Best low-fructose bliss ball recipes

Most bliss balls are crammed with fructose in the form of dates, or added sweeteners. It’s time to step outside the box & try some of the awesome low-fructose recipes out there – choc full of nuts, cacao, seeds, coconut oil, & sweetened with nut butters, cinnamon, vanilla or a touch of low-fructose sweeteners including rice malt syrup or stevia.

IQS Choc-Cashew bliss balls

IQS Fruit-free bliss balls

Lilian Dikmans Peppermint bliss balls

The Nourished Psychologist fruit-free bliss balls

Honest to Goodness bliss balls can be made nut-free. I would personally also omit the goji berries to make them lower in fructose.

Jessica Sepel’s sugar-free protein balls – these contain a little stevia, which is a good substitute for sugar as it is low in fructose.

Everyday Simple Health bliss balls – contain no added sweetener. Once you have been sugar-free for a while, you will find some of the most simple ingredients actually taste quite sweet – like cinnamon.

I always save the best til last – this is my favourite bliss ball recipe, I’ve personally made it & can’t wait to make it again – Teresa Cutter AKA The Healthy Chef’s raw cashew & vanilla lamington bites

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Top low-tox baby products

I am so thrilled every time I hear from a friend who wants to low-tox their home. Although we often decide we want an immediate change, please be mindful of wastage – if you can longer tolerate a product, can you pass it on to a family member or friend rather than throwing it out?

As a family with a 7 year old, 5 year old & 5 month old, I am conscious of not only what they eat, but what goes onto their skin & into their body by other means.

Low-tox baby wipes – Tooshies by Tom are my absolute favourite, with the added bonus of being compostable.

Low-tox baby moisturisers. I use a few different ones – as a side note, I embrace minimalism but a couple were given by friends as gifts so I also use these on myself:

  1. Wotnot baby lotion – contains no sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, caustics, glycols, artificial fragrances or preservatives.
  2. Thank-you baby lotion – contains no SLS, SLES or parabens. Contains avocado oil, rosehip oil, marshmallow & chamomile.
  3. Weleda calendula cream – even the smell makes me feel calm with light notes of lavender, but also a soft sweetness.

Talc-free mineral powder: Little Innoscents. I’ve been using this on my 5 mmonth old since the day she was born & she has never once had nappy rash.

Compostable bamboo toothbrushes. How many toothbrushes does your household throw out each year to contribute directly to landfill? You can buy these in brown paper packaging through Nourished Life.

Toothpaste: Little Innoscents Milky Whites organic toothpaste – I’ve added a photo comparing this toothpaste to a standard supermarket purchased Colgate kids toothpaste. Until recently, I had never read the ingredients of kids toothpaste – perhaps as I regarded it as an “essential” product & wasn’t aware of the alternatives.

Baby bottom cream: Bubba Organics – proudly contain no parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates (SLS), mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours. It does contain delicious ingredients including aloe vera juice, olive fruit oil, shea butter , goat milk, lavender & rosemary.

Compostable nappy bags: Wotnot

A few other things to note – it can be a hard balance to choose something sustainable, ethical, local, environmentally friendly & low-tox. Have a logical think before you make your purchases – for example, my baby has been given all hand me down clothes. They are not all from the most ethical producers however I feel that as they have been purchased & already worn by at least 2 children, it would be more sustainable for her to wear them than to buy something new that she will only get a few wears out of before she grows into the next size.

Low-fructose vegan caramel slice

VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | CANE SUGAR FREE | LOW FRUCTOSE

Yep, that’s right – a low fructose caramel slice that contains no gluten, dairy, cane sugar or dates.

BASE
1/3 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Sprinkle of vanilla powder
Sprinkle of salt
The base doesn’t need any sweeteners as the ‘caramel’ & chocolate layers contain no-fructose rice malt syrup. The coconut oil binds the almond meal

CARAMEL LAYER
1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 cup coconut yoghurt (I used coyo)
1 tablespoon rice malt syrup (I always use Pureharvest)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

CHOCOLATE
1/3 cup cacao
1/3 cup coconut oil OR cacao butter OR a combination – personally I prefer cacao butter to coconut oil in home made chocolate; it also works better as it has a higher melting point so won’t melt on those hot summer days.
1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
1 tablespoon tahini (not essential if you don’t have it, just gives it a ‘creamy’ texture)

  1. METHOD
    For the base, simply mix the almond meal, melted coconut oil, vanilla powder & salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Press the mixture into a vessel of your choice lined with baking paper – I recommend a square or rectangular glass dish in order to cut it easily. The one I used was approx 14cm x 14cm. Then pop this into the freezer
  3. For the middle layer, pop the almond butter & coconut oil into a small pan & put on the lowest heat. Warm it up until it mixes easily. Turn off the heat & stir through the coconut yoghurt & rice malt syrup. Using a spatula, spread this over the almond meal layer & pop back in the freezer
  4. Wait one hour or longer for the caramel layer to set in the freezer, then make the chocolate layer: in the same pan (don’t worry if there are some dregs of the caramel) – on a low heat, mix cacao, coconut oil/cacao butter, tahini & rice malt syrup until well combined. Pour the mixture onto the caramel layer & you guessed it, pop it back in the freezer for about one hour.