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

Gourmet Salted Caramel Sauce (0 Net Grams)

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A Caramel Sauce Disappointment. To begin with I wanted a caramel sauce to compliment my Caramel Brownie Mugcake. Previously I had been using Walden Farms Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce. Truth be told though, like so many of their products it is just ho hum. It can be described as having a somewhat runny consistency. The taste is at best satisfactory and somewhat artificial tasting, but with no other alternatives, it temporarily filled the void. 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

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

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