Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

I love “no-bake” cookies because it’s just about like eating the dough out of the bowl, right? These are no exception. And, the best part? They are an “EDGE RECIPE.” So, what is an “EDGE RECIPE” you ask? Okay, maybe you didn’t ask. But, just in case you did, “EDGE RECIPES” are those that…well…give us an edge toward healthy weight management goals. EDGE RECIPES have to meet certain standards to be so-categorized. They must be low-fat, low-carb, and sugar-free for starters. Next, they have to be quick to prepare and easy on the budget.  Last, but certainly not least, EDGE RECIPES must be “crave-worthy.”  They must make your mouth water when you think about coming home and knoshing on them.  Well, this recipe checks off all those boxes!

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Chocolate No Bake Cookies
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well.
  2. In a cup, combine liquid ingredients, then pour wet into dry and stir until incorporated fully.
  3. Transfer to a plastic bag and smush into a ball. Now you can roll into smaller balls or place in fridge until a little firmer and then roll into smaller balls.
  4. You can also bake these at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. For crispier cookies, cook for about 15 minutes. Then cool for about 10-15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

You can make your own oat flour by blending oats in a food processor until they become powder. Be sure to measure after blending.

For the no-bake option, due to the coconut oil, these cookies will harden when chilled, but they go back to being soft if left out.

You can freeze the no-bake or bake option.

You can also make them as thick or thin as you like. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time if you decide to go for the bake option.

 

Pigs In A Blanket (Healthy Version)

Pigs In A Blanket (Healthy Version)

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Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, a baking mat, or foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the oat flour, salt, and yogurt. Knead ingredients together on a floured countertop until the dough is ready to be rolled out. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to a 1/8 inch thickness. Use a knife to cut the dough into 35 rectangles.
  3. Make sure sausages are dry, (Blotting with a paper towel works well.) Place one mini sausage on each rectangle.
  4. Roll dough over sausage and brush with egg wash. (Egg wash is just an egg beaten in a small bowl and then brushed on top of the dough to get the tops golden brown). Sprinkle the pigs in a blanket with sesame seeds or poppy seeds if desired.
  5. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until dough is firm but still soft to the touch. Let cool and serve with dipping sauce of choice!
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Butternut Squash Pancakes

Butternut Squash Pancakes

This Butternut Squash Pancakes recipe is an easy way to add some extra vegetables to breakfast! Made with just a few ingredients, they can be made ahead of time and reheated and also make a great, healthy snack!

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Prep Time 5 Minutes
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  1. Option 1: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Option 2: Combine squash, eggs and vanilla in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Add baking powder, cinnamon and flour and stir until just combined.
  4. Scoop onto a greased griddle or pan. Flip when bubbly.
Recipe Notes

You don't need a blender for these, but it definitely makes a smoother batter. If you're not using a blender, be sure your squash is very well roasted and soft and mash well before starting! May also use pre-packaged butternut squash.  HEB has packaged, pre-washed and cut-up butternut squash in their produce area!!

Smaller pancakes work much better than larger ones for this recipe.

NUTRITION FACTS INCLUDE 2 TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER, 2 TABLESPOONS OF SUGAR-FREE MAPLE SYRUP, AND 2 TABLESPOONS OF CHOPPED NUTS.

 

Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These flour-less pumpkin oatmeal cookies are soft baked and healthy enough to be called a “breakfast food!”  They are quick to whip up and you might want to make a double batch because they stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer!

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Cook Time 15 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of the batter (about 2 tbsp each) onto the prepared baking sheet, until you have 9 cookies.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are just set. Let cool and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Make your own oat flour by blending 3/4 cup old fashioned oats in a blender or food processor until smooth flour forms. Or you could try swapping the oat flour out with protein powder.

Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Soft Baked)

Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Soft Baked)

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Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper). Set aside.
  2. In one small bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Combine the wet and dry, and mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop 1/8 cup (or 2 tbsp) worth of dough onto baking sheet per cookie, (you may want to mold into shape you want them to be, as they don't spread much). Sprinkle with a few chocolate chips if desired before baking.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until set.
Recipe Notes

To make oat flour, take 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats and grind in a blender or food processor until it reaches a flour consistency.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

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Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Oven Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  4. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Slow Cooker Method
  1. Start by finding a loaf pan that fits inside your slow cooker. It may not sit perfectly in the bottom, but you may prop it up on some balls of foil, and it will fit just snuggly at the top. If you don't have a loaf pan you may pour the batter directly into the bottom of your slow cooker. Spray either the loaf pan, or the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  3. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and place bread pan in slow cooker. (If you are not using a pan, pour batter directly into slow cooker.) Place a dish cloth or 2 thick paper towels over the top of the slow cooker. Place lid snugly on top of towel, (the towel helps prevent moisture from forming on the lid, and making the bread wet).
  4. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH heat (depending on your slow cooker, and if you are cooking it in a loaf pan versus the bottom of the slow cooker, which would take less time). Cook just until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Recipe Notes

NOTE ON BAKING BLENDS:

JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is a good one to use in recipes. The reviews on Amazon are great as well.  It only has the two ingredients listed in the name: Erythritol and Stevia. It is non-GMO and organic. While erythritol IS a sugar alcohol, it does not cause the digestive issues of other sugar alcohols and has been approved by the FDA. Also, when purchasing, be sure to watch labels for non-GMO and organic erythritol.

SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is great for recipes as well. It has stevia and raw organic cane sugar as its ingredients. This brand is non-GMO and contains no sugar alcohols. Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar, minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. 

Both erythritol and stevia (by itself) are sugar-free and neither raises blood sugar at all. However, the biggest difference comes in the form of taste. Stevia is super sweet. It’s 250 to 300 times as sweet as sugar. That’s why it has a bit of that artificial sweetener aftertaste, even though it comes from a natural source. Erythritol is much less sweet, coming in at 60 to 80 percent as sweet as sugar.

Sooooo, if you process ALL the information out there regarding sugar substitutes...and, believe me, there is A LOT of information out there...here is the bottom line---QUANTITY MATTERS!  It always does, right?

If you are going to have a treat once a week, then either one of the above baking blends is a great choice for you. Neither one of them is going to send you into a diabetic coma! They both taste great substituted in recipes. They are BOTH a much better choice than table sugar!

NOTE ON DIET LEVELS:
This recipe is marked as a "Diet Level 4" recipe and is also marked as "sugar-free." However, if you are going to use the SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix, then you would, technically, NOT be within a "sugar-free" diet level. Only utilizing the JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend would keep you within the sugar-free boundaries.

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