Category: Recipes

Dairy-free Cloud Bread

Dairy-free Cloud Bread

I really love dairy. I think I’ve probably said this before. What’s not to love? It’s a delicious food group. Unfortunately, my body does not love it back. I constantly flip flop back and forth between eating wonderful, cheesy and cream-based concoctions, but when I’m honest with myself there’s no denying that my body is happier during those periods of exclusion.

So once again, here I am in grain free, dairy free, soy free land. Hey, I guess it could be worse–it could be the AIP diet again. Life is SO hard without eggs and nuts.

Here’s something I wondered this morning at breakfast: what’s one to do if they just want a simple, old fashioned sandwich while trying to eat keto(ish) and yet they’re avoiding these problem foods? I really just wanted a breakfast sandwich tbh. My husband says gross, but my mouth (and kids) say yum. Bacon, eggs, and turkey stacked into something simple and magical.

Here’s the dairy-free magic, ya’ll. It’s carbier than the dairy version, but no offense, cream cheese cloud bread, this tastes much better and somehow less eggy.

Ingredients:

3 eggs, eggs and yolks separated

Dash of cream of tartar

1/4 cup almond flour

1 tbsp almond milk

1/2 tbsp onion powder

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Separate egg yolks and whites into different bowls.

2. Add cream of tartar to egg whites and beat until white, frothy, and retains shape/peaks. I think of it as a meringue bread.

3. Add spices, almond flour, and almond milk to the egg yolks. Beat into a liquid.

4. Fold the egg yolks into the egg whites.

5. Spoon onto parchment paper about an inch thing. I just make small circles 2 or 3 inches wide, about sandwich size.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

These should be stored in the refrigerator. When you want to reheat them, just pop them in a warm oven for a few minutes.

 

Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies

I never liked apple pie as a kid. Any time I tried it something about the texture of the apples was never quite right to me. They would be partially crunchy still and half gooey

Ingredients:

This apple filling 

4 oz cream cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup granular swerve

4 tbsp coconut flour

1 1/4 cup almond flour

1 tbsp cinnamon

Dash of salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Make apple filling.

2. In a large microwavable mixing bowl, combine mozzarella and cream cheese. Microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, until cheese begins to melt.

3. Remove from microwave and vigorously stir with fork.

4. Add egg and stir.

5. Add swerve, cinnamon, salt, coconut flour, and almond flour. Mix together until doughy. You will need to knead with your hands towards the end.

6. Using a folded piece of parchment paper and rolling pin, pull a small ball of dough out. Roll the dough into a rectangle shape about 1/4 inch thick.

7. Spoon a large spoonful of apples into the middle. Using the parchment paper, fold the sides of the dough over the apples, enveloping them in a pouch. Set aside on baking sheet with parchment paper.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until dough is used up.

9. Bake for 20 minutes.

10. Enjoy.

Keto Mocha Chip Frappuccino

Keto Mocha Chip Frappuccino

It’s been so long since I’ve been to Starbucks that I don’t even know if these are available anymore, but 10 years ago this was my favorite. I have finally found an amazing, healthy recipe to replace the insanely high sugar original.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup ice

1/4 almond milk

1-2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

15-20 drops stevia

1/2 tbsp moringa greens powder

1 scoop chocolate ketone powder OR 1 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2-1 tbsp instant coffee or 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee

Water to top

1 tbsp stevia chocolate chips, crushed (optional topping)

Directions:

1. Dissolve instant coffee in a small amount of hot water. You can also use brewed coffee.

2. Put ice in bottom of blender/bullet cup.

3. Pour cream over ice.

4. Add remaining ingredients to cup.

5. Blend until smooth. Garnish with chocolate crumbles.

Crockpot Pizza Stuff

Crockpot Pizza Stuff

I love pizza. But you know, gluten and carbs and stuff. Fathead pizza is a great substitute and it’s not like it’s super time consuming, but sometimes I want the comfort food with minimal work.

Queue the Crockpot! What a wonderful invention.

Ingredients:

1 onion

2 orange bell peppers

1 poblano pepper

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

Garlic

Basil

Oregano

3 chopped yellow squash

1 pound Italian sausage

Mozzarella

Parsley

Red pepper flakes

Directions:

1. Cook sausage and set aside. Chop and dice all the vegetables and combine onion, peppers, tomatoes and tomato paste, and squash in crockpot. Cook on high for about 2 hours.

2. Add garlic, oregano, basil and parsley. Stir in cooked sausage. Sprinkle with mozzarella and stir in. Top with more mozzarella. Crack the lid to vent steam and cook 1-2 more hours.

3. Serve with red pepper flakes and parmesan.

Quick Keto Avocado Dip

Quick Keto Avocado Dip

If you’re looking for snack ideas for a low carb diet sometimes it can feel like quick and easy options are limited. One of the go-to snacks in our house is pork rinds, but let’s be honest, that gets so incredibly boring. I always get burnt out on pork skins pretty quickly.

