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Guilt-Free Habichuelas Con Dulce

This is a VERY traditional Dominican sweet… typically made around this week of Semana Santa (Lent).

I have the sweetest (pun intended) childhood memories eating tons and tons of this yummy “cream of sweet beans”. How can you be Dominican and NOT crave this time of the year?

BUT, I also remember the nasty after match of all that sugar and ingredients combination… aaaand nobody got time for that!

So, because of that and because I love you all, I have made several changes to the original recipe that’s been used for ages, in order to make it healthier. So this one has no processed sugar, no dairy and to top it all, it’s vegan!

YOU’LL NEED

•  4 cups of cooked red kidney beans (you can find them in your regular supermarket of course, but if you’re super lazy for supermarket errands -like me- you can get these ones I like)
• 6 cups of water from boiling the beans
• ½ cup of raisins (I like these ones)
• 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 tbsp ground cinnamon (I like this one)
• 1 cup of Coconut sugar (I like this one)
• 2 cups of coconut milk (I like this one)
• 2 tbsp vanilla extract (I like this one)
• 3 cups of almond milk
• ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (I like this one)
• ½ lb of sweet potatoes in cubes
• 10 cloves
• 10 malagueta pepper

I used sweet potatoes instead of traditional sweet yam since sweet potato has more nutrients and complex carbs than the traditional yam that is used in the traditional recipe.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Soak the beans in water overnight.
2. Change the water and boil until soft in abundant water.
3. In a blender a puree the beans.
4. In a colander strain the beans.
5. Mix beans, coconut milk, almond milk into a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
6. Add later the salt, sugar, raisins, cinnamon, cloves and sweet potatoes and boil for 10 minutes. Stir regularly.
7. Boil until it has reduced a little bit and the cream of beans gets thicker.

Let it cool down, then put it in the fridge to cool some more, at least 1 hour before serving.

You can garnish with cookies on top… and ENJOY!

Do you like Habichuelas Con Dulce? If you are not Dominican or familiar with the culture, have you tried it before?

Share, share, share this post with all your loved ones and let’s have a SWEET & HEALTHY lent treat!

Xo, C

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