EASY-Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

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Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla extract and egg whites(or almond milk) until the dough sticks together enough to be rolled into balls.

3. Fold in the crushed peanuts.

4. Roll the dough into 10 even balls.

4. Melt the chocolate chips in a separate microwavable dish.

5. Using a spoon, roll each dough ball in the melted chocolate to coat.

6. Place on a plate lined with parchment AND sprayed/greased with pam or butter.

7. Freeze for several hours or until solid.

8. Remove from the freezer several minutes before eating, enjoy! ( You can store them in both the fridge or freezer)

Nutrition per 1/10 of recipe: 75 cals: 6F/2C(NET)/3P & 3g fibre

 

 

EASY Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Low-Carb Option!)

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Low-Carb Option)Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins: Serves 12

Delicious, sweet and soft, these muffins are super simple to make and are a perfect “healthier” dessert option!

Ingredients:

Topping:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp truvia
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Low-Carb Version:

Ingredients:

Topping:

Directions: 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl (including sugars/sweeteners).
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, molasses and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and then add the almond milk. Stir to combine.
  5. Fold in the apple chunks and pecans if using.
  6. Grease or line(and grease the liners!) 12 muffin tins.
  7. Scoop the batter evenly into each tin and then mix up your cinnamon topping.
  8. Sprinkle your topping over each muffin and place in the oven to bake for 17-20min. (Or when a toothpick comes out clean)
  9. Cool on a wire rack before removing. Enjoy with a pat of butter while warm or freeze in an air-tight container for later!

Nutritional Info:

Gluten-Free Version: 13F/17.5C/5P & 3g fibre

Low-Carb Version: 13.5F/4C(NET)/4p & 3g fibre

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Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle Cookies(Keto Option)

Hillary and Chris Johnsonare expecting their third child!

Sweet, Buttery and bursting with cinnamon flavour..what more could you want in a cookie?

I recently got the chance to taste a snickerdoodle gluten-free cookie that my Mother was so kind to bring me home from a local gluten-free bakery. The cookie was apparently their top seller so I was extremely excited to try it! Much to my disappointment the cookie was dry and SUPER sweet. It tasted like something you’d get in a package. I thought to myself that I could have made a better cookie! So..of course, me being a little competitive, I did just that (at least I think). These cookies are a little more crumbly than I would have liked (sometimes an issue with almond flour). But the flavour is delicious! I definitely would have devoured the whole plate in one sitting if I didn’t have some level of self control..lol. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Ingredients:

-1 cup(120g) gluten-free oat flour (OR ~ 1/4 cup(28g)-1/3 cup(37g) coconut flour-start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed to reach cookie dough consistency)
-1/2 cup +2 tbsp almond flour(70g)
-1 tbsp flax meal(5g)
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp xanthan gum
-1/2 cup unsalted butter(120g), softened
-1/4 cup + 1 tbsp sugar (Can sub 2 tbsp truvia or another sweetener)
-2 tbsp truvia
-2 tbsp brown sugar (Can sub a sweetener + 1/8 tsp molasses)
-1 egg
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tbsp sugar
-1 tbsp Truvia

(Combine all 3 in a small bowl)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients except the sugars in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and sweetener.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and freeze the batter for 15min.
  5. Roll the batter into 12 large balls, roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture and place on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15-20min or until cookies are set.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool COMPLETELY before gently removing them from the tray (they will be quite fragile).
  8. Place in and airtight container or enjoy immediately!

Nutrition: 12f/15c/3p & 2g fibre when using all of the ingredients as listed above! If you sub coconut flour and sweetener for the sugar the total carb count will be MUCH less!

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Easy Keto Feta Cheese Burgers

IMG_1176IMG_1180Guys..I’m going to be real honest here. I pretty much lived off these burgers and basically ate the entire batch in a day. So..be warned. They are GOOD. Top them with some avocado and tomato and it would be epic! (P.S pictures were not ideal, I wasn’t planning on writing a recipe so I’d already cut into them when the photos were taken so please don’t let that deter you!!)

Ingredients:

-1lb Ground Beef

-1 egg

-85g Feta Cheese

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp pepper

-1/2-1 tbsp parsley

-1/4 tsp garlic powder

-1/4 tsp onion powder

-1 tbsp butter

-Additional Butter for frying

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use your hands to mash everything together.
  2. Form 5 burger patties and set aside. IMG_1176
  3. Heat a large frying pan to medium heat, melt a tbsp or more of butter and place the burgers in the pan(you can repeat steps if using a smaller pan).
  4. Cook COVERED for 4min on the first side then flip, turn heat to low and cook for another 4-8min or until burgers are cooked through on the second side. (It’s best to cook them low and slow after flipping if you have time!)
  5. Remove from pan and serve hot with avocado slices and tomato(bruschetta topping in my previous recipe would be a great addition as well!!) Enjoy!IMG_1180

Each burger (1/5 of recipe) is roughly 18F/0.7C/22.7P 

 

Fudgey Keto Brownie Cookies (BEST COOKIES I’VE MADE)

KETO BROWNIE COOKIES.pngThese may be ARE the best keto cookie I have made to date (and I’ve made A LOT). 

