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Chocolate Blueberries

Chocolate Blueberries

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

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

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INGREDIENTS/NEEDS:

Some toothpicks

Fresh blueberries (pick the biggest ones in the carton)

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

1 c. sugar free chocolate chips

1 square unsweetened baking chocolate

¼ c. melted butter

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

6 drops liquid Splenda or other liquid sweetener to taste

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Chocolate Delights

 

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Chocolate Delights

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

4 T. melted butter

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

1 tsp. erythritol

4 T. cocoa powder, unsweetened

2 T. roasted pumpkin seeds

2 T. sunflower seeds

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings each contains:

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

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CoffeeMousse-1

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

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

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

2 pkts. Splenda, Truvia or sweetener of your choice

1 T. butter, unsalted

1 ice cube

4 oz. heavy cream, whipped

½ tsp. vanilla

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes two servings, each containing:

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

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I continue to try new versions of my modified Atkins MIM (Muffin-in-a-Minute) recipe.  I’m trying to increase my flax intake for a health issue and so far these flax-based gems are helping me.  To the basic Atkins MIM recipe, I added a couple texture enhancers to improve texture & flavor.  I also increased sweeteners and the amount of butter.  The resulting muffins/cakes are baking up consistently moist and very tasty.

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

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

¼ c. golden flax meal

½ tsp. baking powder

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

1 T. Resistant Wheat Starch

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

1/3 tsp. cinnamon

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 T. melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

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

1/2 c. apple, diced

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

¼ c. golden flax meal

½ tsp. baking powder

1 T. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener)

1 T. Resistant Wheat Starch

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

Optional:  Dash ground cinnamon

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 T. melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

2 T. crushed pineapple juice pack

1 T. pineapple or almond sugar-free syrup

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

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

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

Each half of the plain cake contains:

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

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

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Miniature Black Forest Cake

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS: 

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

CHERRY FILLING INGREDIENTS:

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

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

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE INGREDIENTS:

1 T. cocoa

½ pkg. (1 tsp.) unflavored gelatin

1 egg, beaten

1 c. total heavy cream

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

½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 T. Kirschwasser

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

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

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

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

5 large eggs

1 T. water

1 T. vanilla (yes, that much!)

¼ tsp. salt

6 T. unsalted butter, softened

3/4 c. erythritol, powdered

2 pkts. stevia

6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder

½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

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

STEP IV – FINAL ASSEMBLY  AND FROSTING:

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

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 adult servings, each contains:

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 recipe my Mozzy Dough

½ can Lite Cherry Pie Filling

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 24 Cherry Bites, each contains:

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

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