Cherry Topping

Shown on Einkorn Vanilla Cake

         Shown on Einkorn Vanilla Cake

I keep a couple cans of Oregon® Red Tart Cherries (water pack) in my pantry at all times.  The hubs likes cherry desserts.  Cherries are fairly high in carbs, so I can’t join him in such desserts very often.  But for a real treat or special occasion we sometimes make a cherry topping for vanilla cake (as shown above), for spooning on vanilla cheesecake, for brandy-laced Cherries Jubilee over vanilla ice cream (a favorite dessert of mine) or for when I make my Black Forest Cake on Valentine’s Day.   This only takes a few minutes to make, too!  this topping is not suitable until you are at Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance or have reached the final rung of the carb ladder (higher-carb fruits) of your carb re-introduction process in your Ketogenic diet.  Clearly if you are Primal or Paleo, you need to use some other sweetener and perhaps a chia gel made with the cherry juice to thicken.

INGREDIENTS: 1  14.T oz. can of red tart cherries (water pack)

2 T.  erythritol (or sweetener equivalent to 2 T. sugar)

1 T. granula splenda (or other sweetener equivalent to 1 T. sugar)

¼ tsp. xanthan or guar gum to thicken

DIRECTIONS:  Using a small saucepan, stir all ingredients together gently.  Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring, until it slightly thickens.  Remove and allow to cool on the counter. Spoon over your cooled cheesecake, ice cream or cake and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings if you spoon the topping over desserts.  But up to 8 servings, obviously, if you spread the topping onto an 8″ cheesecake and then cut into 8 slices.  I’m providing numbers for the entire recipe and you’ll need to divide the numbers below by the number of servings you get/serve. Also be sure to add in the carb count for the cake, ice cream or cheesecake you serve this on!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  This entire batch of topping contains:  (Determine your per serving carbs based on how many servings you get for your particular application.

98 calories, 0.0 g  fat, 23.3 g  carbs, 4.0 g  fiber, 19.3 g  NET CARBS Remember, this number is for the entire batch!  1.5 g  protein, 16 mg sodium

Einkorn Blueberry Crumble

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I’m having some back issues of late.  Can’t stand up for very long, so my time-consuming baking efforts will likely wane for awhile.  But I have a kitchen island with comfy bar chairs and I can sure sit and cook, have the hubs put the pan in the oven and pull it out when it’s done!  I don’t need any assistance with eating my fair share though.  😉

My husband pointed out today we had a carton of blueberries beginning to dry out a bit at the back of the fridge.  So I decided to make some sort of simple crisp or crumble fruit baked dish.  My husband set the oven, greased my baking dish and rounded up the ingredients from my pantry (bending and stooping is an issue, too). I was able to do most of the rest, with the added help of regular heavy doses of ibuprofen all week long.

This was my first time using Swerve® sweetener and I was at a loss there.  It didn’t have any funny aftertaste sampled on my finger, nor in the final crumble dish that I could detect.  It is worthy of further experimenting in my opinion.  Just followed the info on the back of the packaging and it came out pretty close to my taste preference.  But honestly, it wasn’t quite sweet enough with 2 Tbsp. and I have therefore adjusted the recipe below for what should be better next baking.  The crumble topping was successful and the final dessert came out quite tasty.

Blueberries are a little higher in carbs, so if you are still in the Induction phase of the diet, use strawberries instead. To lower carbs further, omit the Einkorn flour totally.  I simply adds a nice flour taste and pastry texture that almond flour alone can’t do.   🙂  This recipe is not suitable until you have reached the nuts and berries level of Phase 2 Atkins.  It’s a little high carb for Keto diets.  This is not suitable for Primal-Paleo plans.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends. Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love! Order yours TODAY! from Amazon or our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not accept payment for book promotions. I do so because they are GREAT cookbooks anyone would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. fresh blueberries

3/4 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix (or other low-carb mix)

2 T. Einkorn flour

3 T. Swerve® sweetener (or equivalent sweetener to equal 3 T. sugar)

2 T. oat fiber

1 large egg

3 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Rub butter lightly on a 6″ square baking dish and set dish aside.  Put rest of the butter in a medium bowl.  Add all the dry ingredients on top of the butter.  Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal.  Add the egg on top, beat it with a fork and slowly work it into a dough with the dry ingredients.  Using a fork or your fingers, crumble the dough evenly on top of the fruit.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 20-23 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.  Slightly cool and enjoy warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

240 calories, 18 g  fat, 20.25 g carbs, 7.12 g fiber, 13.13 g NET CARBS (half the carbs are from the blueberries alone, so use raspberries for a lower carb dessert), 13 g protein, 46 mg sodium

 

 

 

Crumble Topping

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I love working with oat fiber.  It brings to low-carb baked goods what flour used to bring, a flour-y taste and flour-y texture.  This tasty crisp made with apple was just DELICIOUS!  I had 4 Gala apples I had bought for my husband (that he wasn’t eating)  that were going to go bad and were really past the crisp, eating stage.  So this is how I used those up!  My typical apple filling:  4 peeled, sliced apples tossed with a few tablespoons of water, a sprinkle of xanthan gum tp thicken, 1/4 c. Splenda or erythritol, along with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour into non-stick pan or baking dish and dot with 2T. butter.

I made the crumble topping below and sprinkled HALF the crumble mixture over the fruit.  I zipped the other half up in a baggie and freeze for another use. Will keep frozen for 1 month. This is not Induction friendly, so wait until you reach Phase 2 of Atkins to enjoy this.  To make this MUCH lower carb, you could instead use peeled, grated jicama, sliced zucchini or chayote squash for half, or even all the apples in this, but cooking time will increase if you do.

Many delicious low-carb recipes like this can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends (me included).  Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love!  Order yours TODAY! from Amazon  or our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. CarbQuik baking mix (or other low-carb bake mix)

½ c. (45 g) oat fiber (DO NOT use high carb oat flour! Not the same thing!)

2 T. cold butter

pinch salt

1/4-1/2 c. water, added slowly

1-2 T. granular erythritol

OPTIONAL:  ½ tsp. cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Into a medium bowl, measure out bake mix, oat fiber and salt.  Stir.  Using a fork, cut in the cold butter until crumbly and well incorporated into dry ingredients.  Slowly add 1/4 c. water and work in with fork.  Add more water by tablespoons, stirring after each addition until mixture begins to hold together into pea-sized clumps. When all appears to be mixed well, spoon out half the mixture into a ziploc bag and freeze for future use.  Using fingers, crumble the remaining topping onto your fruit crisp filling mixture.  Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is browned nicely.  Serve hot or cold.

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR TOPPING ONLY: Recipe makes enough for TWO 9″ round pans of apple or berry crisp. I get 4 servings from a 9″ pan.  (8 total servings in both pans).

Total recipe contains:  374 calories, 47g fat, 75.7g carbs, 67.7g fiber, 8 NET CARBS, 24g protein

1 single serving of topping (1/4 of 1 pan) contains: 45.5 cal, 3.1 g fiber, 9.5 g carbs, 8.5 g fiber, 1 NET CARB, 3 g protein

FOR THE CURIOUS: 1 Serving with apple filling made as described above:  219 calories, 18g fat, 39.4 g  carbs,  20.3 g  fiber, 19.1 g NET CARBS, 6.4 g  protein.  Yes, it’s really high carb using real apples, so you might prefer to cut the majority of carbs out and use berries or apple substitutes like jicama, chayote squash or zucchini in your filling!  Just sayin’ that most of the carbs here are in the filling, not the crumble topping. 😉

Quick Danish

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Blueberry version shown above

I discovered a wonderful new way to use my Peggy’s Sliced Bread recipe! TIP:  I keep some sort of plain, unflavored low-carb sheet bread cooked and at the ready in a gallon Ziploc bag in my refrigerator at all times, so making this for breakfast takes about 10 minutes total!

I took a piece of my Peggy’s Sliced Bread (linked above) this morning, sliced it laterally into two thinner slices and filled it with a delicious thickened pineapple filling with a smear of cream cheese.  Doused with cinnamon.  Nuked it on defrost for 20 seconds and man, oh, man, was it ever good!  A little carby as I had no berries in the house today, but REALLY good if you can afford the pineapple carbs when you get farther along in your weight-loss journey. Net carb counts for other fruits provided below.

If using other fruits, you will want to use some other DaVinci syrup (vanilla or appropriate berry flavor) or use other sweetener of your choice with 2-3 T. water added to compensate for the syrup’s water. This is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.

You can sure pull the carb count down using other berries.   As you can see, I have explored several varieties of this Quick Danish.  By the way, this reminded me very much of pineapple upside-down cake, just without the cherry.  But that could be remedied on special occasions! 🙂  With a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top, this would make a lovely, easy dessert for unexpected company!  If serving on black/dark plates, for visual impact, I would dust the plate with powdered sweetener/erythritol along with the cinnamon.  Of course, you can use any plan-suitable bread you prefer over the bread I used, but you wil have to calculate your nutritional info from scratch.

