Sunday, July 16, 2017


I made these last night to take with to a party to celebrate my nephew coming home on leave from the army.  I had not intended to make a blog post but they were so good that I decided to.  Very creamy in the middle and very chocolaty.  I threw it together at the time just hoping it would turn out. It was one of those recipes, and it turned out.  Non low-carbers remarked how good it was, so I guess that's the true test, right?  The sweetness - well, I am going from memory on how much sweetener I used so please taste test to make sure it is the sweetness you prefer.  I like things really sweet.  If you don't care for the sweeteners I used you may use whatever you prefer.  I like to mix sweeteners to get a better flavor.

Pyure sweetener is available at Walmart and most grocery stores.  It is a blend of stevia and erythritol and is twice as sweet as sugar.  So if a recipe calls for a cup of sugar you would use 1/2 cup Pyure.  I like it because it is readily available without ordering, and it is cheaper than Swerve or other sweeteners that I have to order, and truthfully, I just prefer the flavor much more than Swerve or some of the other sweeteners.  But everyone has their own preference when it comes to sweeteners so just use your favorite and taste until you get it right.

I use a small amount of xylitol in the crust because it helps to sweeten the chocolate better and bring out the chocolate flavor.  Otherwise it tends to be too bitter for my taste.  However, if you have a dog, xylitol is very poisonous to dogs, so keep that in mind.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Dream Bars (No bake)

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
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                        Chocolate Crust
2         cups  almond flour - Honeyville
1/4      cup  cocoa powder
1/4      cup  Pyure -- equal to 1/2 cup sugar
1/8      cup  xylitol sweetener -- (or to taste)
1/3      cup  coconut oil -- melted
                        Peanut Butter filling
1         cup  natural peanut butter -- (unsweetened)
8         ounces  Philadelphia 1/3 less Fat Cream Cheese -- (less carbs than whole milk cream cheese actually)
7 3/4   ounces  Nestle Media Crema (Table Cream) -- (1 can) I get it in the Mexican section of Walmart
1/2      cup  Pyure -- (equal to 1 cup sugar)
2          tablespoons  Vanilla Torani sugar free syrup
1/2       teaspoon  stevia extract (to taste)
                        Chocolate Genache Topping
7 3/4    ounces  Nestle Media Crema (Table Cream)
1          bar  Lily's 55% cocoa dark chocolate bar -- chopped in pieces

Crust: In food processor, add almond flour, cocoa powder, Pyure sweetener, and xylitol.  Process to combine.  Add coconut oil and process until it forms a dough.

Press dough onto bottom of 9 x 13-inch baking pan.  I cover with saran wrap and press down to the sides of pan.

Filling: In mixing bowl, add peanut butter, cream cheese, table cream, Pyure, Torani Vanilla syrup, and stevia extract.  With electric mixer mix together until very smooth and creamy. Pour over crust.

Genache topping:  In saucepan, add table cream and heat to just beginning to come to a boil and remove from heat.  Add chocolate pieces.  Let sit for a minute and then whisk together until smooth and creammy.

Pour over filling and spread to the sides.  Chill in refrigerator 3 hours or more before serving.

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For 16 servings/Per Serving: 353 Calories; 32g Fat (77.1% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 13g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber (8g net carbs)

For 24 servings/Per Serving:  235 Calories; 21g Fat (77.1% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; (5g net carbs)

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Ever since I made this banana bread I was so happy with the way it turned out that I wanted to try using this recipe to make a savory bread.  So today I finally did it, because today we finally had cool enough temps in the morning to use my oven! My rosemary bread did not rise quite as high as the banana bread.  I have no idea why.  But I was still quite happy with it, and very happy with the flavor, very bread-like consistency and the heavenly aroma that filled my kitchen.  I have loved rosemary bread ever since my sister took me to a restaurant where they served homemade rosemary bread. As soon as I left there I knew I had to make some!  I think this will be great toasted as well with some cheese on it.  It's great just with a little butter, or for a sandwich.  I hope you'll like it as much as I did.



Rosemary Herb Bread

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 16   

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4         large  eggs -- separated
1/4      teaspoon  cream of tartar
1         cup  almond flour - such as Honeyville
1         cup  golden flaxseed meal
1         tablespoon  Pyure Sweetener
1/4      cup  whey protein isolate -- I used Isopure -- unflavored
1/4      psyllium husk powder -- OR oat fiber
1         tablespoon  baking powder
1         tablespoon  rosemary
1/4      teaspoon  salt
1/4      cup  Marsala cooking wine 
1/4      avocado oil (OR coconut oil)
1         cup  Ricotta cheese -- (I use whole milk)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Place parchment paper in an 8 x 5-inch loaf pan, so that it goes up the sides and hangs over edges, so that it is easy to remove. Spray with non-stick spray. 

