Prepare a month’s worth of sweet snacks for the family without white sugar
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This took me 2 hours to do which means I don’t have to cook again for the week (think: lunch box fillers) and because I’m cooking in bulk, I’m saving so much money – so although it is hard work – it is 100% worth it!
I made 82 serves of snacks
All low in calories compared to store-bought snacks
Serves 14 Prep time 260 mins Requires overnight prep
¾ cup cashews (90g)
2/3 cup ground almonds (100g)
½ cup desiccated coconut (50g)
4 tbsp coconut oil (60ml)
2/3 cup Medjool dates (120g)
1 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder (8g)
½ cup almond butter (80g)
3 tbsp warm water (45ml)
1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
Cover the cashews in water and soak overnight. Drain when ready to prepare the slice.
Line a small rectangular container (approximately 13cm x 19.5cm) that has a lid, with baking paper.
To make the first layer, place the cashews, ground almonds, coconut and one tablespoon of the coconut oil in a food processor and blend until a thick dough forms. Press this into the base of the container, set aside while you prepare the next layer.
To make the second layer, place the dates, cacao/cocoa powder, almond butter, remaining coconut oil, a pinch of salt, and the water into a food processor and blend until it’s smooth and creamy. Place this mixture on top of the other layer prepared previously. It can be a little sticky but if you wet your fingers you will be able to spread evenly pressing on top of the other layer without it sticking to your fingers.
To make the third layer, sprinkle the finely chopped hazelnuts evenly over the top and then place in the fridge for 4 hours.
Remove from the container by pulling out the baking paper and then cut into 14 pieces. One piece is one serve.
Store leftovers in the container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
My 5 tips on how to reduce sugar from your diet
Start slowly and methodically to avoid the pain of ‘detoxing’ and cravings. Taking each step a week or two weeks at a time. The slower you do it the more likely the change will stick.
Instead of buying pre-made sauces, which is laced with sugar, make your own. Try our recipes for pasta with homemade sauce for a healthier pasta dish with no artificial nasties, and it’s great for the whole family too!
Choose plain yogurt over flavoured. Some reduced-fat yogurts have additional sugar added to them and more specifically it is the flavoured yogurts that have an even higher sugar content and often calorie content.
Avoid soft drinks! Start by sipping on fizzy water with lemon or some other fruit to try and wean yourself off, and by day 7 it should be a lot easier.
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