Cookies for Breakfast

Yes, you read that right. I made cookies on Sunday that are supposed to be my breakfast for the remainder of the week. However, the carb count is still to be determined, so it’s throwing my breakfast sugars under the bus.

Mmm... nutrition

Mmm… nutrition

Here is the recipe.

As you can see, no refined sugar nor flour. It’s basically an oatmeal cookie made with fruit and peanut butter. The protein count is supposedly off the chart. So I made them thinking this would be a great alternative to my missing English muffins.

The problem is the whole “homemade” aspect of it. Sure, I like knowing that what I’m putting into my system is healthy, organic, fresh, and not processed. With the exception of the extract and the protein powder, I feel pretty confident eating this. And the original blogger even gave us the nutrition facts. How nice! That’s something you don’t ever really find for insulin pumping purposes.

Except they aren’t quite accurate or don’t factor in the tiny bit of chocolate chips that I added in. Guess I should have read closer.

The original nutrition facts say 11.8 carbs for a cookie. This assumes that there are 16 in a batch and you didn’t add chocolate chips.

I made 9. Yikes. That’s quite a difference in size to batch ratio. And full of melted chocolate. Yum! (Well that explains my crappy glucose control.)

Some other edits besides making these ginormous cookies.

  • I used crushed almonds as my “nuts.” I didn’t have anything else. I probably should have used almond butter instead of peanut butter. Lesson learned.
  • I used regular oats rather than quick. They are a little bigger than those pictured in the original blog.
  • I didn’t have butter extract. I have no idea what that is or where to find it. She said it was optional, so…

Taste wise… I’ll be honest. I don’t know if I’d like them without chocolate chips. They are pretty bland otherwise. But reheated in the morning with my cup of coffee and a hard boiled egg is nice and quick.

Top 10s Begin NOW

With 2012 wrapping up, I’m dedicating the next couple of days to top 10s to summarize my year.

Let’s start with my newest obsession: Pinterest. Here are some of my favs from the last few months. (I joined back in September or so and have 650 pins. Yikes!)

10) White Chocolate topped Gingerbread Cookies ended up being my most popular baked treat this year. Will definitely have to repeat these next year.

9) Apple Pie Cocktails: Mix 5 parts cold cider with 1 part vanilla vodka in a pitcher. Dash of cinnamon. Add more vodka if necessary. (We did.) Yum!

8) 8 Can Taco Soup (no coincidence): We got our canned goods at Trader Joe’s in order to avoid preservatives and whatnot. It tastes like Tortilla Soup and warms up nicely in a crock pot in 2 hours.

7) Reinbeers. A fun gift to give and receive. (I couldn’t find the original source, but they are pretty easy to make.)

6) Peacock Make Up: Part of the reason I joined Pinterest was to find make up ideas for my Halloween costume. If only I had known…

5) This cat.

4) This chicken dinner. The link didn’t work, but the instructions were posted. (Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breast, 1/2 c parmesan cheese,1 c Greek yogurt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt 1/2 tsp pepper, spread mix over chicken breasts, bake at 375 45 min.)

3) This under-the-sink storage idea, which the hubs is apparently building for me this weekend. Woot!

2) A “clean” banana bread recipe that was modified to make even more diabetes friendly.

And my favorite for the year?

1) Something that must absolutely go in a future nursery some day. (If I can find it.)

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Baking Edition

cookies

Many hours on Pinterest led me these! Of course, I had to make them slightly different and use much more fun sprinkles.

I suppose you could make them with Splenda, but why? The Candy Cane Kiss in the middle pretty much negates the effort. But – I did use whole wheat flour for 90% of my holiday baking this year.

The dough and cookies are a little “grainier” than normal, but everything tastes the same, really. I’m sure it all breaks down to about the same carb count in the end, but at least it’s a bit slower.

Enjoy!