Chocolatey, rich, fudgey and delicious. The combo of a brownie and a cookie creates perfection.

This don’t take long to make and are so worth the process. If you have a nagging chocolate craving, make these cookies now and you won’t be disappointed!

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together 2 tbsp butter, egg, sweeteners, vitafiber and vanilla for 2min. DSC_0134
  2. In a separate bowl, microwave your chocolate-chips and the 1 tsp of butter in 30s increments until melted.DSC_0139
  3. Beat the melted chocolate into your egg/butter mixture until smooth.DSC_0143
  4. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients just until combined and then fold in the pecans and the final tbsp of chocolate-chips.DSC_0156
  5. Place your batter in the freezer for 7-8min and preheat your oven to 350*.

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    This is how it should look after it comes out of the freezer.
  6. Spray or grease a large baking sheet with oil.
  7. Drop the batter by heaping tbsp’s onto the cookie sheet.DSC_0196
  8. Lightly flatten each with the back of an oiled spoon.
  9. Bake for 8-10min. (The should still be a bit soft when they come out! Do not over-bake)
  10. Let the cookies sit on the tray to cool for 10-15 min before moving onto a wire rack. 
  11. Enjoy immediately or store in an air-tight container on the counter or in the freezer for a quick snack later on!DSC_0244DSC_0234DSC_0178

Notes: 

*You can choose to use unsweetened baker’s chocolate instead of the chocolate-chips mentioned, just be sure to add a bit of extra sweetener to the recipe.

**You can use 1 sweetener for the entire recipe, just take into account that truvia is 3x sweeter than regular sugar so you’ll need 3x the amount for a typical sweetener like erythritol or splenda. 

Nutrition per cookie: 8.5F/3C(NET)/2P & 5g fibre (94cals) 

 

Starbucks Inspired Microwave Egg Bites

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Okay guys, let me be honest..I know ZERO about Starbucks. I went in yesterday and asked for a medium coffee and had to ask the cashier which size that was in the proper “Starbucks terms”. (Sad I know)

BUT there is one thing I do know about Starbucks and that’s that they offer wonderful sous vide egg bites as a new low-carb breakfast option! I had seen them all over Instagram so given the chance and me being someone who eats under 50 NET carbs a day, I was excited to try them at 9g of carbs per serving (2 egg bites).

I chose the bacon and gruyere option and they were delicious! From that moment I KNEW I’d be re-creating them at home. Thus, this recipe was born.

I read the ingredients in the original egg bites and estimated some amounts, then altered them slightly to fit what I had in my kitchen.

I’m also an extremely lazy, I-need-food-now kind of person so I wasn’t planning on doing any sous vide-ing of eggs. But I still wanted that soft velvety texture. Thus, I chose to use a simple water bath as that was pretty easy to put together. I then decided to microwave the eggs because who says you need any special equipment to make a delicious breakfast?

AND, GUESS WHAT? It worked! Granted they are slightly different than the Starbucks egg bites, but they are definitely delicious in their own way and look super cute on the breakfast table(because obviously that’s a quality you look for in food..lol). 

Pair it with a cup of bullet-proof coffee with homemade whip cream and you have a Starbuck’s breakfast fit for any basic keto-er.

Here’s how to make them:

Serves 1 (2 egg bites):

Base:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup(63g) 2% cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp(15g) cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 slice(10g) provolone**
  • 1 tsp(5g) butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Topping: (optional)

  • 1-2 slices bacon
  • 1/2 slice provolone

**Or sub all cheese with Gruyere or any cheeses you’d like! This is just what I had on hand.

Directions:

