Thursday, April 24, 2014

Low Sugar Almond Cacao Clusters

For the past few days I have been on a "food intolerance free" diet. I have eliminated all sugars (including fruits high in sugar, raw honey, agave, and organic Grade B maple syrup). In addition to eliminating the sugars, I have eliminated all gluten, all dairy (including goat's milk), all soy (organic, fermented, or otherwise), all corn (including raw and/or organic) peanuts, and eggs. Some of these foods I have already eliminated from diet for years, but others I have not and even though I've been consuming healthier versions of them they still have been reeking havoc on my health. It's kept me from losing weight no matter how hard I tried. 

The specific diet I'm doing at this time is actually J. J. Virgin's diet, The Virgin Diet. Whether you are an omnivore, follow the paleo diet, vegetarian, vegan, or even the raw food diet, the book is very resourceful at helping you to determine your food in tolerances, and get your gut health back on track. 

To find out more about the Virgin Diet, visit http://thevirgindiet.com/.

Since I have a sweet tooth, I needed a snack that would keep me in check during this dietary transition. If you discover that the fructose (whether naturally occurring or not) is affecting you then remove the lucuma from this recipe. It's quick and easy to make, and super satisfying. Here's the recipe.



Ingredients:
3 T (heaping) raw almond butter
1 T raw lucuma powder
1 T raw cacao powder
1 T raw cacao nibs
1 T organic unsweetened shredded coconut
dash cinnamon
pinch pink Himalayan salt
1 tsp organic non-alcoholic vanilla extract
few drops Toffee flavored SweetLeaf SweetDrops liquid stevia
1/2 tsp Xyletol
1 T melted cold pressed virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup crushed raw pecans
1/2 cup crushed raw walnuts

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix by hand until well combined. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out enough mixture into the palm of your hands and roll into a ball. Place cluster on a large plate. Continue doing this until all the mixture is used. Place plate of clusters into the freezer for about an hour or more. Keep stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Clusters can be stored for couple of weeks, if you can keep them that long! Enjoy!