I’m trying to cut back on the added sugar and flour in my diet, but it has been extremely difficult. Did you know that manufacturer’s sneak sugar in practically everything? There is sugar in ketchup, peanut butter, salad dressing and even some dried fruit. I went three weeks with NO added sugar and NO flour and I lost weight, but I was miserable. I scoured every label and couldn’t find one brand of salad dressing that didn’t have some form of added sugar. Also, be careful of peanut butter labeled “Natural” because I noticed that many “Natural” peanut butters still had sugar and oil. I had to go to Earth Fare to buy a sugar-free ketchup that didn’t have artificial sweetner added. The problem with going completely sugar-free is that it became an obsession to find sugar-free products.
I’m now trying to find a happy balance.
I love sweets, but obviously it is quite a challenge to satisfy a sweet tooth without sugar. I adapted this delicious recipe for sugar-free, flour-free and artificial sweetner free oatmeal cookies from Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook. I was leary how cookies would turn out if they didn’t have sugar, but they are excellent! You would never know that they don’t have a drop of oil or sugar in them.
They are so healthy that you can eat them for breakfast or dessert. Give them a try and let me know what you think:
Sugar-Free, Flour-Free, Artifical Sweetner-Free Oatmeal Cookies
- 3 bananas
- 2 c old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 c almonds
- 1/2 c raisins
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
Mash the bananas well with a potato masher. Mix in the oats, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.