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Snickerdoodles – Low-carb, sugar-free,gluten-free – Kim’s Club

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I have really been wanting snickerdoodles lately.  Not the flat cinnamon cookies masquerading as snickerdoodles these days but the ones I remember from childhood.  Puffy, cakey, little mounds of cinnamon deliciousness.  The first time I had them they had to be removed from my sight – I just couldn’t stop!  The originals are not going to work on a low-carb diet, but these will!

Snickerdoodles - Low-carb, sugar-free,gluten-free - Kim's Club
Lovely cinnamon cookies with a cakey texture-
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Recipe type: Dessert/snack
Serves: 30
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Ingredients
  • 175g 6oz butter
  • 150g 5oz. sugar substitute (such as Sukrin, Natvia or Swerve)
  • 2 drops of cinnamon flavouring/extract (optional but does add a boost of cinnamon flavour!)
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon (can increase to 1 tsp if you don't have the flavouring)
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g 5oz ground almonds
  • 100g 3.5oz fine almond flour (Sukrin fat-reduced almond flour)
  • 2tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 eggs yolks
  • 1tbsp egg white
  • 75g 3oz sugar substitute such as Natvia, Sukrin, etc. combined with
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon to make cinnamon sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F, 180c, GAS MARK 4. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.Mix butter, sugar substitute, extracts together (easiest done in food processor if you have one), then add egg yolks and the tbsp of egg white. Mix well, then add rest of ingredients EXCEPT for the cinnamon sugar.
  2. Take walnut size pieces of dough and shape into balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar, place on cookie sheet lined with baking parchment and press down lightly on each. Bake until lightly golden for 10 - 12minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 93 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 2 (1net) Fibre: g Protein: 3g

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Low-Carb Coconut muffins (Cornbread style) – Kim’s Club

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As you all I know, I’m from the States originally.  I haven’t met an American yet that doesn’t love their cornbread – it’s not just a southern thing either!  Well I have to say it is something I really miss and have tried to replicate it a few times.  This time I just set out to make a nice coconut muffin I could have for breakfast.  Amazingly, they turned out to be a very good stand-in for corn muffins!  Mine are quite a cornbread yellow because the yolks of my eggs are deep orange.  If your yolks are pale, your muffins will be too.

Now you can change up this recipe by adding shredded cheese and jalapenos – more of a tex-mex corn muffin.  You can reduce or increase the sweetener, or add other flavourings.  Have fun and enjoy!  (Now where did I put that bowl of chilli?)

Low-Carb Coconut muffins (Cornbread style) - Kim's Club
A cornbread type muffin with a mild coconut flavour - a great accompaniment to chili. or just to enjoy with a pat of butter and a good coffee!
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Recipe type: Cakes & Muffins
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp, Organic Coconut Manna
  • ½ cup, 120g GreekYogurt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp(s) Salt
  • 2 tsp(s) Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp(s) Vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup 62g Coconut Flour
  • ¼ 55g cup powdered Natvia icing sugar style(or sweetener of choice)
  • 2.50 fluid ounce, Almond Milk - Unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190C, 375F, Gas mark 5.
  2. In a medium bowl warm the coconut manna until very soft. Beat in the yogurt, vanilla and eggs. Add the dry ingredients, mix well and finally add the almond milk to make a thick, soft batter.
  3. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. (I use a deep silicone muffin tray, you can use any muffin tray but grease well first or use muffin papers. My deep muffin tray - like a popover tray - makes 8 servings, if using smaller you will get more, they will cook faster and the stats will change.)
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on your oven, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 140 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 8g (3net) Fibre: 5g Protein: 7g

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Cheesy crab and artichoke dip – Kim’s Club

Cheesy crab and artichoke dip

I wanted to wait til I made this again to get better pics but I felt I would be doing you all a disservice by making you wait – this recipe is that fabulous!  I am purposely being slightly vague about measurements because you are all over the world with different sized containers and honestly, a few ozs either way won’t affect this recipe.  I can’t take credit – my daughter returned from a trip to Washington DC and said this was a popular dish.  She recreated for me!  DO try it – it is dead easy and so delicious.  Take it to a party and everyone will adore you!  Try making my low-carb cheese crackers: http://kimsclub.co.uk/?p=478 or my low-carb tortilla chips: http://kimsclub.co.uk/?p=501 to serve with it.

