Category Archives: Desserts

Planning for Easter

Preparing for Easter ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, Lent is nearing its end which means that Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday as we sometimes call it, is nearly upon us. Lent is about preparing for Easter. I’ve been reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) this month, filling my thoughts with the deeds of Jesus. I just finished Matthew a few days ago and feel really good having the historical account of what Jesus did in the forefront of my mind as we approach Easter.

There are a few activities you can do with your children, on top of reading the Bible with them in preparation for Easter. I’m sharing today, so that you can buy the ingredients to make the rolls and cookies and be prepared. :) The first takes the most prep work and the last is the easiest.

I may make these Easter Cookies with my grandson when they are up around Easter. I believe that I can easily modify them to be sugar free and everything else in them works on THM, keto, and other low carb eating plans. Of course the Resurrection Rolls will take a bit more work because of the marshmallow. ;) Maybe next year I’ll figure that one out.

I hope this helps you prepare for Easter,

Michele ºÜº

No-Bake Pie Crust (low carb)

The biggest difference in this crust and the graham cracker crust I used to make for my No-Bake Cheesecake is the flour and sweetener. Well, considering there are only 3 ingredients in the crust, I guess that is a big difference. :D

I opted to do as suggested on Gnom-Gnom and lightly toast the almond flour. I also went with the two cups she suggested for a full pie rather than the 1 1/4 cups I used of graham crackers. I have to admit that I preferred this thicker crust.

Toasting Almond Flour ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt started pale in color, which you cannot tell by the lighting of that first picture. This one shows it  a bit better.

ready to toast almond flour ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was afraid to toast it too long, so I stopped when it was only lightly golden but probably could have toasted it even longer. Toasted Golden ~ Lifeofjoy.meI put my stick of butter into the hot skillet to melt it quickly and not dirty yet another thing on this busy cooking day. :)

Pie Crust prep ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis time I used Sukrin Melis because it is supposed to measure the same as sugar. However used in the strawberry cheesecake too, we found it to be a bit too sweet and I will cut the sweetener back a little in the filling next time.

The crust is simple. Combine the sweetener and almond flour and then add the melted butter. (That’s easier than what I did. ;) )  Combine well and press into pie pan. (As you can see, I put all the ingredients in the pan and then combined it all . . . not the best way but still doable.)

combine crust ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.mePie Crust ~ LifeofJoy.me

Low Carb No-Bake Pie Crust

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup - 6 Tablespoons Melis or Gentle Sweet
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Toast the almond flour (or almond meal) for 2-5 minutes, until golden/toasty. 🙂
  2. Place in pie pan with sweetener and combine.
  3. Add melted butter and combine well.
  4. Press into pan evenly and up the sides.
  5. Fill and enjoy. 🙂
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Almond flour crusted no-bake cheesecake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI hope you enjoy this recipe. The family really really loved how toasting the almond flour increased the flavor of the pie. I have realized that I’m not really a fan of almond flavor (as the experience with almond extract taught me, although I thought it was just the extract ;)). So I think I’d prefer it with a mix of other nut flours like walnut or pecan.  But let me know how you like it.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Peanut Caramel Candy ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pay Off Day Candies

Michael loves Payday candy bars. So every now and then I make him these candies. The first several times I made them I followed the directions and tried to spoon it out into circular candies, which did not turn out well for me. However they tasted delicious. So I got creative and decided to let laziness take over. ;) I put the candy mixture into a loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper to make it easier to remove. Then I just cut it into pieces/bars. :)

So here’s how you do it.

Put the butter, gentle sweet, and stevia into a pan and begin stirring as it melts.


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While it is just starting to heat up get your other ingredients ready to go: nuts, peanut butter, heavy cream and caramel extract.

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When the butter and sweeteners are melted, add in the heavy cream and caramel extract.


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Whisk as it slowly boils.


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Keep whisking until it becomes a nice caramel color.


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Watch it carefully once it begins to brown because it goes from that to this in just a few seconds, it seems.


