It’s Day 5 of mbg’s first-ever no-sugar challenge. All week long, we’ll be sharing tips, tricks, inspirational stories, and recipes to help you eliminate sugar for the week—and maybe much longer! You can check out the rules of the challenge (and the 10 best tips for eliminating sugar), try out the no-sugar smoothie supermodels are obsessed with, dive into whether or not fruit sugar is good for you, get a doctor’s guide for managing sugar withdrawals, and decode every sweetener, from stevia to coconut sugar. You can also head over to our Instagram account to see takeovers from some of the wellness world’s biggest celebrities. You can join them (and us!) in #mbgnosugarweek by simply cutting the sweet stuff for the next seven days (you can start today!). Use the hashtag #mbgnosugarweek and tag @mindbodygreen during your journey to be regrammed or even potentially see yourself on the site!
Sometimes, you just want something that feels like a sweet treat, a little night nosh to close out dinner and signal to your body: "Okay, I'm satisfied now." That's where healthy fat comes in. As Dr. Ellen Vora discussed in her piece on sugar withdrawal, fat is a powerful weapon in satiating sugar cravings, and particular types of fat can help with that even more. The flavor of coconut, for instance, is perceived as sweetness by your palate, enhancing that dessert-like feeling. Cinnamon is another spice that's associated with sweetness, despite not containing any sugar (and it, in fact, speeds up your metabolism and helps to balance blood sugar).
These no-bake chocolate peanut butter balls, invented by healthy-dessert queen Rachel Mansfield, are the perfect sugar-free sweet. "They satisfy my endless sweet-tooth cravings despite having no dates, no maple syrup, no added sweetener of any kind!" she says. "Since I crave sweet over savory pretty much all day, I like to always have these on hand. They keep me full, and never leave me with a hangry blood-sugar crash." (Want to see her make 'em live and talk you through more no sugar tips? She's taking over our Instagram all day long!)
Rachel Mansfield's No-Sugar Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup oats (quick or rolled)
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter (or creamy nut butter of choice)
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup cacao nibs
- Combine all ingredients except cacao nibs in food processor or blender.
- Pulse/blend until creamy and well combined.
- Add in cacao nibs and pulse to break to distribute evenly.
- Using a spoon or cookie-dough scooper, form dough into balls and line across a lined baking tray or in a Tupperware.
- Pop in freezer for 30 minutes to set and enjoy!
- You can store in fridge or freezer. Thaw out for a few minutes before eating if in freezer.
Want more no-sugar-dessert inspo? We love this orange almond cake, which is gluten-free and tastes amazing, sans sugar. And if you missed any of our no-sugar week, head over here to get our best sugar quitting tips, a meal plan to balance blood sugar, a doctor's guide to managing sugar withdrawal (it's worse than a lot of hard drugs!), and much, much more.