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French Toast Bagels – Low Carb Gluten Free

French Toast Bagels - Low Carb Gluten Free

French Toast Bagels - Low Carb Gluten Free

Since I really enjoyed the garlic bagels that I made a few weeks ago, I figured I’d modify the recipe a little to try and made a different flavor. If you’ve ever been to Panera Bread, you know that bagels come in a multitude of flavors. My son especially likes the French toast bagels they have so that is how I got the idea to try and do a similar flavor in a low carb gluten free version.

Donut Pan with Low Carb Bagel Dough

Donut Pan with Low Carb Bagel Dough

One of the things I changed in the original recipe was to add guar gum. Breads made with coconut flour can tend to be a little spongy and adding guar or xanthan gum will give a more bread-like texture. This made a big difference so I updated the garlic bagels to optionally add guar or xanthan gum. I used guar gum, but xanthan gum will do the same thing.

Gluten Free French Toast Bagels

Gluten Free French Toast Bagels

Of course it is hard to compare these bagels to a high carb restaurant chain version, but they did make a nice filling breakfast for me. When these bagels were in the oven, they had a wonderful french toast smell. My daughter had a friend over and both of them asked me if I was making french toast. The bagels did indeed taste like french toast and some people may want to add a little maple syrup on top. I chose to have mine with a little butter.

French Toast Flavored Coconut Flour Bagel

French Toast Flavored Coconut Flour Bagel


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4 comments  Posted by Lisa - March 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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Low Carb Homemade Sugar Free Peppermint Patties

Low Carb Sugar Free Peppermint Patties

Low Carb Sugar Free Peppermint Patties

There’s nothing better than a sweet peppermint patty candy after dinner. Although they look like something that could be difficult to make at home, they aren’t. I had been wanting to make these candies at home for a long time, but I felt like it was too involved and I wouldn’t have time. I was wrong!

Sugar Free Peppermint Filling

Sugar Free Peppermint Filling

The filling in these low carb concoctions is a blend of coconut oil, xylitol or erythritol, stevia, vanilla extract, peppermint flavoring or extract, and heavy cream. I found that warming up the coconut oil slightly made it much easier to work with. If you live in a hotter climate than New England at this time of year, you may not have to do that.

Peppermint Filling Dropped onto Silpat with Tops Flattened

Peppermint Filling Dropped onto Silpat with Tops Flattened

To make evenly sized candies, I used a cookie scoop to plop the filling paste onto a non-stick sheet. Then I flattened each mound by going over the top of each mound with a knife. I also tried using the back of the scooper instead of the knife to thin out each mound of paste and that worked just as good.

Molded Sugar Free Chocolate Candies with Leftover Chocolate

Molded Sugar Free Chocolate Candies with Leftover Chocolate

When I was finished dipping each frozen patty into the chocolate and placing them on a sheet to cool, I had a little chocolate left over. Since I have some small chocolate candy molds, I poured the leftover chocolate into them and made some cute little sugar free chocolates. My daughter ate all those chocolates and asked that I make more next time.

Homemade Peppermint Patties - Low Carb and Sugar Free

Homemade Peppermint Patties - Low Carb and Sugar Free


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2 comments  Posted by Lisa - March 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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Creamy Coconut Milk Pudding

Creamy Low Carb Coconut Milk Pudding

Creamy Low Carb Coconut Milk Pudding

Although I enjoyed the coconut custard I made earlier this month, it didn’t turn out as creamy as I had hoped. To fix this problem, I thought I’d try a cooked pudding using both coconut milk and heavy cream. For thickeners, I used cream cheese and an egg. Coconut extract was added to enhance the flavor and vanilla extra was added to boost the sweetness. I have to tell you that this pudding was much better than the custard and required no baking. The addition of heavy cream and cream cheese made the pudding very creamy and smooth. I chose to use liquid sucralose (Splenda) in the recipe because I have a big bottle that I need to use up. You can use stevia and erythritol blend or any other sweeteners you happen to have on hand.

