Pumpkin Mascarpone Mousse (2 Net Grams)

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The Pumpkin Challenge. I was recently contacted by a good friend who also observes a low carb lifestyle. Her request or rather her challenge was to create something with pumpkin in it. There were no specific parameters given, just make it  something simple that would get her through the quickly approaching holiday season. This was created as an optional frosting for a soon to follow pumpkin coconut muffin recipe. The really good news though, is that it doubles as a dessert option on its own. Continue Reading

Caramel Brownie Mug Cake – (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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There was always an inkling of curiosity whenever I saw a recipe posted for a mug cake. I was down right resistant to trying one of these one cup wonders simply because they are cooked in a microwave. That anything cooked in a microwave could be this decadently rich and delicious was just not something I could not be persuaded to believe was possible. One afternoon though, I read a post that said if you didn’t try one of these quick and easy marvels, you were missing out. That statement finally got me curious enough to want to try one. Continue Reading

Lemon-Chia Seed Muffins -(2 Net Grams) Gluten-Free

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There is nothing I like more than really good baked goods. There was an amazing little place I used to frequent in L.A. called La Brea Bakery. I didn’t know this at the time, but the baker there was Nancy Silverton, both she and her then husband Mark Peel are legends in the culinary world. Her little bakery carried the most amazing artisan baked goods and I stopped by daily to see what wonderful things I could be seduced into buying. One of the things I never passed up (if by some miracle there were any left) were her lemon poppy seed muffins. Continue Reading

Tart and Tangy Key Lime Curd – Low Carb (2 Grams) Gluten-Free

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A Key Lime is such a little power house of mouth puckering tang. I love them along with Meyer’s Lemons for all their tartness which I happen to be very fond of. This penchant for tart and tangy comes from my love of Sour Patch Kids candy. When Sour Patch Kids candy made its debut it was a match made in heaven. That bitingly sour tang followed by sweet. My favorite flavor was always the lime with lemon coming in a close second. Continue Reading

Easiest Ever Tiramisu Mousse – Low Carb (2 Net Grams) Gluten-Free

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The first time I indulged in that wonderful little dessert known as Tiramisu was at a little cafe in Rome. I savored every delicious bite as I sipped on an espresso laced with lemon peel quietly taking in all the hustle and bustle that is Rome. It was love at first bite. The creamy marscapone, the marsala wine and espresso soaked lady fingers covered with all that chocolate dust. It just sent my head into a tail spin. This was my dessert destination everyday for the duration of my stay in that glorious city. Continue Reading

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Frosting – Low Carb (5 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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A close friend said that these chocolate chip wonders which I referred to as muffins, are more of a cupcake. Why? Because I frosted them. All I know is that they are moist, delicious and loaded with goodness you’re going to love. In the base I use a combination of almond and coconut flours, as well as unsweetened flaked coconut which gives these goodies a texture very similar to one made with gluten. Getting something that resembles and tastes just as good as gluten is not an easy task. Often times  it requires trial and error and these were no exception. I’m a tough customer, so for me to post a recipe it has to be absolutely perfect and I think these are just that. Continue Reading

Hazelnut-Mocha Avocado Mousse – Low Carb (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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Avocado What? The idea that you could use an avocado for more than guacamole, as a garnish for salads or as a condiment for burgers came as a quite a surprise. I first learned about chocolate avocado mousse from a friend of mine. She had been making this for years and assured me that it was down right delicious. Now I am always willing to try something at least once so I set about the task of making this odd curiosity. Continue Reading

Nutty Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups – Low Carb (2 Net Grams) Gluten-Free

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These wonderfully delicious almond butter cups are another sweet treat where I use Lily’s Dark Chocolate Bar sweetened with Stevia and Erythritol. The idea of a peanut butter cup is nothing new. Here I use almond butter instead of the usual peanut butter. With these I wanted something special that was both sweet and savory with some sort of textural element added. This is my version with a WOW factor. Continue Reading