About five years ago my daughter followed The Whole 30®
Program. Recently she gave me the book “THE WHOLE30” to help me lose a few pounds. I read the parts of the book outlining the dos and don’ts of what not to eat. An abbreviated overview of the don’ts include: No added sugar (for me that is table sugar and maple syrup), alcohol in any form (including cooking), and grains (for me morning oatmeal and rice), legumes (different types of beans, including peanut butter!), dairy (for me milk, half and half, ice cream and yogurt) and no baked good (NO cookies, yikes!)
That being said, I modified my diet to try to ease into following the Whole30 plan. I switched to almond milk, gave up the yogurt, and tried my best to give up bread. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to embrace the diet, but I have tried to implement some aspects into my daily routine. Part of my weight issue is age related, my husband tells me that our metabolism changes as we age, and the fact that I need a hip replacement, which limits my exercising a bit.
Recently my daughter found a recipe for paleo gingersnap cookies. The cookies main ingredients are almond flour and coconut oil along with spices, molasses and honey. I was able to find the two main ingredients of almond flour ($7.99 for 16 oz) and Coconut Oil, Unrefined ($4.99 for 14 oz) at Wegmans. While the recipe is quite easy to prepare, I find it rather unusual there were equal amounts of ginger and allspice in the recipe along with a bit of cinnamon. As there are no eggs in the batter, the cookies only bake for 10 minutes. In order for the cookies to hold their shape, the recipe stated that the cookies need to cool on the cookie sheet.
Once the cookies had cooled, I moved them to a cookie rack. The almond flour gave them a light taste, but I found the ginger flavor not as prominent as I like. I also like a crisp cookie; these are tender and soft to the bite. Perhaps if you know someone that follows a special diet, these cookies might be for you. Unfortunately, they were not my cup of tea. I’ve already have a batch of Lora’s Gingersnaps waiting to be baked.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.