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Salted Chocolate Pecans

Christmas is coming and I was thinking about the bowls of peanut brittle and other sugary snacks that usually abound at this time of year. That got me to thinking about how I could make something that my sugar-free boy could enjoy, along with the rest of the family, on a holiday that centers so much around food, and especially treats.

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Salted Chocolate Pecans
Salty sweet snack that everyone will love but that won't put you into a sugar coma!
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread pecan halves on a cookie sheet in one layer and put in oven to roast.
  3. It takes about 10 minutes to roast the pecans but you need to watch them quite closely as they can burn and be ruined if you turn your back. I usually set my timer for about 7 minutes and then pay attention closely for the last 3. If you open the oven to check them you can see that they are ready when they are just starting to brown. They also begin to have that delicious, rich, toasted nut smell when they are just about done.
  4. While the pecans are in the oven, put the chocolate chips, cinnamon and butter into a double boiler or just place a heat safe bowl over top of a saucepan filled with water, and bring the water to a low boil.
  5. As the chocolate chips and butter begin to melt, stir occasionally. Once chips are mostly melted, stir in the whipping cream until blended and keep stirring until the chocolate is smooth and silky.
  6. For convenience and ability to create the 'drizzle' effect with chocolate that is not super runny, I put it into an icing decorator bag. My daughter taught me this trick of using a water glass to hold the icing bag open while you spoon in the chocolate. It works like a charm.
  7. Snip a small hole into the end of the icing bag and then 'drizzle' the chocolate back and forth across the pecans making sure that every pecan has chocolate on it.
  8. Sprinkle all pecans with coarse ground pink himalayan sea salt. Don't be too skimpy as you definitely want to taste the salty sweetness in every bite.
  9. Throw in the freezer for about 30 minutes and voila! Good luck only eating one serving.

Mug Cake – Seriously, a cake in a coffee mug!

It was my dad’s birthday and while I couldn’t celebrate with him as he was in sunny Phoenix, the occasion got me to thinking about cake and how I might like to have some.  I had seen recipes frequently for ‘cake in a mug’ that you can make ‘in minutes,’ but I had never tried making them.  To be honest, I really doubted they would turn out very well.  I wanted to make one that is grain free and sugar free so that Berrik could enjoy it, and I wanted it to be easy and failsafe.  This recipe is so fast and so simple.  I was shocked at how delicious it tasted! Because we try to avoid refined sugar in our baking, I typically use Xyla Xylitol-Xylitol Sweetener . It’s quite sweet, has zero net carbs, but doesn’t have the weird aftertaste that stevia often does.

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Mug Cake
When you need a single serving of cake - either because the cake being served does not meet your dietary requirements, or just because you need a treat, this 5 minute mug full of chocolatey joy is the perfect solution.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 4
Cook Time 1
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 4
Cook Time 1
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Crack egg into another small bowl and whisk until frothy.
  3. Add remaining wet ingredients to egg and stir to combine.
  4. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and mix until just blended.
  5. Scrape batter into a mug well greased with coconut oil. I used a larger latte mug that has a bigger bottom. Using a regular mug should also work fine, but it may impact cooking time slightly, and may make it more challenging to remove the cake from the mug.
  6. Put in microwave for approximately one minute. Every microwave is different so you may want to start at 50 seconds and then microwave in 10 second increments until the centre of the cake is slightly springy to the touch.
  7. Optional toppings: Top with whipped cream, cream cheese frosting, peanut butter frosting, fresh berries, berry coulis or anything else you can imagine that would go well on chocolate cake. I feel as I could come up with 25 options!
  8. Either add toppings directly to the mug, grab a spoon and dig in, or gently remove the cake from the mug, add toppings and enjoy!