Monday, October 17, 2016


I'm making this post to let people know there are frauds out there, that put up blogs, pinterest and facebook pages, only to steal other blogger's recipes, remove the copyright, and post them as their own, stealing all the hard work, time, and love that goes into creating recipes.  One such page on pinterest is and their facebook page is:

I've found several of my own recipes on their page, as well as other food bloggers that I know.  Please, please, when you find pages like this, do not support them, confront them that you know what they are doing, spread the word to others to let them know, and report them if you see a violation.  It is sad that this happens and very discouraging, and really makes me wonder if the work is worth it only for others to steal it and make money off my labor.  I don't make any money off what I share.  I do it as a labor of love!  I get a small amount of money from ads on my blog, really not enough to keep up the blog.  But others steal my recipes as well as others who have worked hard, and make them their own and use them for profit.  Please don't support these types of pages if you know what they are doing.

I report them when I find them, and will post them on my blog to expose them when I become aware of them, and hopefully enough people will spread the news that they will no longer be able to continue to do what they do.  It is nearly impossible to keep up with all the crooks out there who don't want to make an honest living.  It's nearly impossible to protect your own work.  People can steal recipes, put together their own recipe books, and who is any the wiser?  I will keep posting recipes because I want to help people.  I guess what others do they will do.  But I will do what I can to make others aware of it also and hope all you good people out there will hold them accountable when you are able and make sure to spread the word.

Monday, October 10, 2016


This is just a very quick post, because it's my birthday.  Yes, and I've been too busy enjoying the day with my honey, hiking and picnicking.  We had a beautiful day!  And my Heavenly Father blessed me with a gift too, perfect weather in October!  72 degrees and sunny.

This is basically the same recipe as my zucchini cake recipe here.  The only thing changed is that instead of Einkorn flour I added cocoa to make it a chocolate cake.  I love the way it turned out in every way.  It is a very moist and chocolaty cake.  The zucchini really adds the right amount of moistness, and it rises well.  Most chocolate cakes I try to make don't.  But I loved the way this rose.  I use a silicone bundt pan, which worked really nice.

So here we go...

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
16 servings
by Ginny Larsen, ©, 10-10-2016

5  large  eggs
1/2  cup  erythritol
1/4  cup  Pyure
2  teaspoons  vanilla
1  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
1  tablespoon  cinnamon
1/2  teaspoon  salt
2 cups  shredded zucchini -- (I cut one large zucchini in chunks and place in food processor with S blade and process.)
1/3  cup  coconut oil
1 1/2  cups  almond flour - Honeyville
1/4  cup  whey protein isolate, Isopure -- unflavored
1/4  cup  golden flaxseed meal
1/4  cup  oat fiber
1/4  cup cocoa

In mixing bowl, add eggs, erythritol, Pyure, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Blend together with electric mixer.

Add Zucchini, oil, almond flour, whey protein, flaxseed meal, oat fiber, and cocoa.   Mix until combined. 

Pour into Bundt pan, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and bake in 350F preheated oven for 1 hour to 1 1/4 hr. If knife inserted comes out clean it is done. It was done for me at 1 1/4 hour.

Cool completely on wire rack.  Turn out onto plate and add a glaze if desired. I simply mix powdered sweetener such as Pyure or Swerve, and add a little bit of vanilla and enough cream to make it the right consistency.  

Per Serving: 143 Calories; 12g Fat (65.7% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

APPLE CRISP PIZZA (low carb and gluten free)

I'm on an apple roll these days, Fall is in the air, and my house smells like apples.  I love it!!  Okay, I have to admit part of that apple smell comes from a room fragrance.  After my 3 jars of fermented apples were all done I made up a batch of my Fried Caramel Apples and I found a recipe on Taste of Home that I knew would be the perfect one to low carb using these apples. One problem was the crust.  Hmmmm, what would make a good crust.  I KNOW! I KNOW!  A version of  uplateanyway's stromboli crust!  I've made her stromboli and it's just too good. Really!  You have to try it! So for this I added a little sweetener to it.

