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Fudge Cookies

Posted by cemmerich in acid reflux, allergies, cookies, desserts, immune system, PMS, PURE PROTEIN/FAT DAY, skin disorders 13 Aug 2013

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PREBIOTICS

If you read labels you might see ingredients like oligofructose and inulin starting to show up on food packages. These 2 words are called ‘prebiotics’ in the nutrition world. Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that make their way through our digestive system and help good bacteria grow and flourish. Prebiotics keep beneficial bacteria healthy. They are found in small amounts in many plants. Plants with large amounts of oligosaccharides include chicory root. About 90% makes it past digestion in the small intestine and reaches the colon where it performs a different function: that of a prebiotic.Just Like Sugar contains 96 grams of inulin fiber per cup! The ingredients of Just Like Sugar = Chicory Root, Calcium and Vitamin C.

Prebiotics help increase probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy. The majority of my clients have malfunctioning digestive systems for a variety of reasons. Our typical ‘Western’ eating habits and stress can all negatively impact the ‘good bacteria’ in our gut. Probiotics are helpful micro-organisms that live in our intestinal tract. In a healthy body, good bacteria make up most of the intestines’ micro-flora and protect digestive health. If you have primarily good bacteria, your immune system will function optimally and it will help you extract essential nutrients in the foods you eat. In order to feed our cells, we need to absorb the nutrients from our food, otherwise our brain will keep telling us to eat until the cells are fed.

Here are the most common warning signs of a bacterial imbalance, if you suffer one or more of these problems it is quite likely that eating prebiotics and taking a probiotic supplement could help you get your ‘system’ back on the right track:
1. Allergies and food sensitivities
2. Difficulty losing weight, sugar/carbohydrate craving
3. Frequent fatigue, poor concentration
4. Frequent constipation or diarrhea
5. Faulty digestion, acid reflux and other gut disorders
6. Sleeping poorly, night sweats
7. Painful joint inflammation, stiffness
8. Bad breath, gum disease and dental problems
9. Frequent colds, flu or infections
10. Chronic yeast problems
11. Acne, eczema skin and foot fungus
12. Extreme menstrual or menopausal symptoms

There are many stresses and factors that can kill your ‘friendly bacteria’ every day. Here is a summary of some of the commonest good-bacteria-KILLERS:
1. Antibiotics
2. Birth control pills
3. Steroidal & hormonal drugs
4. Fluoride (added to toothpaste and sometimes to drinking water!)
5. Chlorine (added to water to kill bacteria…it kills friendly-bacteria too!)
6. Coffee/Tea
7. Carbonated drinks
8. Stress
9. Preservatives
10. Additives (colorings, flavorings and chemicals in processed foods)
11. Pesticides (choose ORGANIC fruit and veggies to avoid this!)
12. Fertilizers (choose ORGANIC fruit and veggies to avoid this!)

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Our moods are directly correlated to the intestinal flora of our gut…the nervous system actually come from the gut to the brain; in the past scientists thought the nervous system ran the other way. This is why what we put in our stomach is so essential to our mental health. Having healthy intestinal flora; which you can achieve with probiotics and fermented foods, increase our moods and decrease our cravings.

To read more on Probiotics and Cravings, check out my book Secrets to Controlling Your Weight Cravings and Mood.

So BRING on the JUST LIKE SUGAR! Click HERE to find.

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“Healthified” Fudge Cookies
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1 cup Just Like Sugar
3/4 cup erythritol (or Swerve)
1 tsp stevia glycerite (omit if using Swerve)
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, cream the butter, erythritol, stevia and the Just Like Sugar together. Add in the eggs, stir until well combined. Finally mix in the cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Form 2 inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet before removing. Makes 12 cookies.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per cookie)
Traditional Cookie = 151 calories, 9.4g fat, 1g protein, 21 carbs, 2g fiber
“Healthified” Cookie = 97 calories, 9.4 g fat, 2.4g protein, 6.5 carbs, 4.6g fiber (1.9 effective carbs)

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  • Lisa, motyok September 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm / Reply

    Maria,

    My son has some pretty major gut issues, and was greatly helped by the SCD/GAPS protocols, which do not allow starches. They do allow honey, but I am wondering if this product would be beneficial. He is currently having a flare up–first in over a year–due to some major life stress. I am doing bone broths and fermented foods to help out. Should I look into this sweetener?

