Low Carb Strawberry Cobbler (THM S)

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These recipes from our family strawberry-picking outing are probably some of my favorites to date. If you love strawberries, I know you’ll love this too!

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Cobblers are huge in the South. They can be an elegant dessert for a crowd, or a laid back treat on a cool Spring evening.

My brain is hard-wired for peach cobbler, and I didn’t even think of other fruits until my wonderful friend, Amanda, suggested a strawberry version in light of my berry-abundance. All I have to say is, she is a friggin’ genius!

This strawberry cobbler is so fresh, sweet, and delightfully low maintenance in preparation.

Start by preheating your oven to 350, and while it’s preheating add the butter to a deep casserole dish and set it in the oven to melt gently.

While that’s happening, stir together the strawberries, lemon juice, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and Xanthan Gum in a medium bowl.

When the oven is done preheating, take the dish out and add the strawberry mixture to it, then prepare the topping.

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First, stir together the dry ingredients – almond and coconut flours, baking powder, salt, and Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet. Beat in the eggs, then the softened cream cheese and vanilla bean paste (or sub for 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract).

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Now, this part is really technical – drop it in large globs onto the top of the strawberry mixture. Smooth it just slightly, pushing it down into the strawberries gently.

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Bake the cobbler at 350 for about 25-30 minutes, until the top is nicely browned and the strawberries are bubbling.

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I know  – your mouth is watering already, but wait for it.

Let the cobbler stand for about 5-7 minutes before cutting.

Use a big spoon, and cut down into that bad boy. Serve with ice cream (homemade or So Delicious sugar free is fabulous!) or whipped cream, and spoon some extra saucy strawberry goodness over the top.

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It’s so gorgeous, I can’t stand it!

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The cold ice cream melts down gently over the warm cobbler. Juicy, tangy and sweet strawberries on the bottom topped with a soft, biscuit-like topping – I mean COME ON. It just doesn’t get better than this!

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Low Carb Strawberry Cobbler (THM S)

  • Servings: About 6
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. While the oven is preheating, place butter into a deep casserole dish and place into the oven to melt gently.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, lemon juice, sweetener, and xanthan gum.
  3. When the oven is finished preheating, take the dish out and place the strawberries into it.
  4. Prepare the topping by first combining the dry ingredients, then adding the eggs and beating in the cream cheese and vanilla paste or extract.
  5. Dollop the topping over top of the strawberries, and gently press the topping down onto the strawberries.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes, or until the top is browned and the berries are bubbly.
  7. Cool for 5-7 minutes prior to serving.
  8. Serve with on-plan vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and enjoy.

Low Carb No Bake Strawberry Tart (THM S)

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If you’re looking for an easy dessert to satisfy and impress a crowd, this is the one!

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This strawberry tart requires no baking, and is incredibly easy to make. This tart has a delicious, fresh strawberry flavor and tastes unbelievably light. You definitely don’t have to be a dessert master to enjoy this one!

I used the Fresh Strawberry Sauce posted earlier this week for the filling, which is simple to make. The sauce takes time to cook down, so make sure you tackle it first.

Next, prepare and chill the Mock Graham Cracker Crust.

Then start the filling!

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You have a few different filling options – I opted for a mousse with a little Greek yogurt for a more dense texture. You could do all mousse (which is straight whipped cream with strawberry sauce), or you could go for a cheesecake mousse with a little softened cream cheese added. Decisions, decisions! [See Variations below for more specific directions on the different filling options.]

For the mousse, start by whipping the heavy cream with Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet and some vanilla bean paste. I like using the paste versus extract for this because I can use more paste without getting the raw alcohol flavor of extract. I find it at Walmart (back in the cake decorating section), but you can buy the same product on Amazon if you’re unable to find it in a store.

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Once the cream starts to get slightly frothy, add the strawberry sauce and continue whipping to stiff peaks. If you plan on making this a cheesecake mousse, add the softened cream cheese and sauce at the same time. [No need for any dyes! You’ll get that beautiful blush pink color from the sauce alone.]

When the cream is whipped to stiff peaks, gently fold in the Greek yogurt. You could even take a shortcut and use an already flavored 000 yogurt (strawberry or vanilla!) – if you do, go shy on the sweetener and work up from there.

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Fill up the tart shell, pushing the mousse into every nook and cranny, then smoothing it with your spatula. [I don’t get too crazy about making it “perfect,” because I think homemade looks better. So, don’t stress it!]

