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!
Chocolate Mint Cookies
A Christmas Favorite! Sugar-free, Keto, THM
- 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
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In Mixer: Blend together the softened butter and all sweetener until creamy.
Add in room temp eggs and mix until fluffy
Add in vanilla drops and mint extract. Continue to mix.
In seperate bowl, mix together remaining dry ingredients.
Add Dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until well mixed together.
Once Mixed together, leave mixture in bowl. Place in Fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Once chilled, place round 1 inch balls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Slighty press down on dough.
Bake in oven for 12-14 minutes.