Friends. I’ve done the unthinkable.
I’ve given up refined Sugar for the summer.
No Salt & Straw.
No sweet treats from Cascadia Bakery.
Because I have a problem. Sugar means too much to me. I can’t resist it right now. I need to give it up for a while until I can use it responsibly.
Which might be never. But I’m giving it until September, just to be sure. Because I don’t want the diabeetus.
One of my favorite treats is chocolate and peanut butter, but because of FPIES, we can’t keep peanuts in the house. I love sunflower seed butter (aka sunbutter) as a substitute for peanut butter. It’s safe for peanut and tree nut allergy peeps, and gives a comparable, creamy taste. I don’t miss it peanut butter at all. In fact, you can pretty much always find me with a spoonful of sunbutter in my hand when I get too busy and forget to feed myself.
I’m also pretty committed to using raw cacao nibs when possible. Raw cacao is full of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and can help fight heart disease and lift your mood naturally. With a little bit of coconut oil for good measure, these treats aren’t just freaking delicious, they’re also super healthy for you.
Sign me up. Twice.
I shared these with some of my best friends who are also trying to leave that jerk, Sugar, behind. The consensus? We can no longer live without them.
Ingredients for Chocolate Layer:
- 1/2 cup ground cacao nibs (I use my nutribullet, but a coffee grinder would work, too.)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1-2 Tbsp raw honey, or erythritol
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Ingredients for Sunbutter Fudge Filling:
- 3/4 cup sunbutter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp raw honey or erythritol
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions for Chocolate Layer:
- Whisk together all the ingredients until fully incorporated.
- Pour into lined cupcake or mini-cupcake molds, filling about 1/3 of the way.
- Pop in freezer for 15 minutes until solid.
Directions for Sunbutter Fudge:
- Whisk all ingredients together.
- Pour mixture on top of frozen chocolate.
- Freeze or refrigerate until firm.
- Remove from refrigerator or freezer for 3 minutes, add flake salt on top, and devour.
These stay good forever in the freezer, and several weeks in a sealed container in the refrigerator. But good luck. The sunbutter cups haven’t survived 24 hours in my house. Maybe ever.
Open your heart and let the sunbutter in,