It seems everyone has allergies to certain foods these days, and of course there’s a whole market dedicated to gluten or dairy-free products. I don’t have an intolerance to gluten, but white and refined flour does tend to upset my stomach, and I think that’s it’s no surprise that people are developing intolerances to refined foods given that there is such an abundance of it around.
As a kid I went through periods of being unable to handle anything from citrus to apples, dairy and cereals, before my body would break out into hives. In fact, like those who develop hay fever I was also allergic to Spring! As soon as the seasons would change I was vulnerable—my skin would break out into welts even if I brushed past a plant.
Once I even had hives on my lips and it’s the closest I’ve ever come to looking like I’ve just been given an accidental dose of silicon rather than collagen— not only were my lips puffy, but they were rock hard like a bad boob job! Hmmmm… anyway.
A couple of years ago Mr Sly had painful stomach attacks, and after many visits to his GP and undergoing numerous tests, they couldn’t diagnose his pain. The last resort was to see a nutritionist and he had to overhaul his entire lifestyle and eating habits, which also meant trying to find recipes that incorporated the ingredients from his prescribed diet.
So, here’s a recipe (for those of who aren’t nut free) and it’s one that Mr Sly has been perfecting over time.
These raw chocolate balls are the perfect treat if you want to curb a sweet tooth. Nuts are quite expensive, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. This recipe makes approximately 24 balls (compared to the 5 chocolate balls that you might get from a packet at the health food store).
Sugar free raw chocolate balls
Feel free to add or swap ingredients to the mix. Mr Sly has previously included; cashew nuts, Baileys, single malt, blueberries.
Blend all ingredients in a food processor, scoop with a teaspoon and roll into balls. If you want to add another texture you can finish up by rolling them in dessicated coconut, bee pollen or chopped nuts (or sprinkle cacao powder as illustrated in the picture). Once rolled, pop them on a large plate and place in the freezer overnight. The next day place the balls in a storage container or sealed bag and keep them in the freezer. These can be eaten straight away without defrosting.
Have a lovely weekend! x