LOW CARB LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES + BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

If you’re a breakfast lover like my self and are eating a low carb diet, we have the most amazing pancake recipe for you! I used to make lemon ricotta pancakes all the time before I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, but since my diagnosis, I haven’t had them because the blood sugar spikes, stomach pain, and all the other side effects weren’t worth it.

We discovered the most amazing low carb pancake mix, and let me tell you, with kids, the convenience of a mix that’s ready to go is worth every penny! Hint: If you get on KNOW Foods email list, they have BOGO sales on different products every week! I hit up Black Friday and Cyber Monday so hard that I still have TONS of product left. A bag of pancake mix will last us 2-4 breakfasts depending on how many pancakes I’m making. That’s anywhere from $2.50-$5 per meal (not per person, PER MEAL)…and half that price if you get the mix on sale like I did. Far cheaper than going out and having someone make me these delightful slices of heaven. But who am I kidding? I can’t go to a restaurant and get fluffy low carb panckaes anywhere in San Diego. I’ll do the extra work of making them myself for tight blood sugar control. (check out Zola’s Dexcom photo below after eating the pancakes – I’m not on a Dex at the moment or I’d share mine too). These are probably the best pancakes I’ve ever made and NO SPIKES IN BLOOD SUGAR for Zola or myself.

The pancake mix is sweetened using allulose, which is not recognized by the body as a carb, so it has no effect on blood sugar.

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LOW CARB LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES w/ BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

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PANCAKE INGREDIENTS:
-2 cups KNOW Foods Pancake Mix
-3/4 cup milk or water
-1/3 cup ricotta cheese
-juice from 1/2 lemon
-1 Tbs NOW Foods Organic Erythritol,1-Pound

*22 carbs total (if using water – carbs will vary if using milk)
yields 10 pancakes
2.2 carbs per pancake

BLUEBERRY COMPOTE INGREDIENTS:
1.5 cups blueberries
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 Tbs water
4 Tbs of NOW Foods Organic Erythritol,1-Pound

*28 carbs total
yields 4 servings
7 carbs per serving of compote

PANCAKE DIRECTIONS:
1. In a medium bowl, mix together KNOW Foods Pancake Mix, milk, ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and erythritol.
2. Melt butter or use coconut oil spray to grease a pan on medium high heat.
3. Using a 1/3 cup measuring up, spoon batter into a pan. Cook till golden brown, flip and cook till finished.

BLUEBERRY COMPOTE DIRECTIONS:
1. Place blueberries, lemon juice, water, and erythritol in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium and cook for 2-3 minutes till the sugar dissolves and the berries soften. Spoon over the top of pancakes.

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ENJOY!

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LOW CARB GRANOLA BITES

LOW CARB GRANOLA BITES

Most breakfast foods are pretty high in carbs thanks to flour, oats, and sugar but we didn’t let that stop us from coming up with these amazing low carb granola bites. And check out those Dexcom lines after eating these little delights. This is just a warning: these are addicting! Try and not eat the whole batch.

We eat them on their own for a snack our put them on top of some yogurt with a spoonful of nut butter.

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pecans, chopped
¼ cup sliced almonds
2 Tbs chia seeds
2 Tbs hemp seeds
4 Tbs coconut oil or grass fed butter, melted
2 Tbs granulated erythritol
½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix all the nuts, cinnamon, sea salt, erythritol, and melted coconut oil/butter.
  3. Spoon into the little cups of the silicone mold and press firmly.
  4. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes or once coconut gets slightly golden brown.

*1 carb for every 2 granola bites

 

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LOW CARB CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ingredients:

-1 cup almond flour
-1/4 cup coconut flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp sea salt
-6 Tbs softened grass fed butter
-1/4 cup erythritol or swerve
-1/3 cup almond butter
-1.5 tsp vanilla
-1 egg
-1/3 cup Know Foods zero carb chocolate chips

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

1. In a mixer, mix butter, vanilla, salt, and ethyritol together.
2. Add egg, almond butter, and baking soda and mix well.
3. Slowly add in almond and coconut flour till and mix until everything is incorporated.
4. Mix in chocolate chips.
5. Using a cookie scoop, drop 2 Tbs of dough onto cookie sheet. Slightly flatten using your fingers to form more of a cookie shape.
6. Bake for about 11 min, or until desired consistency. We like our cookies really soft.
7. Enjoy! And try to eat just one. I dare you.

