measurements. These raw recipes are delightful in that you can just add a bit of each ingredient until it looks right, and the best bit about it being raw is that you can taste it as you go along to make sure its delicious.
Mix together your base ingredients, going easy on the rice malt syrup because it’s quite sweet you don’t need that much of it. You want the consistency to be sticky enough to form a little ball but not too stick that you can’t push your thumb into it without ruining it.
Make as many little balls as possible and lay them out on a tray. Once you’ve made your little thumb dents, mix together your topping ingredients, again tasting as you go to get a flavour you like. Spoon a dollop of the topping in each thumb dent, again you don’t need too much as it’s quite a rich chocolate.
Freeze or refrigerate until the topping hardens a little, then serve slightly chilled, they taste better this way.
I haven’t mentioned my sugar detox on the blog for a couple of months but thought it was time for a bit of an update. I completed the full 8 weeks and then carried on doing hardcore no sugar for a further two weeks because I wasn’t quite ready to give up my strict regime.
Then came my birthday spent at home in England which meant that I had to let myself have a week or so off and enjoyed a fair amount of cake and sweet treats, which was GREAT. After that I have pretty much gone back to a fairly moderate no sugar policy, in that I am still cutting out regular cake, fruit juices, ketchup and sugary dressings and sauces etc. I will still eat the odd bit of cake or chocolate but I am nothing near as addicted or reliant on it as I was pre-I quit sugar.
Disclaimer: I did have a bit of a lapse one evening this week where I hosted a tapas evening at my appartment and indulged in a fair amount of sugar-laden Sangria and Spanish cake. No regrets.