Feb 27, 2012

Latest SFLC Favorites

I scored BIG TIME at our local Natural Foods Market.

Unsweetened Coconut
There are so many great SFLC recipes that i've been wanting to try but called for unsweetened coconut which i've never been able to find, until now!

Low Carb Baking Mix from Bob's Red Mill
I do buy Bob's Almond flour and Hazelnut flour, but i've never seen Low Carb Baking Mix! This extremely simplifies Low Carb baking! There's only 6 grams of net carbs. I highly reccomend Bob's many different kinds of flours and meals if you are low carbing or have diabetes. If you can't find Bob's Red Mill products locally, you can purchase online HERE.
Remember, NUT FLOURS are the lowest in carbs.

Dreamfield's Pasta
This is the first time i've found Dreamfield's anywhere besides online and i'm so excited I can go buy it locally! I've actually never tried it and i'm REALLY excited to make some low carb mac and cheese! Only 5g net carbs per serving! It's not something to eat everyday, but if i'm craving some pasta it's really nice to know there is a low carb alternative readily available. If you can't find Dreamfield's pasta locally, you can purchase online HERE.

Beanitos Pinto Bean and Flax Chips
I bought these because i've been searching for a REAL low carb chip, but I wasn't expecting them to taste very good. WHOA was I wrong! These chips are extremely flavorful! They are corn, gluten, potato, soy, trans fat, and cholesterol free, high in fiber and protein, and low glycemic which means they don't impact your blood sugar. They can definately be enjoyed by the non-low carber as well...seriously just an overall great chip and so much better for you than regular chips. If you can't find them locally, buy them online HERE.

Feb 7, 2012

Sugar Free/Low Carb Cheesecake

Sugar Free Low Carb Cheesecake

There are so many low carb cheesecake recipes. It's one of the easiest desserts to decarb because so little of the texture comes from sugar-it's all from protein and fat. So replacing the sugar with Stevia or other sweeteners yields a cheesecake that is so very much like the sugary kind. YAY!

I feel like this recipe needs that music from star wars...that duuuuh duuuhhhh dun dun! Dun dun dun dun..you know what i'm talking about? It is seriously THAT awesome...well, I thought so anyway. You can change the topping if you'd like, the recipe is just for the cheesecake.

I'm going to preface this by telling you that you shouldn't go into this expecting a replica of "regular" cheesecake. It is going to taste different. However, if you are living sugar free/low carb, you know how hard it is to find store bought candies, cookies, cakes, etc.  that are truly sugar free AND low carb AND taste wonderful. This recipe is ALL OF THAT and is better because it's homemade! My son had a bit and liked it and my sugar eating husband (who I was doubtful would like it) actually liked it too!

This recipe was found in an awesome book I have called 500 More Low Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender. I definitely recommend this book along with the original 500 Low Carb Recipes!

My biggest tip is to follow the whole recipe exactly! Don't skip any steps including leaving it overnight to chill! Don't test taste it early because I did and I was like "eh, this is ok." Then I ate a piece in the morning and was like WHOA, this is awesome!" So resist the temptation to eat a bite until after it's completely chilled!

4 8oz packages of cream cheese (softened)
2 cups of Splenda
5 eggs
3 tablespoons heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Mix everything together thoroughly with an electric mixer and pour into a 9" pie pan
3. Bake cheesecake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 and bake an additional hour.
4. At the end of the hour, remove the cake and run a knife around the edge of the pan.
5. Turn the oven off, return the cheesecake to the warm oven and let it sit until the oven cools off (approximately 1 hour)
6. Chill in the fridge overnight and enjoy!

Toppings: You can choose your own and add fresh berries, top it with sugar free or no sugar added pie filling, dip each bite with sugar free syrups such as Torani or Di Vinci Syrups, or add artificial sweetener (I recommend Stevia) to some sour cream or cream cheese to spread on top.  

Since cherry cheesecake is my favorite
I used 1 can of no sugar added cherry pie filling which in total may have more carbs than you would like to add to the cheesecake. I'd like to remind you though that this is a treat, and to eat it all at once really defeats the purpose. I had two slices in a week and shared the rest. Everything in moderation! 

Don't look at my chipped plate...just look at the awesomeness of this cheesecake!!!
Sugar Free Low Carb Cheesecake

Yields 10 servings at 3 net carbs per slice! 
(this is for the cheesecake only, remember to factor in your topping of choice)

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