7/29/21

The Best Low carb, Sugar Free Monster Cookies (like a low carb M&M Cookie or...chocolate chips cookie)

 

A couple weeks ago I got into a cookie making mood and although I don't like chocolate chip cookies myself, I was making a vanilla 'sugar' cookie for me, so I whipped these up for my husband.  

I was using our regular old sugar and flour recipes but substituting keto and low carb options.  If you leave the chocolate candies off these and use plain sugar free chocolate chips you can save carbs but the option of sugar free 'gem' candies (like M&M's) are fun if you can afford the few extra carbs.


1/2 c butter, softened
1 c brown sweetener, like Swerve
3 T granulated white sweetener, like Lakanto
1 egg
2 t vanilla extract (good quality like Watkins)
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 3/4 c King Arthur Keto Flour
6 oz. chocolate gem sugar free candies, or about 6-8 oz. sugar free chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sweeteners, beat in the egg and vanilla.   Add the dry ingredients.  You can add the chocolate chips at this point but if you are using gem candies, and want them to show up bright and pretty on top, add them later - after you form your cookies on the pan.

Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet or parchment covered.  Top with the colored candies or even more chocolate chips.  Bake at 375 for about 9 minutes or until the edges are just golden.  Let cool on the pan for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

 



 

I can find the keto flour at my local Publix grocery store but my Walmart and other groceries don't carry it.  I have also bought it (for a better price) online from Amazon as they have it cheaper than my grocery store does.

King Arthur, Keto Wheat Flour Blend, Non-GMO Project Verified, 1-to-1 Substitute for All- Purpose Flour, 16 Ounces

 

 

I use Serve Brown for my substitute 'brown sugar' 


Swerve Sweetener, Brown Bundle, 12 oz pack of 2

 

 

Introducing Russell Stover Sugar Free Chocolate Candy Gems & Chocolate Coated Peanuts 6 Pack (3 Chocolate Candy Gems/3 Chocolate Coated Peanuts)2 oz each

 

King Arthur has a sugar alternative as well although I make my own blend using various sweeteners and I keep it in a container in my pantry.  You could buy theirs though if you don't want to make your own blend or don't have a favorite brand/style to use. 

King Arthur, Baking Sugar Alternative, Made with Plant-Based Ingredients, Keto-Friendly, 1-to-1 Substitute for Granulated Sugar, 12 Ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7/28/21

From Todays Instagram: Solar Cooking - making our dinner (garlic lemon pork roast) in my sun oven

 

  

If you are here because of my post on Instagram today... this is for you.  :)

Yes, I really do bake and cook meals in our sun oven.  I have posted about it (as well as recipes) a few times over the past 8 (?) or 9 (?) years.  I bought mine years ago and yes... I love it.  

Today I'm making a lemon garlic pork roast for dinner.  In the past I've baked or cooked everything from chicken to beef roasts, pulled pork to cakes.  Cookies and even pastries (search for the post on Dutch Letter Pastries... yum!)

My exact oven isn't sold anymore, but the business still makes them, they've just changed how they look a little bit and they are blue now instead of black.  

 



Here is 'my' sun oven - the All American.  Although again, they've changed a couple tiny things since I bought mine in 2012 (?).  They are about $100 more now in 2021 than what I paid, but for being almost 10 years ago, that's not too bad!

All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance

 

 

This version below is a package deal - mine came with these accessories and 2 baking/roasting pans... this one doesn't come with the pans but you do get the drying racks and parchment paper.  There are many more styles and versions and sizes available from other companies;  some are folding for easy travel... I've not tried them as this is the only brand and style I've used but there are plenty to choose from.

 

Sun Oven All American with Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package  

 

 

 

 

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7/25/21

Zucchini Side Dish - (Using up yellow squash and zucchini -use as a side dish or a main entree)

 
 
Reposting this one as I go through photos in my file folders.... This dish isn't one that really has a 'recipe' so much as a throw it all together type thing.

When you eat low carb for years there are certain items you automatically always seem to have on hand, and for us, it's yellow squash and zucchini.  The problem is that sometimes I buy them and then we go all week without having anything that uses them and I forget about them until I realize I have to use them up or they are going to go bad.  

I've spiralized them and froze them at this point, or spiralized them and served them along side whatever meal we had that evening as a 'noodle' side dish or I quickly use them in random recipes (many already posted on this site).  
 
***One of my favorite quick ways to use them up is to slice them into rounds about 1/2 inch thick, drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and grill them!  YUM!*** 
 
Here is another quick 'use em' up' dish....
 
Sauteed Zucchini and Yellow Squash
 
Zucchini and/or Yellow Squash
Mushrooms
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Feta Cheese 
options:  a bit of diced red/yellow or orange pepper, a little bit of onion, green onion or even diced celery

Add some olive oil to your pan and then add the vegetables.  Saute' until they are tender.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with feta cheese before serving.


 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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