Given that my previous recipe pretty much blew my mind in terms of the undetectability of the main ingredient I decided to follow suit with another sweet treat that features some sort of bean. After all, legumes are here to stay, given the new and improved, almost released Canadian Food Guidelines, so we must as well embrace them.
I decided to marry red kidney beans with chocolate for a delicious Vegan Chocolate Loaf. If you are wondering if I’ve been as successful with this recipe to disguise the Beans I can assure you that you would not be able to tell there are beans in this treat! I can guarantee you that if I were to make 2 loaves like this and only one featuring beans you could not be able to tell the difference between the two.
As for the taste test – I might be biased because I love everything chocolate, put some cocoa powder in your treat and I am all over it – but to be perfectly honest, this loaf is exquisite. It has a dense texture, due mostly to the beans, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you are hoping for a light sweet treat, however, if you are looking for a slice of cake that would pair great with a cup of tea, this is your cake! I’m not even kidding.
- Serves: 10
- Serving size: Slice
- Calories: 184
- Fat: 3
- Saturated fat: .8
- Trans fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 37
- Sugar: 14
- Sodium: 202
- Fiber: 7.2
- Protein: 7
- Cholesterol: 0
- 340g Red Kidney Beans (canned)
- 110g Pitted Medjool Dated
- 1 cup of boiling Water
- ¼ cup unsweetened Cashew Milk
- 170g Oat Flour
- 55g unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 50g Coconut Sugar
- 25g Chia Seeds
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- Dash of Salt
- Dairy-free chocolate chips
- Soak dates in boiling hot water for 15 minutes.
- Add soaked dates, beans, and milk in a large food processor and integrate fairly well.
- Whisk all the dry ingredients and add to your wet mixture.
- Process in a food processor until you get a somewhat cakey consistency.
- Add chocolate chips and mix lightly to integrate the chips evenly in the batter.
- Pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or until your toothpick comes out dry.
Whenever I share my treats people often assume they are good for you. If you have been reading this blog you know that I don’t claim my sweet treats are, per se, good for you. I do believe they are way better than anything you buy in a package at your grocery store or at your grocery’s bakery section. However, I don’t think either choice is good for you, especially on a continuous basis, everyday type thing. If you have a slice of my loaf on a Friday night as a treat you will be just fine, but if you down it in one sitting, it will be just as detrimental to your waistline as eating an entire bag of conventional chips or cookies. And this brings me to my point: All food has calories that if added to whatever else you consume throughout the day will inevitably end up as body fat – that is if you eat more than what your body burns to live. There is absolutely no free food.
Let me elaborate… Most recently I learned that Weight Watcher (whose spokesperson apparently is now no other than Oprah) is implementing a new Freestyle counting system. They have decided that there are certain foods that just don’t count:
Flexible counting and tracking. With more than 200 zero Points foods (including favourites like chicken breast, eggs, and seafood) you can form the foundation of a healthy and satisfying menu – and never feel deprived!
So, in a nutshell, what they are saying is that amongst other food items: chicken breast (3oz=210calories), eggs(1 egg = 140 calories) and seafood(5oz salmon=250 calories) can be eaten with no regard for their nutritional value. According to WW you can eat as much as you want of those calorically dense foods and not count them as consumed.
If you ask me, whoever is behind this point idea is not only brilliant but also a great business person – oh wait, a quick google search revealed that she was, in fact, a business entrepreneur! Well, this Weight Watchers business certainly was and continues to be a success – it follows a prime example of a sustainable business model.
It amazes me to no end how this company can have such great following when they tell you to eat as much as you want of A B and C because supposedly they don’t count – I guess we really know that little about simple human physiology because we keep flocking to WW meetings like it’s some sort of a new age savior, yet year after year our waistlines are not getting any smaller. But I will admit it is a brilliant way to make sure people keep coming back. Make sure those waistlines will never get any smaller by telling people there are certain foods that don’t have any points – we’ll feel encouraged to eat them with no regard and will keep the weight on or in most cases put on more.
So what about the people who are successful with Weight Watcher? After all, there are some success stories that keep motivating the rest of us. It’s simple: any diet will work as long as you keep your calories (not points) below the amount of food that you expend via daily activities. Period. You can eat twinkies and burgers and wash them down with non-diet coke and still lose weight, as long as you keep your food intake below what your body burns. It’s a simple equation that should be well known and understood. So the question one has to ask themselves: What do I want to fuel my body with? Do I want to fuel my body with nutritionally void foods or do I want to nourish it with whole foods? If it’s the former then you also need to know that eating nutritionally empty calories (and Weight Watchers does encourage eating that way, they also sell packaged manufactured foods ) then keep in mind that sooner or later it will catch up with you. Just look at the American population dying of heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Secondly, eating manufactured packaged food-like items is a trap that nobody escapes – you will not end at eating one because they do not satisfy, they are not even half as satiating as whole foods.
So what are you to do? I say, save your hard earned money that you otherwise would give to Weight Watchers and buy real food, preferably plant food and get an app on your phone that will track (for free) the calories (not points) you are eating. Go online to calculate the number of calories your body (at your age, size and activity level) needs to function optimally, take away between 200-500 calories from that max, eat real food and see the weight melt away! I know what you will say, you will say “Oh, that’s so hard, so time-consuming, etc. etc.” Yes, losing weight takes effort, if it were easy none of us would have any to lose and WW would be out of business. The way WW is failing most of us is by implying that losing weight is a piece of cake that you can also eat – that’s a lie. It isn’t easy and unless you are ready to accept that, you will continue the vicious cycle. You need to put a lot of effort and a lot of thought into shedding some pounds if you want to do it the conventional way. To make things easier simply switch to Plant-Based Whole Foods diet.
This was a rant, I realize, but there is nothing that pisses me off more than a multimillion dollar company that takes advantage of uninformed people. I get visibly upset when people talk about WW and how they have to get back on the plan that I had to put in my 2 cents about how horribly wrong WW is. If you stuck around this far here is my video for the Vegan Chocolate Loaf 🙂