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

Green Beans Almondine (2 Net Grams)

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Thanksgiving  always elicits visions of green beans casserole dancing inside my head. Nothing was as comforting as a huge helping of this delicious casserole. It’s a holiday dish that most everyone has had at one time or another. Since its introduction it’s still considered a holiday comfort classic.  Today it remains as one of those iconic dishes one sees again and again at holiday gatherings around the country. 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

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

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

Salted Almond and Coconut Clusters (3 Net Grams)

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I came up with these salted almond coconut clusters as another delicious option where I put Lily’s chocolate to the test. It is no secret that I love my sweets. My sweet tooth ruled my life for decades. Creating wonderfully nutritious, as well as delicious treats has become somewhat of a hobby. Part necessity, part challenge and ultimately what keeps me motivated, on track and satisfied. 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

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