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Pineapple Quick Danish

PINEAPPLE VERSION (right) :  Slice the bread laterally into 2 thins slices and place 1 on a plate.  Set aside.  Place in a saucepan ¼ c. crushed pineapple, juice pack (I didn’t drain), ½ T. unsalted butter, dash cinnamon, dash xanthan gum, 2 T. Davinci Pineapple sugar-free syrup (or sweetener to taste).  Heat, stirring until slightly thickened.  Remove. Spoon half onto the slice of bread on the plate.  Top with 1 T. softened cream cheese (sweeten if you like).  Place the second thin slice of bread on top and spoon on the rest of the fruit mixture.  Warm a few seconds in the microwave on defrost and serve while hot.

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Blackberry Quick Danish

BLUEBERRY or BLACKBERRY VERSION:  Mash 2 oz. berries with a fork in a saucepan with 1-2T. water, pinch of stevia + 2 drops liquid Splenda and a sprinkle of xanthan gum to thicken.  Cook on medium heat a couple minutes until thick.  Slice bread laterally and place 1 thin slice on a plate.  Spoon half the berry mix onto it.  Top with about ½ T. cream cheese. Placed second half-slice bread and add remaining berries to top and dot with cream cheese.  Mmmmm.   this recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO (for the pineapple version, the first one I made):  Makes a single serving which contains:

256 calories, 21 g  fat, 16.2 g  carbs, 3.7 g  fiber, 12.5 NET CARBS, 8.5 g  protein, 243 mg sodium

Strawbery Version:  Use 3 medium strawberries sliced:  5.3 NET CARBS

Blackberry Version:   Use 1/4 c. frozen blackberries: 7.3 NET CARBS

Cherry Version:  Use 1/4 c. canned tart cherries:  10.9 NET CARBS

Blueberry Version:  Use 1/4 c. fresh blueberries: 7.6 NET CARBS

 

Curried Fruit and Sweet Potatoes

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I’ll just say right up front that this Holiday recipe is probably the highest carb recipe on my website.  Now that I have that unpleasant admission out of the way.  But during the holidays, I’m willing to scrimp on carbs elsewhere so that I can enjoy a dish my entire family associates it with the holiday feasts.  This dish was a favorite of my Dad’s and continues to be a hit with guests whenever I serve it.  Ways you can lower carbs a bit here:  ditch the maraschino cherries and use fresh; ditch the sweet potatoes and use chunks of fresh pumpkin.

This side is a lovely complement to roast turkey, baked chicken, roast duck, goose and other game meats as well.  I usually use Sharwood’s or Sri Lankan curry powder, but any brand will do here.  If you’ve never had curried fruit, I’m certain you’re in for a treat with this. This is not suitable until the “higher-carb fruits” rung of the Atkins OWL carb re-introduction ladder or when you have reached the Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance phase of the plan.

Many delicious low-carb recipes like this can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends (me included).  Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love!  Order yours TODAY! from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 T. curry powder

Sweetener of choice to equal 1/4 c. sugar

½ tsp. maple extract

1 T. erythritol (or 1 packet stevia)

6 pear halves, natural juice pack, drained & cut in half

4 slices pineapple, natural juice pack, drained and cut into thirds

6 oz. nectarine or peach, sliced (I don’t peel)

10 maraschino cherries (or fresh, pitted)

5 oz. sweet potato, peeled (or fresh, cooked pumpkin chunks)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Peel sweet potatoes, cut into medium-size chunks and boil in sauce pan for 4-5 minutes only. You just want to half cook them.  Alternately you can use fresh pumpkin chunks instead to lower carbs.  Drain and set aside.  While they are boiling, melt butter in baking dish in oven.  Remove and stir in extract, curry powder and sweeteners. Slice nectarine into the butter/curry mixture.  Add pear quarters and pineapple pieces.  Add whatever cherries you’re using next (pit them if using fresh).  Last add the partially cooked sweet potatoes.  Toss gently with a large serving spoon so as to get some of the seasoned butter to coat each piece.  Pop into a 350º oven and bake for around 35-45 minutes, tossing the fruit in the sauce once during baking.  Serve hot with your favorite roast fowl or game.  Leftovers reheat nicely (I dot with more butter when re-heating).  You’ll be glad to know this dish is one of those that taste even better the second time around!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

124.8 calories, 4.15 g  fat, 22.32 g carbs, 3.23 g  fiber, 19.09 g  NET CARBS, 1.13 g  protein, 16 mg sodium

Crumble Topping

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I love working with oat fiber.  It brings to low-carb baked goods what flour used to bring, a flour-y taste and flour-y texture.  This tasty crisp made with apple was just DELICIOUS!  I had 4 Gala apples I had bought for my husband (that he wasn’t eating)  that were going to go bad and were really past the crisp, eating stage.  So this is how I used those up!  My typical apple filling:  4 peeled, sliced apples tossed with a few tablespoons of water, a sprinkle of xanthan gum tp thicken, 1/4 c. Splenda or erythritol, along with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour into non-stick pan or baking dish and dot with 2T. butter.

I made the crumble topping below and sprinkled HALF the crumble mixture over the fruit.  I zipped the other half up in a baggie and freeze for another use. Will keep frozen for 1 month. This is not Induction friendly, so wait until you reach Phase 2 of Atkins to enjoy this.  To make this MUCH lower carb, you could instead use peeled, grated jicama, sliced zucchini or chayote squash for half, or even all the apples in this, but cooking time will increase if you do.

Many delicious low-carb recipes like this can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends (me included).  Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love!  Order yours TODAY! from Amazon  or our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php. DISCLAIMER: By personal choice I do not accept payment for this book promotion. I promote them because they are great cookbooks anyone would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. CarbQuik baking mix

½ c. (45 g) oat fiber

2 T. cold butter

pinch salt

1/4-1/2 c. water, added slowly

1-2 T. granular erythritol

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Into a medium bowl, measure out bake mix, oat fiber and salt.  Stir.  Using a fork, cut in the cold butter until crumbly and well incorporated into dry ingredients.  Slowly add 1/4 c. water and work in with fork.  Add more water by tablespoons, stirring after each addition until mixture begins to hold together into pea-sized clumps. When all appears to be mixed well, spoon out half the mixture into a ziploc bag and freeze for future use.  Using fingers, crumble the remaining topping onto your fruit crisp filling mixture.  Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is browned nicely.  Serve hot or cold.

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR TOPPING ONLY: Recipe makes enough for TWO 9″ round pans of apple or berry crisp. I get 4 servings from a 9″ pan.  (8 total servings in both pans).

Total recipe contains:  374 calories, 47g fat, 75.7g carbs, 67.7g fiber, 8 NET CARBS, 24g protein

1 single serving of topping (1/4 of 1 pan) contains: 45.5 cal, 3.1 g fiber, 9.5 g carbs, 8.5 g fiber, 1 NET CARB, 3 g protein

FOR THE CURIOUS: 1 Serving with apple filling made as described above:  219 calories, 18g fat, 39.4 g  carbs,  20.3 g  fiber, 19.1 g NET CARBS, 6.4 g  protein.  Yes, it’s really high carb using real apples, so you might prefer to cut the majority of carbs out and use berries or apple substitutes like jicama, chayote squash or zucchini in your filling!  Just sayin’ that most of the carbs here are in the filling, not the crumble topping. 😉

Einkorn Blueberry Crumble

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I’m having some back issues of late.  Can’t stand up for very long, so my time-consuming baking efforts will likely wane for awhile.  But I have a kitchen island with comfy bar chairs and I can sure sit and cook, have the hubs put the pan in the oven and pull it out when it’s done!  I don’t need any assistance with eating my fair share though.  😉

My husband pointed out today we had a carton of blueberries beginning to dry out a bit at the back of the fridge.  So I decided to make some sort of simple crisp or crumble fruit baked dish.  My husband set the oven, greased my baking dish and rounded up the ingredients from my pantry (bending and stooping is an issue, too). I was able to do most of the rest, with the added help of regular heavy doses of ibuprofen all week long.

This was my first time using Swerve® sweetener and I was at a loss there.  It didn’t have any funny aftertaste sampled on my finger, nor in the final crumble dish that I could detect.  It is worthy of further experimenting in my opinion.  Just followed the info on the back of the packaging and it came out pretty close to my taste preference.  But honestly, it wasn’t quite sweet enough with 2 Tbsp. and I have therefore adjusted the recipe below for what should be better next baking.  The crumble topping was successful and the final dessert came out quite tasty.

