Pecan meal makes delicious cookies that are low carb and healthy! Here's a quick, easy recipe to get you started.
1 cup pecan meal
1/4 cup Splenda
5 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
sugar-free chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together all ingredients, softening the butter if necessary. Nut cookies are notorious for not "spreading" on the cookie sheet, so make sure you dollop them and squish them into the approximate shape you are hoping for.
Cook them in the oven for about 14 minutes. Again, they will not spread, so you don't have the usual "cookie movement" indicators to watch for.
Let them cool a bit. Then enjoy!
I am a very avid fan of nut cookies. You avoid all the problems of regular wheat flour. By using Splenda, you avoid the glucose blood sugar hit of sugar.
So, what are the carb counts here? Butter has no carbs. Eggs have only tiny carbs - 0.6g per egg.
Pecan meal has about 17g of carbs - minus 6g of fiber - per cup. So that is 11g of carbs for the ENTIRE batch of cookies. Hardly anything for a single cookie, plus you're getting some healthy fiber into you with every munch.
So that leaves the Splenda.
Technically, a quarter cup of Splenda has 6g of carbs. This would mean you would eat about another few carb bits per cookies for the Splenda. However, most people do not metabolize the Splenda as a carb. That is, if I eat the Splenda-sweetened cookies, my body does not react to that Splenda presence by gaining weight. Like all things, each of us is different. My philosophy here is that you shouldn't be eating cookies every day. If you have a special treat of cookies, and you go with a nice low-carb version vs the high-carb version, you're already making such a big difference in your sugar intake between those two that the extra minor details are not worth stressing over.
So in general, the carbs you get for these cookies are FAR less than for other cookies you might think about eating. Plus, they are healthy with the fiber and nut components.
The caveat of course would be if you are allergic to nuts!
Pecan meal is ground WHOLE pecan nuts. You can grind your own if you own a nut mill! Meal differs from flour in that flour is made from nuts that have been de-oiled. Meal is made from the entire nut.
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