Sweets N’ Sprinkles – Keto Desserts!

While my carb addiction focuses on bread, pasta and starchy vegetables, my husband has a perpetual sweet tooth. When our daughter looked at him with her big brown eyes and begged him to be a power ranger with her for Halloween, he knew it was time to buckle down and get healthy too, so now we are both following a low carb / keto lifestyle.

Overcoming his sweet tooth was the major challenge here. His candy addiction had reached an all time high at the time of his oath to keto… so I knew we would have to find something. One post on our Venice Foodies Community group and we received a TON of answers, so we chose one off the list, and off we went!

I met the sweet baker behind Sweets N Sprinkles, Michelle, who bakes cakes and treats out of her home. She is also following a keto lifestyle. Because of this, she expressed her frustration at needing dessert in her life. As a baker, she was determined to find keto friendly treats. I was skeptical, but she delivered in a big way.

We chose her keto sampler box, which comes with a scone, a cupcake, a muffin and 10 mini-cupcake size sweet “fat bombs” for only $15. The amount of time and money it would take to create these would amount to much more. In fact, I highly doubt mine would come out this good.

Keto Dessert Sampler Box

As if these sweet indulgences were not enough, she also calculates the macros for you! They are listed on her website so that you can anticipate what you are getting. Most treats are under 2 carbs per serving. For example, the highest treats like muffins, brownies and cakes topping out at 7 carbs per serving. (Seriously? YES!) 

The baked goods? Just as fluffy and delicious as their carb filled counterparts without the sugary guilt. We received a chocolate chip muffin, a blueberry scone and a chocolate cupcake with a vanilla icing. (The picture is off her blueberry muffins)

Check out how delicious these look!

The blueberry scone was the perfect breakfast companion to my morning coffee. The blueberries were plump and juicy with just the right balance of tart and sweet. The chocolate chip muffin had large chunks of a semi sweet dark chocolate for a guilt free indulgence. However, my daughter took one bit of the cupcake and refused to share. Even my little princess knows when a treat tastes amazing! (And if it’s low on sugar, that’s a mom win.)

I’m telling you, if you need a low carb sweet treat, this is the woman to call. She knows her stuff and does it really well!

Click HERE to view her website for ordering details and more information!

A Day In The Life of Keto Living: Breakfast

I’ve received so many questions about what I eat during the day and if there are foods that still taste good. The simple answer? Yes! The longer answer is that the keto way of eating doesn’t limit you on what you can have, it simply means modifying some of the ingredients and portions to satisfy your cravings. This is going to be a great series starting with breakfast and in other articles, I’ll have a recipe for lunch and dinner as well.

Water
Drinking some water is the starting point of a keto diet. Water is essential because keto diets dehydrate you to some extent and it will help to keep your body hydrated. It is advisable to drink water as soon as you wake up. Keep a water bottle on your nightstand to help you remember!

Breakfast

Start your day off right, with a meal that will give you the energy to get through the morning. Indulge in a wonderful breakfast that is healthy and tastes great! As we welcome the fall season and pumpkin spice everything is hitting the shelves, this great recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes with a Pumpkin Butter is something you get to enjoy guilt free!

Original photo from www.thatslowcarb.com

Pumpkin Pancakes with Pumpkin Spice Butter

Ingredients

For the pumpkin butter:
1/2 tbsp 100% pumpkin
3 tbsp butter (unsalted)
1/16 tsp stevia in the raw

For the pancakes:
2oz cream cheese
2 eggs
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tbsp pumpkin pie spice 

Instructions

  1. Starting with the pumpkin butter, mix together butter and pumpkin and microwave for 10 second intervals until smooth. 
  2. Once smooth and hot, add Stevia to taste.
  3. Next, the pancakes. Blend together cream cheese, eggs, coconut flour and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan to medium and add a tablespoon of butter.
  5. As soon as the butter begins to brown, add half your pancake batter.
  6. Once you see bubbles popping up through the pancake, it’s your cue to flip. The pancake should be mostly cooked at this point.
  7. Cook for another 30-60 seconds, remove from pan and add to a plate.Repeat with pancake #2.
  8. Top both pancakes with pumpkin butter and enjoy!