Monday, April 23, 2012
Yesterday was one of those days where I was so frustrated that despite "project elimination" Abby is still have flares. Now I should cut myself some slack, she is GOBS better then she was 2 months ago.. yet, it just got me so down and really kind of mad yesterday that I have so much more to learn about Abby in order to keep helping her- she is a very complex organism! Cute too! :-)
Of course when I get frustrated I want to eat, and I want chocolate. I have been on my own project elimination this past 3-4 months have eliminated about half of me! LOL Well not that much, but I was determined to just say no to the "bad" food- it never fixes a thing to stuff my face, just makes it worse!
But I NEEDED chocolate, and those 10 calorie chocolate meringue cookies are just gross- I wanted moist,chewy and doughy!
I had just received an order of 24 bags of Shirataki noodles(Zero calories people, zero calories!)last week and have been browsing recipes hoping some creative soul would have an interesting recipe beyond stir fry or spagetti! I did find a couple cool ones, but no cookies and no cakes. Well honestly though, who would try to make a cookie from a weird kind of chewy and smelly(they call it the "authentic smell", and it does rinse off)noodle? Apparently, the world left it to me.
Here is the recipe I created-
UPDATE- A few folks have complained this is not sweet enough- I recommend if you like a very sweet chocolate instead of bitter sweet that you use C&H Stevia/sugar blend- 2-3 Tablespoons should make it a lot sweeter for you. :-)
1 bag Shirataki noodles(zero calories)
2 medium egg whites(35 calories)
3 tablespoons dutch chocolate(30 calories)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons honey(C&H Stevia/sugar blend 2 TABLESPOONS or to taste)(raw honey-45 calories)(stevia version-zero!)
a dash of salt.
Made-1 dozen teaspoon sized cookies. 10 calories a cookie!!!!!
375 for 10 minutes.
First- open and rinse those noodles!(shirataki also known as miracle noodle picture is of the traditional yam zero calorie which is what we use)
Next, get out a big frying pan- you don't need any grease or anything the noodles don't tend to burn or brown( and I tried!)and they don't stick(they really are a miracle, huh?). Dump the noodles in the pan and over high heat start cooking them. I stirred mine around a lot-
As you stir and they start to dry, they start making a "squeaking" kind of noise as you push them. I kept mine on the heat until they lost translucency(some) and bits and parts seemed a bit "shriveled". Take them off the heat. I know, at this point it doesn't look like much does it? Don't worry if you over cook, it will just mean 1 or 2 less cookies. IF you undercook it just means your cookie dough maybe a little runny, and you may need another teaspoon of coco powder to "thicken" it.
After they have cooled for a few minutes I put them in my handy mini Ninja food processor. I ran it until it almost looked like a gel-
Then I threw in the honey,coco powder, baking powder,salt( I thought about vanilla, but as I said, moisture is the enemy when working with these noodles)and processed it quickly till blended. It seemed a hair on the runny side, so I threw it in the fridge for an hour and hoped for the best-
Here is what it looked like after being in the fridge-
I covered a cookie sheet with a piece of tin and sprayed with Pam non stick cooking spray.(no idea what would happen and figured if it was a mess the tin was easy clean up!)
I tried 5 minutes at 375- but the tops were clearly sticky/raw still. So 10 minutes. I was thrilled with what I had created!
Sara was my brave, brave guinea pig. She topped hers with a touch of sugar free cool whip- I watched her face carefully, mostly to know if I was going to need to duck if she spit it back out- but she declared them a SUCCESS! She said her first thought was it was a lot like the flourless chocolate torte in flavor(these are not very sweet, more of a dark chocolate flavor, you can add splenda or stevia for a sweet tooth!) 3 hours later I broke one a part and they are just as moist as can be.
Truly a miracle cookie.
Thinking I am going to make little garlic/basil pizza bite crusts tomorrow. Derek cannot handle starches well, but these noodles agree with him. He has been missing pizza. So a zero calorie pizza crust would thrill him!
Chocolate unfortunately is a "high histamine" food so not allowed for Abby. I am thinking about trying a pumpkin spice version for her..
If you come up with a new twist let me know! Who knew a zero calorie stinky noodle could make such amazing 10 calorie chocolate cookies?