I struggle with my sugar consumption. It’s yummy tasting, plus I crave the little “high” it gives when I’m fatigued or headachy. But the crash afterwards feels just awful and this year I found out that sugar also feeds any kind of yeast imbalance in your body. I failed miserably at being “sugar-free” so now I’m focusing on being “low-sugar” with an occasional cheat. For example, yesterday I cheated because my book is finally available on Kindle.
To put what I call “low sugar” in perspective, here is the sugar content for two of my favorite sweets:
Milky Way Candy Bar – 31 grams of sugar
1 cup of Friendly’s Forbidden Chocolate Ice Cream – 26 grams of sugar
Here are two alternatives I feel less guilty indulging in on a regular basis:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Balls
This recipe was originally passed on to me from someone else’s blog, but since then I have made it my own. Each bite tastes like a crunchy raw cookie dough. A regular batch of chocolate chip cookies has 1 1/2 cups of sugar, plus the sugar in the chocolate chips. These have 3 teaspoons of sugar in the whole batch.
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup rice crispies
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 Lily’s Chocolate Bar (they sweeten their chocolate with Stevia, not sugar), chopped up into chips/chunks
Mix ingredients together well. Cover and cool in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Form into bit-sized round balls (I use a cookie dough scooper). Keep in a tupperware container in the fridge.
As my fiancé says, these taste like a soft Oreo cookie.
Cool Whip (2 grams of sugar per serving)
Nabisco Chocolate Wafers (about 6 grams of sugar in a serving)
Alternate a wafer with a dollop of Cool Whip. You can build upwards to make mountains about 3 layers deep or sideways in a casserole dish. Cover and store overnight in the fridge to soften. Serve with cut up strawberries for a beautiful visual presentation. Keep leftovers in the fridge.
For those of you who are able to eat Splenda-type products without having GI problems, I envy you, because these cookies below taste amazing.