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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.

Easy Recipes

Z’s Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Sugar-free, THM-S, Keto

Comfort Food, Without the Guilt!

Seriously, this dish is easy peasy! If you ever want some comfort food, but don’t want the guilt…this is the ticket!

Being a busy mom, I really love yummy dishes that are filling and super easy AND fast to make.

It aint’ pretty, but it “shore is goooood!”.

I always say that this dish “isn’t the prettiest”, but, you can’t beat a good old fashioned chicken pot pie! I adapted this recipe from an old recipe that I found years ago in an old cookbook.

I have always loved a “biscuity” kind of crust on a pot pie. Some of y’all might like the “flakey” kind of crust, but I’m a biscuit kind of girl. 🙂

The bisquit/crust is made with a tiny bit of cornmeal and almond flour, so it has the same texture of a traditional pot pie crust.

“Mom Mode”

I don’t know about you, but I have some weeks where I am “pulling my hair out” in frustration. With kids, with schedules, with life. If you do not have those weeks, please email me. I’d love to take notes from you :).

With all that frustration, we get in “mom mode”. The mode where we just “don’t care”. We want to be “done” with mountains of laundry, never ending dishes and hearing the screeching version of “maaawwwwmmmaaaa!!!” ALL. DAY. LONG.

I have had one of those weeks, this week.

Let me just tell you, when you have 4 kids…keeping a clean and non-chaotic house is IMPOSSIBLE. I have had to resign myself to that realization every day and try to “just go with it”.

I am learning that it is OK to have toys on the floor every waking moment. It is OK to have a few dishes in the sink. It is OK to not finish every check-box on the school planner. It is OK to still be n your PJ’s at 10 am.

What matters most is that I spend time with my kids. That I am “present” with them. What matters are the talks where we sit down and pray together, or when we talk about what the words, “discipline and consequence” mean. Where we are able to say “sorry” to each other, forgive each other and then move on with or day.

All that chaos that causes me to go into “mom mode” is worth it because I have perspective. Perspective of what’s important.

I don’t get it right every time, but I am learning.

Back To The Food…

All that to say, sometimes you just need a simple and healthy meal. Something easy to throw together that will be “comforting” in those “mom mode” days.

Enter this amazingly easy chicken pot pie! Yes Please!

Be encouraged mama! You are doing the most important job in world! Raising children to be responsible and disciplined adults! I know it’s hard, but it matters!

God Bless and enjoy!!!

-Z

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs diced and cooked chicken
  • 16 oz. frozen veggies (I use the peas, carrots and corn blend)
  • 1 can organic cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can organic cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 rounded Tbs oregano
  • 1 Tbs thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbs garlic salt
  • ---------for the crust-------
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 cup oat fiber
  • 5 packets of truvia (or sweetener) (approx. 5 tsp)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease (I use butter pam) 9x13 inch glass pan
  3. In large mixing bowl:
  4. Mix well together the cooked chicken, cans of soup, frozen veggies and seasonings.
  5. Add mixture to greased pan and flatten out with spatula.
  6. Rinse out that mixing bowl and use it to mix the crust mixture.
  7. Add eggs, half and half and heavy whipping cream.
  8. With whisk, whisk the eggs and wet ingredients together until almost creamy.
  9. Add in the rest of the crust ingredients, and whisk until well mixed.
  10. Add crust mixture to the top of the filling mixture. Smooth over the top with spatula.
  11. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
  12. Serve with a side of sautéed veggies or salad.
  13. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories

4236 cal

Fat

169 g

Carbs

354 g

Protein

331 g

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