8/20/19

Spice Cake (regular and low carb version)



When you can't wait for the cake to cool to frost it, you just dig in with a spoon and smear a little frosting on each bite!  Because it's THAT good!




Spice Cake (regular and low carb version)

3/4 c butter (for the low carb version I cut this down to about 1/2 cup)
1 c brown sugar (brown sweetener - like Swerve)
1 egg
1/2 c raisins (leave out for low carb/sugar free)
1/4 t salt
1/4 t cloves
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t allspice
1/2 t cinnamon
2 c flour (2 c almond flour and 1/4 c whey protein powder & optional 1 T coconut flour for texture)
1 t baking soda
2 t baking powder
1 c sour milk

Mix the butter and sugar or sweetener.  Add the egg.  Add raisins if you are using them.  Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and add alternately with the sour milk.   Divide into 2, greased round pounds or a 7X12 baking dish.  Bake 375 degrees for about 25 minutes until done.  Cool completely and frost if you wish - cream cheese frosting is wonderful on this cake!



In the top photo, you can see I'm scooping up the cake with a spoon and smearing a bit of frosting on it... that's because the cake was still too warm to frost but it smelled SO good I just had to dig in!!!  I did end up frosting the whole cake later though, I promise!  Ha ha.   (For the frosting I used a package of cream cheese, some So Nourished powdered sweetener, and vanilla).





You might also be interested in some of the products I used in the recipe above - these are from Amazon, where I get most of my sugar free and low carb items - as well as Netrition (I have a link in my sidebar).  The Blue Diamond Almond Flour I usually pick up at Sam's Club but this morning I found that it's now offered on Amazon in the 3 pound 'club' size!!!  Yay!

   Swerve Sweetener, Brown Bundle, 12 oz pack of 2


   Blue Diamond Almond Flour, Gluten Free, Blanched, Finely Sifted 3 lb bag


   Isopure Zero Carb, Keto Friendly Protein Powder, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Unflavored, 3 Pounds

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8/15/19

Sugar Free Krispy Bars - PLUS low carb and sugar free Krispy Bars (packed with protein)




We all know how easy it is to make traditional Rice Krispie Bars - and they are SO GOOD!  But marshmallows are basically just squishy white sugar and not healthy so if you don't care about low carb or high protein, a very simple way to make your favorite treat is to simply replace the sugary marshmallows with a sugar free version.   I've posted this 'recipe' on An American Housewife a couple times and you can find it here from 2015.

There are people who make their own sugar free marshmallows, and that's not me - I have before, but I don't have time and frankly, I like keeping a store bought version on hand.  I have bought sugar free marshmallows for years and have them on hand at all times (just like most people have a bag of the regular style on hand).

I think there may be numerous brands of sugar free marshmallows, but I've only used one - because I love them; they work perfectly and I don't feel the need to reinvent the wheel at this point.  The brand I use are these and I buy mine from either Netrition (link on side bar) or from Amazon.  La Nouba Sugar-Free Marshmallows 2.7 Oz (6 bags)


Now - let's talk LOW CARB, HIGH PROTEIN AND SUGAR FREE!

I have posted this recipe previously - a few times!  One of which is back in 2014 which you can find here: A Sugar Free, Low Carb, Protein Packed Faux Rice Krispy Bar




And today it's a peanut butter krispy bar version to boot!

The first thing to know that if you want low carb, sugar free and high protein...  these are the little krispy puffs to use. There used to be another brand who made these years ago, they stopped selling them and I couldn't find any for a couple years until I stumbled upon these.  I love these - absolutely love them!  But oh my, they are EXPENSIVE!   So I don't buy them as often as I would like.  There is about 6 cups or so in the large sized container and when I make homemade low carb, sugar free candy bars or Krispy Bars with them, I typically use about 5 cups.  So... expensive, but they are really awesome.  Crisp, unflavored and so versatile for not only homemade candy bars and Krispy Bars but people love to use them in smoothies and yogurt, etc.





    ProMix Nutrition Unflavored Protein Puffs


  La Nouba Sugar-Free Marshmallows 2.7 Oz (6 bags)





Peanut Butter Krispy Bars - Low Carb and Sugar Free

5 T butter
Dash of vanilla
1/2 c peanut butter of choice (read labels for sugar content)
1/4 c almond butter of choice (can use all almond butter or peanut butter if you wish)
10 oz. sugar free marshmallows (I use 4 pks. LA NOUBA marshmallows)
5 c crispy protein puffs

Put the butter, vanilla and marshmallows into a large microwavable bowl and microwave until they puff up and double their size in the bowl. This takes about  1-2 minutes depending on your microwave strength.

