Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cheap Sweet Treat.

Every now and then I get a craving for something sweet and start to think that I need lollies.  If I am near a shop I might buy some but during July while doing the plastic free challenge it needed a bit more thought and I admit to having 1 or 2 failures.
What I need is a list of stuff that I can make at home so I don't spend money and buy wrapped crap.  I need a list of unwrapped crap, to go with my wannabe waste free ideals.
I have come up with a few things and might add to the list in the future.   I don't want a huge list though as I tend to be greedy so a small amount of whatever to overcome the craving is all I need.

Lemon Meringue.  This can be made when we have eggs and there have been times when I have whipped up an eggwhite, added a bit of sugar and just had that.  It's quick, easy, sweet as I want to make it.  No fat too but we wont mention the sugar content as that is what this is all about.

Oat Balls.  No idea if this is a real thing or not but if it's not it should be.  I mix up some of my oatmix with honey and peanut paste, make into balls and eat.  They can be put in the fridge or freezer and are nice when they are harder from that but just made and soft and squishy is also good.

Lollie Popcorn.  Homemade popcorn with a sugar and honey coating.   I don't use measurement as it's about the sweet thing not the perfect recipe thing.  I add a small amount of sugar and honey to a pot and bring it to the boil then put some popped popcorn into this mix and stir until the popcorn s coated.  Sometimes it is crunchy hard, others softer and chewier.  It depends on how much sugar and honey is added or how long it's boiled for.  Doesn't matter though as it gives me the sweet kick that I need want.

Chocolate Oatmix.   If there is cooking chocolate in the freezer I melt a small amout in the microwave and pour that over some oatmix.  It's spread over some of the baking paper that I reuse then put in the freezer for a few minutes, until it is hard.   I get a chocolate fix but the goodness of my oatmix.  Yep folks, this is how I kid myself that my sweet inventions are not all that bad for me.  Clever aren't I.

Pikelets.  Made with my oatmix and fruit added, Chia seeds as well, I have these with a drizzle of honey.  What's not to like here and if I only make a small amount and don't eat them all in one go they're not too bad for me.

All the above are cheap and easy, some with more sugar than others but some have added goodness so better than anything that I would buy and I reckon that if it only happens every now and then then it's not that bad.   In my ideal world I would crave carrots or lentils but for me these things made in small amounts prevent me fom buying big bags of lollies and eating them all in one go so I see that as a positive.

When I get a lollie craving I always have fruit first, if it doesn't banish the wanting and if after 2 Oranges and some sultanas I still want something sweet then I will resort to one of these things.  It's all a mind thing and something that I sometimes think I should work more on...but not this week.

Do you sometimes have a craving for something that you really *shouldn't* eat?  How do you overcome that in a cheap and waste-free way?


  1. I like the sound of your sweet treats, but I don't remember what is in your oatmix. Could you please give us a run-down on that?

    I also try to use wholemeal flour in my bits and pieces (usually 1/4 to max 1/3) as that makes me feel like I'm being healthier than shop-bought stuff that's probably made with bleached white flour.

  2. Those are all good ideas. I do the same thing. I take two small spoons of Hershey's cocoa, one small spoon of sugar, mix together in a cup. I put a tablespoon of butter or margarine in the cup and microwave and stir until is is melty or maybe fudgy. I eat it with a spoon. It is cheap and there is little of it to make me fat.

    At other times, I open a pouch of brownie mix and put 1/2 cup into a coffee cup or bowl. I add a splash of milk until it is stiff syrup and microwave for 15 seconds at a time until it is sort of stiff. I liken it to molten chocolate cake. It is partially cooked and partially thick liquid goo.

  3. Being winter one of my favourite sweet treats is my honey & milk drink ...I put a spoon of honey in my mug sometimes I add some organic vanilla powder or a sprinkle of cinnamon put about and inch of milk top up with boiled water stir and enjoy ...its sweet, warm and milky ...fits the bill perfectly at the moment...