|Happy Valentine's Day, snow-hound style|
I couldn't eat chocolate! I couldn't even eat carob, chocolate's look-a-like. Chocolate is the treat everyone reaches for on Valentine’s Day. More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day, according to the National Confectioners Association.
But what if you are like me, unlucky enough to be either allergic or sensitive to chocolate or its alternative, carob? Maybe you just need to tell yourself how "bad" chocolate really is. (Of course, you know I'm kidding. I'd reach for chocolate in a heartbeat).
You probably don’t want to hear this as you are finishing up some tasty Valentine's Day treats but most people who are allergic to chocolate are actually reacting to ground-up cockroach parts that contaminate every batch. The average chocolate bar contains eight insect parts. The Food and Drug Administration allows anything less than 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate.
As background, most foods contain what are termed “natural contaminants.” Cockroach parts also make their way into many other foods, including peanut butter, macaroni, fruit, cheese, popcorn and wheat.
|Super seedy sunbutter bars with a cup of tea|
Well, I was bummed out about the whole chocolate thing but I assume my sensitivity will pass when my candida dies away. As for carob, it has always caused me problems because I am sensitive to legumes. Carob is a legume.
But a girl has to have a treat on Valentine's Day (especially when my hubby is torturing me by eating chocolate in front of me. Look a cockroach leg is hanging out of his mouth).
It was time for some Super Seedy Sunbutter Bars, ACD-Phase 1 and grain-free.
Here's what you need:
1 T. apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup alternative dairy beverage
1/2 cup pureed baked spaghetti squash (ACD-Phase 1-2) or sub unsweetened applesauce (ACD-Phase 3 or maintenance)
2 T. ground flax
2 T. chia seeds
Vanilla stevia liquid, to taste
Or powdered stevia, to taste
3 T. unsweetened sunbutter
2 T. melted coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3 T. hemp seeds
pinch of sea salt
Here's what you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 X 8-inch square pan with pan spray. I like keeping things simple so just mix everything (but the seeds) together in your food processor on a dough cycle. Then, add in the seeds and pulse a few more times to mix.
Pour the dough into your prepared pan. Pop the pan in the oven and bake about 30-40 minutes until browned and a fork inserted in the middle, comes out clean. Allow to cool. As an option, drizzle on some melted coconut oil and sunbutter for a glaze, as shown in the pictures.
|Here's what Bailey, the cat, does when not hanging out in the kitchen.|
Maybe next Valentine's Day will find me eating chocolate. In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away at defeating candida.
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