I have always adored peanut butter, but when I came across Justin’s fabulous looking line of Nut Butters at my local Whole Foods, I was dying to give it a try and compare it to my beloved peanut butter. The majority of their nut butters are almond based, as opposed to peanut. Almonds are one of, if not THE healthiest nut you can eat, and I love finding ways to incorporate more nuts in my diet. Plus, Justin’s Nut Butters offer a selection of six amazing flavors: Classic Almond, Honey Almond, Maple Almond, Chocolate Almond, Vanilla Almond and Chocolate Hazelnut, in addition to also offering a Classic Peanut Butter and Honey Peanut Butter. So I grabbed myself a jar of the Vanilla Almond Butter, and a few packets of other flavors to sample (yes, they also come in portion controlled packets, people!) I decided to try my new almond butter in a very basic way…spread onto some apple slices. OH EM GEE. It was absolutely divine! The flavor of the almond comes through perfectly, with just the slightest hint of vanilla. And I loved how fresh this product tasted…like it was literally made from scratch in my kitchen. I was thrilled with how absolutely delicious this stuff was! MOVE OVER PEANUT BUTTER. Keep in mind though, this is a nut butter, so in order to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers plan, I can’t go overboard with it. It is a healthy fat though, so a serving size of 2 tbsp for 5 Points + is ideal. Keep reading to learn more about Justin’s Nut Butters…PLUS get my Weight Watchers Recipe for Light Chocolate Fudge Brownies with a Vanilla Almond Butter swirl!
Chocolate and peanut butter – the best couple ever. And they definitely work well together in this Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Roll Ups Recipe I created one day when I was craving Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. This actually started out to be a simple, low calorie Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe that I came across on Pinterest and wanted to try. But because they are flourless peanut butter cookies, the batter spread while baking, and made these HUGE cookies. With some spare chocolate chips on hand, I decided to make a quick chocolate melt, spread it on the cookie, and then roll it up. They were so good! If you don’t care for the chocolate, you can just make the flourless peanut butter cookies. They are very moist and chewy, and don’t quite have that cookie texture, so I think they work better in this roll up recipe. But either way, they are large and in charge, and are very filling and satisfying. I drizzled mine with a bit of the melted chocolate as well. These would be great as a dessert and/or topped with low calorie ice cream or fat free cool whip. Enjoy!
I have recently become obsessed with Subway’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, but given that they are 6 Points + each (according to my handy Weight Watchers Dining Out Companion), that’s just not a treat I can afford to indulge in often. So I’ve been baking away in the kitchen trying to come up with my own knock-off version for a healthy White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe, and boy oh boy was I successful! Each cookie is just 2 Points +, making them an ideal low calorie snack to indulge in. It took me a few tries to get the ingredients just right, and in my attempts, I realized that I couldn’t use certain types of butter substitutes and/or egg substitutes. So I had to figure out a way to fit all the good ingredients in, but still keep it a low calorie, low fat cookie. In the end, an amazing, low Points White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe was born that tastes just as good as the higher fat version, but is a lot better in helping you reach your weight loss goals. Now you can have your cookie and eat it too! Enjoy!
Since I cannot stop fantasizing about cookies lately, I decided to try out this recipe for Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, and I am SO glad I did! The original version uses regular, chunky peanut butter, but I decided to use my favorite peanut butter substitute – Better’n Peanut Butter, so that I could eat more cookies for less Points. It worked out really well, and the end result was a deliciously sweet and satisfying treat that will for sure be on my tray of Chrismukkah Cookies this year! I use the term Chrismukkah because I celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, which means more presents and yummy food!! Each cookie is just 2 Points +, which isn’t bad considering how rich and flavorful they are. I’m satisfied with eating just two or three of them, and I don’t go overboard. So if you are looking for another great Christmas cookie that won’t blow all your Weight Watchers Points, then this Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe is a must try. I mean, really, does it get any better than peanut butter and chocolate together in a moist and chewy cookie? No, it doesn’t. So get yourself to the kitchen pronto and whip up some of these low calorie Christmas cookies ASAP!
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We are still weeks away from Christmas, and I’m already fantasizing about Christmas cookies! This year, I plan on doing a LOT of baking, and since I know I’ll be surrounded by tons of cookies, I’ll be using some healthier, lower calorie versions of popular Christmas cookies. One of my favorites, is this delicious Molasses Cookie Recipe. It’s so simple, but it just tastes so Christmas-y to me, and it’s a must have on my cookie tray. By making a few changes to the traditional molasses cookie recipe, I was able to knock off some extra fat and calories, making this version just 2 Points + per cookie. Not bad considering the rich ingredients used in this particular type of cookie. And considering it’s such a powerful cookie with lots of intense flavors, one or two of them is just enough to satisfy.
