Low Carb & Gluten Free Brownies

avocadobrowniesAlthough I’m not a daily dessert eater, I do have a wicked love of anything chocolate.  These #KetoFriendly brownies satisfy that love without ruining my diet goals.  #ThisGirlLovesToEat

Keto Avocado Brownies

  • 2 Ripe Avocados
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 6 TBLS Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Mix
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2/3 cup Xylitol (Sugar Substitute)
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract, pure
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a 8”-x-8” square pan with parchment paper. In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan and smooth top with a spatula.
  3. Bake until brownies are soft but not at all wet to the touch, 40 – 45 minutes. Let cool 25 to 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Salted Lime Sweet Potato Chips

sweetpotatochipsI’m a savory snack girl, but don’t want to completely derail my hard earned Keto gains by cheating with a bag of store bought potato chips.  What’s a snacker to do?  This snacker chooses to spend her carbs on a healthier version of sweet potato chips, without the store bought preservatives and additives.  #ThisGirlLovesToEat

Salted Lime Sweet Potato Chips

  • 4 Medium Sweet Potatoes (or yams)
  • 1 TBLS Corn Starch
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • 4 Limes
  • Freshly Ground Sea Salt
  1. Preheat oven to 425° and place oven safe cooling racks on 2 baking sheets.
  2. Wash sweet potatoes and thinly slice with a very sharp kitchen knife or mandolin.
  3. Place sweet potato slices in a bowl and cover them with warm water and corn starch. Soak for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the water and dry very well with a paper towel.
  5. Lay a single layer of potatoes on each rack and spray each side of the potato slice with olive oil spray.
  6. If you have a small spray bottle, fill it with your lime juice & spritz top side lightly with the lime juice.  If you don’t have a spray bottle, drizzle the lime juice lightly over your potatoes.
  7. Lightly salt the tops then bake for 15 – 25 minutes (depending on thickness of slices), flipping the potato slices half way through the baking process. Check the potato chips frequently, it may take less time if your chips are sliced extra thin, to make sure that they don’t burn! Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information (Serving Size 1 oz):

  • 24 Calories
  • 0 g Fat
  • 4 g Carbs
  • <1 g Protein

Keto Lemon Cheesecake Bars

withberriesA light lemony cheesecake dessert on a buttery shortbread-like crust with a sweet-tart lemon layer covered by creamy cheesecake layer.  You can enjoy this guilt free because #ItsKeto!

Keto Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Preheat oven to 350° F and lightly butter a 13 x 9 Pyrex baking pan.

Using a pastry blender, forks, or your blender/Vitamix, combine the ingredients for your crust until coarse crumbs form.  TIP:  I like to use my Vitamix 750 Pro on the 2 setting, after pulsing to start, so that, instead of coarse crumbs, a light, fluffy dough forms.

  • 1+1/2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Swerve Confectioners Sugar Substitute
  • 3/4 Cup Cold Unsalted Butter, Cut into Cubes

Press the crumbs into the bottom of the baking dish.  Bake until golden brown, 18-21 minutes.  Don’t under cook the crust!  Remove from the oven and set aside.

Prepare the lemon layer by combining, in your blender:

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Xylitol or Erithritol (Sugar Substitutes)
  • 1+1/2 TBLS Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour
  • 2 TBLS Lemon Zest
  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice

Pour lemon mixture onto the baked crust.  Skim off any large bubbles from the surface of the lemon layer.

Prepare the cheesecake layer by combining, in your stand mixer or cleaned blender container:

  • 2 – 8 oz Packages Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Granulated Xylitol or Erithritol
  • 2 Large Eggs

BEWARE:  If you use Xylitol in this recipe, which I prefer because there’s no aftertaste or cool sensation, Xylitol IS NOT PET SAFESo, no sharing with your furry babies.

When well combined, pour and spread over the lemon mixture.  It’s ok if the lemon layer peeks through, the cheesecake layer rises to the top during baking.  Bake until the filling is set about 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool pan on a wire rack before putting into the refrigerator to chill.  Cut into 24 Bars and top with a couple of fresh berries if desired.  #ThisGirlLovesToEat

Nutrition Information (24 Servings):

  • 131 Calories (Savings of 125 Calories without real sugars & all purpose flour)
  • 1 g  Fat (Savings of 13 g Fat from traditional recipe)
  • 4 g  Carbs  (Savings of 27 g Carbs from traditional recipe)
  • 3 g  Protein

Cheesy Jalapeno Cauliflower Cakes

cheddarjalapenocaulicakesThese little flavor bombs are #KetoFriendly and are a multi-meal side dish option.  They can be a nice hot side to meat, savory stews, or even beside eggs for breakfast.  You can even eat them cold, or at room temperature, beside a spicy bowl of chili!

Cheesy Jalapeño Cauliflower Cakes

  • 2 Cups Riced Raw Cauliflower
  • 1 Medium Jalapeño, chopped finely
  • 2 Large Eggs, beaten
  • 2 TBLS Melted Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated Gouda Cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Grease a 12 Cup muffin tin with olive oil spray and set aside.

Combine the cauliflower, egg, and jalapeno in a medium bowl.

Combine the grated cheeses and the rest of the dry ingredients, then stir into the cauliflower mixture.

Divide evenly between the 12 muffin cups and bake 30 minutes, or until tops are browned.  Turn off the oven and leave cakes in the oven for another 30-45 minutes.

