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I made a very chewey mismash of condensed milk, some flour, peanuts, dates, raisins and loads of shredded coconut.  I simply went online and goolged something like 'chewey coconut cookies'. &nbsp
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Condensed milk - without the sugar?

posted at 5/18/2013 3:44 PM EDT
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I made a very chewey mismash of condensed milk, some flour, peanuts, dates, raisins and loads of shredded coconut.  I simply went online and goolged something like 'chewey coconut cookies'.   The advice was to cook for 20min.. but I wanted this as chewey as shoe leather, so I probably doubled that.

The first time it worked .. somewhat burned, but better than I could buy at the store.  The second time I tried dried cherrys and cranberries but I grabbed the wrong, fat-free canned milk.  I forget what the milk was called but it was runny.  I ended up with cake - yuk!

I looked up condensed milk to see that it is mostly sugar.  That's not my objective - more sugar atop the dates and coconut?!  I want a guilt-free 'treat' that I can nibble on during the day to keep my sugar demon satisfied but not have to buy a new belt. 

Any suggestions on how to make a very chewey,  medium to support - Coconut, Peanuts and Dates?   Thanks.

Jim

Re: Condensed milk - without the sugar?

posted at 5/18/2013 7:18 PM EDT
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Welcome,
Do a search on All Recipes or this one for Granola bars.  There are plenty of healthy versions.  I think there is also a Healthy America site, Weight Watchers may also have a recipe as well. 

Sweetened Condensed milk is quite loaded with sugar, there is a low fat version but I have yet to see a sugar free or low sugar version.  
I do have a recipe for making sweetened condensed milk you could try that and substitute Stevia or Splenda for the sugar that may work. 
Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/3 Cup boiling water
4 Tb butter
3/4 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Cup powdered milk
Using an electric mixer blend together water, butter, sugar and vanilla. Add powdered milk and blend until thick.
Store in refrigerator. 
This recipe makes the equivalent of one 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. 

Re: Condensed milk - without the sugar?

posted at 5/19/2013 11:52 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Condensed milk - without the sugar?:
Welcome, Do a search on All Recipes or this one for Granola bars.  There are plenty of healthy versions.  I think there is also a Healthy America site, Weight Watchers may also have a recipe as well.  Sweetened Condensed milk is quite loaded with sugar, there is a low fat version but I have yet to see a sugar free or low sugar version.   I do have a recipe for making sweetened condensed milk you could try that and substitute Stevia or Splenda for the sugar that may work.  Sweetened Condensed Milk 1/3 Cup boiling water 4 Tb butter 3/4 Cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 Cup powdered milk Using an electric mixer blend together water, butter, sugar and vanilla. Add powdered milk and blend until thick. Store in refrigerator.  This recipe makes the equivalent of one 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. 
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....Nikki - thanks   But, that's a ton of work to come up with a thixotropic - that has the same sugar as a can already on the shelf? I gather it is in fact the sugar that made my first batch really chewey.   I would rather not add more sugar, the fruit provides plenty - for me. 

Maybe I'll wonder off and find a way -other than gellatin- to make a binder/stiffener without using sugarred milk products.  Cheers. 

Jim

Re: Condensed milk - without the sugar?

posted at 5/30/2013 2:38 PM EDT
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I figured it out.  Condensed milk has a massive load of sugar - to make it thick.  Evaporated milk does not, but it makes a watery, nasty paste and does not end up 'chewey'. 

Add lemon juice.  Simple - it curds the evaporated milk and acts like a thickner ..without all the sugar.  I don't measure; I simply made a 'paste' of the flour and curddled milk to act as a binder for the Dates, Coconut and Peanuts.  It works.. and not too sweet.  .. 'sweet enough to keep me from buying Candy Corn.   Here's a pic..


Jim

Re: Condensed milk - without the sugar?

posted at 5/30/2013 4:12 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Condensed milk - without the sugar?:
I figured it out.  Condensed milk has a massive load of sugar - to make it thick.  Evaporated milk does not, but it makes a watery, nasty paste and does not end up 'chewey'.  Add lemon juice .  Simple - it curds the evaporated milk and acts like a thickner ..without all the sugar.  I don't measure; I simply made a 'paste' of the flour and curddled milk to act as a binder for the Dates, Coconut and Peanuts.  It works.. and not too sweet.  .. 'sweet enough to keep me from buying Candy Corn.   Here's a pic.. http://wetstuff.com/ideas/cookie.JPG Jim
Posted by Jim C

How is the taste with all the lemon juice needed to make the milk curdle? 

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