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IBS friendly gluten-free guest recipe-Butternut Squash Pie

Recently I was contacted by a new blogger on the block, Carly.  Carly has started a blog to help sufferers of IBS which certainly seems to be a growing problem.  I would go so far as to say it is one of the plagues of modern times!  Why?  Well, there are different theories but gluten seems to be a main culprit, along with over processed ‘foods’ as well as dairy.  Carly has sent in a special recipe which (warning) is high in carbs from natural sugars and brown rice (rice is the best tolerated of all the grains). However, this is quite a healthy and delicious approach depending on your personal tolerances.

If IBS is plaguing you or someone you know, and carbs are not an issue, why not have a look at Carly’s website:  http://mywellbeingjournal.com/

Some delicious stuff!

Superfood Recipes: Low sugar, gluten-free butternut squash pie!
Full of healthy fats from the nuts & seeds, and packed with vitamins A, C, K and E from the butternut squash (if you choose to use this over sweet potato), as well as being incredibly low-sugar, dairy-free AND gluten-free there really is everything right about this recipe! Give it a try and impress your guests with this homemade delight!
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Cuisine: If you don’t think you’re getting enough superfoods in your diet, then this recipe will definitely see they’re all accounted for… and then some!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • For the base:
  • 100g cashew nuts, chopped
  • 40g sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 40g pumpkin/sunflower seeds
  • 60g cooked brown rice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 60g quinoa flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • For the topping:
  • 600g butternut squash or sweet potato, baked and cooled
  • 1 tbsp almond/coconut milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190oC and grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.
  2. Mix all the base ingredients in a food processor for around 15 seconds.
  3. Once the base dough is thick but not too sticky, press firmly into the prepared tin, making sure to create a thick dense crust around the edges.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes in the middle of the oven until the pie crust turns a lovely golden brown.
  5. For the topping, combine all the topping ingredients in a food processor for around 1 minute until completely smooth and no lumps.
  6. Spoon the topping over the base and pop the pie back into the oven for 35 minutes to cook the topping into the base.
  7. Serve warm or cold – but always leave to cool as the pie crust needs to set. Otherwise it goes way too crumbly and falls apart upon cutting!
  8. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 210 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 50g Sugar: 10g Fibre: 4g

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Light Chocolate Mousse Pie – Easy! Low-Carb – Kim’s Club

I was going to try for an `”Impossible” chocolate pie after the success of my coconut custard pie.  So that is NOT what I ended up with.  However, I did end up with a light, chocolatey, mousse-like pie, that I think is worthy of throwing out there for you all.  So here – try it!

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Light Chocolate Mousee Pie - Low-Carb
Easy chocolate custard pie - rich and delicious and only 250kcal per large slice.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • 3.5oz/100g dark chocolate, sugar free - melted. (You can use Torras or Cavalier Stevia sweetened, or Chocoperfection OR unsweetened chocolate but you would need to increase sweetener)
  • ½ cup/50g, Ground Almonds (almond flour)
  • 2 heaped Tbsp (20gm), Coconut Flour
  • 3tbsp/30g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½cup/100g Swerve, Natvia, Truvia or Sukrin (or sweetener of choice to taste) Paleo use maple syrup or honey to taste - stats will change.
  • 2 cups/450ml, Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 4 medium, Eggs
  • 2tbsp/28g butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp, Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp, Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 3, 160C, 325F. Grease an 8inch pie pan.
  2. Warm the almond milk with the butter, add the melted chocolate and blend well. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until very smooth. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 1hr or until knife comes clean. Pie will puff up a bit and then sink. Fan assisted oven may require shorter time, my oven took 1hr 10m so keep an eye on it.
  3. Chill very well before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 250 Fat: 14g Carbohydrates: 2g Fibre: 4g Protein: 4g

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Chocolate “Ice Cream” Dairy free & Low Carb – Kim’s Club

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I really LOVE ice cream!  But it doesn’t love me……sob…..

