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. …
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.
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….
Do you want a quick low carb, gluten and sugar free breakfast that is perfect for busy weekday mornings? Say hello to these Grab & Go Low Carb Muffins.
Don’t get me wrong. Sitting down at the breakfast table for a lovingly prepared scrambled egg or (insert your favourite dish here), accompanied by a chat…or blissful silence… is a beautiful thing. I am all in. But we have to be realistic. And honest. What happens most mornings? The bed is comfortable. You stretch, wake slowly, check your emails, try to remember that important thing you know you have to do today. . And suddenly you have all but 15 minutes left to shower, get dressed and eat breakfast.
I am very quick at making scrambled eggs. And very fast at eating them. But sometimes measures need to be more drastic.
Nutty. Chocolatey. Irresistible. Make your own sugar free nut-ella! You’ll never look back.
Nutella. For many of us it is part of the fabric of our childhood. That evening you shared a whole jar with a friend? That soggy camping trip you smeared it over roasted marshmallows and it became the best holiday ever? The day you discovered it is amazing with vanilla ice cream?
Maybe you don’t even have to think back that far. What did you have on your waffles last weekend?
Bring yoga vibes into your life without having to attempt the downward dog. This Curried Chestnut and Lentil Soup is subtly spiced, creamy and satisfying.
Let me put a word out there.
What are we feeling?
Do you want to glide straight into a perfect Downward Dog? Show off your Eka Hasta Vrksasana with a smug little smile? Do a Sirsa Padasana without breaking a sweat?
I love yoga. I really do. Thing is, yoga has never loved me….
Moist, satisfying and finger-licking chocolatey. A brownie recipe without the sugar rush. Hello, Sweet Potato Brownies!
A brownie with no added sugar is a feat in itself. But a brownie that also features a vegetable? A superfood vegetable that’s a major source of vitamin C? Friends, I know. This is almost too good to be true. But here they are: Gooey, moist, chocolatey, decadent, superbly satisfying Sweet Potato Brownies….