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CoconutFruitPizza

This is a very old recipe of mine I modified so it is now suitable for Atkins low-carb.  It’s a pretty dessert that impresses company and yet it is so easy to make!  You make the crust a day ahead and put it all together right before serving.  The crust is very dense (not at all crumbly) and is  easiest eaten with your hands just like pizza rather than a fork!  This recipe is not acceptable for Atkins Induction, but you can enjoy it once you get to the nuts and seeds level of Atkins Phase 2 OWL.  Softening 1-2 oz. cream cheese and blending into the whipped cream is a good variation for this.  But that is not calculated in the nutritional info below.

My favorite version of this dessert is one made with fresh peaches and a few drops of almond extract added to the whipped cream.  Sooooo good!

VARIATION:  Use sliced fresh peaches, use raspberries, use blueberries.  You can also add softened cream cheese to the creamy filling and reduce the whipped cream for a firmer, richer filling. 🙂

CRUST INGREDIENTS:

1  c. unsweetened coconut

1/2 c. chopped almonds

1/3 c. Splenda (or equivalent liquid sweetener)

2 ½ T. low carb bake mix or almond flour (or 1 T. coconut flour)

2 egg whites lightly beaten with a whisk until frothy

1 tsp. almond extract

TOPPING INGREDIENTS: 1 c. heavy cream, 1T. s/f syrup like DaVinci or Torani and 1 pt. fruit.   Alternately you can use only 3/4 c. whipping cream and fold in 1/4 c. softened cream cheese if you like.  You will need to recalculate stats below if you do that, however.

DIRECTIONS: Line a pizza pan with foil.  Grease with butter a 9-10″ circle.  Combine all crust ingredients in a bowl and stir well.  Using fingers, spread and press firmly the coconut crust mixture into a 9-10″ circle on a greased sheet pan.  Bake at 325º for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on a wire rack.  Refrigerate overnight.

The day you want to serve, place crust on flat cake plate.  Whip cream with a splash of vanilla and sweetener of your choice (I like coconut or vanilla DaVinci sugar free syrup).   Spread whipped cream evenly over coconut crust and top with raspberries, sliced strawberries or if on the fruit rung of OWL, this is good with thinly sliced peaches.  Chill for an hour and then cut into 8 wedges and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 8, each serving (using strawberries) contains:

273 cals, 25g fat, 12g carbs, 5.1g fiber, 6.9g NET CARBS, 5g protein, 43 mg sodium

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are moist, dense cake-like in texture, and incredibly tasty!  My picky husband really liked these, and he usually isn’t too fond of low-carb desserts.  These are not Induction friendly due to the almond flour and nuts.  Sometimes I leave out the chopped nuts to lower calorie/carb count even more.

VARIATION:  If you like a chewier cookie, use the sugar-free honey (I use Honeytree from Walmart) instead of the DaVinci vanilla syrup.   For a crunchier cookie, bake them longer/browner.

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. almond flour

¼ c. + 2T. unsweetened, plain whey protein

1 tsp. baking soda

½ c. chopped nuts

½ c. sugar-free chocolate chips

¼ c. granular Splenda

4 T. erythritol sweetener

3 T. melted, unsalted butter

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. sugar free honey+1 tsp. vanilla (about 1/4 c. DaVinci Vanilla sugar-free syrup, added slowly and just enough to create a thick batter)

1 T. water (omit if you used Davinci syrup)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl.  Add all wet ingredients.  Blend well and let batter sit for a couple minutes to firm up.  Spoon onto greased or non-stick baking sheet in 1″ globs.  They don’t spread out much when cooking, so I slightly  flattened with my fingers, but not too much.  Bake for about 12 minutes at 350º.  Cool on cloth or racks.  I got exactly 26 cookies.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 26 cookies, each contains:

55.85 cals, 4.79g fat, 2.04g carbs,0.84g fiber, 1.2g NET CARBS, 1.8g protein, 54 mg. sodium

I got this idea from a cheesecake pudding recipe of Linda Genaw I have made many, many times.  I have added a little ricotta cheese to her basic recipe, Increased the whipped cream and added gelatin (to firm it up) to make up for the lower amount of cream cheese.  The flavoring I chose for this version was mandarin orange.  It was yummy!  My husband and I loved this one!  This recipe is suitable for all Atkins phases and all keto diets.  Not suitable for Paleo due to all the dairy products.

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. heavy cream

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ c. ricotta cheese

½ c. sour cream

½ c. Splenda granular or equivalent of your favorite sweetener

Liquid sweetener (I used Splenda) to bring to your desired taste

10 drops Boyajian Pure Orange Oil

1 tsp. unflavored gelatin powder

3 T. madarin orange juice drained from can

2 c. canned mandarin oranges, drained (reserving 3 T. for dissolving gelatin)

DIRECTIONS:  Whip the heavy cream in a medium mixing bowl to nice soft peak stage.  Set aside.  Open and drain canned mandarin oranges reserving 3 T. of the juice to dissolve gelatin in.  Place the orange sections in a food processor or blender.  Process the fruit until smooth.  Bring the 3 T. mandarin orange juice to a boil, add gelatin and stir until dissolved.  To the processor or blender, add all remaining ingredients.  Process until all is well blended.  Spoon into eight 1-cup ramekins or serving dishes of choice.  Optional garnish (not included in nutritional stats): 1-2 extra orange sections if desired. Chill for at least 1-2 hours or until it firms up nicely.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes eight 1-cup servings, each contains:

369 cals, 34g fat, 9.26g carbs, 0.56g fiber, 8.7g NET CARBS, 8.37g protein, 119mg sodium

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If you’re looking to up your fat intake on a ketogenic diet, I can’t think of a tastier way to do that than Fat Bombs!  Some are like eating fudge, some more like ice cream, and some are more like candy, but what all types have in common is THEY ARE DELICIOUS!  I keep my lemon-coconut version and this recipe chocolate version  in the freezer at all times, but do get tired of just the two flavors all the time.  Today I decided to try a blueberry version!  Made them two different ways: with whole berries; and with pureed berries. Not sure which is my fav, but I think the pureed version makes for nicer eye candy.  🙂

I just bought a large carton of blueberries this week and modified my lemon-coconut fat bomb recipe, making the obvious changes for this fruit.   These came out delicious!  I confess the pureed version was a little grainy, but blueberries don’t get all their lovely fiber count from nowhere, ya know.  But the taste was delightful.  As with all fat bombs, you have to eat them straight out of the freezer, as they melt quickly in your hands.  These are suitable for Atkins Phase 2, OWL once you get to the berries level of the carb ladder.  They are OK for Primal, but not Paleo.  Below is a pic of the silicone ice-cube trays I used.  Of course, you can use other silicone molds or even make these in a small, shallow pan and cut into squares, twisting the pan slightly to pop out the frozen squares.  Plastic ice-cube trays work nicely, too.

Note:  Coconut cream is NOT the same thing as the cream of coconut bartenders use, which has a lot of added sugar.  What I use is pure coconut cream.  I used to order by the case on-line, but now I can get it at my local Natural Grocers.  This is what I use: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A16310101%2Ck%3Acoconut%20cream .  I suspect Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s carries it.  Tropical Traditions has it also.  If you chill a can of coconut milk overnight, coconut cream is the thick stuff that rises to the top.  Spoon that off and you have coconut cream.  🙂

The pan I used (2)

Silicone ice cube tray I used (2)

INGREDIENTS: 

1 scant cup blueberries (about 9/10 cup)

1 stick butter (4 oz)

3/4 c. coconut oil

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. coconut cream

Preferred Sweetener to taste

DIRECTIONS:  You can put these together in either of two ways: using whole berries; or pureeing the ingredients.  The latter more uniformly diffuses the blueberries.  I like them both ways equally.

Place silicone candy molds onto a baking pan for support and set them near your work area.  I used honeycomb silicone ice-cube trays to make the ones shown above.  The recipe made 24 fat bombs for me that are about 1″x 1″.  If your molds have smaller, shallower slots, you will undoubtedly get more than I did.

Pureed Version:  Place berries, coconut cream and softened cream cheese in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.  In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and coconut oil.  Cool slightly for 5 minutes and add to the food processor.  Puree again until smooth.  Add your sweetener of choice.  Add sweetener slowly, tasting and adjusting to suit your preference level.  I like to transfer the mixture to a spouted measuring cup or pitcher and gently pour the mixture into the molds not quite to the top.  Place pan on level surface in your freezer and freeze about an hour.  Pop them out and enjoy or freeze in plastic bags.

Whole Berry Version:  Place 3-4 blueberries into each mold slot.  In a saucepan, melt the butter and coconut oil over low heat.  Remove from heat and slightly cool for 5 minutes or so.  Add all remaining ingredients and whip well with a whisk or stick blender if you have one.  The cream cheese will separate a bit, but not to worry, as it will taste just fine in the final treats.    Add sweetener slowly, taste and adjust to your sweetness preference. Transfer the mixture to a spouted pitcher or spouted measuring cup for easy pouring into the molds.  Fill each slot not quite full. Place in freezer on level surface for about 1 hour.  Pop them out and enjoy or freeze in plastic  bags.

Whole Berry Version

Whole Berry Version

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Number of servings will vary, depending on size of molds.

1/24 batch:  116 cals., 13g  fat, .44g  protein, 1.02g  carbs, .18g  fiber, .84g NET CARBS

Entire recipe:  2788 calories, 311 g fat, 24.5 g  carbs, 4.3 g  fiber, 20.2 g  NET CARBS

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This recipe is ideal for making a chocolate shell for ice cream bars and a variety of chocolate candies.  The sky is the limit on how it can be used for candy making, including multi-layer candies.  Pictured above are bite-size sweets made with (left) peanuts, (center) coconut-pecan, and (right) almond-dried cranberries.  Since what you add to your chocolate will vary, the nutritional information will vary.  Therefore I am providing just the counts for the chocolate coating mixture.  you will then have to add the nuts or fruits you add to each piece for an accurate count. This recipe is chilled to set, but it keeps at room temperature for a fairly long period, so you can serve these creations at parties without fear they will melt on the plate. Just pop any leftovers back in the fridge for longer term storage.  They should freeze OK, too.  🙂

The base chocolate shell recipe is suitable (as written) for all phases of Atkins.  Then, once you reach Atkins Phase 2 OWL, you can add nuts, coconut meat, fruit bits to your candy (whatever is allowed on your eating plan).

INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE SHELL COATING:

1 c. sugar free chocolate chips (I use Hershey’s)

1 square unsweetened baking chocolate (or 4 squares Lindt 90% chocolate)

¼ c. melted butter

1 T. coconut oil (or 1 T. more butter)

6 drops liquid Splenda (or 2 tsp.vanilla sugar-free syrup)

DIRECTIONS:  Set silicone candy molds on a sheet pan.  Place your nuts, coconut, or fruit bits into each of 48 silicone candy form cups.  Next, in double boiler or a small saucepan over another pan containing boiling water, melt the butter and coconut oil.  Add the square of chocolate and melt slowly.  Add the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so the chocolate will stay smooth.  It should make a smooth, silky (not lumpy) chocolate sauce.  Dip 1 tsp. of sauce onto each candy mold slot.  There should be enough to do all 48 slots.  Then go back and put any remaining sauce as equally on the 48 candies as possible, using it all up.  The chocolate will run down around the nuts/fruit and make a solid piece of candy once chilled.  If making a smaller batch, refrigerate (or freeze) any leftover sauce in a ziploc plastic bag for future use.  Pop the sheet pan into the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes.  When the chocolate is hard to the touch, pop ’em out from the bottom and ENJOY!  The chocolate will not totally melt if at room, but don’t leave them out for hours.  The chocolate WILL melt under the heat of your fingers if held too long.

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR SAUCE:  Makes about 1¼ cups or 20 T. (60 tsp.).  This will be enough for 48 1″ candies.  Each tsp. contains:

19 calories, 1.79 g  fat, 0.55 g  carbs,0 .21 g fiber, 0.34 NET CARBS, 0.20 g  protein, < 1 mg. sodium

A useful chart of nutrition info for possible candy add-ins:

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This is what I made my husband for his Valentine’s Day treat.  He’s not going to have it until dinner but I think he’ll like it.  I used a little single serving cake recipe I worked up in 2009 when I first started Atkins for my starting point and just changed it up a bit as well as decorated it to make it special for the occasion.  The Jelly Bellies I decorated with for the holiday occasion are NOT included in the nutritional stats below. It is difficult to get chocolate desserts sweet enough with artificial sweeteners, so I find 2-3 in combination does the job better than just using one and increasing the amount.  Thus the 3 different ones in this.

This recipe is not suitable until you are closer to your goal weight in Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance as there is a wee bit of flour product in my bake mix.  Feel free to use any other low-carb bake mix you have on hand in this recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. my Buttoni’s Low Carb Bake Mix (or other low-carb mix)

1T.+1tsp. cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)

Dash salt

2 T. erythritol, granular

1 T. Splenda

Dash pure stevia powder (I use KAL brand)

1 T. melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

½ tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven.  Set your mini bundt pan on a small baking pan.  If you don’t own one, use a jumbo muffin cup or small, straight-sided ovenproof bowl.  Add the butter to your pan and pop in oven on a sheet pan to melt the butter as the oven preheats.  Take it out when butter melts and brush it up the sides of the bundt pan.  Then pour off the butter into a small medium mixing bowl.  Add the vanilla and egg and beat well.  Measure the dry ingredients onto the top of the wet and stir well.  Scrape into the buttered mini bundt pan, tap to settle the batter and put back into hot oven.  Bake for 20-22 minutes or until dry to the touch or toothpick comes out clean/dry.  Cool and frost if desired.  Since I wasn’t eating this, for my frosting I just melted a block of Lindt 70% chocolate with 2 T. butter and drizzled over cake.  The frosting is NOT included in the stats below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 mini cake which contains: (not including any frosting)

322 cals, 23.4g fat, 14.4g carbs, 4.9g fiber, 9.5 NET CARBS, 16.4g protein, 437 mg sodium

I had some blueberries in the fridge I really needed to use up, as I’m not eating sweets these days.  Hubby was griping I’d not baked anything in ages, so I made this old-fashioned buckle.  If you’re wondering where it got its name, when constructed  in frontier days, the fruit was placed on top of the cake.  The weight of the fruit would sink the berries during baking causing the cake around the edges of the buttered cast iron skillet to puff up and then fall inward over the fruit.  Nowadays, people often just stir the berries right into the cake batter, but they still sink, causing dimples in the top of the buckle.  Whichever way you construct yours, they are wonderful desserts.  If you are watching carbs even tighter, you can lower the amount of berries.  But traditionally they used a high ratio to batter in this popular frontier dessert.  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the late stages of Atkins carb re-introduction ladder.  Please note there is no sugar in this recipe as I am off all sweeteners.   It is sweet enough for me as written, but if you like things sweeter you could add ¼c. sugar equivalent of your favorite sweetener either to the batter or sprinkled on top just before baking.

