Simple Snickerdoodles (gluten and grain free)

My husband’s favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle, and for good reason! They are full of delicious, cinnamon goodness. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar/swerve
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup softened salted butter or unsalted + 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

  • Note: granulated swerve or other alternative sweetener works fine, but you’ll have to dust your cookies in the cinnamon mix afterwards instead of before cooking. I’ve noticed erythritol just dissolves into the cookie if it’s coated on beforehand.
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar/sweetener
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with granulated sweetener until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes until incorporated.
  4. Add in almond flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda and mix until well combined.
  5. optional, but recommended: move dough to refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. This makes rolling balls easier.
  6. In a smaller bowl combine sugar and cinnamon and mix. If you’re using regular sugar, you can roll into 1 inch balls and coat the cookies well in the mixture. If not, wait and coat after baking.
  7. Place balls on parchment paper on 2 large baking sheets and bake for 14-17 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  9. Enjoy!

Quick and Simple Strudel Topping

This quick, easy to do strudel topping is a magical accompaniment to many classics: cheesecake desserts, muffins, pumpkin pie custard, yogurt, whipped cream and berries…the possibilities are limited only to your imagination!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brown swerve/sugar
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Combine in food processor and pulse until smooth. Sprinkle on desired dessert and enjoy!

Polarizing Scrambled Egg Breakfast (gluten and grain free)

Eggs are a wonderful beginning to the day, and with sausage doubly so! But all ya’ll who like runny eggs, ew. Milk in eggs? That’s just wrong. I used to wonder why I hated eggs as a kid. It’s because they had copious amounts of milk poured in and were a runny, goopy mess. With age comes wisdom, I guess.

These are the eggs that you need to jazz up your breakfast routine. You’ll thank me later.

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 eggs
  • 1/4 lb sausage
  • 1/2-1 onion, diced (I prefer red)
  • Sliced mushroom (optional)
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 2-4 tbsp cooking fat
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Throw onions, mushrooms, and sausage into a pan. Fry on high heat until sausage is cooked through and the vegetables are caramelizing.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add red pepper flakes and eggs. Mix.
  3. Continue to cook, stirring until the eggs start to turn golden brown. Remove from heat, salt, and serve.

Low Carb Cloud Bread (paleo and dairy free version)

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 delicious cheese and cream-based concoctions, but when I’m honest with myself there’s no denying that my body is happier during 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 stomach (and kids) says 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 325Ā°. 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.

Low Carb 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:

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.

Easy Low Carb 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!

“Prehistoric” Grain Free Peanut Butter Cookies (4 ingredients!)

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!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup erythritol
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients until smooth.
  3. Place parchment paper on baking sheet. Roll batter with your hands into balls about 1 inch wide.
  4. Place balls on parchment paper and mash flat with a fork. Bake for 20-30 minutes until desired consistency.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Quick and Easy Whipped Cream

Sometimes you need a quick and easy whipped cream recipe–whether it’s for a quick fatty snack, perfect pumpkin pie, or to top off a delicious keto frappuccino.

So here it is! This recipe is 4 ingredients and whips together in a magic bullet or similar blender so fast it’s unbelievable.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • A sprinkle of cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 15-20 drops of stevia

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in magic bullet or other blender and blend. With the bullet it takes about a minute (this can vary). Watch it, though. It will thicken to a nice, creamy consistency–you can sometimes hear it change when whipping, but you don’t want to blend it for so long that it separates.
  2. Enjoy your whipped cream!

An incredibly delicious variation of this, worthy of dessert status on its own, is to put a scoop or two of peanut butter in this before whipping.

Sweet Butter Coffee (bulletproof style ketogenic coffee)

Clearly I’m fond of beverage recipes. Lately I’ve been drinking a cup of this coffee in the morningsĀ  (and making the kids a decaf coffee or decaf chai version), and it’s plenty of fat to hold me over until lunch. As a tandem nursing mom, that isn’t easy to do! I lost nearly ten pounds this week–granted, we’ve been hiking everyday and I’ve got a lot to lose, but it’s very exciting.

Sweet Butter Coffee (bulletproof style ketogenic coffee)

A delicious modified version of bulletproof coffee.

Servings 1
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Coffee My family uses Elite instant coffee
  • 1 Tbsp Butter We use Kerrygold
  • 1 Tbsp MCT or coconut oil
  • 3 Drops Liquid stevia
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp Collagen hydrosolate powder Optional--I don't use this in the mornings, but put it in the kid's drinks. We use Great Lakes brand.
  • Dash Himalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Brew coffee.

  2. In a blender (or a milk frother or whatever, I use a magic bullet) combine everything. Let butter and oil melt.

  3. Blend until frothy, about 5 seconds. If you are using a bullet like me, be careful! Pressure can build up quickly.

  4. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

The Moderation Problem

You know, when it boils down to it everyone is a little different. We’ve got different interests, different personalities, different bodies. And no one body composition is exactly the same as another.

So here’s the problem: I’m learning that I can’t do moderation. Worse, yet, I’m seeing that my girls can’t seem to, either.

People always say, “A little won’t hurt, you can make an exception!” They tend to think that the grain-free diet that we follow is extreme and that we’re somehow depriving ourselves by not indulging in a little piece of cake or pasta now and then. I’m here to tell you that we’re not.

Sometimes I do give in to the peer pressure, because here’s the God’s honest truth: I love sugar. I’m a full-fledged addict and once I get a bite I can’t stop. That’s the big problem–it is an addiction, and one that is encouraged. Sometimes, when someone presses me to eat a piece of fudge or some ice cream, I do, and when I do, I binge hard. I almost never intentionally eat wheat–it just causes too many problems–but sweet, delectable sugar, man. It’s the temptress that rears her head all too often at holidays, birthday parties, and family gatherings.

Almost anything sweet is a trigger food. I can’t eat a piece, I eat the cake. I emotional eat. I boredom eat. Today I had most of a (fudge sized) tray of no-bake, low carb cheesecake and watermelon, and it wasn’t that bad but I’m still disappointed because once I tasted the cheesecake it was gone. If I indulge, I’m generally off the proverbial wagon for a month or two. It’s been a terrible cycle and that, my friends, is why I never lose weight–I have some chips and fruit at Thanksgiving and I can’t stop myself until after Christmas.

It’s just awful. I have two daughters under the age of two that seem to have the exact same eating patterns as me. They just love to gorge, and they’ll eat almost any time, even when they aren’t hungry. My poor babies.

I have to end the cycle. Some of us just aren’t capable of moderation, and that’s okay. Some people can eat a cookie and only one cookie, and some of us will eat the entire batch. For those of us who can’t just have one, it’s best to just refrain. I feel better and stronger when I can face the temptation with confident resistance.

Yo ho, yo ho…