Power Cookie

“The 17 Day Diet” sucks.  It’s all about protein.  Very little carbs.  But as with most diets, I did find a few (very few) things to like about the diet.  This is a recipe introduced in the 2nd phase of the boring diet.  Since I thought the cookie was dry and tasteless, I changed it up a little.  Here’s the original: http://www.the17daydiet.com/recipes/

Now, here is my disclaimer.  I’m not a good cook or baker.  I am too easily sidetracked and forget what I’ve added then stick them in the oven and go off to play on my computer.  Until that smell of charcoal cookies makes it to my office.

But here goes….

I have read a few places that you CAN NOT heat flaxseed oil.  It can cause stomach issues.  So I replaced it with canola oil.  The recipe is also just written crazy.  I made it more readable — at least for me.  Like it says to drop the cookies in 1 Tablespoon amounts and it makes 18 cookies.  Totally wrong.  I use my tablespoon scooper thing and I have 48 cookies.  Also Dr. Mike wants me to bake the cookies for 20 minutes which creates total lumps of coal.  I have replaced the Truvia with Whey Low.  And last but not least, I dropped Dr. Mike from the name since I am not Dr. Mike.

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Most of the ingredients


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together

½ c. Unsweetened Applesauce ( I buy those little premeasured applesauce containers because buying a big jar just goes to waste. And the small people that magically appear here will eat them without too much whining about eating something healthy)

2 T. Almond Paste (Since I’m not sure how long Almond Paste lasts in the fridge, I preroll the paste into 1 tablespoon balls and freeze them)

1 T. Vegetable Oil

1/3 c. Whey Low Sugar Substitute

¼ c. Agave Nectar

Beat in

1 egg

½ t. vanilla


¾ c. Whole Wheat Flour (I keep this in the freezer, too. I don’t bake much!)

½ t. Baking Soda

½ c. Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

½ t. Salt

¼ t. Pepper

1 t. Cinnamon

Beat thoroughly

Stir in

2 c. Oatmeal

1 c. Dried Cherries (or any mix of dried fruit)

½ c. Sliced Almonds (I’ve also used pecans and walnuts.  And I always bake them at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.  They are so much tastier!)

Mix Well

Use 1 T. scoop and drop onto parchment paper covered baking trays. Flatten each cookie slightly with the back of a spoon or fork.

Bake 8 minutes.

Makes 48 cookies

65 calories each (I’m not sure how I came up with that calorie count so I wouldn’t actually rely on it too heavily)

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Sliced almonds? Guess I used the wrong disk in my food processor.
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Here’s my little 1 tablespoon scooper. Stole that idea from Michelle.
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Power Cookie Finished

Terry came down from his office to see what I was doing.  I know he was hoping for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and quickly backed away when he saw the dried fruit. But a small person that was upstairs followed his nose to check things out.  Hmmmm.  Are there raisins in there?  No.  Dried fruit.  Is that like raisins?  Yes.  You won’t like it.

But he went ahead and took a nibble.  I was impressed with his bravery!

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Human Guinea Pig
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Hmmm, the oatmeal cookie part isn’t bad!
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Now a little nibble of the dried fruit
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Everyone’s a critic!  He suggested I use chocolate chips next time!


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