Chocolate-Dipped Almond Thins (LCHF)

I’ll cut right to the chase: there’s Splenda in this recipe. I already know what you’re going to say, so don’t bother…yes, I have used a food analog. And you know what? I don’t even feel guilty.

Up until last week, I would sooner have pulled off a toenail than created a recipe that used an artificial sweetener. But that was last week. This week, I’m a little less judgy, a little more antsy to play around with the sweeteners available to people who–for one reason or another–prefer/have to limit carbohydrate intake.

Now, don’t think for one minute that I condone simply swapping out sugar for sugar analogs just so you can feed your sweet tooth willy-nilly. I don’t. In fact, I would urge you to learn how to live with fewer sweets. It’s possible. Really!
I made this for those times when you just want a bite or two of something sweet, not a planned-for special indulgence. (In those cases, I would recommend this or this.) This is a small, satisfying sweet that won’t pump you full of insulin and make you feel like you not only fell off the wagon but got run over and dragged by it too.

If you want to try this but don’t mind the carbs or you just don’t want to use Splenda, you can sub out a tablespoon or two of cane sugar or granulated sugar for the Splenda.

FYI ~ you’ll see in the picture that my chocolate is a little bloomy. Eh. You can temper your chocolate for this, but that kind of defeats the purpose, which is to have a bit of deliciousness with no fuss and no insulin spike. Never mind the bloom–it’s harmless and a non-issue unless you’re serving dessert to, say, Daniel Boulud. (In that case, I would recommend tempering your chocolate so you don’t look like a chump.)

Chocolate-Dipped Almond Thins ~ low carb, high fat; gluten-free

  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated Splenda
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (liquid)
  • 1 egg white
For Chocolate Dip:
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 11/2 tablespoons coconut oil
1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, Splenda, and salt until combined.
2. Add vanilla extract, coconut oil, and egg white to dry ingredients; mix until moistened and dough comes together in a ball.
3. Roll dough out between two sheets of baking parchment until about 1/6-inch thick. Remove top sheet of parchment and slide bottom sheet onto baking pan. Use a cookie cutter or pastry wheel to cut out shapes.
4. Bake at 325F for 12 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden. 
5. Let sit on baking sheet till cool, then separate cookies from scraps. Crumble scraps and reserve.
6. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil. Stir until smooth. Dip cookies into chocolate and place on a wax-paper-lined cookie sheet. Garnish cookies with crumbled scraps. Place cookie sheet into freezer for 30 minutes, or until chocolate coating is solid. 
7. Serve immediately. Keep frozen to store.
 

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies are the nice girls of the cookie jar. They’re wholesome, earthy, sweet ~ the cookie version of the girl you can take home to not just Mom, but Grandma too.

This version is the equally lovable, slightly sassier ~ but not quite naughtier ~ cookie-girl version. She’s the one who will have a nose ring, a cupcake tattooed on her butt, and enough charm to wrangle your Grandma’s lime whip salad recipe out of her at the church potluck.

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with Orange and Spice

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  1. Cream together butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest until smooth and light.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and allspice. Add to the butter mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in oats, cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Chill dough 1 hour or overnight.
  3.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  4. Drop cookies by tablespoon or cookie scoop onto prepared sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are just golden. Let cool 2 minutes on pan; remove to racks to cool completely. Store at room temperature for 1 week in air-tight container or freeze for longer storage.

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