Saturday, December 15, 2012

Low-Sugar and Flourless Chocolate Coconut Drops with Almonds (Gluten-Free)

Low-Sugar and Flourless Chocolate Coconut Drops
These Low-Sugar and Flourless Chocolate Coconut Drops are also gluten-free!

In December many food blogs are featuring an ongoing series of sugary treats, and I've been resisting the Christmas cookie baking fever for a few weeks now.  But every year at Christmas I try a few new recipes to add to my collection of Low Sugar Desserts for those of you who have a sweet tooth but are trying to limit sugar in your diet.  These Low-Sugar and Flourless Chocolate Coconut Drops do have a small amount of semi-sweet chocolate chips that keeps them from being sugar-free, but I switched out the powdered sugar for Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener and used unsweetened coconut to create a chocolate cookie with less than 4 grams of sugar each.  These cookies were easy to throw together, and if you're a chocolate fan I think you'll enjoy them for a holiday treat.

Take eggs out of the fridge and let them come to room temp while you preheat the oven to 325F/170C.  In a medium-sized bowl, combine the Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener, cocoa powder, salt, chocolate chips, toasted chopped almonds, and coconut.  (I'm guessing you could use Splenda or other Stevia/Sugar baking blends in these cookies instead of the granulated Stevia, but I have not tried them that way.)

When the eggs have warmed to room temperature, separate the egg whites and mix with the other ingredients.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and use a cookie scoop to make small balls of dough.  (The original recipe said 2 dozen, but we got 20 small cookies.)

Bake 16-18 minutes, until the tops of the cookies look dry.  Try to let them cool before you sample one!  (The original cookies made with sifted confectioners sugar melted down into flatter cookies when they cooked, but we loved these little balls of chocolatey goodness!)

Low-Sugar and Flourless Chocolate Coconut Drops with Almonds
(Makes 20-24 small cookies; recipe adapted from Everyday Food.)

3 cups Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener (You could probably use Splenda or other Stevia/sugar baking blends as well, but I have not tried the recipe that way)
3/4 cup cocoa powder (use a good quality cocoa powder for best flavor)
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (use good quality chocolate for best flavor)
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted and chopped
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
4 egg whites at room temperature

Take eggs out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature while you preheat the oven to 325F/170C.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put almonds in a dry pan and toast them over low heat for 3-4 minutes, just until almonds become fragrant.  Coarsely chop the almonds.  Separate egg whites from yolks (discard the yolks or save for another purpose.)

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener, cocoa powder, salt, chocolate chips, toasted chopped almonds, and unsweetened shredded coconut and stir to combine.  Mix in the room-temperature egg whites and stir until all ingredients are moistened.

Use a cookie scoop to make rounded balls of dough and space them about 2 inches apart on the parchment paper.  Bake 16-18 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies look dry, turning the cookie sheet once halfway through the baking time.  Let cookies cool completely before storing in a plastic snap-tight container.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Even though these cookies are low in sugar, they do have some sugar in the chocolate chips and are pretty calorie-dense, so I'm guessing they would be considered Phase 3 for the South Beach Diet.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Low-Sugar Chocolate Treats for the Holidays:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Two Recipes for Sugar-Free Flourless Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies ~ Kalyn's Kitchen 
Almost Sugar Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~ Budget Gourmet Mom
Flourless and (almost) Sugar-Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Elana's Pantry
Flourless and Low-Sugar (or sugar-free) Chocolate Shortbread Cookies ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. These remind me a bit of the chocolate coconut macaroons we traditionally eat during Passover. It's so hard to avoid cookies during the holidays, and so nice to have some low-sugar alternatives.

  2. Lydia, agreed, and they were delicious!

  3. Looking at these brought back some sweet memories. We used to make chocolate coconut drops, and "tingling" which were basically chocolate and cornflakes. My mom would help us make these as holiday projects, and we would really get in the spirit. Of course, the recipes were probably 100 percent sugar back then!

  4. TW, that sounds like a fun family memory! My mom always made toffee for Christmas, and now my sister Pam carries on that tradition.

  5. These are lovely little sweets, Kalyn! They look scrumptious and perfect for any holiday party table.

  6. Thanks Georgia! I had to send most of them home with my nephew so I didn't get carried away eating them!

  7. Gluten, schmuten - these just look heavenly even to an omnivore like me!

  8. Thanks Jeanne, they *were* really good!

  9. It says 3 cups that correct? Seems like an awful lot to me for the portions of the other ingredients and how sweet stevia is.. Just want to make sure!

  10. Yes, 3 cups is correct. The stevia provides most of the structure, since there is no flour.

  11. I made these and they're absolutely delicious...after deciding to put myself on a low sugar diet, I realized that everything on the market has sugar. I can't thank you enough for this recipe,

  12. Hi these look delicious.I am starting to experiment with different ingredients for sugar free, low carb treats. I was wondering if it would be OK to chop up unsweetened bakers chocolate for this recipe and just add more stevia or erythritol if it's too bitter? Would it be a mistake in doing so?

  13. Natasha, sorry but without trying it I really can't say for sure how it will work.$


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