RECIPE: Salted Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

An all natural, sweet treat that won’t send you blood sugar through the roof

So you are female, hormonal, pregnant and let’s face it… at some point you will to be craving a gooey, sweet, chocolate chip cookie.  You will feel guilty about it.  You will try to eat a piece of fruit to suppress the craving.  It won’t work.  You will anguish on whether or not to give in.  You will give in and have just one chocolate chip cookie (20-40 grams of carbs) and you will worry that your little meter is going to give you an outrageously high number so…. you walk for an hour after eating the little piece of heaven.  Sound familiar?

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars made with Chickpeas, Peanut Butter and Honey... Perfect after dinner treat if you have gestational diabetes

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars made with Chickpeas, Peanut Butter and Honey… Perfect after dinner treat if you have gestational diabetes

Gestational Diabetes: Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Gooey and Delicious… Satisfy a sweet tooth!

I am pretty sure some of you are ready to take a cookie and shove it down my throat right now but I found a little slice of heaven with only 13 grams of carbs and to go along with it 2 grams of fiber and 3.6 grams of protein! Perfect for an after dinner dessert!

Yes it is a treat, but one that is so delicious, reasonably low in carbs and it will more than satisfy the chocolate chip cookie craving!  As my pledge, there are no artificial sweeteners in this or any of my recipes!

You: Ummm, Katie, I looked at the ingredients and there a can of chickpeas listed first… sounds gross…

Me: Trust me on this one… they are absolutely delicious and have been approved my husband and kids.  My 3 year old even did a cookie dance:)  I wish I had it on video!

RECIPE: Salted Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
 
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All natural, flourless chocolate chip cookie bar made with chickpeas and peanut butter!
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Recipe type: Sweet Treat, Dessert, Cookie
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15 oz) Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), drained and rinsed
  • ½ c Natural Peanut Butter (Peanuts and Salt are only ingredients)
  • ¼-1/3 c Honey (vary depend on sweetness preferred)
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ c + 1 T mini chocolate chips
  • sea salt for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grease 8x8 square pan or a 9" round pan
  3. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in food processor and process until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Spread batter in evenly in pan and sprinkle with 1 T chocolate chips and sea salt
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes until the top is light brown.
Notes
Nutritional Calculations are estimated using the brand of ingredients that I used, please adjust according to your specific brands. The nutritional value was calculated based on ¼ c Honey which was perfectly sweet and delicious for my family. For a chocolate chip cookie cake, I have also added one egg which gives it a light and airy cake consistency.... see picture below. Adding an egg will add an additional 0.3 g fat and 0.4 g protein per serving
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 115 Fat: 5.7 Carbohydrates: 13 Fiber: 2.2 Protein: 3.6

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I am SO Sick of Drinking Water!

Apple Cinnamon Water…. What the What? UMMM… Delicious

Apple Cinnamon Water

Apple Cinnamon Water- Perfect Change of Pace

I find as fall sets in, I am craving “fall” flavors but it seems as if everything “fall” is carb loaded… AKA you have one bite and then worry about your blood sugar!  I want something that I can have as much as I want garsh darn!

I have heard it over and over again… “I am SO sick of drinking water but I do not know what else to drink!”

One of many things that Gestational Diabetes has taught me is that I need to be adventurous and have an open mind!  When trying new foods/recipes that were friendly to my diet, I had learned to keep the mindset that this is NOT a replacement for another food… it is just another option!  If I thought of the new food or recipe as a replacement to another… I was almost always disappointed and frustrated (and THAT my friend makes Gestational Diabetes even more difficult)… So going forward, I challenge you… when you have a craving, think what ABOUT that food you are actually craving… is it a particular flavor, texture, temperature…. what is it?!

So back to today, I was craving a beverage with cinnamon and found a recipe for Apple-Cinnamon water… sounds interesting… I know I was skeptical!  To my surprise, and I quote my six year old, the water is “Yummy in my Tummy” AND SO simple and easy!

BONUS: Cinnamon is LOADED with antioxidants AND it helps stabilize blood sugar!   OH YEAH BABY! Try this Gestational Diabetes friendly recipe  (recipe at bottom)!

Gestational Diabetes... Try Apple Cinnamon Water

Apple Cinnamon Water- Great alternative to plain water for Gestational DiabetesI have been refilling the pitcher all day!  My boys (6 and 2) cannot get enough of it! It is SO AWESOME!  (PS, it is not sweet, but SO delicious!)

So what new, adventurous, gestational diabetes friendly recipe have you tried?!  Are you eating the same foods over and over again?  Do yourself a favor, try ONE new recipe/ food tomorrow and let me know about it in the comment section below!

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Apple Cinnamon Water
 
adapted from sistertosister.org
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Ingredients
  • 2 Apples sliced very thin- I use Gala, Fuji, or Honey Crisp
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
Instructions
  1. Drop apple slices and cinnamon stick into bottom of 2 quart pitcher, cover with ice and then with water.  Place in fridge for 1-24 hours. Yes it is that easy!