Chill for about another half hour while you whip some more cream for the topping.

I prefer lightly sweet whipped cream, since the filling is sweet.

Also, I’m a Food Network junkie who watches all the baking championships and it really stuck with me when one of the pro-baker judges said, “The cream shouldn’t compete with the filling. It’s an accessory, not the main focus.” So, I try to make my whipped creams on the lighter side of sweet, so that my filling has a chance to really shine.

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You can pipe the cream onto your tart, like so. Or you can just fill the tart edge-to-edge with cream, whichever you desire. Add some fresh berry decorations, if you’re feeling super fancy.

Chill until you’re ready to serve.

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This tart was just gorgeous. So much so, I almost couldn’t believe how simple it was to put together.

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The crust firms up perfectly, and glides right out of the pan. Don’t get me wrong, I was super anxious about lifting that tart shell off the crust (as it took some finesse), and once I got it loose it popped right off. I found it easy to set the tart on the edge of my counter (so half was on the counter, and half was in my hand), then work to pop the bottom (gently!) out of the shell. [Truth be told, I about had a heart attack trying to get it out of the shell, because I did NOT want to mess it up.]

The strawberry filling is light and airy with a tinge of tartness. The crust is firm and buttery with a whisper of cinnamon and molasses.

If you need an easy dessert for your Easter lunch or brunch, this is just the one for you!

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Filling Variations

  • Mousse: 1 1/2 c heavy cream as the base with 1 Tbsp of sweetener. Option to add 1 tsp of gelatin for a more firm texture.
  • Cheesecake Mousse: 1 c heavy cream with 8oz soft cream cheese. Start with 1 Tbsp of sweetener, and work up if needed.

No Bake Strawberry Tart (THM S)

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: Hands on 30 minutes, plus set time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Prepare and chill the crust as directed.
  2. For the filling, combine the cream, sweetener, and vanilla paste in a medium bowl and beat with a hand mixer until slightly frothy.
  3. Add the strawberry sauce, and continue whipping to stiff peaks.
  4. Gently fold in the Greek yogurt, and fill the chilled tart crust with the filling. Chill while you prepare the topping.
  5. For the whipped cream topping, combine the sweetener and cream in a medium bowl and beat to stiff peaks. Either pipe the cream onto the tart, or top it edge-to-edge.
  6. Chill until you’re ready to serve

Gluten/Sugar Free Graham Cracker Crust (THM S)

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This crust is mind-blowing! If you are gluten/sugar/grain free, and have been missing that graham cracker flavor in your pies, cheesecakes, whathaveyou – it is BACK.

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Nothing pleases me more than when I get a recipe right on the first try, and this was one of those times. This crust is sweet with a slight taste of cinnamon, and a hint of brown sugary goodness from blackstrap molasses.

I made this crust as a no-bake, but you definitely could bake it for a cheesecake or other pie, if desired.

First, simply combine all ingredients except for the melted butter in a small bowl. (The molasses won’t really go anywhere, but that’s OK. The butter will take care of it.)

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Next, start drizzling in the melted butter a few tablespoons at a time until the crust starts sticking to itself in large chunks.

The crust will be somewhat wet, but still have a degree of crumbly texture to it.

Spoon it straight into your pie, or tart, pan and begin pressing it firmly into the bottom and sides of the pan. I find it helpful to use damp hands so the crust sticks more to the pan than it does to you.

After pressing the crust into the pan, chill for about an hour  before filling. If you’re choosing to bake, blind bake your crust for 10-12 minutes at 350 prior to filling.

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That’s it! Use this crust as a base for any yummy baked (or unbaked!) flavor you want to create.

Stay tuned to my blog as you see me turn this crust into a delicious fresh strawberry no-bake pie. (Yes, it’s as divine as it sounds. ^_~)

No Bake Graham Cracker Pie Crust (THM S)

  • Servings: Make 1 9-in tart crust
  • Time: Hands on time, 7 minutes; Set time, 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the melted butter in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle in the melted butter until the crust begins to stick together in large chunks.
  3. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9-in tart pan, and chill for about 1 hour before filling.

5-Ingredient Easy Strawberry Sauce (THM FP)

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This strawberry sauce is not only easy to make, it’s versatile. I’ve used this sauce on top of PB&J pancakes, ice cream, AND I also used it in my upcoming recipes – a no-bake pie and strawberry cupcakes.