In medium mixing bowl, add egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip with electric mixer until stiff peaks form.  Set aside.

In another mixing bowl, add almond flour, flaxmeal, Pyure Sweetener, whey protein, psyllium powder, baking powder, rosemary and salt. Whisk together.

Add the 4 egg yolks from the separated eggs, Marsala cooking wine,  avocado oil, and Ricotta cheese.  Blend together with electric mixer.  

Fold in egg whites until fully incorporated. 

Pour into prepared loaf pan.  Bake approximately 40 minutes. Then place an aluminum foil tent over loaf and bake for 40 to 45 minutes longer.  Remove from pan by grabbing sides of parchment paper and lifting out onto a wire rack to cool.

Cool completely before cutting. Best cut with an electric knife if you have one.  I slice in the middle first, then slice the half in half again and that in half again until I have 8 slices and then do the same with the other half for 16 slices.  

  "7/8/2017 Ginny Larsen"
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Per Serving: 122 Calories; 9g Fat (64.2% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 61mg Cholesterol; 181mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

NOTES : 2g net carbs per slice

Friday, May 19, 2017


Do you miss banana bread on a low carb diet?  Here's a really good low carb banana bread.  At least I think so.  I hope you will too.  My favorite thing to do with banana bread is slather it with peanut butter.  It's a lunch in itself for me!

It's been quite a while since I made a video where I was in it, and well... I guess I'm a bit out of practice!  I did this on the spur of the moment.  It wasn't a well planned out thing.  It was one of those things where I thought, "hmmm, chilly day, good baking weather. I'm hungry for banana bread. Think I'll make some."  One thing led to another and I thought, "might just as well make a video while I'm doing it and see how it all turns out."  That's the way I live now since being retired.

To my delight it turned out really good.  I made a few mistakes in the video, because I'm not a professional video cook.  But all the correct instructions are in the recipe.  You'll see that I forgot the sweetener of all things!!!  Noooooooooooo!  Must have sweetener.  So after I got it all in the pan had to pour it back into the bowl and add my sweetener, which probably deflated my egg whites, but in the end product, it all came together and turned out wonderful.  In fact I think I will do this again as a savory bread by leaving out the sweeteners and extracts and the banana, and add some herbs. I hope if you try it you'll like it.  I know I will make it again.        


Banana Bread Ginny Style

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 12

4  large  eggs -- separated
1/4 teaspoon  cream of tartar
1 cup  almond flour - Honeyville
1 cup  golden flaxseed meal
1/2 cup  Pyure Sweetener -- (equal to 1 cup sugar)
1/4 cup  whey protein isolate, Isopure -- either unflavored or vanilla
1/4 cup  oat fiber -- (I use a gluten free brand available on Amazon)
1 tablespoon  baking powder
1/4 teaspoon  salt
3 ounces  banana -- (1/2 banana) - cut up
1/4 cup  coconut oil - melted
1 cup  Ricotta cheese -- (I use whole milk)
1 tablespoon  lemon juice
2 teaspoons  vanilla extract
1 teaspoon  banana extract

Preheat oven to 350F.  Place parchment paper in an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan, so that it goes up the sides and hangs over edges, so that it is easy to remove the loaf from the pan. Spray with non-stick spray.

In medium mixing bowl, add egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip with electric mixer until stiff peaks form.  Set aside.

In mixing bowl, add almond flour, flaxmeal, Pyure Sweetener, whey protein, oat fiber, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together.

In small bowl add cut up banana and coconut oil and with an immersion blender blend until bananas are pureed and well incorporated with the oil.  Add to dry ingredients.

Add 4 egg yolks, Ricotta cheese, lemon juice, vanilla, and banana extract.  Blend together with electric mixer.

Fold in egg whites until fully incorporated.

Pour into prepared loaf pan.  Bake approximately 1 hr. or until it tests done with a toothpick. *SEE NOTE below. Remove from pan by grabbing sides of parchment paper and lifting out onto a wire rack to cool.

Cool completely before cutting. Best cut with an electric knife if you have one.  (Optional) prepare a glaze to pour over the top if desired, by mixing powdered sweetener (I powder Pyure in my coffee grinder), and enough heavy cream until it is the right consistency.

