Holy sugar-laden weekend, folks! After indulging in a giant peanut butter cookie, handfuls of Craisins, dark chocolate squares, Reese’s Mini’s, York Peppermint Patties, and Hardcore Sweet Cupcake balls, I am officially sugared out! I’ve been doing really well this past month rocking the candida diet without having any cravings for sugar at all. Then, last Thursday I was staying overnight at a friend’s house watching her adorable pups for five days. I don’t know about you, but it takes me a few nights to adjust when sleeping in a new place. This, of course, threw me out of my routine, and I wasn’t feeling well rested. For me, tired = sugar cravings. Not to mention it was cold and rainy, which right there, makes you want to curl up with a blanket and shove a giant bowl of carbohydrates in your face. Am I right? I totally caved.
Monday morning rolls around, I’m now home ready to get back into yeast-free living. I know that these sugar pangs are going to be tough to avoid, so I come prepared making Coconut & Almond Balls. These little fat bombs are the perfect way to squash a craving. On average, we crave sugar because we are not eating enough healthy fats. Not only is this little snack nutrient dense, coconut and almonds are naturally sweet foods. You get taste without spiking glucose. Eating only 3 of these satisfies my hunger and kicks a craving to the curb. Less is more, I love that!
Coconut & Almond Balls
Modified from The Candida Diet
Yields about 30
1 cup almond butter, unsweetened
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 unsweetened, shredded coconut
4 tbsp full fat coconut milk
4 tbsp coconut oil
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend till mixed together.
If you don’t have a good-sized food processor like me, add all the ingredients to a medium bowl. Using clean hands, combine ingredients together. The mix will be crumbly.
Still using your hands, press and roll together bite sized balls and place onto cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. When finished rolling, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Store in air tight container and keep refrigerated.
These also freeze well. I like to keep them in the freezer and take a few out at a time when the mood strikes. I know you’ll be savoring these delicious bites with or without having to dodge a craving. Enjoy!
I am super thankful these Coconut & Almond Balls helped ward off my desire for all things sugar. Within a few days I started to feel like myself again: well rested and well fed. My seasonal allergies have subsided as well. No more sinus pressure! Yay! I am feeling great and my body is certainly thanking me for treating it right.
Do you notice a need for sugar when you’re tired or sleep deprived? Do you have any tricks to fight off cravings? Post in comments. 🙂
Have a happy, healthy weekend!!