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Add craisins to chocolate chip cookies for a treat

Photo: Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

I decided to get a little creative with this great recipe from Carb Counters All Purpose Flour for chocolate chip cookies. I decided to add craisins and pecans, so it’s not a big change, but the result is delicious. If you want just chocolate chip cookies, leave out the craisins and pecans. I used CC’s low carb flour but you can make this with almond flour. Just substitute the same amount for the flour.

To make this low-sodium, use almond flour and unsalted butter. Otherwise, the recipe is the same.

1 cup Low Carb Flour
1/2 cup Sugar Substitute
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Egg
4 tablespoons Butter, melted
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/3 cup Sugar-free Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Reduced Sugar Craisins
1/4 cup Pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F.). Place parchment paper in a cookie tin.

In a medium bowl, add flour, sugar substitute, and baking powder and mix together. Add eggs, butter, and vanilla, then stir to mix. If the dough does not absorb all the flour, add a little water and stir to incorporate. Stir in the craisins, chocolate chips, and nuts.

Drop cookies by one tablespoon at a time onto the cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Press down to about 2″ in diameter. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes for soft cookies.

Makes 14 to 16 cookies. (I got 14 using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop.)


May 2020 be a deliciously healthy year!

Image: Nutrition Info for Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies


Quick Apple Pie Dessert for One

Over half-way through November and I haven’t posted anything this month! I’m in the midst of NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month in which writers spend as much time as possible working to write novel in November. Pick a busy time of year and put this huge challenge into it! The goal is 50,000 words, but the novel is actually longer than that, but I have reached the target and the novel is over three-quarters done at 75,000 words. So that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

The down side of NaNo is that I don’t do much cooking during the month so new recipes aren’t emerging and eating out is adding more weight to my body. It’s  constant tug, isn’t it? But I did make this snappy little dessert a couple of nights ago and I think you might enjoy it.

Apple Pie Compote with Cranberry

With all the flavors of a rich apple pie, this little quick-to-make compote is a warm taste of Fall in a dessert bowl. Made in the microwave, it comes together quickly and makes one delicious serving. For more servings, simply double the recipe for 2 or triple it for 3. I used reduced sugar Craisins to add a bit of color and tartness to it. Check the carb count on these or use chopped cranberries to reduce the carbs a little.

This is higher net card than I usually make, so if you’re aiming for a low total for the day, make this on a day when you’re overall meals are coming in really low. It is an indulgence. If you’re one of the lucky ones who has a higher metabolism and can eat 3o to 40 net carbs a day, this should work in fine.

Recipe by Rene Averett

1/2 small Apple, sliced
1 tablespoon Butter
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground Cloves
1 tablespoon Sugar Substitute
1 tablespoon Reduced Sugar Craisins
1 tablespoon Golden Flax Meal
1 tablespoon Chopped Pecans
1 tablespoon Sweet Red Wine or Sugar Free Cranberry Juice
1 tablespoon Whipped Topping or Cream

Slice or chop the apple evenly. Put in a microwavable bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the whipped topping. Stir well, then microwave for 1 minute. Stir it up and microwave another 30 seconds.

Let cool about 5 minutes, then put into serving dish (if you wish or eat it out of the bowl you cooked it in) and top with whipped topping.

Makes 1 apple-pie-yummy serving.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 252 Fat: 20.3 g Net Carbs: 11.3 g Protein: 2.6 g

Note: You could substitute in Almond Flour for the Flax Meal, but it will increase the net carbs by 1 nc.

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