I listed servings for 8 – which is greedy because this is a very rich dish.  (Perfect LCHF)  We made it for a party of 10 and it served that many fine.

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Cheesy crab and artichoke dip - Kim's Club
Creamy, chunky, cheesy, bubbly artichoke and crab dip.
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Recipe type: Appetiser/party food
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1 pkg of cream cheese (I use Lactofree but any good creamy cheese such as Philadelphia will do)
  • 1 container of fresh white crabmeat (about a cup)
  • 1 container of artichoke hearts, drained (I use grilled artichokes in olive oil but it isn't necessary - just buy the best you can get) about a cup
  • Fresh grated cheddar cheese (about a cup)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Season to taste - if you can get Old Bay seasoning ½tsp is very good. Otherwise salt, pepper and a bit of paprika.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F, 200C, Gas mark 6. Finely chop the artichoke hearts and mix into the cream cheese along with the crab. Add half the cheddar, a squeeze of lemon and mix well. Season to taste and put into a small oven-proof baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheddar on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and turing golden. ....and YUM!
Notes
This recipe is very rich - I put 8 servings, but it will probably serve more. We made this for a family party of 10, (with other nibbles) and were fine.
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 240 Fat: 19 Carbohydrates: 4 (1.5 net) Fibre: 2.5g Protein: 13

 

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Enjoy!  Sending love and gratitude – Kim

Easy Chocolate Brownies, Low-Carb & Gluten Free – Kim’s Club

I had bought some very good 100% chocolate to experiment with and saw that there was an easy brownie recipe on the wrapper.  It was no problem adapting it for low-carb so I gave it a go.  Pretty nice results so I shall share it with you!

I used Willie’s Cacao 100% Javan dark chocolate on my first batch, and a sugar-free dark chocolate sweetened with stevia on my second batch.  They were both good, the sweetened bar batch was a bit less intense, so a matter of choice really.  The stats are for the 100% Willie’s.  Do you love that name!?

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Easy Chocolate Brownies, Low-Carb & Gluten Free - Kim's Club
A very dark, rich brownie. Easy, peasy!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
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Ingredients
  • 180g/6.5oz chopped dark chocolate, preferably sugar-free ** see notes
  • 90g/3oz salted butter
  • 180g/6.5oz sugar substitute such as Swerve, Natvia, Truvia or Sukrin: boost with Stevia drops
  • 4 eggs
  • (You may also add walnuts if you wish, my stats are without)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F, 170C, Gas Mark 3. Prepare a 24cm/9in square pan by greasing and lining with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together and set aside to cool a bit.
  3. Whisk eggs and sugar substitute until light and creamy.
  4. Fold in chocolate mixture.
  5. Spoon into pan and bake approx. 20m or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out with some crumbs but not clean (don't overcook). It will look brown on the edges and a bit puffed but will sink.
  6. Cool completely. Cut into 36 squares (six on each side)
Notes
**(Cavalier or Torras which are sweetened with Stevia, Chocoperfection, Bakers or Hershey's baking - I used Willie's Cacao 100% Javan) You could also use Lindt high percentage dark chocolate but stats will vary...
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 56 Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g

 

Low-Carb Biscuits/Scones – Kim’s Club

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So yesterday I was fiddling around with the idea of making a low-carb bagel!  Ha!  This is NOT a bagel!  BUT what happened was the best biscuit/scone thingy I have had yet!  So excited, I ate two!  (Quite high in fibre – I recommend you stick to one at a time)  This has such good flavour and crumb, I think I will revamp my cinnamon rolls and cheese rolls with this recipe.  If you are Paleo, then feel free to eliminate the peanut flour and switch the yogurt with coconut cream or plain coconut yogurt.  It won’t have such a ‘wheaty’ taste though.