  1. Find a loaf pan or dish that will fit 2 small ramekins or cups. Set them inside the dish.
  2. Grease the ramekins with oil.eggbites8
  3. Blend all base ingredients in a food processor until smooth (it’s fine if there are small flecks of cheese).eggbites9
  4. Cook a slice of bacon until crispy, drain on paper towel, set aside.eggbites10
  5. Pour the egg mixture through a fine colander or sieve into each greased ramekin, evenly distributing the mixture. (If there is left over cheese bits after, just scoop them evenly into each ramekin as well, the sieve just helps remove any air bubbles).eggbites6
  6. Optional: Break the bacon slice in half, reserve the other half and sprinkle small bits of it into each ramekin over the egg mixture.eggbites5
  7. Boil a cup of water and pour it into the dish surrounding the ramekins and cover the entire thing with saran wrap.IMG_0338.JPG copy
  8. Microwave for 4mins 30s, let it sit in the microwave for 2 mins afterwards, with the door shut to finish setting. (Microwaves can vary so add more or less time depending on how cooked you’d like your eggs. Mine were quite soft and smooth after this amount of time).eggbites3
  9. Remove from the microwave and using tongs or mitts, remove the ramekins from the water bath and let cool for a few minutes before using a knife to gently remove the egg bites from the ramekin, turning them upside-down onto a plate.
  10. Top each egg bite with a bit of cheese (I used provolone) and a small piece of bacon.

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Nutrition for 2 egg bites w/o topping: 22.6F/3C/25P (315cals)

Nutrition for 2 egg bites w/ topping: 34F/3C/31P (442cals)

KETO Pizza Crackers (High Protein)

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I love pizza and I love crackers..therefore, the Keto Pizza Crackers were destined to be born. (Especially after I bought some great dips only to realize I had nothing to dip in them).

These crackers not only taste AWESOME (like a cross between a mozzarella stick and a cracker!!), they also pack a ton of health benefits. They are high in protein and high in Omega-3 fatty acids which can be lacking in a typical diet. If you’ve ever experience the dreaded “dry eyes” from going low-carb, these crackers will be a great help!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Serves: 4 (about 9 crackers each)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup(52g) flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup(56g) almond flour
  • 1/4 cup(24g) kraft parmesan (dry)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum (optional)
  • Spices: (optional) 1/8 tsp of each:  Basil, oregano, chili pepper flakes salt, pepper, rosemary, majoram, thyme, garlic and onion powder OR  1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp(30g) olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp(15g) mozarella cheese
  • 2 tsp(10g) cream cheese
  • 2 tsp(10g) egg whites
  • 1/2 tbsp water (or as needed)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400* F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.DSC_0069
  3. Add your egg whites and olive oil. Melt the cream cheese and mozzarella (about 20-30s in the microwave), stir and add it as well.DSC_0065
  4. Using a spoon (I found my hands worked best!) combine all ingredients into a soft dough ball. Add a little water as needed.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment or tinfoil(if using tinfoil, spray well with oil). Press the dough down with your hands to form a thin rectangular shape(rolling pins won’t work well). Be sure to fix any cracks or gaps(these will not be an issue after baking!)DSC_0067
  6. Optional: Sprinkle the top with additional parmesan, salt and basil.
  7. Optional: Gently cut into desired shapes using a pizza cutter before baking OR you can just break the whole chunk after baking. DSC_0071
  8. Bake for 6-8min then broil the top for a final minute (WATCH CLOSELY WHEN BROILING. I burnt the first batch this way LOL).DSC_0076
  9. Cool then remove from the baking sheet and enjoy with some low-carb marinara sauce or pizza dip! (SO GOOD)DSC_0096DSC_0094

Nutrition per 1/4 of recipe: 14.7F/2.9C(NET)/9.5P & 4.5g fibre

Fudgey Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Keto)

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Dessert for breakfast is kinda my thing if you haven’t noticed…

Thankfully these muffins are packed with healthy fats, micronutrients and fibre that will keep you full for hours! A muffin with a cup of bullet-proof coffee has become my new go-to breakfast!

These are super easy to make and freeze well for an easy make-ahead breakfast or snack!

Ingredients:

*If not using vitafiber syrup, you can try adding an additional 30-60g almond flour and a bit of almond milk or heavy cream, you’ll also need a little more sweetener.

**You can use all of one sweetener to replace the 2. Just take into account the fact that Truvia is 3x sweetener than sugar so you’ll likely need 7-9 tbsp of a typical sweetener that measures like sugar rather than the 3 tbsp called for.

Vitafiber acts like a flour and sugar substitute and helps the muffins to rise slightly better.

Serves: 15

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350*
  2. Spray/grease 2 muffin pans with coconut oil or line with muffin wrappers (I also spray the wrapper with coconut oil to prevent sticking!)
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in your wet ingredients and then fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips (I reserved 1 tbsp(15g) chocolate-chips to decorate the tops), add additional sweetener if needed.DSC_1057
  5. Use a muffin scoop to evenly disperse the batter to make 15 muffins.DSC_1059
  6. Top the muffins with a couple chocolate chips each and place in the oven for 15-18min.
  7. Muffins should be almost set (DO NOT over-bake!). They are meant to be fudgey so after 5-7min remove from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack to set fully. (OR eat one immediately because being impatient is a part of baking). DSC_1064
  8. Store in an air-tight container after muffins have cooled completely. Freeze, store on the counter for a few days or store in the fridge! Enjoy!

