I have always been someone who has had a major sweet-tooth. The problem with sugar is that once you start eating it, you just continue to crave it more and more. Over the years I have learned how toxic sugar can be on your body, and I have worked to find alternatives to cure the cravings. The important thing to remember when it comes to food is that we shouldn’t deprive ourselves from what we want! If your body is craving something, it is trying to let you know it needs something. Instead of instantly giving it what you are craving, try to understand what it wants. However, when your body is craving sugar, it probably needs something else.
When it comes to the gut, sugar is one of the biggest culprits of inflammation. Our body is filled with good and bad bacteria, and the bad bacteria is called candida. Guess what candida feeds off of to make it grow? Sugar (and gluten). And the more candida that grows, the more sugar you crave. Do you ever wonder why you are constantly feeling so bloated, sluggish, or nauseous? That could be because you have candida growing in your system. One of the best ways to stop this candida growth is to remove all sugar and gluten from your diet, and to kill it off with foods such as raw garlic, apple cider vinegar, and pumpkin seeds.
However, I am a firm believer of not restricting yourself when it comes to food, and it is important to not view “sweetness” as the enemy. We just have to choose the right sweetness in this world to fill our bodies with! The natural sweetener debuted in this recipe is dates. Dates are one of the best natural sweeteners for your body because they don’t affect your glycemic index. This basically means they don’t cause that intense “sugar high” or spike in your blood sugar. I learned about this recipe from one of my mom’s good friends, Debbie, so whenever I talk about these cookies I always refer to them as “Debbie’s Cookies”. They are filled with wholesome, natural, and clean ingredients and you don’t have to feel bad if you end up eating more than one in a sitting (trust me you won’t be able to contain yourself) Here is what you need to make these yummy treats:
- 1 1/4 cups canned chickpeas (make sure you rinse them well and dry them with a paper towel
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 4 dates OR 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I personally recommend the dark chocolate chips from Thrive Market)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor until the mixture is nice and creamy
- Place the chocolate chips in the food processor and pulse a few times so they don’t get completely blended and are still chunky!
- Place 2-inch size balls on a cookie sheet with a baking sheet (you should make about 12-16 cookies depending on how big you make them)
- Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes
- Enjoy 🙂