Blueberries are a little higher in carbs, so if you are still in the Induction phase of the diet, use strawberries instead. To lower carbs further, omit the Einkorn flour totally.  I simply adds a nice flour taste and pastry texture that almond flour alone can’t do.   🙂  This recipe is not suitable until you have reached the nuts and berries level of Phase 2 Atkins.  It’s a little high carb for Keto diets.  This is not suitable for Primal-Paleo plans.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends. Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love! Order yours TODAY! from Amazon or our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not accept payment for book promotions. I do so because they are GREAT cookbooks anyone would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. fresh blueberries

3/4 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix (or other low-carb mix)

2 T. Einkorn flour

3 T. Swerve® sweetener (or equivalent sweetener to equal 3 T. sugar)

2 T. oat fiber

1 large egg

3 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Rub butter lightly on a 6″ square baking dish and set dish aside.  Put rest of the butter in a medium bowl.  Add all the dry ingredients on top of the butter.  Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal.  Add the egg on top, beat it with a fork and slowly work it into a dough with the dry ingredients.  Using a fork or your fingers, crumble the dough evenly on top of the fruit.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 20-23 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.  Slightly cool and enjoy warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

240 calories

18 g  fat

20.25 g carbs, 7.12 g fiber, 13.13 g NET CARBS

13 g protein

46 mg sodium

 

 

 

“Apple Pie” Pastries

Apple tortilla Pastries (2) Apple Tortilla PastriesThese tasty apple pastries can put these together in around 30 minutes!  Of course, if you use a low-carb homemade pastry dough in lieu of the commercial low-carb tortillas, the carb count can be pulled lower.  But if you want dessert fast, the ready-made tortillas are nice to keep around for such occasions.  You could also make these with fresh sliced peaches or nectarines.  These are very good on day two, so you can make a lot.  I would not recommend freezing them, however.

This recipe is not suitable until you are closer to Atkins Maintenance or are already to your  goal weight.  the tortillas have real flour and grains are the very last food you are allowed to add back after Induction.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS. She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and other wonderful cooks to bring you a wealth of recipes you will love! Some of my low-carb creations appear in each of the 5 volumes! Order yours TODAY! from Amazon or our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: By personal choice, I do not accept payment for this book promotion nor for the inclusion of my recipes therein. I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

3 Mission Carb Balance whole-wheat tortillas, cut in halvesCalaba Squash

6 oz. peeled calaba squash or Mexican zucchini pictured above (or peeled green zucchini)

5 oz. peeled apple, sliced 3/8″

3 T. unsalted butter, melted

½-3/4 tsp. cinnamon

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

Optional: 1 T. more melted butter + mixture of 1 tsp. erythritol and a dash of cinnamon to sprinkle on top.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Slice the zucchini 3/8″ thick.  Melt 3 T. butter and saute zucchini squash and apple slices until nearly tender.  Stir in sweetener and ground cinnamon and remove from heat.  Cut tortillas in half.  On parchment or a silicone lined baking sheet, form cones with each tortilla half and place seam side down on the pan.  Fill with 1/6 the filling with a small spoon.  Melt remaining 1 T. butter.  Brush each pastry with the butter.  Mix on a paper towel the erythritol and cinnamon.  Spoon 1/6th of it over the top of each pastry.  Pop pan into oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until just lightly browned.  Remove from oven and serve hot.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 apple pastries, each contains:

127 calores

8.73 g  fat

10.98 g  carbs, 5.06 g fiber, 5.92 g  NET CARBS

1.83 g protein

112 mg sodium

 

 

Pineapple-Butternut Hand Pies

Pineapple-Butternut Hand PiesPineapple is way to high in carbs to use much in desserts on a low-carb eating plan.  However, if mixed with something a little lower in carbs, like winter squash, you can end up with a dessert a low-carber can enjoy once in awhile.  The crust here is Jennifer Eloff’s Miracle Dough, slightly modified with the addition of a bit of sweetener for this dessert application and a little oat fiber as well.   I made the dough recipe into 5 7″ empanadas or hand pies, so the carb count, although still lower than a conventionally made hand pie, is still too high unless you are near or at the final Maintenance phase of the program.  A possible solution, would be to make smaller pies, 10 little empanadas, to halve the carb count.  These came out delicious and are easily held in the hand.

Pineapple Butternut Hand Pies

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS. She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and other wonderful cooks to bring you a wealth of recipes you will love! Some of my low-carb creations appear in each of the 5 volumes! Order yours TODAY! from Amazon or our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: By personal choice, I do not accept payment for this book promotion nor for the inclusion of my recipes therein. I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

CRUST INGREDIENTS:

1 large egg, beaten

2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

2 T. unsalted butter

1 T. Splenda® or equivalent sweetener of choice

1 c.  Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix (or other low-carb bake mix)

1 T. oat fiber

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

Half a 2# butternut squash, cooked (1 c. mashed squash)

1 c. pineapple chunks (water pack), drained and coarsely chopped

Liquid sweetener to equal 5 T. sugar (no carbs in the liquid variety)

2 T. more butter

Few drops vanilla (optional)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:  Make the filling first.  Slice butternut squash in half lengthwise.  Microwave on HI for 12 minutes, cut-side down, in a dish of shallow water.  Scoop out seeds and mash flesh.  Place 1 cup squash pulp in a bowl.  Add chopped pineapple, liquid sweetener, cinnamon and vanilla (if using).  Taste and adjust for sweetness preference.  These are Mexican style empanadas and therefore not be as sweet as you may be used to.

Make dough next. Melt cheese along with butter in a medium glass bowl on medium setting of your microwave.  Takes 3-4 minutes, stir and check couple times as it heats.  You don’t want to over cook, but merely melt it.   Remove bowl carefully as it will be very hot.  Sprinkle bake mix over the cheese.  Sprinkle Splenda® and oat fiber on top next.    Add beaten egg last. Now, using a fork, work dough into a smooth clump of dough until ingredients appear to be uniformly blended.  Switching to a rubber spatula as it begins to bind together works nicely.  When it forms a contiguous ball of dough, turn out onto plastic wrap on your counter.  Top with second sheet of plastic and roll out with rolling pin to about 3/16″ thick or typical piecrust thickness.  Preheat your oven to 350º.

Construction:  If making 5 larger hand pies, I used a 7″ mini pizza pan to cut out my circles of dough.  A small saucer would also work.  If making 10 small pies, I would suggest using a 4″ ramekin, large drinking glass or large cookie cutter to form your circles of dough.  Lay one circle of dough onto the corner of your baking sheet lined with silicone sheet or parchment paper.  Fill circle with 1/5 of the filling (or 1/10 for the littler pies), placing the filling only on half the circle of dough.  Don’t get filling too close to the edges or it will ooze out during baking.  Dot filling with 1 tsp. butter.  Fold other half of dough over filling and crimp edges decoratively with a fork.  Repeat for remaining pies.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for 20 minutes (smaller ones may take less time).  Watch these, as the dough with all that cheese, over browns quickly if you get distracted at the “almost done” designated time.  Just saying, as I did that very thing and way over-browned my first trial working with this dough recipe (and it was only over 3 minutes).

 

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 5 large hand pies, each contains:  (for 10 small pies, halve these numbers)

389 calories

27.8 g  fat

21.28 g carbs, 3.92 g fiber, 17.36 g NET CARBS   (8.68 net carbs for the smaller pies)

24.64 g protein

288 mg sodium

 

Blackberry-Coconut Smoothie

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Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

This was so refreshing it will be a wonderful summertime afternoon treat or even a dessert!  It is not suitable until the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL carb ladder.  It is perfectly OK for Paleo-Primal folks. The sweetener I used has no carbs, so if you use one with a bulking agent, you will need to add in those carbs to the numbers below.   Of course, you can always add protein powder to this if you wish, but be sure to add in those carbs to the stats below.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 T. coconut cream (this is NOT cream of coconut bartenders use, which has added sugar & carbs)

3/4 c. blackberries

½ c. water

about 3/4 c. ice cubes

Your preferred sweetener to taste

DIRECTIONS: Put everything in the blender and let ‘er rip until all is smooth and ice is no longer in chunks.  The coconut cream will thicken it adequately.  Pour into a glass and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 smoothie which contains:

193 calories

24.5 g  fat

13.4 g  carbs, 6.7 g  fiber,  6.7 g  NET CARBS

1.5 g protein

16 mg sodium

 

Strawberry Pie

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I like to use xanthan gum to thicken up a fruit filling, but chia seeds or glucomannan will also do that job for you if you prefer.  And with the xanthan gum, it doesn’t go watery on you and ruin the crust overnight in the fridge!  My hubby’s reaction was  “This is like REAL pie!”  But it’s low-carb all the way folks!  This recipe is not acceptable until you reach Atkins Phase 2.  Keto dieters can have this if the carbs will fit into your daily limits.  For those that find this crust too high in carbs, I have other pie crust recipes that are quite a bit lower in carbs than this particular Nutty Pie crust.  Click the “Pie Crust” category on the right side of the page to check out my lower carb crusts.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ pints strawberries, stemmed (reserve 1 large whole berry for center decoration)

1 “Nutty” Pie Crust, baked

1 c. water

Sweetener of your choice to taste

Red food coloring (optional)

liquid Splenda® or stevia to taste for whipped cream topping

Dash vanilla

1½ c. heavy cream

xanthan gum (1/8-¼ tsp.)

