Saturday, May 28, 2011

Low Carb Parmesan and Herb Crackers

I'm not a fan of store bought low carb crackers. They are normally hard as a rock or tasteless! I created this recipe using my low carb flour mix and added some flax and wheat germ. There is only 40 carbs in this entire recipe. It made about 50 crackers that were 1.5 inches square, that's about 0.8 carbs each, pretty good! I'm working on a cheddar cheese cracker recipe and I will post that one soon too. You can add whatever spices you like to this recipe. These are tender-crisp and very delicious!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Low Carb Banana Muffins

I love banana muffins, but bananas aren't exactly on the low carb food list. I improvised my favorite banana bread recipe to create these moist, delicious muffins. I used my low carb baking mix for this recipe and only one small banana along with imitation banana extract. They are wonderful hot out of the oven with butter! And only 6.3 carbs each. You could reduce the carb count by using a different flour/meal combination.

Sugar-Free Chocolate for Cookies and Candy

This is my version of sugar-free chocolate. It is easy to make yourself. Buying it online gets expensive! This takes only a few minutes to prepare.

Sugar-free chocolate Recipe:
  • 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate (chopped)
  • 2 tbls heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar substitute +/- (powdered works best)
In a microwave safe bowl melt chocolate at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth. Warm the heavy cream and add it to the chocolate with the sweetener and mix well until sweetener has dissolved, reheating for another 20-30 seconds if necessary. You can also make this on your stove top over low heat. Taste to see if you prefer more sweetener. Pour mixture into a foil lined loaf pan or cookie sheet, depending on how much you will be making. Spread the mixture out so it is about 1/2 inch thick. Place into the freezer until firm. Then cut or shave into desired sized pieces. You can double or triple this recipe to suit your needs. You can stir in nuts or chopped candy before you place into the freezer. I'm going to attempt to make chocolate chips with this recipe as well, wish me luck!

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Low Carb Flour Mix

*Updated carb count below.*
I had an anonymous reader question my carb count for almond flour. That got me doing some research. I found many different conflicting numbers online. I chose to go with the highest carb count I found to be on the safe side. Thanks again for all of your comments and suggestions.
I am also working on a gluten-free version of my low carb flour mix since I can no longer eat gluten. Bummer!
Here is the link to my Low-Carb Gluten-Free Flour Mix. Let me know how this mix works in your recipes.

*Original Post*

I have been working on this mix for a while. I finally have a pretty good combination of flours and meal that works great in my low carb baked goods. I use Carbalose flour all of the time, but many people don't have it on hand as I do. I wanted to put together a baking mix that is made from products you can find in most grocery stores on a regular basis.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Low Carb Blueberry Coffee Cake

This recipe isn't like a traditional coffee cake. It is made using almond meal, which has only 12 carbs per cup, perfect for low carb baked goods. If you can't find almond meal, it is simple to make your own using a blender. Add about 1/4 cup of almonds at a time and grind in 10 second intervals until fine, you don't want to generate too much heat. A sweet cream cheese layer sits atop this cake, along with blueberries and cinnamon streusel. You can use any berry you like, I have used raspberries and they are wonderful with this cake as well.

Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

For this recipe I used whey protein powder. I know, sounds strange, but it is a great baking medium and has very little carbs. It helps keep my low carb baked goods moist. This recipe could easily be altered if you prefer a traditional peanut butter cookie, just use vanilla flavored whey protein and omit the cocoa powder. Make sure you adjust your recipe for the missing cocoa and add 3 tablespoons of protein or whichever flour you used.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Low Carb Cheddar-Jalapeno Corn Muffins

These corn muffins are a perfect compliment to my Chili With Grilled Sirloin, you can't have one without the other, it just wouldn't be right. I cut the corn meal in half and substituted oat flour and flax meal to make up the difference. You could also use my baking mix. They only have about 7 carbs each. There is no added oil in these muffins either, I used Greek yogurt and vegetable glycerin instead. These come out of the oven moist and tender and taste fabulous! You can't go wrong with cheese and warm bread. My family loved them!

Low Carb Chili with Grilled Sirloin

This recipe calls for beans, YES beans! I used small red beans (not kidneys) which are very high in fiber, having only has 7 net carbs per1/2 cup serving. Grilled sirloin and smokey chipotles gives this dish a very rich hearty flavor, hamburger just doesn't do it justice. A perfect meal for a cold rainy day. This recipe makes about 6 main dish servings, having only 8.5 carbs per serving.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Low Carb Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip is my all time favorite ice cream. This recipe is a basic custard style ice cream, very rich and creamy. You can simply omit the eggs if you prefer a lighter ice cream. If you can't find sugar free chocolate you can make your own easily, I added a recipe for that below. With summer approaching fast, I will be using my ice cream maker more and more. There is nothing better on a hot day than fresh homemade ice cream, Yum! You can use this basic recipe to make any flavor you like, just omit the mint extract and add vanilla with fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate or chopped sugar free candy. What is your favorite ice cream recipe, I would love your feedback!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Low Carb Chipotle Chicken Burritos

This dish is very hearty and moderately spicy. We love Mexican food in our house and this is one of our favorites! I used chicken thighs for this recipe, but you can use any type of chicken that you have. I also used Mission low carb tortillas, the medium size only has 7 net carbs each.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Low Carb Pizza Pasta

This is one of my family's favorite pasta dishes. As always, I use Dreamfields low carb pasta for this dish. I use very little tomato sauce, instead I toss it with olive oil, pesto, cheese, crushed red pepper and typical pizza ingredients. This is very simple and easy to throw together. You can customize this recipe using your family's favorite pizza ingredients.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Low Carb Peanut Butter Cups

For all of my fellow peanut butter lovers out there, this one is for you! I absolutely love peanut butter, I can eat it by the spoonful right out of the jar. Add a little chocolate and I'm in Heaven. These are fairly simple to make and I promise you won't miss the sugar.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Low Carb Banana Pudding

This post is for my sister Jennifer, she requested a low carb banana pudding recipe. We southern girls do love our banana pudding. I searched high and low for sugar-free vanilla wafers but had no such luck, so I decided to make my own likeness using a sugar free cake mix. Here it goes: