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V-Life Cookies


#1

[center]V-Life Cookies [/center]
I’m always looking around for portable foods that fit into my Velocity Life that don’t require refrigeration or shaker bottles. Nuts, seeds, and jerky are always handy, and I like an occasional Metabolic Drive bar.

But beef jerky and bags of trail mix can get a little boring, especially when you’re in airports for 6 or 7 hours. So before my recent trip to Vegas, I made up a big batch of almond flour cookies. These things are sugar-free, wheat-flour-free, contain healthy fats, and taste amazing. Check 'em out:

The Stuff

1 cup almond flour, blanched variety
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/8 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of Splenda
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 omega-3 enriched eggs
1/4 cup Smart Balance omega-3 butter, softened
Pam or coconut oil cooking spray

Making the Stuff

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Or use someone else’s oven when they’re not looking.

  2. Toast your coconut. Spread it out on a flat, dry pan and toast 4 or 5 minutes in the oven. (Honestly, I forget this step about half the time. Doesn’t matter much.)

  3. In a bowl, combine almond flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together. Then added butter, Splenda, vanilla, and finally the eggs. Use a mixer to bring it all together.

  4. Add in toasted coconut. Combine it all with your grubby paws or a mixer.

  5. Roll into small balls, then flatten into cookies. Toss onto a cookie pan or “jellyroll pan” coated with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes or so. (For easy clean up, place dough on parchment paper.)

  6. Eat 'em up.

The Options (Some a little crazy!)

  • Add dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for variety.

  • A tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder makes chocolate cookies. Add a scoop of instant coffee for a caffeinated mocha cookie.

  • Add chopped nuts or press whole almonds into top just before cooking.

  • A scoop of vanilla Metabolic Drive will add some protein. Add a sprinkle of water if needed during mixing.

  • Skip the butter and mix in a whole soft avocado. (Tell your kids they’re Shrek cookies.)

Makes these part of your <a href="http://velocity.tmuscle.com/free_online_program/sports_body_training_diet_velocity/velocity_diet_30#velocity-diet-3-0"target=“new”>V-Diet HSM or just do what I do: use them for quick, portable meals that keep you both lean and satisfied. – Chris


What Chris Actually Eats
#2

You are indeed a great man. Thanks for this!


#3

Tons of options here. I’ve made them probably 20 different ways.


#4

One more pic. Note the chocolate one! Good stuff.


#5

I think you should really think about contacting Alton Brown. With his huge change in diet and subsequent weight loss I’ve heard he wants to write a book about it. Might make for at least a great interview and maybe he does a show about this kind of food…


#6

would adding 2 tbsp of PB to the cookies be a good addition? i <3 PB cookies so much (and i never say “i <3” for anything).


#7

[quote]BARDUKE wrote:
would adding 2 tbsp of PB to the cookies be a good addition? i <3 PB cookies so much (and i never say “i <3” for anything).[/quote]

Look for that PB2 stuff I talked about the other day, the powdered peanut butter with 85% fewer calories. Works great in recipes like this.


#8

[quote]loneiguana wrote:

I think you should really think about contacting Alton Brown. With his huge change in diet and subsequent weight loss I’ve heard he wants to write a book about it. Might make for at least a great interview and maybe he does a show about this kind of food…[/quote]

Alton is great. I have a couple of his books. Would love to speak with him.


#9

[quote]Chris Shugart wrote:
Look for that PB2 stuff I talked about the other day, the powdered peanut butter with 85% fewer calories. Works great in recipes like this. [/quote]
i was just looking for stuff i had lying around the house. i havent seen it in the stores here, i might just have to order it online. but if it means that i can have healthy PB cookies, ill buy everyone here a jar!


#10

sadly, there is no PB in these, but good nonetheless:


#11

[quote]BARDUKE wrote:
sadly, there is no PB in these, but good nonetheless:

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Those look great!


#12

one set has cinnamon on top, the other has bits of 73% cocoa ghirardelli chocolate. both taste awesome.


#13

Its so amazing that on sunday night, when I’m looking for a snack, I can just pop onto V-Life and find something to fulfill any craving. Delicious!


#14

I spent last weekend in NYC and have worked long hours this week, so my fridge has been barren of food. I’ve “resorted” to making variations of this recipe for dinner the last several nights. Certainly not something I want to make a habit of, but it’s nice to throw back a few of these with a shake and call it good.

I added some chocolate chips to the chocolate variation of this recipe. Amazing!


#15

[quote]BrickCallahan wrote:
I spent last weekend in NYC and have worked long hours this week, so my fridge has been barren of food. I’ve “resorted” to making variations of this recipe for dinner the last several nights. Certainly not something I want to make a habit of, but it’s nice to throw back a few of these with a shake and call it good.
[/quote]

As someone who’s having <a href="http://velocity.t-nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_performance_nutrition_bodybuilding_velocity_recipe/the_great_pumpkin_cake"target=“new”>pumpkin cake and a shake tonight for dinner, I understand!


#16

I make these all the time. I’m not doing the V-Diet, but was struggling to get enough calories in for my bulk. Then I check out this thread and discover a way to get about 2000 calories into my diet in a delicious, healthy way. I add 3 scoops of strawberry whey to my cookies, so I end up with high fat/high protein yummyness. After 3 months of the scales staying the same and progress stalling, I’m finally adding weight to myself AND the bar. I know it’s not exactly what these cookies were made for, but I just wanted to say thanks anyway! :slight_smile:


#17

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[quote]Badunk wrote:
I make these all the time. I’m not doing the V-Diet, but was struggling to get enough calories in for my bulk. Then I check out this thread and discover a way to get about 2000 calories into my diet in a delicious, healthy way. I add 3 scoops of strawberry whey to my cookies, so I end up with high fat/high protein yummyness. After 3 months of the scales staying the same and progress stalling, I’m finally adding weight to myself AND the bar. I know it’s not exactly what these cookies were made for, but I just wanted to say thanks anyway! :)[/quote]

I’ve always thought that it was very easy to go on a mass diet without resorting to toxic fast foods or pure junk. Very easy to make meals at home that are both calorically dense for muscle gain goals and good for long term (and even immediate) health.

I have variations of my recipes for both. You can make the same batch of cookies and very easily add or subtract a couple hundred calories based on your needs, from low-carb cutting phases to pure mass phases.

That said, just having something tasty, portable, easy to make, and convenient goes a long way too. These cookies fit that bill.


#18

Base recipe doubled + two tablespoons of cocoa powder + a couple tablespoons of unsweetened chocolate chips

I’ve also got one that incorporates apple pie spice, cinnamon and some butterscotch chips. I’ll have to make some later so I can post pictures.


#19

[quote]BrickCallahan wrote:
Base recipe doubled + two tablespoons of cocoa powder + a couple tablespoons of unsweetened chocolate chips

I’ve also got one that incorporates apple pie spice, cinnamon and some butterscotch chips. I’ll have to make some later so I can post pictures.[/quote]

Looks like a rich brownie. Nice!


#20

Tastes even more moist than a decadent brownie, too. I’ve had limited baking experiences, but every batch of these have turned out magnificently. They’re stupidly easy to make, too. Probably a 15-minute process from “Hey, I feel like cookies” to “Oh shit, that second cookie was even better than the first one.”