Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice Cake with Sugar-Free Cream Cheese Frosting

Fall is the season for pumpkin spice everything. To celebrate, I developed this recipe. It's so good you'll want to put on yoga pants! (OK, maybe no yoga pants.)

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup Truvia
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread pumpkin between 2 layers of paper towel for 20 minutes to remove excess moisture.
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour into greased 8"x8" baking dish.
  5. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until set.
  6. Allow to cool completely.

Nutrition Info

Makes 12 servings

Per serving (approximately): 184 calories, 9g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 4g net carbohydrates, 14g fat, 6g protein

Frosting

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 Tbsp sugar-free coffee syrup, any flavor (recommendations: vanilla, caramel, pumpkin spice)

Directions

  1. Whip all ingredients until combined and fluffy.
  2. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Spread a dollop on a slice of the Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice cake.

Nutrition Info

Makes 12 servings

Per serving (approximately): 100 calories, 1g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 1g net carbs, 10g fat, 1g protein

Total Nutrition Info

For one serving of cake with one serving of frosting, the nutrition information is (approximately):

284 calories, 10g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 5g net carbohydrates, 24g fat, 7g protein

September 21, 2014 at 10:59pm | 0 Comments
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Chocolate Custard

custard

  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chocolate-flavored almond milk, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 oz baker’s chocolate, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup Truvia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Whisk egg yolks and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. Microwave chocolate for 30 seconds then stir. Continue microwaving in 10-second increments, stirring after each, until chocolate is melted. 
  3. In a saucepan, combine cream, almond milk, Truvia, and salt. Bring just to the simmer then remove from heat.
  4. Whisk a small amount of hot cream mixture into egg yolk mixture. Keep whisking small amounts of cream mixture into egg mixture until completely combined. Whisk in melted chocolate. Pour custard back into saucepan.
  5. Over medium heat, cook custard, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and butter until butter is melted.
  6. Divide custard into 8 small bowls or cups and cover with plastic wrap directly on surface of custard. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Serve with fresh raspberries, sweetened whipped cream, and/or a dusting of grated 85% dark chocolate.

December 15, 2013 at 3:27am | 0 Comments
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Keto Jell-o Parfait

sugar-free raspberry parfait

  • 2 8oz packages cream cheese
  • ¼ cup Truvia or other sugar substitute
  • 1¼ cup heavy cream, divided
  • 12 oz raspberries, divided
  • 1 package sugar-free Raspberry Jell-o
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 ½ cups ice water
  • 5 drops liquid sugar substitute
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

With an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, ¼ cup heavy cream, Truvia, and 6 oz raspberries, until fluffy. Set aside.

Stir 2 cups of boiling water into the Jell-o until gelatin is dissolved. Add ice water and stir.

Mix 1 ¾ cups of Jell-o into cream cheese mixture and pour into a trifle bowl. Transfer remaining 2 cups Jell-o to a measuring cup. Refrigerate cream cheese mixture and remaining Jell-o separately for 1 hour.

Slowly pour Jell-o over the back of a large spoon onto top of cream cheese mixture. Set aside a few raspberries for garnish then sprinkle the remaining raspberries into Jell-o and refrigerate for 3 more hours or until set.

Whip the cream with the liquid sweetener and vanilla. Dollop on top of the parfait and garnish with remaining raspberries.

Variations

  • Substitute mashed fresh strawberries and Strawberry sugar-free Jell-o for raspberries and Raspberry sugar-free Jell-o.
  • Substitute 4 oz of melted coconut oil for 4oz of cream cheese. Mix it thoroughly or when it cools, you'll get little chunks of coconut oil in every bite (although with the berry seeds, not too noticeable).

June 11, 2013 at 12:36am | 1 Comment
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Recipe: Grilled Romaine with Avocado Vinaigrette

This is a refreshing side dish for your grilled steak or chicken.

  • 3 romaine lettuce hearts, washed and dried
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Fresno or jalapeño chile, minced
  • 1 avocado, diced small
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, chile and parsley. Whisk in ½ cup extra virgin olive oil. Stir in the avocado gently—you don't want to mush up the avocado. The vinaigrette will turn creamy and thicken slightly. Set aside.

Make sure your romaine is thoroughly dry. Cut each heart in half and trim the brown end off the stem. You can also trim the tops of the leaves but I like these to get crispy. Brush the cut side of the romaine with the remaining extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on a hot grill, 2-3 minutes per side until browned.

Serve immediately with vinaigrette spooned over lettuce. Makes 6 servings.

June 6, 2013 at 12:39am | 0 Comments
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Bacon & Blue Cheese Guacamole

  • 5 avocados
  • 10 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 3-4 scallions, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • salt, to taste

Cut avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh into a gallon-size zip-top bag and remove most of the air. Squish the avocado until it is mostly smooth—chunks are good!

In a bowl, combine the avocado, bacon, scallions, lime juice, hot sauce, and salt. Gently fold in the blue cheese. Put plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole and chill for 2 hours. Serve with tortilla chips and/or carrot sticks.

Keto: serve with pork rinds or celery sticks.

September 24, 2012 at 4:43pm | 0 Comments
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