Almond Florentines – Low Carb (2 Net Grams), Gluten-Free, Low Glycemic


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Almond Florentines

Hard to say when or where I acquired a taste for Almond Florentines. Some attribute their origin to¬†Florence where I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying them with an espresso. For me Almond Florentines are one of life’s simple pleasures. Wonderfully crisp delights¬†of carmelized¬†sugar, egg whites and almonds with that¬†hint of orange in the background. In my low glycemic¬†version¬†I opted to flavor these with¬†almond extract¬†so that¬†the sliced¬†almonds and dark chocolate are the stars¬†of the show. If you love sweets¬†these will definitely not disappoint.

Part of my low carb journey was ensuring¬†that I would be able to stay on track and continue losing weight. It was imperative¬†for me to calm¬†the feeling¬†that I was missing out on¬†something. These Almond Florentines, as well as some of my other sweets, help ensure that I¬†never¬†have that feeling again. What’s my secret?¬†Always give yourself¬†options, lots of delicious and satisfying options. ¬†Doing so gave me the flexibility to beat down¬†that incessant¬†urge I had to binge on sweets. ¬†That’s been and will continue¬†to be¬†my¬†way of maintaining my goal weight of 148 pounds.

My version of this delicate, crisp classic is so¬†downright delicious you won’t be¬†able to¬†resist just one. Not to worry though, they come in at only 2 net grams of carbs per cookie. I don’t know about you, but that’s a number¬†that makes me do a happy dance. ??? This recipe is¬†so easy to make too and it does not require¬†a lot of specialty ingredients. Just some basics that keep it simple. ¬†Now that’s a recipe I can appreciate.

This is another one of the recipes where I use Lily’s Dark Chocolate, but you could also use another sugar-free chocolate like Hershey’s or Fifty-50 as well. ¬†If you do though, you’ll need to weigh out the 2 ounces. To keep the cookies at a uniform shape and to control the portion size¬†I used a 12 cup muffin tin.

Just goes to show you that low carb doesn’t have to be boring unless you want it to be. To have recipes sent directly to your inbox, submit your email on my blog page. Hope you enjoy these and don’t forget to let me know what you think. From my kitchen to yours, here’s to happily changing the way you and I live low carb. Till the next time,¬†happy low carbing.

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Almond Florentines
One of life's simple pleasures. Wonderfully crisp delights that are low glycemic and have a hint of almond flavoring in the background so that the almonds and dark chocolate are the stars of the show. If you love sweets these will definitely not disappoint.
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 + 20 Minutes for the chocolate step.
Passive Time 60 Minutes total
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Ingredients
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 + 20 Minutes for the chocolate step.
Passive Time 60 Minutes total
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Image: Low Carb Almond Florentines
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 300‚ĄČ. Lightly Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with a non-stick cooking spray. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly beat your egg white, almond extract and stevia sweetener with a wire whip or fork. The batter will be a very loose consistency. Add the sliced almonds and coat them well using a spoon.
  3. Using your spoon, scoop about a tablespoon of the almond mixture in to the prepared muffin tins until it's all distributed evenly. Then with your finger press down on the almond mixture until its evened out and level in each cup.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate them and bake them for 15 more minutes. At this point they'll be a nice golden brown. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes. They will still be very soft.
  5. With a table knife gently work them out of each cup and put them on a baking rack to finish cooling.
  6. while they're calling, get a small pan of water simmering on the stove. Chop the 1/2 bar of chocolate into little pieces and place in a small heat proof bowl that sits just above the simmering water. Add your espresso powder. Let it sit for a few minutes before you begin to stir and incorporate the espresso powder into the melting chocolate.
  7. Working with one cookie at a time, put about 1/2 a teaspoon of the melted chocolate onto the back of each cookie. Then place the cookie on to the parchment lined baking sheet. press each cookie gently to distribute the chocolate evenly on to back of the cookie. You should be able to make out a faint outline of chocolate underneath each cookie. When you're done, using your spoon, scoop up the rest of the melted chocolate and quickly move your spoon back and forth over the cookies so that the chocolate makes nice horizontal stripes on the cookies. Do this till you've used up all the chocolate. Then pop in the fridge for 5 minutes to set the chocolate.
  8. Now, make yourself a cup of coffee or tea. Then, sit down and relax to savor and enjoy my way of getting the most out of low carb living the guilt-free way. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing.
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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information - Calculated using My Fitness Pal

Per Cookie:

Calories 75, Fat 7 g, Sodium 5 mg, Potassium 78 mg, Total Carbohydrate 4 g, Fiber 2 g,  Sugars 0 g, Protein 3 g, Net Carbs 2 g

 

 

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Mike

Mike is a proud UCLA Bruin and low carb recipe enthusiast. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his dog Bella. Together they are living the Dream.

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