As we get older the muffin top above our jeans gets harder to shift, doesn’t it? Just keeping it at bay is a problem for me.
Even so, sometimes, well alright then, often I get the mid-afternoon slump and really need something sweet to get me going again – do you ever get that afternoon ‘slump’ too when nothing but an immense boost of inspiration or chocolate is likely to fire you up?
But I know that sweet treats are the very worst for middle age flab, and the age old saying:’ A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’, rings through my mind.
The worst thing I’ll do is head for the biscuit tin. So these days we have very miserable, plain looking biscuits in that tin, and they taste a little bit like cardboard with some added sugar.
What I crave is a Mars Bar, or Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, or some Lindt. Oh don’t get me started.
My lovely daughter came to the rescue the other day.
“Mum,” she said, “I’ve found an awesome recipe by Melissa Ambrosini for some healthy little chocolate thingummys that are going to be just the thing when we’re craving something sweet.”
“Oh lovely,” I said without a lot of enthusiasm because anything without sugar was surely not going to hit the spot.
Not even a dollop of honey in them either.
Anyway we made these cute little truffle like balls and they were delicious. You could almost smell and taste the goodness oozing out of them.
So now, I try whenever possible to keep a stash in the fridge or freezer for when I have a sweet moment and need a healthy fix.
Ok, who am I kidding. “Stash in the fridge or freezer”, my foot. The gremlins have eaten them long before then!
If you’d like to try them, and you can’t pop round here for a cup of tea, here’s the recipe. It’s easy peasy.
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup almonds and walnuts
- 1/3 cup raw organic cacao powder (I used cocoa powder)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- Soak dates in warm water for 15 minutes to soften
- Add nuts, cacao, shredded coconut, coconut oil, and chia seeds to a food processor and mix.
- Add dates to the mix and whizz up together.
- If mixture is too dry then add a tbs of filtered water or more coconut oil
- Let the mixture sit for 10 mins
- Roll the mixture into bite sized balls
- Roll the balls in shredded coconut
- Store in the fridge to harden a little.
Do you have any favourite healthy, sweet snack recipes you could share with us?