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Experimental Baking with Walden Farms - Recipe & Result!


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Well I guess I was having a procrastinating & PMS induced need for some low cal cookies....  So I looked around and this is what I came up with.

Beware this recipe is- "NSFASH" (Not Safe for Artificial Sweetener Haters)

 

Cookie Crunchies

1 jar Walden Farms Peanut Butter Spread (12 oz)

3 cups Kamut Puffed Cereal (or other low-cal 'healthy' cereal with less than 100 cal/cup) Kamut has only 50 calories per cup.

1/2 cup Splenda

1/4 tsp Baking Powder

Preheat oven to 425.  Mix all ingredients well in big bowl - the result will be a chunky mix that seems pretty wet.  Drop by flattened tablespoon fulls onto ungreased nonstick cookie sheet.  The drops I made were small about the size of a silver dollar - I just put a dollop on the cookie sheet and flattened it with the back of the spoon. The smaller & flatter the better otherwise they stay mushy inside.  Bake at 425 for 30-ish minutes (maybe up to 45 minutes depending on size). They will unstick and come loose on their own from the cookie sheet as they cook - and become very crunchy on the outside - like a shell. You need to break one open to see how wet the inside is at around 30 minutes. If it's just a teeny moist inside they are finished. If they are very wet inside continue to cook until done.  If you take them out too soon the moist center will make the whole cookie soggy as it cools. The Crispier the better with this recipe -- trust me!

Yield Approx 4 dozen. Remember the smaller the better the final result.

Calories (if you follow what it says on the nutritional labels of the ingredients) approximately 3 calories per cookie.

These cookies were meant for a little low calorie snack. They turned out crunchy and surprisingly pretty good (at least to me). They taste a lot like a big piece of kids cereal. My father stopped by while I was baking them and he said they tasted "not too bad" and he hates EVERYTHING that isn't full fat (but at 160lb & 6'4" he's allowed).

 

I also tried a few different alternatives:

Clifford Crunchies Healthy Cereal for kids (100 cal cup) crushed up into tiny pieces. I used only 2 cups of these - and after being crushed it's about 1 1/2 cups. This cereal tastes like stale & firmer Cheerios - so it's not the "tastiest" of cereals to start with. The result was they were edible if I was really hungry.  The worst batch, which for some reason had a tiny bit of a burnt taste to them despite how long (or short) they were cooked.  & these took about 45 minutes to really cook on the inside too.

I also tried adding @ 2 Tablespoons of Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup in the last batch (1 dozen) of the Clifford Crunchies version - and the result was slightly better than without.

I think most healthy cereals will work. Cheerios i'm sure would.  I would recommend crushing up any harder/denser cereal (like the Clifford Crunchies) and leaving any softer/airier cereal (like the Kamut or Cheerios) whole - as it will all soften with the water from the WF PB spread - so if you crush up the Kamut I fear it would turn to mush.....

Don't be afraid of the recipe-- or experimenting! :)

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you do realize that even though they say they are 0 calories, Walden Farms products actually have 2-4 calories per 2 T.  So if you apply that to the whole jar its like 24-48.  Same goes per packet of splenda (2-4 cals per packet).  Noe like it going to change your calculations THAT much, but it'll change it nonetheless.
Original Post by minie13:

you do realize that even though they say they are 0 calories, Walden Farms products actually have 2-4 calories per 2 T.  So if you apply that to the whole jar its like 24-48.  Same goes per packet of splenda (2-4 cals per packet).  Noe like it going to change your calculations THAT much, but it'll change it nonetheless.

Funny- I put my little disclaimers in an effort to avoid the comments I knew would happen.

1) I knew there'd be someone to come along with the not 0 calories thing - hence the reason I put the "disclaimer" on the calories

Calories (if you follow what it says on the nutritional labels of the ingredients) approximately 3 calories per cookie.

2) There will undoubtedly be an artificial sweetener will kill you!!!! reply - hence the first "disclaimer"

Beware this recipe is- "NSFASH"  (Not Safe for Artificial Sweetener Haters)

 

uhhhh, sorry.
Original Post by minie13:

uhhhh, sorry.

hahah -- no it's ok.  I just meant I knew what was coming before I posted - because its always the same responses around here.

I also put the other disclaimer at the beginning  - "PMS induced recipe". 

