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Sweet treats for a sugar free life

Thursday, 3 January 2013
Sweet sugar free treats

Sweet sugar free treats

Even though I have lived a mostly sugar-free life for over a year now, I still like something sweet to nibble on once in a while.

I have found a few treats that taste nice and luxurious but because they don’t include refined sugar – they don’t make me bloated, they don’t make my blood sugar levels plummet in the afternoon wanting me to lie down anywhere to nap and neither do they turn my brain’s moderation button off and make me want to eat more than one serving.

That’s what I call a win-win situation! :)

These are my current favorites:

  1. Balance dark chocolate (sweetened with stevia)
  2. Unsweetened peanut butter on slices of apple
  3. Bounce almond protein balls
  4. Whey Hey whey ice cream (sweetened with xylitol)
  5. My homemade chocolate (sweetened with agave syrup)

I have also tried baking sugar free banana bread and cupcakes, with gluten-free flour and Stevia for example, but there is something about the combination of flour and sweetener that makes me crave for more as soon as I’ve had a slice.  I therefore stay away from baking with sugar alternatives at the moment – I really don’t like the feeling of craving for more and more and more…

So if you’re thinking about reducing your sugar intake, experiment with natural sweeteners like honey, agave syrup (in limited quantities as it is much sweeter than honey), xylitol and and stevia. Try to stay away from artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose. Pay attention to how your body and your mind react to it and eventually you’ll find the treats that are perfect for you.

In case you want to try to make chocolate at home, it’s very easy:

Chocolate

Ingredients

Equal quantities in weight (I usually use 150g of each) of cocoa powder, cocoa butter and agave syrup (I would prefer liquid stevia but haven’t been able to find it in the shops).

Method

Melt the cocoa butter in a bain-marie, remove from heat and mix in cocoa powder and sweetener.
Spoon into moulds and store in the fridge.

Enjoy :)

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  • Otilia Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 08:17

    Thank you for this Mrs! I need to try the recipe for chocolate. I have unsweetened cocoa powder but not the rest of ingredients. Where can I buy them from?
    By the way regarding the banana bread – why not skip sweetener altogether? We tried it and its good as its sweet from the banana enough.

    • MrsB Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 17:47

      I made some muffins the other day with just banana, eggs and coconut flour – not bad at all but as soon as I eat something ‘cakey’ I cannot stop at one little serving :|

      • Otilia Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 17:55

        Hm…interesting combination for muffins. Never heard of coconut flour before.
        I know what you mean about not just one serving though ;) I’m a bit the same :(

  • Mum2BabyInsomniac Friday, 11 January 2013 at 21:33

    I found a website selling stevia sweetened milk chocolate the other day, I don’t like dark chocolate, but I seem to have stopped craving it now so think I will just go without! I have found my tastes have changed already and instead of cake I now have a bowl of sugar-free Alpen! I have been feeling so much better that I really want to keep it up, plus the withdrawal was awful! x

    • MrsB Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 17:27

      It’s definitely best to just do without anything sweet once you’ve conquered the cravings :) I have sweet stuff once in a while more for the ritual’s sake with a cup of coffee, rather than from feeling that I must eat something sweet. P.S. well done for kicking the habit while being pregnant!

  • Gertie K Costello Friday, 4 January 2013 at 10:12

    I am recently a convert to agave syrup – I love adding a dash to freshly squeezed lemon juice and adding water for a refreshing drink.

    Maple syrup is also a lovely replacement – though a tad pricey.

    Love the chocolate recipe!! If I can get my hands on cocoa butter here in the south of France I’ll give it a go!

    Gertie

    • MrsB Friday, 4 January 2013 at 15:39

      Do you have health food shops in your neck of the woods? I get the cocoa butter from those, no regular shops stock it here either.

  • Bluebirdsunshine Friday, 4 January 2013 at 10:06

    Some great ideas for things to try, thanks. I have given up sugar after hating the way it makes me feel like a slave to it but really miss something for the ritual of afternoon tea. Will give your chocolate a go!

    • MrsB Friday, 4 January 2013 at 15:29

      I hear you about feeling like a slave to sugar – I hope you find a sweet treat that works for you for your afternoon tea but doesn’t mess with your head! :)

  • MLV Friday, 4 January 2013 at 07:29

    I’m not sugar free, but it’s one of my goals as sweets (especially chocolate and ice cream) lead me to insane binges. So I try to start my day with a bit of honey and cinnamon in my oatmeal and keep it to that and fruits when it comes to food.

    As a binge eater, it is a lot easier for me not to have something I crave *at all* than have it in moderation.

    That said, one of my absolute favourite sugarfree treats is homemade carob spread. I can’t give you the amounts as I just eyeball it, but basically I through dried dates, almonds or walnuts, and carob powder in a blender (sometimes I add water as well if I’ve overdone it with something) and blend until I get a crunchy paste. Dates give it the sweetness and so does carob powder, which has more natural sweetness than cocoa. :)

    • MrsB Friday, 4 January 2013 at 15:26

      I have made little ‘balls’ from dates, almonds and cocoa powder but I almost find the dates too sweet – maybe I should try carob instead of cocoa and reduce the amount of dates.