Category Archives: Low Carb Desserts

Low carb fix for chocolate cravings

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I don’t really know what to call this recipe that I concocted to help soothe my sweet tooth.  It’s sort of like a Mounds bar mixed with a Reese’s.  But then there’s the pecans, too, which add another dimension.  It simply defies description.  There’s no good name for this, other than perhaps Yummmmmy.

This recipe has enough carb that you probably couldn’t eat it if you were maintaining induction levels of carb intake.  But at 5g, it’s not a bad treat on a night when you just want something a little indulgent and that reminds you a bit of a candy bar.

Yummmmmy (aka, the Chocolate Cravings Fixer)
(net carbs: 5g)

  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1 Tbsp SF vanilla syrup (like Torani or DaVinci)
  • 1/2 Tbsp SF caramel syrup (like Torani or DaVinci)

Melt the peanut butter and coconut oil in the microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds in a custard cup.  Mix in all remaining ingredients.  Freeze or refrigerate for 10 to 20 minutes until it thickens or hardens (whichever you prefer – you could just eat it warm and goopy if you wanted!).  Play some mood music, close your eyes, and eat it slowly to savor all of its deliciousness.

Faux flan

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I made this recipe up one night when I was craving something a little sweet.  I suddenly realized that eggs don’t HAVE to be salty/savory.  After all, I love tamago sushi, and the egg on that is always lightly sweet.  Plus, I love custards, and I’ve always enjoyed putting a beaten egg into my oatmeal when it cooks b/c it gives it a custardy richness.

I also knew that Nate used to microwave a beaten egg to create something like the egg patties they use in breakfast sandwiches at restaurants when he made his own breakfast sandwiches at home.  Based on that, I concocted the following recipe, which is incredibly simple, but very yummy.  I’ve never chilled it, but I bet it would be delicious served cold – as flan often is – too.

Faux Flan
(net carbs: 1g)

  • 1 /2 Tbsp-1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar-free caramel syrup (vanilla will work, too)
  • 1 egg, very well beaten

Mix the butter, syrup and egg in a custard cup.  Microwave for 30 seconds and give a quick start.  Microwave another 30-60 seconds, until egg is set.

Enjoy!  It’s so simple, but it is very reminiscent of flan.  And since the main ingredient is an egg, it’s a nice little protein kick, too.

Lightly sweetened ricotta

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This makes a simple and healthy snack, and it’s also quite filling.  I find it particularly nice if I’m craving pudding.  It’s my favorite snack to have at night, after the kids have gone to bed.

Lightly sweetened ricotta
(net carbs: varies based on brand of ricotta you use)

  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp sugar-free syrup (I generally use vanilla or caramel)

Simply mix together and eat!  It’s that fast and simple.  (Which is probably why I like it at night, when I’m tired and don’t feel like making anything that requires even a smidgen of effort.)  I also like to top it with a few chopped nuts (especially toasted pecans) to add a little crunch.

I often wonder if freezing it might result in something akin to ice cream.  If I ever give it a try, I’ll post my results.  And if YOU try it, please post a comment and tell me how it was!