DIRECTIONS: Put 5 berries into a food processor or blender.  Slice remaining berries into a  medium bowl.  Add the 1c. water to the berries in the blender/processor and puree until smooth.  Pour this mixture into in small saucepan and heat over medium heat.  Add Splenda® and quite a few drops red food coloring and stir, repeating until you get a nice red glaze color.  When it comes to a slow boil, lower heat to a slow simmer and begin dusting with xanthan gum, stirring well between additions, allowing it to thicken.  Will take several additions to get glaze thick enough.  When satisfactorily thick remove from heat and pour over sliced berries. Stir well to coat all berries and pour into baked, cooled pie shell.  In clean bowl, whip the whipping cream.  When nice and thick, add a dash of vanilla and your preferred sweetener to taste.  Spread topping over berries and decorate center with whole berry, or fan slice it and spread the layers out a bit.  A couple of fresh mint leaves (if you grow mint) placed aside the berry looks lovely.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 8, each serving contains:

198.3 calories

16.83 g  fat

14.91 g  carbs, 8.14 g  fiber, 6.77 g  NET CARBS

5.24 g  protein

80 mg sodium

Quick Danish

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Blueberry Quick Danish

I discovered a wonderful new way to use my Peggy’s Sliced Bread recipe!  NOTE:  I keep some sort of plain, unflavored low-carb sheet bread cooked and at the ready in a gallon Ziploc bag in my refrigerator at all times, so making this for breakfast takes about 10 minutes total!

I took a piece of my Peggy’s Sliced Bread (linked above) this morning, sliced it laterally into two thinner slices and filled it with a delicious thickened pineapple filling with a smear of cream cheese.  Doused with cinnamon.  Nuked it on defrost for 20 seconds and man, oh, man, was it ever good!  A little carby as I had no berries in the house today, but REALLY good if you can afford the pineapple carbs when you get farther along in your weight-loss journey. Net carb counts for other fruits provided below.

If using other fruits, you will want to use some other DaVinci syrup (vanilla or appropriate berry flavor) or use other sweetener of your choice with 2-3 T. water added to compensate for the syrup’s water. This is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.

You can sure pull the carb count down using other berries.   As you can see, I have explored several varieties of this Quick Danish.  By the way, this reminded me very much of pineapple upside-down cake, just without the cherry.  But that could be remedied on special occasions! 🙂  With a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top, this would make a lovely, easy dessert for unexpected company!  If serving on black/dark plates, for visual impact, I would dust the plate with powdered sweetener/erythritol along with the cinnamon.  Of course, you can use any plan-suitable bread you prefer over the bread I used, but you wil have to calculate your nutritional info from scratch.

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Pineapple Quick Danish

PINEAPPLE VERSION (right) :  Slice the bread laterally into 2 thin slices and place 1 on a plate.  Set aside.  Place in a saucepan ¼ c. crushed pineapple, juice pack (I didn’t drain), ½ T. unsalted butter, dash cinnamon, dash xanthan gum, 2 T. Davinci Pineapple sugar-free syrup (or sweetener to taste).  Heat, stirring until slightly thickened.  Remove. Spoon half onto the slice of bread on the plate.  Top with 1 T. softened cream cheese (sweeten if you like).  Place the second thin slice of bread on top and spoon on the rest of the fruit mixture.  Warm a few seconds in the microwave on defrost and serve while hot.

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Blackberry Quick Danish

BLUEBERRY or BLACKBERRY VERSION:  Mash 2 oz. berries with a fork in a saucepan with 1-2T. water, pinch of stevia + 2 drops liquid Splenda and a sprinkle of xanthan gum to thicken.  Cook on medium heat a couple minutes until thick.  Slice bread laterally and place 1 thin slice on a plate.  Spoon half the berry mix onto it.  Top with about ½ T. cream cheese. Placed second half-slice bread and add remaining berries to top and dot with cream cheese.  Mmmmm.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO (for the pineapple version, the first one I made):  Makes a single serving which contains:

256 calories

21 g  fat

16.2 g  carbs, 3.7 g  fiber, 12.5 NET CARBS

8.5 g  protein

243 mg sodium

Strawbery Version:  Use 3 medium strawberries sliced:  5.3 NET CARBS

Blackberry Version:   Use 1/4 c. frozen blackberries: 7.3 NET CARBS

Cherry Version:  Use 1/4 c. canned tart cherries:  10.9 NET CARBS

Blueberry Version:  Use 1/4 c. fresh blueberries: 7.6 NET CARBS

 

Strawberry German Pancake

Strawberry German Pancake

Strawberry German Pancake

Who says you have to make stuffed, savory dishes with spaghetti squash?  When I opened the refrigerator this morning, two things called to me: a cut spaghetti squash half and a few remaining red strawberries in the carton.  It immediately brought to mind a couple of very old recipes I made in my pre-low-carb days.   I wondered how I might low-carb it?  Then it came to me.  I’ll make a fluffy dessert pancake!  So that’s what I did!

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 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)

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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 still hot, mix in the cream cheese and butter to melt.  Stir well.    Add eggs, sweetener, DaVinci, flax meal and sliced strawberries.  Stir well and pour into buttered pie plate or quiche dish.  Bake at 350º for about 20-25 minutes 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

314 mg potassium

Coconut Crust Fruit “Pizza”

Coconut Crust Fruit PizzaThis is one of my old recipes that I simply modified so it would be compliant with the Atkins low-carb eating plan.  It’s so good I thought I’d post it again today as we’re moving into berry season.  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!  This crust shaped deeper in a pie plate, works for chocolate pies and cream pies as well.  It is a VERY sturdy crust. VARIATION:  Use raspberries, or blueberries instead.  If closer to goal, you can even use thinly sliced mango or peaches.  All versions are DELICIOUS!  You can also add softened cream cheese to the creamy filling and reduce the whipped cream. That makes it more like a cheesecake.  🙂

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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

Optional:  3 oz. softened cream cheese

TOPPING INGREDIENTS: 1 c. heavy cream, 1T. s/f syrup like DaVinci or Torani and 1 pt. fruit

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). I always add a dusting of glucomannan powder to my whipped cream when I need it to “firm it up” for things like this, but a sprinkle of dehydrated coconut milk powder will also firm up the whipped topping.  If doing the variation with cream cheese, I would add at this point and stir well. Spread whipped cream mixture 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 calories

25 g  fat

12 g  carbs, 5.1 g  fiber, 6.9 g  NET CARBS

5 g  protein

43 mg sodium

Chocolate Blueberries

Chocolate Blueberries

Chocolate Blueberries

There’s no law says you have to do chocolate covered STRAWBERRIES for your honey on Valentine’s Day.  Other berries will work, too!  Today, I had big, plump blueberries in the fridge :).

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 your serving “holder”

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

DIRECTIONS:  First, push a toothpick through the number of 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 on your serving plate and set aside also.

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 to sit around for long on a buffet table.

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 .2 net carbs.  Each tsp. of sauce contains

19 calories

1.79 g  fat

.55 g  carbs, .21 g fiber, .34 g NET CARBS (the blueberry adds .2 g net carbs, so one berry treat has .56 NET CARBS total)

.2 g  protein

 

Berry Bites

Strawberry Breakfast Bites

Berry Bites

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Nordicware mini muffin pan

These tasty 2-bite morsels are a slight variation of my Strawberry Egg Puffs recipe.  These were a cinch to make and so good my husband just couldn’t stop.  These would be a tasty Valentine’s Day treat for your family.  🙂  They will be delightful with morning coffee or sprinkle with powdered sweetener and serve them as a dessert with afternoon tea.   These are suitable once you get to the berries rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL ladder. They are also OK for Keto diets.  Primal and Paleo followers will want to use only almond flour or coconut flour and change the sweetener, but are do-able I think.

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NOTE: If you are gluten free, use all gluten-free mix, as my Einkorn mix is not gluten free.

INGREDIENTS:

4 large eggs, beaten

¼ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix

¼ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix (or more Jennifer’s mix for gluten-free)

1 c. frozen strawberries, drained and chopped (or other berries)

2 T. erythritol

2 T. Splenda, granulated

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 T. + 1 tsp. coconut oil

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Melt coconut oil in your mini muffin baking pan and brush 24 slots well with oil.

Beat the eggs in a small mixing bowl.  Add the bake mix.  You can use any low-carb bake mix you prefer.  Add sweeteners, vanilla and chopped berries.  Fold all together until smooth.   Using a 2 T. measuring cup, spoon batter into mini pan slots.  They will be nearly full to the brim.  Don’t worry, Mine didn’t overflow in the pans, although they do temporarily rise above the top like a souffle…..and then fall a bit when done and cooled.