That’s where the dip comes in: having a wonderful, creamy dip really ups the ante. This flavorful concoction contains both avocado and sour cream, packing quite the punch in terms of fat content. This amount is for 2-4 people, but can easily be multiplied for larger groups.

Ingredients:

1 avocado

1 tbsp lime juice

1/2 cup sour cream

Spices: I used 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp chili powder or cayenne , 1/4 tsp oregano, a pinch of salt, a dash of black pepper, and a dash of cumin.

Directions:

1. In a small bowl mash avocado and lime juice with a fork.

2. Add spices and mix.

3. Add sour cream and mix until well combined.

 

See? Quick and easy!

Dinosaur Week!

Dinosaur Week!

Sometimes I like to do themes for the kids for a day, a few days, a week, or whatever. The local zoo has a fun summer thing set up where there are animatronic dinosaurs throughout the place, so I thought that this would be a really fun way to get the girls excited about going to the zoo to see the dinosaurs! If you aren’t near San Antonio, and thus don’t have a zoo or something to take them to see the dinosaurs, you can add a fifth day of dinosaur activities.

Warning: this post is a bit long extreme. I’m going to put a link to some of the recipes instead of inserting the whole recipe so that the length will be a little more reasonable.

Pro tip: my kids are young enough that we can add the word dinosaur to almost anything and make it more exciting, hence the general basis of my naming theme.

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Day 1

Recipe: Prehistoric Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe here.

Activity: Dinosaur Dance Party

My girls play this silly game where they put blankets on their heads and run around saying, “I’m a scary dinosaur!” They also really like to dance and listen to music. I thought, why not try to combine these two things? Plus, thanks to Sandra Boynton, we have a pretty good idea of how dinosaurs like to dance. So throw a blanket on your head and break out your best velociraptor moves!

Day 2

Craft: Dinosaur Sticker Collage

We found these awesome holographic dinosaur stickers at the dollar tree and have some others from Michaels. With the ridiculous amount of stickers I’ve collected, it’s hard to keep track of where they come from. These stickers seem like a lot of fun.

When we do focused crafts like these I like to do them with the kids so they can see my idea of how to do it. They do whatever they want, of course, but it’s fun to do together. First, with a green piece of paper, cut out a basic “ground” shape. You might need to do this for kids, too. On a second piece of paper (orange, yellow, or blue), glue this ground to the bottom. Now the dinosaurs have somewhere to roam!

Next, bust out the markers. We’re going to add some rocks, grass, trees, and a sun–or whatever you want to, that’s just what I’m adding. Landscape complete!

Add dinosaur stickers! Proudly display artwork on wall.

Activity: Dinosaur pool party

On this nice summer afternoon we’re filling up our cheesy eight dollar blow up pool and adding plastic dinosaur toys. Voila! Simple and still on theme.

Day 3

Craft: Dinosaur watercolors

I know, it sounds lame. I’ll be totally honest, too: it’s pretty lame. The kids will be happy, though. For this you’re just going to cut out the most basic dinosaur shape that you can out of construction or printer paper (you can trace, sketch, draw, or print one out if you need to–there are a ton of awesome free printable coloring pages available via a quick google image search).

Looking at Google images for assistance

Once you have your dinosaur, simply hand it to them with some watercolors. They will have a blast painting their own dinosaur. Once done, I like to let them (or do it myself) glue this to a second piece of colored paper and display on the wall once dry.

Recipe: Stone Age Soup

So, here’s the deal with Stone Age Soup…it’s really just a way to get everything that’s been sitting unused in the fridge into edible form. Squash, carrots, onion, frozen veggies, old meat or a scoop of gelatin…What I’m saying is that you probably don’t need to go out and buy ingredients. It’s a mom way of framing something dull into something a little more fun.

Day 4

Activity: Dinosaur Containers

These are what we’ve been using as our portable busy boxes lately due to the current dinosaur obsession. But it turns out every morning before breakfast they want to play with these while I cook. Win!

Recipe: T-Rex Treats

Recipe here.

Day 5

Day 5 must be awesome. It’s what all the days have been leading up to, which is why on day 5, we have zoo day! Alternatively, you can use these awesome endings.

Recipe: Dinosaur Pancakes

Recipe here.

I tried dinosaurs three ways: freehand, using a squirt bottle, and pouring into cookie cutters.

The squirt bottle probably would have been amazing if I used regular pancake batter, but I had some almond flour clump and clog the nozzle.

Cookie cutters worked the best, but the first batch I didn’t remove the cookie cutter quick enough and they got stuck.

Some of these attempts were just plain hilarious:

Strange monster and swirls
Turtle and witch “dinosaurs”

Activity: Paleontological Excavation

This might seem like a bit of work, but it’s really not so bad. Just bear with me.

First, you need to decide where your “dig” is going to happen. If you want to fill a tub with sand or dirt, that’s great. I’m going to pick a little patch of dirt outside because I think my girls will enjoy that a lot, and I’m not using it. Plus, it’s good for them to be in the dirt.

