I made low-carb Christmas cookies for my husband but I’m still on an elimination diet trying to figure out what I’m allergic to. Chocolate, dairy, almonds, eggs, gluten, sugar, and foods that are high in Chromium (which includes almost everything, animal, vegetable, and mineral!) are off limits for now. This is the most innocent treat I could come up with that I could eat. I’ve only made it once, but it was very good.
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut manna (may be called creamed coconut or coconut butter*)
1/3 cup finely chopped cocoa butter (about 1 and 1/2 ounces)
2 tablespoon powdered erythritol or other powdered sugar substitute, optional
Liquid sugar substitute to equal 1/4 cup sugar, more to taste
1 teaspoon sugar-free vanilla extract
A few grains of salt
1 cup lightly toasted pecan halves
Directions: Line an 8- x 12-inch shallow pan with parchment paper or foil and place in refrigerator to chill.
Melt the coconut oil, coconut manna, and cocoa butter together in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water. Add sweeteners, vanilla, and salt and stir until smooth. Stir in pecans and pour onto chilled pan in an even layer. Place in refrigerator until hardened. Break into irregular pieces. Candy will soften if left at room temperature for too long.
*Coconut oil is liquid above 76 degrees and solid below. It is sometimes called coconut butter when it is in a solid state. Coconut manna or creamed coconut is to coconut what peanut butter is to peanuts. It is finely ground coconut flesh, not just the extracted fat. Instructions for making it yourself are easy to find online. I also found a YouTube video for making it in a high-speed blender, but haven’t tried it; I bought mine and it was much dryer than the one shown in the video.
Makes about 12 ounces or 26 pieces, roughly 2- x 2-inches.
Calories: 92; Fat: 9.9g; Pro: 0.4g; Carbs: 1.2g; Fiber: 0.2g, Net Carbs: 1 g
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