Thursday, December 13, 2007

Low-carb recipe: Gingerbread cookies

Step one: Place mounds of batter on cookie sheet.

Step two: Bake the"mounds" for five minutes, then flatten with a fork.

These cookies are wonderful (and very Christmas-y) as-is, but if you want to frost them, they make a big splash with guests or your kids! Just mix 8 oz. cream cheese with 1/3 stick of softened butter. Blend in four packets of Splenda and a dash of vanilla extract. Blend until creamy. A drop or two of food colouring will allow you to make gingerbread "ornaments".

- 1 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup oat flour (finely ground whole oats)
- 1/4 lb (1 stick) softened butter (if using salted butter, omit the salt later in the recipe)
- 1/2 cup granular Splenda
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar Twin
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 2 tsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt (omit if you are using salted butter)

Preheat oven to 300F.

Cream butter with Splenda and Brown Sugar Twin in a large bowl. Add water and spices and mix well. (Personally, I would have increased the spices by 50%.) Gradually add almond flour and mix to a stiff dough. Form into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet at least 1" apart.

Bake at 300F for 20 minutes. After five minutes in oven, press cookies down with a fork in a criss-cross manner. Continue baking, being careful not to burn and adjusting time for your oven.

Makes about 2 doz. cookies - 1.4 effective grams of carbohydrate per cookie.

Source: Low Carb Luxury

I made a big batch of these and I found that they were a bit bland at first. But they aged well in the refrigerator and were better a few days later, I thought, than when they were fresh! Definitely watch the salt in these. I made them with salted butter and added the salt, too. I think they would have been much better with 50% more spices and a bit less salt.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Week #25: Down by another -2.5 lb for a grand total of -77 lb!

Another great week. I'm down by another -2.5 lb for a grand total of
-77 lb in 25 weeks!! Although I didn't get as much water in me this week as I would have liked, it didn't seem to have harmed me much. Weird week, with travelling, a snowstorm, etc. I have to get better at adusting the diet to days that are outside the routine. Well, I shouldn't say adjusting the diet... I should say adjusting the water. The diet always goes well... it's the water intake when I'm out of the routine. The big upcoming challenge is Christmas, of course. I have two parties just today + supper with a (thankfully low-carbing) friend who's in town... It will be a day of eating, but I'll have access to all low-carb stuff, so it'll be fine. Then again, I don't really care if I eat these days. When you stop OD'ing on carbs, those highs and lows disappear. Everything becomes much more stable and you stop experiencing those "crazy" hunger urges like you're starving.

No excuses!