Immediately stir in the almond/peanut butters IF you are using them - you don't have to, if you want a regular vanilla Krispy Bar - and the crispy protein puffs, with a rubber scraper that has been sprayed with Pam style cooking oil or oiled with canola or vegetable oil. Press the mixture into a greased or greased pan. The smaller the pan, the thicker the bar. As soon as they are cool, cut and serve!

*You can melt sugar free chocolate chips with a bit of peanut or almond butter and spread on top of cooled bars.  My husband loves them this way.  I'm not a fan of chocolate so today I made them sans-chocolate so I can enjoy this batch too!















You might be interested in purchasing related products from Amazon or Netrition.  I have a Netrition link in the right side bar of the page and Amazon links to the products below.  This is where I purchase them from as well as I can't find these locally where I live.





  ProMix Nutrition Unflavored Protein Puffs

  ProMix Whey Protein Isolate Puffs, Chocolate, 30 Servings | 10g Protein, 0g Sugar, 50 calories per serving | Grass Fed Protein Crisps, Healthy High Protein Low Sugar Snacks | Gluten Free

  


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8/14/19

Baking in my Solar Oven - Spice Cake! (Both recipes for regular spice cake and low carb version)



When you can't wait to decorate the whole cake, you just grab a spoon and dig in!

I did, ultimately, frost the whole cake....  after I ate a portion of it with a spoon first!




The past couple days have been 100 degrees outside and not at all 'Fall' like, but my body must know it's almost Fall because I've been craving a good old fashioned spice cake like crazy!  

I'm not a fan of raisins in any food dishes (if you are a regular reader you already know how I feel about people who put raisins in Thanksgiving stuffing, homemade cinnamon swirl bread or bagels!) but oddly enough, spice cake is the one baked good that I don't hate them for being there.  I may pick them out and leave them on the side of my plate more often than not, but then again, I rarely EAT spice cake so it's neither here nor there.

Deciding to give in to my craving, I decided to make a regular, traditional spice cake and even gave myself permission to use flour and sugar if I wished... since we got off the habit of healthy low carb over the past two weeks due to being in beach vacation mode and cooking/sharing meals for a large group of people, none of which are low carb/sugar free except us.

But I had no raisins on hand and the bag of prunes that also could have sufficed went home with a family member after vacation as well so (luckily) I had neither to work with.  And that is when I decided I really wanted to make it a healthier low carb version anyway.... time to get back on the keto bandwagon and admit that vacation is over. 

So the cake was made... which I'll include the traditional recipe and then the ways I changed it to make it low carb, flour free and sugar free.  I also opted to bake it in my solar oven since it was 100 degrees out anyway.  


Old Fashioned Spice Cake

1/2 c real butter (1 stick)
1/4 c shortening
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 c raisins
2 c flour
1 t baking soda
2 t baking powder
1/4 t cloves
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 t all spice
1 t cinnamon
1 c sour milk (use a tablespoon of vinegar into a cup of milk and let it sit for a few minutes)

Grease 2 rounds or one oblong (7X12).  Beat the butter and shortening with the sugar, add the egg.  Mix the flour with the spices, and add alternately with the sour milk.  Stir in the raisins and pour into your pans.  Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes until the center is set and the cake is done.  Cool completely before icing it with your favorite frosting.  Cream Cheese Frosting is excellent on this one!


Lower Carb and Sugar Free Version
Old Fashioned Spice Cake

1/2 c real butter (1 stick)
1/4 c shortening
1 c brown sugar style sweetener (I currently use Swerve)
1 egg
1 t vanilla
2 1/4 c almond flour
1 t baking soda
2 t baking powder
1 T good quality coconut flour
1/2 c whey protein powder
1/4 t cloves
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 t all spice
1 t cinnamon
1 c soured cream (use a tablespoon of vinegar into a cup of cream and let it sit for a few minutes)

Grease 2 rounds or one oblong (7X12).  Beat the butter and shortening with the brown sweetener, add the egg and vanilla.  Mix the almond flour with the whey protein powder, coconut flour and spices, and add alternately with the soured cream.  Pour into your pans.  Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes until the center is set and the cake is done.  Cool completely before icing it with your favorite frosting.  Cream Cheese Frosting is excellent on this one!

*For the cream cheese frosting in the photos in this post I used an 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened and added a splash of vanilla extract and about 1/2 c natural sweetener (I used Erythritol with Monk Fruit and a bit of Pyure - always mix 2-3 brands for best flavor) and added enough to cream to get it the consistency I wanted (maybe a quarter cup? I just poured and mixed until it was spread the way frosting should).  



 Baking in my solar oven as it was a hot, sunny day.  Just bake it until the center is completely set.





I couldn't frost it yet as it was still too warm (and I had been cooling it in the freezer to hasten the process...)  but when you can't wait, you just grab a spoon and dig in!!  I would put a smear of frosting on each bite - and yes, I enjoyed it immensely.



 I did however, finally get around to icing the whole cake!









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