October 10, 2012

Sugar-free Flourless Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints

These cookies are high in protein and sugar-free, which means you can indulge in a little treat and still keep on track with your fitness and weight loss goals. Peanut butter is a great snack for dieters because it is filling and high in protein to feed your muscles and help with recovery after gym sessions. The high fat content also helps your body to burn more calories and keep your metabolism firing. You only need a few ingredients to make these cookies and once baked, they will keep in an airtight container for a week.

Sugar-free Flourless Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints

(makes 14 cookies)

  • 1 cup organic peanut butter (smooth or crunchy depending on your favourite)
  • 1/4 cup of Natvia stevia sweetener
  • 2 tablespoons of oat flour (to make pulverise oats in a food processor)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I like to use the paste)
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons of weight-watchers forest fruits jam (or another sugar-free berry jam)

  1. In a large bowl combine the peanut butter, Natvia, egg, and vanilla extract. I like to use an electric mixer to whip the ingredients into a creamy consistency. Add the flour and briefly mix to combine.
  2. Line a baking sheet with greased-proof paper and preheat the oven to 180 degree (moderately hot). Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop cookie dough balls onto the parchment paper. If you don't have a scoop, use a tablespoon and roll the cookies into a ball. 
  3. Press your finger into each cookie dough ball to make a crevice for the jam (yes, they are meant to be 'thumbprint cookies' but a using your finger just works better!). Put 1/4 teaspoon of jam into the centre of each cookie.
  4. Bake in the oven for 11 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool. Enjoy!

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