My squeeze is a major dessert freak. Dinner is not complete until something sweet, ideally containing or coated with chocolate, lands on front of her after the entrée. But we’ve both found the dessert options for those of us following a diabetic diet to be…ah…limited at best. In the end, Jello is to pudding what carob is to chocolate…sorta similar, but not at all the same. The perfect dessert is a combination of flavor, texture and mouth feel.
Like this one.
CHEWY ALMOND BARS
1/2C almond butter (peanut, cashew butter work well too)
1/4C honey (or maple syrup or coconut sweetener)
1 large egg
1 pinch salt
1C almond flour
1/2C sliced walnuts
1/4C sunflower seeds, raw
1/4C flaxseed meal
1T chia seeds
1T sesame seeds
Preheat your oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8″x8″ baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine the nut butter, honey, salt and egg. Stir until smooth and completely combined. (Note: this is a thick stiff mixture. Start with a big wooden spoon, finish with a strong whisk).
In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, nuts, flax seed meal, chia seeds and sesame seeds. Pour the nut butter mixture into the almond flour mixture and stir until combined.
Press mixture evenly into prepared baking dish and bake 18-20 minutes, until golden brown around the edges. Cool before cutting into bars.
Calories: 108, Satfat: .83g, Carbs: 7.84g, Fiber: .38g, Sugar: 0
Photo, courtesy Quinn McDonald
Kent McDonald is a Certified Personal Chef, specializing in diabetic diets, living and working in Phoenix, AZ. (c) All Rights Reserved, 2015.