Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious sweet treats. With this recipe, you can have your fudge and eat it too! These chewy delights have a secret ingredient…chickpeas! They are a great plant-based source of protein, and are extremely high in dietary fiber. I used canned chickpeas as they are a lot more convenient, but if you’re worried about added sodium you can buy them dried, and soak them yourself. They have a low glycemic index which means they are great for diabetics! For added sweetness I used frozen raspberries. You might be thinking…doesn’t fruit contain sugar? Diabetics can’t have sugar right? Wrong! Everyone should be eating foods in moderation. But fruits have natural sugars that provide nutrients to your body. In particular, diabetics should limit eating foods that will rapidly spike their blood sugar levels. Different fruits will vary in glycemic Index Levels. Raspberries (as pictured above) have a score below 40 which means they have a low GI which means it is a great option for diabetics- plus they’re delicious! As well as raspberries, I used Rice Bran Syrup to add sweetness and a fudgy texture, which has a high GI score so I wouldn’t recommend this sweetener for a diabetic. Instead I would opt for agave syrup which has a GI score of 17. This fudge should be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer as they melt really quickly, so you can cut it up and eat it straight from the freezer as it retains it’s chewy, fudgy texture! Also, be creative with the toppings, you can use whatever flavours suit you.
- 1 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas (cooked from 1/2 c dried, or a 15 oz. can rinsed and drained)
- 7-10 dates (dates have a high GI scale, so you don’t need to add them into this recipe if you’re conscious of this)
- 2/3 cup Tbs natural almond butter
- 1/2 c rice bran syrup OR agave syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- dash salt
- 1/3 c coconut oil, melted
- your choice of toppings- I used; frozen raspberries, chia seeds, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, chopped dates and melted dark chocolate.
- Blend chickpeas & dates in a food processor
- Add almond butter, your choice of sweetner, vanilla extract, salt & coconut oil and blend until smooth
- Line a baking tray and pour fudge into it.
- Decorate with toppings and freeze over night.
- Once the fudge is set, cut into bite sized pieces and store in an air-tight container.