Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day Chocolate Heart Cupcakes

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A little late for a Valentine's day posting but these are great to make any day.  Rich and chocolaty good.  Simple to make.  I used a silicone heart shaped muffin mold. I hope you and your special someone will try them and enjoy.


                 Valentine's Day Chocolate Heart Cupcakes

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 6   

1/2  cup  Pyure sweetener -- or 1 cup equivalent to sugar
6  tablespoons  cocoa powder
3  tablespoons  almond flour - Honeyville
1  teaspoon  baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  salt
2  large  eggs
3  tablespoons  avocado oil
3  tablespoons  chocolate almond milk, unsweetened
                        Vanilla Cream Frosting
3  tablespoons  butter -- softened
2  ounces  philadelphia 1/3 less Fat Cream Cheese -- softened
1/4  cup  Pyure sweetener -- powdered (I do this in a coffee grinder) OR use 1/2 cup Swerve confectioner's.
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
   red food coloring -- (to make the shade of red or pink you prefer)
2 tablespoons  heavy cream -- (or just enough to get the right consistency)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 6 heart shaped muffin cups.  I used silicone.

In mixing bowl add sweetener, cocoa powder, almond flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix together to incorporated and smooth out any lumps.

Add eggs, avocado oil, and chocolate milk and mix with electric mixer until well incorporated. 

Fill muffin cups evenly.  Bake 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool before turning out. 

Frost with Vanilla Cream Frosting:
Mix together butter, cream cheese, sweetener, food coloring, and as you mix with electric mixer add just enough cream to make it a smooth creamy spreadable consistency.

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Per Serving (1 muffin): 213 Calories; 21g Fat (83.5% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber
NOTES : 2g net carbs per serving

Monday, January 7, 2019


It's been a while since I posted here, but I'm still around.  Taking life leisurely these days - in some ways anyway.  Life always has new challenges in different time periods and stages.  But, hey, chocolate is right for all stages and ages!  Especially the senior years, I'd say - The time of life that is probably giving me the most changes and challenges both good and bad, that I've ever faced in life before.  Life is an adventure.  Chocolate is good to take along on any adventure I'd say. 

So Valentine's day is quickly approaching.  A little more than a month away.  Yes, we just got over Christmas and New Year and we're sick of food.  But can one really ever be sick of chocolate?  I've heard there are those people out there who do not like chocolate, but for me that is something that doesn't compute to my taste buds.  So here is the most simple chocolate recipe for those of you, like me, who never ever get enough of it. 

Here is what you will need. Just 4 simple ingredients: Butter, baker's chocolate, confectioner's sweetener, and vanilla, as well as a candy mold or some mold to put them in. If you don't have a candy mold you can use mini muffin tins, or whatever you have. My molds gave me 20 pieces of candy.

This is made in the microwave, so it's very simple.  In a small bowl you just add diced unsalted butter:

Then add the chopped chocolate:
Add the Swerve confectioner's sweetener or another brand of confectioner's sweetener to your liking. It must be one that goes well to sweeten chocolate likely erythritol based. 

You simply stir together and microwave 30 seconds at a time in increments until it is smooth and melted, and then add the vanilla and microwave another 15 seconds.  If it seems too thick it may need more butter.  I didn't measure how much butter I used the first time I threw it together and this time I just used 4 tablespoons. I think it was thinner and nicer consistency the first time so even though I have 4 tbsp. in the recipe because that's what I used, I think next time I would do 5.  You can use coconut oil if you prefer, but I like the flavor and the texture with butter.

                          Easy Peasy Chocolates

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 20   
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  4        tablespoons  butter -- diced
  2        ounces  unsweetened baking chocolate  -- cut into small pieces
  1/2     cup  confectioner's Swerve -- (Or other confectioner's sugar free sweetener)
  1        teaspoon  vanilla

In microwaveable bowl, add butter, chocolate, and confectioner's sweetener.  Microwave at 30 second increments at a time stirring in between until melted and smooth. 

Add vanilla, and microwave another 15 seconds, stir and pour into whatever mold you have. You can use a candy mold, or mini muffin cups, or whatever you have.  My mold made 20 pieces, but nutrition will vary according to what size mold you use and how many pieces you come up with.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Keep refrigerated. 

