Now I know what you are thinking sugar!
Chickpeas and chocolate chips are two things that just DO NOT go together!
Well, you are going to have to trust lady and at the very least…..hear me out!
One of the very easiest ways that we can mess up the delicate balance of our hormones during the hormonal change that is peri-menopause and over the longer term put ourselves at risk of Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, is by eating too much sugar.
Never mind this little list of other health issues we are exacerbating by including too much sugar into our diet:
- Excess abdominal obesity,
- Atherosclerosis or furring or the arteries,
- Raised LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Raised blood pressure due to water retention
- Production of testosterone in women that may lead to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Macular degeneration
- Dementia and Alzheimers disease
- May drive the growth of cancer cells.
- Potty bitch mouth due to mood swings as a result of sugar rushes and crashes (Is this just me?)
So, it is obvious right? Diabetes is an absolute epidemic in Western society and we need to cut down the amount of sugar in our diets.
But we are women. We get hormonal! We are all so thinly stretched with our jobs and our families and we need a little sweet stuff every once in a while.
This is the recipe that fulfills our cravings for a little bit of sweetness in our lives.
Rich in protein from the chickpeas and almond butter which slows down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream that spikes insulin, these Blondies are also full of fibre which again ameliorates that nasty and unhealthy sugar rush that leads to blood sugar spikes and crashes.
The sweetener used in this Blondie is a natural maple syrup, unrefined and unprocessed.
Not a High Fructose Corn Syrup that gushes into the bloodstream, not a refined white sugar which contributes only empty calories to the diet and not an artificial sweetener that confuses our body and spikes insulin levels just the same anyhow!
What you need to know about natural sweeteners, is that nature is extremely smart and made her sugars friendly to our bodies.
Dates are rich in the micro-nutrients iron, the B group of vitamins, fibre, copper, magnesium and manganese and which actually supports the body in metabolizing carbohydrates and helps the hormone insulin to do it’s job. Awesome right?!? (I am such a nerd! I love this stuff!)
And……what is really sweet is how is these Blondies are to make!
You know I am a lazy cook right?…. and I just love food I can make in a blender.
I took these real ingredients:
I threw them into a blender:
I got my gorgeous dog Sara to make a first pass at the washing up!
And after 20 minutes in the oven at 350F, I was ready to eat these gorgeous Blondies!
That being said; sugar is sugar is sugar!…….so make these Blondies and reduce your personal sugar intake by sharing them with your friends!
- 1 can 480ml chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup Medjool dates
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 F
- Add all of the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips into a blender or food processor
- Blend or pulse until a smooth batter is formed
- Stir in the chocolate chips
- Grease and line an 8" by 8" baking pan with parchment paper
- Smooth the chocolate chipped batter into the pan
- Bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes until just cooked but moist.
- The Medjool dates can be replaced with maple syrup which is rich in the micronutrient chromium and helps every cell of the body in it's uptake of sugar from the bloodstream.
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