Monday, April 23, 2012

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Bombs

The Great and Powerful Oz was out of town this weekend. Though he might try to pull the wool over my eyes and convince me that it was a fun-less, work-related event, I wasn't born yesterday. I know what he was up to all weekend.




And it definitely counts against him on the husband-wife battleground of "who got to have adult fun v. who stayed home with the kids." You know what I'm talking about. We all play that game.




While him being away While him having fun with out me is not my first choice for the weekend, the weekend had its perks:


1. There was the unabashed broiling of brussel sprouts and kale.

2. The kids ate nothing but fast food and, in fact, ate their lunch Saturday out of the popcorn bucket while we saw Chimpanzees.

3. With the exception of Saturday night (see below), my meals were strange and  unbalanced concotions that, though healthy enough, are too embarrassing to write about.

4. The floors were not vacuumed for several days. By Sunday, they were covered in more food than a Vegas buffet line.

5. There was no censorship preventing the execution of any harebrained Elizabeth/Jenni ideas.


The consequence of number five is that we had a sleep-over at my house on Saturday night that included grown-ups being out numbered by kids 3.5 to 1.


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The purpose of the sleepover was to let the kids run amuck, mostly unsupervised, while we sipped cocktails and whipped up some test batches of sugar-free cookies.


But first, we ate dinner because sipping cocktails and making cookies on an empty stomach while seven kids destroy the house is a bad decision.  This was our dinner:


Southwest Chipotle Baked Tilapia smothered in
guacamole and grilled sweet yellow peppers and shrimp.
Baked cheese-filled wontons and brussel sprouts, of course.

You've seen the wontons on here before.  We will do a tutorial on them soon because they are low fructose, light on the calories, and very, very satisfying.   And, most kids (though not mine because they are crazy) will eat them.

After dinner, Elizabeth and I poured another round, summoned our inner Julia Childs, and got to work.



The goal was to come up with two sugar-free cookie recipes using xylitol as the sole sweetener (please read the Xylitol disclaimer below before you make/eat our recipe). 



 

I wanted a sugar-free version of this standard no-bake chocolate, peanut butter cookie. We made two slightly different test batches. Here's proof that we tried:




Unfortunately, our recipe still needs a little tweaking.

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Because we love all things PB, we also wanted to come up with a sugar-free PB cookie. We started with this recipe from one of our favorite blogs, Carrots 'n Cake.

The result of our toils is a puffy little morsel that we think you will like a lot at least a little

Now these aren't your grandma's cookies.  They are "healthy cookies."  So put all your preconceived notions aside.  Unless you are completely adverse to cake-like cookies (like The Great and Powerful Oz), these will hit the spot.  

If you don't like cakey cookies, consider doubling or tripling the recipe and baking it in a loaf pan. Think bread . . . and be happy.

Also, coconut flour does have a different taste and texture than normal flour.  So, if you want to start with baby steps, substitute some or all of the coconut flour with spelt flour, almond flour, or even regular flour. 

Gluten-free, Sugar-free Peanut Butter Bombs

Ingredients:

1/8 cup + 1 T coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup xylitol
1/4 cup sugar-free natural peanut butter or other nut butter
1 egg
2 T salted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.




In a second bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the xylitol and softened (but not melted) butter.



Add the egg and peanut butter to the creamed xylitol. 




Mix together.




Add the dry ingredients that were set aside earlier.




Mix some more.






Spoon onto cookie sheet.



Bake for 10-12 minutes. Eat.  But not too many (read below)!




Xylitol Disclaimer:

The Xylitol packaging has this to say:

Xylitol requires a brief period of tolerance adjustment.  It is suggested that XyloSweet be used in gradually increasing portions over a period of three to six weeks before it is entirely substituted for common sugar.

Notice how they don't tell you what to expect if you overdo it, but I think you can use your imagination.  Or I can just tell you.

We heeded no mind to their warning about gradually working it into your diet and just went balls to the wall with it.  I'm pretty sure that eating six cookies in a sitting and a few spoonfuls of cookie dough can not be considered easing in to it either.

Now, Elizabeth has a stomach of steel. Xylitol is no match for her. She had no complaints.
 

I, on the otherhand, did notice a rumbly in my tumbly after "testing" the cookies.  I felt like a ticking gastro time bomb just waiting to go off.   So my advice is to go slow on these. Make a small batch and share them with your friends.  If your friends eat too many in your presence, you might want to beat feet out of there.   And, if you are having a sleepover, our peanut butter bombs make great fuel for dutch ovens. 

























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