Celestial Cinnamon Bites (Egg-Free)

Posted on August 19, 2013. Filed under: Cookies, Desserts | Tags: , , , , , |

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Heavenly Cinnamon Bites | Low-Carb, So Simple!

Soon, when the fall bites, it’s time to bite back with these warmth-exuding cinnamon bites. Crunchy outside, chewy inside, cinnamon, vanilla… pure bliss!

These heavenly cookie-like tidbits contain dairy products, but if you are into dairy-free lifestyle, you might want to take a look of my Facebook page where I’m going to give a dairy-free variation of this recipe during this week.

 

 

 

Celestial Cinnamon Bites (Egg-Free)

5 oz = 140 g almond flour
1.5 oz = 45 g vanilla-flavored whey protein
4 oz = 115 g organic butter (room temperature)
2.5 oz = 70 g erythritol crystals
2 teaspoons ground organic cinnamon

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Mix and knead the dough by hand for a minute or two until smooth.
  4. Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until the cinnamon bites get a little bit color. Don’t let them get brown!
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before removing the cinnamon bites from the baking sheet or even touching them. (Important!)
  7. Store in a cool and dry place.

 

 

Nutrition information Protein Fat Net carbs kcal
The whole batch: 65.1 g 176.5 g 13.7 g 1912 kcal
Per bite if 24 bites in a batch: 2.7 g 7.4 g 0.6 g 80 kcal
Per bite if 30 bites in a batch: 2.2 g 5.9 g 0.5 g 64 kcal
Per bite if 36 bites in a batch: 1.8 g 4.9 g 0.4 g 53 kcal

 

 

 

Heavenly Cinnamon Bites | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

 

 

Tips for making the cinnamon bites

This time I have given weights of the ingredients in the recipe because at least for me it’s easier to use scale for measuring than measure the stuff by volume. I just put the ingredients one after the other in the bowl which I have placed on a scale, and press the tare button in between. Simple. But if you prefer, I can give the volumes as well. Just leave a comment.

So, here is how it goes.

Place all ingredients in a bowl.

Heavenly Cinnamon Bites; All Ingredients In a Bowl | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Mix and knead the dough by hand for a minute or two until smooth.

Heavenly Cinnamon Bites; Kneading the Dough | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Form walnut-sized balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Heavenly Cinnamon Bites; Forming Walnut Size Balls | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Bake in the preheated oven for some 10 minutes. Try to resist the temptation to touch the cinnamon bites while they are hot or warm! They are extremely fragile. They will get harder and hold well together after cooling down completely.

You can dust the ready cinnamon bites lightly with ground cinnamon.

 

Heavenly Cinnamon Bites; Ready Cinnamon Bites, Straight from the Oven | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

 

 

My cinnamon bites experiments

I had done some dairy-free chocolate chip cookie experiments for some while, however I wasn’t completely happy with the result, albeit the cookies were pretty okay. At some point my quota for chocolate chips became full (really, it did), so I decided to try out something else.

Since the combination of almond flour and vanilla-flavored whey protein has proven to produce marvelous baked goods, I wanted to give it a try here. In addition to whey protein, I also wanted to use some other dairy product: good old butter.

I started with 1 cup (240 ml) almond flour, 1/3 cup (80 ml) vanilla-flavored whey protein, 6 tablespoons (85 g) unsalted organic butter, 1/3 cup (80 ml) erythritol crystals and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Actually, by accident I poured in a little bit more erythritol than 1/3 cup (80 ml). And I really could taste that…

I combined all the ingredients in a bowl and mixed the dough by hand. I formed balls from the dough which I flattened gently with my fingertips as cookies — no bites yet.

The resulting cookies were really really nice, I was very surprised about that. Well, because of the excess amount of erythritol they were pretty sweet, but they certainly were tasty and the texture was fine. The yield could have been a bit bigger, now the whole batch swiftly vanished into our mouths.

In my second experiment I put by accident 4 oz (115 g) butter in the bowl. Since I wasn’t very willing to remove it, I had to increase the amounts of other ingredients. That needed some calculations. In the end I got more cookies, which was a welcome thing. As a matter of fact, this time I didn’t flatten the balls which I had shaped from the dough, I simply left them the way they were on the baking sheet. They looked so round and beautiful. I wondered how will they look after baking.

And how did they look and taste then? They were absolutely perfect! Crunchy outside, chewy inside and the flavors were dancing in my mouth! This was definitely a recipe worth publishing, I hope you enjoy these cinnamon bites as much as I and my family did. Well, my son’s cinnamon quota seemed to become full, now he concentrates on my chocolate chip cookie experiments, he never can get enough…

Last, I fine-tuned the amounts of ingredients so that they are easy to measure by weight.

 

Heavenly Cinnamon Bites | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

 

 

Tips for variation

These cinnamon bites are quite sweet, so you might want to reduce the amount of erythritol by a tablespoon or two, depends on your sweet tooth.

If your carb plan allows, you can add either 1 oz (30 g) finely chopped organic raisins or 1.5 oz (≈ 45 g) apple juice sweetened dried cherries. You see these variations in the photo below. In fact, I wanted to try out chopped dried cranberries as well. That might be perfect for the Holidays.

