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Guilt-Free, Easy To Make Desserts

Hi everyone! I want to share with you two amazing, easy to make and fairly inexpensive dessert options that are guaranteed to be a big hit:

These are incredible Garbanzo Bean cookies!

 

Dessert #1

Ingredients:

1 can of garbanzo beans ( you can also use any other kinds of beans you want. Cannellini beans, black beans, kidney beans, etc.)

1/2 cup of peanut butter ( you can also use alternative nut butters as well)

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1 tsp of aluminum-free baking powder

2 tsp pure vanilla extract (make sure it’s not artificial vanilla extract)

pinch of himalayan salt

1/2 cup of cacao nibs or dairy free chocolate chips (I purchased mine at Whole Foods Market)

Optional: add in nuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Drain & Rinse your garbanzo beans, then put them in a food processor
  3. Add in all other ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips. Blend it all together.
  4. After the ingredients are blended together, add the chocolate chips. Mix it all together with a spoon or your hands.
  5. Roll the batter into balls and place them onto the parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Dessert #2

These are a delectable dessert for anyone who is on an auto immune paleo diet. If you have multiple food sensitivities or if you’re working on overcoming an auto immune issue, these are extremely easy and affordable to make.

Ingredients:

1  1/2 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut (purchased from Trader Joes)

1 tbsp of coconut flour (purchased from Whole Foods Market)

Pinch of himalayan salt

2 tbsp coconut oil (Trader Joes has the cheapest)

1/8th cup of grade B maple syrup

1 tbsp vanilla extract (optional because this is not usually allowed on an AIP diet)

Instructions:

  1. Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until well mixed.
  2. Roll into balls and put on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes, turn the macaroons over half way through.
  4. Let them cool in the refrigerator & enjoy!
  5. Note: a bit more coconut oil may be needed if the mixture is too dry.

Enjoy!

 

The Mighty Power of Cinnamon

Did you know that you hold one of the most powerful spices in your kitchen cabinet? Cinnamon is a miracle spice that can aid in the healing of Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Weight loss, Arthritis, Inflammation, and even restoring of brain function in those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

How To Create This Miracle Drink:

  1. Boil 16 ounces of water (make sure it’s bubbling first before you add the cinnamon)
  2. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon powder to the water and stir for a minute or so.
  3. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into the water and stir
  4. You can add stevia if you desire, but cinnamon has it’s own sweetness to it.
  5. Drink this about 20 minutes before your largest meal or after a big meal and it will help balance your blood sugar, which in turn helps stabilize your weight as well.

More Benefits To Cinnamon:

  • Cinnamon activates the antioxidant defense system, suppresses pro-inflammatory cytokine production.
  • Cinnamon has a positive reaction on Type 2 diabetics/ gestational diabetes by improving insulin secretion and sensitivity. (If have type 2 diabetes or are “pre-diabetic” you are insulin resistant.) The beta cells of your pancreas are no longer working. Blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1C are high. Cinnamon helps to bring sensitivity back to your beta cells! (How awesome is that?!)
  • Cinnamon has also has been shown to increase learning ability & the neuronal activity in the hippocampus of the brain. (This is the area in which Alzheimer’s or Dementia suffers. Short term memory). This is because when you have constantly high blood sugar it starts to degenerate your brain and you then develop what is called diabetes 3 or diabetes of the brain. (Check my blog post for more info on diabetes of the brain)
  • Cinnamon also demonstrated prominent action in inflammation and Arthritis, and is considered an anti-rheumatic agent.

I think it’s amazing that nature provides us with so many answers to so many dysfunctions in our body. All medications originated from some herb, some bark, or something in nature. 

If you have diabetes or any of these other issues, try it. It’s a no brainer !

 

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28092845

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27308892

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23833722

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