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Chocolate Mint Cookies

Sugar-Free, Keto, Thm

Do you have a certain smell, taste or sight that is directly connected with Christmas? I do. Except its not just one. It’s like a 304!

I love the Christmas tree (the real one, with the REAL smell) all set up right after thanksgiving. I love the Christmas music softly playing in the background whenever I cook or bake. I absolutely love the Christmas tree lights on after all the kids go to bed, when I can actually sit and enjoy it, and the cozy soft glow that it gives off. Somehow, everything seems better around Christmas time.

There is an array of different cookie recipes that I love to bake around Christmas time, but these taste just like Christmas to me. I came up with the recipe last year when I was playing around with some ideas. One evening, as I was scrounging through the cupboards for something sweet (does anyone else do that???), I found an old box of Girl Scout cookies. Mint thins! I smelled them to make sure they were good still…they weren’t. So, I decided to make some chocolate mint cookies, inspired by an old bad box of Girl Scout cookies! The clincher was, they were going to be the healthy version so that I could thoroughly enjoy them!

Staying “on plan”

You see, I have a hard time staying on track with my health and fitness around the holidays. Is it only me? I feel like thanksgiving always starts it off for me, because I always end up baking enormous amounts of pies, cheesecakes and the like. Its not that I am a binger on all that is junk, but my messed up thinking always gets me in the end. I start to think, “well, thanksgiving is this week, so I guess I will have one of those cookies,” or, “I have to have a homemade roll with my dinner!”. That thought process just continues for a couple of weeks, when finally I am ready to get back to eating “on plan” again. Then it is Christmas week, and the whole process begins again.

I know I am not alone on this. I’ve talked to so many of my friends who struggle with this too. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not the end of the world if you take advantage of the wonderful bounty of deliciousness around the holidays. However, if it becomes the “norm”, then it can be.

So with all of that being said, wouldn’t you love to start incorporating healthy options to your holiday traditions? Try these guys on for size! I would love to hear some of your family traditions, your favorite cookie recipes etc, but especially how you liked these Chocolate Mint Cookies!

So grab a cozy blanket, a glass of milk (or cashew milk-one of my favorites), and put on that old Christmas classic movie, and enjoy one of these timeless cookies…with none of the guilt! Feel good about serving healthy options this Christmas!

Heres the recipe! I hope you enjoy them!

God Bless!

-Zaneta

Chocolate Mint Cookies

A Christmas Favorite! Sugar-free, Keto, THM

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Author Zaneta Francis

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs At room temp
  • 2 sticks Butter (unsalted) Softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Sweetener I love gentle sweet, monkfruit or an erythritol blend
  • 1 tsp Xanthan gum to thicken and bind
  • 5 drops Vanilla creme stevia
  • 1 1/4 tsp Mint extract
  • 2/3 cups Cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs Pyrure Stevia blend
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream
  • 2 cups Almond flour It works better with the fine ground almond flour
  • 1/2 cup Oat Fiber This is another trick to make it bind together

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. In Mixer: Blend together the softened butter and all sweetener until creamy.

  3. Add in room temp eggs and mix until fluffy

  4. Add in vanilla drops and mint extract. Continue to mix.

  5. In seperate bowl, mix together remaining dry ingredients.

  6. Add Dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until well mixed together.

  7. Once Mixed together, leave mixture in bowl. Place in Fridge for 20-30 minutes.

  8. Once chilled, place round 1 inch balls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Slighty press down on dough.

  9. Bake in oven for 12-14 minutes.

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Triple Berry Cheesecake

Sugar-Free, THM-S, Keto

Dessert for Breakfast

I have to admit that I have had this delicious amazingness for breakfast a time or two!

I mean, come on! Who WOULDN’T eat this for breakfast? The amazing part is, it is sugar-free, chock full of berries and actually has flax meal in the crust…so yea…healthy cheesecake for the win!

There are no carbs in this sucker (hence, the THM-S and Keto label), so you know that when you eat this beautiful dessert, you are only burning one fuel (fat). And, because of the lack of processed sugar, your insulin levels will not be spiked. Perfect for diabetics!