Yields: 18 cookies

Less than 2 carbs per cookie*

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PEPPERMINT SEA SALT CHOCOLATE COVERED ALMONDS

These peppermint sea salt chocolate covered almonds are GUILT FREE and less than 1 CARB each! And they taste frickin’ amazing. You literally can’t eat just one. And my kids know this because they count how many are left in the mornings and see that half of them went missing while they were sleeping. Whoops. But hooray for a treat that doesn’t spike blood sugar and you don’t have to shoot up for it! And the peppermint essential oil has so many great benefits for your body that we are just winning all around!

Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil:
-aids in digestion
-reduces inflammation in the body
-anti-parasitic
-antibacterial
-antiviral
-suppresses appetite
-brings oxygen to your brain
-helps with circulation

almonds-blogIngredients
-1 cup KNOW Foods Chocolate Chips (zero carbs)
-2 Tbs coconut oil
-3 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (this stuff goes a long way)
-1 1/2 cups roasted almonds
-sea salt

Directions

1. Fill a pot with a few inches of water and place a glass bowl over the top of the pot, but do not let the water touch the bottom of the glass bowl.
2. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to the glass bowl and melt on medium, stirring occasionally.
3. Add in peppermint oil, and a pinch of sea salt, and stir.
4. Using a mini peanut butter cup silicone mold, fill each cup about halfway with the melted chocolate.
5. Add almonds on top of the chocolate in each cup and then pour chocolate over the top of the almonds.
6. Place in fridge or freezer for about 20 minutes to for the chocolate to harden.
7. Sprinkle sea salt on top when ready to eat and devour!

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MOCK SUGAR FREE KOMBUCHA

The kids and I LOVE kombucha and all the health benefits it provides, but we don’t love the amount of sugar. Our whole family eats a low carb diet since Zola and I both have Type 1 Diabetes and eating low carb has been an incredible way to keep our blood sugar stable before, during, and after meals. We don’t experience the spikes in blood sugar we used to and we definitely don’t fear the roller coaster of highs and lows. Since switching to this way of eating, it’s been so fun to find ways to make low carb version of things we used to eat!

Since we haven’t found a way to make a sugar free kombucha, because making kombucha requires regular sugar in order to work, we set out to make something that tastes similar and that’s also great for you! So we made an apple cider vinegar drink and it tastes pretty darn similar to kombucha!

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits:
-promotes good gut bacteria
-detoxes the body
-aids in weight loss
-helps digestion

It is best to  drink ACV in the morning about 30 minutes before you eat breakfast and your digestive system will thank you.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits:
-weight loss booster
-helps reduce sugar cravings
-lowers inflammation in the body
-increases blood flow
-helps remove toxins from the body
-relieves stress and fatigue
-promotes clear healthy skin

By adding a few drops to your drink, you get so many health benefits and it makes your drink taste especially fresh. This drink is the kick start to my day each morning and gets my booty in gear!

I give you…”The Funny Drink” as Ollie calls it. Because his mouth feels funny from the La Croix.

 

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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DRINK

Ingredients:
-2 T fresh lemon juice
-2 blackberries
-2 drops Young Living Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil
-2 T organic apple cider vinegar
-2 drops liquid stevia
-1 can La Croix* (or 12 oz of club soda)
-ice

*I use the lime or lemon flavored La Croix, but because that’s what we have in the house. Most any flavor will do, or even just plain club soda. Or you can use water if you don’t have anything fizzy on hand.

Directions:

1. In a glass, add lemon juice and blackberries. Use a spoon to mash the blackberries against the wall of the glass (Because we make this drink every day, I have pre-blended blackberries and lemon juice so it’s already in mashed up form).

2. Add apple cider vinegar and liquid stevia.

3. Fill glass halfway with ice.

4. Pour La Croix over ice.

ENJOY!

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