Pop into oven and bake for 16-18 minutes or until risen and firm in the center.  Remove, cool a couple minutes and with knife tip, lift them out and serve while warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 24 Berry Bites or “mini muffins”, each contains:

32.3 calores

2.4 g  fat

1.55 g  carbs, .37 g  fiber, 1.18 g  NET CARBS

1.67 g protein

16 mg sodium

Blackberry Cobbler

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Blackberry Cobbler

This delicious small cobbler recipe only has 5 small servings because blackberries are quite high in carbs and portions need to be fairly small if one is to stick to a low-carb menu.   I’m very pleased with my first low-carb cobbler attempt.  Just the right amount of fruit, liquid and sweetness.   And it got even better overnight.  This recipe is not suitable until the berries rung of OWL.

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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 ofF 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 calories

10.82 g  fat

16.72 g  carbs, 9.04 g  fiber, 7.68 g  NET CARBS

3.22 g  protein

 

“Apple” Cobbler

Apple-Squash Cobbler

“Apple” Cobbler

We low-carbers can’t afford to eat a lot of higher-carb fruit, especially if we are on the beginning of our weight-loss journey.  But once we have increased our daily carbs a bit, we can enjoy the occasional treat with fruits other than berries.  I find that if you mix a high-carb fruit with a lower-carb “disguising” vegetable, like a mild squash, one can trick the palate into thinking you’re eating the  real McCoy :).  This little cobbler is a perfect example of that.  We both LOVED this cobbler!  The flavor was truly amazing.

I learned early on in my Atkins journey that Baked Spaghetti Squash tastes almost exactly like apples, with nearly the exact same texture, too!  When I tried this cobbler creation, I decided to add some real apple and see if I could keep the carbs low enough.  I also decided to use my latest Einkorn Flour Pie Crust.  As you can see by the per serving carb total below, this dessert is a wee bit higher in carbs than most of mine.  HOWEVER, if you use only one apple and use my “Flour” Pie Crust recipe rather than my Einkorn Pie Crust, you can drop the per serving count to a more “palatable” 6.82 net carbs, which isn’t bad at all for a pastry dessert with real fruit in it.

This absolutely delicious recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction but is OK once you reach the final high-carb fruit rung of the Atkins carb-reintroduction ladder.  Keto followers should make the alternate version suggested above for lowering carbs, and use the “Flour” Pie Crust and 1 less apple if you want to try this recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

½ spaghetti squash (mine was 9″ long and yielded 4 c. threads)

2 medium apples, grated or sliced (I used Delicious apples)

3 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 c. erythritol (or preferred sweetener to equal 1/4 c. sugar)

2 pkts. stevia

3/4 c. water

Dash of xanthan gum (or 1 tsp. chia seeds)

1 recipe Einkorn Pie Crust  (or my “Flour” Pie Crust for lower carbs)

DIRECTIONS:  Cook the spaghetti squash cut side down in ½” water in a dish in your microwave for 13 minutes.  Remove, cool and fork out the threads into a large bowl. The exact amount isn’t crucial, but the stats below are based on 4 cups of threads.

Grate the apples.  I find that cut in half and grated cut-side down, the grating process sort of peels the apples for you.  🙂  Now is a good time to preheat your oven to 350º.  Add the grated or sliced apple to the bowl of squash threads.   Melt the butter and drizzle over the fruit-squash mixture.  Add the cinnamon, sweeteners and water.  Dust the xanthan gum or chia seeds over the surface and stir well.  Pour into a buttered baking dish.  I used an 8×11″ rectangular ceramic dish.

Make the pie crust according to the directions for that recipe (linked above). Chill the dough 30 minutes.  Remove dough from refrigerator and roll between 2 sheets of plastic to the approximate shape of the dish you are making.    When you have rolled the crust slightly larger than your dish, remove the top plastic and gently lift the bottom sheet up over to the cobbler dish and flip the crust onto the cobbler filling.  Push or crimp the edges of the dough up into to the dish and poke a few holes in the top of the crust with a fork randomly to allow air to escape.  Pop into a 350º oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is dry to the touch in the center and golden on the edges.  Serve warm.  Leftovers store nicely in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave quite nicely.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 servings If baked exactly as written, each serving contains:

195.4 calories

14.7 g  fat

18.6 g  carbs, 7.88 g fiber, 10.72 g NET CARBS  (only 6.82 NC using just 1 apple & the “Flour” crust)

6.05 g  protein

202 mg sodium

Quick Breakfast Danish

Blueberry Quick DanishI discovered a wonderful new way to use my Peggy’s Sliced Bread recipe!  Fruit Danish!  Or at least a cross between that and a fruit-topped pancake type breakfast. 🙂

I keep some sort of plain, neutral low-carb bread at the ready in a gallon plastic bag in my refrigerator at all times.  That practice makes creating this for breakfast a snap!   Try all of the variations as they all came out delicious!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 slice Peggy’s Sliced Bread (per person being served)

Fruit or berries of your choice (specific ingredients and amounts noted below)

Small dollop cream cheese (about 2 tsp. per serving)

GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Take a piece of my Peggy’s Sliced Bread, slice it laterally into two thinner slices.  Dab 1 tsp. cream cheese on top of 1 slice.  Fill with a little fruit topping.  Douse with cinnamon for apple, peach or pineapple varieties.  Place second thin slice of bread on top and repeat.  Nuke it on defrost for 20 seconds and man, oh, man, is it ever good!

Some versions are a little carb-y.  What can I say….fruit is carb-y.   Net carb counts for some fruits and berries provided below.  Those early in OWL phase should stick to the berry versions.

If using other fruits, you will want to use some other DaVinci syrup (vanilla or appropriate berry flavor) or use other sweetener of your choice with 2-3 T. water added to compensate for the syrup’s water. This is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.

You can sure pull the carb count down using berries rather than the higher carb fruits.   As you can see, I have explored several varieties of this Quick Danish.  By the way, this reminded me very much of pineapple upside-down cake, just without the cherry.  But that could be remedied on special occasions! 🙂  With a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top, this would make a lovely, easy dessert for unexpected company!  If serving on black/dark plates, for visual impact, I would dust the plate with powdered sweetener/erythritol along with the cinnamon.  Of course, you can use any plan-suitable bread you prefer over the bread I used, but you wil have to calculate your nutritional info from scratch.

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Pineapple Quick Danish

PINEAPPLE VERSION (shown  right) :  Slice the bread laterally into 2 thins slices and place 1 on a plate.  Set aside.  Place in a saucepan ¼ c. crushed pineapple, juice pack (I didn’t drain), ½ T. unsalted butter, dash cinnamon, dash xanthan gum, 2 T. Davinci Pineapple sugar-free syrup (or sweetener to taste).  Heat, stirring until slightly thickened.  Remove. Spoon half onto the slice of bread on the plate.  Top with 1 T. softened cream cheese (sweeten if you like).  Place the second thins slice of bread on top and spoon on the rest of the fruit mixture.  Warm a few seconds int eh microwave on defrost and serve while hot.

BLACKBERRY VERSION (BELOW)  OR BLUEBERRY VERSION (TOP OF PAGE):  Mash 2 oz. berries with a fork in a saucepan with 1-2T. water, pinch of stevia + 2 drops liquid Splenda and a sprinkle of xanthan gum to thicken.  Cook on medium heat a couple minutes until thick.  Slice bread laterally and place 1 thin slice on a plate.  Spoon half the berry mix onto it.  Top with about ½ T. cream cheese. Placed second half-slice bread and add remaining berries to top and dot with cream cheese.  Mmmmm.

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Blackberry Quick Danish

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NUTRITIONAL INFO (for the pineapple version, the first one I made):  Makes a single serving which contains:

256 calories

21 g  fat

16.2 g  carbs, 3.7 g  fiber, 12.5 NET CARBS (pineapple is pretty high in carbs)

8.5 g  protein

243 mg sodium

132 mg potassium

Made with 3 medium strawberries sliced:  5.3 NET CARBS

Made with 1/4 c. frozen blackberries: 7.3 NET CARBS

Made with 1/4 c. canned tart cherries:  10.9 NET CARBS (another high carb fruit)

Made with 1/4 c. fresh blueberries: 7.6 NET CARBS

Peach “Coffeecake”

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I had 4 doughnuts leftover from the batch I made this week and decided to use up some peaches I had on hand this morning for a lovely quick breakfast “coffeecake”.  This could also be created with leftover muffins, biscuits or neutral-tasting low-carb bread slices.

I wasn’t very hungry, but did give in and taste this.  It was delicious and I will be using this recipe to use up both leftover donuts as well as fruit that is getting riper than one cares to eat whole.  It tasted every bit as good as the pic makes it look!  This is not suitable until Atkins Pre-maintenance or Maintenance (the higher carb fruits rung of the OWL carb ladder).   This could also be made with blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, grated apple, sliced pears or sliced plums.  Of course, the carb counts for the other fruits will require you to recalculate the net carbs.

