I’ve been trying to find a recipe for cookies without sugar or carbs without much luck. I tried a few recipes but they were god awful. Experiments continued…
I tried a peanut butter cookie recipe without flour, butter or sugar… wasn’t horrible but they turned to dust if you just looked like you were going to pick one up.
I bought some coconut flour but made the mistake of assuming it was about an equal replacement for wheat flour. NOPE! It is massively absorbent and about a teaspoon of coconut flour replaces a cup of wheat flour. I had to keep adding things to the dough… like two cups of milk, in order to get it to a consistency that could be worked. The cookies were hard and dry… then softened up overnight. It was like eating coconut dust.
Not wanting to waste the last two failed experiments I ground them up in the food processor to use as the “flour” in the next experiment – ground nuts/nut flours are very expensive!
I tried a sugar substitute called SteviaSugar – holy crap the after-taste is vile. I followed directions for amounts and even used less than suggested as I don’t need things super sweet. I tried a couple of the cookies (chocolate coconuts drops) which weren’t horrible, but then… the after-taste kicked in and wouldn’t go away. I brushed my teeth to get rid of it… and woke up in the morning with it still in my mouth.
So I continued to search for recipes that didn’t use sugar or sugar substitutes. Found some but they weren’t carb free. I don’t HAVE to be carb free, but need to keep it to a minimum.
I found a recipe that had oatmeal, almond flour and brown rice flour. So decided to sort of follow it… actually, I changed it a lot. I replaced banana with apple sauce, almond butter with peanut butter, added an egg, increased the oatmeal and removed the 1/4 c of maple syrup and several other unnecessary things…
I’m an experienced baker/cook so recipes are usually just to get an idea of proportions and ingredients and inspiration for different combinations. But I’m not familiar with a lot of these new ingredients so need to see the combinations and ratios.
So, the results are in and this one was a SUCCESS!
They are Oatmeal Blueberry. They are a bit … “rounded” as I didn’t flatten them. I was expecting them to spread due to the butter, but they stayed the way they were dropped. (I’d already had a few when I took the photo.)
They hold together, the blueberries are a nice pop, and they are plenty sweet enough with the apple sauce and blueberries. I can’t even taste the peanut butter.
Here’s my recipe if you want to try it.
No Sugar Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 F (my oven runs hot, so I turned it down to 335 F after I put them in.)
1/3 cup butter. softened
1/2 cup unsweetened smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (one snack sized container)
1 tsp vanilla
(Optional: you can add maple syrup or honey if you want them sweeter – 1 tsp up to 1/4 cup depending on how sweet you want them.)
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup dried blueberries OR craisins, raisins, or whatever you want
Cream the butter and peanut butter together, blend in the apple sauce, egg, vanilla (and syrup if you are using it.)
Combine all the dry ingredients together and add to wet, blend until mixed well. Add the blueberries and mix until combined.
Drop tablespoons of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets. As they won’t spread, you can flatten with a fork or your hand if you want to. Mine weren’t and baked fine.
Bake for 15-20 minutes – until browned on the bottom and no longer give when touched. If you flatten them, check at 12 minutes as they may bake faster than mine.
Makes 2.5 dozen.
Let cool completely before putting in a sealed container.
I’m really pleased with these – they taste like normal cookies!