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Now we add in the tiny bit of natural peanut butter and the slightly chopped peanuts and combine.


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Here’s where I cheat and just put it in a parchment lined loaf pan. Since I made a double batch today, I’m putting it in a parchment lined 8×8 pan.


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Then I put it in the refrigerator and let it harden up. I’ll cut this in half and then each half into 8 strips/bars. The recipe is supposed to make 16 pieces, so I reckon each of our bars are two pieces. ;) It doesn’t last long around here.

DIY Payday Candy ~ Lifeofjoy.me

The full recipe is on page 381 of the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook and can be found online if you search for it, especially if you have a THM membership.

I hope this helps you make this delectable candy.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Mostess Bundt Cake

Think Hostess cream filled cupcakes but bigger. :)

So, I took the Mostess Cupcake recipe from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook page 395, doubled it, and baked it in a fluted pan.

Mostess Bundt Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe reason I doubled it is because it makes twelve cupcakes and I know that a usual cake batter that can be baked as cupcakes, bundt cake, or two layer cake makes 24 cupcakes, so I figured it would be a very short bundt cake. Doubling it made it the right height. :)

I made the cake one day and then the next day I made the cream filling and ganache, combined it and refrigerated it to eat the next day. It was scrumptious! :)

Inject Cream in Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI shared a video about filling it with the cream on my instagram account on Saturday. The next picture shows the injector I used. It was a cheap one but it has a tip that allows you to inject the cream in the cake without removing any cake bits. :) Then it has other tips for decorating.

Cream blobs on top ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany’s is better but we couldn’t find hers. They can be found rather inexpensively. We found her nice one for $2 at TJMaxx, I think. Mine was a little bit more at Walmart. Mine holds more cream but isn’t all that great. ;)

Every time I make the ganache, it is too thin and I have to add more chocolate chips. It thickens nicely at first but it is like I pour it the cream too slowly and it gets too warm to thicken after that. Hmmm, I may be on to something here . . . I do mine in a double boiler . . . maybe I need to turn the burner off when I add the cream so it doesn’t get too warm.

Well, anyway, just be aware that you may need to add more chocolate chips or not add all of the cream but it is worth the effort. :)

Mostess Bundt Cake ~ lfieofjoy.meCut Mostess Cake ~ Lifeojfoy.meSince my ganache is so thin, it makes a bit of a mess. ;) But we eat it anyway. :)

Slice Zucchini Chocolate Cake ~ lifeofjoy.meWell, I hope you enjoyed my spin on the Mostess Cupcakes.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Holiday Desserts

Usually for the holidays, I make Apple Cake,
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Pumpkin Bars,

Pumpkin Bars ~ Lifeofjoy.mePumpkin Pie,Pumpkin Pies ~ LifeOfJoy.meand Apple Crumble Pie.Yummy Apple Crumble Pie ~ LifeOfJoy.me

I had it down pat, getting it all baked in the shortest amount of time. Bars first because they mix up quickly and bake quickly too. Then the pumpkin pie. It is another quick mix recipe but takes a bit longer to bake. So up next is the apple crumble pie, which takes a bit longer to prep because of the peeling and chopping of apples. Ending finally with the cake.

But this year is way different! We are on Trim Healthy Mama (THM) which means none of these recipes are on plan. So I made Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.mefor breakfast in place of the Apple Cake. Let me tell you, it was delicious! Usually I bring home three-fourths of the cake but this year I only brought home about 1/3 of it and it was all gone the next day. Scrumptious! (Don’t let this not-so-good picture fool you. It is really great.)

Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is a recipe from the recently released Trim Healthy Table cookbook but is also available at the link above the picture of the slice of cake.

Either my parents or my sister gets some donuts usually, so I decided to make some donuts. Blueberry cake donuts are a favorite of mine, so that’s what we made. Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of them. :( I guess we’ll have to make them yet again. ;) Yes, Tiffany made some more Saturday night so we’d have some Sunday morning. And yes, they are all gone with nary a picture. Consumed in one sitting. Needless to say this recipe is a keeper. :)

I also made a pecan pie with sukrin gold fiber syrup. It is a keto pie and delicious. I never had pecan pie growing up. There were a few times when I thought about making one but the corn syrup always hindered me. So when I saw this pecan pie, I had to try it and I’m so glad I did. This is the same one I made for the Holiday Bash at church a few weeks ago.

