These delicious and chocolaty muffins are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free!
Recently, I’ve done a complete overhaul of our pantry!
Part of the reason I’ve switched to a high fat, low carb way of eating is because of SUGAR!!
As you already know, packaged foods contain a TON of added sugar. Just check out the box of so called healthy Nutrigrain bars and you’ll see what I mean.
I was watching the movie, Fed Up, the other day, and I was floored by the amount of sugar that is in our foods. Back in the 70’s, the government thought it was a good idea to start taking fat out of food and making everything ‘low-fat.’ Can you guess what that fat was replaced with? Yep – SUGAR!!
Read the ingredients in any packaged food and you’ll find ingredients like:
Anhydrous dextrose, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, crystal dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose sweetener, fruit juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, liquid fructose, malt syrup, maple syrup, molasses, pancake syrup, raw sugar, sugar, syrup and white sugar, fructose, lactose, maltose, carbitol, concentrated fruit juice, diglycerides, disaccharides, evaporated cane juice, erythritol, Florida crystals, fructooligosaccharides, galactose, glucitol, glucoamine, hexitol, inversol, isomalt, maltodextrin, malted barley, malts, mannitol, nectars, pentose, raisin syrup, ribose rice syrup, rice malt, rice syrup solids, sorbitol, sorghum, sucanat, sucanet, xylitol and zylose.
See how sneaky they can be?
I’m here to tell you that sugar is sugar, no matter what it’s called. Sure, there are “healthier sugars” but it still turns to glucose in our body.
So where was I??
Oh yes…I’ve done a complete overhaul of our pantry and have removed all packaged foods that I was buying. This includes granola bars for the kids, drinking boxes, packaged cookies, macaroni & cheese, pasta, rice mixes, etc. You should see our pantry now – it’s about half full!
Now, I’m not saying that we will be avoiding sugar completely, but I will no longer be buying those packaged snacks for the family.
After removing all that stuff, I wanted to find some recipes that I could prepare for the kids so they would still have snacks to eat at home or take to school. These Flourless Chocolate Muffins are one of them!
These were a big hit with the kids! And to be quite honest with you, they much prefer my homemade snacks to those packaged, tasteless, sugar-filled snacks!
What I love about these muffins is that they are so easy to make. Just throw everything in your blender or food processor and then divide into the muffin tin! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Using chickpeas instead of flour also gives them a boost of protein, which my growing boys need.
Are you up for the pantry clean out challenge? Are you willing to throw out all the packaged stuff and try making your own healthier versions? Would a private online group be helpful with this? Please let me know so I can work on putting something together.
In the meantime, I think you should give these delicious Flourless Chocolate Muffins a try – you and your kids will love them!