low carb persian walnut cookies!

28 Feb

persian walnut cookies urbanpocketknife

We’ve been on a so-called slow carb diet for about a month now and although it’s been a challenge especially when eating out, we’ve learned a lot about our eating habits.  The slow carb diet forces you to eliminate all white carbs (pasta, bread, baked goods, rice and even potatoes) and almost all sugars (no fruit even!).  The one good thing is that you are granted one “free” day a week where you can eat everything that you want and then some.

We’re almost finished our one month and have discovered that not only did we shed some pounds but our stomachs feel a lot better.  It gives you almost a lighter feeling, you eat more frequently and there’s no limit to how much you can eat of the approved foods (mostly proteins and veggies).  If I’m cooking at home, our meals are pretty much fit the guideline but it’s when we’re out and feeling snacky that we go ahead and buy lovely baked goods from our favourite cafes.

So we’ve decided that we’ll continue this diet, add in fruit (not tropical) and keep to our one free day.  It has opened my eyes to how much sugar and simple carbs I consume and also has allowed me to experiment with things that I would’ve never thought to cook before.

I started to research flour alternatives and came up with nut flours.  Almond and walnut to be precise.  There is a lot of experimental batches that I’ll have to go through since they act differently then flour.  However they are MUCH lower in carbs and are full of healthy vitamins, which in my books means it’s a heck of a lot healthier.

I remember I used to buy these delicious walnut cookies from a persian/iranian grocery store down the street from me.  Low and behold…it’s made out of walnut flour…nice!

Here’s the recipe….replace the sugar with a sugar substitute and each cookies only 1 carb each!

What you need!
1 1/2 cup ground walnuts (medium-fine texture)
4 egg yolks
3/4 sugar or sugar substitute equivalent
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

What to do!

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper

2.  Dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mix it together.  It may seem a little dry but as the walnuts absorb the egg it will become dough-like

3.  Place 1 rounded teaspoon of batter on to each cookie sheet and press down a little.   If you want them to bake into little round guys, don’t bother patting them down.

4.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops begin to brown….keep an eye on them as they can burn easily!

5.  Cool on racks and enjoy this healthy cookie that is airy, sweet and delish!

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