{Low Carb} Cupcake Recipe

9F47D194-BA90-42EB-AD21-D17F14C6A8ED25AFD926-2D26-4845-880B-4E092F03ECDBThese little treats were pretty easy to throw together. It took me as long to make the batter as it took my oven to preheat.  I put some jam the middle of a couple of them just to make them more appealing to the children. One of the girls made herself a strawberry shortcake as a snack with the cupcake/muffin.  These are very versatile. They could be frosted, filled with a variety of things, used as any kind of shortcake, or the base of almost any kind of muffin you might want.

Low Carb Cupcake/ Muffin Recipe

2 eggs (beaten)

1/2 cup butter or coconut oil (melted)

2 1/2 cup  blanched almond flour

3/4 cup Torani sugar-free brown sugar cinnamon syrup

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 Tablespoon cake batter extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add melted oil and syrup. Stir. Add dry ingredients. Finally, add the extract. Put into lined muffin tin. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned and baked through.

 

Double Chocolate Cake {Keto}

I’m trying to experiment with new recipes at least a few days a week.  I also have a new obsession with avocados. I used to think they were so gross, but now they are among my favorite foods. Now I eat one almost every day.   Avocados are super nutritious and are one of the approved fruits for the keto diet.

 

Anyway, I was trying to make an avocado chocolate pudding the other day. After letting it refrigerate for a couple of hours I tasted it. It was not flavorful. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. I decided that I didn’t want to waste it, and would see if I could make a cake with it as part of the batter to add moistness. The cake I made turned out to be delicious, and I am so glad that I didn’t waste that avocado.

Keto Double Chocolate Cake

1 avocado (mashed)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup Stevia (or sweetener of your choice)

1 egg

1 cup of Torani Sugar-free syrup (I used Belgian Cookie)

1/4 cup of softened butter

2 cups of almond flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. meringue powder

1/2 cup of Lilly’s sugar-free chocolate chips

Directions:

Mash the avocado. Add wet ingredients together. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients a little bit at a time.  Lastly, gently add the chocolate chips in and stir until combined.

Pour into a greased baking dish or cake pan. Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick put in the middle comes out clean.

Let completely cool before trying to cut it.

This would be a lovely cake for a special occasion like VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Caramel Chocolate Cookies {keto}

IMG_3500IMG_3501It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a recipe so I wanted to do that today.

My husband and I were looking for a treat, so I decided to whip up a batch of cookies.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

1 stick of softened butter

2 cups almond flour

1 1/2 cup stevia

1/4 cup salted almonds (chopped)

1 bar of unsweetened chocolate (chopped)

1 Tablespoon of caramel extract

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Baking soda

Mix all the ingredients together. Place in small spoonfuls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until lightly browned (it took mine 7-8 minutes).

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

Cheese Dip {Recipe}

Punctuality is a trait that many people lack, especially in my family. I have major issues with time. It drives me to near insanity to be late and almost equally crazy when people are more than just fashionably late. One thing that exacerbates the situation is hunger. For Thanksgiving this year, I decided to try to alleviate at least part of the irritation by making a cheese dip for those who were on time and were hanging around for everyone else show up. Everyone in my family loves cheese and almost everyone likes a dip of some kind. This was easy to throw together. My family has already requested it again.

Cheese Dip (Keto, Low Carb)

1 block of cream cheese (I used the jalapeno kind)

1 small can of diced jalapenos (juice and all)

2 small blocks of hot pepper cheese (shredded)

1 small block of cheddar cheese (shredded)

Mix all the ingredients together. Put into a baking dish and sprinkle about 1 cup of shredded cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly and hot in the center (it took about 20-25 minutes).

I served this with Stacy’s Jalapeno Pita Chips. It can be eaten with veggies and any meat as well to keep it low carb or keto.

Enjoy!

 

Scotch Eggs {keto}

This was originally published on my other  website, livingandlovinglowcarb, which is wholly dedicated to the low carb  lifestyle.

On our last trip to Disney World, we tried Scotch Eggs for the first time. They were very good and I knew I would have to try to make a keto version when we got home. Last weekend, I had everything I needed. It was way less intimidating than I expected. Everyone absolutely loved them, and have already requested that I make them again! In my personal opinion, they’re better than the original.

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Keto Scotch Eggs:

Boiled eggs

sausage

oil

parmesan cheese

2 eggs, beaten

First, boil your eggs to your personal preference. ( I personally cannot eat them even a tiny bit runny). Beat 2 eggs in a separate bowl. Begin heating the oil. Roll sausage around the boiled eggs. Dip into the beaten eggs. Drop into a Ziploc bag with about 2 cups of Parmesan cheese. Shake gently, making sure the egg and sausage is completely covered. Drop into the hot oil. Turn as it browns. Completely cook. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. These can be served hot or cool. My family liked them hot,

I hope you like these as much as my family did!

Lemon Blueberry Bread {Low Carb}

I love lemons and blueberries together. For our annual Mother’s Day brunch I decided to bring a low carb lemon-blueberry treat since I knew there would be lots of foods there I shouldn’t eat. I was a little worried about bringing a new recipe without trying it out first, but I was very pleased with the result.

