Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with stevia. It’s a herb that contains two sweet compounds: steviosides and rebaudiosides. It’s used as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners; 250-300 times sweeter that sucrose and pretty much no effects on blood sugar levels. A good choice for people on low-carb diets, or for those who just want to avoid sugar.It comes as whole leaves, powder or drops.
Stevia is yet to be approved in some countries. This might have to do with the fact that it could compete with artificial sweeteners on the market. At least according to the book I’m reading: The Stevia cookbook by Ray Sahelian and Donna Gates. I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes. I don’t understand why nobody hasn’t begun manufacturing sweets with stevia already. You wouldn’t find that in the health food store even, although so many these days want to cut out sugar from their diet.
Todays creation was a kind of fudge. I’ve seen an indian dessert called laddu in some stores. It is made with butter, chickpea meal and sugar. That was my base for inspiration when I made this healthier version of a fudge.
Guilt-free fudge In your grinder/blender/food processor (whatever works best for you and will finely grind the nuts/seeds) grind 1 dl sesame seeds and 1 dl cashew until a powder. Set aside. In the blender, blend 4 bananas and 1 dl melted coconutoil. Add 1,5 dl chickpea meal and the ground nuts/seeds. Season with vanilla/carob/spices/cacao/little sea salt and stevia drops to taste. Pour in a small baking tin covered with baking paper, or just a Tupperware box with paper. Chuck in the freezer and let it firm for a few hours. When ready, cut in cubes and serve straight from the freezer.
Last I would like to share some words of caution about working with the blender. It can be very tempting to be blending stuff without the lid on. Especially when what you’re mixing is persistently sticking on the sides and you need to scrape it down. It’s tempting but not a good idea. Take it from me, today I managed to get green soup all over the kitchen sink, floor, cuppboards and myself..