Oh Nuts! We love them but we hate their prices, don't we?
So we are going to ignore them completely during this recipe!
The secret to an exciting low carb lifestyle lies really in focussing on the wonderful things we can eat instead of the empty carbs we should rather avoid.
Some handy, budget, nut substitutes:
Pumpkin seed meal (Pumpkin seeds ground in your coffee grinder)
Coconut meal (Desiccated coconut ground in your coffee grinder)
Flax meal (Flax seed ground in your coffee grinder)
You can really substitute almost any recipe with these nut alternatives. However, almonds especially, have a very neutral taste, and the above meals might add a bit of a different flavour palette. Pumpkin meal has a very subtle taste too. However, when substituting with coconut meal, it is always good to add liquids, either with an extra egg, yoghurt or milk to the batter.
100 gram *coconut flakes (one Montagu packet)
50 g butter
2 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp xylitol
2 Tbsp boiling water
4 Tbsp coconut cream
4 Tbsp sunflower seeds
4Tbsp desiccated coconut fine
4 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp grated orange peel (optional)
(* can be replaced with 3/4 cup plain fine or medium desiccated coconut)
In a dry pan, toast your seeds and coconut flakes ever so slightly on medium heat till brown colour starts to show. Remove from heat.
In a medium saucepan, on medium – high heat, melt the butter, add the xylitol and mix. Add the cocoa dissolved in the hot water and the coconut cream. Allow the sauce to bubble and thicken for 2 minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and allow to sit for a minute or two. Add all the seeds and coconut and stir into the chocolate sauce. Scoop into a 12 hole tiny cupcake latex moulds or into small cupcake liners. (You could also line an egg carton with cling wrap and mould little clusters in the oval moulds) If you did not use the coconut chips you could roll the batter into 12 balls. Allow to cool and set overnight or for 2 – 3 hours. They set quite firmly if you give them a chance.
Yields 12 clusters at 1.75 grams of carbs per cluster
These make great lunchbox treats, while you get to sneak in some much needed fiber.
Off course you can make these with chopped nuts instead of the seeds, but nuts does not get to steel the lime light today!
Yours in low carb,