Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake & Yogurt Cream:
There is something special about mini bundt cakes. I’m not sure what it is, maybe it is the fact that you can eat more than one. Is it because it only takes 2 or 3 bites to consume one of these little devils, or that they are so “French” looking and are so simple to bake. Either way, you have to agree, that someone cannot ignore the fact that mini bundt cakes just look awesome and sophisticated.
Baked with Garbanzo Beans:
Taking something like a bundt cake and changing one or two ingredients can enhance nutrition and create food that is alive with flavor. The alternative to this lemon cranberry bundt cake recipe involves the use of garbanzo beans, apple sauce, and fat-free buttermilk. Applesauce is a great way to decrease the amount of fat in a recipe while maintaining moisture. If you don’t disclose that the bundt cakes are made with Garbanzo beans, your guest will never know. I tell people after and always get that “no way” look and response.
Garbanzo Bean 101:
Garbanzo beans not only add protein but also add fiber that is proven to lower cholesterol.
The American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Cancer Society are recommending eating beans as part of a heart-healthy diet, as it may help decrease your chances of heart disease. Garbanzo beans sometimes called chickpeas are a staple of the Mediterranean diet and a great source of protein. For this reason, dried or canned garbanzo beans or are one legume you will always find in my pantry. From a nutritional standpoint, both dried or canned garbanzo beans contain a moderate amount of calories, are high in fiber and protein. All properties that play a role in weight management. They are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet and can be used in soups, salads, baking, snacks, etc.
Research has shown that regularly including garbanzo beans in your diet will support your health and may reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. The garbanzo beans used in this recipe are canned garbanzos, cream-colored, relatively round and called a “Kabuli-type.
The International Year of the Pulses:
The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses.
In many countries, consumer, food industry members, and governments have little knowledge of pulses, their attributes as a primary source of protein and other nutrients, or their ability to contribute to the solution of many food-related issues facing the world today. Here is a great link to the Global Pulse Confederation, how to get involved, resources, recipes, etc.