Sukrin Gold Pecan Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe has added a revised recipe to the video description for people that cannot have the Sukrin Gold Fiber Syrup because it spikes their blood sugar. So, if you cannot use or simply don’t have or prefer not to use this marvelous syrup, you can still try her recipe.

I also found a pumpkin bar to substitute that was pretty similar to what I used to make. It had some extra spices that I didn’t care for but my kids did. Tiffany made it again Saturday night for our dessert because it too, was gone by Friday night. ;) I had her use only cinnamon and I liked it better BUT I made an addition I’ll share on a future Tuesday. (Aren’t I mean? :D )

Pumpkin Bars ~ Lifeofjoy.meThese pumpkin bars are really good though. They are nice and moist, just like they should be. When I took them out of the oven, I wasn’t sure they were done, but I just trusted the recipe and am glad I did. :) They were so moist. They weren’t overly sweet either.

We are so used to bringing home so much dessert and eating it over the weekend that we ate all these up before the weekend was even over. I had intended to give our sweet mail carrier some sweets but the pigs in this house didn’t give nobody a second thought. :D So, now we need to make more goodies to share. :) Yeah, that’s the reason! hee hee (In our defense though, we were so busy and noisy in here, decorating and stuff that I didn’t even hear when she came on Friday. I’ll make it up to her but it’ll have to be after I buy groceries again. :D )

I’ll be sharing pictures of making these recipes, as I make them again (and link back to the original for the written recipe then too). I’m going to be trying some more recipes over the next few weeks, allowing myself to have some “s” desserts instead of mostly “fuel pull” desserts this month. I’ll be happy to just maintain my weight this holiday season and work on losing again come the first of the year. :) (For those that don’t know, “s” desserts are more like keto, low-carb desserts and Fuel Pulls are both low in carbs and fats, better for eating at the end of the day.)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Choc Peppermint Fat Bombs ~ lifeofjoy.me

Chocolate Peppermint Fat Bombs

These chocolate peppermint candies fat bombs are great at curbing hunger without increasing carbs.

Today’s recipe is super simple. It may look like a lot of ingredients but it really isn’t.

Choc Pep Fat Bombs ~ Lifeofjoy.meNo, don’t go away! Three of those bottles is just because I have them; they are totally unnecessary! :D

My coconut oil is refined because we do not care for the unrefined coconutty taste and it sits on my counter and it has been warm, so it is pretty soft. The butter on the other hand is fresh out of the refrigerator, so I grated it to make it easier to combine.

Coconut Oil and Shredded Butter ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe next ingredient is the only one that is really unusual . . . coconut butter or also called coconut manna. It is simply processed coconut. Literally, I put unsweetened coconut into my food processor and processed until it was kind of smooth. (It can be processed until completely smooth if you have the patience or inclination to do so.)

Coconut Manna ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext add cocoa powder, three drops of peppermint spirits, a tiny bit of cinnamon, and a tiny bit of instant coffee–Michael says this one I bought is gross when drunk, so I’ll be able to make oodles of these fat bombs before I run out of it.

For sweetener, add powdered sweetener of your choice. I use Sukrin Melis/Icing or powdered Swerve. You could also take your favorite granulated sweetener and blend it in a coffee grinder to powder it. You could also just use your favorite liquid sweetener. I used 4 heaping teaspoons of melis, about 8 drops of chocolate liquid stevia, about 8 drops of vanilla cream liquid stevia, and about 4 drops of liquid stevia concentrate. :/ We like it a little bit sweet. ;) (I only use all those liquid stevias because I’ve had them in my refrigerator forever and I might as well use them up. ;) )

I added the rest of the ingredients and then thought I had done something wrong and forgot to take a picture before blending, so there is no picture here. :(

But this is what it looks like once it is all whipped together.

