Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Three Minute (Or Less!) Microwave Brownies


Pardon my bad photos. I wasn't really planning on doing a post today, but my sweet tooth with a very violent chocolate craving hit me out of nowhere and I decided to try my hand at some low carb brownies a la microwave. I'm pleased to say that they were really, really good!


This is a smaller recipe with just three servings, so you'll either want to bake it up in individual dishes like ramekins or use a small baking dish (mine was 4x6). This one from Corningware is perfect. A small baking dish like this is versatile and very useful in the kitchen anyway (not to mention cheap!), so if you don't have one, it's good to have at least one.


Baking and prep of these great brownies takes only about three minutes, so even if you're short on time, there's no excuse to cheat! They're really great too, I swear. They keep well at room temperature as well, not that you'll need to keep them around that long!


Three Minute Microwave Brownies

Ingredients:


  • 1/3 C almond flour
  • 2 T oat fiber (or 1 T coconut flour)
  • 2 T + 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 C Swerve (or your choice of granulated sweetener)
  • 2 T butter, softened (or 2 T melted coconut oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 C unsweetened almond milk, half & half or heavy cream
  • 2 T sugar free chocolate chips or finely chopped walnuts (if desired)
Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, oat fiber, cocoa powder, sweetener, baking powder and salt and mix well. 

2. Add in egg, butter, almond milk and vanilla and whisk well until smooth. 

3. Stir in chocolate chips or walnuts, if desired.

4. Grease a small glass baking dish (I used a 6x4 oval--see text for ideas) and pour batter in.

5. Microwave on high power for two minutes. Look at the brownies once that time has elapsed to determine if they need an additional minute (mine were raw in the middle and required an extra 40 seconds). 

6. Top brownies, if desired, with powdered sweetener. Enjoy.


Makes three servings. 2.75 g carbs per serving. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chocolate Caramel Coconut Cookies


I've been craving cookies lately, and I realized that it has been awhile since I made any for the blog. I spent a good half hour on Pinterest searching for inspiration and finally decided on a chocolate coconut flavor combination. Wanting to add an additional element, I decided some sugar free caramel would be a good choice. If you don't like coconut, that could be omitted from these cookies. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Red Pepper & Asparagus Pilaf with Thyme Cream Sauce


It's spring. Or at least it's supposed to be. I mean, after all, the forecasters are calling for snow tomorrow and temps in the mid 30s. Did I mention that yesterday we reached 80 degrees? Ahh. Life in Cleveland. So what's a girl to do when it's so cold outside? Why, make something reminiscent of spring, of course.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Asian Citrus Pork & Vegetables


You miss Chinese food. I know you do. You miss its sweet and salty combinations of yumminess and that sticky sauce that coats crispy chunks of chicken that are actually comprised mostly of fried batter. We all miss it. You can still have it with this recipe, though-- well, not the batter fried chicken, maybe-- but you can have this delicious citrus pork that's light yet filling. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge Cake



Oh mint chocolate chip. You are so yummy and delicious. A friend of mine recently exposed her dislike of the chocolate mint combination, and I'm not embarrassed to say that this person is no longer my friend. OK, not really-- but seriously, mint and chocolate? Who could possibly dislike it?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LC Foods Gluten Free, Low Carb Brownies Review




As part of my partnership with LC Foods, Inc., an internet company that sells lots of tasty low carb/gluten/grain-free treats, I'll be reviewing a few of their products in the coming weeks. Today's review is the first of several: their low carb, gluten free brownies.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Five Minute Peanut Butter Mousse

If you're hankering for something sweet but don't want to spend all day in the kitchen, try my five minute mousse! It's being featured today over at All Day I Dream About Food!