I had a lovely lunch last weekend with Alex and we were discussing how much sugar impacts on how much we eat. We’ve both had a similar experience – by reducing sugar we have reduced the craving for more food.
It’s like sugar runs another program in my brain that overrides my ‘satisfied’ belly. We have both found that by cutting down on sugar of any kind, the feeling of ‘enough’ could truly be felt and over-eating is no longer a driving force at meal time.
Inspired by this conversation, I’ve created a ‘sweet treat’ that is lovely to offer when friends come over for a cup of tea. You could also box them as a gift! You can increase the amounts to make more, depending on how many you want to make.
150g coconut manna (melted either by microwave or bain marie)200g almond butter (or another of your choice)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon carob powder (optional)
1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
half a cup of dessicated coconut
In a large glass bowl mix together all ingredients to a smooth, lump-free, thick paste.
Refrigerate for half an hour, stirring at 15 mins to ensure it hardens evenly.
When the mixture is firm enough to hold into balls, use two teaspoons to mould small truffle sized balls and roll them in the dessicated coconut.
Store in the fridge. They hold their form for a while outside the fridge, but if you are in a warm climate, serve straight from the fridge so the coconut manna doesn’t melt!
I also tried these with blanched almond butter, vanilla instead of cinnamon and no carob and they are divine 🙂