INGREDIENTS:

4 my plain cake donuts

3 small ripe peaches (1½-13/4″ diameter), sliced thinly

3 T. butter

1 T. erythritol or granular Splenda

Sprinkle of pure stevia

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  If not already made up, bake the donuts by that recipe’s instructions and cool. Slice 4 of the donuts in half laterally and place int he bottom of a non-stick cake pan, non-stick tart pan or greased baking dish.  Top with the sliced peaches, evenly.  Sprinkle on the sweeteners and cinnamon.  Dot with the butter evenly.  Pop into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes so the peaches slightly cook.  Serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

217 calories

17 g  fat

19.42 g  carbs, 10.2 g  fiber, 9.22 g  NET CARBS  (could be lower using berries instead of peaches)

6.22 g  protein

112 mg sodium

Individual Strawberry Cobbler

Individual Strawberry Cobbler (using Lets Do Organic coconut flour)

Individual Strawberry Cobbler (using Lets Do Organic coconut flour)

This delicious dessert recipe actually makes two individual cobblers in a jiffy!  A few slightly cooked, sweetened strawberries and a little batter spooned on top and 20 minutes later, Strawberry Cobbler!  You could make these instead with simmered blackberries, raspberries or blueberries.  This is suitable once you reach the berry level of Phase 2 Atkins carb ladder.

VARIATIONS:  Substitute blueberries or blackberries for the strawberries.  You may have to add more sweetener for blackberries if they are very tart.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 large strawberries, sliced

¼ c. water

your favorite sweetener to taste (I used 2 T. erythritol)

1/8 tsp. your favorite thickener (I used xanthan gum)

2 T. oat fiber

1 T. coconut flour (I used Let’s Do Organic)

1 T. unsweetened, unflavored whey protein powder

½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. glucomannan powder

2 T. heavy cream

2 T. water

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Slice berries and place in small saucepan with the 1/4 c. water, sweetener,  and thickener (if using). Bring to boil and lower to just a simmer and cook just until they begin to soften.  While the berries simmer, measure the dry batter ingredients into a small bowl and stir to blend.  With a fork, stir in the cream and water and stir until all is mixed well.  Spoon half the berries equally into 2 small ceramic baking dishes (mine were 6″x 3″ ovals).  Next spoon half the batter atop each dish of berries, avoiding it touching the edges of the dish. Pop the dishes into 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Serve warm.

NOTE:  Different brands of coconut flour can produce widely varied results in batters and doughs.  Many low carb cooks out there are already well aware of this somewhat annoying phenomenon. Switching from Let’s Do Organic to Honeyvillegrains coconut flour on third baking today, produced a much thicker, almost pie dough mixture (not spoonable at all) that could be spread out with your bare fingers, crumbled on or rolled between plastic sheets.    The resulting dough, I chose to press in my hands and lay over my berries (using  the Honeyvillegrains coconut flour).  It cooked up as shown below.  It tasted exactly the same as the one above. A little more water and cream would have probably made this batter a little more like the one above and spoonable.  I just did this to show you the dramatic variances between coconut flours.  It’s one of the reasons I don’t like to cook with it very much, other than in combination with other “flour” substitutes, where it won’t be in the driver’s seat on flavor, texture or moisture balance.  Some brands soak up moisture THAT much worse than other brands and you just have to compensate with either liquid or egg in the recipe until your dough/batter is the proper consistency.

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Using Honeyvillegrains coconut flour.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 individual cobblers, each contains:

140.5 calories

10.7 g  fat

13.2 g  carbs, 8.6 g  fiber, 5.1 g  NET CARBS

3.9 g  protein

7.4 mg sodium

 

Apple-Pear “Cobbler”

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I’m trying to clear out some canned fruit my husband brought home from the store.  Personally, I prefer to use fresh fruit is such desserts.  Quite frankly, I’m tired of the cans taking up precious space in my pantry, so I whipped up a little cobbler this afternoon.  I’m experimenting with lupin flour http://www.lopino.com/product/21  in baked goods as it is very low in carbs.  I took my usual recipe for Paleo Pot Pie topping https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/paleo-pot-pie/ , halved the recipe and made it with half lupin flour today (rather than all almond flour as I usually do).  This quick dessert was quite good with no odd flavor in the topping from the lupin flour.  I believe this new flour (for me, at least) has potential in regular pie crusts as well.  I know where I’ll be experimenting next.  🙂

This recipe is not suitable until the final rung of the Atkins OWL carb ladder  due to the higher carb fruit in it, as well as lupin flour being a legume.  You could substitute blackberries in this recipe for considerably fewer carbs, but like I said, I’m trying to get rid of some canned fruit in my pantry.

CAUTION:  Lupin beans are technically a legume that is closely related to peanuts.  If you have a peanut allergy, there have been reports of some peanut sensitive people reacting negatively to lupin beans.  I have discovered I am very allergic to it and will not be doing any further baking with it.

FRUIT FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1  15-oz. can pear halves, sliced (water pack)

1  20-oz. can apple pie filling (no sugar added)

1 T. unsalted butter (to grease dish and dot over the fruit)

1 tsp. erythritol (or dash of your favorite sweetener)

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

TOPPING INGREDIENTS: 

1 T. melted butter

1 beaten egg

¼ c. almond flour

¼ c. lupin flour (or ¼ c. more almond flour)

1 T. coconut cream or coconut milk

1 T. oat fiber (I order mine here: http://www6.netrition.com/cgi/advanced_search.cgi )

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly grease a pie plate or baking dish with butter.   In a medium mixing bowl, add the pie filling, sliced pears, erythritol and cinnamon and stir.  Pour into greased dish and dot with the rest of the 1st tablespoon of the butter.  Make the topping by melting the butter in a glass bowl.  Beat in the egg with a fork.  Add the coconut cream and finally all the dry ingredients.  Blend well with the fork and evenly dot the top of the fruit with small blobs of the dough.  Pop into preheated 350º oven for about 20 minutes or so, until the topping is lightly browned.   Eat while still warm.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

140 calories  (higher with all almond flour)

8 g   fat

15.87 g  carbs, 5.02 g  fiber, 10.85 g  NET CARBS (slightly higher with all almond flour)

4.1 g  protein

<10% RDA all macronutrients

Tarte Tatin

Gluten-Free apple Tarte

This is my low-carb version of the well-known French apple Tarte Tatin.  Mine has a much thinner cake layer than is typical of that dessert. My husband really liked this served warm with a bit of whipped cream on top. I’m pleased and would like to share my results with you.  I apologize for the photo quality, but this picture was taken with my very first digital camera (not a very good one) and it was also taken in the evening, when natural light just wasn’t there.  I’m going to have to bake this again and get a prettier picture next time for you.  But the photo can’t take away the fact that this was absolutely delicious!  If you decide to give this recipe a go, you’ll be glad you did!

VARIATIONS:  You can lower carbs on this by changing to berries instead of apples.  You can also make this with pear or peach slices, but carbs will go up doing that.

This recipe is not suitable until the higher carb fruit rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb re-introduction ladder, as you approach Maintenance.  This dessert would be acceptable for a Paleo-Primal liefstyle provided you substituted REAL honey for the sugar-free honey and subbed in REAL maple syrup for the Cary’s sugar-free maple syrup called for below.

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INGREDIENTS:

For the Apple filling:

4 T. total unsalted butter or ghee

11 oz. apple, peeled and sliced thin (I used 1 large JonaGold)

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. nutmeg

2 T. sugar-free maple syrup (I used Cary’s)

¼ tsp. grated lemon zest

For the bottom Cake Layer:

½ c. almond butter

2 T. coconut milk

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 T. sugar-free honey (I buy at Walmart)

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ c. almond flour

1 T. coconut flour

¼ glucomannan powder (for best texture)

DIRECTIONS:  Grease bottom and sides of a non-stick tarte pan with 1 T. of the butter and set aside.  Melt remaining 3 T. of the butter in a non-stick skillet.  Add cinnamon, nutmeg to the skillet and stir.  Add sliced apples and saute them for 3-4 minutes until apples begin to soften.  Turn off heat. Using a fork or small tongs, remove apples and layer them in the bottom of the tart pan.  You should have enough apple slices for a single layer of apples in a standard tart pan.  with the help of a spatula or heat-proof rubber spatula, scrape out and drizzle any buttery juices left in the skillet over the apples.  You don’t want to wast any of that rich flavor.  Grate lemon zest over the apples and finally drizzle the maple syrup over the apples.

