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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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Z’s St. Patty’s Day Cookies

Sugar-Free, THM-S, Keto

I wanted to add this recipe today so that if you were looking for healthy alternatives for tomorrow, this recipe would be available. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

The Color Green

So…This morning, as I started thinking about what to put in my cookies, I thought to myself, “well, they obviously need to be green right?”

So, I grabbed my proposed ingredients (I was inventing the recipe on the fly), and grabbed the box of green food coloring. I proceeded to read the ingredients… and…..WOW!

I have one word…”EW”.

I mean really, have you ever read what is inside of store-bought food coloring?!?!?!? EW!

 

 

Here are the ingredients in regular old green food coloring…

  • proplene glycol (they use that in anti-freeze!)
  • fd&c yellow 5
  • fd&c blue1
  • propylparaban (a preservative)

EW!

So… as I stood there saying “ew, ew, ew…”, over and over in my head…I decided that I would go with whatever green thing that was in my fridge. It just happens that I had some fresh baby spinach.

Yes, you guess it…SPINACH MAKES THESE COOKIES GREEN!

NOW you’re probably going “EW!”-But don’t say that until you’ve tried these YUMMY cookies!

Kid-Approved

My boys had their little friend over today, and they were all coloring together. I asked them if they would be my cookie testers, and of course with the mention of cookies, they were on board!!!

So, I put a plate of the yummy green cookies in front of them, and they basically disappeared instantaneously!

There is a plate under all those hands!

The last little crumb!

Green Mouth Boy!

Gobbling it up!

All gone!

Little did they know that they just ate cookies with spinach in them! HAHA!!! GOTCHA!

But they absolutely loved them, and begged for more…even AFTER they found out about the leafy greens int them!

The great thing about spinach, is that it really is easy to mask the “spinach” flavor. It has such a light flavor to it anyways, and I guess that’s why I like to add it to my recipes.

Needless to say, these are kid approved!

They store really well in the fridge and actually get an even better “cookie texture” after being in the fridge for an hour!

Little Irish “poops”…

Haha…even writing that makes me laugh. Lol. It’s not what you think though. I wanted to share a trick that finally (after lots of failed attempts) worked for me. My poor kitchen was so messy when I made these, and I am still finding green gooey smudges all over everything!

But, I found that if you make the cookie dough into what looks like little “poopy piles”, they bake perfectly round! Hence, the pastry bag! It makes it easier…trust me. Yay me!

little piles of poop. lol.

So, although they look funny before you bake them, they really do turn out perfect after!

Anyways…I hope you have as much fun making these guys as I did! It really does feel great to serve healthy cookies to my kids, instead of the sugar laden ones that will be all over the place this week. Hope you enjoy these healthy bad boy cookies!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

God Bless!

-Z

Z’s St. Patty’s Day Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 2 stick butter (1 cup)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup gentle sweet
  • 1 tbs super sweet
  • 3 hefty handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup oat fiber
  • 1 tsp Xantham gum
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pastry bag with plain round tip

Instructions

  1. pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In blender, add eggs and Xantham Gum. Blend for 40 seconds or until creamy
  3. Then add spinach, vanilla and heavy whipping cream.
  4. Blend until smooth and creamy green.
  5. Then, In stand mixer:
  6. Cream softened butter and sweeteners.
  7. Add in green blender mix
  8. Once all blended and creamy, add in dry ingredients. Mix until well blended (scraping sides occasionally).
  9. Texture should be a little more "gooey" than normal cookies.
  10. Use pastry bag to make little "piles" on the uncreased cookie sheets. (or just use spoonfuls, but they won't be as pretty;).
  11. Bake in oven for 10 minutes (or until edges are golden)
  12. Let cool completely before serving.
  13. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories

2193 cal

Fat

199 g

Carbs

78 g

Protein

57 g

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