3 lower-sugar treats to satisfy your chocolate cravings

If your loved ones are stocking up on enough chocolate eggs and bunnies to feed a small army, and you’re wondering how you’ll be able to resist, we have good news. These three delicious treats contain significantly less-sugar than most.

Wheat-free, low-sugar brownies

The only added sugar in these gooey baked goodies is in the dark chocolate chips. Go for a good-quality dark chocolate with a high percentage cocoa.

Brownies. Photo by Jan Ras.

Wheat-free, low-sugar brownies. Photo by Jan Ras.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix 200 g rye flour, 60 g psyllium powder, 120 g cocoa, 200 g xylitol and 2 t baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add 6 free-range eggs, 2 cups apple sauce, 6 T coconut oil and 200 g chopped dark chocolate and mix to form a batter. Pour the batter into a greased 19 cm x 29 cm ovenproof dish. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out with large, dense crumbs attached to it after being inserted. Allow to cool, then spread with 250 g almond butter over the brownie before cutting into squares.

Wheat- and gluten-free raw cheesecake bars

Wheat and gluten-free cheesecake bars. Photo by Hein van Tonder.

Wheat and gluten-free cheesecake bars. Photo by Hein van Tonder.

Line a 27 x 20 cm deep rectangular baking tin with clingwrap. Using a food processor, process 200 g ground almonds, 12 dates, 120 g dessicated coconut and ½ cup coconut oil until it forms a paste. Press into the tin and freeze for 20 minutes. Mix 500 g cream cheese and 450 g White Rock Full Fat semi-soft cheese. Using a spatula, evenly spread the cheese mixture over the base. Freeze for another 20 minutes. Melt 300 g good-quality dark chocolate, pour over the cheese base and return to the freezer for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate has set. Cut into bars.

Pecan-and-cream cheese chocolate balls

Hard to believe, these creamy cocoa rounds are made without any chocolate or sugar. Try for yourself and see.

Pecan and cream cheese truffles. Photo by Michael le Grange.

Pecan and cream cheese chocolate truffles. Photo by Michael le Grange.

Place 1 cup full-cream cheese, 75 g good-quality cocoa powder and 2 T xylitol in a mixing bowl. Using a silicon spatula or wooden spoon, mix the ingredients together until combined. Roll into 10 equal sized truffles, then roll in some extra cocoa and 50 g toasted and roughly chopped pecan nuts.

More news that’ll sweeten your Easter without the sugar: part of Woolies’ Good Business Journey Programme is its commitment to using only UTZ Certified cocoa. It’s a commitment Woolies takes seriously – 100% of the cocoa used in Woolies’ private-label boxed chocolates, bars and slabs is responsibly sourced. By June 2018, all cocoa as an ingredient in Woolworths-branded foods will be UTZ Certified.

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