How To Have Sweet Treats Without Eating Sugar
By now, most of us are aware that sugar is not very good for us.
We may not be diabetic, or have other illnesses which react immediately when we eat sugar, but we know that our bodies were not designed to process as much sugar as we eat in the modern, Western world, and every now and again we make a resolution to cut down.
The problem is that the sweet taste of sugar is something we honestly crave.
Fortunately, there are many ways to get your sweet fix without eating sugar. Today, we will look at a few recipes for sweet treats without the sugar.
Alternatives To Sugar
There are artificial sweeteners, with brand names such as Splenda, and these are widely used in commercially-made diet products and “lite” foods. There are some question marks, however, over the health benefits of substituting artificial sweeteners for sugar.
We will focus on recipes which contain natural sweeteners such as agave nectar, stevia, and sweet ingredients – dates, banana, and coconut oil, for example.
Remember to check the ingredients if you use packaged ingredients such as peanut butter, soy milk, and so on. Look for not just sugar, but also sucrose, corn syrup, glucose and fructose. If in doubt, you can always make your own ingredients such as fruit purees, chocolate chips and nut butters, to be sure they are really sugar-free.
Sugar-Free Coconut Macaroons
6 egg whites
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup agave nectar
1 tbspn vanilla extract
4 cups shredded coconut
Heat oven to 180 degrees C.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks, and set the yolks aside.
Whisk egg whites and salt together in a bowl until fluffy.
Fold in agave, vanilla, and coconut.
Line baking trays with baking paper, and drop balls of mixture about the size of an ice cream scoop onto the paper.
Bake 10-15 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool on tray for a while before moving macaroons to cooling rack.
Healthy Banana Cookies
3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, dates, oil, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.
Rugelach, also known as rugelakh, rugulach, rugalach, ruggalach, or rogelach, are traditional Jewish pastries made by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling.
1 cup margarine
225g cream cheese, softened
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 cup apricot spreadable fruit
Cream together the margarine and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer. Blend in the vanilla. Mix in the flour. Chill the dough.
To make the filling, mix together the chopped raisins, chopped walnuts, and cinnamon. If you have a food processor, place the whole walnuts and raisins into the bowl, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and chop them together by processing in short pulses.
Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Roll out each portion into a 10 – 12 inch circle 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured board or between two sheets of waxed paper.
Spread a light layer of preserves (approximately 2 tablespoons) onto each dough circle. Sprinkle each circle with approximately 1/4 cup of the chopped nut-raisin-cinnamon mixture.
Cut each circle into 16 wedges using a pastry cutter or a pizza cutter. Roll each wedge from base to point. Place point down on a lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake for 15-17 minutes at 190 degrees C (or until golden). Remove to racks to cool.
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 ripe bananas (overripe is fine)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp soy milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 ½ cups quick cooking or rolled oatmeal
dash cinnamon (optional)
1/4 cup flour
In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork until smooth. Add peanut butter, soy milk, vanilla and maple syrup and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
Drop spoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 13-16 minutes at 180 degrees C, or until done.
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