These chocolate covered balls are only three ingredients and enough to fool you into thinking it’s that high sugar, store-bought cookie dough. But, no, these are vegan, gluten free, grain free and refined sugar-free! How do these taste so good, you may wonder. There is something about the creamy peanut butter and crunchy peanuts combined with the chocolate shell that form a consistency so perfect it will make your taste buds go wild!
To serve: Soak the blade of a thin knife in a cup of very hot water until warm. Slide the knife around the sides of the pan to release the cake. Place a piece of wax paper on top of the cake. Invert a plate over the wax paper and invert the pan onto the plate. Remove the pan and peel away the paper liner. Place a serving plate over the cake and turn the cake right-side up again; remove the wax paper. Dip a sharp knife in hot water and wipe it dry before cutting each slice. Serve with Candied Orange Peel, if desired.
First of all, what are guilt free snacks? That term can mean different things to different people. When we say “guilt free snacks” we’re referring to the guilt felt by those who eat sinfully delicious, yet calorie rich snacks in lieu of healthier options. Guilt free snacks take the guilt out of snacking by replacing things like saturated fat and sugar with more nutritious calorie sources, like protein and slow burning carbs that won’t spike your blood sugar.
Believe it or not, your body is really, really good at guiding you to eat enough, choose nourishing foods and support your health. Yes, nutrition knowledge and understanding is helpful to guide that intuition, but it’s definitely there. So if you’re eating and choosing foods because of some flashy labeling or creative marketing - it’s hard to tell if you actually LIKE what you’re eating and if it even feels good to you. If you’re eating ‘til the bottom of Halo Top because it’s a ‘permitted food’, you likely aren’t paying attention to your increasing fullness, how satisfying it is, or if you’re even liking it! If we’re constantly ignoring those signals and eating until uncomfortable - albeit, ‘guilt-free’ - fullness, it makes it much harder for us to tune in and eat a satisfying amount of the real stuff and increases our dependence on filling up on the ‘guilt-free’ ones!
Hilda Solares holds a BA in Theology from the Latin University of Theology. She has worked in a variety of positions in education with close to 30 years of experience. Hilda also has an extensive ministry background with over 25 years of service. She is the founder of Fit To Serve Group, a church community group that combines the Christian faith with that of a low carb keto diet. The group was formed in 2014 and it’s where she and her husband Randy Solares teach the community how to combine Biblical principles with healthy eating habits for greater health and wellness. Hilda was awarded top 25 Christian Cooking and Food Blog by Feedspot, and recognized by WegoHealth for her inspiring writing. Her lifework aims to encourage people to be whole in spirit, mind, and body.
“There are an abundance of messages that tell overweight people it should be easy to lose or maintain a healthy weight,” she said. “For instance, ‘just eat less and move more.’ There are a lot of negative and shaming words and phrases around food: ‘I shouldn’t,’ ‘it’s naughty,’ ‘it’s a treat,’ ‘I’ve been good, so I’ll have one.’ We are wired to move away from pain, so the term ‘guilt-free’ likely provides a sense of relief that comes from reading a ‘guilt-free’ message before buying, and it helps marketers sell their products.”