Besides, those cookies are great. They may be my new favorites!
So then, I happened to see an article about dieting mentioned on the cover of my mom's large print Reader's Digest. I expected the same old thing, but there's an interesting new twist. They analyzed years of weight-loss studies and came up with their own diet. They put a bunch of their staffers on the diet with great success. A dozen staffers lost 151 pounds in three weeks! The book about it is about to come out. They claim there are foods that help us lose weight. They're calling them "fat releasers." Music to my ears!
I hear you out there saying, sure -- iceberg lettuce and bird seed. Wrong. Well, maybe not completely, but there are some other foods that are especially good for us, too. Like dairy. They cite a study that indicates nonfat milk after exercise and again one hour later helps us retain muscle and shed fat, while strengthening bones! Hmm. They even advocate small amounts of walnuts and chocolate! Perhaps of particular interest to many of you, red wine is a fat releaser, too. Wow, permission to eat great food!
In The Diva Digs Up Dirt, there's a muffin recipe that makes use of walnuts ground into flour. (I'll be posting it eventually -- it's my favorite muffin recipe ever!) I'd been thinking about flourless cakes for Passover and it suddenly dawned on me that there are a lot of fat releasers in a flourless cake. Eureka! Chocolate, walnuts, and eggs. It's all good! (Okay, so there's still sugar, but you gotta live, right?)
Now this may not be exactly what Reader's Digest had in mind, but here's my stab at a fat releasing cake. It turned out to have a nice light crumb. Naturally, there's no sugary frosting and no butter except to grease the pan.
Warning: this cake is bittersweet. My mom is in love with this cake because it's not super sweet. If you're one of those people who thinks cakes are generally too sweet, you'll love this. If you prefer a sweet cake, you may want to double the sugar. On the other hand, if you would generally rather lick off the frosting and leave the cake, it's definitely not for you.
By my calculations, a small to average slice would run 150 to 200 calories.
What's your favorite weight loss tip?
1/8 tablespoon butter for greasing pan
1 1/2 cups walnuts
3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
8 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/4 cup hot water
2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso
6 eggs, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350. Grease the springform pan.
In a food processor, combine the walnuts with 4 tablespoons sugar and the salt, and pulse until the walnuts are tiny (don't let it become gummy like walnut butter).
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in short bursts, stirring in between. Set aside to cool.
Boil water and stir coffee or espresso into it. Set aside.
Separate the eggs. Beat the egg yolks with 4 tablespoons of sugar until thick (about 2 minutes). Add some of the walnut mixture, the cooled chocolate, and the water gradually, alternating until they are all combined.
Beat the egg whites until stiff enough to hold a peak. Fold 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Fold in half of the remaining egg whites, then the other half. Pour into pan and bake 40 minutes or until the center is firm.
Serve with strawberries as a garnish.