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  "Ginny Larsen, 5/19/2017" Feel free to share this recipe by sharing the link to it here on my blog when doing so.
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Per Serving: 207 Calories; 17g Fat (63.2% calories from fat); 10g Protein; 4g net Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber

NOTES : *I baked this 1 hour and though it tested done with a toothpick it was a little moist when cut open, but I cut it open warm. Maybe after sitting and cooling some it will be different.  I recommend cutting it completely cooled.  I think I would cover the top with aluminum foil the next time after baking it 45 min. and let it bake an extra 15 minutes for a total of 1 hr. 15 min. baking time.  Very flavorful and good texture and good rise!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


I began wanting to make a low carb corn bread to have with my homemade chicken soup tonight.  I've gotten the first cold of the cold and flu season this week, hoping against hope that somehow this year I would make it through scott free. Almost, but not quite.  So I made my chicken soup for it tonight.  Chicken soup was what my mother gave me when I was sick. Being sick always seems to bring us back to childhood. And going back to childhood in my food memories also brought memories of "Johnny Cake" or cornbread.  But I ended up with something quite different actually, and we really liked it. We ended up with Corn Pie.

So you may be thinking, but Ginny, corn has lots of carbs!  Ah, but baby corn does not.  Baby corn has less carbs than many low carb veggies actually.  In fact this baby corn as 2g carbs and 1g fiber per serving, and only 10 calories.  In this recipe I drained a can of baby corn nuggets and placed them in a food processor and processed until it was ground.  Then added it to the recipe.  It reminded me of a corn casserole I have made before on holidays.  It's good hot or cold.  I think you'll find it a great side dish with any meal. 


Corn Pie

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 8     

2  large  eggs
1/4  cup  sour cream
2  tablespoons  soft butter
4  ounces  diced green chiles -- canned (drained)
1  cup  almond flour - Honeyville
2  tablespoons  Pyure sweetener -- (equal to 1/4 cup sugar)
3/4 teaspoon  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/2 teaspoon  xanthan gum
15 ounces  baby corn nuggets, polar -- (1 can) drained
1/2 cup  finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, happy farms 

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Generously grease a 9-inch cake pan. I also sprinkled a little corn starch on the bottom.

2. In mixing bowl, add eggs, sour cream, butter. amd greem chiles.  Mix together with electric mixer.

3. Add flour, sweetener, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum.  Mix together well.  

4. In food processor, add baby corn nuggets.  Process until ground up. 

5. Add this to batter and mix together. 

6. Pour into cake pan and bake 30 minutes.  

Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese and bake 5 minutes more.

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Per Serving: 174 Calories; 14g Fat (69.3% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber

4g net carbs per serving

NOTES : *can bake this in a cast iron skillet instead of a cake pan as well. 

Monday, April 3, 2017


This is a spin-off from my Oat Fiber pancakes which have been incredibly popular on my blog that I posted here.  I decided to try making them with almond flour today.  Sometimes I want the blander flavor of the almond flour, and a little less fiber. I topped it with quark cheese which you can learn about here. There's a video demonstrating how very easy it is to make quark cheese.  I love it!  It's like a cream cheese but with a flavor all its own, which I think is even better than cream cheese or yogurt cheese and is a yummy way to get your probiotics.

Once you make the quark just add your favorite sweetener and some vanilla flavoring and whip it up for a very nice creamy topping to pancakes or other desserts, or to eat with some berries all by itself. You can even make a really nice cheesecake with it.

So for these pancakes, I have to say I think I still prefer the previous flaxmeal and oat fiber pancakes I made in 2010.  But having said that, these were good.  They were very light and cake-like, I think if I made them again, however, I would add some xanthan gum for a little better stick-togetherness. Flaxmeal sort of does that by itself so if you use almond flour instead it needs a little something to do that. Just the same, without that, they were wonderful.  Very filling and satisfying for my lunch today!  If you try them I hope you like them.

The syrup I used was Walden Farms zero carb and zero calorie strawberry syrup.


2 tablespoons  almond flour - Honeyville
2 tablespoons  oat fiber -- (gluten free)
1 tablespoon  Pyure -- OR sweetener of choice equal to 2 tbsp sugar
1/4 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  baking powder
1 egg
1 tablespoon  avocado oil -- (or oil of choice)
1 teaspoon  Vanilla flavored Torani sugar free syrup
   water -- according to need

Preheat pancake griddle or non-stick pan lightly greased.

In small bowl add almond flour, oat fiber, Pyure sweetener, baking soda, baking powder, and whisk until blended.  Add egg, avocado oil, vanilla syrup, and whisk together, adding enough water to make it pancake batter consistency.

I pour the entire batter into the pan for one large pancake.  If you prefer to make smaller ones, that's fine.  Fry on both sides until lightly browned and done through.

  "4/3/2017, Ginny Larsen"
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1 serving: 275 Calories; 26g Fat (59.0% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 29g Dietary Fiber

NOTES : 2g useable carbs.  Oat fiber carbs are not even counted as they are pure fiber.


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