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Per Serving: 36 Calories; 4g Fat (88.0% calories from fat); trace Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber;  24mg Sodium. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


I'm not really good at appetizers, but tomorrow at church it's "Appetizer Sunday" and everyone is supposed to bring an appetizer.  After trying a couple other appetizers and getting frustrated, I got the idea for this one.  I love the way they turned out.  I had to taste one of course.  very easy to put together and not too many ingredients.  Only 1g net carbs per biscuit or muffin, whatever you prefer to call it.  It actually came out of a biscuit recipe adapted, and okay, yes, I realize I spelled biscuit wrong in the picture.  But for some reason I like that spelling better.  Anyway, I'm too tired to go redo the picture, so I hope you'll put up with my spelling error and just try out the recipe.  It's really worth it. After tasting 1 I wanted to eat the whole batch.  That's probably why I don't normally make appetizers.  So little, so innocent, until you eat the whole batch.  But if you are having company or bringing an appetizer to a meal, it works.


Ham And Cheese Mini Biscuit Bites

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 16 

1  cup  almond flour - Honeyville
1  teaspoon  baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/8  teaspoon  baking soda
1/4  teaspoon  onion powder
1/4  teaspoon  garlic powder
1/2  cup  finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, happy farms
1/4  cup  deviled ham, Underwood, canned -- (1/2 can)
1  large  egg
2  tablespoons  marsala cooking wine -- (or enough to make a soft dough)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 16 muffin tins or line with paper liners.

In small bowl, add almond flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Whisk together. Stir in shredded cheese and ham.

Add egg and cooking wine and stir together with a fork until it comes together to make a soft dough. (Add more wine or water if needed).

Fill each muffin tin just to the top.  Bake 15 minutes.  Let cool. Serve hot or cold.

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Per Serving: 73 Calories; 6g Fat (71.1% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber

Saturday, December 2, 2017


This is just a quick post for a review on Pyure Sweeteners.  I got some free samples in the mail and I have to say I have absolutely no complaints on anything I've tried so far.  I'm not getting any money or benefits from sharing this.  As many of you probably know, if you read my blog often, I have been using pretty much mostly Pyure Organic Stevia Blend in all my baking lately.  So far that's the only one I've tried until I got the samples.  I love it because 1) it's so much cheaper to use than most of the sweeteners out there.  2) Though some like the cup for cup measurements of Swerve or Erythritol, I like that I can use half the amount with Pyure Stevia Blend for the same sweetness.  More for my buck. 3) I like that I don't have to order it online. It's available locally at most grocery stores. I've been getting it in my local Walmart. 

 If you want a cup for cup blend they have one, but it has maltodextrin in it which is just another carbohydrate and raises blood sugar.  I would not recommend that. Here is an exerpt about maltodextrin  
[Maltodextrin has 4 calories per gram — the same amount of calories as sucrose, or table sugar. Like sugar, your body can digest maltodextrin quickly, so it’s useful if you need a quick boost of calories and energy. However, maltodextrin’s GI is higher than table sugar, ranging from 106 to 136. This means that it can raise your blood sugar level very quickly.] Important to read labels and learn what the things listed in the label are.
But the organic stevia blend is stevia and erythritol.  I like the taste. To me it is as close to sugar as it gets for taste.  I prefer it over Swerve.  I also prefer the price over Swerve. 

Today I tried the maple flavored syrup on one of my favorite pancake recipes "One Big Fluffy Pancake." I added some of my lacto-fermented fried apples to the batter and topped it with butter and the syrup.  I was very happy with the texture and flavor, but this one is not available locally, and the price is beyond what I would pay for this size bottle of syrup.  It does have a small bit of after taste that some may not like.  It does not bother me as it's a good after taste anyway, and it doesn't last very long.  

I've been otherwise using Walden Farms zero carb syrup which I like but I tend to add my own maple flavoring to it and a bit more sweetness.  I didn't feel the need to do that with Pyure.  But comparing the price, it's a no-brainer... I'll keep buying Walden Farms, which I can get locally, and adding maple flavoring and a dash of stevia extract to it. 