Not only do I not eat sugar but I am also lactose intolerant.  There are very good lactose free ice creams on the market but not sugar-free, lactose-free, low-carb.  IS that asking too much??

So I invested in a good ice cream maker and have been experimenting.  This is a lovely chocolate concoction that is scoopable.  Most low-carb ice cream type recipes need softening before serving.  The brandy in this really helps keep it from setting rock-hard.  The glycerine, salt and xanthan gum help as well, but if you omit the brandy I think you will find that it will still need a bit of time to soften.  You can substitute other alcohols – vodka will be more subtle, rum more pronounced.

NOTE: I HAVE JUST MADE THIS RECIPE WITH NO ALCOHOL AND INCREASED SALT TO 1/2TSP.  IT IS STILL SCOOPABLE!! YAY!

Now for a note about the eggs – yes, I know, raw eggs.  Many of you will recoil at the thought!  In the UK we have ‘Lions Mark’ eggs.  These eggs have been inoculated against salmonella.  In the States you have pasteurised.  Using raw eggs makes for a nice texture and an easy recipe.  I have never had a health issue with them. If you REALLY want to try this recipe but don’t want to use raw eggs than I would advise you make a custard by combining the coconut cream, almond milk and 3 yolks and gently cooking over a low heat stirring constantly until thickened.  Cool completely before using.  I don’t know if this will affect the ‘scoopable’ texture.  If you try it, please let me know!

If you are pregnant, then move along – there is nothing to see here.  Seriously, alcohol and raw eggs, even these eggs, will not be good for you.  Find another recipe, OR see above.  Omit the alcohol and make a custard.  Come back after the happy event!

Chocolate "Ice Cream" Dairy free & Low Carb - Kim's Club
A scoopable, dairy free, sugar free, grown-up kind of chocolate iced dessert.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • 320ml/11oz Coconut Cream (I use Waitrose organic, or you can chill coconut milk and skim the cream off the top)
  • 115ml/4oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 Fresh whole eggs (Pasteurised or Lion's Mark)
  • 38ml/1.3oz Food grade glycerine
  • 30ml/1oz Brandy (Optional - see notes in blog above)
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt (I use Himalayan pink salt-you can reduce this to ¼tsp but it might set harder)
  • 2.5g/2tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I use Green & Blacks)
  • ½tsp Xanthan Gum
  • ⅓C/50g Sukrin Icing (powdered erythritol)
  • 5 drops Liquid stevia or sucralose (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or deep jug or bowl and blend well. I use a stick blender but you can use a hand mixer/electric whisk. Chill.
  2. Place in ice cream maker and churn until thick and soft freeze state. Put into a freezer container, freeze for several hours and enjoy! Will keep fine for a couple of weeks.
Notes
See blog above if you don't want to use raw eggs. Omitting the alcohol will result in a much firmer dessert.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 scoops ½ cup Calories: 166 Fat: 13g Carbohydrates: 3.7g (2.7net) Fibre: 1g Protein: 3g

 

Low Carb Baked Custard – Kim’s Club

Sometimes only ‘nursery food’ will do.  You know, times when you are feeling low and maybe just a little bit needy?  When you want something your mother used to make?  Well, this is my thing.  I adore baked custard.  But I wanted to make one that didn’t have much dairy (in fact you can make it with no dairy if you use a dairy-free butter substitute).  I also wanted a low calorie treat AND low carb ’cause that’s how I’m hangin’ these days!  Still, it really needs to BE a treat with a luxurious mouth feel.  I figure some of you might feel the same – so here it is!