Chocolate Peppermint Fat Bomb batter ~ Lifeofjoy.meFat Bomb ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt this point you could put it all into a glass dish and pop it into the refrigerator until it sets or in the freezer if you are impatient. ;) But I prefer to put it in these little ice cube trays I found at dollar tree. I think they are a great size.

Choc Peppermint Fat Bombs ~ lifeofjoy.me

I have ordered some really cute smiley face candy molds. I’m eager for them to arrive but alas, I must have patience for my $2 purchase will take several weeks to get here.

Oh! I just scooped the fluff out onto the tray and spread it across with a spatula and continued doing so until all the holes were filled. Then I used the spatula to level it all off and clean it up a bit. You can see on the second tray where it isn’t as level because it was the last bits.Choc Peppermint Fat Bombs ~ lifeofjoy.me

You can also melt the butter and the oil together and use a hand blender to emulsify it all together, then just pour it into the cups or dish. I think it sets up a bit harder if it is melted first, but I’ll have to wait until later to decide for sure.

Now, I can almost hear some of you asking why on earth you’d want to eat a fat bomb. Well, when you are on a ketogenic diet, the object is to get your body to burn fat for fuel instead of glucose. If you a lot of carbs or a lot of protein, your body will produce glucose and will burn that first, because it is easier to burn. So if you are hungry but have already eaten as much protein and carbs as you should, then fat bombs are to the rescue. It also helps that they are a sweet treat as well. If you are cold, you probably need to stoke that fat furnace as well, to get it going. As far as sugar free sweet treats go, these are the bomb. ;)

Chocolate Peppermint Fat Bombs

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces coconut oil (softened or melted)
  • 4 ounces butter (I use salted. If you use unsalted, add 1/4 teaspoon salt) (softened or melted)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter/manna
  • 3 drops peppermint spirits
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 heaping teaspoons Sukrin Melis/Icing (or your preferred powdered sugar free sweetener)
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granuals
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • liquid sweetener, as needed

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in mixing bowl combine thoroughly with either a hand blender or a mixer.
  2. Fill candy molds, mini ice cube trays, or other rimmed container and chill or freeze until solid.
  3. Remove from molds and serve. (If large rimmed container was used, cut into pieces and store in plastic zipper bags until serving.)

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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Peanut Butter Balls

An easy to make confection with just a few simple ingredients. Oh! It’s chocolate too. :)

I first remember making this when I was about 12 years old. The Ladies’ Auxiliary at the church we were going to at the time was making peanut brittle and peanut butter balls. Peanut butter balls was the obvious place for a young person to help. I watched as one of the ladies mixed up a batch. It was so simple that I memorized it.

We didn’t start making them at home right away but it has become a mainstay over the years. At one point, Mom made several batches each Christmas season. We don’t go to my parents’ as much as we used to between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Consequently, Mom doesn’t need to make as many and my family has requested we have some at home.

Well, let’s get to it.

Combine 1# of peanut butter (I only made a half batch today though)

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1# powdered sugar

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Melted a stick of butter

Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.mePeanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlease be sure to do this in a large bowl, so that you have room to stir.

When combined, take a nice size ball and roll it into a rope or snake shape.

Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.mePinch off a bit and roll into a ball.

Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace on either wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.mePut them in the freezer to harden so that it is easier to coat them in chocolate.

Combine one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the upper pan of a double boiler along with about 1/3 of a block of paraffin wax  with about an inch or so of water in the bottom pan.

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Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.mePeanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe wax is important so that the chocolate doesn’t come off on your hands.

Use a toothpick and dip each ball into the chocolate and then place back on the parchment paper.

