I asked the question recently on one of my health talks, ‘what is the one thing people cannot stay away from?’ And you know what, the most common answer was chocolate/sweets/sugar treats. And so then you may think that no wonder so many people are struggling with weight these days.
I do love some sweet treats with my coffee too. And mind you I have 2 cups of coffee a day… So I could have a big problem. Nevertheless, I try to find alternatives or simply ignore that craving for sugar 😉 Sometimes that is needed too 🙂
If you are having a sweet tooth and looking for an alternative, you may just like this recipe. Great things about it:
- Very quick
- Easy to make
- So simple
- No added flavourings, colourings, no added sugar – guilt free 🙂
- Anyone can make it 😉
Homemade Fig Sweets with Agne
Serves: 45 small sweets
200g. various seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin)
50g. desiccated coconut
2 tbsp raw cacao
1tsp ground cinnamon
10-15 dried figs
1 tbsp peanut butter
1-2 tbsp honey (optional)*
- Add all ingredients in the food processor and blitz until it forms a smooth but firm paste. It may look too dry at the start but give it time. Sometimes you may need to add an extra tablespoon of nut butter if your figs are extra dry or large.
- Roll the paste into small balls.
- Store in the fridge for at least an hour to firm them up.
* I personally don’t need additional sweetness and if you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, you really don’t need to add honey. It is sweet enough.
I know there is so much information out there about added sugars, the harm of sugar, sugar-free challenges etc. All I talk about is having balance. I don’t support this massive new fashion with cupcakes, sweets, bars etc, neither do I support this complete opposite view about going on a sugar-free diet. So yes, reduce it, yes, say ‘no’ to a cupcake from time to time. But if you have a sweet tooth and really crave for something sweet, consider a healthier option, maybe a homemade treat if possible and enjoy.
A smaller portion, mindful eating and homemade I think always works 😉
Lots of love,