Happy Mother's Day!
Treat your mums with some homemade guilt-free sweet on her special day.
I made these for my mum and I am sure she will adore these little healthy chocolates.
I am sweet.
I love desserts. But I hate sugar.
What. A. Dilemma.
There was a time where my favourite foods where - (not mentioning any brand names) - chocolate, muesli, corn flakes, sugary yoghurts, chocolate-vanilla puddings. I practically lived of sweets. When I started to eat sugar conscious and avoid any kinds of refined sugar or processed food I realised how driven we are by sweet taste. So, I started to look for recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth while being healthy and sugar free. Practically guilt free. So indeed, sweet can be healthy!
This recipe is pure awesomeness. I found this recipe on Danielles blog.
Why do we like sugar? Because it is a flavour enhancer. After some researcher falsely stated that fat the industry changed their products and the 'fat free' trend began. Low fat diets with low fat yoghurt. Low fat but loaded with sugar in order to keep the taste and still 'make people buy'.
Any kinds of sugar also including fructose, syrups and sucrose are completely useless. They neither contain protein, essential fats, any kinds of vitals or minerals. They are just p u r e energy. Practically, empty calories. That is just the start of it. Sugar is just not good for our bodies. It elevates our blood sugar level, causing. It is the culprit of obesity and other serious diseases like diabetes.
For those who are a little more interested there is an insightful video on youtube called "Sugar: the Bitter Truth”.
Moreover, it can get you addicted. No joke! Like abusive drugs, sugar causes a release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain. The problem with sugar and many junk foods is that they can cause massive dopamine release… much more than we were ever exposed to from natural foods This leads to losing control over consumption. The “everything in moderation” message may not be smart for people who struggle with sugar. The only thing that works is complete abstinence ;)
Make a little experiment and start eliminating all kinds of sugar from your diet. You will realise who much you actually consume. And even worse - you will be surprised which products actually contain 'implicit' hidden amounts of sugar (!) Read the labels: its where you would not expect it. Even in juices, mustard, breads... its pretty much in everything..! Its the whole food industry that exploits the 'sugar drive' as it wants us to consume more and more.... regardless of eventual health issues for the society.
Once you have eliminated all kinds of sugars for a while you will realise that your sweet cravings will decrease.
Guilt free 'Sweets'
The Salted Chia Coco Chocos are free from dairy and sugar.I added a pinch of my favourite super food to my chocolates.: Chia seeds. They are made them with pure creamed coconut and raw cacao butter.
Creamed coconut is the unsweetened and dehydrated fresh meat of a mature coconut, ground into a solid creamy paste. It has a pleasant sweet taste without containing any kinds of sugar.
It is usually a substitute for coconut milk by adding hot water. I melted it the way it is and used it to make my chocolate - even more awesome!
The creamed coconut bar consists of two parts: a firm part of solid coconut and an extra bit of coconut oil as you can see on the right.
Unlike 'conventional chocolate' this one is guilt and sugar free. Have as much as you like!
Make them for yourself or surprise your loved one with a little box of chia choco pralines.
ALL YOU NEED:
- 3/4 Cup or cacao butter
- one bar of creamed coconut - divided into the solid part and the oil
- Fresh vanilla seeds from 1 Pod
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- Juice of 1 Fresh Lemon (add the zest too if you want to)
- 3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- optional: 3-4 tablespoons agave sirup for sweetening to taste
THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT:
- Start by melting the coconut oil from the creamed coconut over a low heat.
- Add the cacao butter and stir constantly.
- Add the solid bar of creamed coconut and melt as well.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except the chia seeds and whisk until everything as melted and combined.
- Let cool and add the chia seeds.
- Pour into chocolate moulds. I used an old-fashioned ice tray :)
- Place into freezer to set for about 30 minutes.
- Store either in freezer or in the fridge.
erve as a gift or after dinner snack, or enjoy as a mid-afternoon pick me up.