Barley Malt Candy




Introduction: Barley Malt Candy

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Just wanted to share a very quick recipe I made up many years ago.

Like many people, I avoid regular sugar because it turns me into a mad woman who gets bad tempered and then falls asleep.

So for the last 25 years, I have avoided all cakes, candies and chocolate bars - basically, if it tastes really good, it is likely to make me crazy! Such a shame as I LOVED all that stuff.

I experimented with lots of different things in order to satisfy my sweet tooth without losing friends. :-)

Over the years, I have reached for the barley malt and various nut butters to make this simple concoction whenever I have wanted something sweet.

It's rare that I ever crave sugar any more as it seems to be something that goes away if you get plenty of complex carbs. However, over the Christmas holiday, to resist temptation, I made some of these 'candies' to stay strong and avoid all the worse stuff that was around.

Barley malt extract is not sugar free and it can still cause low blood sugar if you eat too much. However, for me, it is a better choice than regular candy if I want something sweet. Mixing it with a nut protein does help to slow down the action of the sugar.

Step 1: What You Will Need

You will need:

  • A jar of barley malt extract
  • A jar of nut butter. I used cashew nut but I sometimes use tahini paste or almond butter.
  • Some dessicated coconut
  • A bowl for mixing
  • A tablespoon

Not in picture:

  • A sheet of waxed parchment paper

Step 2: Mix Your Two Ingredients Together

Take two tablespoons of the nut butter and three table spoons of the barley malt extract and mix thoroughly in a bowl. It will become quite stiff and thick like toffee.

Step 3: Wrap in Wax Paper

Next, remove the mixture from the bowl and wrap in the waxed paper. Place in the fridge for several hours.

Step 4: Make Into Candy!

When the mixture is really chilled and even more like toffee, remove from the fridge. Cut the slab into small pieces (size is your choice but I tend to make smaller balls for the children).

Roll the pieces in small balls and roll in the dessicated coconut.

And then - eat them!

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    6 Discussions


    Reply 3 years ago

    Glad you like it.

    Victor Does
    Victor Does

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Do you think peanut butter would taste good as well? Sins I am allergic. :)


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Holy smokes no - not if you are allergic!!!!! But you know that. It does taste really good but I never use peanut butter because it has triggered asthma attacks before and I quite like my life. ;-)


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Oh I get it now - sorry I misunderstood before - duh! Peanut butter is very tasty in this recipe instead of cashew. If you can have sesame seeds, try making it with tahini. Tahini makes an even more toffee like mixture than nut butters do and it is delicious.

    Victor Does
    Victor Does

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I bet they do taste great! ;) Peanuts and walnuts is the only "nuts" I
    can eat. Sins they are not "real nuts". Better then nothing! :)