Chia-Chai Chewies

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The name of these cookies may appeal to children, but this may not be a cookie that children like as much as their parents do.  Chai tea spices are unusual to the immature palate.  That said, I think they taste FANTASTIC! Sort of like an oatmeal cookie with a “twist”.  They just seem to mellow and get tastier every day they sit in your fridge or freezer.  This recipe is going into my Holiday cookie rotations. I know it’s a lot of ingredients, but OH, SO WORTH EVERY ONE OF THEM.  These are marvelous and the very best low-carb cookie I’ve developed!  🙂

You might want to add chopped pecans or walnuts to these, but my husband doesn’t like nuts much and I also wanted to post just a basic recipe with the dried prunes (a great raisin replacement for lower carbs).  I have added nutty-tasting hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds) and some chia seed for the bit of crunch and nutrition these two ingredients bring to these cookies.   The sugar-free honey is essential for these to be chewy, so do not sub out this honey with any other sweetener or you are NOT going to get a chewy cookie (trust me, been there, done that).   This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.  Wait until you are nearing Pre-Maintenance to enjoy these, as they are a little higher carb than most of my cookie recipe, having prunes in them.  But I think of these as “holiday special treats”.  🙂

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½ c. coconut oil (preferably not in liquid form, so do not melt)

2 T. almond butter

1 T. vanilla extract

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. sugar-free honey (I buy HoneyTree brand at Walmart)

4 dried prunes, chopped (DelMonte brand has no added sugar)

1½ c. almond flour

¼ c. + 3 T. hemp hearts

1 T. ground chia seeds (I use 50:50 white and black)

½ c. coconut flour

1 T. oat fiber

1 tsp. glucomannan powder (konjac powder)

1/8 tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

1 T. erythritol

½ c. granular Splenda or equivalent sweetener to equal ½ c. sugar

2 tsp. my Chai spice blend

VARIATION:  You can just use 2 tsp. ground cinnamon if you are not fond of Chai spice flavors

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure all the wet ingredients into a small bowl.  Beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth.  Stir in the chopped prunes and if using nuts, add them now.  In another bowl, measure out all the dry ingredients and stir well.  Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until all are uniformly mixed into a solid cookie dough.  It will be pretty thick and stiff if your coconut oil wasn’t liquid.   Form into 24 roughly 1″ balls (I use a scooper to be sure they are all about the same size) and set on parchment lined cookie sheets about 3/4″ apart.  These don’t spread much during cooking.

Pop into preheated oven for about 12-13 minutes.  Ovens can vary, so yours may take a little less or a little more time.  They will be slightly firm to the touch in the center when done, and just beginning to brown a bit on the edges.  Remove and DO NOT REMOVE FROM PANS UNTIL COMPLETELY COOLED.  These are quite fragile when hot and will break apart if not cooled completely before handling.  When fully cool, remove from pans and ENJOY!  Store remainders in a lidded container.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 24  2-inch cookies, each cookie contains:

126 calories, 10.9 g  fat, 5.44 g carbs, 2.38 g fiber, 3.06 g  NET CARBS, 3.36 g  protein, 53 mg sodium

2 thoughts on “Chia-Chai Chewies

  1. crazywoman/Billie

    I would have to go with the alternate spice. Guess I’m just an old kid, as I don’t care of Chai (do like chia 🙂 ). My daughter love Chai.
    I absolutely love many of your recipes just as they are, but on some things we do have very different tastes, and I have to alter them a bit for my tastes. We all have varying tastes. That’s part of what makes the world go round! Well, so to speak. 😉
    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom & recipes with us!!

    1. I do the same thing with recipes I find on the net and in cookbooks. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. Doubt there are two palates that like all the same flavors. Even my hubs and I have widelt different tastes re: vegetables. On spices, we pretty much agree. 🙂 Bet your daughter will LOVE these cookies as written. Maybe you could make a batch of the dough and only put half the spice blend into half the batter. Without the chai spices, bet they taste a lot like an oatmeal cookie. 🙂

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