2 words that dont normally go together and we wish it really did (and didnt have masses of crappy chemicals in it) and thats SUGARLESS CHOCOLATE! Well today is your lucky day as its absolutely possible to have sugarless chocolate without all the crap that is put into it. This recipe is adapted from Sarah Wilsons Chocolate Nut balls but have tweaked it a little, she is the author of the “I Quit Sugar” Book. You can find more information here www.sarahwilson.com.au and more sugarfree recipes (or low sugar using rice malt syrup which is made from only rice!!!) watch this space as I will making a few of her sugarless recipes in the coming weeks. These are absolutely yummy, packed full of healhy fats but before you freak out over the word FAT, let me explain some things first that will put your mind at ease…
The healthy fats in this recipe is from nuts and coconut oil, the type of good fats in these will help keep you fuller for longer. I love coconut oil its one of the best oils out there for your insides and out! Coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids. (MCFA) These triglycerides speed up the metabolism because they are easily digested so much more friendlier for the digestive system and is sent to the liver where its converted to energy and not stored as fat. MFCA’s ability to help speed up the metabolism helps thyroid function thus promoting weightloss. Long-chain fatty acids, like polyunsaturated oils, are more difficult for the body to break down and use for energy. Instead, long-chain fatty acids are usually stored as fat in the body. Coconut oil stops sugar cravings and helps fight that late afternoon slump at 3pm as it doesnt give you an insulin spike like sugar does then you come crashing down soon after more so wanting more sugar, coconut oil helps keep that energy to avoid that slump. And also for those on the Candida diet coconut oil has extra benefits asthe MCFA in coconut oil kill off candida, a condition of yeast overgrowth in the body which triggers symptoms of weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, fatigue and many others. Getting rid of candida is crucial for permanent weight loss. Organic, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil is the best choice since it preserves all the natural goodness of the oil. Having up to 3-6 tablespoons of coconut oil a day can help increase your metabolism.
So as you can see the fats in these amazingly yummy sugar free chocolates are all GOOD and not bad so dont be afraid to have one! Your body will thank you!
These balls can have other flavours added to them but if not at a consistency to roll then just spoon them onto a baking tray still tastes the same. But adding things like flaxmeal, chia seeds can help give added health benefits and help make the mixture less sloppy. Basically the coconut oil we use is at room temp but as you mix it in it gets warms and melts which is fine, the recipe still works but adding flaxmeal or chia seeds will help make the mixture rollable.
Sugar Free Choconut Balls
1/2 cup 100% nut butter (almond or the mix of cashew/almond/brazil nut butter)
1 cup mixed unsalted nuts finely chopped (you can use a food processor or just by hand)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao (add more if preferred but start with this amount and taste when all combined)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (plus extra for rolling)
5 Tbsp coconut oil at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (or peppermint flavour)
1 tsp cinnamon
(optional adding flaxmeal or chia)
Combine everything in a bowl and mix squishing the coconut oil with a spoon to help blend and melt it slightly so it mixes in evening. Either roll in balls and into the extra coconut or spoon onto grease proof tray and sprinkle with coconut. Place in the fridge to harden. Store in the fridge or freezer. Why not add some blueberries (fresh or frozen) or raspberries spread the mixture out onto a tray and refrigerate until hard then cut up, you have a healthy kinda cherry ripe thing (cherries aren’t suitable on the low fodmap diet so this is the next best thing).