Hooray! I have found a way to CHEAT on my diet without technically cheating!
     This whole "no sugar, no flour" thing has been aggravating sometimes. The only sweet thing I eat, usually, is some berries with plain yogurt. "Whoa, there. Calm down! Don't get crazy now!" you say.
     Yeah, I know. I was about to lose my ever-lovin' mind. Then, about a week ago, a friend shows me this recipe. Not sure who is the real author of this treat, but I am happy to pass it along for those of you struggling with gut or sugar issues.
     The sweeteners here are stevia and xylitol. Stevia you have probably heard of as it has been made popular in the last couple of years. It is actually a plant, and the extract can be made into a liquid or a powder. It is 100 times stronger than sugar, so it takes very little to sweeten, say, a glass of iced tea. Not only that, it has absolutely NO affect on your blood sugar.
     Xylitol, too, is a natural sugar found in many different foods, but in such little amounts that it cannot be harvested naturally from those foods. Instead, it is made from birch tree bark. The only side effects that may result from its use are diarrhea and gas. But I imagine you have to eat quite a bit, because I didn't experience any gut problems.
     Anywho, once you've assembled all your ingredients, this recipe takes no time at all to make! And they are soft, chewy, chocolaty deliciousness! Enjoy this one, folks!
----- Jenny


2 large eggs
1 cup raw unsalted creamy almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
12 drops liquid stevia
1/2 cup xylitol
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon buckwheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup shredded dried (unsweetened) coconut, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat eggs in an electric mixer in a medium bowl. Add the rest of the wet ingredients. Do not mix until you have added the sifted dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Then combine with wet ingredients and blend with electric mixer until well mixed. Use a small scoop (I used a 2-teaspoon spoon) and drop dough onto paper. 

Bake for 10-14 minutes, and allow to cool. Best served hot out of the oven or cold out of the fridge!


05/27/2012 8:13pm

YUM! Ok, where do I find these type of ingredients? Online? We only have a walmart or kroger in this tiny town. Woud they carry these type of sweetners?

Kitchen Psycho
05/28/2012 8:28am

Stevia and Xylitol can be found at almost ANY health food store, or you can easily find them online at amazon.com or possibly vitacost.com.
Stevia can be powdered or a liquid extract. I used the liquid for this recipe. It's usually a good deal if you can get 2 oz for about $8-9. Stevia is so strong, you don't need much, so it lasts a while.
Xylitol is good for baking because it replaces sugar's MASS.
Kroger actually may carry stevia, but probably not the xylitol... Wal-Mart: same situation.
I can't have sugar or honey at all right now for my diet, so the substitutes, especially totally natural ones, are all I can have. I refuse to touch aspartame or splenda. That's bad stuff, there.

05/30/2012 5:40pm

What diet are you following? Is it working??

Kitchen Psycho
06/01/2012 5:54am

Hey, Janine. I'm working on killing the "beast" inside me, or rather, the YEAST inside me. Candida. Anything that feeds candida is everything I can't eat. Sugar, corn, wheat, fungus/mushrooms, alcohol ...
So far, I've lost 11 pounds. It's going to be a long fight, because it has taken me over two months to lose those 11 pounds. But I'm resolved to do it. I have 40 more pounds to go. But I know it's working, because I'm experiencing "die-off" symptoms. Light headaches, a little tiredness, a rash... But overall, I feel better: no joint aches like before, and now, when I try to cheat and eat bread, I feel awful. So I know it's not good for me.
Are you following any diet plan?

08/17/2012 12:03pm

I enjoyed reading your blog, thank you.

10/18/2012 4:04am

Thanks for the info!

01/16/2013 3:21am

I am so happy to find about chocolate diet cookies. They are my favorite one and I want to thank you for sharing this with us.


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