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Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen they are all coated, put them back in either the refrigerator or freezer to harden. Mom always stores them in the freezer.Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Peanut Butter Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd I’m storing them in the freezer in an old ice cream container. ;)

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Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

  • 1# peanut butter
  • 1# powdered sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3-2/3 of a block of paraffin wax

Instructions

  1. Combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter in a bowl.
  2. Roll into about 1-inch balls and place on wax paper or parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  3. Put in freezer to harden up a bit.
  4. Combine chocolate chips and wax in the upper pan of a double boiler. (You could also place a glass bowl on top of a pot with about 1-2" boiling water.) Put 1-2" water in the bottom pan and bring to a boil.
  5. Combine chocolate and wax.
  6. Remove balls from the freezer. Use a toothpick to dip them into the chocolate and replace onto the cookie sheet.
  7. Put them back in the freezer to harden the chocolate. Eat or store. 🙂

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Enjoy!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Amish Cinnamon Bread

I first received this wonderful bread when Michael and I had only been married about three or four years. A dear lady in the church brought us a loaf one day. I loved it so much that I asked her for the recipe. She happily agreed, as she informed me that this bread uses a starter and told me how easy it was to make. She also told me that if I wasn’t going to make the bread for a while, I could freeze the starters. This was good news, because the recipe says it makes three large loaves of bread.

Here’s the deal, you use a one cup starter, stirring it once each day. On the fifth day you add flour, milk, and sugar to it and stir for two more days. Then let it rest for two days.

Day 10 is the baking day but first you add another cup of flour, milk, and sugar. Then before mixing up the batter, you remove three starters, one cup each. These starters can be given away to friends or even frozen.

So here’s the deal, although the recipe says it makes 3 large loaves ours doesn’t because my family doesn’t like the raisins added and only likes the nuts on occasion. As you can guess, this means there is less bulk in the batter reducing the number of loaves it produces.

Years ago, I shared this recipe (and a starter) with a friend. One Christmas she decided she wanted to make a double batch to give as gifts. She did the math and measurements and found that if you take out just one starter, you have two batches worth of starter left and could double the recipe, which is what we do every time.

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I believe you could create your own starter by combining 1/3 cup each flour, milk, and sugar in a container, loosely covered, and leave it out on the counter for a couple of days.

Combine all the ingredients.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe like this recipe in muffins more than the bread. Although Sean and Tiffany really like there to be a gooey bit in the loaves.

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Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour, divided
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 large box INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-2 cups nuts
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. To use frozen starter or starting with 1/3 cup each milk, sugar, and flour:
  2. Take out of freezer (or sit new starter on counter, loosely covered) for 2 days, on 3rd day start counting as day 1.
  3. Day 1: Receive Starter
  4. Day 2: Stir
  5. Day 3: Stir
  6. Day 4: Stir
  7. Day 5: Place starter in larger container for room to rise and add 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk.
  8. Day 6: Stir
  9. Day 7: Stir
  10. Day 8: Do Nothing
  11. Day 9: Do Nothing
  12. DAY 10: Add 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk.
  13. Take 3 cups and put 1 cup in each of 3 small containers with lids; these are for your friends, yourself, to start again, or to freeze.
  14. To the remaining batter, add:
  15. 2 cups flour
  16. 1 cup sugar and all the rest of the ingredients beginning with salt, listed above.
  17. Grease and flour pans. Pour batter into pans and bake at 325º. Muffins bake in 15-20 minutes and loaf pans bake in 45-60 minutes. Can wrap and freeze when nearly cool.

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If you try this, let me know what you think, and how making your own starter worked out.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

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Snickerdoodle Cookies-Keto version

Nice soft, sweet snickerdoodle cookie! Gluten-free and sugar free too!

So on the Ketogenics diet you have very Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifeofjoy.melow carbs, high protein, and high fat. This means no sugar. Well, that doesn’t go over very well for this family, so we searched out some sweets. I already shared the avocado pudding/mousse. It is good but I wanted something with a little toothiness to it.

