Last Sunday, I started an elimination diet that excludes a whole bunch of foods I might be sensitive to, including caffeine and sugar. No chocolate for me for the next few weeks – yikes!
So far, so good. I’m not a big coffee or black tea drinker, and I try to eat chocolate in moderation, so I didn’t get the headache that can accompany caffeine withdrawal.
I’m also making sure there’s lots of food in the house that I can eat, so I don’t feel deprived.
I just had a protein smoothie and added blueberries and ripe banana to it. After a week without refined sugar, I appreciate the sweetness of the fruit in a new way – an unanticipated benefit.
But sometimes you just want a treat you can eat instead of drink, or one that melts in your mouth like chocolate.
I hadn’t thought to ask, but my naturopath suggested a treat made of almond butter and coconut oil melted together with cinnamon and salt, and frozen.
It’s not technically a recipe, but I’m including it in recipe form below.
But first, the results of this little experiment:
1. I used relatively small amounts of almond butter and coconut oil, and I would stick to small quantities because I found it hard to eat just one. I did cut the squares very small, though, about 1/2 an inch.
2. My husband, who is on a regular diet, found the treats resistible. Maybe the elimination diet has moderated my sweet tooth.
3. The almond butter treats are very smooth, and melt in your mouth. In that way, they’re a bit of a substitute for chocolate. They melt in your hands too, if you hold them too long!
Almond Butter Treats
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
sea salt to taste (not too much, but not too little either – it enhanced the flavour a lot)
1. Melt almond butter and coconut oil on medium low, stirring with wooden spoon until smooth and blended.
2. Stir in cinnamon and sea salt.
3. Transfer to small container. Mine is about 5″ x 3″.
4. Freeze until solid. Refrigerating might work too.
5. Cut into small squares (may need to soften at room temperature first).
6. Store in fridge.