No sugar, lots of spice, and everything nice.
Let's talk about taste buds. We all have certain taste preferences. Some of us swear by savory foods, while others live for those spicy dishes that pretty much burn your taste buds to the ground (I will never understand those people, but to each their own). Maybe you were that kid who couldn't get enough sour candy and crushed an entire bag of War Heads in one sitting. We are all unique, but we do share some common ground when it comes to sugar.
If you're anything like me, you've probably consumed A LOT of sugar in your lifetime. My go-to foods growing up were Lucky Charms, Fruit-by-the-Foot, and Go-Gurts. Those are all obvious sugar laden culprits, but sugar also creeps into supposedly "healthy" foods, too: salad dressings, granola bars, and just about any processed food. Our taste buds are accustomed to receiving a hefty dose of sugar with just about everything we eat, and we feel deprived without that sweet fix. We put our bodies through intense sugar highs followed by inevitable crashes, only to repeat the pattern again and again. So how do we break this vicious cycle?
The solution is pretty simple, but it's far from easy: consume less of it. As we reduce our sugar intake, our taste buds adjust and crave less of the sweet stuff. It's a gradual shift, but eventually we learn to embrace the natural flavors of food. Since cutting out sugar, I've grown to appreciate the subtle tastes of foods that were once overshadowed by sugar. Everything is perfectly fine in moderation, and using natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, and dates is a great way to sweeten up a dessert. But don't be afraid to play around with recipes sans sugar and see how you like it! Hopefully these gingerbread fat balls will be a good starting point.
PALEO GINGERBREAD FAT BALLS
Yields approx 18 balls
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup coconut butter, melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- Combine the almond flour and spices in a large bowl.
- Slowly add in the coconut oil, coconut butter, and vanilla into the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Roll the dough into bite size spheres. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon, ginger, and any topping of choice.
- Lay flat on a plate and place in the fridge until cooled, about an hour.
- Transfer to an airtight container and freeze. These are best enjoyed cold after thawing for a few minutes.
- This fat ball recipe is very simple (and delicious) as it is, but feel free to add in extra ingredients. Some ideas are any nuts & seeds, cacao, extra spices, coconut flakes, and dried fruit.