Last weekend was pretty exciting for me, I got the chance to take over i quit sugars instagram for the weekend and share a little slice of my life and work with their beautiful sparkly tribe!
I quit sugar have an enourmous following, and it’s been so wonderful to welcome a few new faces over into my little corner of the web. If that’s you, I am THRILLED to have you here!
One of the pictures I shared was for these nut free lucuma sunbutter cups, it seems I’m not the only one looking for yummy nut free treats! So I promised to share the recipe once I had it down, I had another go at them this morning and I’m pretty happy. I warn you, they are rich!
One thing I did realise while testing.. is that they kind of have a hint of something coffee-ish about them, not sure where that’s coming from, but I think adding a little coffee essence would be next level amazing! Give it a go!
A note on nuts: Before you throw your nuts away, I want to point out here, that there is NOTHING wrong with nuts. In fact, I would go so far as to say there is nothing wrong with ANY real food. It just either is, or isn’t, working for your individual make up at that time.
- Sometimes the body can never tolerate a food, like if you have full blown allergy.
- Sometimes, we can over do it on a particular food and create an immune response to it that will often calm down if we just give the body a break. This is caused by a different part of the immune system than a full blown allergy.
- Sometimes, you may not have allergy, but you have a health condition that is exacerbated by a certain property in a particular food. For example the citrus and nightshade families can be problematic for those with rheumatoid arthritis.
I chose at a very young age to manage my autoimmune condition (psoriasis) naturally, and a big part of that comes down to my diet. I’m pretty much in a constant state of learning and experimenting on myself on this journey. My most recent experiment is cutting out nuts and moving towards The Paleo Mums autoimmune protocol (AIP) which has had incredible success for others with autoimmunity. I will let you know how I get on!
Back to the recipe!
Lucuma Sunbutter Cups
*I only went and lost my measure cups! Apologies for the weighed measures.
- 30g Dessicated coconut
- 60g Sunflower seeds
- 50g Raisins or dates (*see below for how to replace this part with brown rice syrup)
- 20g Pumpkin seeds
- 1 Tbs Coconut oil
- 1 Tbs Cacao nibs
- 1 Tbs Cacao powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 Tbs Coconut cream (from a can of unemulsified organic coconut cream that has been in the fridge so that cream separates from water).
- 2 Tbs Lucuma powder
- 1 heaped Tbs Sunflower seed butter
- 1 Tbs Coconut oil
- 2-3 drops of pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbs Brown rice syrup
- pinch of salt
- 2 Tbs Coconut oil
- 2 Tbs Cacao powder
- 2 drops vanilla
- 2 Tbs Brown rice syrup
- 2 tsp carob powder (optional)
1. First process the base ingredients until it is finely ground and squishy and sticky enough to press into cup cake molds and hold their shape.
2. Press into bendy silicon molds about 2-3cm thick and put in the fridge while you make the next layer.
3. In a bowl over boiling water, melt and stir together all ingredients for this layer. Then scoop a scant tablespoon into each mold and spread flat. Return to the fridge.
4. Wash out the bowl and now melt the chocolate ingredients and stir until silky smooth. Spoon over the middle layer, sprinkle with something pretty, I used hempseeds, and return to the fridge to set. depending on how runny your chocolate is, you could wait until it is a bit set before adding sprinkles so that they don’t just sink!
* If you are avoiding dried fruit for whatever reason, you could try increasing the other ingredients by say 10g each and then using a Tbs or 2 of brown rice syrup to replace the fruit. You may need to up the coconut oil a little too. It’s basically a binder, so long as it goes squishy enough to press into cup cake molds, your good!
P.S I would love you to share with me your favourite grain and nut free treats in the comments, and if you know someone who you think would love this post, I would be overjoyed for you to share it with them.