Thursday, March 10, 2011

Daily Indulgence

While I love baking & attempting to make something sugar-free & Candida friendly, there's only so far that I can personally go & sometimes I need some time-out from my sweet tooth, even if sugar isn't actually included in my cooking. One reason is that I tend to eat everything I make; I'm the one with the sweet tooth in the household. If it's sitting in the fridge staring at me, you can bet I'll have a taste. With my health ultimately in mind, I've decided to keep my baking escapades to the weekend or more sporadically than that for a while. While coconut flour agrees with my system, I'm still very wary about having too much at once.

So I thought before heading off into the savoury wilderness, that I would share with you one sweet indulgence that I do allow myself as often as I desire it. Sugar-free marshmallow. Made simply with egg whites & whatever flavouring I desire, it's a low calorie protein snack that is surprisingly filling & satisfies those sweet urges.

The beauty of this is the versatility too; I've made myself blueberry flavoured, strawberry flavoured & lemon flavoured marshmallow. I simply stew some berries & take the juices from the stew & add it to the egg whites. It's also very quick to make. An instant delight!

Here I'm sharing with you my hazelnut & coconut covered chocolate marshmallow

Hazelnut Coconut covered Chocolate Marshmallow
(serves one)

1-2 egg whites
20 drops liquid sweetener or 1-2mls white stevia (add more or less depending on desired sweetness)
1 teaspoon raw cacao, plus more to cover
½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to cover
hazelnut meal
ground shredded coconut

1. Place egg whites in a bowl, with the stevia/liquid sweetener, & beat until stiff peaks form.
2. Add cacao & cinnamon & continue to beat till the egg whites are stiff (you can add more sweetener if desired)
3. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with cacao, cinnamon, hazelnut & coconut.
4. Enjoy!

So quick & easy. I like to make this before H & I sit down to a movie. I never feel like I'm missing out or indulging in something I shouldn't when I have this.