Enjoy these easy low carb crepes with sweet or savoury fillings. They are grain free, pliable and made with only 3 ingredients.
Friends, I have tried so many versions of crepes I have considered applying for a research grant. …
This really easy and decadently creamy low carb chocolate tart is assembled in minutes. It is gluten free, keto, low carb and sugar free.
In my opinion, the coconut deserves a medal for awesomeness. Coconuts contain super-healthy medium-chain fatty acids that help you burn fat, reduce cholesterol levels and boost brain function. They are rich in proteins and fibre and above all, they taste deliciously… coconutty….
This post is sponsored by Vitamix. All opinions are my own.
A showstopper cake to crown a festive meal or mark a special occasion: This rich and creamy spiced orange brandy cheesecake is sugar free, low carb and gluten free. Guilt free dessert heaven.
A festive treat without the sugar rush: This gluten free and moist spiced chocolate torte is sweetened with dates and erythritol. The perfect crowning glory for a special dinner with irresistible notes of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
One of my favourite parts of the Christmas season are the festive scents that fill the house. The fresh pine aroma of the tree, the warm vanilla-spice scent of my favourite winter candle and all the wonderful smells that happen in my kitchen.
December is the month where most of us don’t mind giving it a little bit extra in the food department. It’s the end of the year. Christmas is around the corner and January, with its new gym membership, healthy resolutions and lean green salads is still eons away. And frankly, with it being mostly dark and wet outside, it is the perfect month for gathering friends and family round the table for big knockout feasts.
Tortes are naturally gluten free, because they are made with ground nuts instead of wheat flour. This recipe uses ground almonds. Because it contains a motherload of dark chocolate, butter and single cream, it is deliciously dense.
I used chocolate with 90% cocoa solids, so the sugar content of the chocolate calculated per slice is very low. If you want, you could use a sugar free chocolate instead. The recipe is sweetened with a mixture of dates and erythritol. I haven’t used dates in a while because they do have a high sugar content, but let’s not forget that this is a natural sugar which absorbed less rapidly than table sugar. Dates also have plenty of other health benefits, which you can read about in this post on my sweet potato brownies. They also give the torte a delicious caramel note. The cake provides 16 portions as it is very dense, which works out at 1/2 a date per slice (I used 8 dates in total).
The scent of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves that fills the house when you bake is just mouthwatering. I always find it incredible how such a tiny amount of cloves (1/4 teaspoon) can be so intense. These spices really are the heart and soul of the torte – don’t leave them out!
I actually also added vanilla into my torte, but have not included it in the ingredients below. To be honest, I could not taste it at all – the chocolate and spices are just too intense. Let’s save your vanilla extract for another beautiful dessert such as my healthy almond berry cake… or one that I shall present you with next week. Any festive favourites that could do with a sugar free makeover? Do let me know!
Desserts taste great. They are the crowning glory of a meal; decorated with sparklers and candles and sometimes even applauded. Think of your favourite dessert. What is it? Indulgent melt-in-the-mouth ice cream? Steaming-hot spiced apple crumble with plenty of double cream, eaten straight out of the oven? Or my personal weakness – gooey, moist and chocolatey sweet potato brownies?
But we need to re-think how often to eat it. Back in the Fifties, dessert was an entirely homemade affair, served after the Sunday roast for which the whole family duly came together. We have gone from eating desserts once a week to once a day. If you look at the average waistline back then and now, coupled with the sharp rise in Type 2 diabetes, you can see clearly see how that’s working out for us.
On top of that, many of us shy away from baking. Lives are busy, and it’s so much easier to buy a ready-made treat. Why bother to labour in the kitchen when you can just nip down to Sainsbury’s and get a six-pack of mince pies to munch on? Well, if you start reading the labels and see the sugar content of your favourite goodies, you might just change your mind.
Perfect for a weekend breakfast or as a nourishing afternoon treat: These protein-packed, sugar free almond butter waffles are gluten free, paleo and low carb.
Do you know those days when only a waffle will do? A soft, light and fluffy waffle with a gentle crunch on the edges, preferably straight from the waffle maker so it’s still warm? A waffle that fills the kitchen with the most mouthwatering smell of baked deliciousness? …
You’d like to have seconds? No problem. These crunchy sugar free cut out cookies with a coconut butter glaze are low carb, gluten free and sweetened with erythritol.
I am so ready for Christmas! No, I haven’t even thought about presents. No ideas, no lists. And no, when the nice guy from the Christmas tree delivery company called me last week with a special offer, I did not take it either.
Don’t get distracted by the fact you are seeing friendly ghosts waving at you. It’s Halloween next week and you’ve got to go with the flow.
In our family we make cut out cookies once a year in the run-up to Christmas, in vast amounts – little hearts, adorable stars and cute Christmas trees. Baking sheet after baking sheet will go into the oven, and it always ends up being me in the kitchen by myself after the second round, with 6 more to go. Before I went sugar free, I used a Nigella recipe which came with the set of cookie cutters I own. It calls for wheat flour and copious amounts of sugar.
Now, if you attempt to replace not only the sugar (with erythritol, in my case), but also the wheat, you are entering tricky territory. It’s the gluten in wheat that makes dough very easy to handle and roll out. Grain free dough is softer and more delicate.
After the success of my Sugar Free Halloween Bat Cookies, which contain cocoa powder to be sufficiently dark and gloomy for Halloween, I adapted the recipe to create a vanilla version. I also added a liberal amount of almond extract, which, if I may say so, makes them taste just irresistible.
