Because sometimes you feel snacky.
Because sometimes you feel like your sweet tooth is biting you, really hard, and you want to make a rational choice. One that doesn’t leave you feeling gross 10 minutes later due to a big-ass glucose spike followed by the telltale sugar crash.
From wikipedia: A sugar crash or glucose crash is the fatigue after consuming a large quantity of carbohydrates, also known as reactive hypoglycemia. It is variously described as a sense of tiredness, lethargy, irritation, or hangover, although the effects can be less if one has undertaken a lot of physical activity within the next few hours after consumption. The alleged mechanism for the feeling of a crash is correlated with an abnormally rapid rise in blood glucose after eating. This normally leads to insulin secretion (known as an insulin spike), which in turn initiates rapid glucose uptake by tissues either accumulating it as glycogen or utilizing it for energy production. The consequent fall in blood glucose is indicated as the reason for the “sugar crash”.
Well darling, nobody wants that.
Try making a batch of these next time the sugar beast comes calling. The combination of peanut butter and coconut provides a healthy dose of fats, and a little protein to boot. The trivial amount of honey or maple gives it a delicious flavor, totally worth the little bit of sugar it adds to the recipe.
- 1/3 cup organic chunky peanut butter (I really like valencia peanut butter, other nut butters work fine too)
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (this brand is nice, fine shreds as opposed to larger)
- 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup (go for local raw honey to get the anti-seasonal pollen allergy effects)
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pinch salt (more or less to taste, I like the salty/sweet combination)
- extra coconut shreds for coating the little love bombs
Mix all ingredients together except the extra coconut, roll into half inch balls, then coat them with extra coconut. You may need to wet your hands a few times to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands as you roll them up… Bombs away!
Enjoy some now, and store the rest in an airtight container.