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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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Almond Crescents, Low-Carb & Gluten-free – Kim’s Club

Almond crescents

I love almondy crescent cookies and when I saw a recipe I decided to try to adapt it to low-carb!  Success! 1 net carb each and 93kcal.  Nice year round with a coffee or afternoon tea, but especially welcome at this time of year when everyone else is hoarding their boxes of cookies and chocolates!

For best results weigh your ingredients!

Almond Crescents, Low-Carb & Gluten-free - Kim's Club
Buttery almond crescents with a marzipan flavour....
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Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 30
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Ingredients
  • 175g 6oz butter
  • 150g 5oz. sugar substitute (such as Sukrin, Natvia or Swerve)
  • 1tsp almond 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 Powdered sugar (icing sugar) substitute such as Natvia, Sukrin, etc. to finish.
Instructions
  1. Mix butter, sugar substitute, almond extract 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 powdered sugar sub. Wrap dough in clingfilm (saran wrap) and chill for an hr.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F, 180c, GAS MARK 4. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  3. Take walnut size pieces of dough and shape into crescents. Bake until lightly golden for 12-15minutes. Gently coat in the powdered sugar substitute while warm and leave to cool completely.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 93 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 2g (1net) Fibre: 1g Protein: 3g

 

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.

For help in buying for those of you in the UK – here is a link to may shop:  http://kimsclub.co.uk/?page_id=853

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

 

PS – If you need a little help getting started, here is a link to my LCHF weight loss plan – only 1£!  http://kimsclub.co.uk/?page_id=914

 

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

 

Teriyaki glazed cod – Kim’s Club

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This is a lovely, low-calorie meal – yet highly satisfying!  Fresh cod is nice and meaty, yet tender and flaky.  It’s mild flavour lends itself to marinades if you are in the mood for a big flavour punch!

Teriyaki glazed cod - Kim's Club
Cod with a teriyaki style marinade and glaze.
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Cuisine: Asian inspired
Recipe type: Fish
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 2 fresh cod fillets (about 150g each)
  • Marinade:
  • ¼ cup of either: soy sauce, coconut aminos or liquid soy aminos. (Stats are for coconut aminos)*
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 drops Lemongrass drops (I use these from Ocado: Holy Lama Lemongrass Extract Spice Drops 5ml) OR 1 tsp of lemongrass paste
  • 3 drops of liquid Stevia OR your choice of sweetener - sweeten to taste.
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to moderate temp - Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a shallow baking dish. Add the cod and turn once to coat. Bake for about 20minutes or until flesh is opaque and flakes with a fork.
  2. Remove cod to a warm place and transfer the marinade to saucepan. Simmer on low, stirring constantly until mixture thickens slightly. Plate up, pour over the sauce and serve.
  3. In the pic I have served it over shirataki rice (slim rice) with some chopped, cooked red pepper and a side of spinach souffle and green beans.
Notes
Coconut aminos can be ordered through Amazon, they are higher in carbs than soy sauce or soy aminos but good if you are avoiding wheat and soy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 fillet Calories: 93 Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 13g

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Sea Bass with Miracle rice – Kim’s Club

sea bass with miracle rice

 

I love fish and Sea Bass is one of my favourites.  I buy sea bass fillets, boneless and grill them.  So quick and easy – really delicious.  I suppose you could serve 4 with this recipe but in my home I make it for 2!  I told you I was greedy…..

