Welcome to day eleven of the Sugar Free Challenge!
Here is today’s sample menu:
Breakfast: Oatmeal Raisin Bizookies (Recipe below)
Snack: PBC Bars
Dinner: Plum Socca Tart with Rosemary served with a salad or grilled meat.
Dessert: Neapolitan Cheesecake “Surprise!”
Exercise Option: For those of you who chose to take part of the exercise challenge, your challenge today is to do 30 crunches, 15 squats, 10 pushups, 20 calf raises.
Now what in the world is a bizookie? It is a highly addictive, buttery (without butter) cross between an oatmeal raisin cookie and a breakfast biscuit. They taste divine with a morning cup of coffee, or a nighttime cup of warm (almond) milk.
~This cookie/biscuit is gluten-free (use gf oats), dairy-free, vegan, and sugar-free!
- 1 1/4 cup oat flour (make your own by grinding oats in a blender or food processor until fine like flour)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, solid
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raisins, soaked (save 1/4 cup of the water for later)
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Combine the dry ingredients.
- Mix in the applesauce, water, and raisins.
- Chop/crumble the solid coconut oil into the mix leaving some small chunks, and stir.
- Roll the dough into small 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until bottoms are browned and tops are golden.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
I was surprised by how buttery and somewhat sweet these turned out. They crumble slightly like a biscuit, and are not overly sweet. At the same time, however, they easily curb my dessert cravings. Perfect for those days when you feel down in the dumps and need a grandma-inspired cookie/biscuit to cheer you up.
Tastes great with a smear of solidified coconut oil, too!
- Oats: Click HERE for a post about the benefits of oats.
- Cinnamon: Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar levels, has anti-clotting effect on blood, and it can boost cognitive function and memory.
- Coconut: Coconut is widely misunderstood because of it’s high fat content; however, coconut’s saturated fat is made up of medium-chain fatty acids. These medium-chains are easy to absorb and digest, and are converted quickly into energy. This means that the body has no opportunity to store the medium-chain as fat. Coconut is also a great source of dietary fiber with a whopping 5 grams per oz!
THOUGHT-PROVOKING, MIND-PRODDING QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Quick! Choose: Biscuits or cookies?