  • Maria Emmerich September 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm / Reply

    YES LISA! This would be a HUGE help for your son!

    FYI: The honey bear is the only animal found in nature with a problem with tooth-decay (honey decays teeth faster than table sugar). Honey = highest calorie content of all sugars with 65 calories/TBS, compared to the 48 calories/TBS found in table sugar.

    Happy Eating!

  • Tranquil Baby Coach September 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm / Reply

    Hi Maria–I just received both of your books (the mood/cravings one and the Nutricious and Delicious ) and am SO excited to start using them! I also passed them on to all the other women on my weight loss message board so hopefully you’ll be getting more orders :)

    My question is…do you recommend Just Like Sugar over Truvia? I cannot stand Stevia (I am a super taster and it leaves a horrible aftertaste in my mouth) and I like Truvia as long as it’s not in something hot (like my coffee–I also get a weird taste with Truvia in hot stuff).

    Thanks for your help and the wonderful customer service I received from you!

  • Lisa, motyok September 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm / Reply

    Thanks Maria, I will order some for him to try. Gotta help where I can.

  • Maria Emmerich September 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm / Reply

    Lisa, this info will help too:
    Chicory Root Benefits
    1. CHOLESTEROL: It decrease the levels of serum LDL cholesterol in the blood.
    2. INFLAMMATION: It contains vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants.
    3. DIABETES: The inulin content is not digestible, so its lack of glucose can help promote optimal blood sugar levels while also increasing stool bulk and consistency.
    4. CONSTIPATION: It provides soluble fiber, which improves digestion.
    5. GALL BLADDER ISSUES: It builds your body’s resistance to gallstones and liver stones. By increasing the flow of bile, it assists the body in digesting foods and liquids. The extra bile also helps break down fats in the body.Chicory root has a mild laxative effect, increases bile from the gallbladder, and decreases swelling.
    6. URINARY INFECTIONS, KIDNEY STONES and GOUT: It has diuretic properties that provide protection for the urinary tract system and kidneys. Toxins are removed and the cleansing of the body is stimulated because of an increase in urine flow. It has been used to expel gravel, calcium deposits, and excess uric acid from the body, which helps to prevent gout and kidney stones.
    7. WEIGHT LOSS: Chicory root benefits weight loss because of the effect it has on the digestive system. It is an excellent source of fructooligosaccharides which help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. It also increases the rate of the break down of fats. It also helps with weight loss because it helps keep insulin levels low while enjoying sweet foods.
    8. NATURAL “Liver” CLEANSER: Chicory root also supports the body’s detoxification system through the liver and kidneys, and is believed to help with calcium absorption. Chicory also helps prevent jaundice and an enlarged liver when mixed with water. Because of Chicory Root’s potential for removing contaminants from the digestive system, the liver does not have to work as hard to filter out toxins that may have escaped into the bloodstream. It also acts as a gentle laxative and diuretic for removing excess water and toxins, and this can also reduce strain on the liver.
    9. ANXIETY: It is a natural sedative and anti-inflammatory for the nervous system. If you have anxiety issues and still drink coffee, this sweetener can help.
    10: INDIGESTION: It acts as an herbal antacid, the root neutralizes acid and correct acid indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, vomiting, upset stomach. Because it stimulates bile production, this helps to speed up the digestive process after eating too much rich food.
    11. SKIN: Used externally, the Chicory Root has healing properties for cuts, sunburn, swellings, hemorrhoids, and poison ivy. It reduces the inflammation of rheumatism and the pain of stiff and sore joints.

  • Maria Emmerich September 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm / Reply

    Tranquil Baby Coach-
    Thank you SOOOOO much for your support!

    I have a few clients who are super tasters and they like Just Like Sugar. I like the components and benefits of Just Like Sugar better than Truvia.