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My family and I went strawberry picking over the weekend, and we picked 3 gallons of strawberries. 3. GALLONS. I started dreaming up all the strawberry things I could make with all these beautiful, fresh berries: cupcakes, ice cream, pie, cobbler.

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Everyone I asked was saying, “Freeze them!” However, I had JUST gotten my big Costco bag of strawberries a week prior, and I have no room in my freezer right now, so that idea was a no-go. Then I had the idea for this strawberry sauce – something that can easily blend into other recipes, and still preserve the strawberries.

The crowning glory was this used a lot of strawberries at once, and took just a little bit of effort.

In a medium sauce pot, combine the cut strawberries, lemon zest and juice, a pinch of salt, and Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet. I like using lemon with the strawberries because the tart lemon helps break up the sweetness of the berries.

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After a few minutes on the heat, the strawberries start to release their juice. The more they cook down, the more juice they release.

When you have an equal amount of juice to berries, sprinkle on the xanthan gum and whisk. Whisking helps to combine the xanthan gum with the strawberry juice, and break up the berries.

Continue cooking on low heat, whisking occasionally until it’s the thickness you desire. When you’re done, it should look similar to this.

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You can add a few drops of liquid stevia at the end, if it’s needed, but I found this sauce perfectly sweet.

Spoon the sauce into a pint mason jar and keep in the refrigerator for immediate use, or freeze for later.

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Like I said, this sauce wears many hats – it can be a condiment, a filling, or give your baked goods a berry good boost (see what I did there ^_~).

We had a blast picking these strawberries, and we’ll be enjoying them for weeks to come. If you have a strawberry farm near you, get out there and get picking!

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Strawberry Sauce (THM FP)

  • Servings: Makes about 1 pint of sauce
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine the berries, lemon zest and juice, salt, and sweetener in a medium sauce pot of medium-low heat. Keep stirring while the berries heat up and release their juice.
  2. When the berries release a good amount of their juice, whisk in the xanthan gum. Continue cooking on low, whisking occasionally until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Remove from the heat and cool before adding to your storage container. Refrigerate for immediate use, or freeze for later.

Cinnamon Crunch Protein Coffee Cake (THM S)

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This recipe made me so happy! Not only did it work on the first try, which can be rare for baking, it was easy to throw together before Sunday morning breakfast. This was my first gluten/sugar free coffee cake, and I could not be more pleased with the result.

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If you have all the ingredients, this cake is quick and simple to throw together. I liked using protein as a big part of the base here for 2 reasons: it makes the cake texture more like coffee cake (sturdy and slightly dry) and it adds more protein to the cake (making it a great snack or finishing complement to an S breakfast or lunch).

First, get your dry ingredients together in a small bowl: almond flour, whey protein isolate, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.

Next is your wet ingredients: eggs, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract (yes, I like both because I like vanilla, however you can leave out the paste if you want.) Stir it up.

Then whisk the wet into the dry. The consistency is pretty wet, like runny pancake batter.

Get your pan ready, and make sure your oven is preheated to 350. I prepped my 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil spray and a square of parchment paper. I did it this way because I wanted to make certain the cake would slide right out of the dish. With the parchment in there, each piece came out perfectly, and the dish was easy to clean.

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Prepare your topping by combining softened butter, cinnamon, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and nuts. I chose to use sliced almonds but you could use pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, whatever you fancy. It’s going to look like a paste, that’s OK.

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Pour half of your cake batter into your prepared dish, dot it with half of the nut topping, then pour on the other half of cake batter and dot the top with the rest of the nut mixture.

If you want more of a streusel-like topping, you can add some coconut flour to the mix to dry it out and make it more crumbly but I do like how this turned out. The butter melts, making the cake moist and you still get the crunch of the nuts with the cinnamon sweetness.

Bake the cake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown delicious on top.

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All of that topping sits just under the golden brown surface.

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Gorgeous! Let it cool slightly before cutting.

Slice it into 9 pieces, and have you a piece, girl.

See? All that cinnamon, sweet goodness floating throughout the cake. The cake has flecks of vanilla bean and a crunch factor from the nuts. The cake is fluffy, sturdy, and slightly dry – making it the perfect partner with your coffee or tea.

This is a perfect make-ahead snack for the week. I’ve sent pieces with my husband to work, and heated it up as a snack. Just store the pieces in a large gallon zip-top bag in the fridge.