Nutrition (1 muffin): 16F/5C(NET)/7P & 7g fibre

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Keto Lasagna WITH NOODLES!

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I don’t know where to begin. This lasagna was EVERYTHING.

It tastes BETTER than regular lasagna..BETTER. I am being 100% honest guys. You need to make this like ASAP.

The “noodles” themselves are delicious on their own but pair that with a ton of cheese, meat and sauce…and OMG. That’s all I can say.

I slightly tweaked this recipe from it’s original I found here. (The author, Kyndra is a genius & I give her full credit!)

Ingredients:

Noodles:

    • 2 eggs
    • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (I used half real parmesan and half dried)
    • 1 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (130g)
    • Pinch of each: majoram, thyme, rosemary
    • 1/2 tsp basil
    • 1/2 tsp oregano
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt

Filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups of lower-carb pasta sauce (I used “Classico Tomato Basil” but added some salt, splenda and basil to taste )
  • 3/4 cup (90g) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 tbsp 2% cottage cheese
  • 1/3 chopped onion
  • 1oz finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Pinch of each: majoram, thyme, rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Noodles

  1. Preheat oven to 375° Line a 9×13 baking dish with tinfoil sprayed with oil or parchment paper.
  2. In mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, cream together cream cheese and eggs.DSC_0954
  3. Next, add Parmesan cheese and spices. Mix to combine.DSC_0959
  4. Fold in mozzarella cheese and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Spread the mixture into the baking dish, forming an even layer. DSC_0957
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. When the “noodles” are done baking, cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then cut into thirds. This makes three perfectly sized “noodle” layers for an 8.5 X 4.5 X 2.5 loaf pan.DSC_0978DSC_0983

*NOTE: You can also make the noodles ahead of time and store them in your fridge or freezer!)

For The Filling

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine ground beef, onion, peppers and  your spices. Cook until the meat is browned.DSC_0966
  2. Drain excess fat from pan and add ¾ cup of your sauce to meat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.DSC_0981

Putting It All Together

  1. Pour ¼ cup marinara sauce into bottom of loaf pan. Top with the first “noodle” layer
  2. Layer a third of the ground beef mixture. Top with ¼ cup mozzarella cheese and 3 tbsp cottage cheese, and cover with another “noodle” layer. Repeat these steps.
  3. Cover the top “noodle” layer with remaining ground beef, and mozzarella cheese.DSC_0990
  4. Sprinkle a little parmesan and basil over top. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!DSC_0998DSC_1022DSC_1036

If you guys don’t find this down-right epic then you might be crazy. This recipe is amazing and I just wanted to again than the original author for sharing such a wonderful dish!

Nutrition per serving(serves 4): 35F/8C(NET)/48P 

 

 

Keto Salted Caramel Cups

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I don’t know about you, but anything with “Salted Caramel” in the title immediately draws me in.. same goes for anything with “chocolate” in the title. So when you combine the two in a mini muffin tin… You most-definitely end up with heaven in a cup.

This recipe is super easy!

Each chocolate is high in fibre, low in carbs and down-right delicious.

Here’s how I made them:

Ingredients:

Caramel Layer

Chocolate Layer:

*Alternatively you can try using a very dark chocolate OR unsweetened chocolate melted and sweetened with a sweeter OR combine: 1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil, 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder, 2-3 tbsp sweetener of choice & 1/2 tablespoon Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pot
  2. Bring the pot to a boil, stirring constantly for 3-5min or until sauce starts to thicken slightly.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a measuring cup.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil and stir until smooth (I just used the microwave, 1:30-2min)
  5. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin with coconut oil and spoon the chocolate mixture evenly into the bottom of each one (DO NOT drag it up the sides, I learned the hard way, lol) (I made 7).
  6. Freeze for 5-10min.
  7. Top the now hardened chocolate mixture with your caramel sauce, evenly dispersing it between all 6 cups.
  8. Sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt on each one. (optional)
  9. Freeze for at least 3 hours or longer. (Longer is ideal so they don’t split apart!)
  10. Pop the cups out with a knife and enjoy!
  11. Store them in the freezer in an air-tight container!

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Nutrition per cup(1/7th): 79 Calories, 7.5F/2.9C(NET)/1.5P & 2.9g fibre

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