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

Thai Peanut Sauce / Dressing (1 Net Gram)

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Peanut Sauce Revisited. I have to admit that I am coo coo for Coco Puffs crazy when it comes to Thai peanut sauce. My first experience tasting this venerable sauce was at an Asian concept I managed in Los Angeles called Monsoon Cafe. I am not exaggerating when I say I loved this stuff so much that I could have drank it up by the cupful. No joke, it was that good! 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

Mike’s Toll House Style Cookies (1 Net Gram)

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One of my all time favorite recipes to bake has always been Toll House cookies. The thing I remember most about a Toll House cookie is that they are a comfort treat like no other. That melt in your mouth quality invokes the very best memories of a carefree childhood. Here I was once again, taunted by the challenge to recreate a gluten-free version that mimicked that cookie I grew up with as a child.  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