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:
- Balance dark chocolate (sweetened with stevia)
- Unsweetened peanut butter on slices of apple
- Bounce almond protein balls
- Whey Hey whey ice cream (sweetened with xylitol)
- 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:
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).
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.