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Caramelised Chick Pea Fudge – Sugar Free

26 Apr

So by now, you might have guessed that I have a little bit of a sweet tooth. Fudge, Chocolate, Cake, Ice Cream they all call my name. Finding healthy, but yummy alternatives to my supermarket favourites is an integral part of my “going natural” journey.

But I know what your thinking.

Chick Pea fudge! What is this Girl thinking??

Chick Pea’s belong in curries & stirred through salads – not in fudge.

Trust me, that is not true at all!

Chick Peas make the richest, most decadent, cakey fudge you will ever try – pure heaven in bite sized morsels.

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This fudge is wicked with its warm earthy caramel tones, hint of cinnamon, burst of fresh cardamon & crunchy pieces of silky smooth cashew’s. It is pure decadence & utterly irresistible.

Trust me, even if you don’t like fudge, you will like this fudge.

Caramelised Chick Pea Spiced Sugar free Fudge a’la Mama Going Natural

You Will Need:

  • 2 c cooked Chick Pea’s
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c chopped roasted salted cashews
  • 6 cardamon pods
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 4 T agave syrup

Saute your chick peas in a frypan with a tablespoon of butter until all peas are golden brown & have a roasted look. Peel your cardamon pods & grind the seeds into a fine powder, add this & all of the remaining ingredients to your warm chick peas & blend until you have a smooth paste. Put your fudge mix on a plate, tray or even in moulds to set in the fridge for several hours – or in the freezer for half an hour if you can’t wait!

This basic fudge mix makes for a gazillion different variations, add what ever nuts or dried fruits you have lying around to the mix & make your own special version. In our household the favourites are Pistachio’s & cranberries, dates & roasted almonds, hazelnuts & dried figs.

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Note

With the Chick pea’s you can either use the canned variety or you can soak your dried chick peas overnight in a bowl of water (this is said to make them more digestible – as the enzyme inhibitors are leached out of the peas). Soak overnight & then drain off the soaking water & boil the peas in fresh water for approximately 30  minutes (check their softness to ensure they are cooked). The peas can then be cooled & used. Or frozen for use at a later date. As an added bonus peas prepared this way will have no added preservatives or salts, just pure goodness 🙂

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Spiced Banana Choc Chip Blondie – Sugar Free

13 Apr

This delicious dessert has had us in a quandary all day. What to call it?

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Not really a cake, not really a brownie, not really a cookie, but definitely 100% delectable with its decadent, fudgey vanilla center & gooey chocolate chips.

I voted we call it “heaven” – but seems that name has already been taken!

So we had to settle on calling it the mouth-full that appears above. The name does not do this blondie justice, not even close.

I suppose really there is only one thing for it – your just going to have to get out the mixing bowl & make this one for yourself.

Trust me, you will be thanking me & singing my praises afterwards.

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But a word from the wise, do not try the batter. It is evil, addictive stuff. It will make you do bad things, like eat the whole bowl!!

Creamy, vanilla dough studded with chocolate chips. Almost impossible to resist – trust me!

Consider yourself warned & congratulate yourself on your iron will, if your batter makes it to the oven 😉

Spiced Banana Chocolate Chip Blondie –  Sugar Free a’la Mama Going Natural 

You will need:

  • 250gms Chick Peas
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 3/4 c dates
  • 2 Stevia sticks or 3 drops
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t bicarb soda
  • 1/2 a smaller banana
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 T coconut oil
  • 1 T Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c sugar free chocolate chips

Before you start, soak your dates in hot water for 15 minutes until they plump up. While they are soaking place the oats in your food processor/blender or use your stick mixer to grind them into a finer consistency (as close to flour as you can get). Drain off your dates and  add them along with all the other ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) to your ground oats & blend until you have a smooth paste. Stir in the chocolate chips & place your mix into your greased baking tin. I use small cup cake tins to make mini cakes & a loaf pan to make a larger cake.

This size batch makes one loaf & 5 mini cup cakes (depending on how much batter you eat). Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes at 170 degrees. The longer you bake it the less fudgey the cake will become – so you decide!

The Blondie will look a little soft & uncooked when it comes out of the oven, leave it to rest for 10 minutes to cool & firm up before turning it out of the baking pans or getting stuck into it 😉

This brownie is best eaten warm while the chocolate chips are still gooey – so definitely cut yourself a slice after 10 minutes & enjoy a sugar-free taste of heaven – minus the harp music.

If you can? – save a little & store it  in the fridge, it will become even more dense & fudgey after refrigeration – yum!!

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Note

With the Chick pea’s you can either use the canned variety or you can soak your dried chick peas overnight in a bowl of water (this is said to make them more digestible – as the enzyme inhibitors are leached out of the peas). Soak overnight & then drain off the soaking water & boil the peas in fresh water for approximately 30  minutes (check their softness to ensure they are cooked). The peas can then be cooled & used. Or frozen for use at a later date. As an added bonus peas prepared this way will have no added preservatives or salts, just pure goodness 🙂

I haven’t really tried it as yet, but if you don’t allow oats in your diet, I don’t see why you can’t substitute with rice flour or spelt or another grain that is acceptable to you. The oats help to firm up the Cookie & soak up the moisture while adding texture to the dough – but you will have to experiment on your own for that one 🙂

Now stop reading & go make some Blondie decadence – you know you want to

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