This recipe is courtesy of Abu Dhabi resident Cornelia Baciu, who halted the progress of her Emirati husband’s COPD by putting him on a vegan diet – not to mention losing weight herself, finding a new passion and preparing to publish a cookbook in the process. Here’s her recipe for sugar-free vegan chickpeas chocolates. Please share!
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of tahini
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
10 pitted dates, soaked for 2 hours and drained
½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of acai powder
1 teaspoon of maca powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
5 tablespoons of Xylitol (sugar substitute)
100 ml of cashew or almond or soy milk
200 grams of dark vegan chocolate, melted
Mix all ingredients – without the dark chocolate – in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth. Pour into chocolate molds and freeze for at least 4 hours. Unmold and dip into the melted dark chocolate.
• Use any nut butter (cashew, almond, sunflower, pistachio) in case of peanut allergies.
• Use carob powder instead of cocoa – especially if you make these for children.
• Use sugar instead of xylitol if you do not want the sugar-free version.
• Substitute the acai and maca powder with a vegan protein powder if you want to enjoy these as a post-workout treat.
Featured photo: Cornelia Bacieu