Hello breakfast, lunch or dinner!

It really is almost too pretty to eat! ALMOST.

My husband actually treats this dessert like gold! He will savor it for a couple days (which is a long time for him to keep his favorite foods without eating them), hiding it away from the kids, and sneaking a slice whenever he can. I think my cheesecakes are one of his favorite things I make.

Berries Everywhere!

Did you know that berries are actually really good for you? Heck yea! Here are stat on some of my favorite berries:

Strawberries
One cup of strawberries (about 8 berries) has 50 calories, 3 grams of fiber and more vitamin Cthan a medium orange. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, folate and potassium. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition ranked strawberries third out of more than 1,000 antioxidant-rich foods. Strawberries also contain anthocyanins, which may help protect the nervous system and blood vessels.
Studies have shown that strawberries can help protect against several types of cancer, including breast, colon and leukemia. Research has also found that strawberries help decrease inflammation and control type 2 diabetes. In addition, one study found that eating 8 strawberries a day for 8 weeks helped lower homocysteine levels, a leading risk factor for heart disease.
Blueberries
One cup of these fruits has 84 calories and close to 4 grams of fiber. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidant vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Research has found that blueberries may help prevent prostate cancer and protect against heart disease. Animal research has also found that blueberry extract may help improve memory, balance and coordination—potentially promising for those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Raspberries
One cup of raspberries has 70 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin C. The serving is also a good source of fiber, phosphorus and selenium. Raspberries contain anthocyanins (mentioned above) and another phytochemical called quercetin, found to help slow cancer growth.
As with the other berries, studies have shown that raspberries may be useful in preventing esophageal and liver cancer. Raspberries have also been shown to help control blood sugar in diabetics and help prevent liver damage.
Blackberries
One cup of blackberries has 62 calories, 8 grams of fiber and is an excellent source of vitamins C and K and manganese. Blackberries have been found to have the highest amount of antioxidants – higher than the other 3 berries mentioned above! They’re also bursting with all types of phytochemicals, which have been shown to help fight or prevent cancers like liver, colon, lung and esophogeal. Blackberries also contain quercetin, an antioxidant that may help decrease the risk of heart disease.https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/healthy-tips/2013/07/the-health-benefits-of-berries

The Recipe

Neeedless to say..this cheesecake is not only nutritious for you, but it is absolutely delicious! It is a favorite around here, and I would love to share the “love” with y’all!

So, pull up a chair and a good napkin, and let me share this beauty with you! Hope you enjoy it as much as my husband does! 😉

God Bless!

-Z

Recipe Image

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/8 cup flax meal seed (optional)
  • 1/2 cup gentle sweet (or favorite sugar-free sweetener)
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar substitute (or 1 tsp molasses)
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup gentle sweet
  • 1 tbs super sweet
  • For the Berry Topping:
  • 3 cups frozen berries (I use blackberries, blueberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 gentle sweet
  • 2 tsp xantham gum
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. place all the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix together until crumbly
  3. put all crust ingredients into a greased springform pan
  4. flatten down to make the crust firm
  5. bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden
  6. let cool completely
  7. ----Filling-----
  8. Whip the heavy cream in a stand mixer
  9. Add vanilla
  10. Once cream is thick, add in the softened cream cheese and sweeteners
  11. Mix until creamy
  12. Add to the cooled crust and use spatula to smooth
  13. place in freezer for at least an hour
  14. ---Berry Topping----
  15. About 30 minutes before you are ready to serve the cheesecake, place the berries and water into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium high
  16. Allow berries to simmer in the water
  17. Add in the vanilla, pinch of salt and gentle sweet
  18. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly
  19. once the sauce is dark and sweet, turn the heat to low and add in the xantham gum.
  20. Stir until resolved
  21. Let berry sauce cool
  22. Add to cheesecake
  23. Serve with whipped cream or alone
  24. Enjoy!
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