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Power Treat

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With thanks to my sister, Judy, I have discovered a new homemade energy treat that offers a sweetness, but is not particularly high in sugar. One reason it is a low sugar snack for me is, my ability to be satisfied with a single serving.

I can get a batch to last more than a month, barely eating one per day.

What makes them so satisfying? I think it is the brilliant balance of ingredients, including crunchy peanut butter, honey, oatmeal, and as of last night, a few of my own enhancements.

With Cyndie’s guidance in the kitchen while making dinner, I concocted a souped-up version of the recipe Judy originally shared with us. Per Judy’s suggestion, we replaced raisins with craisins. Beyond that, I added some millet, chopped coconut, chopped almonds, chia seeds (because Cyndie found some in the cupboard), protein powder, and chopped pumpkin seeds. Finally, as much as I love crunchy peanut butter, I reduced the quantity and finished the amount with the addition of almond butter.

If there is a “super crunch” version of almond butter, I haven’t discovered it yet. I would dearly love to try that.

Cyndie did the honors of buttering her palms and forming the bite-sized balls for me. I’m not that interested in getting my hands covered with ingredients. She shaped these a tiny bit bigger than a previous batch she made from the original recipe. Even when small, my method of enjoying them involves nibbling to get many more bites than one per serving.

At this size, we calculate a single ball is about 3-4 grams of sugar. The average cookie often comes in around 7 grams.

I’m still aiming to stay below 50 grams per day in my average 2000 calorie/day diet. By trying to stay close to 10 grams per meal, I have almost 20 grams of space available each day to keep from being a total party-pooper when treats are served.

Having a choice available with only 4 grams of sugar gives me a quick and easy option and helps me land well below my goal on days when these are the only treat I end up eating.

Of course, this would never have satisfied my old palette, when my sugar addiction was allowed to direct my choices, uncontrolled. Having weaned myself off the high sugar diet, I am now able to get sweet satisfaction from much lower amounts.

It is a great reward to have arrived at a healthy pattern of eating and find out it no longer feels like a place of deprivation. It is perfectly pleasurable and sustainable, as long as I acknowledge and remain vigilant about paying appropriate attention to my history of addiction to the sweet reward my brain celebrates every time I give my body sugar.

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Written by johnwhays

October 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

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  1. So glad you’re enjoying these. Much credit goes to Tricia since she gave me the recipe I passed on💖
    I’m liking the use of different honey flavors, they’re abundant here in AZ. I was not fond of my use of sunflower seeds, maybe used too many, their flavor overpowered that batch.
    👻🎃Happy Halloween 🎃👻

    Judy

    October 31, 2017 at 10:22 am

    • Thank you to Tricia!
      I can see where balance is key. Too much of any one flavor can easily taint a batch. If a little is good, more does not automatically equal better, eh?
      This is a perfect use for flavored honey! Will look into that.

      johnwhays

      October 31, 2017 at 10:58 am

  2. Funny…this was my breakfast this morning and to top it all off I was dreaming about Wintervale before my alarm went off this morning. It must mean we need to come for a visit.

    Tricia

    October 31, 2017 at 7:19 am

    • That’s intriguing! Do you get creative with ingredients? You guys could collect eggs from the coop! Hope it was a pleasant dream…

      johnwhays

      October 31, 2017 at 9:06 am


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