Hubby and I have been on the South Beach Diet for nearly a month. I am down almost 10 pounds, and he is down around 20 pounds. I am not really following the diet for weight loss, because I don't feel that I need to lose weight at this point. My weight is pretty much on point for my height, and my BMI is where it needs to be. Hubby however, would like to lose another 20 pounds. We love the South Beach Diet because it works quickly, and we don't feel deprived. We've just made some changes to what we're eating by cutting out sugar and carbs, and finding alternative recipes for old favorites.
The thing that I have had the hardest time with on this diet, is the no sugar thing. I have a serious sweet tooth... I'm talkin' bad, here. I'm the kind of person who often skips a real breakfast and will opt for a brownie with a cup of hot coffee at 10 am. Huge no-no! I knew that if I didn't find a way to satisfy my sweets cravings, I would fail on this diet. So, I scoured Pinterest, and found some pretty fantastic recipes for desserts that were South Beach Diet, Phase 1 approved.
Hubby loves peanut butter, and I found a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies that we could have on our diet plan...
You Will Need...
1 Cup All Natural Peanut Butter
1 Cup of Splenda
Mix all three ingredients in a mixing bowl...
...until the peanut butter becomes thick.
The dough will be very soft, and a bit crumbly.
*Baker's note- I added a tiny splash of Pure Vanilla Extract to our dough.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and lightly coat a cookie sheet with canola oil spray.
Form balls of cookie dough- about 1 tablespoon, each.
Dip a fork into a small bowl of Splenda, and press down on the cookie dough to form a criss-cross.
Bake cookies at 350 for 10 minutes.
*These cookies will be very soft after baking, so allow them to cool, and use a spatula when transferring to a cooling rack.
Enjoy these delicious cookies (up to 2 cookies per day on the South Beach Diet)!
One batch makes between 12-14 cookies.
I look forward to my peanut butter cookies in the evenings, with a juice glass size cup of low fat milk. Knowing that I can reward myself at the end of a long, tough day, helps me stick to the diet all day long. It also helps knowing that I can make these cookies anytime- they're quick, easy to make, guilt-free, and completely delicious!
You'll definitely want to keep this recipe on hand & give these a try, if you're a peanut butter lover!