We love desserts, right? But we don’t love all the sugar, fat and refined ingredients, do we? Add Shabbos meals every week, yom tovim and the occasional simcha here and there, you can almost FEEL the waistline expanding. Not to mention the sugar highs and crashes of ourselves and kids.
Enter: sweet potatoes! Yes, sweet potatoes for desserts, you read right. Here’s a few reasons why:
- Sweet potatoes are a treasure trove of health benefits, from anti-inflammatory properties, to having high levels of Vitamins A and C, among many others (see link below)
- They are a low-glycemic food. High glycemic foods consisting of refined sugars and flours, make your blood sugar spike and then crash. This not only causes fatigue, but food cravings as well. Low-glycemic foods help stabilize the blood sugar by causing only a gradual rise and fall
- Best of all, sweet potatoes are naturally very sweet. So, you can cut down on the added sugar in your recipe!
(For more information on the health benefits of sweet potatoes, read this great article: http://health.facty.com/food/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-sweet-potatoes/ )
Lately, I have been making muffins and bars from sweet potatoes. It’s a nice change from the standard chocolate chip oat bars/cookies I usually make for my kids snacks. I googled “Sweet Potato Muffins” and saw this recipe for Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins at www.geniuskitchen.com (for the original recipe, click here: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/sweet-potato-oatmeal-muffins-152519 ). I made my own adaptations and came up with this healthier alternative. My family really loves these muffins. I brought them to a ladies shal seudas last Shabbos and a couple people asked for the recipe. So here it is, ladies! Enjoy!
P.S. These muffins contain a secret ingredient! You won’t believe it! White beans! Yes, white beans. Beans add lots of fiber and protein, which further balances out the effect of sugar on the bloodstream. If you puree them they have no taste or smell, Extra, undetectable nutrition for your family! What can beat that???