Raw chocolate balls and a special tea for cravings

As promised in yesterday's post, here are the recipes for two little tricks to have up your sleeve when quitting sugar...

Via Svasti

Raw chocolate nut balls

To be perfectly truthful, these little chocolately coconuty balls of goodness were what got me through the first month of quitting sugar. They're loaded with antioxidants, protein and lauric acid which make them veeery healthy. They also taste divine. And yes they are completely sugar-free.

They help nip sugar cravings because they're naturally sweet (from the coconut). They're also nice n' fatty (good healthy nutritious fats from nuts, butter and coconut oil), so they fill you up.

There's no baking involved - they take all of 5 minutes to put together, and about 1 hr in the fridge to set. I've modified a recipe from Nora Gedgaudas, who is one of the leading proponents of the paleo diet.

Here's what you'll need:

  • half a jar of raw nut spread (almond, hazelnut or brazil nut is good, but not peanut butter)
  • 250g of organic raw nuts, soaked overnight and then blended to a meal (I use almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts)
  • 1/2 cup of raw cocoa powder
  • organic shredded coconut
  • 100-125g grass-fed pure organic butter, chopped into small chunks
  • 4-5 tablespoons raw virgin coconut butter
  • handful chia seeds or sesame seeds
  • optional flavourings: vanilla essence (sugar free), cinnamon, peppermint oil, tahini paste, orange zest.
  • some extra almond meal, to adjust the consistency if need be.

And here's what you do with it all:

  • Grab a large bowl and mix everything together. Hands are easiest (albeit messy), or you can use a metal spoon if you wish.
  • Grab little spoonfuls and form into little balls, then plonk onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper and pop in the fridge for about 1 hr to set.
  • If the mixture is too sloppy to form into little balls, add almond meal bit by bit until you get the right consistency. 
  • These little babies need to be kept in the fridge, they tend to melt at room temperature.

Little balls of decadent-scrumptious-chocolately-coconuty-fudge that are GOOD for you. I often start the day with one. Truly.


Ginger, turmeric and cinnamon tea

This tea is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for inflammation and cravings. This is it:


Three good things about it:

  1. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and can boost your mood.
  2. Ginger is a digestive stimulant, and has been used to combat arthritic pain as well as nausea
  3. Cinnamon is an excellent blood sugar regulator and is terrific for anyone with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. It's also well-known for it's ability to curb sugar cravings.

Here's what you do (enough for two cups):

Peel and slice a small knob each of fresh ginger and turmeric (size of  half your thumb, more if you have Tiny Thumb) and place in a small pot. Break in half a cinnamon quill, and add half to the pot. Add 500ml of water, cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Boil for approximately 5-10 minutes. Turn off heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Strain into a cup and enjoy.

Do you have any sugar-free tricks you've employed to help you along in this quitting game? Would love to hear about them...


4 comments:

  1. That looks AMAZING! Will def try this!

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  2. Yum! where do you find fresh tumeric?

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  3. Hi, I'm dairy free at the moment - do you think they will turn out ok if I replace the butter qty with coconut butter as well?

    I have a lot of inflammation issues at present and I absolutely absolutely love this tea!

    I thank you for your passion and your effort!

    Lisa

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  4. How much shredded coconut do you put in the chocolate nut balls? And also when you say half a jar of nut spread, how big a jar are we talking? Thanks for the help:) Can't wait to try these! Day 1 of sugar detox!

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