Store any uneaten cakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.  #ThisGirlLovesToEat

Sausage, Spinach & Feta Egg Muffins

MuffinStack1I eat a lot of portable egg breakfasts on Keto, like: Bacon Wrapped Omelettes, Pizza Egg Cups; Crustless Veggie Quiche; and Pressure Cooker Egg Bites.  I add in days of berries and yogurt but getting enough protein at breakfast is hard if I don’t include eggs.  Unfortunately I get tired of the same foods, so I need to keep experimenting in the morning.

Sausage, Spinach & Feta Egg Muffins

  • 12 Large Eggs
  • 12 oz Raw Ground Breakfast Sausage
  • 1/2 of a 5 oz Bag Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
  • 1 Cup Half & Half
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (if desired)
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Spray jumbo muffin tins with olive oil cooking spray & pre-heat oven to 375° F.

Roll spinach leaves and slice thinly.  Combine spinach, feta and raw, crumbled sausage in a bowl and combine.  Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin tins but do not pack down.

Lightly beat the eggs in a medium bowl, beat in the spices, and then the half & half.  Divide the egg mixture between the muffin tins and bake for 30 minutes (if using jumbo muffin tins) or 25 minutes for standard sized muffin tins.  Egg muffins are done when they brown around the edges, pull away slightly from the sides and are set in the middle.

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Nutrition Information (1 egg muffin)

  • 108 Calories
  • 4 g Fat
  • 1 g Carbs
  • 8 g Protein

Muffins can be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a week or the freezer for a month.  Heat in the microwave 30-45 seconds.  #ThisGirlLovesToEat

Air Fryer Mini Keto Pizza Crust / Flat Bread

Finally, I have settled on a recipe for dough that satisfies my need for pizza!  That it’s fast & easy to assemble and I get to make it in my Dash Air Fryer is just a bonus!  Even better, it tastes so good that it can be rolled out into a square, cut in half and used as a thin, savory sandwich bread.

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Ham & Pesto Mini Keto Pizza

Air Fried Mini Pizza Crust / Flat Bread

  • 8 oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Large Egg at Room Temperature
  • 2/3 Cup Finely Ground Almond Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano or Basil
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder

Put egg, flours and spices into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.  Do not mix yet.

In a 4 cup microwave safe measuring cup, cook mozzarella cheese and cream cheese on high for one minute.  Stir then cook in additional 30 second increments until all of the cheese is melted and it looks like cheese fondue.

Add to the egg and dry ingredients.  Stir on low speed until combined and a ball forms.

Remove the dough from your bowl roll into a large ball and cut into 4 sections.

Roll 1 section into a ball and, on a piece of parchment paper that will fit in your Air Fryer, roll out the dough and flatten into either a circle or square.

For Mini Pizza Dough:  Put your dough into the air fryer and cook at 350° for 5-7 minutes until the top is browned.  Turn the dough over and remove the parchment paper from the unbrowned side of the dough.  Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes then remove, top with your desired toppings, return to the air fryer and cook until your cheese is melted and begins to brown.  Don’t over sauce your pizza, this is a thin crust.

For Flat Bread:  Put your dough into the air fryer and cook at 350° for 5-7 minutes until the top is browned.  Turn the dough over and remove the parchment paper from the unbrowned side of the dough.  Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes until browned, then remove.  Slice in half and fill with your favorite sandwich ingredients.  #ThisGirlLovesToEat

Cheesy Green Chili Keto Breakfast Casserole

Steve-Swartz-1392x928_editedI’ve been Missing in Action for the past two weeks.  My brother-in-law passed away unexpectedly and cooking has been the last thing on my mind.  Eating however, has continued thanks to the wonderful people of the community of San Clemente, California.  The San Clemente Sunrise Rotary and the neighbors in their Flora Vista community have kept meals on our table round the clock the entire two weeks.  I have never been more  thankful or humbled.  The generosity and outpouring of support has been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I am so very grateful.

Very grateful and now 6 pounds heavier, LOL!  They’ve brought so much comfort food, and what is comfort food typically made up of? Carbs…a Keto dieter’s biggest FOE!  So, it’s time for this girl, who LOVES to eat, to get back on track.

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Cheesy Green Chile Keto Breakfast Casserole

  • 8 Large Eggs
  • 6 oz Trader Joe’s (or any brand) Shredded Swiss & Gruyère
  • 8 oz Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 – 4 oz Can Mild Diced Green Chiles (Ortega or any brand)
  • 2 TBLS Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Freshly Ground Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350° F, and butter the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 glass baking pan.

Using a whisk. combine 1/2 of your whipping cream with the flour in a large mixing bowl to make a thick paste, then whisk in the rest of your cream and your eggs and set aside.

Combine your cheeses and put about 1 Cup of it into the bottom of your buttered pan.

Evenly distribute the diced green chiles over the top of the cheese layer.

Give the egg mixture another quick whisk and pour over the top of the chile & cheese in the pan, then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the eggs are set in the center.  Mine took about 29 minutes.

Allow the casserole to set about 5 minutes after removing from the oven then cut into 12 pieces.  Serve as is or top with salsa and/or sour cream and chopped green onion or chives if desired.  #ThisGirlLovesToEat

Nutritional Information (12 Servings)

  • 142 Calories
  • 12 g Fat
  • <1 g Carbohydrates
  • 8.5 g Protein