The AMAZING 10min Keto Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

The AMAZING 10min Keto Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

The amazing 10min Keto Cinnamon Sugar Donuts.png     I am honestly so impressed with how SIMPLE these are to make yet how perfect they turn out every time! This recipe is ideal for 1-2 people. The donuts are not only tasty but they are very filling and full of protein and fibre to keep you full for hours!
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THE AMAZING 8min LOW-CARB FLATBREAD

THE AMAZING 8min LOW-CARB FLATBREAD

The AMAZING 8 MIN KETO FLATBREAD (1).pngGuys I feel like I made history today. SERIOUSLY. If you are someone who eats low-carb then you will know what I mean when I say trying to find bread replacement options is NOT EASY. A lot of keto bread recipes I’ve tried in the past have been huge flops(literally, I’ve seen them deflate before my eyes..LOL). BUT THIS ONE…oh this one is so different.

It’s soft, fluffy, actually tastes GOOD and works as a replacement for so many things! Burger buns, naan bread with dip, cheese bread, pizza crust, you name it! Did I mention it only takes 2 minutes to prepare and 5-6minutes to bake?
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Easy Keto Feta Cheese Burgers

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)

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

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.

Enjoy!Eggbites1

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

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

Supplements I Take on a Keto Diet (Prevent dry eyes, hair loss, headaches etc.)

Supplements I Take on a Keto Diet (Prevent dry eyes, hair loss, headaches etc.)

Hey guys! Today I wanted to do something a little different..no recipe but I promise you I’ll be back to the food posts in no time, haha.

I wanted to discuss the importance of supplementing on the keto diet and what I personally take.

I’ve been on the keto diet off and on 3 times in my life. The first couple times I struggled with several issues.

Attempt #1:

-I had MAJOR keto flu for the first 5 days (aka, pounding headaches, no energy to do anything, felt nauseous after eating)

Attempt #2:

-I went through less of a keto flu as I started taking some supplements but started experiencing hair-loss and red, dry eyes about a month in.

Attempt #3:

-I experienced almost NO KETO FLU(maybe a slight headache occasionally), I supplemented regularly and have had no hair loss and minimal dry eyes.

So what did I do differently this time around?

Well, I actually did my research (scouring the furthest corners of the internet). And I’ve finally come up with an awesome supplement regime that works for me and will likely work for you as well if you’ve experienced any of the symptoms I went through! You don’t have to follow this to a T but I hope it gives you a better idea of a healthy low-carb supplement regime.

My Current Routine:

Waking:

    • Drink at least 2 cups water
    • Coffee with 1/2-1 tbsp MCT oil (Helps to give you an immediate energy boost!)and a bit of cream

  • Breakfast heavy in sodium (aka eggs and bacon OR just have a cup of salt water OR a pickle with your coffee! haha)

Supplements:

During the day:

  • Drink as much water as I can
  • Eat a few pickles or drink a cup of beef broth throughout the day
  • Aim to eat foods high in potassium like spinach, avocados, almonds

Supplements:

  • 1x potassium 100mg pill with each meal and another if I feel muscle spasms or cramps

**Take-in additional potassium and sodium if working out**

End of day:

  • Take another potassium pill if needed
  • Optional: decaf coffee and MCT oil (I find it helps me fall asleep!)

And that’s it! There’s my day of supplementing.

Of course you also want to make sure you are taking in adequate fat and protein and keeping your NET carbs under 50g a day at least… and then you are good to go!

Happy Keto-ing! 🙂

~Sam~

Fudgey Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Keto)

Fudgey Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Keto)

Fudgey

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 Salted Caramel Cups

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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High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

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Keto Cinnamon Rolls…saying those three words together is just plain weird right?

But maybe not.

Keto Cinnamon Rolls are DEFINITELY a thing, but making keto cinnamon rolls vs. the regular flour and sugar laden cinnamon rolls is a whole other ball game.

First off, almond flour, the base to this recipe, has no gluten. Gluten is the protein found in bread that gives it it’s elasticity and airy-ness. No gluten=no gluten strands formed=dense “bread”.

Thus, in this recipe I have added vital wheat gluten(the isolated protein from bread) back to the recipe, this means we have all the gluten we need, without the carbs!

Tip:*Xanthan gum is also great for creating a similar texture to gluten!*

I’ve also added a teaspoon of sugar to this recipe. (OMG SUGAR, SAM, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, THIS IS A KETO RECIPE!! SUGAR??).