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Cinnamon Crunch Coffee Cake (THM S)

  • Servings: 9
  • Time: Prep, 10 minutes Bake, 30-35 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine dry cake ingredients in a small bowl: almond flour, protein, sweetener, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Combine wet cake ingredients in a separate bowl: eggs, milk, oil, vanilla paste and extract.
  4. Whisk wet and dry together.
  5. Combine all ingredients for the nut topping in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Prepare an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and coconut oil spray.
  7. Add half of the cake batter to the dish, dot with half of the nut mixture, pour on second half of cake, and finish with the second half of the nut mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until completely set in the middle and golden throughout.
  9. NOTES: A few have experienced an “eggy” taste with this recipe. Baking with whey can have that taste. Make sure you add enough vanilla to your batter, even if you don’t have the paste. To further tone down the whey, add some almond extract as well (about 1/2 tsp of almond and 1 tsp vanilla). The final note is to TASTE the batter before you bake it. If the batter is good, the cake will be good. Happy baking!

Thin Mint Mini Cheesecakes (THM S)

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I wanted to think of a fun, green dessert to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, but was having trouble with inspiration. Then my husband suggested his favorite – mint chocolate. My mind got to churning, then I settled on mini mint chocolate cheesecakes, and I could not be happier!

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Cheesecake is one of those desserts that’s pretty straight forward and easy to prepare.  However, not everyone has a spring form pan laying around their house – what to do? Mini cheesecakes in a muffin pan! Honestly, I think that’s almost better than one big cheesecake. You have better portion control, no slicing, and it’s easier to store. Of course, if you REALLY wanted to, you can make this exact recipe in a 10-inch springform pan instead of a muffin pan.

Start by combining the ingredients for your crust in a small bowl: almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Then pour in the unsalted butter and combine it with your hands. The mixture isn’t terribly wet, but you do want it sticking together slightly. Think of damp dirt – that’s what you’re going for here.

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Line your muffin pan with paper or silicone liners. Begin pressing the crust mixture into the bottom of your liners. You want to firmly press it down so that the crust stays together once the liners are off, and it gets a little crispy. You definitely don’t want to skip the liners here, because then the crust will not crisp or stay together, and you’ll have a hard time getting the cheesecakes out of the pan.

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Next, prepare your green, minty cheesecake filling.

Combine the softened cream cheese, vanilla extract, eggs, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and peppermint extract until thick and creamy. Begin adding your green food coloring about 8-10 drops at a time, until you’ve achieved your desired hue.

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Use an ice cream scoop to scoop even portions of the filling onto your crusts.

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Pop them into a 350 degree oven to bake for 25-30 minutes. They won’t get too golden (if they do they’re over-baked!), so look for a little color towards the centers and they should feel firm (with a tiny giggle) in the middle.

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Let them cool at room temperature for about 10-12 minutes, then pop them into the fridge for 2-3 hours to cool and set.

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After they’ve had a chance to firm, make the ganache topping. Start by heating the cream over low heat in a small sauce pan. Chop the 85% dark chocolate or Lily’s chocolate chips and add it to a heat-safe bowl. When the cream is hot, and bubbling a little, pour it over the chocolate and whisk until smooth and creamy.

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Begin spooning the warm ganache over the tops of your cheesecakes. You want enough for each one, so don’t get too happy about it in the beginning. Spread one generous tablespoon of ganache over the top of each cheesecake. If you have leftovers at the end, then you can go back and fill as needed.

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Once they’re all covered, pop them back into the fridge for another 45 minutes, or until serving. The ganache will be firmly set, but still soft to a fork (or mouth ^_~).

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These mini cheesecakes are the perfect, impressive yet low-maintenance dessert. They look so pretty, and don’t take a ton of effort.

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The filling is luscious and creamy with just a hint of mint, while the crust is coarse and chocolatey. Then you have the rich ganache on top that’s smooth and soft.

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The perfect treat to celebrate a holiday, or any day!

Thin Mint Mini Cheesecakes (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 22-24
  • Time: 1 hour plus cooling time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the crust ingredients except for the butter in a small bowl. Pour in the melted butter and combine with your hands.
  3. Press the crust firmly into the bottom of your lined cupcake pan.
  4. For the filling, combine the eggs, cream cheese, vanilla, and Pyure until creamy. Add the peppermint extract and combine. Begin adding the green food coloring, 8-10 drops at a time, until your desired hue is achieved.
  5. Add the filling by using an ice cream scoop to portion out the filling into each crust.
  6. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until firm to the touch (not too browned).
  7. Cool for 10-12 minutes at room temperature, then remove to the fridge for 2-3 hours to finish cooling and setting.
  8. Make the ganache by heating the cream over low heat in a small sauce pan. When it’s hot and bubbling a little, pour it over the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Whisk until smooth and slightly thickened.
  9. Spoon the ganache over the tops of the cheesecakes and spread to the edges. Cool the cheesecakes in the fridge about another 45 minutes for the ganache to set.
  10. Store in the fridge until serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream (THM Deep S)

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I am THE chocolate gal. Chocolate is always a good idea, and it never lets you down.

