Thursday, 25 February 2016

Low sugar, high nutrition snack bites

Recently there has been quite a lot of news coverage and research carried out into the long term detrimental effects of sugar. As someone who feels they are totally hooked on the sweet stuff, I've been avoiding reading or looking into it too much - ignorance is bliss and all that. However, after having had several conversations with my mother and a couple of my sisters who have decided to cut sugar out of their diets, I have come around to the idea that it's time to cut it back in our own family's diet. 

The truth is - sugar is poison. Now that's a difficult pill to swallow. Especially when you're the kind of person that starts shaking involuntarily if they haven't had a 'fix' before 11am (that literally happens some days).

So here is one of my own low-sugar recipes if you're needing a sweet fix that has very little actual 'poison' in it. 

Ingredients (these are approximates):

4 x Oat cakes
1/2 cup ground linseed, pumpkin and sunflower seeds (available at Aldi right now)
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup cashews
150g dark chocolate
1 tbs coconut oil


Break the dark chocolate into smaller chunks and place in a microwavable bowl with the coconut oil. Melt in the microwave (I usually put it at 30 sec intervals to make sure it doesn't burn).

Put all the ingredients into a food blender, add the melted dark chocolate and oil. Blend away until it's all been well ground together. 

Line a dish (I used a 20cm one) with foil. Then turn out the blended mixture into the container and squash it all down until it's smooth. 

Leave in the fridge to cool for several hours. 

Cut into munchable sizes. 

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