Naturally Sassy’s Almond Butter Caramels
When Sweaty Betty was naming a nutrition partner for the new Get Fit 4 Free Body By Simone workout, Saskia Gregson-Williams from Naturally Sassy was, quite literally, a natural choice. As a professional ballerina, she spends hours in the dance studio every day. As a respected nutrition blogger, she also spends a lot of time in the kitchen.
Sassy understands the importance of getting the right nutrition because her performance at curtain call depends on it. Her love of healthy eating led her to create Naturally Sassy, a London-based blog where she shares plant-based recipes that are packed with flavour and free from sugar, dairy and gluten.
To launch Sweaty Betty’s new 3-part recipe series, Sassy shares one of her favourite post-workout snacks. Once you try the new Body By Simone workout (available online and taking place in-store every Tuesday throughout September), you’ll appreciate the need for a little energy boost after the intense interval-based dance cardio sequence. And these Almond Butter Caramels are just the treat you need.
“Everyone knows just how good almonds are for aiding muscle recovery, and this recipe provides an alternative to just scooping it out of the pot (as tempting as that can be!),” says Sassy. “After a Body By Simone workout, these bite-sized snacks will satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar in the same way as less natural caramel tasting counterparts.” How does Sassy achieve this? She explains that the coconut oil brings in plenty of flavor as well as introducing healthy fats to slow sugar absorption and improve energy levels. “These small indulgences are good for your body, and equally good for your mind as you look forward to a well-deserved post-workout reward!”
1/3 cup almond butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup pure maple syrup, agave or raw honey
1. Start by melting the coconut oil. Once melted, add the almond butter, natural sweetener of choice and vanilla extract. Mix until totally smooth.
2. Pour the mix into some some chocolate molds (or ice cube molds if you don’t have any) and leave in the freezer to set for about half an hour. Pop out and enjoy. Store in the fridge for safe keeping (ideally in hiding from any potential thieves)!
Love this recipe? Come back next week for more healthy eating inspiration from Naturally Sassy – and be sure to share your kitchen stories with Sweaty Betty on Twitter and Instagram using #GetFit4Free #BodyBySimone. Find out more about Get Fit 4 Free and Body By Simone.