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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!

Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free)


Berrik was having his two best buddies over for a sleepover and I was going to be spending the day at dance dress rehearsal where one of my dance mom friends cannot eat gluten.  So before we headed off to the rehearsal hall, I whipped up a batch of these gluten-free and refined sugar-free cookies.  I adapted a recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers, Monique at AmbitiousKitchen.com.  You can find the original recipe here.   I haven’t made it as it is written, but based on all other recipes I’ve tried from this blog, I am positive it will be delicious as is.  img_8523

The only changes I made was to use Nut and Seed Butter from Costco in place of almond butter, Nuts4Nat_NutSeedButter_1-595x595raw local honey in place of the coconut sugar, and I used stevia sweetened chocolate chips.  Monique at Ambitious Kitchen made her cookies in a food processor, but I was too lazy and rushed to even grab mine out of the cupboard, so I hand stirred and it worked just fine.

I doubled this recipe, and used a bit less than half a cup of honey. Truth be told, I didn’t measure the chocolate chips.  I just dumped some in until it seemed like enough.  If you aren’t sure if it’s sweet enough, just give the batter a taste. If the batter tastes sweet enough, then the cookie will too.  If not, add a bit more

Berrik hasn’t had sweets/refined sugar for 14 months, so even a slightly sweet cookie tastes sweet to him.  But I handed them out to the dance moms at rehearsal and they liked them….and my girls really liked them too.  They are a bit cakey in texture. Next time I might add coconut and/or crushed nuts for some more crunch and texture, not to mention flavor, but it certainly isn’t necessary.  Dried fruits would also work well.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Nut and Seed Butter
  • 1/2 cup raw local honey
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 2/3 cup Stevia sweetened chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl put in nut and seed butter, honey and coconut oil; hand mix until combined. Add in eggs and stir again.
  3. Next, add in coconut flour, baking soda and salt; stir again until a dough forms. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet. You can flatten dough with the palm of your hand or you can leave the dough as is and cookies will be a bit puffier.  I left them as is.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies turn slightly golden brown around the edges. Allow them to cool on cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes around 36 cookies.

 

Dairy-free Sugar-free ‘Ice Cream’

My kids like ice cream. Don’t all kids? But in a no sugar, low dairy household, ice cream or any of its non-dairy substitutes are not workable. I’m not the first person to make a frozen dessert from bananas, so no accolades for originality here. That said, the version we make is beyond delicious so I wanted to share.

Ingredients 

Frozen ripe banana chunks. (Whenever you have overripe bananas, peel and cut into 2.5cm pieces and then freeze)  Approximately 1.5-2 bananas per serving.

1 tbsp peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter) for every 2 bananas

1tsp vanilla (optional)

1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

Throw all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Scrape the deliciousness into a bowl (I prefer stainless steel) and put in freezer for an hour or two until it is the consistency of ice cream.

Scoop into a bowl and top with whatever toppings you like. We used chocolate sauce made from my chocolate recipe, poured it on and sprinkled with crushed peanuts.