I was in the mood to create some cookies tonight. So I got out my spelt flour (took 1/4 cup) and my almond flour (also 1/4 cup), added some crunchy peanut butter (also 1/4 cup), and some cacao nibs (ok, I know this is getting monotonous, 1/4 cup) and mixed it around a bit. I added stevia (to taste) and then added 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk and stirred it until all the ingredients were well mixed together.
After blending all the ingredients together, I put the dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I made 15 cookies with the above recipe. I baked them at 245 degrees for about an hour, then checked them and baked longer in 15 minute increments until they were to the desired "doneness".
I figured out, based on the above ingredients, that each cookie has about 100 calories.
A Note about Stevia: Stevia, which is an all natural tea leaf that is sweeter than sugar but has no calories and actually is an adaptogen (which means it helps other nutrients and herbs work better), is safe for diabetics and doesn't have the same issues that artificial sweeteners (like aspartame, saccharin and sucralose) have. It comes in different forms -- liquid and powder being the most common -- and some versions have added erythritol (which is also calorie free and safe for diabetics and naturally occurring, but, like other "sugar alcohols" -- like sorbitol, mannitol and maltitol -- can cause digestive issues). The reason I don't usually give quantities with stevia is that it depends on which stevia you use. For the most part, liquids sweeten at the rate of 60 drops is equivalent to on cup of sugar, whereas stevia powders with no additives it takes about 1/4 teaspoon to sweeten like a cup of sugar. Stevias with erythritol (like some currently available in grocery stores) often take more -- one I used for a while takes a bit over 2 teaspoons.
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