But now the good news: This Valentine’s Day, you can make these sweet, sugar-free treats for your loved one. Better yet— have a baking day and spend time making cookies together!
These cookies won’t crash blood sugar, but they’re a melt-in-your-mouth combo of buttery almond flavor and berryliciousness.
What Is Truvia and Where Do I Find Almond Flour?
Quick Note On Ingredients: Why These Cookies Are Delicious AND Healthy!
There are three ingredients in these cookies that aren’t found in a traditional sugar cookie recipe. Truvia, almond flour, and coconut flour are all gentle on the blood sugar, but what are they? Truvia is a sugar substitute. It isn’t as clean as pure Stevia (a plant based sweetener) or honey or maple syrup, but it is one of the closest tastes to real refined sugar on the market. Bonus: It’s easy on the blood sugar and does not have any adverse side affects. You can usually find Truvia in your local grocery store next to the refined sugar. Swerve is another good option that can be substituted cup-for-cup for table sugar. Additionally, Truvia does NOT contain any of the normal “diet” sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose. These are the normal “sugar free” sweeteners available in diet soft drinks and foods, but they have actually been linked to cancer and weight gain– in spite of their claims to be “diet friendly.” (Source) Thankfully, Truvia or Swerve are natural sources of blood-sugar friendly sweetening that are NOT linked with all of these negative side-effects. Almond and coconut flours are not grain flours that have extracts added to them. They are exactly what they say they are: finely ground almonds and coconut. Because so many people are going gluten free these days, alternative flours are much easier to find in your local grocery store’s baking aisle. They even have banana flour now! Because these cookies use alternative sweeteners like Truvia, and no grain flours, they are much lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein than most cookies! You can feel great about sharing these treats with your loved ones. They’ll enjoy the taste without a sugar crash or high blood sugars. Our loved ones who are watching their blood sugar don’t need to give up the sweet treats they love. With a little creativity and some fun in the kitchen, you can make a delicious surprise this Valentine’s Day!