INGREDIENTS: 

1 c. Buttoni’s Low Carb Bake Mix (or other low-carb mix of choice)

½ tsp. sea salt

Zest from 1 small lemon

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

2 large eggs, beaten

½ c. (1 stick) butter, unsalted, melted in a 9″ cake pan

2 c. fresh blueberries

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure out dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Grate lemon zest and add to bowl.  Add the went ingredients and the berries.  Stir to mix and moisten all ingredients well but do not over mix.  Spoon into the already greased round cake pan.  Pop into 350º oven for 15 minutes or just until batter spots are dry to the touch.  Do not over cook.  Serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 srvgs., each contains: (based on my bake mix)

261 cals, 21.23g fat, 13.1g carbs, 3.6g fiber, 9.5g NET CARBS (use fewer berries for lower carbs), 8.6g protein, 256 mg sodium

 

 

 

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This was my Dad’s favorite flavor of ice cream and he got me hooked on it.    We lived in Illinois when I was a wee lass and he would, without fail, order this at our nearby ice-cream parlor.  Eventually he began to concoct it at home and the rest was history.  As an adult, it became my favorite flavor as well.  Black walnuts are a bit pricey unless you have a tree in your yard (Daddy did).  I order mine on-line from Nuts.com and as I use them rarely, it lasts me about a year…….so not really so pricey if you think about it.  But the distinctive flavor for some uses is so worth the price in my opinion.  Regular walnuts just will not do in this recipe as the two nuts just don’t taste alike at all.  I store mine in my freezer so they do not go rancid.  As I rarely use them, a bag will last me a year.  I can’t believe I didn’t care for black walnuts when I was a child, but I have learned to appreciate this black walnut treat.  Now, black walnut ice cream, too, is my favorite flavor!  The hint of maple flavoring is the key.  I plan to try it with Kahlua next time to see how that comes out. 🙂  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the nuts & seeds level of Phase 2 Atkins.  With a plan suitable ice cream, it should be fine for Keto and Primal followers who indulge in the occasional dairy (might want to use real maple syrup over the extract though).  This dessert is not suitable for Paleo as I just don’t think coconut mile would be good in this.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 recipe my Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

1 tsp. maple extract + 1 tsp. tap water

¼ c. black walnuts, chopped (I order at nuts.com)

DIRECTIONS:  Make a batch of the low-carb vanilla ice cream (link above) by that recipe’s instructions, up to filling the molds.  Instead, scrape the ice cream into a medium bowl or loaf pan and freeze until firm but not rock hard.  Scoop out into your serving dish.  Drizzle the maple extract/water mixture on top and sprinkle the nuts on last.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  This recipe makes 1 serving (2 small scoops).  Note: The ice cream recipe makes 10 servings, so you’ll have more ice cream for other diners or future uses)

One serving:  350 calories, 34.4 g fat, 4.7 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber (deductible only if you use Fiberfit sweetener), 2.4 g NET CARBS, 8.6 g protein.

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This one’s for all you coffee lovers out there!  This is delightfully light after a big meal.  Been making this since before low-carb was a household word!  This recipe is even OK for Atkins Induction and Keto diets alike, without modifications.

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INGREDIENTS: 1½ tsp. unflavored gelatin stirred into 2 T. cold water

1 tsp. instant freeze-dried coffee crystals, dissolved in 2T. boiling water

2 pkts. Splenda, Truvia or sweetener of your choice

1 T. butter, unsalted

1 ice cube

4 oz. heavy cream, whipped

½ tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:  Sprinkle gelatin over 2T. cold water in small saucepan.  Stir and let stand for 1 minute.   Add 2 T. more water and bring the mixture to a boil.  Lower heat to lowest setting.  Add the coffee granule/hot water mixture.  Heat this mixture stirring constantly until gelatin appears to be completely dissolved.  Add butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat.  Stir in sweetener, ice cube and stir until ice is melted and mixture begins to thicken.

In separate bowl, whip heavy cream until thick, add vanilla and stir to blend.  Reserve 2-3 T. for garnish. When the mocha mixture is cooled down, slowly stir most of the whipped cream (be sure you saved out 2-3 T. for garnish) into the mocha mixture.  Spoon into two pretty clear serving dishes.  Top with a nice dollop of sweetened whipped cream that you reserved.  Sprinkle a few crushed coffee granules over each serving and garnish with a sprig of mint or a strawberry slice.  Chill.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes two servings, each containing:

258 cals, 28 g fat, 2.6g carbs, 0g fiber, 2.6 NET CARBS, 1.56g protein, 24 mg sodium

Yet another tasty use of my versatile Mozzy Dough recipe and a great way to use up half a can of opened lite cherry pie filling.  The hubs and I have been super strict, ultra low-carbing (under 20 NC a day) since the 1st of September.  We decided to treat ourselves tonight with something sweet.  These  took  a mere 35 minutes to make, start to finish.  I have a 24 slot non-stick mini-muffin pan that turned out to be perfect for this amount of dough and filling.  These come out to be 1.9 net carbs per piece, so an occasional indulgence like this can break the diet monotony without breaking the proverbial “carb bank”.  🙂  These are suitable for Atkins Phase 2 and beyond and most Keto diets.

INGREDIENTS: 

1 recipe my Mozzy Dough

½ can Lite Cherry Pie Filling

VARIATION:  Use other lite pie filling, like blueberry or what you make up from scratch with other fruit.  Another variation would be to dot each crust with 1/2 tsp. cream cheese before adding the fruit topping.  You will need to calculate numbers again if you do that. 

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make a batch of the Mozzy Dough.  After kneading the ball of dough until smooth, break off 1″ balls of dough and press one ball into each of the 24 slots of mini-muffin pans.   The “bowls” of dough will be quite shallow in the pan slots.  Spoon just 2 cherries (with dab of filling) into each slot neatly.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for around 15 minutes or until the “crust” is lightly browned around the edges.  Remove, cool 1-2 minutes and lift out with knife tip onto serving plate.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 24 Cherry Bites, each contains:

67 cals, 5.1g fat, 3.61g carbs, 1.71g fiber, 1.9g NET CARBS, 4.5g protein, 95 mg sodium (in cheese)

 

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This was my mother-in-law’s favorite cake.  While still living in her own home, she made it every year at Christmas.  What didn’t get eaten at Christmas Eve dinner, was finished off with breakfast coffee Christmas morning.  She always made hers  with 1 c. chopped pecans, but I leave them out as my husband isn’t so fond of nuts.  To be more authentic, you could substitute sour cream in for the heavy cream, but carbs will be  a tad higher if you do. This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of Atkins OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss) carb ladder.  Carbquik, much like Bisquick, has some flour in it, albeit specially processed to reduce the carb load. I order my Carbquik at Netrition.com, but you might be able to buy it at your local health food store.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. granular Splenda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Low Carb Bake Mix (for gluten free, use her Gluten-Free Bake Mix)

1½ c. CarbQuik or other low-carb bake mix (for gluten free, use 1½ c. more Jennifer’s Gluten-Free mix)

½ c. plain whey protein

2 T. golden flax meal

1 T. coconut flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ c. + 2 T. erythritol

3 large eggs, beaten

3 T. sugar-free maple syrup

1/4 tsp. maple extract

4 T. melted butter, unsalted (for batter)

2 T. melted butter, unsalted (to drizzle on cake)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

liquid Splenda to equal 1/3 c. sugar (about 20 drops)

2 T. water

¼ c. + 1 T. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A FULL-SIZED 9″ CAKE.  Grease an 8″ round, deep cake pan or 8″ round ceramic baking dish (the Corning “French” vegetable dish I used is 8″ in diameter, 3″ deep and the cake rose all the way to the top without overflowing).   Mix 2 T. granular Splenda with cinnamon (and nuts, if using) on paper plate and set aside for now.  In a large mixing bowl,  measure and mix all the dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, microwave melt the 4 T. butter.  Beat in egg and add all other wet ingredients and whisk until fairly smooth.  Stir wet ingredients into dry.     Blend well.   Drop approximately 1/3 of the batter onto bottom of baking dish by tablespoons sort of randomly.  Sprinkle with about 1 T. of the cinnamon topping.  Drop another layer of 1T. blobs of batter on top.  Again sprinkle with about 1 T. cinnamon topping.  Drop the final 1/3 of the batter on top in 1T. blobs and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon topping.  Drizzle 2 T. melted butter across top of cake evenly.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for about 30 minutes.  Gently remove from oven and check for doneness with toothpick stuck in center.  Mine took exactly 40 minutes.  It is done when toothpick stuck in center comes out completely dry.  Cool 5-8 minutes before tipping out onto serving platter.  Can be enjoyed either warm or cooled.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 slices, each contains:

250 calories, 20.7 g  fat, 14.23 g  carbs, 9.96 g  fiber, 4.27 NET CARBS  (4.6 NC if you add 2 , oz. chopped pecans), 18.49 g  protein, 218 mg sodium

 

FlourCrust

This  pie crust is great for baked meat pies, Mexican empanadas and pretty much any dessert pie.   It is somewhere between a “short” crust” and a “flaky” crust.  There is absolutely no “Carbquik taste” in this crust, either, thanks to the oat fiber. 🙂  This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of the OWL ladder in the Atkins program.   The funny dimples on the bottom seen in the pic are caused by ceramic pastry weights I use for baking all my pie crusts.  Keeps them from creating air pockets and forming a big air bubbles on the bottom.  Here’s what they look like if you’re not familiar with them:

Ceramic Pastry Weights

INGREDIENTS:

2/3 c. CarbQuick bake mix (substitute Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for a gluten-free version)

1/3 c. golden flax meal

1/3 c. oat fiber (do not sub oat bran or oat flour, which are higher carb.  But for a gluten-free crust, you’ll have to use oat flour made from Certified 100% gluten-free oats.)

Pinch salt

2 T. cold butter

1 egg

3 T. cream

2-3 T. cold water

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.   In a medium mixing bowl, mix all dry crust ingredients together.  Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  Beaten egg, cream and water together.  Mix well with fork.  Using hand, knead into a ball of dough and place on plastic wrap “seated on counter with water.  Place another piece of plastic on top and with a rolling pin, roll dough to slightly larger than the size of pan you are using.  Now pull the top plastic off the rolled crust.  Grabbing the bottom plastic, pick up the crust at the midpoint (plastic and all), let it fold gently in the middle and place the fold at the midpoint of your pie/pie plate.  Gently lift the other half of the dough over onto the pie/pie plate and remove the plastic carefully.  Finish crust by folding and tucking the excess crust edges inward and crimp decoratively if you wish.  Poke 3-4 holes in the crust with a fork and bake in a 350º oven for about 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings/slices of pie crust, each serving contains:

76.5 cals, 7.53g fat, 8.83g carbs, 7.98g fiber, 0.85g NET CARBS, 3.3g protein, 81 mg sodium

 

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I created a tasty refrigerator cookie some time ago:  these Pistachio Rosewater Cookies) were my inspiration for this holiday version.  These are delicious and so easy to make!  My mother loved refrigerator cookies you just slice off and bake like these.  A little dessicated coconut (maybe 1/4 c.) would transform them yet again.  Those changes would require you add the numbers to the nutritional info provided below.  It’s nice to be able to freeze this dough and just slice off the number of cookies you want to bake.  Lowers the chance for constant temptation.  I bake a little pan of 6 refrigerator cookies at a time.  This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of the OWL phase of Atkins.

INGREDIENTS:

2 sticks butter, unsalted, softened

1 large egg, beaten

¼ tsp. salt

2/3 c. fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped (pulsed in processor 4-5 times)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ c. granular Splenda

¼ c. erythritol

1 c. KevinPa’s Bake Mix (see below)

½ almond flour

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid LowCarb Bake Mix

2 T. Carbquick Bake Mix

1 T. oat fiber

VARIATIONS:   Add ½ c. unsweetened coconut or orange zest (or both) to the batter.

Kevin’s Bake Mix (slightly modified):

½ c. Carbalose flour

¼ c. wheat protein isolate 5000

1 T.  wheat protein isolate 8000

1½ T. almond flour

1½ T. resistant WHEAT starch (Kevin used resistant corn starch)

1¼ tsp. Splenda

½ tsp. xanthan gum (Kevin used Not/Sugar)

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium bowl, soften the butter and beat the egg into it well.  Add the salt, sweeteners and vanilla.  Measure and mix in each of the bake mixes.  Add chopped cranberries and gently fold in to get berries evenly distributed in the batter.  Shape into a log about 12″ long and 1½” in diameter on waxed paper.  Roll the log up snugly, closing ends of waxed paper and chill in refrigerator for about 1-2 hours, or until firm enough to slice.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Slice off in ¼” slices and place on silicone or parchment lined baking sheet (these don’t spread much during cooking.   Bake for 10-12 minutes (don’t let get too brown) and remove to cool.  Roll any unused dough in waxed paper and store in refrigerator or freeze if you prefer.  If freezing, slightly defrost dough a half hour before attempting to slice or the cookie will likely “break” under the knife pressure.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 48  (¼” cut ) cookies, each contains:

58 cals, 5.13 g fat, 1.94 g carbs, 1.05 g fiber, 0.89 g NET CARBS, 1.6g protein, 17 mg sodium

It just isn’t Christmas without sugar cookies frosted with my “cherry/almond” butter frosting.  So I took my low-carb favorite sugar cookie recipe, cut star shapes with my mini cookie cutter and piped with a 1/2 teaspoon dollop of low-carb butter frosting that has almond extract for a cherry flavor.  Both of us just love these just-a-biteful mini cookie treats at our parties!  My recipe usually makes around 40 mini cookies, but of course, your cutter size and rolled dough thickness will make a difference on the per cookie nutritional stats.  I will provide the info below for the entire recipe of batter.  You need to divide those numbers by the number of cookies you get.  Then be sure to add in the nutritional value for your chosen frosting.   These are suitable once you get to phase 2 Atkins.

INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Sugar Cookie dough

About 1 c. low-carb frosting of choice

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make up the cookie per that recipe’s instructions.  Instead of making balls and pressing the cookies out onto pans, roll out the dough on plastic wrap with another sheet of plastic wrap on top.  Roll to about 1/4″ thickness.  With a floured cutter, cut into 40 1″ mini star shapes (or whatever mini cutter shape you have) and place onto parchment-lined cookie sheets.  Pop into 350º preheated oven for about 15 minutes.  Watch them so they do not get over-browned.   Remove from oven and completely cool.  While they bake, mix up your preferred frosting recipe.  I made a quick frosting mixture of:  1 stick softened butter, 1 c. powdered erythritol, 1 c. granular Splenda, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. almond extract and some food coloring.  Fill a piping bag (or use a plastic bag with corner clipped off) and with a star tip, pipe 1/2 teaspoon frosting on each cookie.   Plate and serve.  Refrigerate them if you have any leftover.  We rarely do, as I only make them for special occasions and they disappear quite fast.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Entire recipe of cookie dough has 1589.4 calories, 152.64 g fat, 64.26 g carbs, 35.46 g fiber, 28.80 g net carbs, 31.32 g protein and 140 mg sodium.