Because these are made with almond flour and no wheat, they are gluten free. Don’t be confused though, they are not low calorie. ;)

Preheat the oven to 350º. Combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meIn a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, sugar free maple syrup, vanilla, and liquid stevia.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meCombine the two until a dough is formed.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meCombine the erythritol and cinnamon in another small bowl.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meRoll the dough into balls and then into the cinnamon “sugar” mixture. Then put them on a silpat.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meSnickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meSnickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meSpray the bottom of a glass or measuring cup with cooking spray.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meSquash the dough balls a bit.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meTiffany said she squished them just a tiny bit too much this time, so squash them a bit less than pictured here. ;) They still turned out really good.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meBake for 9-10 minutes, remove and let cool. Enjoy!

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Snickerdoodle Cookies-Keto version

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 7 drops liquid stevia
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons erythritol

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in medium size bowl
  3. Combine coconut oil, sugar free maple syrup, vanilla, and liquid stevia in another bowl.
  4. Mix the two together until a dough is formed
  5. Combine cinnamon and erithitol in another bowl
  6. Roll dough into balls and then into the cinnamon "sugar" mixture and place them on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat
  7. Spray the bottom of a glass or measuring cup with oil and squash the ball a bit.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes, remove, cool, and eat!

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We got this recipe from ruled.me, which is a wonderful resource for keto (and gluten free) recipes. He has a recipe for the sugar free maple syrup over there too, if you don’t have any store-bought available to you or just want to make it yourself.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Keto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Keto Chocolate Mousse

Avocado, yes avocado, makes this mouse really good for you and you cannot tell it is there.

My family craves sweets. I haven’t for quite some time now; I think it must be the chelated magnesium I have been taking for the last four or five years. I really don’t crave anything but that does not mean that I done desire to have certain foods at times . . . those creamy foods or pizza get me in the end. ;)

Anyway, we have been doing the ketogenic diet for the past several weeks and I have loved it. I get to eat protein and fat and cheese! :) However, my family has not been cravings free. Tiffany’s sweet tooth has pushed her to try things she wouldn’t normally try. I’ve already shared the picture of the cupcakes she made, but I’ll share it here again. ;)

Zucchini Chocolate Cupcake ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey were pretty good. I especially like them because they are not too sweet. :)

The recipe I’m sharing today is one way outside of Tiffany’s comfort zone. It is chocolate mousse but the main ingredient is avocados and she does not like avocados . . . until now. ;)

Keto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe has made this a couple of times now, once with overly ripe avocados and once with near perfectly ripened ones. She did not feel that they were quite ripe enough but I think they were great. At any rate, here’s the procedure.

We are currently without a good food processor. I’ve begun saving my money to get a good one. I love my Kitchenaid mixer, so I’m saving to get a food processor I’ll enjoy as much. :)

We make the whole thing in the mixer. Consequently, the cream needs to be whipped first. So pour a cup of heavy whipping cream in the bowl, add some sweetener (we use 1 teaspoon Swerve) and whisk away. :)

Keto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.meKeto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.meRemove it to another bowl until we are ready to add it back in.

If you have a food processor or immersion blender, you can use that. Tiffany mashes the avocados up a bit and then adds the other ingredients. She just may use the immersion blender we have next time she makes this, now that I’ve mentioned it to her. ;)Keto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe use a Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa, so it’s probably a bit stronger than the original recipe.

Keto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe also use coconut oil and find we need to melt it first so that it combines better.

Keto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter it is thoroughly blended, then fold in the whipped cream.

Keto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe have found that a few dashes of salt enhance the flavor.

Keto Chocolate Mousse ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt is rich and not real sweet. I tried adding a few drops of chocolate stevia but it didn’t do too good. I’ll try adding some of my stevia glycerite next time. It is filling and good for you, so enjoy.

This recipe was adapted from I Breathe I’m Hungry.

Keto Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melting optional)
  • 1/2 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
  • couple of dashes of sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar free chocolate syrup (I'm still looking for a different one)
  • 1 teaspoon Swerve
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Whip the cream with the swerve, until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  2. Either put the rest of the ingredients in a blender or use an immersion blender
  3. OR
  4. Mash the avocado with a fork and combine the rest of the ingredients (except the whipped cream) and blend away, until thoroughly combined.
  5. Fold in the whipped cream.
  6. Enjoy!

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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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