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Sea Bass with Miracle rice - Kim's Club
Grilled sea bass - crispy skinned and succulent on a bed of miracle rice, (slim rice, shirataki rice - depending on where you buy it!)
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Recipe type: Fish
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 4 Sea Bass fillets
  • 1 large red pepper, diced ( I use the grilled and skinned peppers in brine, but you can use fresh if preferred. Feel free to add other veg you like)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut or oil oil
  • Mixed spice - your choice. I like American Old Bay, Barts Moroccan or Piri Piri spice but mixed herbs are lovely as well.
  • 1 Pkg of Slim rice (Also called Miracle rice, Shirataki Rice or Eat Water slim rice).
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Lime, halved
Instructions
  1. Prepare the rice by emptying into a colander and rinsing very well. This product is made from seaweed and therefore has a 'fishy' smell initially. This disappears with preparation. When it is well rinsed add to a frying pan over medium heat and fry until the water has evaporated and it starts to 'squeek'. Add half a tbsp of your oil and the peppers (plus any other veg if having), a pinch of spice and/or herbs, salt and pepper and stir fry until heated through and veg are cooked. Keep warm.
  2. Heat your grill to high. Warm the remaining oil in a shallow dish or tray for the grill. Add a grind of salt and some spice/herbs. Place your fillets skin side down and move around to give the skins a film of oil. Turn skin side up and place under the grill until the skin bubbles and crisps. Serve on a bed of the rice with half a lime each to squeeze over.
  3. I like to serve it with a side of buttered spinach.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 fillets Calories: 160 Fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 2g (0net) Fibre: 3g Protein: 17g

 

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 Chocolate Fudge Cake Squares – Kim’s Club

This recipe uses coconut flour so is ideal for those with nut allergies.  Also, I use a lactose free yogurt and gluten free baking powder.  If you are paleo, feel free to substitute coconut yogurt for the greek yogurt – I use a brand called COYO – and coconut sugar instead of Truvia.

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Low Carb Chocolate Fudge Cake Squares - Kim's Club
Coconut flour based chocolatey squares with a fudgey topping.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup/60g Coconut Flour
  • 1 tbsp/5g Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup/90g Truvia or Swerve
  • 1 tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • ½ cup/120g Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • TOPPING:
  • 150g/5oz Sugar-free dark chocolate (I use Cavalier Stevia sweetened dark chocolate)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1tbsp hot water
  • Optional: Liquid Stevia or Sucralose drops to boost sweetness
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to Gas 5, 190C, 375F. Grease and base line with baking parchment an 8"x8" square pan. Mix all the dry ingredients in a good size bowl. In a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients, add to dry and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  2. Prepare topping: In the top of a double boiler, or carefully in a microwave, melt the chocolate, and butter. Mix well and add the hot water plus sweetener if using stirring well. Pour over the cooked cake and cool, then refrigerate until cold. Cut into 16 squares.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 79 Fat: 5.4g Carbohydrates: 2.55g (1.05g net) Fibre: 1.5g Protein: 2.8g

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Low Carb Cake Mix Streusel Muffins – Kim’s Club

So there are times when we need a quick fix.  You know, you want something yummy, maybe the girls are coming for coffee, maybe the kids are asking for breakfast muffins and you just can’t be faffed with scratch baking?  So you spend some money on a mix.  In the low carb world this usually means spending a bigger chunk of cash then you would on a bog standard cake mix, but what’s a girl to do?  I ALWAYS splurge on a good mix stashed away in the cupboard for those moments.  You can buy the one I use by clicking on the link down the right side of the page.

Sukrin Streusal muffins

I wanted some cinnamon streusel muffins and I wanted them NOW.   I keep a box of Sukrin cake mix in the cupboard – yes it is a luxury – but I can tell you that it has saved my bacon (mmmmmm….bacon…) a few times.  Like when my daughter’s gluten-intolerant friend came over and her other friends were eating birthday cake!  I rustled cake up for her STAT!

Anyway I just thought I would throw this little tweaking of a cake mix out there in case any of you sometimes feel the way I do.  You don’t have to use THIS low-carb cake mix, I just find it is the best available here in the UK. (No, they don’t pay me to say that!)  This tweak should work with any cake mix, low carb or not.

Just take 2 tablespoons of the mix and set aside in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of ground almonds, 2 tablespoons of Erythritol, Truvia or Swerve, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of butter.  Mix with a fork until grainy.

Follow the recipe on the box using the rest of the mix but adding 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.  (Feel free to use any other spices, I just like cinnamon).  Grease muffin pans, fill 3/4 full with mix and sprinkle streusel on top.  Bake according to box.

This mix made 16 muffins!  (I made big ones and small ones so I actually had about 18)  Each big muffin has 100 kcal, 7.5g carbs, 3g fibre (4.5g net carbs).  If you use a different mix adjust the nutrition accordingly.