May 02, 2015

A Healthy, Chewy Cookie - Sugar free, wheat free... yum!

My kitchen lighting turns everything a shade of yellow in photos. Sorry!

I think it was about 16 or 17 years ago I first started to make this cookie recipe.  At the time I used sugar and flour as well as regular chocolate.  I often added some corn flakes to it too because the mixture of flavors was really quite good.  However, a couple years after I started to make these, I also started to research and learn more about sugar and the effects on our bodies and over the years, as more ingredients became available to "play with" I tried to make these healthier.

Today, with the internet being so handy to order all my natural sweeteners and almond flour, etc. these are easier than ever to make healthy.  No sugar.  No flour. Sugar free chocolate options.  It's still a cookie - but I can eat one or two and not get sick to my stomach the way eating sugar based goodies make me!

When I make this with Just Like Sugar Brown or Ideal Brown (Ideal is no longer available but Just Like Sugar is) I would add about 1/2 teaspoon of molasses.  This is because these brown sugar sweeteners are dry and fluffy granules, not the heavy, sweet, sticky granules we know as 'brown sugar'.  This adds the chewy texture to the cookie as well as giving it a more authentic flavor.  It's up to you.  Also - when I make these and leave out all the chocolate, I just add a little more oats or nuts to make up the difference.  I've also added corn flakes or rice krispies to these cookies over the years.  It's a pretty easy recipe to play with.  I'll add links below to the products I use that I order from Amazon and Netrition.

"Best Cookie Ever" - and a healthier version in parenthesis)
(I didn't name it this - it came with this moniker)

1 stick real butter
1/2 c sugar (Just Like Sugar or Ideal)
1/2 c brown sugar  (Just Like Sugar Brown or other brown sugar style sweetener)
1 egg
1/2 t vanilla
1 c flour (1/4 c coconut flour, 3/4 c almond flour)
3/4 c rolled oats
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 bag chocolate chips (Sugar Free Hersheys) (I leave these out completely sometimes since I don't like chocolate)
1/2 Hersheys chocolate bar, grated  (Sugar Free Hershey's minis)
3/4 c chopped nuts

Cream the butter and sugars (sweeteners).  Add the egg and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients, stir to mix and then add the chocolates and chopped nuts.  Form small balls or drop by tablespoons on a greased cookie sheet or parchment.  Bake at 375 for approximately 8 minutes til golden around edges.  Remove from heat, let cool.

Products I order from Amazon or Netition:

Brown Sweetener: 16 oz by Just Like Sugar
Just Like Sugar Table Top Sweetener 16 oz Pkg
Ideal No Calorie Sweetener 10.6 Ounce Baking Bag
Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour Super Fine Grind Gluten Free Cholesterol Free 3lbs
 Hershey's Chocolate Bars, Sugar Free, 3-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)

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