Monday, October 31, 2011

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies pre-weight loss surgery were one of my favorite things. Fresh from the oven the warm melty goodness of chocolate chips used to scream my name. These days good old full fat, full sugar chocolate chip cookies would do a number on my pouch.

A few weeks ago I was doing some online research and found this really great blog called Spoonful of Sugar Free. There are some really great recipes on here including one for Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I was iffy about this one, but after baking them, mine looked a little different than the original bloggers, they were pretty tasty. Not the exact same yummy goodness, but good in their own right. I even fed one to my dad and didn't tell them they were made with beans. I said" so how was it" and he said " good....interesting". He didn't want to know what was in them so I didn't tell him.

Here is a link to the original blog. I used Sugar Free Chocolate Chips and I used about 6 oz instead of the listed ammt. I would totally make these again. Next time I think I will add some Torani Syrup and see what happens....

Let me know if you try these out and what you think!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Apple Almond Quick Bread

A fellow blogger friend had a recipe for  Strawberry Almond Quick Breadthat was super delicious and since I have a fridge full of yummy fresh picked apples I thought might try and see if I could change the recipe around a bit. Low and behold a delicious loaf of bread came bursting out of my oven.

Here is what you will need:
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1-1/2 cups All purpose or Spelt flour
2/3 cup Splenda (that's what I use since I have to be sugar free but you can use regular Sugar)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ginger (ground or about 1/2 tsp fresh grated)
1/2 tsp Apple Pie Spice
1 healthy TB lemon zest
2 eggs
1/2 cup Veg Oil ( or canola)
3 large apples peeled and diced
1/4 milk (add very last)
1/8 cup Torani Caramel (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 and butter and flour a 5x9 loaf pan. I love pam for baking. Saves me time and effort.

Cook prepared apples in pan for about 5 min until slightly tender. I like to add 1/8 cup Torani Caramel while cooking for a little extra zing but you can leave it out and use water.

Combine all dry ingredients. Add wet except for apples and milk. Fold apples into mixture and stir a few times. If it seems dry, slowly add the milk. Some days I use 1/8 cup, some days I use 1/4. All depends.

When all looks good, add to prepared pan. I cooked mine for about 55-60 min. 
Cool on wire rack for 10 min and remove from pan. Slice once cool. 

I brought mine to work and kept a couple pieces for us at the house. They were delish.

If you try this recipe out let me know!