If you get 40 mini cookies from the dough, each cookie (minus any frosting) will contain 39 cals, 3.8g fat, 1.6g carbs, 0.88g fiber, 0.72g NET CARBS, 0.78g protein, 3.5mg sodium

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When I was in high school in Kansas, my best friend (also named Peggy) often had me over for dinner (we were neighbors).  Her mother was a former stage actress from Budapest who married an American Army officer during WWII.  To say her mother was a good cook would be a gross understatement.  Dinner at my friend’s house was quite the culinary experience, and as my parents were quite into gourmet cooking, I felt my ability to judge good food was well-honed by high school.

This wonderful apple dessert was like her signature dessert and it has since become a family favorite holiday dessert.  She gave my mother the recipe and I have cherished it ever since.  I have now reworked it for a low-carb lifestyle, using an entirely different crust.  I have also low carbed the filling.   The original recipe is made with all apples, a few raisins and the original crust had 1c. sour cream!  To be more authentic, you could go ahead and use sour cream for the cream called for in my pie crust below without much of a hike in carbs.  🙂  I have omitted the raisins entirely and have made mine with mostly chayote squash, with only one apple for flavor impact.  These bars definitely improve in flavor on day 2 as the rum mellows considerably overnight.

Just so I would know for myself, I worked up the nutritional numbers for making this with 5 small apples and no chayote squash and provide that info below for anyone interested in making this with all apples.  Doing so ups the carbs approximately 2 carbs per bar, which isn’t that bad a price for all apples, really.  🙂  For the holidays, I will definitely make this with all apples.  But the chayote/apple combo wasn’t bad and I would consider doing it this way again.

I hear zucchini makes a wonderful apple sub, but its moisture content in a pastry worries me a little, so I haven’t tried that apple sub yet.  I absolutely do not think this would be good with ALL chayote squash.

This dish should not be enjoyed until late in Atkins Phase 2 OWL due to the rum and apples.  I store my bars in an airtight container in the bottom of my fridge.  To be honest, they don’t usually last long enough to worry about freezing!  I’ve never frozen any of my low-carb pastries, so I don’t know how they’d freeze.

Chayote Squash (also called mirletons)

Chayote Squash (also called mirletons)

INGREDIENTS:

2  recipes Peggy’s “Flour” Pie Crust   (for gluten free, use your favorite gluten-free pie crust recipe)

1/3 c. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener of your choice)

2 chayote squash, peeled and sliced ¼-3/8″ thick

1 small delicious apple (2½” diameter), peeled and sliced ¼” thick

3/4 c. pecans, chopped

2 T. rum

1 T. fresh lemon juice

lemon zest of 1 lemon

3/4 c. granular erythritol (or equivalent sweetener of your choice)

2½ tsp. cinnamon

3 egg whites, beaten to frothy/soft peaks

DIRECTIONS:   You need a 8½” x 11½” baking pan for this recipe.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make the double recipe of pie crust dough per that recipe’s instructions, adding the 1/3 c. Splenda to the mixture.   When pastry is kneaded into a solid ball of dough, form a log and break apart into 60% and 40% (bottom crust takes a little more dough than the top crust).

BOTTOM CRUST:  Take the larger piece of dough, shape in a rough log and place between two pieces plastic.  Roll out dough into a rectangle the size of the pan’s bottom plus the depth of the sides.  Dough will be fairly thin but still manageable.  The dough must be large enough go up the sides of the pan completely to the top and over the edge in order not to fall when baked.     Peel top plastic off carefully and fold in half/lift pastry into the pan.  Adjust pastry to fit.  Carefully remove second piece of plastic and fit pastry well into the walls and corners of the pan without tearing.  Allow pastry to lay over the top edge of the pan to “hold on” and not fall inward during baking.  Prick pastry with a fork at 2″ intervals to avoid it bubbling up during baking.  Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated 350º oven just begins to lightly brown.  Remove and cool while you make the filling.

FILLING:  Peel and slice chayote squash and microwave covered on HI for 8-10 minutes until soft.  Peel apple and place in bowl with chayote. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl with electric hand mixer until thick (thick and frothy/soft peaks).  Add nuts, rum, lemon juice and zest, erythritol and cinnamon to the apple/squash mixture and then fold in the beaten egg whites until the fruit and nuts are well-moistened.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape the filling into the half-baked crust.  Spread as evenly as possible, pushing up into corners of pastry.  Level the apples and squash pieces so no pointy bits are sticking up as they may tear the top pastry.  I’ve had that happen before.

TOP CRUST:  Roll the remaining ball of dough between the two plastic sheets, rolling it into a rectangle just a tiny bit larger than the top of the pan. Peel off top plastic and fold up/lift gently onto the filling, being sure the edges are fitting over the bottom crust.  Crimp the top crust onto the bottom crust with your fingers to seal it well.     Pop into hot 350º oven for about 22-25 minutes or until golden brown on the edges and done in the center.  Dough will be a tiny bit soft but dry to the touch.  It will look like the final product below/right when done.  Cool completely before slicing and refrigerating.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 24 bars/servings, each containing:

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74.14 calories

6.43 g  fat

7.1 g  carbs, 5.33 g fiber, 1.77 NET CARBS

2.68 g  protein

61.33 mg sodium

40% RDA copper, 22% iron, 29% manganese

FOR THE CURIOUS:  With all apple filling, using 5 small 2½” apples:  93 calories, 7.5g fat, 10.06 g  carbs, 6.36 g  fiber, 3.7 net carbs

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My family lived in Teheran, Iran when I was 10-12 years old and I just loved the wonderful pastries and baked goods in the Iranian and German bakeries there.  Rosewater is a commonly used flavoring in the Middle East.  I use Sadaf brand available in Middle Eastern Groceries and on-line.  One sugar-type cookie we used to get there, made with pistachio nuts, was one of my favorites.  I decided today I would try my hand at a basic refrigerator sugar cookie recipe, using alternate flour ingredients and artificial sweeteners, of course.  The result was quite nice.  As the roll of dough will keep for a long time in the refrigerator or freezer, you can slice off and bake just as many as you like.  The total recipe of dough will make about 4 dozen cookies, if they are sliced about ¼” thick.   This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.

This is my first experiment using the bake mix of a former member of Low Carb Friends forums, KevinPa.  Sadly, Kevin passed away and his baking expertise is sorely missed by folks like me who greatly admired his culinary prowess.  The various bake mixes and flour substitutes called for in this recipe can be varied with likely the same good result.  So if you don’t have the ingredients for Kevin’s bake mix, you could just use all Jennifer’s mix and get about the same result.

This roll of batter can also be frozen.  Just remember to thaw a short amount of time so slicing is possible.

VARIATION:  Omit the pistachios and substitute 1½ tsp. vanilla for the rose water for a tasty shortbread cookie.

INGREDIENTS:

2 sticks butter, unsalted, softened

2 small or 1 large egg

¼ tsp. salt

2 oz. pistachios, coarsely chopped

1 T. + 1 tsp. Rosewater (I use Sadaf brand)

½ c. granular Splenda

¼ c. erythritol

1 c. KevinPa’s Bake Mix, Peggy’s Version (see below)

½ c almond flour

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid LowCarb Bake Mix

2 T. Carbquick Bake Mix

1 T. oat fiber

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium bowl, soften the butter and beat the egg into it well.  Add the salt, nuts, sweeteners and rosewater.  Measure and mix in each of the bake mixes.  Mix well and shape into a log on waxed paper.  Roll the log up snugly and chill for about 2 hours.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Slice off in ¼” slices and place on silicone or parchment lined baking sheet (these don’t spread much during cooking.   Bake for 10-12 minutes (don’t let get too brown) and remove to cool.  Ice with your favorite cream cheese frosting with 1/2 tsp. rosewater added and sprinkle with some finely chopped pistachios, if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 48 cookies, each contains (does not include icing or nut garnish):

63.63 cals, 5.68 g  fat, 2.10 g  carbs, 1.10 g  fiber, 1 NET CARB, 1.83 g  protein, 20mg sodium

Kevin’s Bake Mix (MY version of it):

½ c. Carbalose flour

¼ c. wheat protein isolate 5000

1 T.  wheat protein isolate 8000

1½ T. almond flour

1½ T. resistant WHEAT starch (Kevin used resistant corn starch)

1¼ tsp. Splenda

½ tsp. xanthan gum (Kevin used Not/Sugar)

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Sorry, I just couldn’t resist when I named this Christmas creation. 🙂  I bought the pictured 14″ tall Wilton Gingerbread Man cookie pan a couple years ago and haven’t really used it with any of my low-carb gingerbread recipes to date.  But I came across a recipe on Robb Wolf’s website, posted by a Kim Ludeman, that inspired me to test this “behemoth” pan.

I changed up the sweeteners considerably to lower carbs and also added currants and raisins for decoration.  Original recipe had no flaxmeal and used all almond flour.  My longtime favorite gingerbread recipe has a bit of vinegar in the dough, so I also added a tablespoon to this recipe (don’t worry, you won’t taste it).  I think it improves rise, but this stiff dough did not rise too much during baking.  The resulting gingerbread cookie was moist and sort-of chewy on the edges, and most DEFINITELY tasty!!  This cookie is less stiff than classic Gingerbread cookies, so it will tear apart in pieces nicely for you.  Next baking I want to try this dough as individual cookies next baking, as I liked the chewy browned edges.

This recipe is fairly carby, since it has molasses in it, so I would not indulge in these unless you are in Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance phase.  You can eliminate the raisins/currant decorations and decrease the molasses and increase the sugar-free maple syrup by that amount to reduce carbs a bit.  My Paleo-Primal subscribers will of course want to use REAL maple syrup instead of the sugar-free maple syrup.  The Steviva called for is a blend of erythritol and stevia and is about twice as sweet as sugar, but you could use another sweetener (2 T. sugar equivalent) if you prefer.

INGREDIENTS:  

½ c. flax meal (I use 50:50 golden and dark mixed)

2½ c. almond flour

2 pkts. stevia

1 T. Steviva (a blend of erythritol and stevia)

1 tsp. each cinnamon and ginger

½ tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ c. blackstrap molasses

¼ c. sugar-free maple syrup (or regular maple syrup, or omit and use ½ c. total molasses for Paleo/Primal version)

1 T. white vinegar

DIRECTIONS:  Lightly grease or line a cookie sheet with coconut oil.  Preheat oven to 350º.   Beat all wet ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Measure the dry ingredients on top.  Slowly stir the dry into the wet below until smooth.  Dough will be fairly stiff.  If making a giant single cookie, spread the dough evenly onto the baking pan using plastic gloves or baggie “gloves”.  My gingerbread man pan is approximately 14″ tall x 9″ wide.   Use raisins for eyes and button, currants for his nose and mouth.  Pop into preheated 325º oven for about 18-20 minutes.  Do not overcook so you should remove from oven when the cookies are just browning a wee bit around the edges.  Cool and enjoy.

If making individual round cookies, this dough should make about 24 small 1½ round cookies.  I would roll dough into 1″ balls and then press flat into 1½-2″ cookies with your fingers or the bottom of an oiled glass.   The individual cookies should only require 10-12 minutes to get done.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 huge gingerbread man or twenty-four  portions town off.  It will make around 24 round 1½-2″ cookies, each round cookie or approximately 1/24 of the giant cookie has: (calculated using sugar-free maple syrup).  If making smaller cookie cutter gingerbread men, this recipe (I’m guessing) would make 8-10 of them, depending on the size of your cutter and how thick you roll out the dough.

107.8 calories, 8.73 g  fat, 6.18 g  carbs, 2.08 g  fiber, 4.1 g  NET CARBS, 2.96 g  protein, 76.5 mg sodium

 

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These are very tasty and thanks to the protein, they are quite filling!  I haven’t had this candy in many years and wanted something sweet today.   I got to wondering if I could come up with a recipe that is Atkins acceptable.  This creation is OK for those following Atkins, but not until you reach Phase 2.  This recipe tastes very similar, though texture is very different from the original crunchy, toasted coconut covered, Butterfinger-like candy I used to buy at the department store candy counters.  They used to sell this candy by-the-pound in old-fashioned candy stores many moons ago.   It reminds me of the old Zagnut candy bars, for those out there old enough to remember those.  It was always my favorite candy and I would ask Mom and Dad to buy me some whenever we went into a Sears (giving my age away, as that was back when Sears were actually full-scale department stores that sold candy by the pound).  Plan on adding this tasty treat to your holiday candy platter!

INGREDIENTS:

½ c. vanilla whey protein

½ tsp. cinnamon

2 T. granular Splenda or other sweetener of choice to taste

½ c. unsweetened coconut

¼ c. chopped walnuts or pecans

4 T. melted butter

¼ c. natural peanut butter (I use Laura Scudders)

2 T. heavy cream

1 T. sugar free maple syrup

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Melt butter and peanut butter in microwave and add to dry ingredients.  Add cream and syrup last.  Stir well to blend, mashing as you go to press it into a dough.   Place cupcake papers into muffin pan and scoop 2T. into each paper.  Press firmly in bottom with fingers to form nice patties.  Cover tightly in lidded storage container or in ziploc bag and store in refrigerator.  These can be made ahead and frozen, too.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 10 servings, each containing:

167 cals, 7.0 g  fat, 3.29 g  carbs, 1.4 g  fiber, 7.1 g  protein, 1.89 g  NET CARBS

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Peach Cobbler

This quick cobbler is made from canned, no-sugar-added peaches.  The pastry goes together real easily and you can be enjoying deliciously sweet cobbler in no time.  I find that even though these peaches are artificially sweetened, they are not, like most canned fruit, sweet enough for me using them straight out of the can.  Therefore I add a packet of Splenda or Stevia to the fruit every time.  That hasn’t backfired on me YET.  The peaches may vary from can to can, brand to brand, so do a taste test on YOUR peaches to decide if you want to add that additional packet of sweetener (or more, or none). You can substitute ¼ tsp. xanthan gum for the glucomannan powder as your thickening agent if you prefer.  This recipe is not suitable until the advanced fruits rung of the OWL ladder of Atkins, in pre-maintenance.  The crust is taken from KevinPa’s pie crust recipe, for those familiar with his baking prowess.

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FILLING INGREDIENTS: 

2  14.5-oz. cans no-sugar-added peaches, water pack (or 3-4 c. sliced fresh peaches, peeled)

¼ tsp. cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

½ tsp. glucomannan powder

1 packet stevia or Splenda

2 T. unsalted butter (plus 1 T. more to grease the baking dish)

CRUST:

1 c. + 2 T. Carbalose flour (use Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for a gluten-free version)

6 T. resistant wheat starch (use arrowroot powder for gluten-free)

½ c. + 1 T. palm shortening or butter

¼ tsp. salt

¼ c. ice cold water

DIRECTIONS:  Drain the liquid off just ONE of the cans of peaches (unless you like your cobbler super juicy.  You will want the juice from the second can in this recipe.  Grease the bottom and sides of an 8″x11″ baking dish with 1 T. softened butter.  Set aside.  In a medium mixing bowl, mix the peaches, peach juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia and glucomannan powder (or xanthan gum).  Stir well and pour into buttered baking dish.  Dot with the 2 T. of butter.  Preheat your oven to 350º.

