Monday, August 18, 2014


I wanted so badly to come up with a good Snicker bar recipe! Ok, it's not an exact replica, but it's my version of a low-carb Snicker bar, and it was so rich, and so yummy, and so addictive that I hesitate to post it, because it is really hard to eat just one.  It really is.  You have fair warning!  Make this ONLY when you are having lots of company to share it with, because you will want to keep eating them. I added peanut butter to the caramel layer in this.  I did so mainly because I didn't make enough of the caramel layer and didn't want to double it, so instead I thought adding some peanut butter to it would be great.  It was.  I'm glad I made that decision.  It's a bit time consuming to make, but not difficult.  You have to make it in layers, and you have to wait between layers for it to freeze.  So it is something you'll want to plan to make a day ahead or well enough ahead so that it has time to freeze.  The creamy layer has more chocolate to it than a real Snicker's bar, but I liked that also, so maybe I should rename it or something, but for now I'm calling it a Snicker's bar, because that's what it was patterned after.

Maybe I should call it a "Ginster's bar".  (My hubby calls me Ginster sometimes).  But that's sort of dorky.  So I'll stick with Snicker for now.


Cream Filling
7 5/8 ounces  Nestle Media Crema (Table Cream) -- (1 can)-available in Mexican section of Walmart
1/3 cup  powdered sweetener of your choice -- (powder granulated sweetener in coffee grinder)
8 pieces  Lindt 85% Cocoa Bar -- chopped
2 cups  LC-Marshmallow Fluff Mix -- prepared as directed
4 ounces  cream cheese
20 drops  Marshmallow flavor drops, Capella -- (optional, but adds to the flavor)
Caramel/Peanut Butter Layer
1/4 cup  butter
1/4 cup  granulated erythritol or xylitol based sweetener of choice
1/4 teaspoon  blackstrap molasses (OR dark molasses)
2 tablespoons  half and half -- (OR heavy cream)
1/4 cup  natural peanut butter -- (no sugar added)
1/2 cup  peanuts, dry-roasted -- salted
Chocolate Coating
2 ounces  unsweetened chocolate squares -- chopped
1/4 cup  coconut oil
1/3 cup  powdered sweetener of choice

Cream Filling: In medium saucepan, add table cream and powdered sweetener. Heat to almost a boil. Turn off heat and stir in chocolate pieces.  Stir with wire whisk until smooth and creamy. Place pan in an ice bath for 5 min. whisking all the while.

 Add the marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, and Capella drops and beat until smooth and creamy.  Pour into an 8x8 pan lined with nonstick foil.  Place in freezer until firm.

Caramel/Peanut Butter Layer: In heavy medium saucepan, add butter, granulated sweeteners, and blackstrap molasses.  Stir over high heat until butter is melted and mixture is very bubbly.  Turn down heat to medium and very, very slowly, just a little at a time, add the half and half, OR cream, while whisking vigorously. When all the cream is added, keep whisking and cooking for about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and beat until smooth and creamy with electirc mixer.

 Stir in nuts.  Pour on top of frozen cream filling. Freeze until firm about 1 hour.

Chocolate Coating: In a small bowl place chocolate pieces, coconut oil, and powdered sweetener.  Microwave 30 seconds, stir, if needed  microwave again in 15 sec. increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.

Remove bars from pan. Cut into 16 squares and dip into the melted dark chocolate. Lay out on wax paper lined sheet and keep frozen.

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16 Servings: Per Serving: 250 Calories; 21g Fat (83.2% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber

NOTES : 4g net carbs

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


This post has been a long time coming.  I don't know why I haven't posted it before because these have been among my very favorite and very special side dishes for as long as I've been low-carbing. I got the original recipe idea from a vegetable recipe book, and sort of took it from there and added my own touches and made it my own recipe.  I can't for the life of me remember the name of the cookbook. It was one I picked up at a thrift store, which is where I do most of my shopping.

This is the kind of side dish that makes you feel like you're having a really special gourmet meal.  Like something you'd pay a lot of money for eating out. If you are missing the twice-baked potato, or loaded baked potato, you won't anymore. I promise you.

One little hint when choosing turnips...the smaller ones are less bitter.  If you can find a bag with 4 turnips all pretty close to the same size that's what works best for this.  They usually come in a 1 lb. bag.  At least here they do.
1 pound  turnips -- (4 medium sized) - peeled, whole
1/4 cup  Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tbsp Colby jack cheese -- shredded
1/4 cup  mushrooms -- chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon  onion powder
 salt and pepper -- to taste
2 tablespoons  butter -- melted
Bacon pieces (optional)

In a saucepan, boil whole turnips for 30 minutes or until soft enough to easily scoop, (will vary with size of turnip). Remove from pan and let cool enough to handle. Preheat oven to 375F.

With a melon ball scoop, or a small spoon, very carefully scoop out the center of each turnip, being careful not to go through the sides or bottom, so you are left with a shell to fill.

Place scoopings of turnip into a food processor, and process until it becomes small pieces (or chop by hand with a knife until very fine). Add this to a mixing bowl along with Parmesan cheese, Colby jack cheese, mushrooms, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper.

Mix together well and fill each turnip. You'll have a lot of filling so just fit it in each one even overflowing, as best you can.  Top with bacon pieces if desired (optional). Drizzle melted butter over each turnip. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

  "© Ginnys Low Carb Kitchen, 8/14/2014"
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4 Servings/Per Serving:  112 Calories; 8g Fat (63.8% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; (5g net carbs)


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