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Low Carb Baked Custard - Kim's Club
A luxurious tasting low calorie and low carb baked custard, sprinkled with nutmeg.
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Serves: 4
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  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml/7oz Sugar Free Almond Milk (I use Alpro)
  • 10g/1 heaped tsp of butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 80g/1/2cup Sukrin (Erythritol) Granular (see link on right side of page)
  • (For Paleo substitute honey or maple syrup, stats are for sugar free)*
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • Boiling water, about a litre
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 4, 180C, 350F. Take a deep baking tin and place 4 ramekins inside.
  2. Warm the almond milk with the butter (or substitute) until butter melts. With a blender or whisk, blend in the eggs, Sukrin and vanilla until very well combined. You may add a bit of nutmeg to the mixture if desired.
  3. Fill the ramekins, sprinkle tops with nutmeg and place baking tray in the oven. Pour boiling water into the tray carefully before shutting the oven door.
  4. Bake about 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Notes
*for Paleo sweeten to taste with honey or maple syrup and use ghee or coconut oil
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 57 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 1g (0net) Fibre: 1g Protein: 3g

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Make your own chocolates – Kim’s Club

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Here is another easy treat.  I buy Cavalier Stevia sweetened dark chocolate bars (in the States you can use Chocoperfection) and melt them in the microwave (careful, this chocolate is sensitive!  You need 40-60 seconds typically, depending on your microwave.  OR you can melt in a bowl over simmering water).  Add a scant teaspoon of butter per 100gm of chocolate and stir well until melted.

The pretty chocolates above are peppermint flavoured solid chocolate (add the bit of butter for a creamy texture and a few drops of peppermint oil after melting the chocolate).   I just used my candy mould.  I keep these in the fridge in an airtight baggie.

For filled chocolates, using mini paper cases or a silicon candy mould, take a tsp of chocolate and smear around the sides and bottom.
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Pop into the freezer for a few minutes until set.  Fill with a mixture of powdered Sukrin icing (or other powdered sweetener) mixed with coconut oil and a few drops of peppermint oil to make a paste.  Fill cups with a blob of the mixture, top with more melted chocolate and back in the freezer until set.  Keep in the fridge.

Experiment with sweetened nut butter fillings (peanut butter cups!) or desiccated coconut (Bounty – type bars!).

For the almond butter cups I melted a bit of butter into warmed almond butter, added a small amount of fine almond flour (you can use a bit of coconut flour instead) and Stevia (or the sweetener of your choice) to give more body and sweetness.

There are other sugar-free chocolate bars out there – you can use what you like and work out your carbs from the packaging.  I prefer Cavalier (or sometimes I make my own chocolate from scratch, but really, who has time??) BECAUSE most bars out there are sweetened with Maltitol which gives me tummy cramps.  On Amazon you can find erythritol sweetened chocolate which is quite nice.

Cavalier has 367 kcal, 16g carbohydrate and 29g fibre per 85g bar.  Approximately 120 kcal per candy in a small paper case (4 per bar) with filling.

 

Low Carb Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

When I was a kid, one of my most favourite lunches was cream of mushroom soup. Soooo….just had to make a low-carb version.  Aaaahhh..straight back to childhood…..but better!

Low Carb Creamy Mushroom Soup
Lovely, creamy mushroom soup - lovely for lunch with a cheese biscuit and side salad or as a starter for a dinner party!
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 250gm/9oz Chestnut mushrooms
  • 600ml/20fl oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 vegetable stock cube (I use Kallo organic)
  • 1 clove of minced garlic (you may substitute a shallot or use both if preferred)
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • *100ml/3.5fl oz. soya cream (I use Alpro: no GMO and no rainforest harvesting)
  • *(Some people will not eat soy. You can substitute soy cream with extra almond milk and a bit of ghee for creaminess - or omit ghee for lower fat/calorie (6.8g fat). OR if you eat dairy use proper cream.)
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop all but 6 of the mushrooms and add to large saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Simmer about 10 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Blend until smooth. (I use a stick blender but you can also use a food processor).
  2. Slice remaining mushrooms and add to the soup. Heat through and serve.
Notes
(Will serve 4 as a starter/appetiser - just cut the nutrition info in half)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 150 Fat: 11.9g Carbohydrates: 2.5g (1 net) Fibre: 1.5g