One of the best parts about the holidays is all of the delicious goodies that so many of us indulge in this time of year. Cookies seem to take the cake when it comes to holiday treats, but for anyone following a low carb or ketogenic diet, most of these are usually off limits (unless it's a cheat day!)
*But who says you can’t have your cake (or cookie) and eat it too?*
Have you ever tried snowball cookies? Some people refer to them as Mexican wedding cookies or Russian tea cakes, but we prefer to call them snowball cookies. Aside from their adorable little snowball shape, these cookies are deliciously sweet with a soft buttery pecan and almond interior. A low carb spin on an old holiday classic and will quickly become your new holiday favorite!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Almond Flour the Popular Alternative</p></h4>
Almond flour is a popular alternative to traditional wheat flour is great for baking and cooking a variety of things. The only ingredients in blanched almond flour are ground, whole almonds with the skin removed. This flour is gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, high in fiber and a great source of protein. Almond flour is also rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamin E. Compared with all other nuts, almonds provide the most calcium and are beneficial for heart health and lowering cholesterol.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Stevia the Low Calorie Sweetener</p></h4>
Stevia is a sweet-tasting plant that has been used as a sugar alternative since the 16th century.. It is used as a non-nutritive sweetener as well as an herbal supplement. A non-nutritive sweetener is one that contains little to no calories. The low calorie count qualifies Stevia to be a healthy alternative for diabetes control and weight loss.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Pecan Snowball Cookies</p></h4>
<h5>Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 18</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* 1 cup finely chopped pecans
* 1 stick of grass fed butter
* ½ cup swerve confectioner
* 1 ½ cup almond flour
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 40 drops Liquid Stevia
* Pinch of Salt
* ¼ cup swerve confectioners sugar to roll balls in
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. Add the pecans to a processor and pulse until ground. Set aside.
2. Using an electric mixer, combine the butter and Swerve confectioners sugar until creamy.
3. Add the flour, vanilla, stevia, salt, and chopped pecans. Mix well again.
4. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
5. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
6. Roll the dough into 1″ balls in the palm of your hand and place on the baking sheet about 1” apart.
7. Bake for 10 minutes.
8. Immediately roll the cookie balls in swerve confectioners sugar for first coating.
9. Allow the cookies to cool completely and then roll them in a second coating.
10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.