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So...he's been cheating. On me, and his diet.

Cookie Monster

A client who had been rapidly losing weight suddenly had a couple weeks where he couldn't lose a pound, I was suspicous. Yesterday, he finally 'fessed up to chomping down cookies at home. My boy's been a diet champ until recently. Knowing he's a "see food" person - meaning he will eat what's in front of him, good or bad - it's quite easy to plan ahead based on his location and activities to ravage the cabbage and avoid the crap. However, in the event someone else does the household grocery shopping, and is, albeit passively, sabotaging my clients' success...you messed with the wrong trainer.

I made a pact with my client: if he chatted with his wife regarding the no crap in the house rule and went cookie-free this weekend, I'd share my recipe and bring my fresh baked cookies to his training session Monday. He's allowed to have one of these cookies every day if he likes, but knows he shouldn't be eating them by the handful, decreasing his appetite for healthier foods needed to fuel workouts and makes it infinitely harder to walk past a plate of sweets at a party, luncheon or event.
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He chose Chocolate Chip. Hope you also enjoy these gluten-free, oil/shortening/butter-free and nearly-sugar free cookies. Greek yogurt, eggs and almond meal deliver creaminess you think would be lost by removing butter. The darker the chocolate and the higher the percentage of cocoa, the lower the fat and sugar in it. I found 58 and 72% and provide a strong chocolate flavor and are sweet enough to compliment the sweet vanilla dough, but 85% makes a bitter batter. I opted for the all natural 5 calorie stevia and sugar blend of Sun Crystals as it eliminates the bitter taste common with using straight stevia and fluffed up the batter to the appropriate texture for cookie dough (not possible using agave or honey) and futher minimizing the calories contributed by sweetener. To deliver the same amount of sweetness to the batch, you'd need at least 1/2 cup agave or honey, which although are natural and have less impact on blood sugar than refined sugar, are still quite caloric, contributing about 515 unneeded calories to the batch. At 5 calories per pack our entire batch using Sun Crystals contains just 75 calories from sweeteners.

Many of my clients and readers live solo and typically have limited time and kitchen storage to spare, so this recipe intentionally yields a small batch, about 15 cookies. Additionally, like the rest of my RRRs (Rotten Recipe Revamps), I sought to use fewer ingredients than most gluten free sites, who's recipes are delicious but require 4-5 kinds of flour and a combination of multiple sweeteners. Tasty, healthy food, like your life and relationships, doesn't have to be complicated or high-maintenance.

1 egg
1 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
15-20 packets Sun Crystals all natural 5 calorie sweetener
2/3 cup almond meal
2/3 cup brown rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill brand at Whole Foods)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
- OR-
Use 1 cup Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix instead of brown rice flour, baking soda and baking powder
2 oz. dark chocolate bar (58% or 72% cocoa)
Optional: ¼ cup raw pecans, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly mist cookie sheet with olive oil. In large bowl mix eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla and sweetener with large spoon. Stir in brown rice flour, baking soda and baking powder (or TJ's Pancake and Waffle Mix) until the mixture is combined. Break chocolate into chunks. Stir chocolate chips and optional pecans into mixture. With a teaspoon, scoop up spoonfuls of dough and arrange on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes.

Variations: Use ½ the chocolate bar and replace with ¼ cup chopped ...    Continue

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