For the crust, in a mixing bowl, measure out the dry ingredients and add the butter or palm shortening. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the flour to break it up until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal and the shortening is well-blended.  Slowly add the water, a little at a time and begin to stir into a solid dough.  Do not overwork the dough.  When you can form it into a single ball, it’s ready to roll.  I have two sheets of plastic I use for rolling out dough, but two pieces of any plastic wrap will do.  Moisten your counter top so the bottom piece remains still while you work.  Place dough on the bottom plastic and cover with a second sheet of plastic and roll the dough slightly larger than your baking dish. Lift the top piece of plastic off the dough gently and lifting up the bottom sheet of plastic, invert the dough onto your cobbler (folding the dough in half helps to lift it).  Trim off the excess dough about ¼-½” beyond the pan edges and crimp the edge inward so that it is entirely inside the dish.  Decorate the top with any surplus dough if you like.  I like to roll it again and cut out leaves and a representation of the fruit in the filling to dress up the tops of cobblers.  This time I also took a pastry brush and dipped into some watered down food coloring for added effect.  I sprinkled erythritol onto the cut-out peach as well.   Pop into preheated 350º oven for about 25 minutes or until lightly golden on top.  Cool slightly before attempting to dip up.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

330 calories, 26.3 g  fat, 21.27 g  carbs, 13.17 g  fiber, 8.1 g  NET CARBS, 1.23 g  protein. 108 mg sodium

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I love to make this delicious sweet bread for this time of year without fail, but it’s good at other times of the year, too! It’s one of my oldest low-carb sweet bread recipes.  I started with a basic coconut flour bread recipe and made a few alterations and additions to transform it into a traditional cranberry orange nut bread.  This bread is quite good and will freeze nicely for up to 1 month.  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.

It is the coconut flour in this recipe that dictates so many eggs.  It’s one of the reasons I prefer to use other low-carb flour substitutes.  If you reduce the coconut flour and sub in some almond flour for part of it, you could then reduce the number of eggs needed.  I would recommend making the flour substitution and mixing the batter with all the other wet and dry ingredients first, then add the eggs LAST, one at a time and stirring well between additions, only using the number needed for a thick bread batter the consistency of muffin batter.  You will have to recalculate the carbs in making such a drastic change to the recipe, however.

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INGREDIENTS:

8 eggs

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. Boyajian orange oil (or 1 T. grated orange zest)

½ tsp. salt

½ c. + 3 T. coconut flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ c. Splenda + 2 T. erythritol (or a combination of other sweeteners to equal 2/3 c. sugar)

1 c. fresh cranberries, chopped

½ c. walnuts or pecans

DIRECTIONS: Chop the raw cranberries and nuts using a processor or blender.  Set aside for now.  For the batter, crack and beat the 8 eggs in a bowl.  Add cream, melted butter, vanilla and orange oil/extract.   If you have no orange oil/extract, you can substitute 1-2 tsp.grated orange zest.  To the wet ingredients, begin adding the dry ingredients in the order listed above.  Stir after each addition to well blend all  ingredients.  Gently fold in the chopped cranberries and walnuts.  Pour into a greased or non-stick loaf pan and bake at 350º for 50-60 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Entire loaf has 2506 calories, 186.9g fat, 127.1g carbs, 64.0g fiber, 63.1 net carbs, 86.5g protein, 2458 mg sodium.  Handy info to have if cutting into a different number of slices than I do.

If cut into 10 slices, each slice will have:

251 cals, 18.7g fat, 12.7g carbs, 6.4g fiber, 6.3g NET CARBS, 8.65g protein,245 mg sodium

If you love cheesecake but want it FAST, this is your recipe!  I had the tail end of a bag of strawberries in my freezer that needed using so I whipped up this delicious quick cheesecake for a cool afternoon treat on this hot, 94º day.  Of course, you could use fresh berries or other fruit of choice but you’ll have to recalculate the serving numbers for those changes.  My husband just loved this!  Said I could make it again just any old time!  🙂  This recipe is suitable once you get to the first, nuts and berries level of Atkins (Phase 2 OWL).  It is also suitable for other Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

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VARIATION:  Make your favorite low-carb pie crust and fill with this mixture for a pie and recalculate adding in for the crust carbs.

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. frozen strawberries, thawed and drained of juice

3 oz. softened cream cheese

2/3 c. sour cream

1 c. heavy whipping cream

liquid Splenda (or sweetener of choice), to taste (about 10 drops)

DIRECTIONS:   Soften cream cheese on a paper plate either in microwave or at room temperature.  Place into food processor bowl.  Add the drained berries, sour cream and Splenda.  Process until smooth.   In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.  Scrape the strawberry mixture onto the whipped cream and fold the two together until well-blended.  Taste and adjust sweetener to taste.  Spoon equally into 6 serving mugs, ramekins, or dishes of choice.  Chill for 1 hour and serve.  This will firm up when the cream cheese re-chills.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings (approx. 1/2 c.), each contains:

253 calories, 25 g fat, 5.93 g carbs, 0.76 g fiber, 5.17 g NET CARBS, 2.83 g protein, 71 mg sodium

 

 

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Peach Melba

I remember a Russell Stover specialty candy they made many, many years ago.  It was called “Peach Melba”.  It consisted of a wonderful peach/coconut filling covered in rich dark chocolate.  Don’t know if they still make that candy anymore or not.  My Mom loved that candy so much, we’d walk into the Russell Stover candy shop and she’d buy it 2 or 3 pounds at a time!  Dad loved it, too.  In fact, she decided to come up with her own recipe so she could make it at home.  Hers truly rivaled Russell Stover’s!!    But she no longer has that recipe. So I just had to try something similar (low-carb of course).  My hubby isn’t so fond of coconut, so I didn’t put the large coconut chip onto these as I had wanted.

My favorite dried fruits have always been dried apricots and peaches but they’re both fairly high in carbs.  You sure can’t eat many of them on a low-carb diet. But I thought maybe just a very small piece of fruit, a big nut and just a whisper of delicious chocolate might make a wonderful confection worthy of serving during the holidays, without breaking the carb “bank”.   These came out GREAT!  I also did some with dried prunes, which I freely admit came out even better than the apricot version!  Next time I’m going to put a thin slice of fresh coconut between the fruit and nut on some of these, for ME.  I LOVE coconut!

This recipe makes a pretty big batch of the chocolate sauce, around 1¼ cups, so I’m providing the per teaspoon nutritional info and you’ll have to calculate your per serving candy figures because that depends on which fruit you pick, how many you eat or if the sauce is used in other dessert applications how much you used on each serving of that recipe.  This recipe is not suitable until you are way up on the fruits rung of Atkins Phase 2 OWL or Maintenance.

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INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE SHELL COATING:

1 c. sugar free chocolate chips

1 square unsweetened baking chocolate (or 4 squares Lindt 90% chocolate)

¼ c. melted butter

1 T. coconut oil (or 1 T. more butter)

6 drops liquid Splenda (or 2 tsp.vanilla sugar-free syrup)

DIRECTIONS:  First, cut each dried peach in half and with your fingers or a knife tip, butterfly each half out flat.  Set each piece sticky side up on a small baking sheet (I used a small 11 x 7″ pan as I was just making 10 pieces total).  Cut each dried prune into 3 pieces.  Butterfly them open and place sticky side up onto your pan.  Press 1 almond (or walnut half, or pecan half) on top of each piece of fruit, pressing firmly enough so that the sticky fruit “grabs’ onto the nut and holds is firmly in place.

Next, in a small saucepan, melt the butter in either a double boiler over medium heat.  You can use a makeshift one, where you put your saucepan down in a skillet of 1” boiling water (that’s all a double boiler really is anyway).  Add the square of chocolate and melt slowly.  Add the chips, stirring constantly so the chocolate will stay smooth.  You can add more butter (or coconut oil) in small increments if your chocolate is too thick to be like a nice chocolate sauce.  Melting/smoothness qualities vary from brand to brand, in my opinion.

ASSEMBLY:   Stir the warm chocolate sauce again and with a small spoon, dip about ½ tsp. of sauce onto each candy.  Refrigerate or freeze any leftover sauce for future use on more candy recipes or for a chocolate shell coating for vanilla ice cream bars.  Pop the pan into the refrigerator or freezer for about 10-15 minutes.  When the chocolate is hard to the touch, ENJOY!  The chocolate will melt if at room/hand temperature too long, so these should pretty much go from fridge to mouth, but that shouldn’t be a problem for any of you.   Never has been for me either.  LOL

VARIATIONS:   Dried apricots, dried prunes, coconut chips, almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, dried cherries.

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR SAUCE:  Makes about 1¼ cups or 20 T. (60 tsp.).  Each tsp. contains:

19 cals, 1.79g fat, .55 g  carbs, 0.21g fiber, 0.34 NET CARBS, 0.2g protein, < 1 mg. sodium

To help you calculate your per serving info I’m providing below the details on the various dried fruit and nets below:

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Here’s another treat fit for any special occasions.  These rich chocolate cake-like cookies are not too sweet yet they still scratch that chocolate “itch”.  They have a mere .82 net carbs per tea cake.  I used this pan to make these and although the picture is deceiving, the slots are only ½” deep, so they only hold about 2 T. batter at best.   I suppose you could also use a whoopie pie pan, but I’m not sure how many you will get from this amount of batter. I originally bought the braided cookie pan with the intention of using it to mold sugar cookies.  But it makes nice little cakes for toddlers hands or special occasion dessert tables.  This recipe is a tweaked version of the 3-minute Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe that is all over the internet. I’ve added 3 ingredients that I think give it better flavor, texture and structure than the original recipe.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and the rare indulgence won’t hurt someone on a Keto diet if you can fit the carbs into your daily numbers.

I have also cut this recipe in half and baked it in my microwave on HI for 1 minute for a quick 2-serving chocolate cake.  When I do this, I melt about 10-12 sugar-free chocolate chips on top while still hot and spread it thinly on the surface. Mmmm……a very good, fast chocolate fix.  🙂

I know the amount of sweetener in these sounds like a lot, but they are not very sweet and it is always difficult to get chocolate desserts adequately sweet, in my honest opinion.

INGREDIENTS:

1 T. butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ c. erythritol

4 pkts. stevia (I use Sweet Leaf brand)

1 tsp. oat fiber (not to be confused with oat flour)

1 tsp. glucomannan

1½ tsp. baking powder

¼ c. cocoa

1 T. powdered erythritol for sprinkling on top (optional)

VARIATION:  make these in the shape of a heart if you have such a baking mold/pan.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Spray or lightly oil your pan.  Measure out all the dry ingredients onto a paper plate or in a small bowl and stir.  Beat the eggs with a fork in a medium bowl, add the butter and vanilla and stir well.  Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Beat the batter with a spoon or rubber spatula until smooth.  The glucomannan will make the batter appear a little thick and sticky, but that is normal.  Either carefully spoon the batter evenly into the greased 12 pan slots or you can do like I did and fill a ziploc bag with the batter, cut a tiny hole in one corner and pipe the batter into the pan slots.  I’m glad I did, as I’d have made a mess trying to spoon it into the slots.  Each slot will only hold about 2½ T. batter.  I had exactly enough batter to fill the 12 slots 3/4 full.  Pop the pan into your preheated oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until dry and slightly firm to the touch on top.  Cool completely and sprinkle with powdered erythritol if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 tea cakes, each contains:

28.5 cals, 1.95g fat, 1.68g carbs, 0.76g fiber, 0.82g NET CARBS, 1.39g protein, 57mg sodium

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Well, after 10 years of low-carbing, adding untold oddball ingredients to sugar-free ice cream to try to keep it soft over time to scoop, as I said pretty much in my last ice cream post, I’ve now given up on ever attaining scoopable ice cream after 24 hours in the freezer. Blogger after blogger swears they have found the answer!!  But every time I try their recipes, I’ve always ended up with the same result: a hard brick of ice cream you can’t scoop the next day.  So from now on, I either make a half recipe or we eat our serving of ice cream the day I make it and the rest gets made up as frozen ice cream bars, which are a bit more manageable when they are hard.

Anyway, this pumpkin-coconut ice cream I made up yesterday came out delicious!  I went pretty heavy on the pumpkin and spices because that’s the flavor I wanted to be the strongest.  If you love coconut more than we do, you might want to use more of the coconut cream and less of the heavy cream in yours. My hubby isn’t too fond of coconut and I’m not so crazy about it too often either.   This recipe is not suitable until you reach the Atkins “nuts and seeds” rung of the Phase 2 OWL carb ladder.  Ketoers can enjoy this one and so can Primal devotees if they use alternative sweeteners that are plan-suitable.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 can (2 c.) pumpkin puree

8 oz. coconut cream

2 c. heavy cream

1 T. blackstrap molasses (or ¼ tsp. maple extract for lower carbs)

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. each nutmeg and cloves

½ c. sugar equivalent of your preferred sweetener (I used powdered erythritol)

1 pkt. stevia (I use Sweet Leaf)

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all the ingredients but sweetener in a bowl of a food processor until well blended.  Add sweetener slowly.  Taste for sweetness level and adjust as needed until just right.  Transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and freeze per the machine’s instructions.  Serve immediately (preferably) and with the remainder, make ice cream bars if you have molds.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 level ½ cup servings, each contains:

227 cals, 24g fat, 7.84g carbs, 1.86g fiber, 5.98g NET CARBS (lower if you use maple extract), 1.53g  protein, 25 mg sodium

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Truly my favorite dessert!

