Wednesday, March 17, 2010

South Beach Diet Friendly Chocolate Meringue Cookies

I love meringues and was super excited to find this South Beach friendly version. This chocolaty treat will melt in your mouth and provide a little relief from those chocolate cravings during Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. In Phase 2, you could break up the cookies into some low fat Cool Whip or whipped cream with some fresh berries to make a lovely low fat, no sugar Eton Mess.


3 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup Splenda granular
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 handful of crushed almonds (optional) or pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 300 F /150 C. Combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla. Beat until the whites form soft peaks.

Slowly add sugar substitute and cocoa; beat until stiff peaks form, and mixture becomes glossy.
An optional step is to fold in the nuts now.

Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls on to a greased cookie sheet (I like to put down a layer of parchment or baking paper on a the cookie sheet and then grease that). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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