Thursday, May 28, 2020

NO-BAKE CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES








NO-BAKE CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES

Wow, these are super-addictive and good! Low-carb and Keto options! When can one claim that cookies contain lots of healthful chocolate as well as protein? My husband loves how they make him feel so good and contribute to wonderful energy and a feeling of well-being. He likes me to keep these types of cookies in the fridge for him at all times! I realize oats are not keto, so use the coconut option if you are following a very strict low-carb diet.  Both recipes are equally wonderful, so not to worry.  For us, the oats in a couple of these a day is not an issue, however, if you are going to eat 7 of them in a day, then that’s a problem!  


PLEASE NOTE - Variations:  The coconut version is awesome kept in the freezer!!  If you decide to do that then stick with 2/cup (150 mL) vanilla whey protein powder.  Oh boy, this coconut version kept in the freezer is beyond awesome; chewy, sweet chocolate deliciousness!!  This is most definitely a recipe you can play with over time.  For instance 1 cup of chocolate chips equals 6 oz.  You can experiment with adding unsweetened baker's chocolate (and more sweetener!) or a combo of unsweetened chocolate and cocoa butter, etc.  You could even try using cocoa powder for part of the chocolate instead of, say, the whey protein, however, you may sacrifice some of the chewiness.  So many different things you can use as you can see even from the nuts option.  If you are Keto you will not miss the oats, trust me, as the coconut version is very yummy, too.  If you cannot have too much fiber (leave out the oats or the coconut options), then add 3 oz of unsweetened Baker's chocolate or cocoa butter to the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup whey protein powder, plus 1/4 cup oat flour (this is the variation my husband currently enjoys).  I have even increased the Baker's chocolate and decreased the chocolate chips.  As long as you have an electronic kitchen scale, it is easy to play with all the variations and find the combination that you prefer. As you can see, the computations and permutations are seemingly endless!!  

2 cups  sugar-free chocolate chips, OR this one (500 mL)
  (Please check the flexible variations above for the chocolate chips - easy!)
1/4 cup unsalted butter (60 mL)
2/cup vanilla whey protein powder (150 mL)
  {use 3/4 cup (175 mL) if using coconut}
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats, OR (175 mL)
  unsweetened, finely shredded coconut
2/3 cup walnut halves, broken in half (150 mL)
  or smaller, OR lightly-salted peanuts (skip for keto version),
  OR sliced almonds
Condensed Milk:
1/3 cup boiling water (75 mL)
1/4 cup butter (60 mL)
1 cup whole milk powder, OR (250 mL)
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1/2 cup (125 mL)
  sugar
3 tbsp powdered erythritol, OR (45 mL)
  4 coffee sweetener packets

Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.  You will most likely need a dinner plate lined with parchment paper as well for a few extra cookies.

In double boiler or using one pot inside of another with boiling water in the larger pot, melt the chocolate and butter together.  Once melted, stir in Condensed Milk.  Next stir in whey protein powder and then the oats, OR coconut.  Finally stir in the walnuts.  Form 1 tablespoon of mixture and place in cookie shape on the prepared cookie sheet.  Freeze on the cookie sheet or refrigerate until firm.  These cookies are chewy and completely delicious!

Condensed Milk:  In food processor, or blender, combine boiling water, butter, whole milk powder, liquid sweetener, powdered erythritol, OR coffee sweetener and vanilla extract; process until smooth.

Helpful Hint:  I made the keto version with 2/3 cup (150 mL) whey protein powder, however, I thought that another 2 tbsp (30 mL) would not hurt, but they were moist and soft and dried out further as the days went by, so they are perfectly fine with the smaller amount of whey. I did the analysis with the larger amount of whey protein. Both versions are completely addictive and now with the new chocolate chips without sugar alcohols, treats like this are again possible without the fear of tummy upsets. 

Yield:  32/27 cookies
1 cookie (oats) coconut
119.7/137.7 calories
3.4/3.3 g protein
9.5/11.6 g fat
5.7/7 g fiber
4.0/3.0 g net carbs

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