Recently I participated in a 21-day sugar detox. Technically I only made it 17.5 days because I had to travel during the last days, but it was pretty good. I wanted to do it because I was eating too many sweats and I wanted to loose some weight. I did lose 3.5lbs. The diet, sneakily, is designed to send you towards paleo eating. I like paleo in that it is grain free and fairly healthy, but I don’t like how much meat is consumed. My favourite dinner styles are paleo or raw and raw is the complete opposite, being all nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies. Any who, the diet was pretty awful during the first 4 days while my body was detoxing (or so they tell me). I was nauseous, light headed, dizzy and hungry. They say you can eat as much as you like, but my body is a carboholic (even if it’s gluten free carbs) and doesn’t like to feel full unless I have carbs. This diet took them away in most counts, including potatoes and even all-natural fruits. I LOVE fruit. When they said sugar free, they meant all sugars, not just white refined sugar. After those 4 days though, I felt fantastic. I didn’t have any of those sugar lows through out the day and had lots of energy. The only time I didn’t feel well again was after a huge hike, where I probably should have used the athlete modifications. Now that I’m done the diet, I’m still eating in a similar style. I’ve brought back fruits but the desserts aren’t calling my name as much. I had a strawberry shake the other day and it tasted too sweet and I hadn’t added any sugar too it! That being said, I need to make sweets to gain my readers attention. I get WAY more hits when I post a recipe for a sweet then something savory. We do love our sweets. So today I bring you grain free Chocolate (or Carob) Banana Waffles.
Grain Free Chocolate Banana Waffles
- based on this recipe http://grainfreerecipes.com/my-secret-recipe-for-waffles/
1 cup almond flour
1 cup flax seed meal
¼ cup agave syrup
½ cup butter
1-2 overly ripe bananas, mashed
4 tablespoons water or coconut water
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup cocoa powder/carob powder
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat waffle iron to 265 degrees F. In a large bowl, melt butter. Then add eggs, banana, and water and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Cook on waffle iron for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Top with butter, maple syrup and chocolate/carob chips.