It’s true, I used to regularly eat Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. Not the old, boring Cornflakes, ah no. I needed the ones with a bit of taste and a bit of crunch!
Being a Personal Trainer, why would I eat these? I mean, have you seen what’s actually in them? Sugar being the main no-no.
Well, I’m human like you and I too have weaknesses (I’m calling this a weakness!). Of course, 80-90% of the time I was eating a good, well-balanced diet with lots of lean protein, vegetables, fruit, nuts etc but I ‘needed’ something to satisfy my sweet tooth.
A person I was training at the time introduced me to the new brand of Cornflakes – wait til I meet them again!! I bought a box and I loved them!
The next day, another bowl. The next day, another bowl. Then one day, I decided enough was enough. I couldn’t continue with my little Cornflake adventure. When the box was empty, that would be it – no more. I then switched to porridge.
Do I miss the Cornflakes? Not really. You see, if you have a sweet tooth, you can still satisfy it. You just have to substitute the sugar and I started creating my own snack recipes.
Instead of sugar, I started to use agave, honey and organic maple syrup. Now I’m not suggesting eating these in abundance but rather use these ingredients as your ‘treats’.
So, if you have a sweet tooth, here is a very simple recipe for a ‘sweet tooth’ snack. I call them ‘Blueberry and Almond Turtles’ and all you need is a punnet of fresh blueberries, flaked almonds, honey and dark chocolate (above 80% cocoa content). They are vegan friendly (as long as the chocolate has no milk added).
Blueberry and Almond Turtles (v), Serves 1-2
7 tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips (or use 80% or above cocoa chocolate)
¼ cup blueberries
¼ cup sliced almonds
Squeeze of honey
1. Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.
2. Once melted, stir in the blueberries, almonds and honey.
3. Scoop 5 rounded tablespoons onto parchment paper.
4. Cool in the fridge (or freezer) until firm.
Let me know if you give them a try!
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