So, I went to see a screening of “Fed Up” over the weekend, the documentary that links the obesity epidemic in North America to the volume of sugar we eat, rather than blaming the old scapegoat….fat. It made for salutary viewing especially with regards to the health of children in the USA. They are shackled into school systems where food provisions are dominated by fast food and soda companies, where pizza is considered a vegetable (it’s the tomato paste!) and there are no healthy choices available.
I was also horrified to learn that as a result of the pro-sugar lobby pushing back against labelling, to this day, there will be no number in the column on a label that should inform the consumer how much of their daily intake of sugar, by percentage, is contained in the food item. Check the labels next time you are grocery shopping. Throughout the movie it became clear why!
When you think you are handing your child a healthy dairy choice in a yoghurt do you realize it contains as much sugar as candy? No we are sold on the healthy aspect of yoghurt and that we are providing our children with a portion of calcium rich dairy.
Clearly whenever we eat processed foods we are at the mercy of the manufacturer and it boils down to the same old mantra, “Just Eat Real Food”!
Reeling from all the evidence in the movie I set about to make a quick, healthy treat that would provide a little bit of sweetness in a lunchbox but would not spike blood sugar levels.
The beauty of using dates as a sweetener is that they are FULL of fibre and rather than gushing sugar into the bloodstream as it is metabolized, it is released slowly as the dates are gradually digested. Dates are also an excellent source of iron in the diet and rich in vitamin A, potassium, calcium, manganese and copper. Very different from refined sugar, which not only contains no nutrition other than calories but which may also leach nutrients, especially our stress-busting B vitamins out of the body when eaten in excess.
These sugar and flour free Brownies are both delicious and deceptively easy to make.
I am also sensing a trend in that this is another recipe that I predominately make in the food processor or blender. These blender recipes are as addictive as sugar, because they are just so quick to rustle up!
- 8oz unsweetened Free-Trade Chocolate (I used unsweetened chocolate chips)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda,
- 8oz pitted dates,
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- In a food processor or blender, pulse the baking soda and chocolate together until it resembles rubbly sand.
- Pulse in the dates followed by the eggs, coconut oil and vanilla extract. You should have a smooth foamy batter.
- Line an 8 inch square baking tray with parchment paper and pour in the batter.
- Bake at 180/350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Cut into 12 squares and serve warm with strawberries.
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