Low-Carb Biscuits/Scones - Kim's Club
Tender crumb with a crisper shell. Delicious as sweet scones or savoury biscuits!
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Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 20gm/2tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp peanut flour (OPTIONAL! It helps give a 'wheaty' taste)
  • 15gm/2 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 125gm/1½cups ground almonds
  • 1tbsp dry grated parmesan (canned is fine, and yup - even for sweet scones!) Increase to 2tbsp for savoury
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking Soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vinegar (apple cider or wine vinegar)
  • 25gm/1oz olive oil for savoury, melted butter or coconut oil for sweet scones
  • 100gms/1/2 cup full-fat greek yogurt (I use Total or lactose free Turkish yogurt)
  • 1 egg
  • 50ml/2oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 10 drops Stevia (for sweet scones, or to taste with favourite sweetener)
  • Note:(for savoury biscuits)1/2 tsp garlic granules
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 180c, gas Mark 4
  2. Mix dry ingredients together, in a separate bowl mix the wet and then add to dry. Mix well with electric mixer and let sit for a couple of minutes. Mixture will thicken. Divide into 8 biscuit shaped mounds on baking parchment.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve warm, or split and toast when cool. Can be reheated. Will keep in airtight container a couple of days or in the fridge for about a week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 153 Fat: 13g Carbohydrates: 4g (1 net) Fibre: 3g Protein: 6g

 

Low-Carb Doughnut Holes – Kim’s Club

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I suddenly had a craving for doughnuts!  The really yummy, cakey, fried doughnuts I use to buy in the early hours after a night out in my younger days!  Then out came doughnut holes – little balls of fried deliciousness.  You could get them sugar-glazed, cinnamon-sugar dusted or covered in powdered (icing) sugar.  Mmmmmmm……a bag of THOSE!

So I decided to try making a low-carb version. FRIED!  Yup.  Just can’t imagine getting that same ‘hit’ from a baked doughnut.  I tried to make a circle – forget it.  I decided doughnut HOLES were the way to go.  Nice, small, round bites of yumminess.  And yummy they were!  I’m really quite proud of this recipe!

I used organic, refined coconut oil to fry these in.  It holds up better to high heat than unrefined.  I put about a cup in a saucepan and just fried a few little blobs at a time, draining them after on kitchen paper.  Maybe you have a deep-fat fryer that will be more efficient, but this method worked fine.  The coconut oil became coloured after use so not sure if and how it can be reused but these were worth the sacrifice!  My guess is that if the oil is strained into its own clean container and refrigerated you can probably reuse it a couple of times.  Other chefs seem to agree with this.

Anyway, here is the recipe!

Low-Carb Doughnut Holes - Kim's Club
Sweet, fluffy doughnut holes!
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Recipe type: Doughnuts
Serves: 15
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup/90g Ground almonds
  • 1tbsp Coconut flour
  • 1tbsp Whey
  • 1tsp Xanthan gum
  • ¼ cup 35g Sukrin Icing (or powdered erythritol, such as Swerve, Natvia or generic) plus extra for sprinkling.
  • ¼tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 heaped tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 10 drops Liquid Stevia or EZ Sweetz
  • 1 tbsp/35g Butter, melted
  • About a cup of coconut oil for frying - I use this: Biona Organic Coconut Oil Cuisine 470 ml (Pack of 3)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan (should be at least a couple of inches of oil) until tiny bubbles form around edges. (If using a deep fat fryer, just use those instructions!)
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. Mix wet ingredients together well and add to dry. Mix well for about a minute. Mixture will be quite thick.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls into the hot oil, don't overcowd. They will puff up and turn golden brown on the bottom, turn and continue to cook until golden brown and firm (a minute or 2). Remove with slotted spoon onto kitchen paper towels. This recipe should make about 15.
  4. When all are done, sieve over sukrin icing sugar (or powdered erythritol). Best served warm.
Notes
Alternatively you can glaze these with Sukrin Icing (powdered erythritol, or other powdered sugar substitutes such as Natvia or Swerve) mixed with a few drops of water or almond milk or shake them in a bag with granular sweetener and cinnamon.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 95 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 2g (1gnet) Fibre: 1g Protein: 5g