Yes, I realize sugar is not keto guys, I haven’t lost it(yet) but thankfully yeast is a pretty greedy little monster and will eat up all of that sugar for us while it activates!

(I feel like I can relate to this on a physical level..GIVE ME ALL THE SUGAR.)

But it’s pretty great, huh?

This recipe also offers a whopping 20g of protein and 4g of fibre per serving making this a totallllly acceptable breakfast option (or lunch or dinner..I don’t judge).

What doesn’t this recipe offer??

Okay, maybe a self-baking option…but I mean where’s the fun in that? Obviously watching dough rise is one of my favourite past times..

But enough jokes, since this recipe isn’t going to bake itself, this is where you come in.

High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup vital wheat gluten(36g)

-2 scoops(56g) Quest all purpose whey protein

-2 cups(224g) almond flour   +1/4(28g) cup reserved

-1/2 an envelope yeast (or 1 1/4 tsp) 

-1 tsp sugar (will be eaten by the yeast!)

-2 tbsp truvia sweetener (or 1/4 cup of sweetener that measures like sugar)

-1/4 tsp salt

-6 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

-2 tbsp water

-2 1/2(37g) tbsp butter

-1/2 a well beaten egg

Filling:

 -5 tbsp truvia (or 1/3-1/2 cup of sweetener that measures like sugar)

-1/2 tbsp cinnamon

-3 tbsp butter-softened

-Pecans (optional)

Glaze:

-1 tbsp coconut oil

-2 tbsp cream cheese

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1-2 tbsp almond milk (optional- makes a glaze rather than a thick frosting)

-1 1/2 tsp pasteurized egg whites(safe at room temp.)

-2-3 tbsp splenda or another sweetener(to taste)

Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients except the reserved flour in a large bowl.
  2. Heat your butter, milk and water in a microwave safe cup for roughly 50s to a minute. 
  3. Stir the warm mixture into the dry ingredients along with the egg.
  4. Use a spoon to start forming a dough. Add the extra 1/4 cup almond flour as you go to make it less sticky.
  5. Use your hands to begin kneading the dough.
  6. Knead it for roughly 3-5min (it contains quite a bit of vital wheat gluten so we want to be careful we don’t over-knead or it will become too dense).
  7. Next form the dough into a neat ball and sprinkle the bottom/sides of your bowl with almond flour before placing it back down.
  8. Cover the bowl with a towel and move it to a warm location like an oven that still has a bit of heat in it but is not hot, or use the microwave method (just heat water or nothing particular in it for about a minute or so before placing the dough in to rest).
  9. After and hour, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on an (almond) floured surface. 
  10. Roll the dough to be a rectangle roughly 12×9 inches in size (about 1/4 inch thick)(see instructional photo for a better idea-don’t mind the 5-year-old style rolling pin)DSC_0441
  11. Using a spoon, spread the butter gently over the entire surface of the dough then combine your cinnamon and sweeter of choice and sprinkle on top. DSC_0446DSC_0452
  12. Roll the dough, long-side to long-side, being careful not to tear it. Tuck in the ends and use your fingers to press any cracks back together if they do occur. DSC_0458
  13. Next, slice the dough into 7 even pieces and place them, inner-side up, in a butter or coconut oil greased baking dish. DSC_0469
  14. *Cover the rolls and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes in a warm location.DSC_0476
  15. Finally, bake the rolls uncovered at 375* for 15-18min. (I purposely took them out a little early so they wouldn’t over-bake).DSC_0483
  16. Combine your coconut oil and cream cheese in a microwave-safe dish and microwave it for 30 seconds.
  17. Mix in your egg whites, vanilla and sweeter and almond milk until it becomes smooth.
  18. Drizzle or spread on the glaze on each cinnamon roll and then don’t wait for them to cool at all, just tear them straight out of the pan and devour them like a crazy hungry keto monster. DSC_0510
  19. JK. If you want to be normal and not burn your mouth(that definitely didn’t happen to me…..)then wait for the cinnamon rolls to cool before gently removing them from the dish with a knife or spatula (trust me, it will make your life SO much easier).
  20. NOW you can devour them. ENJOY!DSC_0565

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    Destroyed.
  21. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freeze until you have another cinnamon roll craving!

*Note : You CAN skip step 14 if you are in a hurry BUT I recommend completing the recipe as written for best results.

Nutrition per 1/7 of recipe WITH frosting (these are SO filling btw guys): 31F/5C(NET)/20P

Nutrition per 1/7 of recipe WITHOUT frosting: 27.5F/4.8C(NET)/20P 

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