These creamy, fruity individual mini raspberry cheesecakes are a perfectly guilt free low carb indulgence.
I’m going to make a rather large statement here. Small, my friends, is better than big. …
Flaxseed Keto Wraps are a nutritious and delicious low carb alternative to bread. They are wheat free, gluten free and easily pliable. Perfect for lunch boxes!
Last summer I read Dr William Davis’ eye-opening, witty and immensely readable book Wheat Belly. Davis is a US preventative cardiologist who witnessed over 2000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat. …
Easy low carb rolls are perfect for breakfast or as a burger bun. These gluten free keto rolls taste soft and pillowy, toast well and are absolutely fail-safe.
Do you know how much Germans like bread? We seem to be born with a gene that makes us crave it at least once a day. In Germany there is a bakery around every corner brimming with sensible wholegrain rolls and Pumpernickels as heavy as rocks. Our evening meal is suitably called “Abendbrot” – literally translated “evening bread” and in Bavaria snack time is “Brotzeit” – bread-time. And when a Scandinavian tells you they invented the open faced sandwich, don’t believe a word they are saying. They just copied the Germans….
Light and fluffy pancakes that are low carb, gluten free and so easy to make: These Almond Cream Cheese Pancakes are a healthy sugar free breakfast choice.
I will be totally honest with you here: Apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve I have spent most of the last two weeks in my pyjamas. Which has been utterly fantastic. For me the Christmas period is all about chilling out, eating and lounging about with bed hair. In terms of relaxation it beats the summer holidays by miles. I have caught up with some essential box sets on Netflix and managed to read ALL the books stacked next to my bed. I treated myself to a pedicure that made my feet look 20 years younger and slept so much it’ll last me until April. 2017, I am ready for you.
We all love pancakes in this house, and these gluten free wonders are my new favourite recipe. There are many delicious variations of cream cheese pancakes out there. Some keto recipes contain only eggs and cream cheese, which works well, but tastes a little on the eggy side. Others add in coconut or almond flour or both – these two always work well together. I recently tried a nice coconut and almond flour cream cheese pancake recipe from Vickie de Beer’s brilliant Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Cookbook. My version is a little more pared down. It uses only almond flour, because I find in the mornings it’s best to keep things simple.
Almond flour should not be confused with ground almonds or almond meal. It is a much more finely ground flour made from blanched almonds, which gives a texture that resembles wheat flour. The almonds in almond meal, in contrast, are almost always ground with their skins still on. The almond flour I use, by Sukrin, has also been cold-pressed, so 80% of the fat is removed. It makes the pancakes light and fluffy, just like we enjoyed them in the good old days before we realised that wheat is really not a healthy thing to eat. By using almond flour you are ensuring your pancakes are seriously nutrient dense. They will provide you with a steady supply of energy that won’t send you blood sugar sky-high and will keep you satiated until lunch.
On top of that, they are super quick to put together. You can almost do it while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil. The one thing I’d recommend is to keep the pancakes on the small side to avoid them falling apart. We ate them with yoghurt and raspberries, but here you can obviously be creative. Sour cream would also be nice instead of yoghurt, and if you leave out the sweetener in the recipe they’re great with bacon. You could even turn them into a decadent dessert with a dark chocolate sauce!
For other great gluten free breakfast ideas check out my grab and go low carb muffins, chocolate banana muffins (they use only one banana for the full recipe, so you get the taste but very few carbs) or the rich and satisfying almond butter waffles. I used coconut flour in these low carb waffles. You can easily make them into pancakes if you do not have a waffle maker.
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? …
Sesame Flax Crackers are super-crispy, grain free and high in protein. They’re great with dips!
I know. Crackers aren’t sexy food. Eating crackers is like walking around in welly boots AND pulling the hood of your jacket over your head when it’s drizzling. Or like putting on your reading glasses when you reach for the restaurant menu instead of squinting. It’s about feeling good in a sensible kind of way….
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 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)….
Pure indulgence: These chocolate feast muffins are sugar free, grain free and low carb.
Chocolate. Who doesn’t like it? Let me tell you, the percentage of the population that honestly dislike it is so tiny you could fit them into a one bedroom flat. There they would sit, miserably, not talking to each other. I would even go so far to say that chocolate haters are incapable of enjoying themselves if you’d let them out of that flat and put them up in a five star hotel. Do write me a comment if you disagree….
Crunchy and incredibly cheesy: These gluten free and low carb cheese thyme crackers are made with coconut flour. Perfect as a satiating snack or as a grain free side for a salad or soup.
Until recently, I had only used it for making sweet dishes such as these low carb waffles and another family favourite, coconut blondies. Apart from tasting great, coconut flour is fantastically healthy – it is grain free, gluten free as well as high in protein and fibre, which makes it very filling indeed….