The most important step in this recipe is that you freeze the dough after you roll it out between two sheets of baking paper. This is the key to success when making low carb cut out cookies. Trust me. I am an impatient person and I have tried skipping it. It’s not worth the mess you’ll make. Stick it in the freezer, have a cup (or glass) of something and feel smug about being in the know.
The first one was just a mix of powdered erythritol (I used Sukrin Icing), a couple of drops of vanilla essence and a spoonful of water. This went down well with the kids, but for me it was a little sweet. The second type was just up my street – a sugar free coconut butter glaze which I adapted from this recipe by Simply Quinoa.If you spread it thinly, it dries into a nice, firm glaze. Coconut butter, not to be confused with coconut oil, tastes slightly sweet and creamy and is nice enough to be eaten by the spoonful.
And do you know the best thing about this recipe? When my kids are bored after the second round of festive baking and leave sneakily, I can call it a day too. A few days later, they’ll be ready to have another go (kids = short memories). And all I have to do is whisk the rolled out dough for my lovely sugar free cut out cookies from the freezer.
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Tasty bats straight out of hell: These healthy chocolate Halloween bat cookies are sugar free, grain free, low carb and drizzled with an indulgent chocolate glaze.
Bats out of hell! That’s what I thought when I looked at this creation. I have to admit: I was trying to achieve delicate, beautiful swirls with my chocolate icing. It ended up looking like a terrifying black snowstorm. …
A delicious and easy keto treat that is bursting with antioxidants: Sugar free matcha latte chocolates.
Have I told you recently how much I adore Matcha? I haven’t, friends, because I just checked. It’s been over four months since I posted my matcha pistachio yoghurt bark! …
A healthy makeover for a European cult snack: Say hello to the sugar free kinder milk slice.
When I grew up in Germany, it was just the coolest snack. The kid that had a “Milchschnitte” in his pocket was the boss. You’d pull it out of your sensible parka during break time and everyone would envy you (unless someone else had a kinder surprise perhaps – chocolate and toys combined always win)….
Sugar free, low carb and gluten free cookie heaven: These Italian Walnut Kisses are a super healthy take on the Italian classic Dolci di Noci.
Do you love holidays as much as I do? As a vitamin D-starved Londoner, I always try to go south – to feel some warming rays, finally see blue sky and to wear those floaty summer dresses I bought last Spring and have only worn indoors with the heating whacked up….
An insanely fruity and refreshing sugar free frozen yoghurt: Crown your meal with a Raspberry Chia Coconut Froyo.
Are you wondering why these pictures look so wonderfully pink and flowery and kitsch? There is a simple reason, friends. I’ve got wedding on my mind! And love, true love. The real thing; the one that’ll last forever….
Soft, satisfying and subtly spiced: These sugar free Coconut Tahini Bliss Balls are bite-sized portions of…bliss.
Bliss. It’s way more than just happiness. Bliss is a biggie. It’s that moment when things just can’t get any better. Bliss is so big that people have written books about it, amongst them Sean Meshorer’s inspirational The Bliss Experiment, which is filled with fundamental truths. So, how does Meshorer – author, yogi, philosopher and meditation instructor – sum up bliss?
Bliss is an innate state of inner joy. We all have the capacity for it. External circumstances, whether positive or negative, happy or sad, do not affect it.
Bliss is a state of unity, completeness and knowingness; it is a feeling of oneness and connection with all of creation. When bliss appears, you instantly recognise it as the most central of all truths.
Bliss is where happiness, meaning and truth converge. Everything boils down to our pursuit of bliss. We pursue money or relationships because we think they’ll make us happy. We pursue our life’s passions because we feel they are deeply meaningful to us. Bliss is the universal place where all questions are answered and fulfillment is reached.
With bliss comes an unshakeable joy, interconnectedness and a practical wisdom.
Bliss is like white light. Just as pure light is the totality of all colour, bliss is the sum of all positive qualities. The components of bliss are joy, unconditional love, inner peace, power, connectedness, awe and wisdom.
Sam Meshorer, you are making me feel all blissed out. Doesn’t just reading this makes you feel like you’re peacefully bathing in beautiful white light? Or at least, like you finally know how to get there? Totally worked for me. Inner joy, here I come!
I’d like to add just one more thing.
I had the inspiration for this recipe when I felt like baking something. But. No eggs in the house! I rummaged around in my cupboards and found shredded coconut and ground almonds. The fridge? Desperately empty, only the door stuffed with condiments. And there it was. Tahini! A big, half-forgotten jar that had not seen the kitchen counter since we’d run out of chickpeas and beans (we had a big hummus phase last autumn – check out my Awesome Black-eyed Bean Hummus, which is, like the name suggests, awesome).
You all know I am a big lover of EASY. Friends, the stars aligned. Inspiration struck big time. This was not the time to bake. This was the time to make … Coconut Tahini Bliss Balls! No bake, no sugar, no gluten, no wheat, no regrets. Just blissfully simple clean eating.
These little wonders take only minutes to assemble and are like a mini burst of sunshine on a rainy day. The delicate roasted sesame taste of the tahini, the sweetness of the coconut, the mellow nuances of vanilla and the warm flavour of cinnamon put together are simply sensational.
You want bliss happening in your kitchen, right now?
You are 5 minutes away from it. Just open your cupboard and get started.
For another bite-sized morsel, try my Sugar Free Pistachio Chocolates!
A fabulously healthy treat: These delicious Low Carb Chocolate Banana Muffins are grain free, sugar free and seriously nutrient-dense. This is feel-good snacking taken to the next level.
Do you have children? If you do, or if you are planning to have some in the future, I’ve got some great advice for you: Take someone else’s (nice) child with you on holiday. In addition to your own, that is….