I’m also notorious for not being able to make decisions. I don’t always know the right answer, but I do know that a well-placed combo is always a good idea.

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This ice cream base has quickly become one of my favorites. First, it’s zero cook. As in, nothing on the stove – no tempering, no custard, nada. Second, it’s incredibly creamy – especially for a base that involves zero milk or cream. Third, the only tool you need is a blender.

In a high-powered blender place the eggs and egg yolks, unsweetened cocoa powder, MCT oil, Pyure, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.

The ingredient that trips some people up is the raw cacao butter. Raw cacao is basically the other half of cocoa powder. They’re different parts of the same cocoa bean.

I use Big Tree Farms, which comes in 1oz cubes. It takes 6 cubes to make 1/3 cup. *NOTE: Cacao butter has a high melting point. Chop it finely to get it to melt quicker, but don’t be surprised if it still takes over 2 minutes to melt. Once you get that melted, add the solid coconut oil to the bowl with the cacao. The heat from the cacao will quickly melt the coconut oil, while bringing down the temperature of the cacao slightly. (Which is helpful when adding this to your eggs.)

Add melted cacao and coconut oil to the egg mixture and blend on high for 2-3 minutes, until slightly thickened and smooth.

While keeping the blender going on high, begin adding one ice cube at a time blending for about 10 seconds between. This step is mainly to bring down the temperature of the mixture, and to dilute it slightly.

Once all the ice cubes are added, add the vegetable glycerin then refrigerate the mixture while you mix together the cookie dough.

In a small bowl, combine the butter (or coconut oil), coconut flour, vanilla, Pyure, and whey protein isolate. *NOTE: If you want to keep this dairy free, just add extra coconut flour instead of the whey.

Fork the cookie dough ingredients together. The dough should stick together without feeling too wet.

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Add the chopped chocolate, then remove the dough to the fridge to set slightly.

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Add the chocolate ice cream base to your prepared ice cream machine. Churn the ice cream for about 15-20 minutes, or until the ice cream reaches soft serve consistency. Take the paddle out, then gently stir in the peanut butter.

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In a long, shallow freezer-safe dish, add about half of the ice cream base. Dot the base with about half of the cookie dough crumbles.

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*NOTE: I rolled my cookie dough into larger balls, which probably worked against me as they will harden some in the freezer. I highly suggest you leave it in smaller chunks.

Cover with the last half of ice cream, then the last of the cookie dough. Swirl the ingredients together by placing a toothpick into the mixture and circling it around.

Place the ice cream in the freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour to harden up. Scoop and serve!

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Creamy, rich chocolate ice cream with a thick peanut butter swirl and chewy cookie dough pieces. Does it get any better than this?!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream (THM Deep S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. In a high-powered blender, combine all ingredients for the ice cream base except ice, peanut butter, and vegetable glycerin. Blend on high for 4-5 minutes. Mixture should be slightly thick and creamy.
  2. Keeping the blender on high speed, begin adding one ice cube at a time, blending well between (for about 10 seconds).
  3. Add the vegetable glycerin and place the mixture in the fridge while you make the cookie dough.
  4. Combine all ingredients for the cookie dough in a small bowl. Mixture should stick together without feeling too dry or crumbly.
  5. You can either leave the cookie dough chunky, as is, or you can form it into small balls between your hands. Don’t make the balls too thick, because they will harden in the freezer. Place cookie dough in the refrigerator to harden slightly while you churn the ice cream base.
  6. Churn the ice cream base in an ice cream machine, according to manufacturer’s directions. When it’s finished, the mixture should be the consistency of soft serve. It took my machine about 15-20 minutes to get this texture.
  7. Remove the ice cream paddle, and gently stir in the peanut butter.
  8. Add about half of the ice cream to a freezer-safe container (I prefer one that’s longer, rather than tall), place about half of the cookie dough on top of the ice cream. Add the rest of the ice cream and cookie dough. Gently swirl the mixture together by placing a toothpick or skinny spatula down into the ice cream and making circles.
  9. Place the ice cream in the freezer to set for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Dark Chocolate Torte (THM S)

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Warning: decadence ahead.

