“Can you make us dessert tonight?”, my husband begs me as I sip my chamomile tea, reading my book on feminine psychology. I roll my eyes. I want dessert just as much as he does. but I’m not a fan of sugar and we are on a pretty tight budget at the moment.
“Honestly, babe, we don’t have anything in the fridge besides dinner leftovers, a jar of peanut butter, and eggs.”
He sighs and goes back to working on his computer. I take a deep breath, walk in the kitchen, and open the fridge. Yep, I was right. Just that, oh, and salami slices. Not exactly dessert material. Hmmm. I hate seeing my beloved’s disappointed face, even if its due to something as small as wanting homemade cookies. Love does strange things to humans.
Finally, I have an idea. I pull out the peanut butter and eggs, and raid my pantry for something sweet. Coconut sugar! This will do. I mix it all up into a glistening golden goo, gently spoon it onto a cookie sheet, and smush it into little disks. A few minutes in the oven and hubby will really have something to sigh about.
The results were divine. I’ve now made them two nights in a row. They are soft, chewy, sweet, and salty. They remind you that life is good and that you should keep eating.
…Which evidently works on squirrels too. I left my cookies outside for one minute while I was photographing them so I could run in to get my camera, and next thing I know this little cutey is chowing down! He must have loved it, because after this he ran around squeaking about it. That thing must look like a peanut butter pizza to him!
- one cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of coconut sugar. Find it here.
- one egg
Makes about 12 cookies.
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Mix together all three ingredients until you have a blended mass.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- With a tablespoon, place dollops of the dough a few inches apart on the paper.
- Press each dollop into a flat disk using a wet fork.
- Bake for ten minutes, or until firm.
Unlike regular sugar, coconut sugar is chock-full of wonderful nutrients like zinc, iron, and potassium. It also contains inulin – a type of dietary fiber that is not digested in the small intestine. Instead inulin is a prebiotic, meaning it is digested by the the good bacteria in the large intestine. Inulin type prebiotics support gut health, colon cancer prevention, blood sugar balance, lipid (fat) metabolism, bone mineralization, fatty liver disease, obesity, and immunity. Source
You can purchase coconut sugar here.
Although this is wonderful news, coconut sugar is still pretty sweet and will affect your glycemic index. Don’t eat the whole tray of cookies right away. Pace yourself 🙂