:)

where do you get Walden Farms peanut butter spread? Is it good? Do places like wal-mart carry it? I need something like that! Thanks!
Original Post by etrandem:

where do you get Walden Farms peanut butter spread? Is it good? Do places like wal-mart carry it? I need something like that! Thanks!

Walden Farms makes 0 calorie dressings, sauces, jellies, syrups, etc..  They are available at a few grocery stores in limited supply. I don't think Walmart has them.  All the grocery stores in my area have at least a few of their items (Food Lion, Safeway, Super Fresh, Giant) located in the "International Foods" aisle with the foods like kosher etc..

They do have their own website where you can purchase from http://www.waldenfarms.com  but they start the shipping out at like $9 - which is great that you can get about 10 items for $9 shipping but not so great if you only want 1 thing.  If I want a case I buy from there, otherwise I buy smaller amounts from http://www.netrition.com  & http://www.amazon.com also has some.

As far as the taste goes.... people seem to go either way with them- either loving or hating.  I always look at it like nothing will ever replace the real thing.  So I have to decide whether I want to either not have any of the real thing, occassionally have the real thing in moderation, or find substitutions - that I can have whenever I feel like it! I go for the substitution thing.  Taste for calories or calories for taste. :)

 I personally DO LIKE:

the peanut butter spread - its a whipped consistency not very much like peanut butter. It's very light flavor, just a hint of peanut butter. Perhaps a bit salty tasting (but i'm not a salt person so I taste it immediately) but low in sodium. It works well on or in things - like a pb sandwich or on celery. But not so great on just a spoon.

the balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing - LOVE. my absolute favorite. I love balsamic vinegar anyway- but this has spices and a sweetness to it. I use it not only on salad, but as a cucumber or whatever dip too.

the honey mustard dressing - ok taste. works great to make a mock "chicken" salad instead of mayo etc..

the chocolate syrup - pretty good. think i had to get used to it. but now i use it everyday for "hot chocolate" with just a few spoonfulls of the choco syrup, hot water, and 2 little packets of splenda flavors for coffee (1 french vanilla & 1 hazelnut = the best combo for getting closer to hot chocolate flavor.. )

the pancake syrup - LOVE. use it on low cal waffles all the time. I also put it in my protein drinks (they taste like oatmeal if I heat them up for a warm drink - so I experimented and a touch of this syrup makes them a little sweeter and delicious!)

the ok items that I still use: marshmallow dip, caramel dip, chocolate dip - have a bit of an aftertaste (like melted ice cubes - if that makes sense!). but ok in things.  i also use some of the fruit spreads (jellies) which are a very thick jelly - grape and surprisingly the apple butter is good. the oriental dressing I use on stirfry instead of soy sauce or sweet and sour - its pretty good too. bbq sauce is ok - kind of on the fence about it.

i hated the onion dressing (& i love onions!), the ranches, actually most of the dressings..

hope that helps!

oh and they arent chocked full of too much crap either - just basically water, flavoring, splenda, and gums for thickening.

I personally use at least 1 of their products every day - and enjoy them.

Ohhhhhh.....your cookies sound soooo good! thanks for taking the time to post that and give the tips!
Original Post by team_malone:

Ohhhhhh.....your cookies sound soooo good! thanks for taking the time to post that and give the tips!

cool, no problem. & thank you!

Original Post by freakykitty:

Walden Farms makes 0 calorie dressings, sauces, jellies, syrups, etc..  They are available at a few grocery stores in limited supply. I don't think Walmart has them.  All the grocery stores in my area have at least a few of their items (Food Lion, Safeway, Super Fresh, Giant) located in the "International Foods" aisle with the foods like kosher etc..

They do have their own website where you can purchase from http://www.waldenfarms.com  but they start the shipping out at like $9 - which is great that you can get about 10 items for $9 shipping but not so great if you only want 1 thing.  If I want a case I buy from there, otherwise I buy smaller amounts from http://www.netrition.com  & http://www.amazon.com also has some.