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Low-Carb Tortilla Chips – Kim’s Club

Low Carb tortilla chips

I love Blue Corn tortilla chips and I love cheese chips!  Obviously that just isn’t going to work in a low-carb, grain free lifestyle.  I tried making endurance crackers from Oh She Glows:( http://ohsheglows.com/2012/01/31/endurance-crackers/)  and they were very good.  They also showed me what can be done with chia seeds!  So I fiddled around and have come up with these.  You can cut them any size you like – I ended up making just 8 large ones but you can double the recipe or cut them into diamonds half the size (probably what I would do next time).  They hit the tortilla chip spot for me.  I hope they will do the same for you, too!

Low-Carb Tortilla Chips - Kim's Club
A replacement for corn tortilla chips - low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free and a good source of omega 3!
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Cuisine: Mexican(ish)
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8 large
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Ingredients
  • Parmesan cheese 1oz/30g
  • Chia Seeds 2tbsp/30g
  • Ground Almonds 2tbsp/20g
  • Garlic Salt ¼tsp
  • Water 150ml/6fl.oz
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F, 180C, Gas Mark 4. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Grate or finely chop the parmesan, then put all the ingredients into a blender and whizz for several seconds. Leave to stand about 5 minute to allow the chia seeds to develop their gel.
  2. Turn mixture out onto the sheet and spread thinly with the back of a spoon. Try to get it even, patching any breaks.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden, remove sheet and slice into desired shapes. Flip them over and return to the oven for 20-30 minutes more. Keep an eye, if they get too brown they will taste burnt. When golden remove from oven, let cool and enjoy!
Notes
These are great with dips like salsa and guacamole, and can also be used for cheese chips!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 chip Calories: 45 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 4g (2net) Fibre: 2g Protein: 3

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Low-Carb Cheese Crackers – Kim’s Club

So I had a craving for crackers.  Something sturdy, something for….cheese and crackers….pate’ and crackers…..crackers and dip!  Something to munch on at the movies or serve to friends at cocktail parties, or eat on the train.  Something crunchy!  CRUNCHY!

So I made these and baked my favourite flavours into them:  Sharp cheddar, mixed french herbs, garlic….mmmm.

Ohh, and here is a little tip:  If you want to eat them as a little snacky-snack, cut them into smaller pieces and baggy them up for your briefcase/purse/car…..they are yummy just by themselves.

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Low-Carb Cheese Crackers - Kim's Club
A sturdy, savoury cracker flavoured with cheese, herbs and garlic. Very filling and will stand up to dips, spreads and toppings.
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Recipe type: Snacks/Nibbles
Serves: 19
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Ingredients
  • Ground Almonds 1½ cups, 150g
  • Garlic Salt ½tsp
  • White pepper ¼ tsp
  • sprinkle of mixed herbs
  • Finely grated mature cheese (I used cheddar) 1 oz, 25g
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Sprinkle of sea salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6, 200C, 400F. In a bowl mix the dry ingredients, then add cheese, mix again. Lightly beat the egg with the oil and add to the mix. Work it into a dough, then roll out onto baking parchment.
  2. I find that putting your dough on the baking parchment, flattening with your palm, then covering with clingfilm, (saran wrap) then rolling makes things much easier! Roll into as tidy a rectangle as you can, fairly thin (see pics). Remove film and slice dough into 16 portions. (You can leave the scrap edges for a cook's treat, or you can try to tidy them up, they should yield 3 or more squares if so. I don't bother!)
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven, grind a sprinkling of sea salt over the batch if using, let cool slightly, then turn the crackers over to crisp up the bottoms. Return to oven for another 3-4 minutes until the bottoms are golden. Cool completely.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 66 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 1 (0net) Fibre: 1 Protein: 3