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I’ll go ahead and admit it, I’m a chocoholic. Chocolate is my buddy. It’s always the perfect companion to my meals, smoothies, and even coffee. And I ain’t even a little sorry.

If you’re wondering what a torte is, it’s basically a cake minus the flour. There’s not a single teaspoon of flour in this recipe, and I’m willing to bet you have all the ingredients sitting in your pantry.

Although the method to it *may* seem consuming – it’s really very easy.

Let’s go ahead and talk about the base of the cake: the chocolate.

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I used a base of 85% chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. When you cut the torte into 12 servings (or more, up to 14), you’re getting about an ounce of 85% chocolate in every slice – which is the limit for one serving on the THM plan. However, you have more options if you’re concerned about going over the sugar limit.

*NOTES: I wouldn’t recommend replacing the unsweetened baking chocolate, because it helps keep the torte from getting too sweet, plus you sweeten things further with a homemade syrup anyway. However, you can replace the 85% chocolate with Lily’s chocolate chips. Lily’s chocolate is used in the ganache, at the end, so if you use Lily’s for the cake as well you’ll need a total of 20oz.

Start prepping the cake by making a homemade syrup of Pyure and water. Bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally, and simmer rapidly for about 4-5 minutes until the Pyure is completely dissolved.

Next: choppity chop the chocolate.

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Cube the butter and melt it in a double boiler over a pan of rapidly simmering water.

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When the butter is almost fully melted, add the chocolate and whisk frequently until melted.

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Keep whisking until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted.

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Next, remove the bowl from the heat, and add the syrup you made earlier.

*NOTE: My first instinct was to add the syrup in batches. After my first little bit of syrup, it seemed as though the chocolate was breaking because no matter how hard I whisked it still retained this “lumpy” almost brownie-batter-like consistency. Then I added the whole remainder of the syrup, and everything was perfect. All of that to say, just add all of the syrup at once.

Whisk, whisk until everything is smooth.

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Add in the eggs, whisking vigorously.

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Again, the mixture should be slightly thickened (almost pudding-like), and completely smooth.

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Next, prepare your pan. This mixture goes into a 10in springform pan. Start by tracing a circle of parchment paper.

Then, butter your springform pan.

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Place the parchment circle in the bottom, then throw some butter on that too. [I know, it seems like overkill, but you REALLY want that cake to glide right out of the pan.]

Next, wrap the bottom and sides of the pan in a few sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil. Wrap that baby up nice and tight.

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Pour the batter into the pan, and lightly tap it against the counter to release any bubbles.

Next, place the pan into a deep roasting pan, and gently pour steaming hot water into the roasting pan (without getting any into the cake pan). This keeps the cake from puffing while it bakes.

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(Gently) Place the cake into a 350 degree oven and bake for 35-45 minutes. When the cake is done, it should be firm to the touch in the middle.

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Take the cake out of the water pan, and cool it completely to room temperature in the springform.

You have two options for applying the ganache: You can take the cake out of the springform and place it onto a rack fitted over a baking sheet then drizzle on the ganache. OR. You can leave the cake in the springform, pour the ganache over the top, refrigerate, then remove the whole cake from the springform.

The only drawback to taking the cake out first, is that you’ll lose some of the ganache on your baking sheet [which you can always pick off and eat later ^_~]. The drawback to doing it in the springform, is that there’s less ganache on the sides and it’s a little more difficult removing the cake from the pan. Whichever way you slice it, the cake is equally tasty.

Heat the cream in a small sauce pan, then add the chocolate and whisk until it’s melted and smooth. Immediately pour the ganache onto the cake, and refrigerate to set.

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How gorgeous is that?

You can serve the cake straight from the fridge, or at room temperature. If you plan on serving the cake later, cover and store it in the fridge. You can also slice it into servings, wrap in plastic, and freeze for later.

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Glorious, deep chocolate flavor that absolutely melts in your mouth.

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You will not regret trying this recipe.