As far as the taste goes.... people seem to go either way with them- either loving or hating.  I always look at it like nothing will ever replace the real thing.  So I have to decide whether I want to either not have any of the real thing, occassionally have the real thing in moderation, or find substitutions - that I can have whenever I feel like it! I go for the substitution thing.  Taste for calories or calories for taste. :)

 I personally DO LIKE:

the peanut butter spread - its a whipped consistency not very much like peanut butter. It's very light flavor, just a hint of peanut butter. Perhaps a bit salty tasting (but i'm not a salt person so I taste it immediately) but low in sodium. It works well on or in things - like a pb sandwich or on celery. But not so great on just a spoon.

the balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing - LOVE. my absolute favorite. I love balsamic vinegar anyway- but this has spices and a sweetness to it. I use it not only on salad, but as a cucumber or whatever dip too.

the honey mustard dressing - ok taste. works great to make a mock "chicken" salad instead of mayo etc..

the chocolate syrup - pretty good. think i had to get used to it. but now i use it everyday for "hot chocolate" with just a few spoonfulls of the choco syrup, hot water, and 2 little packets of splenda flavors for coffee (1 french vanilla & 1 hazelnut = the best combo for getting closer to hot chocolate flavor.. )

the pancake syrup - LOVE. use it on low cal waffles all the time. I also put it in my protein drinks (they taste like oatmeal if I heat them up for a warm drink - so I experimented and a touch of this syrup makes them a little sweeter and delicious!)

the ok items that I still use: marshmallow dip, caramel dip, chocolate dip - have a bit of an aftertaste (like melted ice cubes - if that makes sense!). but ok in things.  i also use some of the fruit spreads (jellies) which are a very thick jelly - grape and surprisingly the apple butter is good. the oriental dressing I use on stirfry instead of soy sauce or sweet and sour - its pretty good too. bbq sauce is ok - kind of on the fence about it.

i hated the onion dressing (& i love onions!), the ranches, actually most of the dressings..

hope that helps!

oh and they arent chocked full of too much crap either - just basically water, flavoring, splenda, and gums for thickening.

I personally use at least 1 of their products every day - and enjoy them.

The Walden Farms BBQ sauces are vegan? I wasn't sure because the ingredients said it had Worcestershire sauce, and I thought it contained anchovies? I was really looking forward to trying their BBQ sauces, so if they're vegan, that's great!

I believe it is vegan. another user emailed Walden's Farms to ask which products are vegan, and I'm pretty sure that the BBQ sauce was... and a question- I just got the pancake syrup, and it tastes like syrup, but SOO artificial! I can only take in a tiny bit at a time.will I be able to get used to the flavor?? and is the chocolate syrup the same way?

walden farm= nastyy

 

not for everyones tastebuds

omg i tried this recipe and they are amazing!!! for like 5 calories a cookie counting the trace calories!! my mom hattttes articicial things and thought they tasted really good too. i was so surprised. they are actually addicting haha

Original Post by annaattackk:

omg i tried this recipe and they are amazing!!! for like 5 calories a cookie counting the trace calories!! my mom hattttes articicial things and thought they tasted really good too. i was so surprised. they are actually addicting haha

:(

Anna, you know better.  You are trying to recover.  You are still very underweight.  You really don't need 5-cal cookies...

you caught me :/ i know i know dumb idea, my mom got mad at me too even before i told her how low cal they were :/

Original Post by annaattackk:

omg i tried this recipe and they are amazing!!! for like 5 calories a cookie counting the trace calories!! my mom hattttes articicial things and thought they tasted really good too. i was so surprised. they are actually addicting haha

Honestly....WHY!? You need REAL cookies with actual calories, not a bunch of fake crap! You should be gaining weight and are still underweight (right?). Sorry if this comes across harsh or anything, but reading your post really disturbed me. :(, you don't need to live like this hun <3

Original Post by carrotcakelove:

Original Post by annaattackk:

omg i tried this recipe and they are amazing!!! for like 5 calories a cookie counting the trace calories!! my mom hattttes articicial things and thought they tasted really good too. i was so surprised. they are actually addicting haha

Honestly....WHY!? You need REAL cookies with actual calories, not a bunch of fake crap! You should be gaining weight and are still underweight (right?). Sorry if this comes across harsh or anything, but reading your post really disturbed me. :(, you don't need to live like this hun <3

 yeah i know lesson learned :/ i like real cookies way more (obviously) so i wiill challegne ymself soon to making them AND eating some :) thanks!

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I love most of the Walden products, especially the bleu cheese dressing...only missing the chunkier, but I can live with that. The creamy bacon is very good, but it has a fe calories, I think.
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