After a lifetime of struggling with sugar of all varieties, I am now going through a strict cleanse to help combat certain health issues that are a big reason for it. This means cutting right back on all things sugar, including most fruits. What?!!! I hear you cry. All Sugar?! Yes, all sugar, in all in various forms. So think of sucrose, glucose, maltose, lactose, dextrose, honey, agave nectar, date syrup, maple syrup, golden syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, fruit juice concentrate, maltodextrin, all fruit except low sugar ones like berries and apples etc etc etc. You get the jist. I was a self-confessed chocoholic who would pack away around 5 bars of chocolate a day without thinking. Its the reason I signed up to the Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma in the first place, 4 yrs ago. I wanted answers and to know how I could help myself and finally get rid of these cravings.
Now, years later, I am finally getting my head round possible causes and drivers of the cravings and I am acting on it. I feel so much better and straight away I didn’t miss chocolate at all. Now don’t get me wrong, I have tried this many times before to no avail. It just seemed to click this time. I had turned the switch and it just feels right. It’s not all plain sailing and I still miss having a ‘treat’. The word ‘treat’ is such a misunderstanding in itself. A treat should be some amazing veggies cooked to perfection. That would be the ultimate treat for our bodies, but yet we are so ingrained in having confectionery or something detrimental to our health, as a treat!!! That’s weird isn’t it? Anyway, maybe that’s a whole new blog post right there haha.
So on my venture to find something that was a clean ‘treat’ with no sugar in it, I have discovered carob. Carob is a tropical pod that contains a sweet, edible pulp and inedible seeds. After drying, the pulp is roasted and ground into a powder that resembles cocoa powder, but does not have the same flavor and texture of chocolate. Carob tannins contain Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic. And, more importantly, it can be eaten on a candida protocol, which is what I am on. It does, like everything, need to be eaten in moderation and not in abundance, as in 5 bars a day, but it can hit the ‘treat’ mentality.
Once I discovered carob, I then started to experiment with some ideas. And I finally created something awesome!!! I am calling them Carob Nut Crunch (apologies if that’s already out there). I posted yesterday on Facebook and had a great response wanting the recipe so here it is:-
- 12 tbs Carob powder (not sure on cup equivalent)
- 2 tbs cashew nut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- handful of crushed cashews
- 1 tbs Maca powder (found in health food shops, great for thyroid and adrenal support)
Melt the nut butter and coconut oil together. In a blender/food processor blitz the carob powder to get rid of lumps. Add in wet mixture. Place this in bowl and mix in nuts, desiccated coconut and maca powder. Then put mixture in a lined baking tray (I used cling film as found this the least sticky). Put in fridge and let set for 2 hrs. Once set cut into pieces to the size you prefer. ENJOY 🙂