Do you know what is so great about people these days?
They love food.
No, really! I know that people have loved food for, like, ever but with things like the Food Network, there has been a resurgence of all things edible! And, with that, people have also done a lot of research into healthier eating.
One of the things that I find people are eating less of is gluten. For some, it is medical (like those with celiac) and for others, it is intolerance. But for those who are trying to eat gluten free to lose weight, I caution you…
Much of what is put on the shelf is full of preservatives and probably not a good option to lose weight (often times, the calorie count is the same or more than it’s regular counterpart). For those with celiac, these packaged foods might be a good option when you are in a hurry. But it is always better to make things yourself…especially when they are easy like these. They are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside (kinda like an amaretti cookie!)
Now, I’m not claiming these are healthy (they do have sugar!!) but they are an easy cookie alternative to those that can’t tolerate wheat. Give them a shot and let me know what you think! Then make an ice cream sandwich (pictured above)…’cause, you know, we all need a little bit of sinful indulgence every so often!
3 c icing sugar
3/4 c cocoa
1 tsp instant coffee
1 tbsp ground almonds
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
crushed chocolate covered coffee beans – optional (may not be gluten free…check ingredient list)
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Sift sugar, cocoa, and salt into a large bowl; add coffee and stir. Set aside
3. In another bowl whisk egg whites and vanilla; add to dry mix bowl.
4. Mix with a spatula (no mixer…yippeee!) until all is mixed and no dry bits are left.
5. Spoon out onto a lined baking sheet (parchment tends to work better here as they won’t stick as much as to a Silpat lined sheet…either way, give it a blitz of cooking spray). They spread, so just spoon about a teaspoon of 3 x 4 onto each sheet.
6. Bake for about 8 minutes…don’t overcook because you want them to be shiny on the outside but chewy on the inside.
Now indulge…it’s the holidays after all!!