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Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies – Kim’s Club

Well, it was inevitable that I would start to crave chocolate chip cookies at some point and that moment came 2 weeks ago!  My 10 year old niece came to stay and I wanted to treat her also – but in a healthy way – so I made 3 batches of these cookies with different almond flours and we devoured them all!  I hope you give them a go yourself and enjoy them as much as we did!Low-Carb Chocolate chip cookies

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Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies - Kim's Club
Almond flour based chocolate chip cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert/Snack
Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • Vanilla Extract, 1tsp 4g
  • Butter - Unsalted and softened, ½ cup 100g
  • Sukrin - Gold, ½ cup 65 gr.
  • Truvia - Natural Sweetener, 1tbsp 5g
  • 1 egg
  • Salt, ¼tsp
  • Almond Flour, or ground almonds,1 cup 100g
  • Whey, 20 g
  • Baking Powder, 1 tsp
  • Cavalier - Dark Chocolate Sweetened W Stevia, 1 bar - or Chocoperfection or chocolate of your choice, chopped.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350f, 190C, Gas mark 4 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Combine the butter and sweeteners and mix well (I use a hand mixer/electric whisk). Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Add remaining ingredients - leaving the chocolate bits till last. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake about 9 minutes or until golden brown at the edges. Cool completely.
Notes
I tried these with a variety of almond flours & ground almonds and it works with all of them. With ground almonds they will spread more, and with reduced fat almond flour they need to be pressed down with a fork. But all of them were delicious! These stats are for bog standard almond flour and sugar free chocolate.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 166 Fat: 15g Carbohydrates: 4g (3net) Fibre: 1g Protein: 4g

 

Low Carb Mini Chocolate Cakes – Kim’s Club

Low Carb Mini Chocolate Cakes - Kim's Club
Little bites of chocolatey yumminess....
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Recipe type: Dessert, Treats
Serves: 18
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  • Almond Flour 50g/2oz
  • Coconut Flour 25g/1oz
  • Cocoa Powder 1tbsp
  • Erythritol 50g/2oz*
  • Liquid Stevia 5 drops
  • Salt ¼ tsp
  • 3 eggs
  • Almond Milk Unsweetened 150ml/5.5oz
  • Vanilla Extract ¼ tsp
  • Baking Powder ½tsp
  • Plain Yogurt (Can substitute plain coconut yogurt such as Co-Yo) 1tbsp
  • TOPPING:
  • Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate (or 80% chocolate)** 100g/4oz
  • Butter 1tbsp
  • Liquid Stevia or Sucralose 5 drops
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5, 190C, 375F. Grease a mini muffin pan well (recipe makes about 18 so you may need 2 batches). In a bowl mix the flours with the cocoa, erythritol, salt & baking powder. In a jug mix the eggs, 5 drops liquid stevia, almond milk, vanilla and yogurt. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full and back for about 10 minutes or until the tops are dry and springy. (Alternatively use a regular size muffin tin - makes about 12, adjust nutrition accordingly and bake 12-15m).
  2. While the muffins are baking, prepare the topping: gently melt the chocolate with the butter, add 5 drops of stevia and mix well. When muffins are done and cooled to room temp, remove from tin and glaze with chocolate. Refrigerate until set. To make chocolate leaves, melt a bit of plain chocolate and with a pastry brush carefully paint the chocolate onto the shiny side of a rose leaf. Freeze until firm, then gently peel the leaf from the chocolate. Push into the muffin while topping is still soft. I store these in a ziplock bag in the fridge.
Notes
*Erythritol may be substituted with Swerve, omit the stevia (or sucralose) drops from the batter.
**If 80% chocolate is used increase calorie count to 65 per cake. Other nutrition is 2g carbs, 2g fiber, (0 net carbs) 5g fat, 2g protein.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 60 ** Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 3g (0net) Fibre: 3g Protein: 3g

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