I used to bake ALL. THE. TIME. Then I started eating a more paleo inspired diet which then switched to keto. When I was paleo I did make a lot of paleo treats and found myself frustrated because my body was not responding well. I thought, hey, I cut out gluten, processed flour and sugar...what gives? But then I realized I was eating tons and tons of high sugar fruits and "healthy sugars". This is actually what led me to dive into the ketogenic diet. After tons of research I thought I would "try it" and here I am, two years later, still keto! I do not think it's a good practice to have keto treats every day. It does seem to drive this desire for sweet further when we are always having sweet things even if they don't spike our blood sugar. However, I do still love to bake and I LOVE to share a keto treat when there is a holiday or special event. These are one of those that even people who are not low carb or keto would love! Recipe adapted from ketogenicgirl.com
These truly are the BEST Keto brownies I have tasted, hands down!! They are easy to make and you aren't left feeling like "they were good, but not the real thing". These brownies are rich, fudgy, they don't have any kind of grainy texture from any of the keto flours (there is some almond flour but minimal). The flavor is amazing!
This stuff is ADDICTING. Consider yourselves warned!! Everyone, even non-keto people, love it! If you want to make sure it doesn't disappear the second you make it, you might want to store some in the freezer!! Have you ever had Lily's chocolate?? It is a favorite treat of mine. It is sweetened with stevia and a really great option if you are keto, paleo or low carb. Their bars are delicious and they have tons of wonderful flavors! I love their chocolate chips as well, which is what I used for this recipe. I find them at Market of Choice, Natural Grocers and Whole Foods.
To me, part of having a well rounded Christmas season is including some soft, homemade gingerbread cookies! These are paleo but could easily be made keto by swapping out the coconut sugar for a keto friendly sweetener of choice. This year, instead of ground ginger, I grabbed a bottle of my doTERRA Ginger essential oil and used 2 drops. The flavor is amazing! A little side note: I LOVE how versatile these oils are and that they are CPTG (certified pure therapeutic grade) which means they are safe to ingest and they do not contain fillers or metals and other toxins. I use my little bottle of ginger for tummy upsets, to diffuse in holiday blends that I create and in recipes like this!
Peanut butter and chocolate are one of my favorite ever combinations. I mean, isn't it for you too?? As a kid, one of my neighbor friend's mom would make these exact bars...only not low carb and DEFINITELY not low sugar! They were heavenly. Truth be told, I'm not sure I could handle them now the way I did back then. When you cut sugar out of your diet then it your body reacts in huge ways anytime you have it. I never thought I would say any of this! Sugar and I used to be the best of friends! Having journeyed down the Paleo road and then finding KETO, I just can't believe I ate it as regularly as I did. AND, I can't believe I don't miss it! Recipes like this make it easier during times like holidays, birthdays, etc. so that you don't feel like your missing out; or if you just have that occasional craving. If you are interested in learning more about KETO, please go check out my 8 Week KETO for Women program (found under the "shop tab on my site!) (complete with meal plans, all the guidance necessary to understand keto and how to transition into it smoothly!). This can be purchased with coaching or without if you prefer a self-guided approach. Recipe adapted from www.alldayidreamaboutfood.com <3
Chocolate: one of my favorite things! And, of course, it is the time of year for lots of zucchini. The two combined are delicious and this cake is so moist! I made this KETO friendly but you can absolutely switch up the sweetener to make it PALEO friendly instead using coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or raw organic honey. Just adjust amounts as needed!