My husband and I just adore blackberry cobbler.  It has always been my favorite dessert in the world.  I make a fairly small pan of this using my “Flour” Crust quite frequently.  This recipe has 5 small servings because blackberries are quite high in carbs.   I’m pleased with this recipe as it has just the right amount of fruit, liquid and sweetness for our taste.   It gets even better overnight (if there’s any leftover, that is).  This recipe is not suitable until the berries rung of the Atkins carb-re-introduction ladder in OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss) Phase 2.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. frozen blackberries (no sugar added)

½ c. water

½ c.granular Splenda

½ c. + 2 T. erythritol

1/3-½ tsp. xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

2 T. cold butter

1 recipe Peggy’s “Flour” Pie Crust

DIRECTIONS:  Make up the pie crust per that recipe’s instructions.  You will need 1/2 of the dough for this small cobbler.  Freeze the rest of the dough in a sandwich bag for up to 1 month for some other use.  Set dough aside while you prepare the filling.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Put the Splenda, erythritol and xanthan gum in a small mixing bowl and stir.  Add berries and water stir well.  Butter a 5×7 baking dish  and add berry mixture.  Dot with the 2 T. butter.  Roll pastry out between two pieces of plastic to slightly larger than your dish size.  Peel off the top plastic, lift pastry in middle by lower plastic and fold/lift to put over fruit.  Center the pastry over the dish.  Slowly peel of remaining plastic.  Fold excess crust edges inward and crimp against the side of the dish to prevent bubble-over during cooking as much as possible.     Pop into a 350º oven and bake until lightly browned, which will take about 3o-35 minutes.  Partially cool.  I think this is best served warm.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings, each contains:

140 cals, 10.82 g  fat, 16.72 g  carbs, 9.04 g  fiber, 7.68 g  NET CARBS, 3.22 g  protein

 

Banana Almond Cake

I developed a tasty almond cake that has since become a base for many other cake variations over the 10 years I have been low carbing.  It’s somewhere between pound cake and classic Banana Bread.  This cake is REALLY good!   The lecithin is a texture enhancer and can be obtained at most health food stores and various places on-line like Netrition.com.  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 ripe banana, mashed

½ c. CarbQuik Bake Mix

1 c. almond flour

4 T. lecithin granules (or 2 T. glucomannan, or 2 T. xanthan gum)

1 tsp. baking powder

1 c. granular Splenda

5 eggs

1 stick butter

4 oz. cream cheese

2 tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:  Bring eggs, butter and cream cheese to room temperature.  Beat them with electric mixer or food processor until smooth.  Add mashed banana & vanilla.  Add remaining ingredients and stir well with spoon.  Pour into greased deep round cake pan.  Bake at 350º for 45 minutes-1 hour (ovens vary, mine took 55 min.).  Toothpick/knife test at center to be sure it’s done.  Cool before cutting and  serve.  As with all non-sugar baked goods, store in the refrigerator.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 10, each serving contains:

187 cals, 15.9g fat, 8.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 4.5g NET CARBS, 7.43g protein, 146 mg. sodium

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A yellow cake recipe of KevinPa on Low Carb Friends forums (now closed down) was my inspiration for this cake.  Though I have never made the base yellow cake as written, this variation of the basic batter came out  very good with the addition of some blueberries.  It reminds me of a good pound cake in density and texture!  It was delightful with morning coffee.  I’ll definitely be experimenting with other fruit additions in this as well!  This retains its high level of moisture (stored in the refrigerator) over time.  For this reason it would likely freeze well.   The blueberry flavor mellows on day 2 and 3 also!  My addition of coconut oil adds a slight hint of coconut flavor to this also.  This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL as there is some flour product in the Carbquick.  I order all unusual ingredients in this from from Netrition.com.

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INGREDIENTS:

1c. almond flour

½ c. wheat protein isolate 5000 (use plain whey protein powder for gluten free)

½ c. Carbquick bake mix (or gluten-free bake mix )

1 T. oat fiber (Instead add 1 tsp. glucomanan for gluten free)

3 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

¼ c. granular erythritol

30 drops liquid Splenda (or equivalent sweetener for 1¼ c. sugar)

¼ c. coconut oil (or butter, softened)

3/4 c. sour cream

3 large eggs, beaten

2 T. heavy cream

1 tsp.  vanilla

1 c. blueberries, whole (or chop if you prefer, but batter will get tinged blue if you chop them)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Line the bottom of a larger 2¼” deep x 9″ round cake pan with waxed paper.  This helps tipping it out of the pan and onto a serving platter. You could also use a dutch oven or stew pot if you don’t have the size cake pan I call for.  You could also use TWO standard 9″ cake pans used for making layers cakes, dividing the batter equally between the two, but your cakes will naturally be thinner then mine above.  But hey, you could then smear some blueberry sauce or sugar-free blueberry jam between the two layers and maybe end up with an even more exciting cake than the one shown above!  Grease bottom and  sides of your pan(s) with a dab of oil of your choice and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter or coconut oil until soft and smooth.  Beat in the sour cream, eggs, heavy cream, liquid Splenda and vanilla.  Stir all the wet ingredients until well-blended.  Measure all dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients and stir batter well.  Fold in blueberries gently to mix them in well.  Spoon batter into prepared pan and pop into pre-heated 350º oven for about 50 minutes or until toothpick stuck in center comes out clean.  Remove and cool slightly. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen.  Invert onto a plate and slowly peel off waxed paper.  Cut into 8 pieces and serve warm as a coffeecake (or cold as a snack).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 servings, each contains:

252 cals, 22g fat, 10.91g carbs, 5.39g fiber, 5.62g NET CARBS, 11g protein, 207 mg sodium

 

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If you’re looking to up your fat intake on a ketogenic diet, I can’t think of a tastier way to do that than Fat Bombs!  Some are like eating fudge, some more like ice cream, and some are more like candy, but what all types have in common is THEY ARE DELICIOUS!  I keep my lemon-coconut version and this recipe chocolate version  in the freezer at all times, but do get tired of just the two flavors all the time.  Today I decided to try a blueberry version!  Made them two different ways: with whole berries; and with pureed berries. Not sure which is my fav, but I think the pureed version makes for nicer eye candy.  🙂

I just bought a large carton of blueberries this week and modified my lemon-coconut fat bomb recipe, making the obvious changes for this fruit.   These came out delicious!  I confess the pureed version was a little grainy, but blueberries don’t get all their lovely fiber count from nowhere, ya know.  But the taste was delightful.  As with all fat bombs, you have to eat them straight out of the freezer, as they melt quickly in your hands.  These are suitable for Atkins Phase 2, OWL once you get to the berries level of the carb ladder.  They are OK for Primal, but not Paleo.  Below is a pic of the silicone ice-cube trays I used.  Of course, you can use other silicone molds or even make these in a small, shallow pan and cut into squares, twisting the pan slightly to pop out the frozen squares.  Plastic ice-cube trays work nicely, too.

Note:  Coconut cream is NOT the same thing as the cream of coconut bartenders use, which has a lot of added sugar.  What I use is pure coconut cream.  I used to order by the case on-line, but now I can get it at my local Natural Grocers.  This is what I use: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A16310101%2Ck%3Acoconut%20cream .  I suspect Wholel Foods and Trader Joes carries it.  Tropical Traditions has it also.  If you chill a can of coconut milk overnight, coconut cream is the thick stuff that rises to the top.  Spoon that off and you have coconut cream.  🙂

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Silicone ice cube tray I used (2)

INGREDIENTS: 

1 scant cup blueberries (about 9/10 cup)

1 stick butter (4 oz)

3/4 c. coconut oil

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. coconut cream

Preferred Sweetener to taste

DIRECTIONS:  You can put these together in either of two ways: using whole berries; or pureeing the ingredients.  The latter more uniformly diffuses the blueberries.  I like them both ways equally.

Place silicone candy molds onto a baking pan for support and set them near your work area.  I used honeycomb silicone ice-cube trays to make the ones shown above.  The recipe made 24 fat bombs for me that are about 1″x 1″.  If your molds have smaller, shallower slots, you will undoubtedly get more than I did.

Pureed Version:  Place berries, coconut cream and softened cream cheese in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.  In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and coconut oil.  Cool slightly for 5 minutes and add to the food processor.  Puree again until smooth.  Add your sweetener of choice.  Add sweetener slowly, tasting and adjusting to suit your preference level.  I like to transfer the mixture to a spouted measuring cup or pitcher and gently pour the mixture into the molds not quite to the top.  Place pan on level surface in your freezer and freeze about an hour.  Pop them out and enjoy or freeze in plastic bags.

Whole Berry Version:  Place 3-4 blueberries into each mold slot.  In a saucepan, melt the butter and coconut oil over low heat.  Remove from heat and slightly cool for 5 minutes or so.  Add all remaining ingredients and whip well with a whisk or stick blender if you have one.  The cream cheese will separate a bit, but not to worry, as it will taste just fine in the final treats.    Add sweetener slowly, taste and adjust to your sweetness preference. Transfer the mixture to a spouted pitcher or spouted measuring cup for easy pouring into the molds.  Fill each slot not quite full. Place in freezer on level surface for about 1 hour.  Pop them out and enjoy or freeze in plastic  bags.

Whole Berry Version

Whole Berry Version

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Number of servings will vary, depending on size of molds.

1/24 batch:  116 cals., 13g  fat, .44g  protein, 1.02g  carbs, .18g  fiber, .84g NET CARBS

Entire recipe:  2788 calories, 311 g fat, 24.5 g  carbs, 4.3 g  fiber, 20.2 g  NET CARBS

Lime Tart

Posted on: July 26, 2019

Lime Tart

This recipe is based on my Lemon Tart.  It used fresh squeezed lime juice (preferably Key limes) and lots of lime zest for intense flavor.  This is simply delicious!  This recipe is suitable for those who have reached Phase 2 Atklins OWL.  The crust makes an excellent all-purpose pie crust for other pies as well.  This crust does not get soggy on the bottom even after 4 days in the fridge!  It really tastes almost like a traditional flour pie crust to me!  Two large limes should yield enough juice and zest to make this recipe and you can substitute regular limes for Key limes in this.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. Key lime zest, grated

¼ c. fresh squeezed Key lime juice

¼ c. water

2/3 c. granular Splenda, erythritol (or other sweetener to equal 2/3 c. sugar)

6 T. unsalted butter

3 whole eggs

3 egg yolks (in addition to the whole eggs above)

Couple drops blue food coloring (Trust me, it will be green when stirred in)

1 prebaked  “Peggy’s Pie Crust”

VARIATION:  Add 1/4 c. cocoa powder and sweetener of choice (to taste) to crust

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and Splenda together in medium saucepan.  Add lemon zest, juice and water.  Whisk again to blend.  Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter, stirring until melted.    Pour the filling into your pre-baked tart crust (I use a removable bottom non-stick tart pan) and cook 10-15 minutes more until set in center.  Remove from oven, cool and serve.  Can be eaten as is or topped with whipped cream (cream not included in nutritional info below).

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings, each containing:  (does not include whipped cream topping)

310 calories, 28.7 g  fat, 10.1 g  carbs, 5.45 g  fiber, 4.65 g  NET CARBS, 9.1 g  protein, 88 mg. sodium

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I tried my hand at blackberry ice cream and got a very good result.  I put 2c. berries in the batch pictured, but it was too tart/intense with the berry flavor for me (but not too tart for my husband).  Just not quite creamy enough for me!  So I’m lowering the amount of berries next time and have reflected that in my recipe below.  That said, YOU and YOUR family might not find it too intense on flavor/tartness with that many berries.  So you’ll have to taste as you go to see what amount of berries suits your palate best.

My husband ate two servings with the higher amount of berries and gave it a two thumbs up.  🙂  He’s a real ice cream connoisseur, so I consider that a WIN! This recipe is naturally not suitable until the berries rung of the OWL ladder.  If you don’t have the blueberry or blackberry syrup, you could sub DaVinci Vanilla  or French Vanilla and just omit the vanilla extract.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. blackberries, frozen, unsweetened (Do Not Defrost!)

1¼ c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. vanilla

4 T. sugar-free blueberry or blackberry syrup

12-16 drops liquid Splenda (or your favorite sweetener to taste)

2 tsp. food grade glycerine (optional, but keeps it a bit softer)

¼ c. powdered erythritol  (or reduce granular to a powder in processor)

DIRECTIONS:  Place erythritol in bowl of food processor.   Add all remaining ingredients and pulse until berries are broken up and mixture is fairly smooth.  Scrape out into dishes for a soft serve; freeze for 30 minutes for a firmer ice cream.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

282 calories, 27.7 g  fat, 8.25 g  carbs, 1.9 g  fiber, 6.35 g  NET CARBS, 1.98 g protein

 

My Mozzy Dough, somewhere between the Flathead Pizza Crust recipe on the Diet Doctor’s website and Jennifer Eloff’s Miracle Dough recipe, makes excellent dinner rolls.  Delicious hot with butter!  Also good split, toasted with melted butter brushed on the tops and a sprinkle of Italian herbs and Parmesan cheese.  Makes delicious toasted garlic bread!  This dough has good elasticity, flavor and is so versatile.  This recipe is not suitable until you get closer to goal weight on Atkins.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 T. cream cheese

1½ T. melted butter

1 egg, beaten

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix

½ c. Carbquik (or another ½ c. gluten-free mix)

1 T. oat fiber

1/4 tsp. psyllium husk powder

1 small clove garlic, minced

Dash oregano

1 T. dry grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone sheet.  Measure out all dry ingredients in small bowl, stir well and set aside.  Place mozzarella cheese shreds, minced garlic and cream cheese in glass or ceramic bowl and microwave on HI for about 1-1½ minutes to melt it.  Remove and stir quickly with a fork.  Add the egg and melted butter and stir again.  Quickly pour in the dry ingredients and stir quickly with a fork to form a single ball of dough, scraping it down off the sides of the bowl.  Knead or stir a few minutes to be sure all is uniformly mixed.  Divide into 6 equal portions and roll smooth into a ball.  Place them spaced out on parchment-lined pan.  Press slightly flat if you like, but not really necessary.  Sprinkle tops with oregano and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350º for about 18 minutes until dry to touch and lightly browned as shown.  Remove and serve hot with butter.

CORRECTED NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes enough for a 9″-10″ pie-crust with lovely fluted edge, 4 hand pies, 12″ pizza crust or 6 dinner rolls which have 6.26 net carbs each if made/cut into 6 portions.

ENTIRE RECIPE CONTAINS:  1140 calories, 95.8 g fat, 58.6 g carbs, 37.6 g fiber, 21 g NET CARBS, 81.2 g protein, 1542 mg sodium (divide by number of servings/pieces for the specific application you use this dough for)

 

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My lemon pound cake is basically my dessert bread batter with the zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon added.  Comes out out very moist and incredibly delicious!  It has been a very popular recipe on my blog.  If you’ve never tasted them before, Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin orange in flavor.  A very aromatic taste but much milder than regular lemons to me!  You can make this recipe with regular lemons if you prefer a more intense flavor.  The Meyer lemons are not always available in your grocery stores.  My local store has them once in awhile in the summertime.  I snatch up a bag and make this recipe whenever they are on the shelf!