 

Heavenly Cinnamon Bites; Cinnamon Bites with Dried Cherries and Raisins | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Like I mentioned in the very beginning, if you are interested in a dairy-free version of this recipe, please follow me on Facebook.

 

Heavenly Cinnamon Bites; Boy That Was Good! | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

 

 

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Hi Elviira!
I made these cookies this past weekend. They are wonderful! I have been craving a cookie since I began my low carb journey in November and this cookie fit the bill and I am now satisfied. I made some small modifications. I added 1/8 teaspoon salt to round out the flavor, I cut the erythroil in half, I replaced the butter with coconut oil and I flattened them into a round disk. They came out great. I keep them in the freezer for a cool warm weather dessert. Thank you so much for your innovative, tasty ideas. This is the third of your recipes I have used with great success (blueberry muffins, rye bread, and now these cookies).

Hi Christie! Thank you for your comment! Your modifications sound very good! I sometimes have a problem that the cookies don’t hold well together if I reduce the amount of erythritol, but it seems that your cookies were holding well together. Great to hear that you have liked my other recipes as well!

I don’t have a FB account. How can I get the dairy-free version of these cinnamon bites?

Hi Janet, here is the dairy-free version:

Celestial Cinnamon Bites (Dairy-Free, Egg-Free)

5 oz = 140 g almond flour
1.5 oz = 45 g stevia-sweetened vanilla or chocolate flavored rice protein or other plant-based protein
2.5 oz = 70 g erythritol crystals
2–3 teaspoons ground organic cinnamon
2.5 oz = 70 g organic vegetable shortening (such as Spectrum)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Mix and knead the dough by hand for a minute or two until smooth.
4. Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 8–10 minutes, or until the cinnamon bites get a little bit color. Don’t let them get too brown!
6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before removing the cinnamon bites from the baking sheet or even touching them. (Important!)
7. Store in a cool and dry place.

Yield: Approximately 2 dozen bites. One bite contains 2.7 g protein, 5.9 g fat, 0.7 carbs and 67 kcal.

Btw, these bites are crunchier than those in the blog post above.

Hope you like them!

Thanks so much for the dairy-free version. Can’t wait to try them.

You’re welcome :) Hope you like them!

I love this recipe for its simplicity. However, I messed it up somehow. I doubled the recipe and had to substitute Splenda for the erythritol, which I did 1:1. The bites came out very crumbly and powdery with no crispness. They tasted good but had a bad texture. It seemed like it was missing a binder. Is it because I used Splenda?

Hi Kate, thanks for trying out my recipe. I’m sorry to hear that the cookies didn’t turn like you wished. I think that the crumbliness must be because of Splenda. Erythritol somehow seems to work as binder in these egg-free recipes. If you use Splenda, I wonder if adding an egg (or two if you double the recipe) would help, usually it does. You might want to add one egg at a time to see that the dough doesn’t become too runny. Hope this helps!

These look great. Was wondering if I could use coconut oil instead of butter.

Thanks, Lesley! I haven’t tried these with coconut oil but with 2.5 oz (70 g) vegetable shortening. Usually if you replace butter with coconut oil in a recipe, you need less coconut oil. I don’t know why. I suggest you start with 2 oz (60 grams) coconut oil and add more if the dough is too crumbly and doesn’t hold together. What do you think?

Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! I found your site last night when I wanted to make almond flour crackers but realized my go-to recipe wouldn’t work as I was out of eggs. Found your sour cream and chive cracker recipe, and they turned out great. I also noticed this one, so I decided to have a sweet treat this afternoon. I only had chocolate protein powder on hand, but the flavor is great. One question – I noticed the cooling effect of the erythritol is quite pronounced in this quantity. Have you explored using stevia – either powdered or liquid – in this recipe? I really love the texture – melt in your mouth and delicious! I will be back to your site again and again for low carb, natural recipes. Thank you!

Thank you for trying out my recipes! I’m so glad that you like them. I haven’t tried to replace part of the erythritol with stevia in this recipe, but I would expect that works. It worked also in my Vanilla Toffee Butter Cookies. However, I cannot say how that would affect the texture… Could be that the amounts of all ingredients need some adjusting. But basically it should work. Please tell me how it works if you try it out!

Hi. These look delicious, but I don’t have a scale. Could you provide the volume measuremenrs? Thanks!

Thanks Lia! Sure, here are the measurements:

1 1/4 cup = 300 ml almond flour
1/2 cup = 120 ml vanilla-flavored whey protein
1/2 cup = 1 stick = 8 tablespoons organic butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup = 80 ml erythritol crystals
2 teaspoons ground organic cinnamon

Hope this helps!

Thank you! These look simple and yummy! And easy to adapt to different ingredients. For starters, I am going to add some powdered cloves!

Jan, you’re welcome! Would be great to hear how you like them and what kind of adaptations you made! I think these will be great with all kinds of spices. During the holiday season I’m going to try out some gingerbread spices… Maybe lemon flavor would be convenient during the springtime?


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