The holidays can be a really hard time when it comes to temptations and trying to stay on track with healthy eating. Thankfully there are some truly delicious ways of "indulging" without regretting it later. NOW, I have to preface this with the fact that I am all about having a treat here and there with ZERO guilt! A couple of caveats: if you are sensitive to certain foods, those don't count as "treats"! I do not at all find it worth having things that send you backwards with your health! The other things is that I would encourage that treats still have very high quality ingredients, organic when possible, gluten free if necessary! These brownies do have some applesauce in the recipe which might cause keto people to twitch...but, fear not! There is only 1/2 a cup of unsweetened applesauce in the entire recipe which, depending on the size of the brownie might amount to 1 carb per brownie from the applesauce. I do not believe in "keto foods". Instead, I encourage a whole foods, nutrient dense approach to keto that involves using foods to help reach a ketogenic metabolic process. This means you can have a little applesauce within a recipe if the overall carbs are still low, keeping blood sugar stable.
I admit, I can't stand carrots. Can't STAND them. But I LOVE Carrot Cake. It is hands down my favorite cake! In fact, as a rule I have it on my birthday, every year. Well, except this year. Not sure exactly what happened...I often just make it myself (and I love to!). I had some before my birthday but I didn't love it and it didn't have cream cheese frosting so, it didn't count. :) To make up for it I made some today. It is, after all, still my birthday month! However, I'm done with my big splurges for now, so I made this one a low carb/keto version and it is GOOD! You can modify this recipe and make it using coconut sugar if you prefer that as a sweetener. As for the cream cheese frosting, if you are vegan I would just go without the frosting. I'm not sure if there is a great dairy free substitute. However, using full fat coconut milk would probably work for some kind of a frosting like topping!
Summer Lemon Cake (gluten free)
Blueberry Breakfast Bars (low carb, gluten free)
This has just taken the spot in my household for FAVORITE Keto dessert! I absolutely love lemon and it's such a delicious treat for Springtime! This was far easier to make than I had anticipated. For sweeteners, I try to stick with non GMO, organic if possible. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol from fermented fruit or veggies. I personally prefer it to the taste of stevia (stevia has a bitter aftertaste in my opinion). You can absolutely switch up the sweetener in any of these recipes to use something you prefer, just adjust the amount for taste. I love to share Keto desserts on my page but also will caution you to not have them ALL the time! If you have goals for weight loss I would especially warn not to overdue the sweets as it will very easily keep you in that mode of craving sweet stuff!! Plus, too much of things like almond flour can boost carbs more than you would think.
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