*Ahem* I've been wheat-free for about two years or so now; and I also have a host of other things I should be staying away from. My mom's newest idea is to go on a sugar-free diet.
And I'm like... "What about chocolate?? And all these delicious dessert recipes I found on Pinterest that I want to try out??"
Yes, I like sugar as much as the next person. But lately, I've been really interested in health foods. I mean, I'd way rather skip the donuts, cake, and Butterfingers than enjoy them for a moment, and then have a stomach ache from their wheat content. And I would just as soon not drink soda and chew gum if it's going to help my teeth stay decay-free. And have you ever read about how much sugar causes problems in your body?? I'm realizing more and more how important keeping our bodies healthy is. We need to take care of our temples!! -Feel good, and stay strong and fit to serve God and our fellow people!
Going on, I decided to try out some fun (crazy), sugar-free recipes. I'm craving chocolate. I'm craving sweet.
So I made Garbanzo Bean Fudge.
Yep. That's right. Fudge made out of beans.
The original recipe didn't call for cocoa and honey, but I added some anyway. (They actually called for chocolate chips, so I figured it was a fair trade, *smiles*)
Chocolate Freezer Fudge
- 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) *drained and rinsed*
- 1/2 cup smooth almond butter (or any other nut/seed butter)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8-10 pitted soft dates
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Sprinkle or two of sea salt
Mix all ingredients together in a food processor, until well blended and smooth.
Spoon batter into muffin tins and let sit in freezer for about four hours.
*Yields about 12 fudge pieces (of the size below)*
Yes, I was a little wary, but they actually turned out to be quite good! Of course, if you're used to eating sugary things, these aren't going to taste very sweet. But overall I find them to be a yummy snack. So healthy, good protein, and it satisfies my sweets craving.
Just make sure you use smooth nut/seed butter. My almond butter wasn't smooth, so my batch turned out a little grainy. But still good. Kind of has an almond butter/dark chocolate-y taste. Not a hint of garbanzo beans... :P :)
Yay to yummy, (weird), and healthy foods! :)
I feel like I can survive just fine sugar-free now.
How about you all? Anyone gluten-free or needing to change to a sugar-free lifestyle?