Pumpkin Coconut Muffins (3 Net Grams)

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Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. Namely because of all the holiday treats one has to look forward to as summertime melts seamlessly into autumn. One favorite that instantly came to mind was Libby’s Pumpkin Roll. It has been a holiday staple of my mother’s for decades. These pumpkin coconut muffins came to be because I was challenged by a friend to come up with something that used pumpkin in it. This is a deliciously different take on the Libby’s pumpkin roll recipe that is equally as good and one thats loaded with pumpkin pie flavor. Continue Reading

Tiramisu Cupcakes (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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Tiramisu Blues. There was a time when I wore blinders and surpassed the bakery section of Whole Foods. Why? Because they have a Tiramisu that was my go to dessert for years. I stopped that urge to indulge in its tracks by coming up with an easy Tiramisu mousse recipe. The mousse by itself has all those delicious flavors I was looking to quash that craving for good! The problem though, was that I still missed those espresso/marsala soaked lady fingers that are an integral component of this classic dessert. Continue Reading

Apple Streusel Muffin (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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An Apple, My New Banana. Much like the discovery I made using that single banana I applied this same principle to an apple. An apple by itself, just like a banana is very high in carbs. Again though when you divide that apple over 12 individual servings you have a muffin that comes in at 3 net grams per serving. Yup, that’s what I’m talking about, that’s low carb math done Mike’s way. Continue Reading

Loaded Cornbread Style Muffins (2 Net Grams)

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In addition to my sweet side I also have an affinity for savory. This cornbread style muffin was challenging on two very significant levels. The first was that it had to be gluten-free. The second and more challenging aspect of this recipe is that it could also not contain cornmeal. Even using just a 1/2 cup would have added 3.5 net grams to each muffin. That number was way to high. How in the heck was I gonna come up with something that was even close to mimicking the flavor and texture of this humble classic. Continue Reading

Blueberry Coconut Muffins (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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Blue About Blueberry. I was standing in line at Starbucks to get myself a tall, dark roast red eye. I glanced over at the display case and eyed a fairly large blueberry muffin that was sitting there beckoning to me. Memories of La Brea Bakery came flooding back. La Brea Bakery is that wonderful bakery from my Los Angeles days. This was the home of Nancy Silverton. Her artisan bakery in days past was second to none. My daily sojourn there always ended with me being seduced by one of her daily offerings. Continue Reading

Banana Coconut Muffins (4 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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One of my all time favorite sweets has always been banana nut muffins. The idea that a gluten-free, low glycemic alternative could be just as good was just not a foreseeable reality. Working without gluten can be a difficult and daunting task. Mainly because it’s hard to mimic the taste, texture and rise that gluten gives to baked goods. Pair that with the fact that bananas are very high in carbs and ordinarily are not allowed on a low carb diet, I knew this was going to be a challenge. 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

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