This recipe is not suitable until you reach the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL carb ladder.  It is suitable for Primal if you use a plan-acceptable sweetener.  This pound cake is so moist, it is delicious without frosting.  But it was also good with a cream cheese frosting made from 4 oz. cream cheese, juice and zest of another Meyer lemon and a little sweetener.  But I didn’t calculate any frosting in the nutritional info below, so be sure to add in numbers for any frosting you put on this cake.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c. coconut flour

2/3 c. almond flour

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 T. glucomannan powder (optional, but improves texture & fiber)

Granular sweetener to equal 3/4 c. sugar

5 drops liquid Splenda

3 T. coconut oil

1 stick unsalted butter

½ tsp. vanilla

Juice of 1 Meyer lemon (or regular lemon)

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon (or regular lemon)

¼ tsp. Boyajian lemon oil  (see “where to buy” tab atop this page)

8 large eggs, beaten

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt butter and coconut oil in microwave in a medium mixing bowl.  Add almond flour, coconut flour, salt and glucomannan powder to the melted butter and oil and beat with a spoon until smooth.    Add vanilla, lemon zest, juice and Boyajian lemon oil now.  Add sweeteners and beaten eggs.  Beat with spoon until all lumps are out of batter.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape the batter evenly into a lightly oiled non-stick loaf pan (mine is extra long, but shallow 4″x 2.5″x10).  Level batter as best you can with the spatula.  Pop into preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until it is lightly browned on top and passes the toothpick test in the center.  Remove and cool before attempting to remove from pan and slicing. Enjoy plain or with a thin lemon frosting on top.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes fourteen ½” thick slices, each contains:

168 cals, 15.3g fat, 3.56g carbs, 2.03g fiber, 1.53g NET CARBS, 90 mg sodium

Cranberry Orange Ladyfingers

WOW!  My readers are going to LOVE these!  They just get better and better each day that goes by.  They’re even gluten-free, if you leave out the oat fiber.  🙂  Hubby really liked these and he’s not really a fruit and nut man.  If you don’t have a twinkie baking pan, just make 12 small muffins, a round flat circle you will cut into 12 scone wedges or a single cake using a loaf pan.  These are not suitable for Atkins Induction on several levels.  They are suitable for Phase 2 and above and Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. flax meal (I use 50:50 gold and dark)

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1 T. oat fiber (omit for gluten free version)

1 c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

3 T. softened cream cheese

2 beaten large eggs

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

2 T. fresh squeezed orange juice

1 T. warm tap water

1 tsp. yeast dissolved in the warm water above

½ c. cranberries (fresh or homemade sugar-free dried)

½ c. slivered almonds

1 oz. orange peel

VARIATION:   Add a few chopped pecans.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a non-stick pan of your choice (discussed above) and set aside.

Measure out the first 6 (dry) ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  In a separate small glass bowl, soften the cream cheese either at room temp or in your microwave on defrost.  Dissolve the yeast in the tablespoon of warm water in a saucer and add to the cream cheese.  Stir. Beat in the eggs well. Add the cider vinegar and cream.  Add the creamy mixture to the dry ingredients bowl and stir.

Trim off 1 oz of orange peel from an orange.  You want to get as little white, bitter membrane as possible.  Cut into approximately 1″ pieces.  Place in food processor or blender.  Add cranberries and nuts to the bowl and pulse it all together about 10 times or so, to a coarse chop.   Add the fruit/nut mixture to the batter.  Stir. Finally squeeze/measure out the orange juice. Stir well one last time to incorporate all to achieve a uniform distribution of the fruit/nuts.

Dip into/onto your chosen pan, distributing the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups, 12 twinkie slots or a round circle about 1/2″ thick for scones.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for  20 minutes until lightly browned.  Allow to cool a bit before lifting with the assistance of a knife tip.  If making a loaf, bake around 35 minutes or until the center passes a dry toothpick test.  As with all low-carb baked goods, store in a bag in the refrigerator.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 portions (whatever shape you make), each contains:

160 cals, 12.64g fat, 6.53g carbs, 2.71g fiber, 3.82g NET CARBS, 8.3 g protein, 266 mg sodium

Chocolate Blueberries

Chocolate Blueberries

There’s no law says you have to do chocolate covered STRAWBERRIES for your special occasions.  Other berries (or pineapple chunks) will work, too!  Today, I had big, plump blueberries in the fridge and wanted something sweet.  🙂

This recipe makes a pretty big batch of the chocolate sauce, around 1¼ cups, so I’m providing the per teaspoon nutritional info.  One teaspoon will definitely coat 1 blueberry, maybe even two.  This recipe is suitable once you reach the berries level of Phase 2 Atkins or for Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS/NEEDS:

Some toothpicks

Fresh blueberries (pick the biggest ones in the carton)

Half lemon, orange or apple (for toothpick serving post)

1 c. sugar free chocolate chips

1 square unsweetened baking chocolate

¼ c. melted butter

1 T. coconut oil (or 1 T. more butter)

6 drops liquid Splenda or other liquid sweetener to taste

DIRECTIONS:  First, push a toothpick through the number of large berries you want to make.  Push through the stem scar but not quite all the way out the top.  Lay them aside until the chocolate sauce is made.  Set the lemon half cut side down on your serving plate and set aside.

CHOCOLATE SAUCE:  In a small saucepan, melt the butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat or use a makeshift double-boiler, where you put your saucepan down in a skillet of 1″ boiling water (that’s all a double boiler really is anyway).  Add the square of chocolate and melt slowly in the hot melted oil/butter.  Add the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so the chocolate will stay smooth.

ASSEMBLY:   Take each berry pick and dip the berry just deep enough into the chocolate sauce to coat the berry.  Lift carefully straight up and let it drip, rolling to even the chocolate as evenly as you can get it.  When it appears to be stopped dripping, carefully poke the berry pick into the lemon half.  Repeat for all berries.  It will take about ½ tsp. chocolate sauce to coat each berry. Refrigerate any leftover sauce for future use on more berries or for a chocolate shell coating for vanilla ice cream bars.  Pop the plate into the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes so the chocolate can harden.  When the chocolate is hard to the touch, ENJOY!  These should pretty much go from fridge to mouth or they will melt, so it’s not really a good party food siting around on a buffet table.  They are best served right from the fridge.

VARIATIONS:   Big fresh strawberries, pineapple chunks, or orange segments with outer skin/membrane removed.

NUTRITIONAL INFO (sauce only):  Makes about 1¼ cups sauce (20 T.= 60 tsp.).  Each tsp. should coat 1-2 berries.  The berry will add another 0.2 net carbs.  Each teaspoon of sauce contains

19 cals, 1.79g fat, 0.55g carbs, 0.21g fiber, 0.34g NET CARBS (the blueberry adds 0.2 g additional net carbs, so one berry treat has 0.56 NET CARBS total), 0.2 g  protein

 

 

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Chocolate Delights

 I saw a recipe for chocolate/coconut candy this week and got the idea to come up with a similar sweet that packed a little more fiber and nutrients.  If you are in maintenance, a few finely chopped raisins added to this recipe would also be very good, say 2-3 tablespoons.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction, but you may enjoy it once you get to the seed/nuts rung of the OWL ladder.  Next time I’m going to toast the coconut first and see what that does! 🙂  Second batch demonstrated to me I definitely like these with toasted coconut better and am changing the recipe to read toasted coconut!  Adding chopped nuts of your choice would be a nice touch as well, but be sure to add that to your nutritional info if you add nuts.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3  c. coconut, unsweetened, toasted in oven first

4 T. melted butter

24 drops liquid Splenda or liquid stevia (or to taste)

1 tsp. erythritol

4 T. cocoa powder, unsweetened

2 T. roasted pumpkin seeds

2 T. sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS: Toast coconut in 350º for about 5-8 minutes.  As ovens vary, check often lest you burn it.  In medium bowl, melt the butter in microwave.  Stir in cocoa powder and erythritol, stirring until smooth.  Add coconut and all remaining ingredients and blend well.  Drop onto parchment paper, silicon mat or plate, piling into six clusters.  Place in freezer for 15 minutes to set up.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings each contains:

133 cals, 13.1g fat, 3.97g carbs, 2.03g fiber, 1.94g NET CARBS, 3g protein, 32 mg sodium

CoffeeMousse-1

This one’s for all you coffee lovers out there!  This is delightfully light after a big meal.  Been making this since before low-carb and keto were household words!  This recipe is  suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS: 1½ tsp. unflavored gelatin stirred into 2 T. cold water

1 tsp. instant freeze-dried coffee crystals, dissolved in 2T. boiling water

2 pkts. Splenda, Truvia or sweetener of your choice

1 T. butter, unsalted

1 ice cube

4 oz. heavy cream, whipped

½ tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:  Sprinkle gelatin over 2T. cold water in small saucepan.  Stir and let stand for 1 minute.   Add 2 T. more water and bring the mixture to a boil.  Lower heat to lowest setting.  Add the coffee granule/hot water mixture.  Heat this mixture stirring constantly until gelatin appears to be completely dissolved.  Add butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat.  Stir in sweetener, ice cube and stir until ice is melted and mixture begins to thicken.

In separate bowl, whip heavy cream until thick, add vanilla and stir to blend.  Reserve 2-3 T. for garnish. When the mocha mixture is cooled down, slowly stir most of the whipped cream (be sure you saved out 2-3 T. for garnish) into the mocha mixture.  Spoon into two pretty clear serving dishes.  Top with a nice dollop of sweetened whipped cream that you reserved.  Sprinkle a few crushed coffee granules over each serving and garnish with a sprig of mint or a strawberry slice.  Chill.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes two servings, each containing:

258 cals, 28 g fat, 2.6g carbs, 0g fiber, 2.6 NET CARBS, 1.56g protein, 24 mg sodium

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For this one, I used diced apple, caramel sugar-free syrup and cinnamon.  Yummy! This version is not suitable until you get closer to goal weight and are at the higher-carb fruits rung of the Atkins OWL carb-re-introduction ladder.

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DRY INGREDIENTS:  (I like to measure out 10 sets of the dry ingredients to put in plastic bags so I can have them on hand like a “ready mix”)

¼ c. golden flax meal

½ tsp. baking powder

1 T. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener of choice)

1 T. Resistant Wheat Starch

1 tsp. oat fiber (do not substitute oat bran or oat flour)

1/3 tsp. cinnamon

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 T. melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

2 T. sugar-free Caramel syrup (or almond, or vanilla)

1/2 c. apple, diced

DIRECTIONS:  In a 5-6″ round or oval dish melt the butter in the microwave.  Add the sugar-free syrup & stir with fork (to cool down the butter).  Add the egg and beat all together.  Add in all dry ingredients and stir well with a fork.  Add in your diced apple and stir well. Microwave on HI for about 1 minute 30-40 seconds.  Slide knife tip between cake and bowl and tip cake onto serving plate.  Cut in half for two servings.  This batter rises as it bakes and then slightly falls when removed from microwave…..that is normal………it is done.

VARIATION:  Add some chopped pecans (recalculate those into numbers below if you do).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 cake (2 servings) the size of 2 muffins.  Each half of the cake is a serving and contains:

200.5 cals, 14.3g fat, 16.16g carbs, 9.15g fiber, 7g NET CARBS (use less apple to lower), 5.9g protein, 134 mg sodium

 

 

I’ve been playing around with the classic Atkins MIM (Muffin-in-a-Minute) recipe lately and have come up with several tasty versions.  I’ll be sharing another one here today that I’m calling Pineapple Spoon Cake because it is so moist you simply have to eat it with a spoon.  I’m presenting this recipe with two versions, the original with real pineapple and also a lower-carb second version that substitutes pineapple extract for the real pineapple.  Both are quite good.

I’m trying to increase my flax intake for a health issue and so far these flax-based gems are doing the trick.  To the basic Atkins MIM recipe, I added a couple texture enhancers to improve texture & flavor.  I also increased sweeteners and the amount of butter.  The resulting muffins/cakes are baking up consistently moist and very tasty, especially this one!  All have been sturdy enough to slice or hand-hold but this one and it really requires a spoon to eat.  It’s just too moist to eat with your hands.   Only the extract version of this cake is suitable for Atkins Induction Phase and Keto programs.  Once you’re nearing or at goal weight, the real pineapple version is a must try!

DRY INGREDIENTS: I like to measure out 10 sets of the dry ingredients to put in plastic bags so I can have them on hand like a “ready mix” for when I get a snack craving.  Then all I have to do is add the melted butter, egg, syrup and flavoring item.

¼ c. golden flax meal

½ tsp. baking powder

1 T. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener)

1 T. Resistant Wheat Starch

1 tsp. oat fiber (do not substitute high-carb oat bran or oat flour!)

Optional:  Dash ground cinnamon

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 T. melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

2 T. crushed pineapple juice pack

1 T. pineapple or almond sugar-free syrup

LOWER-CARB VARIATION:  Substitute 1/2 tsp. pineapple extract for the crushed pineapple

DIRECTIONS:  In a 5-6″ round or oval dish, melt the butter in your microwave.  Add the sugar-free syrup (to cool down the butter).  Add the egg and beat all together.  Add in the dry ingredients and stir well with a fork.  Add in your choice of flavorings below by stirring to blend or dropping fruit bits in by hand evenly.  Microwave on HI for about 1 minute 30-40 seconds.  This batter rises as it bakes and then slightly falls when removed from microwave…..that is normal.  It is done when dry to touch in center.  If not dry to touch, cook 5-10 seconds longer, as ovens can vary.  Remove and slightly cool. Cut in half with a knife and spoon half onto two individual plates or bowls to serve with a spoon to eat.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 cake that is two servings.  Bake in two separate ramekins if you prefer.  Numbers do not include photo garnish (whipped cream and additional teaspoon pineapple).

Each half of the plain cake contains:

With Real Pineapple:  200 cals, 14.25g fat, 16.05g carbs, 8.45g fiber, 8.6g NET CARBS, 6.05g protein, 136mg sodium

With Pineapple Extract: 181 cals, 14.25g fat, 11.6g carbs, 8.2g fiber, 3.4g NET CARBS, 5.8g protein, 134mg sodium

Miniature Black Forest Cake

This has been my signature dessert for many years but of course, in it’s larger incarnation, so it would serve a crowd for dinner.  My original recipe uses real flour and real sugar.  I’ve revamped the  recipe to make it Atkins friendly now, which was quite an undertaking.  First trial wasn’t so good actually.    I’d be lying if I said this final version is as good as the original sugar-flour version. But this is a close facsimile in appearance and flavor in my and my husband’s opinion.  It may yet undergo further “fine-tuning”.

This dessert is surprisingly light, so don’t be fooled by it’s rich appearance.  It is always well-received when I serve this to guests.   This is not a terribly sweet dessert, neither the original cake nor my low-carb version.  So you may want to do some tasting for sweetness along the way in case this isn’t sweet enough for you.

There are four layers of cake and three different filling layers so it really takes a bit of effort to put together from start to finish. But none of the steps are particularly difficult nor do they require unusual ingredients.  It just takes some time and time for the flavors and Kirsch to mellow.  As you blow your daily sweetener limit on this, and it’s a bit carb pricey, I usually only do this dessert for VERY special occasions. 🙂  This dessert is not suitable until you reach Maintenance/Goal weight due to the higher carbs.

We don’t entertain as much as we used to and just for the two of us, I don’t like to make my full-size Black Forest Cake .  But on Valentine’s Day and my husband’s birthday, and sometimes for our Wedding Anniversary, I will do this very special somewhat carb-pricey cake as it is his very favorite dessert.   This recipe is not suitable until the legumes rung of OWL as I use my favorite black bean chocolate cake recipe by Lauren over at the Healthy Indulgences blog  . Lauren’s cake is actually better than the original cake modified  🙂 One of the best low-carb chocolate cakes I’ve come across to date.

For this mini Black Forest cake, I make up one whole recipe of the cake, which makes 3 small round 5″ cakes.  I use two for this recipe and reserving the third cake for some other dessert use (or freeze it).

I have carefully calculated only 2/3 of the nutritional values on cake for the serving nutritional information below.   Of course, you can attempt to cut this into 5 or 6 servings and lower the carb count, but I forewarn you cutting this cake into smaller pieces is extremely difficult given its height.  You could also substitute Eden Black Soy Beans pureed and lower the carb count considerably, but the flavor and texture of the cake will change a bit.