Oh my oh my oh my!  This turned out so good.  I'm not kidding.  It's not as much work as it appears.  You do have to plan ahead for it though.  It takes 3 to 5 days to lacto-ferment the apples.  Then just make up a batch of the Fried Caramel Apples before you are going to do this, then all you have to do is make the crust...easy peasy, not as hard as it looks.  Tonight is pizza night at our house.  So I'll make my pepperoni pizza and then I'll have a slice of dessert pizza too.  I feel like I'm at a pizza buffet or something!  


Apple Crisp Pizza

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 12

1 1/4  cups  part skim milk mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon  Pyure sweetener
4 tablespoons  almond flour - Honeyville
3 tablespoons  coconut flour
4 tablespoons  Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening, non-hydrogenated -- melted (OR butter)
1 egg

 Fried Caramel Apple Filling
2  tablespoons  butter
2  quarts  fermented apples -- *see recipe
1/4 cup  Pyure Sweetener
1 teaspoon  cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon  blackstrap molasses
1/2 teaspoon  Watkins Caramel extract
1/4 teaspoon  guar gum

Crisp Topping
3/4  cup  almond meal -- (place slivered almonds in food processor and process until it makes a coarse meal)
3 tablespoons  Pyure sweetener
1/4 teaspoon  blackstrap molasses
2 tablespoons  oat bran
1 teaspoon  cinnamon
1/4 cup  butter -- cold, diced

1/4 cup  Pyure sweetener -- powdered in coffee grinder
3 tablespoons  heavy cream -- (OR as needed to get the right consistency)

Crust:  Melt shortening OR butter in microwave. Set aside

Combine Pyure sweetener with shredded cheese and melt in microwave about 2 to 2 1/2 min. at 30% power.

Add almond flour, coconut flour, melted butter, and egg to melted cheese and combine.  It will be really sticky and messy.  Put the whole thing back in the microwave for about 10 to 30 seconds more and mix together until it is well blended together and forms into a ball.

Roll out dough on parchment paper to fit your pizza pan.  Place parchment and dough onto pizza pan.

Fried Caramel Apple Filling: (Easier if you make this up ahead and have ready). In small frying pan, add butter and melt.  Add apples, sweetener, cinnamon, blackstrap molasses, and caramel extract.  Stir together and bring to boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, for about 10 minutes.  Sprinkle guar gum (if using) over all and stir in for another minute).

Crisp Topping: In food processor, add almond meal, Pyure sweetener, blackstrap molasses, oat bran, cinnamon, and butter.

Pulse until mixture is crumbly, but don't over process or you'll get a dough instead of crumbles.

Spread apples onto unbaked crust.  Top with crisp topping.  Preheat oven to 400F.  Bake 20 minutes.  Cool completely.

Glaze: In small bowl place powdered Pyure.  Add enough cream and stir until it is of drizzling consistency. Drizzle with a spoon over pizza.  Serve.

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12 servings/Per Serving: (Not counting the apples, because I cannot know the carb count after they are fermented. Go by your meter) 200 Calories; 17g Fat (72.8% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Yes Virginia! You can have your apples and eat them too!  I've posted previously about fermented apples and the effect they have on my blood sugar.  Well that was way too long ago and I never did get back to it, or make another apple pie or decide on a good crust for it.  So I apologize to those who were looking forward to that!!  It's apple season once again and I'm interested in apples.  So I made a video to show you, first of all, how to ferment the apples. Some people add salt, but if you use fresh whey from kefir or homemade yogurt, you don't have to add salt.  They turn out lovely without and you don't have salty apples then.

Crust ideas anyone?  It needs to be a crust that will not get soggy when baked with the apples.  If you have a good one feel free to share it in the comments.  If you want to benefit from the pro-biotics then eat these as is without heating them.  I sprinkle a little sweetener and cinnamon on them and just eat them as a side dish.


