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

Sweetly Spicy Almonds (2 Net Grams)

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Almonds – They do a body good. I love almonds because as a snack they are a nutrient dense power house of goodness. Good for me, good for my body. Studies suggest that a one ounce serving which is about a 1/4 of a cup is loaded with nutrients and are touted for their health benefits. 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

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies (1 Net Gram)

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Its hard to remember when I first fell in love with peanut butter cookies. What I do recall is that peanut butter cookies have always been among those things I would get excited about when I saw them at local bake sales. Back in those days this was a very popular way to raise funds for various school sponsored clubs and organizations. These bake sales were the ones always setup in front of  supermarkets and discount stores like K-mart. 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

Chilled Tomatillo Gazpacho – (3 Net Grams), Dairy Free

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Gazpacho is a perfect option when it is too hot to eat, you’re hungry and you need something refreshing, with lots of flavor that leaves you utterly satisfied. Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and is served chilled. It’s origin is hailed as being from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. It is widely eaten in Spain and neighbouring Portugal. It is extremely popular during the hot summer months as a refreshingly delicious option for lunch or a light dinner. 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