Autumn is here and it’s glorious! However, I know what happens. The days get shorter. I get tired and then I get tempted. By sugar. I’m an addict! I am particularly susceptible to being lured into something delicious (wine gums, strawberry laces, anything made by dairy milk..) when I’m usually battling my way home. A walk that takes my right past the corner shop that sells these amazing watermelon sweets. Nom!
Well, the upside is I know this weaknesses about myself. And this autumn, I’m going to try and tackle the problem head on! How? By having a repertoire of snacks available and on hand that will hopefully quash my cravings before they begin. Enter Sunday snack food prep.. I made all three items last weekend to prevent me from having a single processed treat all week! Apart from Tuesday when I snaffled a croissant with Jam and then this weekend where it was my birthday celebrations and there was cake.. and scones.. Ahem!
I’m a huge fan of Davina’s cookbooks because they’re so simple and easy. The first recipe I made is her Power Balls1. Aside from being super tasty (with a very chocolatey flavour!) I particularly like the fact you can make them in one pan – no washing up of annoying food processors and all their parts. Ideal!
Also, if you can be bothered to source it – these little balls are absolutely at their creamiest if you can get your paws on some cashew butter! I find peanut butter give them a dryer texture.
Davina's Sugar Free Power Balls
- 100 g Nut Butter (Almond, Cashew, Peanut etc.)
- 100 g Honey
- 25 g Cocoa Powder
- 100 g Desiccated Coconut
- 25 g Sesame Seeds
In a sauce pan, melt the honey and peanut butter together on a low heat. Be careful you put it on too high a heat or heat it up too quickly you will crystallise your honey or burn your peanut butter.
Take the pan of the heat and stir in all your dry ingredients.
Leave the pan on the side to cool. Once completely cold, stick in the fridge for 10 minutes to help the mixture set.
Roll out the mixture into balls. I keep halfing the mixture to make sure they're all the same size.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Let me know how you get on if you try any of these or if there are other snacks that you use when you’re trying to cut down on processed sugar. On Wednesday I’ll post details about the nut granola I’ve been munching on every morning!