The vanilla flavored extract is pretty strong on the vanilla flavor, which I like.  Just so you know, use it sparingly at first and add a little at a time to see how you like it.  

They also have a honey substitute, which I was hoping they'd send me, but they didn't. I would have liked to try that out.  Here's the break down of it... 
Calories 30
Total Fat 0g0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total Carb 14g5%
Dietary Fiber 10 g40%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
4g net carbs per 1 tbsp serving.  That's actually more carbs than what I would want to use, but maybe some are okay with that.  Depends on how you use it. If you can fit it into your macros, fine.  

Anyway, just thought I'd share with whoever out there is interested since Christmas baking is right around the corner.  Have a nice day! 😄 

Monday, November 20, 2017


BREAD PEOPLE!  This is bread!  I am so pleased, tickled pink to tell you the truth, at how this turned out!!  I am still catching my breath.  This is the closest thing to a loaf of wheat bread I've ever made and it is actually sandwich size slices. I bought a pullman pan a few years back and never used it.  All the low carb bread I made was for smaller loaves. I decided to tweak my last recipe of "Flax cheesy Bread With Protein" and make a larger loaf that would work in my pullman pan and see if I could get something that resembled a real loaf of bread.  It worked!!  I was doing some fast prayers because so often I've had disappointments but this did not disappoint.   I believe the pullman pan was what made the difference in the rise I got, but also some of the tweaks I made to it.

I'm always tweaking my recipes.  This time it was worth it. You can get the pullman pan at Amazon.  I'm not an affiliate and I don't make any money off it, I'm just sharing what I used and where you can buy it.

I did not use the cover when I baked it. I just baked it open.  But, after cooled the loaf fits nicely back in the pan with the cover to keep it fresh. Nice place to keep it.  I would put it in the fridge after a couple days on the counter, however.

Does that look like bread or what? It tastes like bread too.  Okay, I have to admit, it's been a few years since I actually tasted wheat bread, but if my memory serves me right this is bread.  Tastes good with just some butter on it.  Makes good toast.  Soft bread like texture.  I'm a happy camper.

One more thing before I close - do you notice the badge on my upper right corner?  I was surprised to get an email saying my blog has been chosen for the top 75 low carb blogs on  I'm honored and really don't know what to say except thanks! Check out for some really great low carb blogs.  Click on the badge above and it will take you there.

 Pullman Pan Low Carb Bread 

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 20 

  1 1/4 cups  Parmesan cheese -- (the canned kind)
  5/8   cup  golden flaxseed meal
  3/8   cup  whey protein isolate, Isopure -- (Unflavored)
  1/4   cup  almond flour - Honeyville
  1/4   cup  Psyllium husk powder
  1/4   cup  nutritional Yeast Flakes, NOW brand
  1 1/4  scoops  MCT oil powder, Quest -- (optional)
  3 1/8  teaspoons  baking powder
  2 or 3   tablespoons  Pyure Sweetener (I used 2 but next time think I will do 3 for a little more sweetness. If you like it less sweet add 2. It helps bring out flavor and does not really sweeten much)
  8   large  eggs
  4   egg whites -- (can use the carton whites)
  5/8  cup  marsala cooking wine (or regular marsala wine - helps with rise and flavor)

Preheat oven to 350F. In bottom of 9x4x4-inch Pullman loaf pan (works best) loaf pan or other 9x5 loaf pan (size is important to rise), place parchment paper and grease sides with coconut oil. If using a Pullman pan you may not need the parchment or grease, but I grease it anyway. It releases very easily with no sticking.

In mixing bowl, add parmesan cheese, flax meal, whey protein, almond flour, psyllium powder, nutritional yeast flakes, MCT oil powder, (if using), baking powder and Pyure sweetener. Sift together.

Add eggs, egg whites and cooking wine and beat with electric mixer until well combined. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 min. Remove from pan onto wire rack and cool completely before cutting.

  "© Ginny Larsen, 2017"
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Per Serving: 115 Calories; 6g Fat (47.5% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber
2g net carbs per slice


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