It never ceases to amaze me how many people struggle with sugar addition and cravings. As you know, I am not an advocate of giving up anything completely, but for some finding the balance is invariably harder than for others.
Only yesterday, I was having a lunch meeting with a friend of mine, who has been struggling majorly. She was telling me that it is always the first three days of cutting back that are a nightmare, after that is fine and she can have the odd bite of a pud and cheeky hot chocolate, every with no problem. It’s just that initial first few days, most often following a blow out weekend.
As we were chatting and wolfing down some rather sublime carpaccio and burrata, inspiration took over. When I got home, out came the Nutribullet, a leftover roasted sweet potato and my big bag of cacao (if you are trying to kick craving, making sugar-free chocolate treats is definitely the first place to start)
You know the sort of yummy treat that is so good that you can barely put it down for a second. Well this is that shake. Creamy, smooth rich, unbelievably moorish and freaking damn healthy, I found it near impossible not to eat it straight out of my new amazing piece of kit – the Nutribullet whist making it. Luckily I managed to get some snaps before it was all gone.
It is make completely from cacao (or cocoa), sweet potato and any variety of healthy (non) milk if you choice, with a few little extras to bring up the flavour. It is superb served straight over ice, for a cold sipple in the evening, or left slightly thinker (by omitting 1/3 rd of the quantity of milk) if you are looking for a chocolate pot that is a bit richer. I actually used half measures of Vitacoco coconut water and Rude Health’s Oat Drink for this particular version, to make it slightly lighter.
A little pre-planning is all this recipe takes. Next time you pop on the oven for a bit of baking, pop in a couple of sweet potatoes. They only take about 30-40 mins to cook at 180 degrees celsius and can be kept in the fridge for a few days, until you need them.
Make enough for 1
- 1 oven-baked Sweet Potato
- 250ml Oat Milk/ Almond Milk
- 2 tsp Maple Syrup, perhaps a little more – to taste
- 4 tsp Inspiral Raw Cacao, or 3 tsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Blueberries (optional)
Optional extras : a dusting of cinnamon, a little orange zest, a pinch of chilli, a scattering of goji berries – for garnish.
Place all the ingredients in your blender and whizz until smooth.