I’m two and a half weeks in to my new life as a recovering sugar addict. It’s not been that eventful, although I have noticed positive improvements to Ehlers-Danlos symptoms- anyone with a chronic condition, try reducing your sugar and see what happens. It’s also done wonders for my skin. Giving up everything sweet and nice is NOT easy though, but you obviously don’t need to just stop eating tasty things. You just have to google ‘things that are nice and contain no refined sugar’, which is exactly what I did.
Someone recently pointed me in the direction of a recipe from Livia’s Kitchen, which contained no refined sugar, gluten or dairy. I used to roll my eyes at things described as ‘raw’’ and ‘all natural’ because I was too busy sitting in my sugary bubble, stuffing Haribo in my mouth and queuing for coffees with syrup shots, all the while still suffering really quite badly with a out of control chronic illness and endless list of symptoms- some of these are genuinely better since I started this.
As soon as I saw Livia’s photos of what looked a bit like millionaire’s shortcake and was described as a ‘Snickers slice’, I was all in.
I modified the recipe a bit, as I think these things can work with a variety of ingredients, and you may as well do it to your taste preference. If you’re trying to be better at cutting out sugar and bad snacks, I cannot recommend these enough. They take no form of baking skill whatsoever, as they’re just essentially mushed together, and they taste delicious. Just like a peanut caramel shortcake but with a coconut twist.
I haven’t changed my recipe that much from the original, but the coconut I added was delicious. I also made them again and used Hazlenuts and it was almost like a Nutella slab, which is obviously an enormous win.
- 100g ground rolled oats or oat flour
- 20g desicated coconut
- 125g ground almonds OR hazlenuts
- 30ml maple syrup
- 10ml Manuka honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 350g dates
- 95g peanut butter
- ½ tsp vanilla powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 40g peanuts (Toasted preferably or raw)
- 100g coconut oil
- 60g cacao Powder
- 2 tsp vanilla Powder
- Pinch salt
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (50ml)
- 1 tbsp honey
As Livia instructs, you just make these by creating each layer and popping them in the freezer before adding the next. check our her website for lots of other treats. She’s on to something.