DIRECTIONS: 

STEP I –  Cherry Filling:The day before needed, mix the following cherry filling ingredients in small saucepan except for the xanthan gum.  Cook over medium heat stirring, adding xanthan gum in several light dustings, stirring well after each addition of xanthan gum.  This is to avoid lumps in the thickener.  I go for medium thick on this filling.  Refrigerate overnight.  If you got it too thick, not to worry.  That’ll never be noticed in this cake.  Stir it up to loosen the sauce before applying to cake.

CHERRY FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1/2 can red sour cherries in natural juice, drained, saving liquid
1/4 c. of the reserved cherry liquid
liquid sweetener to = 1/4 c. sugar (I used 1½ tsp. Fiberfit)
1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1 T.  Kirschwasser liqueur (cherry brandy)
few drops red food coloring
1/4 tsp. almond extract

STEP II – Chocolate Mousse: The day before cake is being served, prepare the chocolate mousse.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE INGREDIENTS:

1 T. cocoa

½ pkg. (1 tsp.) unflavored gelatin

1 egg, beaten

1 c. total heavy cream

4 tsp. total granular Splenda (or 4 tsp. sugar equivalent of other sweetener)

½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 T. Kirschwasser

Combine the cocoa with gelatin, the beaten egg and ½ c. of the heavy cream in a saucepan.  Heat to boiling over medium heat and then remove from heat.  Add 2 tsp. granular Splenda and Kirschwasser and stir well.  In a separate bowl, whip the other ½ c. heavy cream until very thick and add remaining 2 tsp. of Splenda and the vanilla. Spoon a little of the whipped cream into the cooling chocolate mixture and stir to temper the chocolate a bit.  Now pour the chocolate mixture into the rest of the whipped cream and fold the two mixtures into each other until smooth.   Taste for sweetness and add liquid Splenda to your taste.  Chill the mousse overnight or for a couple hours for flavors to mellow.  Remove from fridge a bit ahead of applying to cake in case it is too stiff.

STEP III – The Cakes: The day you plan to serve, early in day, bake your cakes. I say early, because this cake needs to be assembled for at least 2-4 hours for the kirsch to soak into the bottom layer of cake.  Preheat oven to 325º.  I use this small silicone pan to bake my cakes which requires no greasing (pictured below).  But 5″ quiche pans would work for this.   Be sure to grease your pans well, and wax-paper the bottoms, too if not using silicone pans.   This batter recipe will make 3 cakes this size, however only two of the cakes are needed to make this dessert.  Save the third cake to frost for snacks or for some other use.

CAKE INGREDIENTS: (Yes, this is Lauren of Healthy Indulgence’s chocolate cake recipe……the best!)

20 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed (I just use one 15 oz. can)

5 large eggs

1 T. water

1 T. vanilla (yes, that much!)

¼ tsp. salt

6 T. unsalted butter, softened

3/4 c. erythritol, powdered

2 pkts. stevia

6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder

½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 325º.  Process the erythritol to a powder (if you buy granular like me).  Add the drained, rinsed beans, soft butter, vanilla, eggs and water and process until all is smooth.  Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl and add to the mixture in the processor.  Pulse a few times to blend batter well.  Of course, this can be done with an electric mixer.  Spoon batter equally (This is really important) into the three pans.  They will be approximately 3/4 full, but don’t worry, mine did not overflow.  Place pans on a cookie sheet if using silicone pans.  If using metal pans, be sure your oven shelf is level and level pans with a skewer or metal coat hangar if need be, as cake batter needs to be level in the pans.  Bake at 325º for about 30 minutes.  Ovens vary so check and if still soft in the center, bake another 10 minutes or so. The cakes are done when dry to the touch and set in the center.  Toothpick will test dry in the center as well.  Remove from oven and completely cool before attempting to remove from the pans.

STEP IV – FINAL ASSEMBLY  AND FROSTING:

Whip 1 c. heavy cream and add ½ tsp. vanilla and a few drops of liquid Splenda, or to taste.  Set aside while you cut the cakes.

Gently tip cakes out of pans.  Set one cake onto serving plate.  With a long-bladed serrated knife, with a gentle motion, carefully cut laterally each cake into two thin layers as even as you can get them.  Gently lift top layer off this first cake with BOTH hands slipping fingers toward center of cake to support it and prevent it breaking in half.  (I have a piece of square of sheet metal I slide under the cake to support it while moving to prevent breakage).  Gently set this layer on the counter until needed.

On bottom layer of cake, spread the cherry filling.  Carefully lift and place next thin layer of cake on top.  Now spread the chocolate mousse on top of that layer evenly.  Slice second cake in similar manner as you did the first.  Gently lift and add the third layer of cake on top of the stack.  Spread with a ½ ” of whipped cream.  Place the final layer of cake on top and now ice the entire cake with the remaining whipped cream, spreading evenly on sides and top so no chocolate cake or fillings are visible.   Dust top of cake with shaved chocolate and sling a little also on the sides.  If it falls all over the serving platter, that just makes the presentation prettier in my opinion.  If you have one, place a whole maraschino cherry with stem and a sprig of mint in the center of the cake for visual impact.

Chill well (at least 2 hours) covered with a dome or inverted soup pot.  Cut cake into four quadrants/servings.  Enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 adult servings, each contains:

450 cals, 28.95g fat, 24.32g carbs, 5.85g fiber, 18.47g NET CARBS (Cut into 5-6 servings to lower), 17 g  protein, 549 mg sodium

If interested in cutting into smaller servings to pull down the numbers, the entire cake has 1764 calories, 115.4g fat, 97.2g carbs, 23.4g fiber, 73.8g net carbs, 66.92 g protein and 2196 mg sodium.  So cutting into 5 pieces lowers each serving to 14.76g net carbs; cutting it into 6 pieces lowers each serving to 12.3g net carbs.  I repeat, however, it will be difficult to cut the slices this small without them falling apart on you upon slicing.  That’s one reason I always do the bigger cake version for company. 🙂

Yet another tasty use of my versatile Mozzy Dough recipe and a great way to use up half a can of opened lite cherry pie filling.  The hubs and I have been super strict, ultra low-carbing (under 20 NC a day) since the 1st of September.  We decided to treat ourselves tonight with something sweet.  These  took  a mere 35 minutes to make, start to finish.  I have a 24 slot non-stick mini-muffin pan that turned out to be perfect for this amount of dough and filling.  These come out to be 1.9 net carbs per piece, so an occasional indulgence like this can break the diet monotony without breaking the proverbial “carb bank”.  🙂  These are suitable for Atkins Phase 2 and beyond and most Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 recipe my Mozzy Dough

½ can Lite Cherry Pie Filling

VARIATION:  Use other lite pie filling, like blueberry or what you make up from scratch with other fruit.  Another variation would be to dot each crust with 1/2 tsp. cream cheese before adding the fruit topping.  You will need to calculate numbers again if you do that. 

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make a batch of the Mozzy Dough.  After kneading the ball of dough until smooth, break off 1″ balls of dough and press one ball into each of the 24 slots of mini-muffin pans.   The “bowls” of dough will be quite shallow in the pan slots.  Spoon just 2 cherries (with dab of filling) into each slot neatly.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for around 15 minutes or until the “crust” is lightly browned around the edges.  Remove, cool 1-2 minutes and lift out with knife tip onto serving plate.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 24 Cherry Bites, each contains:

67 cals, 5.1g fat, 3.61g carbs, 1.71g fiber, 1.9g NET CARBS, 4.5g protein, 95 mg sodium (in cheese)

Boston Cream Pie

Another treat for consideration this Valentine’s Day.  I’ve often wondered why they call this dessert a “pie”.  I’ve always figured it was because pie tins were more available than the type of cake pan we think of today when this dish was created by a Boston chef. It’s my husband’s favorite cake, actually.  He asked me if I thought I could make a low-carb version of his favorite cake and I decided to give it a try.  This famous dessert is only as good as the cake it’s made with.  I used Nancy’s 3 Minute Vanilla Cake on Linda Genaw’s site.  So I thought that would be a good starting point.  I baked two of those (slightly modified) in 6″ ceramic quiche dishes.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction.

CREAM FILLING INGREDIENTS:  Whisk the following well in a small bowl.  Chill for 20-30 minutes.

½ package sugar-free vanilla pudding powder

¼ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

If you prefer to make your pastry cream from scratch, I would recommend DJfoodie’s Pastry Cream recipe, but the stats below were calculated on the cream made with the dry pudding powder.

CHOCOLATE FROSTING INGREDIENTS:  Make a recipe of this frosting and use 1/2 of it to frost this small cake.  Refrigerate or freeze the remaining half for other uses.  Exactly 1/2 of the recipe has been calculated in the nutritional info below.

CAKE INGREDIENTS:

4 T. butter, unsalted

2 eggs, beaten

4 T. water

½ c. granular Splenda (or equivalent liquid sweetener)

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. almond flour

2/3 c. whey protein, unflavored, unsweetened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:   In your microwave, melt 2 T. of the butter in each of two small 6″ quiche dishes.  Add 1 beaten egg and 2 T. of water to each dish.  Stir well to blend.  Next add to each baking dish: ¼ c. Splenda (or equivalent liquid sweetener) , 2 T. flax meal, 2 T. almond flour, 1/3 c. whey protein, ½ tsp. vanilla extract and ½ tsp. baking powder.  Stir well until completely smooth.  Microwave each layer for about 70 seconds or until center is dry and spring back when touched.  Remove and cool slightly.  Using a flexible spatula, gently tip/lift out layer to your serving plate.

Remove cream from refrigerator and stir once for smoothness.  Gently spread a ¼-½” layer of cream onto bottom layer of cake, which may not use it all up.  If you’ve got kids, not a problem.  They’ll be happy to take care of the leftovers for ya!  😉  Don’t get the cream too close to the edges of the cake or it will ooze out when layer #2 goes on.

Gently remove second cake from the dish and set it carefully on top of the cream layer.  Slightly press to seat it well.  Now spread a thin layer of frosting on the top of the cake.  Frosting the sides is tricky, as the cream tends to want to ooze out and mix with the frosting.  Not a problem, just smooth such spots back and forth and the cream and frosting will blend and nobody will ever know but you.  😉

Store uneaten cake in the refrigerator.  Chill cake for 30 minutes or so to set the frosting and it’s ready to serve.  I find this cake gets firmer when totally cold, so the next day, if any leftover, I like to pull it out of the fridge for an hour before serving so the cake and frosting return to their softer state.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:  (Carbs will be lower if you use liquid sweetener)

271 cals. , 23 g  fat, 8.7g  carbs, 2.22g  fiber, 6.48g NET CARBS, 13 g protein, 250 mg sodium

SPECIAL NOTE:  For those that want a bigger slice (with a higher carb price to pay):  1/4 of the cake=406 calories, 13.05 carbs, 3.33 g fiber, 9.72 g NET CARBS, 19.1 g protein, and 374 mg sodium.

Raspberry Mini Cheesecakes

I tried my hand at a non-dairy cheesecake while test-driving a dairy-free diet for awhile some years back.  I adapted a Blueberry Cardamom Cheesecake recipe at LifeIsStillSweet.com.  I put no cardamom or lemon juice in my raspberry version.  I added some almond flour to the middle layer, and I changed up the sweeteners, as honey and dates are just too high in carbs for me.  I also decided to use coconut cream rather than coconut milk, as I find it richer.  This is still quite high in carbs and calories (one of the highest carb counts on my website, in fact), even with my changes.   So this special treat will be reserved for holidays and special occasions.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 OWL of Atkins.   Primal/Paleo folks will likely want to use the honey in the fillings and dates in the crust called for in the inspirational recipe, in lieu of the sweeteners I used below.  Below is the mini non-stick springform pan I used:

Click to enlarge. 4 3/4″ diameter

CRUST:

½ c. pecans, chopped

½ c. walnuts, chopped

3 T. granular erythritol (or sweetener of your choice)

¼ tsp. cinnamon

1 T. coconut oil

BOTTOM VANILLA LAYER:

1 c. raw cashew nuts, soaked in water for 2 hours

¼ c. almond flour

6-8 drops liquid stevia extract

2 T. coconut oil

¼ c. coconut cream

1½ tsp. vanilla

TOP RASPBERRY LAYER:

3/4 c. fresh raspberries

¼ c. coconut cream

2 T. coconut oil

6-8 drops liquid stevia extract

DIRECTIONS:  Soak cashews for 2 hours in water to soften them and set aside for now.

Measure all crust ingredients into a food processor and pulse to blend into a “dough”.  Press half the crust into the bottom of two greased or non-stick mini springform pans.

Chill crusts while you wait on the cashews to soften.  Wash processor parts.

Drain water off cashews and place them in food processor bowl.  Measure all other vanilla filling ingredients into the bowl except sweetener.  Pulse until completely smooth and add sweetener slowly, pulse and taste to get it as sweet as you like.  Brands of sweetener vary greatly.  Spoon half the mixture onto each chilled crust and spread top even.  Chill while you make the raspberry top layer.  Wash processor parts.

Place berries in processor bowl.  Add coconut oil and cream and pulse to puree.  Add sweetener slowly again, tasting as you add between pulses, until you get the proper amount for your taste.  If your berries are real sweet, you may want less sweetener; you may need more if they are tart.  Spread half the fruit mixture evenly on top of each cheesecake, trying not to disturb the vanilla layer.  Optional garnish can be a single berry in the center or a sprig of mint.

Chill for 2 hours.  Each mini cheesecake serves two people as it is so rich.

Sliced View

Sliced View

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 mini cheesecakes.  Serving= ½ cheesecake.  Each serving  contains:

636 cals, 63.7g fat, 20.15g carbs, 6.0g fiber, 14.15g NET CARBS, 11.7g protein,

22 mg sodium

 

Lemon Curd

See biscuit recipe here

This has been a favorite of mine ever since our 6-week driving tour of the British Isles in the 80’s.  It is marvelous for use in desserts, but my favorite way to have this is with warm biscuits.  I have since modified my recipe to be Atkins or Keto friendly.  Love this with my Buttermilk Biscuits shown right.  How about some for Valentine’s Day Breakfast this week?

This also makes a delicious cream filling for doughnuts, between layers of vanilla cake, pound cake or to make yummy lemon mini-tarts.  As lemon and lime juice is limited during Induction to 3 T. per day, this recipe is only suitable for Induction if you don’t over indulge.

INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs, whisked well

1 T. liquid Splenda (or other sweetener to equal 1 c. sugar)

½ c. fresh lemon juice

1 T. lemon peel, grated

¼ c. unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS:  In a saucepan, whisk eggs, add sweetener, lemon juice and peel.  Turn fire to medium-low and add butter.  Cook, stirring constantly for about 10-15 minutes until thickened.  Pour into jar and chill/store in refrigerator.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes about 20 T. or ten 2T. servings, each serving contains:

54.53 calories, 4.6 g  fat, 1.56 g  carbs, .41 g  fiber, 1.15 g  NET CARBS, 2.13 g  protein, 23 mg. sodium

hearts-with-strawberry-sauceI think I’ll make these for my husband for Valentine’s Day.  🙂  I have made them in years past and he just loves them with vanilla ice cream.  I prefer mine either as is or with a small spoon of sweetened whipped cream on top.  I double a small cake recipe so there are few leftovers.   This kind of portion control works best for me.  😉   Below is a photo of the silicone pan I use, but any large muffin or shortcake pan works:  heart-mini-cake-panThis recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains level of Phase 2 Atkins.

INGREDIENTS:

2 recipes my Einkorn Individual Vanilla Cake

1¼ c. whole, frozen strawberries (no sugar added)

¼ tsp xanthan gum (or favorite thickener)

4 drops liquid sweetener of choice (I used EzSweets)

VARIATION:  You can puree the sauce until smooth with a stick blender if you prefer. 

DIRECTIONS:   Make the cake batter per that recipe’s instructions, but add 1/4 c. of the strawberries to the batter.  Beat with a stick blender until smooth.  Fill mold slots half full, which made 8 little cakes for me (with other size molds, your mileage may vary).  Microwave on HI for 2 minutes or until center is dry to the touch.    Tip out of molds with the tip of a knife onto a waiting platter or service plates.  When cool, top with sauce made as follows:  Heat over medium heat the remaining strawberries, any juice and the sweetener.  When it begins to simmer, stir in the xanthan gum and stir constantly until thick.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 small cakes, each contains:

113.6 calories, 8.33 g fat, 7.50 g carbs, 2.0 g fiber, 5.50 g NET CARBS, 4.57 g protein, 63 mg sodium

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Here’s another treat fit for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart.  You could even make these in the shape of a heart if you have such a baking mold/pan.  These rich chocolate cake-like cookies are not too sweet yet they still scratch that chocolate “itch”.  They have a mere .82 net carbs per tea cake.  I used this pan to make these and although the picture is deceiving, the slots are only ½” deep, so they only hold about 2 T. batter at best.   I suppose you could also use a whoopie pie pan, but I’m not sure how many you will get from this amount of batter. I originally bought the braided cookie pan with the intention of using it to mold sugar cookies.  But it makes nice little cakes for toddlers hands or special occasion dessert tables.  This recipe is a tweaked version of the 3-minute Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe that is all over the internet. I’ve added 3 ingredients that I think give it better flavor, texture and structure than the original recipe.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and the rare indulgence won’t hurt someone on a Keto diet if you can fit the carbs into your daily numbers.

I have also cut this recipe in half and baked it in my microwave on HI for 1 minute for a quick 2-serving chocolate cake.  When I do this, I melt about 10-12 sugar-free chocolate chips on top while still hot and spread it thinly on the surface. Mmmm……a very good, fast chocolate fix.  🙂

I know the amount of sweetener in these sounds like a lot, but they are not very sweet and it is always difficult to get chocolate desserts adequately sweet, in my honest opinion.

INGREDIENTS:

1 T. butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ c. erythritol

4 pkts. stevia (I use Sweet Leaf)

1 tsp. oat fiber

1 tsp. glucomannan

1½ tsp. baking powder

¼ c. cocoa

1 T. powdered erythritol for sprinkling on top (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Spray or lightly oil your pan.  Measure out all the dry ingredients onto a paper plate or in a small bowl and stir.  Beat the eggs with a fork in a medium bowl, add the butter and vanilla and stir well.  Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Beat the batter with a spoon or rubber spatula until smooth.  The glucomannan will make the batter appear a little thick and sticky, but that is normal.  Either carefully spoon the batter evenly into the greased 12 pan slots or you can do like I did and fill a ziploc bag with the batter, cut a tiny hole in one corner and pipe the batter into the pan slots.  I’m glad I did, as I’d have made a mess trying to spoon it into the slots.  Each slot will only hold about 2½ T. batter.  I had exactly enough batter to fill the 12 slots 3/4 full.  Pop the pan into your preheated oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until dry and slightly firm to the touch on top.  Cool completely and sprinkle with powdered erythritol if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 tea cakes, each contains:

28.5 cals, 1.95g fat, 1.68g carbs, 0.76g fiber, 0.82g NET CARBS, 1.39g protein, 57mg sodium

Strawberry German Pancake

Who says you have to make stuffed, savory dishes with spaghetti squash?  Instead make a fluffy dessert pancake!

This is my low-carb version of a very old recipe my Mom used to make with peaches.  Mine has less egg in it than is typical (I’m not too fond of eggs). This came out delicious and my husband, who dislikes all things I serve him with spaghetti squash, could NOT tell it was even in this creation!  Don’t ya just love when you can fool someone’s taste buds that way?  🙂 Unable to find my old recipe, I just started without one.  I first cooked the squash and forked out 1 c. of the threads for this recipe, storing the rest in the freezer for another use.   Then I started throwing things on top of that into the bowl.   Sometimes the ingredients just click!  🙂  This is not suitable until the berries rung of the OWL ladder.  Anyway, I think you’ll like this should you decide to give it a go.

VARIATION:  Use fresh peaches and sugar-free peach jam instead of the strawberries. (will be higher carbs however)

INGREDIENTS FOR PANCAKE: 

1 c. cooked spaghetti squash threads

1 oz. cream cheese

2 T. butter, unsalted

2 beaten eggs

1½ pkt. Truvia sweetener, or equivalent sweetener of your choice

2 tsp. DaVinci Vanilla sugar-free syrup (or ¼ tsp. vanilla extract)

2 T. golden flax meal  (or 2 T. almond flour, or 1 T. coconut flour)

1 T. sugar-free strawberry preserves

3 oz. sliced strawberries

WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING:  1/3 c. cream, whipped.  Add 1/8 tsp. vanilla & 3 drops liquid sweetener. Stir.

DIRECTIONS:  Microwave on HI a seeded spaghetti squash half cut-side down in ½” water for 13-15 minutes.  Fork out 1 c. of the threads into a mixing bowl.  Store the rest in your fridge or freezer for another use.  Preheat oven to 350º.  While squash threads are still hot, mix in cream cheese and butter to melt.  Stir well.   Add eggs, sweetener, DaVinci syrup, flax meal and sliced strawberries.  Stir well.  Pour into buttered pie plate or quiche dish.  If you prefer a perfect circlar appearance, pour into buttered individual 4″ round mini pie/cake pans.  Bake at 350º for about 20-25 minutes (only 15 min. for smaller round ones) or until center is set.  Remove and cool almost completely (top layer cannot be even warm really, but bottom one will still be) or the whipped cream topping will melt and be a runny mess, spoiling visual appearance greatly.  Cut into quarters and carefully lift 1 quarter out onto each of 2 serving plates.  Spread half the strawberry preserves on each in a thin layer.  Place another quarter of the pancake nicely on top and top with half the whipped cream topping.  Serve at once and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings each containing:  (calculated using flax meal):

356 calories, 29 g  fat, 12.5 g  carbs, 4.85 g  fiber, 7.65 g  NET CARBS, 10.5 g  protein, 217 mg sodium

 

Individual Raspberry Cream Cake

This quick little dessert takes all of about 10 minutes to make and would make a lovely dessert for your honey on Valentine’s Day.  It’s very tasty with a wide variety of berries and fruit.  It’s a variation on my Einkorn Individual Vanilla Cake recipe.  This recipe isn’t suitable until you are fairly close to goal weight.  You can make this dessert with a few pureed strawberries if you like.

VARIATIONS:  Substitute 3 pureed strawberries for the raspberries.  Or, sub in 3 slices of pureed fresh peach.  Or stir in 2 T. crushed canned pineapple (drained).  All are delicious versions!

INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Einkorn Individual Vanilla Cake

2 T. my Raspberry Coulis (or sugar-free raspberry preserves)

½ c. heavy cream, whipped and sweetened (makes about 3/4 cup total)

DIRECTIONS:  Make the cake per that recipe’s instructions, but use raspberry sugar-free syrup instead of the vanilla syrup.   Scrape the batter into a 6″ ramekin (or 2 smaller ones).  Microwave on HI for 1 minutes or until center is dry to the touch.  Cool completely.  Slice cake horizontally into 2 layers.  Place one layer on a serving plate.  Whip and sweeten the whipping cream.  Stir in the fruit puree.  Spread half on top of the bottom layer.  Place top cake layer on top and frost with  remaining whipped mixture.  Cut into two servings and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes two servings, each contains:

316 calories, 39.4 g  fat, 8.2 g  carbs, 2.3 g  fiber, 5.9 g NET CARBS, 5.8 g  protein, 85 mg sodium

p9neapple0031

I made some delicious pineapple cookies recently.  They came out kind of chewy and are still like that after they cooled off.  I’m very pleased with the moist, chewy texture of these cookies and will likely use this cookie dough for many cookie variations in the future.  These freeze well and are even chewier eaten right out of the freezer!!  These are not suitable until the advanced fruit rung of the Atkins OWL ladder, or near Pre-Maintenance.  But they are so good, they are well worth waiting for.

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. almond flour

½ c. coconut flour

1 T. oat fiber

1 tsp. glucomannan powder (konjac powder)

1/8 tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

½ c. butter, softened (grapeseed or coconut oil will also work)

2 T. almond butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1½ tsp. pineapple extract

½ c. granular Splenda

1 T. erythritol

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. sugar-free imitation honey (I make my own to save money, see below)

½ c. juice pack crushed pineapple (water pack if available), drained well

½ c. chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure out all wet ingredients including the pineapple into a large mixing bowl.  Beat well with a fork until smooth.  Measure out all dry ingredients, including the nuts, on top of the wet and stir well to blend.  The dough will be moderately stiff.  Roll into 1″ balls and place them onto parchment lined baking sheet.  Press balls down slightly flat and try to leave 1″ between cookies.  Pop pan into preheated oven.  Bake for about 8-10 minutes.  Do not overbrown these cookies or texture will be drier and less chewy.  Remove from oven and cool completely on the pan before attempting to remove with a spatula.  These are delicate while hot but “firm up” nicely when they cool. Store in an airtight container.  I store mine in the freezer and eat them without even defrosting!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 30 cookies, each contains:

110 cals, 9.79 g  fat, 4.55 g  carbs, 2.07 g  fiber, 2.48 g  NET CARBS, 2.55 g  protein, 45 mg sodium

HOMEMADE IMITATION HONEY: Modified slightly from a recipe of Birgit Kerr on Birgitkerr.blogspot.com.  Boil for 2-3 minutes ¼ c. erythritol, 1 tsp. honey, 2 T. imitation honey and 1 pkt. stevia or Splenda.  Cool and put in airtight jar.  If it crystalises over time, soften in microwave on defrost a minute before using.

chocolate-shell-coating

This recipe is ideal for making a chocolate shell for ice cream bars and a variety of chocolate candies.  The sky is the limit on how it can be used for candy making, including multi-layer candies.  Pictured above are bite-size sweets made with (left) peanuts, (center) coconut-pecan, and (right) almond-dried cranberries.  Since what you add to your chocolate will vary, the nutritional information will vary.  Therefore I am providing just the counts for the chocolate coating mixture.  you will then have to add the nuts or fruits you add to each piece for an accurate count. This recipe is chilled to set, but it keeps at room temperature for a fairly long period, so you can serve these creations at parties without fear they will melt on the plate. Just pop any leftovers back in the fridge for longer term storage.  They should freeze OK, too.  🙂

This recipe is suitable (as written) for all phases of Atkins.  Once you reach Atkins Phase 2 OWL, you can add nuts, coconut meat, fruit bits or whatever is allowed on your eating plan to your candies.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE SHELL COATING:

1 c. sugar free chocolate chips (I use Hershey’s)

1 square unsweetened baking chocolate (or 4 squares Lindt 90% chocolate)

¼ c. melted butter

1 T. coconut oil (or 1 T. more butter)

6 drops liquid Splenda (or 2 tsp.vanilla sugar-free syrup)

DIRECTIONS:  Set silicone candy molds on a sheet pan.  Place your nuts, coconut, or fruit bits into each of 48 silicone candy form cups.  Next, in double boiler or a small saucepan over another pan containing boiling water, melt the butter and coconut oil.  Add the square of chocolate and melt slowly.  Add the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so the chocolate will stay smooth.  It should make a smooth, silky (not lumpy) chocolate sauce.  Dip 1 tsp. of sauce onto each candy mold slot.  There should be enough to do all 48 slots.  Then go back and put any remaining sauce as equally on the 48 candies as possible, using it all up.  The chocolate will run down around the nuts/fruit and make a solid piece of candy once chilled.  If making a smaller batch, refrigerate (or freeze) any leftover sauce in a zip plastic bag for future use.  Pop the sheet pan into the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes.  When the chocolate is hard to the touch, pop ’em out from the bottom and ENJOY!  The chocolate will not totally melt if at room, but don’t leave them out for hours.  The chocolate WILL melt under the heat of your fingers if held too long.

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR SAUCE:  Makes about 1¼ cups or 20 T. (60 tsp.).  This will be enough for 48 1″ candies.  Each tsp. contains:

19 calories, 1.79 g  fat, 0.55 g  carbs,0 .21 g fiber, 0.34 NET CARBS, 0.20 g  protein, < 1 mg. sodium

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Lemon Ambrosia

This is a modification of a dessert my mother used to make that also had crushed pineapple and chopped maraschino cherries in it.  I’ve left out the high carb items and come up with something just as pleasing for me. This is a very easy and light summertime dessert.  It’s also good done with lime jello.  This also makes a nice no-bake pie filling for your favorite low-carb pre-baked nut-based crusts.  This is not suitable for Atkins Induction due to the coconut and pecans.

INGREDIENTS:

2 small pkgs. sugar-free lemon (or lime) jello

2 c. boiling water

2 c. cold water

1 c. heavy cream, whipped

2 oz. chopped pecans

1½ oz. unsweetened coconut

1/2 tsp coconut Extract

DIRECTIONS:  Empty jello powder into a large bowl.  Boil water and stir 2 c. boiling water into the gelatin powder.  Stir until totally dissolved.  Add 2 c. cold water and chill in the refrigerator until it is half set.  Scrape the into large bowl and whip with hand mixer on LOW (or whisk to mush it all up).  I confess it really looks pretty unappetizing right now.  🙂   In a separate bowl, whip the cream.  When nice and thick, add it to the beaten jello.  Blend or fold into a smooth mixture.  Fold in the coconut and chopped pecans blending well.  Dip the mixture into serving glass dishes (or decorative clear glasses as shown).  Refrigerate until fully set (about an hour).  I like to top with a light sprinkle of toasted coconut, a  sprinkle of finely chopped pecans or a slice of lemon.  On special occasions, I’ll actually add a few maraschino cherries chopped and 1-2 T. crushed pineapple folded into the mixture at the end……but just a bit, as those are high carb items.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings, each containing:

195 cals, 19.5g fat, 2.19g carbs, 1.55g fiber, 1.64g NET CARBS, 3g protein, 70mg. sodium


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