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Dark Chocolate Torte (THM S)

  • Servings: 12-14
  • Time: about 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Start by prepping the syrup. Place the water and Pyure into a small sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 3-5 minutes, until the Pyure is completely dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Place the butter in a medium bowl fitted over a pan of rapidly simmering water. When the butter is melted, add the chocolate and/or chocolate chips. Whisk until the chocolate and butter are completely smooth and melted.
  4. Remove the chocolate from the heat, and whisk in reserved syrup (all at once!) until completely smooth.
  5. Add all the eggs at once, and whisk vigorously until smooth.
  6. Prepare a 10in springform pan with butter, parchment paper, and heavy duty aluminum foil (see instructions above). Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then place into a larger pan and pour steaming hot water around the sides.
  7. Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes, until the middle of the cake is firm to the touch.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and water pan, and cool completely to room temperature.
  9. Prepare the ganache by heating the cream in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the chocolate chips, and whisk until smooth. Pour the warm ganache over the cooled cake, and use a flat spatula to evenly disperse it over the middle and sides of the cake.
  10. Pop the cake into the refrigerator and chill until firm.
  11. Serve at room temperature, or chilled. You can cover and freeze individual slices, or refrigerate slices for later.

Orange Spiced Truffles (THM S)

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Truffles are quickly becoming one of my favorite holiday treats. They’re easy to make, but they look so  *fancy*. Plus, you can get really creative with the flavors! Thus, these spicy chocolate-orange truffles were born.

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Of course, the base of almost any truffle is really good chocolate. I started with a base of 85% dark chocolate, because that’s what I keep on hand most times. A few other options you have would be unsweetened baking chocolate, a Lily’s Baking Bar, or sugar free chocolate chips. If you choose to use unsweetened baking chocolate, you can use a few teaspoons of THM Super Sweet to get the sweetness where you want it. You can also use a few drops of liquid stevia if you want to sweeten any of the already-sweetened options just a tad.

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*NOTE: If you’re planning to use unsweetened chocolate with a granular sweetener, add the sweetener to the cream mixture so that it has a chance to dissolve before going into the chocolate. You can always adjust further with liquid stevia.

The spice used in these truffles is cardamom. It’s a strong and unique flavor, so you won’t need much of it, but it  truly makes these truffles something to talk about. The flavor is equal parts herbaceous and floral, with an aromatic scent. I also used orange extract and orange liqueur.

*NOTE: Orange liqueur does not add any extra sugar to these tiny delights. It does carry about 7g carbs per one fluid ounce (which is what’s used here), so it adds less than 0.5g carbs  per truffle. If you don’t want to use alcohol in these, you can leave it out.

The only work involved in these babies is prepping the chocolate mixture.

First, you heat the cream with any granular sweetener you plan to use (if using), orange extract, cardamom, salt, and butter. You want to heat the cream almost to its boiling point, so that it’ll melt the chocolate quickly.

Add the hot cream to the chopped chocolate. Whisk, whisk, whisk….

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Keep whisking the chocolate and cream until the chocolate is fully melted. You’ll then reach this stage.

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The mixture has this seemingly “gritty” texture because the butter is not yet fully incorporated. Whisk a bit more vigorously, and…

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You get to this stage! Rich, velvety smooth chocolate. At this point, add in your orange liqueur, and whisk a little more.

Pop the mixture into the fridge for quick hardening, or if you want to roll the truffles at a later time.

*NOTE: When you’re ready to roll out the truffles, make sure your hardened chocolate has been on the counter “defrosting” for at least 20-30 minutes prior to scooping. Trust me, this step makes scooping/rolling a LOT easier. You’ll barely even have to handle them, if the chocolate is soft enough.

I then rolled them in chopped raw macadamia nuts. I thought macadamias would best compliment the orange-chocolate flavor, but you can use any unsalted nut you like. Or, if you don’t mind the extra work, you can dip them in melted dark chocolate!

I also use the term “rolled” very loosely. By “rolled” I mean I scooped the chocolate using a small cookie scoop (about 1 Tbsp), turned it directly into the chopped nuts, tossed lightly, and rolled gently between my hands to get a more rounded shape. Using this method, my hands got away nearly mess-free.

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It’s just that easy!

What could be better than deeply dark chocolate spiced with cardamom and orange liqueur then rolled in crunchy macadamia nuts? Dessert achieved!

If you liked this variation, also try my Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles!