Next time I make it, I will make it a couple of days in advance because it actually gets moister the longer it sits.

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Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Bread

4 cups of almond flour

1 1/2 cups of Splenda (or sweetener of your choice)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

zest of one lemon

1 tsp. lemon extract

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup blueberries

6 eggs

1 tsp. cream of tartar

2 tsp. meringue powder

Put all the ingredients into the mixing bowl except for the blueberries. Mix it all until thoroughly mixed. Then gently fold the blueberries into the batter. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a knife pierced through the middle comes out clean. Let cool and remove from the pan. Slice and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Keto Fried Chicken

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone, but fried chicken is my very favorite food. I don’t actually remember my mom making it very often. I just know that it is one of my favorite foods. I like it crunchy and if I can get a little spice in there too, it’s even better. I rarely eat it. I probably went years without it. So sad! Then, my husband said, we can fry foods on keto. Eureka! I may be able to have fried chicken again.

So, one night we got adventurous. We coated the chicken breasts in egg. Then we dipped them in parmesan cheese.  We used the kind that comes in a cylinder on the shelf. Then we dipped it again and coated it again. We then put in into a fryer. We bought a small fryer for about $20 at Christmas time. We actually did all this outside because we tried this once before and it really makes a lot of smoke. Because the breasts we used were so large, (I guess those chickens had really been hitting the free weights hard) it took forever for them to cook. The next time we do this, we decided that we will make them into chicken fingers. That will make them more manageable and make them cook faster.

These are completely allowed on the diet because the have a lot of fat. Now, I still don’t eat them very often. I like them a little too much and go a little overboard. Also, while we can eat these kinds of fried foods on a keto diet,  I still prefer to eat healthier.

If you are like me, and get a hankering for some fried chicken while on a keto diet or even a gluten-free diet, then this is for you!!

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Keto Fried Chicken

2 pounds of chicken breasts or chicken fingers

1 1/2 to 2 containers of shelf stable parmesan cheese

Salt, pepper, any other spices to taste

6 eggs, beaten

In a medium to large bowl, beat the eggs. In a lasagna pan or large Ziploc, put the parmesan cheese and if you desire spices, add them as well. Drop your chicken into the egg, dredge in the parmesan mixture. Do this two times. When your oil is very hot, carefully drop your chicken into the fryer. The outside should turn a lovely brown. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Place on a paper towel covered plate to help pull out any excess oil. This takes time when using a small fryer. You may want to keep them warm in the oven until all of them are done. 

Enjoy!

If you try this, please let me know how you liked it.

Celebrating Earth Day

The kiddos woke up to an Earth Day breakfast. I thought that Earth pancakes sounded so cute. image

They were not the hit I’d hoped they would be. Only one of my children would even try them. Good thing I knew that was going to be the most probable outcome and made the rest of the batch normal.

Later, we read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and the two little girls did a couple of worksheets pertaining to the book.

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After some school work, we made seed paper out of old catalogs. We tore paper into about 2 to 3 inch pieces and put them into a blender filled about halfway with water. After blending, we took the pulp outside and used an old screen to press out the excess water and mold them into shapes. Then we added marigold and hollyhock seeds. We plan on giving these away once they dry.

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We even had a Lorax themed dinner and an “earthy” dessert.

I got the coloring sheet printable from Dawn Nicole Designs. Olivia loves to color and after we read The Lorax, she was so excited to color and frame her work.

I made bow tie pasta (the Lorax’s mustache) with broccoli (truffala trees) with homemade low carb Alfredo sauce with Keto fried chicken. For dessert, the kids used chocolate pudding, smashed Oreos, and gummy worms to make their “earthy” dessert.

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I hope you had a nice Earth day too.

Pimento Cheese {Low Carb}

I love a good pimento cheese spread. I’m pretty picky about them though. It can’t have too much mayo. It better not have too many pimentos. It definitely needs a little heat. I decided to try my hand at a homemade version including all of my must haves and excluding all the things I don’t like.

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I put a large block of sharp cheddar through the food processor. I added mayo, jalapenos, pimentos, and cayenne pepper. It was DELISH!!! I can barely wait to find more things to slather it on.

Loved in the South’s Spicy Pimento Cheese

1 large block of sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne 

1 small jar of pimentos

1 small can of diced jalapenos.

I drained both the jar and can just a little before adding them. Mix everything together and enjoy!

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Keto Tiramisu {Low Carb}

My husband doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but every now and then he will ask me to make some kind of low carb dessert. The first dessert I ever made for him was a true tiramisu. We still both love the flavors of the Italian dessert, so when I saw the Kahlua flavored sugar free syrup, I made plans to make a low carb tiramisu-like treat. 007

Loved in the South’s Low Carb Tiramisu

1/2 stick of butter (softened)

4 to 5 packets of sweetener

1/4 cup of sugar free Kahlua flavored syrup

1 block of full fat cream cheese

1/4 cup of 100% cocoa chocolate chips

Put all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Enjoy!

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