    Another sweetener you would like better is xylitol. Xylitol occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced by the human body during normal metabolism. Manufacturers make it from plants such as birch and other hard wood trees and fibrous vegetation. Some people prefer the taste of xylitol.
    BENEFITS:
    1. Reduces Cavities: It does not break down like sugar and keeps a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth, which protects the teeth from tooth decay. Acid-producing bacteria falls as much as 90%. After eating xylitol, the bacteria do not stick well on the surface of the teeth which decrease plaque buildup.
    2. Reduces Ear Infections: It has be used as medicine in stopping bacterial growth to help prevent ear infections in young children. It also clears out excess earwax and inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria in the pharyngotympanic tubes.
    3. Helps with Asthma: Since asthma is linked to chronic post-nasal drip, xylitol can also help by breaking the cycle of bronchial inflammation.
    4. Help clear up Candida (yeast overgrowth).
    5. Increases White Blood Cells: Increasing immune health and protects us from chronic disease and bacterial infections.
    6. Protects newborns from streptococcus if the nursing mother consumes this. It is proven to help decrease this oral bacteria by 80%.
    7. Decrease Allergies and Sinus Infections: They now have a nasal spray made of xylitol because it decreases the harmful bacteria that gather in the cells of our nose.
    8. Reduces Ovarian Cysts, PCOS and Breast Cancer: Consuming sugar creates high insulin levels which increase the production of estrogens, leading to an estrogen-dominant condition, and also interfere with healthy ovarian function. Insulin resistance is a major cause of a growing hormonal problem called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Signs that the body is being exposed to higher levels of the male hormones include acne, loss of head hair, and an increase in body hair. Lowering insulin levels is crucial for not only treating PCOS but also resolving most other hormonal imbalances, including those leading to breast cancer.
    UNDESIRED PROPERTIES = Xylitol has very few known side effects, although some people report diarrhea when adding xylitol into their diets.

  • Lisa, motyok September 15, 2011 at 5:48 am / Reply

    Thanks for the extra info. You Rock!

  • Susan Pelter September 16, 2011 at 1:25 am / Reply

    Maria, once again, you’ve created a hit! My boyfriend says these cookies are so delicious they are “scary.” He worries that he really shouldn’t eat them because they’re so good they must be bad for him, SOMEHOW, LOL. Thanks for all you do — I now own all of your books!
    Susan

  • Maria Emmerich September 16, 2011 at 1:33 am / Reply

    Thanks SO much Susan! You totally made my night!;)))

  • Rischa September 21, 2011 at 3:24 am / Reply

    Hi Maria, Do you happen to know when Just Like Sugar will be back in stock in your Amazon store? I would love to try these. Is there something I could use to replace it in the mean time?

  • Maria Emmerich September 21, 2011 at 10:26 am / Reply

    Hi Rischa! You can find it here on sale: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B00430EJY6

    Happy Baking! Thank you for ordering from my aStore! It helps me keep practicing recipes!!!

  • Maria Emmerich September 21, 2011 at 10:35 am / Reply

    Here is Just Like Sugar for a better price!: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B003O6YWHE

  • DM800 September 26, 2011 at 3:13 am / Reply

    Prebiotics are fiber found in certain foods. These fibers are not digested and reside in the intestine, where food that stimulates the growth of probiotic bacteria. Some foods that contain prebiotics are: onions, garlic, bananas, asparagus, tomatoes, honey, oatmeal, barley and other whole grains and many kinds of beans.

  • Anonymous October 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm / Reply

    No flour at all? Guess that’s the ‘fudge’ part…
    I used butter and my cookies flattened out into thin wafers. Still yummy. But not cookie-like.
    Any ideas? Suggestions?

  • Maria Emmerich October 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm / Reply

    Yes… No flour. If you use Just Like Sugar the cookies turn out. No one else has had a problem… I feel bad:(

    I wonder what happened…

  • Anonymous October 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm / Reply

    Used JLS, brown…you think that made the difference?
    Yummy, nonetheless….

  • Maria Emmerich October 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm / Reply

    Hmmm, I would think that would work…Other people have made them and I have only heard good things.

    Sorry…

  • Anonymous August 8, 2012 at 6:38 am / Reply

    Is there a way to substitute the eggs and butter for a vegan recipe? (not a fan of coconut either. :-\ )

    • Maria Emmerich August 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm / Reply

      Sorry, coconut oil is my standard replacement for butter for vegan. I’m not sure about eggs. It needs to bind the ingredients. I guess you could try whatever you usually substitute for eggs (maybe ground flax and water) and see how it turns out. :)

  • Amy November 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm / Reply

    These are so good! Made these for a preschool class, I don’t think anyone believed these were actually healthy. Put these in your next kid cook book.