Fried Caramel Apples

Recipe By: Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 4  

1 tablespoon  butter
2 cups  (1 jar) fermented apples -- diced  (nutritional information not given because I really have no way of knowing the carb count once they are fermented! I go by my meter)
2 tablespoons  Pyure sweetener
1/2 teaspoon  cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon  blackstrap molasses
1/4 teaspoon  Watkins Caramel extract
1/8 teaspoon  guar gum -- (optional - if you want it thickened more)

In small frying pan, add butter and melt.  Add apples, sweetener, cinnamon, blackstrap molasses, and caramel extract.  Stir together and bring to boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, for about 10 minutes.  Sprinkle guar gum (if using) over all and stir in for another minute).

  "© - 9/7/2016"
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*Apples not included - remaining ingredients per serving: 27 Calories; 3g Fat (92.5% calories from fat); trace Protein; trace of Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber

Serving Ideas: This is wonderful as a treat by itself hot or cold.  Add whipped topping, or yogurt, or spoon over ice cream.  Use it for a pie filling.  For a 9-inch pie you would have to double the recipe.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Even though it does not feel like a Fall day, my mind is in "Fall mode" today, and I'm looking forward to cool crisp air once again, and thinking about Fall foods.  This was my last bag of cranberries from the last cranberry season, actually.  I had bought several and kept them in my freezer.  I decided I better find a way to use them today.  I was going to do a search for a good cranberry bread recipe online but decided to just see what I could do with converting a Betty Crocker recipe.  I still have my very old Betty Crocker cookbook, believe it or not! It was a wedding gift that I've treasured through the years and learned to cook with.  The cover is duct taped together and some of the pages are falling out, but I still refer to it often!  Many of the recipes are so easy to convert.

I love my silicone bread pan and that's what I used to bake this in.  I think it works best if you happen to have one.  Comes out nice and easy.  As I always do when I make a new recipe, I say a prayer that it turns out good.  I've had too many flops with bread or cake recipes.  And all those expensive ingredients go to waste!!  But I was very pleasantly surprised how well this turned out.  It is so good. I love the color and flavor the cheese adds to it.  I could not be more happy with this bread.  If you try it, I hope you will enjoy it.

P.S. My hubby (non-low-carber) just took a piece and said, "I like it.  It's good."  There ya go... you can't get a better review than that.

Cranberry-Cheese Bread

Recipe By Ginny Larsen

Serving Size: 16  

1  cup  almond flour - Honeyville
1/2  cup  golden flaxseed meal
1/4  cup  oat fiber -- (*distinct from oat bran-see note below)
1/8  cup  coconut flour
1/2  cup  Pyure Sweetener -- OR other granulated sweetener to equal 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2  teaspoons  baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  salt
2  tablespoons  Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening, non-hydrogenated -- (OR unsalted butter)
3  large  eggs
1/4  cup  water
1 squeeze  MIO Orange Vanilla flavored water inhancer -- OR 1 tsp orange extract + 1/4 tsp Stevia extract (GV brand at Walmart) or other liquid concentrated sweetener to equal 1/4 cup sugar.
1 1/2  cups  Sharp Cheddar, Finely Shredded, Happy Farms -- 6 oz.
1 cup  cranberries -- halved
1 tablespoon  Pyure sweetener
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan (Silicone works best if you have it).

In mixing bowl, add almond flour, flaxmeal, oat fiber, and coconut flour.  Stir to combine.

Add Pyure Sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir together.

Add vegetable shortening and blend in with fingers or cut in with pastry blender until crumbly.

In small bowl add eggs, water, and orange flavoring.  whisk together.  Pour into dry ingredients.

Add cheese and cranberries and stir together until combined.  Dough will be stiff.  Sprinkle Pyure sweetener over the top before baking. Bake 60 to 70 minutes.  Mine took 70.  Let cool slightly and remove onto wire rack.  Let stand for several hours before cutting.

OPTIONAL:  Add chopped walnuts or pecans if desired, with the cranberries.
May add 2 tsps. grated orange peel if desired.

*NOTE: Most Oat fiber is not gluten free, however if you are gluten free I found a brand that is on Amazon. If you prefer not to use oat fiber, add 1/8 cup more of coconut flour instead.

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Per Serving: 131 Calories; 11g Fat (63.1% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber

NOTES : 2g net carbs per slice of 16 slices

*Brands are just what I use, and the nutrition info is based on that.  If you use different brands, adjust accordingly.


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