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Ok people….Labor Day is over, which means summer is coming to an end. And soon, the gluttonous holiday season will be upon us. So, it’s time to crack down NOW, and stick with your weight loss plan!! And this delicious Low Calorie Cheesecake Brownie Recipe will be just what you need to help you stay on track, but still feel like you are indulging. By making a few simple substitutions in a traditional cheesecake brownie recipe, I was able to create a DELICIOUS moist and sweet cheesecake brownie that has a lot less fat and calories than before. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, and need a little something to take the edge off, try these low calorie cheesecake brownie bars! You can enjoy a fabulous, guilt-free dessert for just 2 Points +!
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If you are a fan of baked goods, you’ll definitely dig these tasty, low calorie Baked Apple Squares Recipe. Each square has just 3 Points +, and they make a great light snack, or can be served a la mode with a scoop of low calorie ice cream for a fantastic dessert that will make everyone happy. My husband also likes to grab one of these on his way out the door for a quick breakfast sometimes, too. Easy to make and delightful to look at, this tasty apple squares recipe would make a great addition to your collection of Weight Watchers Recipes. And though this dish works great any time of the year, try experimenting with a variety of different apples during the fall, and experience a slightly different flavor each time.
1 Points Plus for sweet puffed pastries!??!? Yes, you read that right folks. These delicious French Twists from Barry’s Bakery boast lots of flavor but with just 30 calories per twist. You end up getting two twists for just 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus! They are even endorsed by Weight Watchers, as you can see the Points Plus Value written on the lid. My husband has been reminding me to blog about these for weeks now, so you’ll have to thank him for this!! These crunchy little treats are twisted layers of puffed pastry, coated with cinnamon and beet sugar. They are amazingly tasty and are a great low calorie snack idea if you are craving cookies, but need a more Weight Watchers friendly alternative. A perfect compliment to tea or coffee, French Twists have become a staple in our house! Keep reading to learn more….
If you’ve got a serious craving for chocolate, but don’t want to blow all your daily Weight Watchers Points, then this low calorie Chocolate Meringue Cookies Recipe is a perfect solution! Sweet, crunchy and chocolate-y, these low Point cookies totally satisfied my sweet tooth, but only cost me 1 Point Total for two fabulous cookies! Quite a bargain. I have always loved meringue cookies, but have been too intimidated to attempt baking them myself until one day when I was just so desperate for chocolate cookies, but didn’t want to spend all my Weight Watchers Points on one or two measly cookies. And this meringue cookie recipe gives you SO much bang for your buck. Absolutely, well worth the elbow grease!!
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A little over 2 years ago, two of my closest friends threw me a bridal shower, and included these AMAZINGLY delicious Lemon Cookies as favors for the guests. Omg, they were SO good. Words cannot describe. Well, ever since then, I’ve been hesitant to treat my self to these high calorie goodies, and I couldn’t find a Weight Watchers Lemon Cookies recipe that I liked. Needless to say, I’ve been dying for some lemon tea cookies!! So after playing around a bit with a few traditional lemon cookie recipes, I managed to create one that is decently lower in weight watchers points than the regular versions. Of course, I still wish they would be even lower in points so I could eat 100 or so, but alas, just a few will have to do. Enjoy!
If you have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood, RUN, don’t walk, to the nearest Trader Joe’s, and pick up some of these AWESOME Weight Watcher Chocolate Chip Cookies! Produced by Trader Joe’s, you’ll get 5 of this yummy, low calorie cookies for a 2 Point Value. And the best part is that these healthy chocolate cookies are LOADED with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants! That’s right, I said HEALTHY. And they really, really are! Chocolate Chip Cookies with a healthy dose of good-for-you ingredients….not bad. And they actually taste quite good! A bit on the small size, but hey, you get five of them, so it’s definitely an awesome Weight Watcher snack in my eyes. So, you wanna know the name of these fabulous chocolate chip cookies? Read on, my friends!!
When following ANY diet plan, it’s important to be able to have a good, reliable Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on hand. Let’s face it, there are times when you absolutely must have some cookies, so why not have a good selection of Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipes to choose from? Well, this low calorie cookie recipe is one of my old standbys. These fabulous little chocolate chip cookies are so divinely decadent, you’ll feel like you are being really bad (which feels really good)! The cookies are small, but they pack quite a chocolate punch. And with just 1 Weight Watchers Point per 2 cookies, you can go ahead and grab a handful of these mini chocolate chip cookies without an ounce of guilt. Just because you are dieting and eating healthy, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the treats you love, but having a healthier version of them sure helps keep you on track.