Now to make the cake.  Preheat oven to 350º.  In a medium bowl, measure out the almond butter.  Add the coconut milk, imitation honey and stir with a rubber spatula until fairly smooth. Add the vanilla and beaten eggs.  Beat a minute or two to achieve a smooth liquid batter.  Measure the almond flour on top, then the coconut flour and finally the baking powder.  Beat with the spatula until smooth.  Evenly pour the cake batter over the apples, gently coaxing it out to the edges of the pan.    Pop into 350º preheated oven for about 20 minutes.  This does not rise very much and it will be completely dry to the touch in the center when done. Toothpick test will come out clean at the center.  Remove tart from the oven and cool for awhile.  While still a little warm, invert your serving plate over the tart pan or pie plate and using two hands, holding tightly, flip tart pan and serving plate over and the tart should fall neatly onto the serving plate.  Gently re-place any apples that may have stuck to the pan.  Cut into 8 slices and serve with sweetened whipped cream if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 servings each contains:  (does not including any whipped cream topping)

235 calories, 19.5 g  fat, 11.6 g  carbs, 2.76 g  fiber, 8.94 g NET CARBS, 5.1 g  protein, 125 mg sodium

Curried Fruit and Sweet Potatoes

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I’ll just say right up front that this Holiday recipe is probably the highest carb recipe on my website.  Now that I have that unpleasant admission out of the way……….this dish has been a favorite of mine and my mother’s for many, many years.  Despite its higher carbs, I do plan to make this for Christmas or Thanksgiving this year.    To low-carb the original recipe, I switched to artificial sweeteners, maple extract for a brown sugar flavor, and slightly reduced the amount of fruit.  If you ditch the maraschino cherries (which are very good in this) you will save 2.8 net carbs per serving; if you ditch the sweet potatoes, making it just a curried fruit dish, (the potatoes were not in Mom’s original recipe), you will save an additional 4 net carbs per serving.  Your decision there.  Fresh cherries would be a better option, of course, but I had none tonight so I just  used the maraschino cherries we keep around for mixing drinks for visitors.  You can also use chunks of fresh, cooked pumpkin to pull the carbs down a lot on this dish.  This side is a lovely complement to roast turkey, baked chicken, roast duck, goose and hooved wild game as well.  Tonight, I used a Sri Lankan curry powder, which is “hotter” than my Sharwood’s brand, but it was delicious!  If you’ve never had curried fruit, I’m certain if you like the taste of curry powder, you will absolutely love this dish!  This is not suitable until the “higher-carb fruits” rung of the Atkins OWL carb ladder, when you have reached the Pre-Maintenance phase.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 T. curry powder

20 drops liquid sucralose (or 1/4 c. granular)

½ tsp. maple extract

1 T. erythritol (or 1 packet stevia)

6 pear halves, natural juice pack, drained & cut in half

4 slices pineapple, natural juice pack, drained and cut into thirds

6 oz. nectarine, sliced (I don’t peel mine)

10 maraschino cherries (or fresh, pitted)

5 oz. sweet potato, peeled

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Peel sweet potatoes, cut into medium-size chunks and boil in sauce pan for 4-5 minutes only. You just want to half cook them.  Alternately you can use fresh pumpkin chunks instead to lower carbs.  Drain and set aside.  While they are boiling, melt butter in baking dish in oven.  Remove and stir in extract, curry powder and sweeteners. Slice nectarine into the butter/curry mixture.  Add pear quarters and pineapple pieces.  Add whatever cherries you’re using next (pit them if using fresh).  Last add the partially cooked sweet potatoes.  Toss gently with a large serving spoon so as to get some of the seasoned butter to coat each piece.  Pop into a 350º oven and bake for around 35-45 minutes, tossing the fruit in the sauce once during baking.  Serve hot with your favorite roast fowl or game.  Leftovers reheat nicely and this dish tastes even better the second time around!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

124.8 calories, 4.15 g  fat, 22.32 g carbs, 3.23 g  fiber, 19.09 g  NET CARBS, 1.13 g  protein, 16 mg sodium

Peach Cobbler

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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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DISCLAIMER: I am not paid for this book promotion nor for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

FILLING INGREDIENTS: 

2  14.5-oz. cans no-sugar-added peaches (packed in water)

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 one of the cans of peaches (unless you like your cobbler super juicy.  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

Quick Danish

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Blueberry Quick Danish

I discovered a wonderful new way to use my Peggy’s Sliced Bread recipe!  NOTE:  I keep some sort of plain, unflavored low-carb sheet bread cooked and at the ready in a gallon Ziploc bag in my refrigerator at all times, so making this for breakfast takes about 10 minutes total!

I took a piece of my Peggy’s Sliced Bread (linked above) this morning, sliced it laterally into two thinner slices and filled it with a delicious thickened pineapple filling with a smear of cream cheese.  Doused with cinnamon.  Nuked it on defrost for 20 seconds and man, oh, man, was it ever good!  A little carby as I had no berries in the house today, but REALLY good if you can afford the pineapple carbs when you get farther along in your weight-loss journey. Net carb counts for other fruits provided below.

If using other fruits, you will want to use some other DaVinci syrup (vanilla or appropriate berry flavor) or use other sweetener of your choice with 2-3 T. water added to compensate for the syrup’s water. This is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.

You can sure pull the carb count down using other berries.   As you can see, I have explored several varieties of this Quick Danish.  By the way, this reminded me very much of pineapple upside-down cake, just without the cherry.  But that could be remedied on special occasions! 🙂  With a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top, this would make a lovely, easy dessert for unexpected company!  If serving on black/dark plates, for visual impact, I would dust the plate with powdered sweetener/erythritol along with the cinnamon.  Of course, you can use any plan-suitable bread you prefer over the bread I used, but you wil have to calculate your nutritional info from scratch.

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Pineapple Quick Danish

PINEAPPLE VERSION (right) :  Slice the bread laterally into 2 thins slices and place 1 on a plate.  Set aside.  Place in a saucepan ¼ c. crushed pineapple, juice pack (I didn’t drain), ½ T. unsalted butter, dash cinnamon, dash xanthan gum, 2 T. Davinci Pineapple sugar-free syrup (or sweetener to taste).  Heat, stirring until slightly thickened.  Remove. Spoon half onto the slice of bread on the plate.  Top with 1 T. softened cream cheese (sweeten if you like).  Place the second thin slice of bread on top and spoon on the rest of the fruit mixture.  Warm a few seconds in the microwave on defrost and serve while hot.

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Blackberry Quick Danish

BLUEBERRY or BLACKBERRY VERSION:  Mash 2 oz. berries with a fork in a saucepan with 1-2T. water, pinch of stevia + 2 drops liquid Splenda and a sprinkle of xanthan gum to thicken.  Cook on medium heat a couple minutes until thick.  Slice bread laterally and place 1 thin slice on a plate.  Spoon half the berry mix onto it.  Top with about ½ T. cream cheese. Placed second half-slice bread and add remaining berries to top and dot with cream cheese.  Mmmmm.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection

NUTRITIONAL INFO (for the pineapple version, the first one I made):  Makes a single serving which contains:

256 calories

21 g  fat

16.2 g  carbs, 3.7 g  fiber, 12.5 NET CARBS

8.5 g  protein

243 mg sodium

Strawbery Version:  Use 3 medium strawberries sliced:  5.3 NET CARBS

Blackberry Version:   Use 1/4 c. frozen blackberries: 7.3 NET CARBS

Cherry Version:  Use 1/4 c. canned tart cherries:  10.9 NET CARBS

Blueberry Version:  Use 1/4 c. fresh blueberries: 7.6 NET CARBS

 

Individual Blackberry Cobbler

IndividualBlackberryCobbler

I’m trying to come up with individual servings of many of my dessert recipes and today’s experiment was blackberry cobbler for one.  It’s the high fiber from the oat fiber and flax in the crust that pulls the carb count down to a respectable per serving number.  One who has reached the grains rung of OWL can enjoy this wonderful dessert!   For anyone interested, a full recipe of my pie crust will make 4 individual cobblers and you would have to quadruple the filling ingredients if you wanted to make four of these at one time.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented cooks to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in the cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

3 oz. fresh blackberries

1 oz. (2 T.) water (or juice from frozen berries if using frozen)

5 drops liquid Splenda (or equivalent)

2 T. erythritol (or equivalent sweetener to equal 2 T. sugar)

3/4 T. unsalted butter

¼ tsp. xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

¼ recipe of my “Flour” Pie Crust

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make pie  crust per that recipe’s instructions.  Divide crust dough into 4 equal parts.  You will only need 1/4 of the dough for this individual cobbler.  Freeze the rest in a sandwich bag for up to 2 months for either a small 9″ pie or three more of these individual pies/cobblers.   Roll crust between two pieces of plastic wrap to a circle slightly larger than your ramekin.   My ramekin pictured above is 4¼” in diameter and I rolled dough into a 5″ round.  Next, butter your ramekin with 1 tsp. butter or coconut oil.  In a small bowl, lightly toss the berries with the water, Splenda, erythritol and xanthan gum.  Pour into greased ramekin. Dot with the butter.   Remove top plastic from dough and lift dough, centered onto the ramekin.  Push it gently down over the berries.  Fold the edges of the dough inward and pinch snugly against the wall of the ramekin.   Place ramekin on oven-proof pan and bake in preheated 350º oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden.  I like to serve cobbler while it is still slightly warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 serving which contains:

274 calories

24.7 g  fat

26.8 g  carbs, 21.5 g  fiber, 5.3 g NET CARBS

7.88 g protein

165 mg sodium

Blackberry Cobbler

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Blackberry Cobbler

My husband requested a blackberry cobbler today, when I told him I had a half of bag of frozen berries to use up.  I made him a fairly small pan of this tonight using my “Flour” Crust.  This recipe only has 5 small servings because blackberries are quite high in carbs.   I’m pleased with my first low-carb cobbler attempt.  Just the right amount of fruit, liquid and sweetness.   And it got even better overnight.  This recipe is not suitable until the berries rung of OWL.