Next, locate some plain rocks that you can draw or paint on. I’m going to be lazy about it and just draw with a white paint marker. I have two kids, so I’m doing about 10 each. Draw some bones on there–the beauty of this is that they can be ugly/imperfect and it’s no big deal.

Bury your dinosaur “bones” in your excavation site. Be sure to spread them out a bit. If you’re doing this outside like us, stick some small sticks around the outside to mark the area and “rope” it off with some string.  Be sure to create separate dig sites for each kid.

Hand them a shovel and let them dig!

T-Rex Treats (low carb chocolate)

T-Rex Treats (low carb chocolate)

These buttery, chocolatey gems were inspired by Dinosaur Week, and they’re unreal! Seriously unlike anything else, the texture of the cashews and the cashew coating combines perfectly with the chocolate and “blood” drizzle. My husband came in afterwards and said, “hey, cool, it looks like meat, bones, and blood!”

These are sure to satisfy any carnivore’s sweet tooth.

Amounts vary depending on your molds. If you don’t have molds for this you can pour in a tray and cut into squares.

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

1/2 cup cashews

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup confectioner’s swerve

10-15 drops of red food dye

For the Chocolate:

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup confectioner’s swerve

1 tbsp heavy whipping cream

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp moringa greens powder (optional)

a tiny amount of emulsifier such as xanthan gum (optional)

For the Drizzle:

20 drops red food dye

1 tbsp cocoa powder

4 tbsp butter

20 drops liquid stevia

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter for the filling in the microwave, about 30 seconds. Add swerve and red food dye.
  2. Stir the cashews into the pinkish red butter mixture. Spoon into molds or scatter in a greased tray.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and butter for the chocolate in the microwave. Add heavy cream and vanilla and whisk with a fork.
  4. Add swerve, cocoa powder, and greens powder and whisk until combined.
  5. Pour over cashew mixture evenly. Place in refrigerator or freezer and allow chocolate to set.
  6. For the red “blood” drizzle, melt butter in microwave, 10-15 seconds. Add red food dye.
  7. Add cocoa powder and liquid stevia.
  8. Remove chocolate from refrigerator once it has set. Remove chocolate from molds/tray. Drizzle red chocolate on top and serve.
Quick Pancake Mix (grain-free)

Quick Pancake Mix (grain-free)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 tbsp heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup almond milk

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Whisk ingredients together well with a fork or whisk.

2. Using a container with a pour spout or large spoon, pour onto griddle or nonstick pan. Cook on medium heat until batter becomes bubbly throughout.

3. Flip and cook 1-2 more minutes. Remove from pan.

We usually just top these with butter, but the possibilities are vast–you can use whipped cream, fruit, maple syrup, honey, or cinnamon butter!

Prehistoric Peanut Butter Cookies

Prehistoric Peanut Butter Cookies

Karissa is going through a huge dinosaur obsession, and if you ask me that calls for a fun cookie recipe! When I think of dinosaur times, I think mud, rock, brown and earthy and dark. It logically follows that peanut butter and chocolate would fit into this mindset, right? RIGHT?!

Anyway, onto the cookies. They’re great, and only 4 ingredients!

Prehistoric Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips I use Lily's stevia chips
  • 1/2 cup erythritol swerve
  • 1 cup peanut butter sugar free natural
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients until smooth.

  2. Place parchment paper on baking sheet. Roll batter with your hands into balls about 1 inch wide. 

  3. Place balls on parchment paper and mash flat with fork. Bake for about 30 minutes.

  4. Allow to cool and enjoy with a nice glass of almond or cashew milk.

 

 

 

Lemon Raspberry Crumble

Lemon Raspberry Crumble

My kids love berries, I love berries. We all love berries. Sometimes you just gotta have some berries.

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Ingredients:

For the crust:

3 cups almond flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 egg

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)

1/2 cup granulated Swerve

1/4 tsp lemon extract

dash of salt

Raspberry Filling:

16 oz raspberries

1/4 cup granulated Swerve

1 tbsp butter

Crumble Topping:

4 tbsp butter

1/2 cup almond flour

dash of salt

1/4 cup granulated swerve

1/4 tsp lemon extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, melt butter. Add egg and lemon extract and whisk with a fork. Add dry ingredients and combine well. 
  3. Line a small baking pan with parchment paper or grease with butter. Flatten batter mixture into the bottom of the pan evenly. Bake for 15 minutes. 
  4. In a small pot, combine butter, swerve, and raspberries. Cook for 10-15 minutes to remove some of the water and create a syrup.
  5. In your mixing bowl, melt butter. Add lemon extract, swerve, almond flour, and salt.
  6. Remove raspberries from heat and allow to cool a little bit. Remove crust from oven. Once the raspberries have cooled a little bit, pour over crust. 
  7. Add crumble mixture over the top. Bake for 15 minutes. 
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Enjoy!