Having fallen spectacularly off the Paleo wagon around mid December (Advocaat mating season – ignore at your peril), yesterday seemed like a good moment to fasten the wheels back on and try to wean myself off the sugar.
Not feeling brave enough to go entirely cold turkey (pardon the Christmas pun), I looked to my trusty cupboard full of nuts (no jokes please) in an attempt to inspire myself.
Eventually I came up with these. Super quick, super simple and apparently almost all gone. No actual cooking required.
I shall call them ‘Almond Butter Bites’. *Hallelujah*
Here’s how to manufacture some for yourself.
You will need:-
One whole small jar (about 200g) of almond or other nut butter
A tablespoon of your flour of choice. I used flaxseed flour (‘cos I had some and I was desperate to use it) but I reckon ground almond would taste just as yummy, if not even better
1/2 to one teaspoon of vanilla essence (to your taste)
A bar (approx 100-150g) of darkest dark chocolate. I used 90% cocoa solids Lindtt Excellence (mmmmmmmmmmmmm)
A pinch of sea salt
To make the little balls of salty goodness:-
Put the almond butter, vanilla, salt and the flaxseed flour into a bowl and mix well together.
Break up the chocolate and melt over a pan of boiling water until completely smooth.
Roll the dry mixture (should be quite a dry dough) into balls – any size you like, depending on how cavernous a mouth you have (I made about 20-odd from this mix) and place them into little paper cases or onto a sheet of baking paper.
When your chocolate is melted, drop the balls one by one into it, turn them to coat with slick, velvety blackness, and then scoop straight out and plop them into their paper cases.
Leave for a few minutes (fridge is fine) until the chocolate is set hard, then hide them from your husband immediately.
I am now firmly reinstalled atop my Paleo wagon. Bring on the 2013 body fat challenge!!