Monk Fruit Sweeteners as a sugar replacement
Maybe you are diabetic? Or maybe you just want to follow a no refined sugar diet? Monk Fruit Sweeteners could well the answer to all of your prayers! A new trend on the market for sugar replacement, Monk Fruit is a natural, no calorie sweetener which is becoming more and more widely available. And it’s set to make a big impact in the coming months!
What is Monk Fruit?
While some may think of it as another trendy sugar alternative, Monk Fruit is a great new replacement for sugar which is here to stay for a long while yet. As you’ve no doubt read and heard over and over again in recent times, refined and processed sugar is bad for us. Linked to obesity, heart disease, poor functioning liver and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, amongst other traits such as some types of cancer, mood swings, and anxiety, sugar really is a vice for many but something that needs reigning in.
With no nutritional benefits and empty calories, sugar is also seriously addictive and like a drug to many. While honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar taste delicious they are still sugar. With this in mind, it’s now time for Monk Fruit to take a stand as it steps up to the challenge of a delicious sugar replacement.
Monk Fruit is otherwise known as Buddha fruit or longevity fruit, this delicious sugar replacement is a natural sweetener that has 100-250 times the sweetness of white sugar, but with no calories, carbohydrates, and no negative effects on blood sugar. Sound too good to be true? No, it really is the truth.
So you believe it, I’ve found out a gorgeous Monk Fruit Sweetened Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Cookies recipe for you to try! (Courtesy of www.goodforyouglutenfree.com)
If you’re looking for a monk fruit cookie recipe – or even an almond flour cookie recipe, you’re in the luck. Not only are these chocolate chip cookies gluten-free, 100% grain-free but they are also sugar-free (except for the chocolate chips). The heavenly combination of Monk Fruit sweetener and Almond Flour ticks all the boxes when it comes to soft baked cookies that taste incredible.
Before I go on to describe the recipe, a little about the almond flour. Low sugar, low carbohydrates but high in protein and fat, almond flour has a low GI (glycemic index) ranking so it’s great for diabetics or others who need or want to watch their sugar intake.
What’s more, with Monk Fruit Sweetener there’s no gritty sugar taste like some other imitation sugars and in this recipe it helps to create sweet, moist and soft chocolate chip cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookies Sweetened with Monk Fruit
These cookies contain no gluten, no grains and no sugar (except in the chocolate chips). It's the perfect way to enjoy a sweet, soft cookie without all the guilt!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Makes: 12-14 cookies
- 2 cups of Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour
- 1/3 cup ZenSweet Monk Fruit Sweetener
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup softened (not melted) butter (equivalent to 1 stick)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Blend almond flour, Monk Fruit sweetener, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Add to dry ingredients stick of butter. Using your hands (I recommend gloves), combine the butter and dry ingredients.
- Add egg and vanilla to mixture and continue to blend by hands. The mixture will be wet. Add chocolate chips.
- Roll 1 inch dough balls by hand and place on baking sheet. Do not flatten the cookie - they will bake up really soft in the middle if you leave them in the rounded shape. You'll have enough dough to make about 14-16 cookies.
- Cook in oven for about 12-13 minutes until top of cookies start to brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before removing from the tray and diving in!
- Store cookies in an airtight bag for up to 3-4 days.