Low Carb Sugar Free Coconut Pudding

Low Carb Sugar Free Coconut Pudding


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2 comments  Posted by Lisa - March 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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Low Carb Refried Black Soy Beans

Low Carb Refried Black Soy Beans

Low Carb Refried Black Soy Beans

When I found out my regular grocery store carries Eden Black Soy Beans in the Natural Foods section, I grabbed a bunch to try out some recipes. I had wondered how these would taste mashed and fried. I found a recipe at Low Carb Luxury for Refried Black Soy Beans, but of course I had to modify it a little. I did like the addition of bacon because it gave a really nice flavor to the soy beans. In fact, I think I’ll add more bacon next time.

Processing the Black Soy Beans with Seasonings

Processing the Black Soy Beans with Seasonings

I simplified the original recipe because I like to make my cooking as easy as possible. There were a lot more steps in Lora’s recipe. Other than cooking the bacon, the ingredients can all be processed together before frying in the skillet.

Frying the Processed Soy Beans with Bacon

Frying the Processed Soy Beans with Bacon

These low carb refried beans would taste great with cheese rolled into a carb conscious tortilla to make a burrito. They can be served plain or topped with cheese. This is also something that can be used to make a layered tortilla chip dip. I know you will enjoy this if you are a fan of Mexican food.

Low Carb Refried Beans Topped with Cheese

Low Carb Refried Beans Topped with Cheese

 


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Be the first to comment  Posted by Lisa - March 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

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Coconut Flour Pizza Crust or Bread Sticks

Gluten Free Low Carb Pizza Made with Coconut Flour

Gluten Free Low Carb Pizza Made with Coconut Flour

I have returned from a week long vacation and am ready to get back into low carb cooking. Before I left, I had been experimenting with making a pizza crust out of coconut flour. My first try resulted in a bland and spongy bread. I received several suggestions on my Facebook page on how to improve the recipe. I added ground flax seed to get rid of the sponginess. The added flax really made a difference and resulted in a much crisper crust. I like pizza crust that is thin and crispy so the flax meal was a great addition. To fix the taste, I added more seasoning as well as a little olive oil.

Gluten Free Low Carb Pizza Crust with Coconut Flour and Flax

Gluten Free Low Carb Pizza Crust with Coconut Flour and Flax

I warned my picky daughter that the delicious smelling pizza had a “special” crust on it. She was still willing to try it because I had already sampled it and told her it wasn’t bad. My daughter’s favorite frozen pizza is Freshetta so her comment was “It’s okay, but it’s no Freshetta.” Just the fact that she finished the slice without a complaint is reason enough to call the recipe a success.

Gluten Free Low Carb Pizza

Gluten Free Low Carb Pizza

 


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5 comments  Posted by Lisa - March 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

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Overnight Pecan Meringue Cookies

Pecan Meringue Cookies

Pecan Meringue Cookies

I’ve been wanting to try some homemade meringue cookies. I’ve bought the ones sweetened with Splenda and I really like them, but I thought I’d see how difficult they were to make at home. This version used stevia and erythritol, but Splenda would also work. The sweeteners should equal about ¾ cup of sugar. Before making the cookies, you should take the eggs out of the refrigerator to give them time to reach room temperature. These cookies dry out in a warmed oven overnight so you can put them in before bed and check on them in the morning.


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2 comments  Posted by Lisa - March 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

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Coconut Flour Belgian Waffles

Low Carb Gluten Free Belgian Waffle

Low Carb Gluten Free Belgian Waffle

We flew into Orlando, Florida yesterday evening. Today is our first full day of vacation. My son is on his spring break from Prep School and we are spending the week together down south to celebrate his successful wrestling season as a first year high school freshman where he won a couple big championship tournaments. It’s always tough during the season because you have to maintain weight, so he’s happy to be eating whatever he wants now. Belgian waffles are one of my son’s favorite breakfast items so I asked him to try this low carb version. He gave it a thumbs up.

