Wednesday, March 9, 2016
My husband likes cookies. I like cookies. My son likes cookies. Cookies can be a problem, because they usually add unnecessary sugar, and bad fats to your diet. They usually put on weight. They usually make you feel really crummy for having eaten them - unless you use healthy fats that are actually beneficial to you and healthy sweeteners so you are not spiking your blood sugar. We love peanut butter and we love chocolate. Chocolate chips tend to be not so good on a low carb diet, unless you find some that are truly sugar free (meaning no malitol or bad sugar alcohols or other hidden types of sugar), or unless they are dark chocolate and low enough in sugar that you can take a small amount, put them in your food processor and make them into smaller chips. I did that with Nestle's dark chocolate morsels which have the same amount of carbs of every "sugar free" type of chocolate chips I've found...at least the ones that are affordable, easy to find, and you don't have to pay an exorbitant price for as well as shipping. Hate that. Gets so that it costs a small fortune to have a treat if you are low carb and gluten free sometimes.
I miss the days when you could easily throw together easy to get, cheap to buy ingredients and make a quick treat. Well, maybe it's just as well, because treats, whether low carb, or not, are supposed to be just that - treats! Meaning, once in a while, not every day, every meal. So before I go rambling on anymore, here is a video I put together to show how I converted a very classic peanut butter cookie recipe and made it simply low carb. I realize it is not ingredients everyone has on hand, but if you are a low-carber by lifestyle, you will have these ingredients on hand.
I used Jennifer Eloff's bake mix in this recipe which you can find here
If you don't use it you can just use more almond flour instead.
View on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtaXo2xhM5w&feature=youtu.be
CRISPY CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, LC, GF
1/4 cup Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening, non-hydrogenated
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup Pyure Sweetener -- OR 1/2 cup equivalent to sugar
1/2 cup erythritol
1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
1 cup almond flour - Honeyville
1/4 cup Jennifer's bake mix
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 ounces Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels
To make brown sugar substitute: Mix erythritol and blackstrap molasses in a food processor, pulsing until it is combined and looks like brown sugar.
Preheat oven to 375F. In mixing bowl add shortening, butter, peanut butter, Pyure, brown sugar mixture and egg. Beat together until smooth.
Add almond flour, bake mix, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix together with wooden spoon.
Place chocolate morsels in food processor and process until they are small pieces.
Stir morsels into cookie dough until well combined. Scoop by 2 tbsp. size scoop on parchment or silicone lined cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. They will be very soft when they come out and not look done. Do not try to move them! Let them cool completely on cookie sheet and they will get crisp.
When completely cooled, transfer to plate with spatula or keep in ziplock bag or storage container.
"Ginny Larsen, 3/9/2016"
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28 Cookies/Per Cookie: 106 Calories; 9g Fat (76.9% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber
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