Diagnosis and Dessert

June 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I’ve been seeing a holistic doctor… someone who is helping me heal from my various disorders. After a bunch of lab tests, I got an official diagnosis—one that I was pretty much expecting from the moment I walked in there. It’s just nice to have several pieces of paper confirming what I’ve been researching for the past year and a half. Hormonally, I have low-grade hypothyroid accompanied by VERY low progesterone. Additionally, I have candida and very little beneficial bacteria. JOY! So I’ve been hitting the anti-candida protocol pretty hard here. Here’s the abridged version: I’m avoiding all grains, dairy, starchy vegetables, sugar, most fruit, alcohol, fermented foods and caffeine. I allow myself one small serving of low-glycemic fruit a day, ie: berries or green apple. THAT’S IT. Yeah, I’ve been a real party animal lately, obviously! Initially it was pretty easy, but as the weeks wear on, I’m constantly searching for ways to better enjoy my one daily treat.

I literally threw together this little blondie recipe last week when we were having dinner with friends, and I had nothing to bring for dessert. I could have sat there drinking water while everyone enjoyed their ice cream, but I hate feeling left out, so this recipe was born. I think it would probably taste awesome a-la-mode, but I will just have to imagine that for now. Someday, though… hopefully sooner than later.

Rhubarb Raspberry Blondie

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C almond flour
1/4 C coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 C coconut oil
2 eggs
2 Tbs almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
about 80 drops vanilla liquid stevia (two droppers full)
1 small rib of rhubarb, sliced
1/4 C frozen raspberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine dry ingredients, mix in wet ingredients. Dough will be dry and moldable. Press and smooth into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Press rhubarb and raspberries into the dough. Bake 35 – 40 min, or until edges start to brown and a knife inserted comes out clean.