Naturally Sweetened Desserts Video
Do you ever feel you are ahead of your time? Each time I read another article on ‘sugar’ like the one in today’s Daily Mail (link below) I think wow!!! teachers of Macrobiotics have been lecturing on the subject to hundreds of thousands of people around the world for 50 years. It makes me realise that we all must keep pushing forward to make this information mainstream. In our health counselling sessions we work with clients who come to us with sugar addiction related illness’s and achieve great success in renewing their health and kicking the habit by creating a healthy equilibrium.
One of the many wonderful things that Macrobiotics is synonymous with aside from the delicious healthy desserts as taught by so many fantastic friends and fellow teachers, is an easy understanding of how to keep the body in balance.
If Macrobiotics is not familiar to you, please read some of my blogs and adopt the principles of how the macrobiotic approach to health reflects thousands of years of experience, observation and research.
Last week when we were teaching in Saudi Arabia Bill and I were delighted to have incredible feedback from the delegates at our seminar. Their culture is known for having a taste for ‘incredible sweets’ but after our cooking class all of them were thrilled with the food including desserts that we made and were enjoyed at the evening buffet.
The world-wide spike in type 2 diabetes in recent decades has paralleled a shift in diets away from staple foods rich in whole grains to highly refined carbohydrates such as white rice and refined flours. On top of that the use of the kitchen has been rapidly disappearing as people increasingly purchase ‘ready made’ meals and processed foods that are loaded with sugar.
I have posted the video here showing a full preview class on cooking naturally sweetened desserts from my on line course ‘ Weight Loss Nature’s Way’. Use fruit and grain based sweeteners, seeds and nuts and a host of other natural ingredients to make the most delicious desserts.
Please also read my blog ‘Freedom from Cravings’ that you will find on my website. This e-book will help you on the path to good health by showing you how easy it is to ‘have your cake and eat it’ but in a healthy fashion. When we understand how to break the sugar addiction it becomes easy to adapt naturally sweetened desserts into our life. Today’s article in the daily mail shows the amount of hidden sugars in foods like it’s a big surprise!!
We have been teaching this for decades, writing books about it, teaching seminars, lectures, running workshops and educational programmes. This is not hot news. Last week I wrote to Westminster to ask for an invitation to come and do a programme based around creating naturally sweetened desserts. They use a whopping 6 tonnes of sugar per annum there. I will let you know if I receive a reply!!!!!!!!
Here are the recipes from my video – easy to follow – fun to make. Enjoy!
2 cups apple juice
2 cups rice milk
Juice and zest of one lemon
Pinch of salt
2 heaped tsp. kuzu or arrowroot
4 heaped tbsp. agar agar
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1/3 cup rice syrup
Bring apple juice, rice milk, lemon zest salt and agar agar to the boil in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 mins until the agar agar flakes have dissolved.
Make a paste with the kuzu/arrowroot with 2 tsp. water and add to pan stirring constantly. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla essence, lemon juice and rice syrup. Remove from heat, transfer to a dish and leave to cool until set, approx. 1-2 hours. Blend in a food processor until smooth.
TOASTED SEED BARS
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup rice syrup
In a large pan or wok, toast the seeds until crisp and popping or alternatively place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven. Warm the rice syrup in a small pan then pour over the seed mixture and mix thoroughly until (glued) together. Place on a cutting board and pat down evenly. Leave to cool and then cut into bite size pieces.
ALMOND OR PECAN NUGGETS
4 cups almonds, pulverized
½ cup rice syrup
½ cup barley malt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix almonds or pecans together. Add rice syrup and barley malt with vanilla. Mix until the nuts and syrups are evenly distributed.
Place some water in a bowl and moisten hands with water to keep the mixture from sticking. Pinch off a piece of mixture and shape into small balls. Roll in the desiccated coconut. Keep chilled. Delicious!!
CHOCOLATE AZDUKI BITES
1 cup of cooked azduki beans
1 cup of pecans
8 or so dates (stones removed)
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp of vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
Blend all the ingredients together to make a creamy mixture. If the mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water.
Take a heaped teaspoon and roll into balls, if you prefer larger balls use a tablespoon. Roll in chopped nuts, desiccated coconut or cocoa powder. Truly scrumptious and healthy.
Note; Use canned organic azduki beans – no cooking necessary.
In good health