Low Carb Waffle with Blueberry Sauce

Low Carb Waffle with Blueberry Sauce

This is a recipe I found at The Good Eatah Blog which has a lot of great gluten-free and casein-free recipes. They aren’t sugar-free so I modified the coconut flour waffles to better fit low carb. Liz gives the great tip of using a blender to mix the batter because coconut flour does tend to clump up when it gets wet. The blender works out perfect in this recipe because the batter can be poured directly into the waffle iron once mixed. My waffles were very large because I have a thick belgian waffle maker. I got two nice sized waffles from this recipe. One serving of these big waffles is a half of one.


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Be the first to comment  Posted by Lisa - March 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

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Black Soy Bean Double Chocolate Cookies

Low Carb Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

Low Carb Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

It’s that time of year again! Although I have been pretty good about avoiding sugar filled snacks, I have a hard time in March when the Girl Scout cookies arrive. It’s a tradition to order these once a year treats. I always give in to my favorite, the Samoas, because I love coconut and caramel. My husband and kids eat most of the cookies, but I do treat myself to a few of my favorites since it is a rare treat.

Cookie Dough Scoops Slightly Flattened on Baking Sheet

Cookie Dough Scoops Slightly Flattened on Baking Sheet

To help stay away from the boxes of Girl Scout cookies, I made a batch of low carb bean cookies. This recipe is a modified version of my black soy bean fudge brownies. The cookies are more cake-like than the brownies so if you like denser cookies, you may want to cut back on the baking soda and baking powder. If you leave out the chocolate chips, I think these would make great little whoopie pies by putting a vanilla cream between two cookies.

Freshly Baked Double Chocolate Cookies

Freshly Baked Double Chocolate Cookies


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2 comments  Posted by Lisa - March 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm

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Coconut Custard

Sugar Free Low Carb Coconut Custard

Sugar Free Low Carb Coconut Custard

For some reason, I seem to be doing better with weight loss when I use Splenda instead of a stevia and erythritol mix. I do use a liquid version of Splenda which has zero carbs and calories so perhaps that is the reason. It has been a few weeks since I’ve baked a dessert, but I have been eating Splenda sweetened protein bars which are like eating candy. I wanted to make something sweet that would be fairly low in carbs and calories. Of course gelatin is always a great standby, but I wanted something with a little more substance. I thought about making some pudding and ended up with a baked custard. Coconut is one of my favorite flavors so I made some baked coconut custard in single serving cups.

Coconut Custard Cups

Coconut Custard Cups


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4 comments  Posted by Lisa - March 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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Garlic Coconut Flour Bagels – Gluten Free

Toasted Low Carb Garlic Coconut Flour Bagel

Toasted Low Carb Garlic Coconut Flour Bagel

It’s been over a week since I’ve posted on the blog. The main reason is that I just haven’t been eating much food while working towards a weight loss goal. I am happy to say that I exceeded my goal. I managed to lose an average of two pounds a week by making a drastic cut in calories and exercising thirty minutes a day. Now that I am down to where I want to be, I’m slowing adding more calories to enter into maintenance. I could stand to lose a couple more pounds, but anything more than that could be too much too fast.

Gluten Free Mock Bagels made with Coconut Flour

Gluten Free Mock Bagels made with Coconut Flour

I have had a serious craving for bread lately. There’s a guy at work who is always toasting a bagel in the toaster by my desk each morning. While I was downing my morning low carb protein bar or shake, all I could think of was sinking my teeth into a warm buttered garlic bagel. Now that I’m back to eating more, I thought I’d try a simple coconut bread recipe in a donut pan in order to make “mock” bagels. I was really surprised at how well these came out since it was a cinch to throw these together on the spur of moment. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I particularly like them toasted. The butter in the batter gives them a nice buttery taste so you won’t have to add any additional butter or cream cheese.

Baked Coconut Flour Garlic Flavored Bagels

Baked Coconut Flour Garlic Flavored Bagels


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12 comments  Posted by Lisa - March 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm

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