Lenten sesame truffles

Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Lenten Dessert, Lenten Desserts, Nourishing the Fast, Paleo, recipes | Comments Off on Lenten sesame truffles

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Everyone likes a snack, and these nutty truffles are a delicious treat to keep on hand during Lent and really any time of the year.  These sesame butter truffles are low in sugar, taste great and also a nice project for the kids.

Over the years we have really tried to cut down our sugar.  When I began studying holistic nutrition and learning about just how depleting sugar is to our bodies I felt compelled as a mom to put that into action in my home.  So, I have steadily been working at drastically reducing the sugar in our recipes, as well as changing the types of sugar we eat.

To give you an idea, we have a coconut cream pie recipe that called for 2 cups of sugar.  Through trial and error, we have settled on just 1/2 cup of sugar  – that is the point the family says, “hey, it’s doesn’t taste right.”

Why reduce the sugar content?  There are a lot of reasons and of course blood sugar swings is just one of them.  In the past hundred years, the average person has gone from from eating just about 2 pounds of sugar  per year, to close to 150 pounds of sugar per year.  That is a massive increase, and it’s questionable whether our pancreas and bodies were designed to handle such an onslaught.  Excess sugar intake can contribute to a weakened immune system, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and increased risk of diabetes and acidity in the digestive tract.  That acidity creates an atmosphere conducive to pathogenic bacteria and yeasts.

Did you know that for every molecule of sugar you consume, your body needs 55 – 65 molecules of magnesium just to metabolize it.  And that’s just magnesium. The digestive demands of sugar leech other vital nutrients from our bodies, such as chromium and copper and also interferes with the absorption of calcium.

Our kids today get sugar in most everything and as a nation we are generally depleted of magnesium, which is necessary to process carbohydrates.  Among other things, deficiencies of magnesium can lead to decreased energy.  Magnesium works together with calcium so that your muscles contract and relax.  So muscle spasms (think charlie horse) can arise from magnesium imbalances.

Paleo recipes recognize that impact of sugar in our health and that’s why you won’t find much sugar in them.  None the less, they are delicious and provide a guilt free tasty treat!

Lenten & Paleo Sesame Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons raw tahini paste.  You can get roasted, but it will change the flavor.  See which you like best.
  • 8 tablespoons coconut butter (also called coconut manna)
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 tablespoons  + 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt
  • seeds from two vanilla pods or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds for coating
  • 2 tablespoons coco powder for coating.

Melt coconut manna over the stove.  Add softened coconut butter, sesame paste (tahini), maple syrup, sea salt and vanilla bean (vanilla extract) and mix until smooth.

Form into bite sized balls and roll in coco powder or sesame seeds.  Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet or plate and refrigerate for about an hour to set.

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Additional Resources:

 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx
McBride, N. (2010). Gut and psychology syndrome: Natural treatment for autism, dyspraxia, A.D.D., dyslexia,

A.D.H.D., depression, schizophrenia. Cambridge, U.K.: Medinform Pub.]. (111-112)

Nancy Appleton; G. N. Jacobs. Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction.  Kindle Edition.