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This is a great recipe to try if you don’t eat chocolate or want to have a break from it. Lucuma is a fabulous ingredient in chocolate making; coconut oil is a medium chain saturated fat that is said to be more likely to increase your metabolism than be laid down as fat or cholesterol; whilst coconut palm sugar is a delicious caramel-tasting, low GI sweetener. You could use yacon syrup or any other liquid sweetener instead – they’re equally delicious, it’s just that I really like the crunchy bite that coconut sugar gives.
Lucuma is probably my favourite superfood – apart from chocolate! It is the dried buttery yellow powder of a Peruvian fruit and quite literally tastes of butterscotch and shortbread. It is mildly sweet, so using it in recipes means you tend to need less of other sweeteners. It also has a low GI (glycemic index) so it should help to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Apparently, the lucuma fruit (also known as an egg fruit) looks a little like papaya. I say apparently, because I’ve never been to Peru, and this fruit is only allowed out of the country … Read More
This is an exciting time to be involved in the world of natural sweeteners. The list of healthier alternatives to sugar gets ever longer, so I thought it was high time I listed my top favourites here and explained what’s so good about them. So here goes… Xylitol There’s a separate article about xylitol on the site so I won’t repeat myself too much here – suffice it to say that xylitol looks and tastes like sugar but has a glycemic index* of just 7 (whereas that of sugar is 68). It also has only 60% of the calories of … Read More