I love my cookbooks, my many, many cookbooks, but let’s be honest, they are neglected. So neglected that I tried to make myself look at them and sort of review them last year but it didn’t really work (read the results HERE, in fact I don’t think I ever go around to writing a review on Cookbook #4) . Life on Hushabye Farm has recently nudged me again by acknowledging that she has a similar problem and starting a linky to
shame encourage others that do to join in. So, I am . The book is Davina’s 5 Weeks to Sugar – Free.
I’ve leafed through it once or twice but never actually cooked anything from it. Until now. I left a couple of books on the table and a four-year-old eye suggested that this picture looked yummy, The ingredients list was all things we had in, so we made them, and my linky obligation was fulfilled. Here’s the best thing though, even though they are (refined) sugar free they taste AMAZING. Chocolatey, sweet, crunchy. Just gorgeous. They’re also a great one to get the kids involved in making as there’s stuff to be rolled into balls that small children love to do, playdoh skills come in very handy. Here’s the recipe. Except that we don’t like the name so we decided to call them something different.
Davina’s Power Balls (or what we prefer to call Chocolate Coconut Bites)
From Davina’s 5 weeks to sugar-free
100g crunchy nut butter (we used peanut butter)
25 g cocoa powder
100g dessicated coconut
25g sesame seeeds
Extra dessicated coconut or cocoa for rolling (we used coconut)
Put the peanut butter and honey in saucepan and stir them over a low heat til they are melted and combined.
Then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cocoa, coconut and sesame seeds. Stir it well so that it’s an even colour. Leave it to cool then put it in the fridge for at least ten minutes (we left ours about half an hour).
Take the mixture from the fridge and roll it into bitesized balls and roll them in the coconut or cocoa. (The kids absolutely loved doing this.) Then put them into a container in the fridge until they mysteriously disappear (into my belly).