Orange Spiced Truffles (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes approx. 16-18
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 8oz 85% dark chocolate
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 Tbsp orange liqueur
  • pinch of salt
  • THM Super Sweet or liquid stevia to taste (See note above if choosing to use a granular sweetener)
  • about 1/2 c finely chopped macadamia (or other) nuts

Directions

  1. Bring the cream, butter, orange extract, cardamom, salt and sweetener (if using) almost to boiling in a small sauce pan. The mixture should not boil, but should be steaming hot.
  2. Pour the hot cream into a small bowl, over the chopped chocolate and whisk until the chocolate and cream are fully incorporated.
  3. Whisk in the orange liqueur. Cover and chill until firm.
  4. When ready to portion, take the chocolate out of the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes prior to scooping.
  5. Scoop the mixture into 1 Tbsp balls, turn directly into chopped nuts and roll gently to coat. Roll lightly between your hands to get a more rounded shape, if needed.
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 2-3 hours, or in a zip-top bag in the fridge for future use.

Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles (THM S)

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If you like holiday treats that are easy to make and take very little effort, then these are for you!

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Of course, the base of these truffles is really good chocolate. I started with a base of 85% dark chocolate, because that’s what I keep on hand most times. A few other options you have would be unsweetened baking chocolate, a Lily’s Baking Bar, or sugar free chocolate chips. If you choose to use unsweetened baking chocolate, you can use a few teaspoons of  THM Super Sweet to get the sweetness where you want it. You can also use a few drops of liquid stevia if you want to sweeten any of the already-sweetened options just a tad.

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*NOTE: If you’re planning to use unsweetened chocolate with a granular sweetener, add the sweetener to the cream mixture so that it has a chance to dissolve before going into the chocolate. You can always adjust further with liquid stevia.

I flavored up the chocolate using instant espresso, a pinch of pink salt, and Kahlua coffee liqueur.

*NOTE: The Kahlua in this recipe is very little, and adds less than 1g of sugar to each truffle. If you’re concerned about using it, or don’t want to use any alcohol, you can substitute with a touch of rum extract.

The only “work” (I use that term very loosely here) involved is whisking the heated cream into the chocolate.

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Whisk, whisk, whisk.

Then you get to this stage.

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Notice, the chocolate is melted but the texture looks “gritty.” This means the butter has yet to be fully incorporated, and the mixture is still “broken.” Keep whisking, maybe even a bit more vigorously…

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Then you get this!

Velvety smooth, rich chocolate.

At this point, you have two options: cover and refrigerate to  accelerate the hardening process or let the mixture stand (covered) until it stiffens at room temperature. If you don’t want to portion them out right away, I would suggest refrigeration until about 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to roll.

*NOTE: When you’re ready to roll, make sure the chocolate has had a chance to thaw a bit on the counter – it will make portioning much easier (like barely even having to touch it, easy).

As far as coating goes, you can really use any nuts that you like. Pecans or pistachios would be great here! I chose to use finely chopped hazelnuts, because chocolate LOVES hazelnuts.

Using a small scoop will be your best, and easiest, bet for portioning these out. Plus, it’ll keep your hands pretty clean. Scoop the chocolate, turn it directly into the chopped nuts, toss lightly to coat, then roll the truffle gently between your hands and set aside. Lather, rinse, repeat…

Once they’re all rolled, store them in a zip-top bag in the refrigerator until use. They keep fine at room temperature (for gift boxes and such), but for long-term store in the fridge.

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Don’t they look divine? Rich chocolate spiked with espresso and Kahlua, rolled in crunchy hazelnuts. Beautiful as a holiday gift, dessert, or as an everyday treat in your fridge.

If you liked this recipe, try my Orange Spiced Truffles next! You won’t be sorry. ^_~

Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes approx. 15-18
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 8oz chocolate (85% or Lily’s, see Note above), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 Tbsp Kahlua, or 1/2 – 1 tsp rum exract
  • pinch of salt
  • THM Super Sweet or liquid stevia to taste (see Note above if using a granular sweetener)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c finely chopped hazelnuts (raw or roasted, unsalted)

Directions

  1. Bring the cream, butter, espresso granules, salt, and sweetener (if using) almost to boiling in a small sauce pan. The mixture should not boil, but should be steaming hot.
  2. Pour the hot cream into a small bowl, over the chopped chocolate and whisk until the chocolate and cream are fully incorporated.
  3. Whisk in the Kahlua (or rum extract). Cover and chill until firm.
  4. When ready to portion, take the chocolate out of the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes prior to scooping.
  5. Scoop the mixture into 1 Tbsp balls, turn directly into chopped nuts and roll gently to coat. Roll lightly between your hands to get a more rounded shape, if needed.
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 2-3 hours, or in a zip-top bag in the fridge for future use.