Low Carb, Ketogenic No Bake Haystack Cookies from the fabulous cookbook The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen.
Today I’ve got something different for you. I received a copy of the cookbook “The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen”. Are you familiar with ketogenics? Let me tell you about it. Carolyn Ketchum, the author, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her third pregnancy. She had always been slender, active and healthy. After trying to keep to a healthy diet, she saw her blood sugar numbers continue to climb. So she decided to try a low carb lifestyle.
Carolyn slowly cut back on her carbs until she found a “sweet spot” of fats, carbohydrates and protein that worked for her. She later learned that the “sweet spot” was actually a ketogenic diet. She shares her ketogenic recipes at her blog “All Day I Dream About Food”. So what is a ketogenic diet you ask? It is a diet where you track your macronutrients in the form of 60 to 85% fat, 15 to 30% protein and 5 to 20% carb. By eating a diet low in carbohydrates and high in fat, you achieve nutritional ketosis. The ranges in the amounts of macronutrients is because everyone’s body is different, and you need to find what works for you.
The cookbook goes into much more detail about the diet, diabetes and ketogenics. It really is an informative read, and I enjoyed learning about it. Now let’s get to the recipes. Even if you are not on a low carb diet, you are going to love these recipes. I was drooling over so many like Smoked Salmon Pinwheels. I think these would be fabulous for my Christmas party. Her Cheesy Broccoli Tots are amazing popular with kids and can easily be made for dinner.
I chose to make some No Bake Haystack Cookies that I remember from my youth. A high school that I went to made the most amazing No Bake Haystack Cookies and I have never found quite the right recipe to replace them. I was also intrigued by the sweetener Carolyn recommended, Swerve, as I had never used it. This recipe for Low Carb No Bake Haystack Cookies was so easy I think I had it whipped up in about 5 minutes. Seriously anyone can make these Low Carb No Bake Haystack Cookies. I strongly suggest you make a double batch, because they are going to be gone in seconds.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Carolyn Ketchum’s cookbook, “The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen”. I know you will love it.
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No Bake Haystack Cookies
Ketogenic, Low Carb No Bake Haystack Cookies
- 1/3 cup creamy almond butter unsweetened
- 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2/3 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans or other nuts
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.
In a large saucepan over low heat, combine almond butter, chocolate, and coconut oil. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove the pan from heat.
Whisk in the sweetener, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add coconut flakes and chopped pecans and stir until well combined.
Drop large rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Keep refrigerated.
Will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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