Pineapple-Pecan Cookies

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I made some delicious pineapple cookies this afternoon.  They came out kind of chewy and are still like that after they cooled off.  I got this base batter idea from the chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the Honeyville Farms Blanched Almond flour  bag.  I made some drastic changes to their basic dough, however.  They used all almond flour in their recipe and I’ve added some ingredients I find improve baked goods a bit.  I’m very pleased with the chewy texture of these and will likely use this cookie dough for many variations in the future.  These freeze well and are even chewier eaten right out of the freezer!!  These are not suitable until the advanced fruits rung of the Atkins OWL ladder, or near Pre-Maintenance.


INGREDIENTS:

2 c. almond flour

½ c. coconut flour

1 T. oat fiber

1 tsp. glucomannan powder (konjac powder)

1/8 tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

½ c. grapeseed oil (or softened butter, or coconut oil, if you prefer)

2 T. almond butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1½ tsp. pineapple extract

½ c. granular Splenda

1 T. erythritol

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. sugar-free imitation honey (I make my own to save money, see below)

½ c. juice pack crushed pineapple (water pack if available), drained well

½ c. chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure out all wet ingredients including the pineapple into a large mixing bowl.  Beat well with a fork until smooth.  Measure out all dry ingredients, including the nuts, on top of the wet and stir well to blend.  The dough will be moderately stiff.  Roll into 1″ balls and place them onto parchment lined baking sheet.  Press balls down slightly flat and try to leave 1″ between cookies.  Pop pan into preheated oven.  Bake for about 8-10 minutes.  Do not overbrown these cookies or texture will be drier and less chewy.  Remove from oven and cool completely on the pan before attempting to remove with a spatula.  These are delicate while hot but “firm up” nicely when they cool. Store in an airtight container.  I store mine in the freezer and eat them without even defrosting!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 30 cookies, each contains:

110.4 calories

9.79 g  fat

4.55 g  carbs, 2.07 g  fiber, 2.48 g  NET CARBS

2.55 g  protein

45 mg sodium

23.2 mg potassium

9% RDA Vitamin E, 8% copper, 8% manganese

HOMEMADE IMITATION HONEY: Modified slightly from a recipe of Birgit Kerr on Birgitkerr.blogspot.com.  Boil for 2-3 minutes ¼ c. erythritol, 1 tsp. honey, 2 T. imitation honey and 1 pkt. stevia or Splenda.  Cool and put in airtight jar.  If it crystalizes, soften in microwave on defrost a minute before using.

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