Thursday, April 11, 2013

How about a recipe?

I was playing around with making the perfect recipe for some meringue cookies and came up with these.  If done properly and depending on what flavoring agent you could have something that is light and cloudy and fluffy and airy and tastes like marshmallows.  Here is some good things with cookies like these:

1. They have no carbs. (Even though Truvia is listed as having carbs, it passes through your body undigested and therefore doesn't affect this.  Also, egg whites do have carbs, but the egg white from a large egg has 0.3 grams of carbs and so forth, eating the four needed for this recipe means that your single gram of carb will not change a thing.)

2. They have no gluten.  The cookies use the protein mesh of a meringue to create their lift and their structure so there is no need for fat and flour.  This means that there is no need for gluten and these are also gluten free.

3.  They have no points.  If you are doing Weight Watchers, you will notices that a single batch will make about 20-30 good sized cookies.  Four egg whites will have 2 Weight Watchers points, Truvia can be considered to have 0 and the flavoring will have 0 as well.  So, divide your 2 points over 20 cookies and you find out that you can eat them all and likely fill up before you eat your 2 points.

4. Made this way, they are diabetic friendly.  The egg whites needed would have a combined GL of 1.  This means that made with Truvia, someone who is diabetic, could eat all of the cookies with no affect on their blood sugar levels.

5.  They are fat free.  Egg whites are considered fat free, which means that this recipe made with Truvia, would have no fat in it at all.

6.  These are also almost no calorie.  Truvia has no calories, the egg whites would have 80 calories and that is it.  So, let's say that you have 20 large cookies made from this recipe.  Well, then, that is 80 calories divided into 20 cookies making each cookie only 4 calories.  Think of how many things someone could eat that has more calories than this.  There are 200 calories in a banana.  So, you could eat about 2 and 1/2 batches, or 50 of these cookies to get the same calories as that banana.

So, are you ready?  This recipe will require an oven, preheated to 300 degrees F, a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment and some ingredients.

You will need:

4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar
1 tablespoon of flavoring (Vanilla extract, strawberry extract, etc.)
1/2 cup of Truvia

1.  Pour the egg whites, Tartar and flavoring into mixing bowl and turn on medium for 3 minutes.
2   After 3 minutes, the mixture should no longer be clear and you turn it up to as fast as it can go.
3.  Mix until it starts to get foamy.  When it gets to this point, slowly sift in the Truvia until finished and continue mixing.
4.  Keep mixing until it gets to stiff peaks.  You can tell what this is by turning off the mixer and taking the whisk attachment out.  Hold it over some unsuspected child's head as they have a look of horror upon their face.  Stiff peaks mean that the egg white proteins have formed a foam which has trapped air within in and has used the sugar substitute or real sugar and cream of tartar to help stabilize the foam enough that it will not break.
5.  When it gets to this consistency, get some baking sheets out.  Place parchment paper on the sheets and then using a spoon, scoop some of the batter on the baking sheets and place in the oven for 25-35 minutes.

DO NOT USE Wax Paper!  Wax Paper will burn in the oven and fill your house with smoke.

Eat and enjoy.   

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