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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 calories

10.82 g  fat

16.72 g  carbs, 9.04 g  fiber, 7.68 g  NET CARBS

3.22 g  protein

 

Hungarian “Apple” Pastry

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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

Strawberry German Pancake

Strawberry German Pancake

Strawberry German Pancake

When I opened the refrigerator this morning, two things called to me: a cut spaghetti squash half and a few remaining red strawberries in the carton.  It immediately brought to mind a couple of very old recipes of mine, pre-low-carb days.   I wondered how I might low-carb it into something for a late breakfast.  BINGO, I’ll put the pancake and pie recipes I was thinking about together to create something new.  So that’s what I did!

This is my low-carb version of my old German Pancake recipe, although 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 spaghetti squash, could NOT tell it was in the dessert I served him for brunch!  Don’t ya just love when you 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 strawberry flavor theme. (will be higher carbs)

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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 still hot, mix in the cream cheese and butter to melt.  Stir well.    Add eggs, sweetener, DaVinci, flax meal and sliced strawberries.  Stir well and pour into buttered pie plate or quiche dish.  Bake at 350º for about 20-25 minutes 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

314 mg potassium

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Yet another use for my Individual Vanilla Cake recipe.  Before you get bent out of shape when you note the net carbs below, please bear in mind these are quite large, like the muffins in a minute (MIM’s) we all know and love.  I don’t think there’s any way I could eat but half of one of these.  In fact, outside of the desired photographic impact of a whole one here for my website, I plan to always slice these laterally and use half a cake and only 1 oz. berries for each serving.  But of course, portion size decisions are up to you.  You know YOUR appetite and YOUR family better than I.  This dessert not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.

Sometimes I like to puree a few berries with a tablespoon or so of water, a couple drops of sweetener and red food coloring to make a sauce to moisten the shortcake before placing the sliced berries and adding the whipped cream.  If you do this, any additional pureed berries on top are not included in the nutritional info below.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Individual Vanilla Cake

4 oz. sliced strawberries

½ c. whipped heavy cream

2-4 drops liquid Splenda

½ tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º, grease 2 individual cake pans or 2 jumbo muffin cups.  Make Individual Vanilla Cakes per that recipe’s instructions.   Cool before attempting to remove from pans or slicing laterally.  Slice berries and place atop each serving.  Top with whipped cream sweetened to taste with the ½ tsp. vanilla added.  Garnish with a whole berry if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 whole shortcakes.  Each contains:   (If serving half portions, which is all I can eat, halve the numbers below)

387 calories

32.2 g  fat

22.2 g  carbs, 11.765 g  fiber, 10.45 g  NET CARBS

18.45 g  protein

560 mg sodium

 

Strawberry Pie

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I like to use xanthan gum to thicken up a fruit filling, but chia seeds or glucomannan will also do that job for you if you prefer.  And with the xanthan gum, it doesn’t go watery on you and ruin the crust overnight in the fridge!  My hubby’s reaction was  “This is like REAL pie!”  But it’s low-carb all the way folks!  This recipe is not acceptable until you reach Atkins Phase 2.  Keto dieters can have this if the carbs will fit into your daily limits.  For those that find this crust too high in carbs, I have other pie crust recipes that are quite a bit lower in carbs than this particular Nutty Pie crust.  Click the “Pie Crust” category on the right side of the page to check out my lower carb crusts.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ pints strawberries, stemmed (reserve 1 large whole berry for center decoration)

1 “Nutty” Pie Crust, baked

1 c. water

Sweetener of your choice to taste

Red food coloring (optional)

More liquid Splenda or Stevia to taste for whipped cream topping

Dash vanilla

1½ c. heavy cream

xanthan gum (1/8-¼ tsp.)

DIRECTIONS: Put 5 berries into a food processor or blender.  Slice remaining berries into a  medium bowl.  Add the 1c. water to the berries in the blender/processor and puree until smooth.  Pour this mixture into in small saucepan and heat over medium heat.  Add Splenda and quite a few drops red food coloring and stir, repeating until you get a nice red glaze color.  When it comes to a slow boil, lower heat to a slow simmer and begin dusting with xanthan gum, stirring well between additions, allowing it to thicken.  Will take several additions to get glaze thick enough.  When satisfactorily thick remove from heat and pour over sliced berries. Stir well to coat all berries and pour into baked, cooled pie shell.  In clean bowl, whip the whipping cream.  When nice and thick, add a dash of vanilla and your preferred sweetener to taste.  Spread topping over berries and decorate center with whole berry, or fan slice it and spread the layers out a bit.  A couple of fresh mint leaves (if you grow mint) placed aside the berry looks lovely.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 8, each serving contains:

198.3 calories

16.83 g  fat

14.91 g  carbs, 8.14 g  fiber, 6.77 g  NET CARBS

5.24 g  protein

80 mg sodium

Crumble Topping

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I love working with oat fiber.  It brings to low-carb baking what flour used to bring, a flour-y taste and flour-y texture.  This tasty crisp made with apple was just DELICIOUS!  I had 4 Gala apples I had bought for my husband (that he wasn’t eating)  that were going to go bad and were really past the crisp, eating stage.  So this is how I used those up!  My typical apple filling:  4 peeled, sliced apples tossed with a few tablespoons of water, a sprinkle of xanthan gum tp thicken, 1/4 c. Splenda or erythritol, along with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour into non-stick pan or baking dish and dot with 2T. butter.

I made the crumble topping below and sprinkled HALF the crumble mixture over the fruit.  I zipped the other half up in a baggie and freeze for another use. Will keep frozen for 1 month. This is not Induction friendly, so wait until you reach Phase 2 of Atkins to enjoy this.  To make this MUCH lower carb, you could instead use peeled, grated jicama, sliced zucchini or chayote squash for half, or even all the apples in this, but cooking time will increase if you do.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. CarbQuik baking mix

½ c. (45 g) oat fiber

2 T. cold butter

pinch salt

1/4-1/2 c. water, added slowly

1-2 T. granular erythritol

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Into a medium bowl, measure out bake mix, oat fiber and salt.  Stir.  Using a fork, cut in the cold butter until crumbly and well incorporated into dry ingredients.  Slowly add 1/4 c. water and work in with fork.  Add more water by tablespoons, stirring after each addition until mixture begins to hold together into pea-sized clumps. When all appears to be mixed well, spoon out half the mixture into a ziploc bag and freeze for future use.  Using fingers, crumble the remaining topping onto your fruit crisp filling mixture.  Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is browned nicely.  Serve hot or cold.

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR TOPPING ONLY: Recipe makes enough for TWO 9″ round pans of apple or berry crisp. I get 4 servings from a 9″ pan.  (8 total servings in both pans).

Total recipe contains:  374 calories, 47g fat, 75.7g carbs, 67.7g fiber, 8 NET CARBS, 24g protein

1 single serving of topping (1/4 of 1 pan) contains: 45.5 cal, 3.1 g fiber, 9.5 g carbs, 8.5 g fiber, 1 NET CARB, 3 g protein

FOR THE CURIOUS: 1 Serving with apple filling made as described above:  219 calories, 18g fat, 39.4 g  carbs,  20.3 g  fiber, 19.1 g NET CARBS, 6.4 g  protein.  Yes, it’s really high carb using real apples, so you might prefer to cut the majority of carbs out and use berries or apple substitutes like jicama, chayote squash or zucchini in your filling!  Just sayin’ that most of the carbs here are in the filling, not the crumble topping. 😉

Coconut Crust Fruit “Pizza”

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This is an 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. 🙂

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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

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). I always add a dusting of glucomannan powder to my whipped cream when I need it to “firm it up” for things like this, but this is not absolutely necessary if you don’t have any.  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 calories

25 g  fat

12 g  carbs

5.1 g  fiber

6.9 g  NET CARBS

5 g  protein

43 mg sodium