  • Anonymous April 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm / Reply

    I was so excited about this sugar until I used it. The taste was horrible. I havent tried your recipe.. Maybe it was the recipe I used..? The taste was very strong chemical like taste, kind of like a strong sweet & low taste. I used the table top version of this sugar because the recipe I used specifically said to use that one.

    • Maria Emmerich April 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm / Reply

      I have not noticed that. I find it to be very even taste like traditional sugar.

  • Denise September 6, 2013 at 2:45 am / Reply

    I’d like to make these. Can I substitute Swerve? If so how much should I use?

    Thank you.

    • cemmerich September 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm / Reply

      You can sub 1 cup for the JLS. :)

      • Denise September 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm / Reply

        Thank you. So one cup Swerve and no other sweeteners? Thanks, Maria.

        • cemmerich September 7, 2013 at 12:43 am / Reply

          Nope, add swerve as directed also. :)

          • Denise September 7, 2013 at 2:45 am /

            So, a total of 1 3/4 cup Swerve? I used just one cup Swerve and nothing else. :(. That might explain the unusual taste. Please advise. Thank you.

          • cemmerich September 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm /

            Yes, 1 3/4 cup.

          • Denise September 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm /

            My bad!!! :/. I made a a costly mistake! Thanks so much, Maria. :)

        • cemmerich September 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm / Reply

          Nope, it would be 1 3/4 cup Swerve and no other sweeteners. :)

  • Elaine R September 19, 2013 at 12:55 am / Reply

    OMG Maria, these are amazing! They taste like a brownie, I have been missing something like this since I have been low carb (3yrs) Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe!

    • cemmerich September 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm / Reply

      Thanks!

  • Shaunie February 2, 2014 at 1:50 am / Reply

    Just made these into Ice cream sandwiches!!!! Yumm!

  • Amanda February 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm / Reply

    Hi Maria! I’ve just recently found your site and am so impressed with the recipes and information you offer. I’ve removed sugar and incorporated lowcarb/hi fat/moderate protein in my diet for quite some time now, but it’s always wonderful to get new inspiration for yummy recipes and I’m very interested in reading your books as well :)

    I’m a lover of hard copy books but living in Canada, most of them are not available here, and Amazon.com won’t ship them here; is there any particular reason why? I don’t mind the high quality pdfs as an option but I always love having a physical book, particularly for recipes :)

  • Heather February 13, 2014 at 2:35 am / Reply

    I made these cookies tonight (along with your tomato parmesan soup from the slow cooker cookbook) and they were both really delicious. For the cookies I did cut the Swerve down to 1/2 cup and still thought they were really, really sweet. Next time I will cut the swerve down to a little more then 1/4 cup to see if that is the right sweetness for our tastes. I think these would be really great with Chocoperfection chunks in them but I will have to abstain from now until I get to my goal weight!

    Thanks for yet 2 more fantastic recipes!

    • cemmerich February 13, 2014 at 9:19 pm / Reply

      Thank you! :)

  • Amanda February 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm / Reply

    Just wanted to comment and say I’ve made these cookies twice in the past week and a half (and that’s for only two of us!) because we are eating them constantly!! LOL My boyfriend is a sugar fanatic, whereas I am off sugar completely, so I try to make sugar free treats as much as possible – he can’t believe these are actually good for him! :)

    I use xylitol as my sweetener of choice, and I found that even without using any Swerve, that 2/3 cup total sweetener is more than sufficient for this recipe, for our tastes – not sure if it maybe converts differently but thought I’d mention that in case anyone else is using xylitol as well :)

    I have a queue of recipes of yours to try now but I keep getting requests for these cookies!! LOL

    • cemmerich February 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm / Reply

      Thanks!

  • Judith July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm / Reply

    Just Like Sugar gives this cookie it’s brownie chewy goodness. I made then in foil cupcake liners in muffin tins to create brownie bites. The raw cocoa powder I used gave them a super chocolate punch! They would be perfect mixed into ice cream.

    One tip is to cream the butter then add the Just Like Sugar 1/4c at a time. I dumped mine all together and it solidified against the side of the bowl. Had to scrape it off with a knife. Adding the eggs softened it up and it did not effect the finished product.

    Next batch I will use 3/4c cocoa powder and see how that works.

    These will be a regular addition in our house.

    • cemmerich July 17, 2014 at 12:00 am / Reply

      Thank you!

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