2 sugar free treats to make your weekend

It's been a long while since I've posted much related to sugar free-dom. I'll post something on the topic again very soon, but for now two Quite Yummy sugar-free treats I made last weekend, one for breakfast and one for any time.

Both recipes came about because I'd decided to make my own coconut milk, after which I ended up with more coconut milk and fresh coconut meat than I could poke a stick at. Hence operation 'bake things with coconut in them'. Of course you don't have to use fresh coconut milk or meat to make these treats - just use store-bought organic coconut milk and shredded coconut if you like. But MY GOODNESS the flavour and texture is so much better when fresh, you have to try it at least once.

(the coconuts)

The recipes:

Death by Coconut Rough

You must try this. You must.

(coconutty rough mixture)

(the moorish coconut rough, me tucking in)

  • 2 heaped tblspns raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup fresh (or dried) coconut meat (you could toast some in a dry hot pan and leave some raw for a mix of texture and flavour)
  • 1/4 stick organic butter, preferably salted, otherwise add a pinch of salt to the mix
  • 1-2 heaped tblspns coconut butter
  • a handful of almond or hazelnut meal (I added hazelnut meal but I don't think it's really necessary, actually)

Melt your two butters (regular and coconut) in a large saucepan. Let the mixture cool down a little, then mix in the rest of the ingredients. The final mixture shouldn't be runny, it should be firm enough to press onto a tray with your hands. If it is too runny, add some more coconut meat (or nut meal if you choose to use it).

Line a baking tray or plate with some baking paper, then turn the coconut rough mixture onto this and press it into a flat rectangle with your hands, about 1 thick. Score the rough lightly into squares with a knife to make it easier to break into bits later on. Pop the tray in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Once set, break the coconut rough into squares and enjoy. Store in the freezer. I'd let it sit for a few minutes before serving, to let the rough soften just a wee bit.

Coconut Bircher-style Muesli

Breakfast sans sugar can be a bit tricky, particularly if you can take only so many eggy meals, and you're not much of a curry-in-the-morning type. Here's one option for you. I used coconut milk instead of apple juice to  soften the oats, adding natural low-fructose sweetness and rendering the oats easier to digest. A bit of grated apple adds some natural sweetness and fibre too. I'm not specifying quantities, just throw in however many oats etc. you like. Have a play around.

(said coconut Bircher-style muesli)

  • Organic quick oats
  • Biodynamic natural yoghurt (plain yoghurt)
  • Fresh (or dried) coconut meat (you could toast some and leave some raw for a mix of texture and flavour)
  • Coconut milk, preferably fresh
  • Apple, grated (skin on)
  • Sultanas or raisins (sulphur free if you can)
  • Your choice of chopped nuts, and some seeds
  • Dried goji berries, loganberries or any other such goodies you like.. 
  • Spices of your choice, eg cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla (optional)

Throw everything into a big bowl or storage container, combine well and leave overnight to soak and soften. Serve on its own or with fresh fruit. Drizzle with raw honey too, if you like. Keeps in the fridge for about a week.

Check out my other sugar-free treats here:

Tahini & honey almond balls
Five of my fave sugar free treats
Raw chocolate balls and a special tea for cravings
Ricotta with raspberries, lavender and coconut

Give these a go and let me know how you go with them. I've got one more coconutty sugar free treat to come, next week...


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