Monthly Archives: November 2011

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

1/2 cup Yacon Syrup

1/2 cup water

1 cup Birch Xylitol

3 eggs, slightly beaten

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.5 cups chopped pecans

1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust*

Stir the top six ingredients, until mixed well.  I do it in my Kitchen Aid.  Put the pecans in the pie shell and pour the mixture over the pecans.  The original recipe called for 1 cup of pecans, but years ago, my husband decided he liked lots of pecans in it, so we do extra.

Bake at 350 for 45 – 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out of the center clean.

The first time I did this one for Thanksgiving, 2011, I used two cups of pecans and it was a little dry, so I am confident that 1.5 cups will be the right amount to have it nutty and moist.

*Pie Crust – 2 cups almond flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 2/3 cup  unsalted cold butter.  Mix in the mixer or with the pastry blender until the butter is  chopped up and the flour and butter looks like large pea size clumps.  Then, add ice water, 1 Tablespoon at a time until  the dough forms a ball.  Roll out between two sheets of wax paper and put into pie pan.  If your butter is salted, you don’t need the salt in the flour.

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Pumpkin Custard or Pie Filling

Pumpkin Custard or Pie Filling

½ cup Birch Xylitol

¼ teaspoon Clear Stevia

½ teaspoon REAL salt

1¼ teaspoon cinnamon

3 large eggs

1 can – 15 oz Pumpkin

12 oz heavy cream*

Mix all ingredients except the cream well.  Slowly add the cream and mix well.  Slowly, so it doesn’t slush out of the mixing bowl.  Pour into a deep dish pie pan or 9×9 square baking dish.

You can use an unbaked pie crust or if you are watching the carbs or like my family, just don’t care for crust, just cook it like a custard.  Grease the pan without crust.

If you use a crust, I highly recommend Maris Russell’s whole wheat crust made with butter, ww flour and water, unless gluten is an issue, and then, I suggest you try it crustless as it is quite good that way.

My family was leaving the crust for years and I quit putting crust under pumpkin way before I started restricting carbs, just because I didn’t like them wasting it.

Bake at 350 for approximately one hour. I check it at 30 minutes and at 45 minutes.  I bake until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean.  Let it cool on a rack for two hours and then, serve or refrigerate.

Serve with heavy cream whipped with Vanilla crème stevia.  I use 9-12 drops per cup of cream, sweetening to taste.  With stevia, less is  more, so do a little and add more to taste remembering that it is 200 times sweeter than processed sugar.

*Most people use one can of evaporated milk, but I prefer heavy cream.  Either way, this will make a nice pumpkin pie or custard.

 

 

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Crockpot Mexican Chili Chicken

Crockpot Mexican Chili Chicken

3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into pieces (4 cups cooked chicken pieces)

2 cups water or chicken broth

1 medium bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)

1 small onion, chopped (or minced) (1/2 cup)

2/3 cup salsa

1 ½ t. cumin

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 t. chili powder, optional

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 – 14 oz cans stewed or diced tomatoes or 1 – 28 ounce can

2 cans pinto beans (4 cups pinto beans)

Add everything to crockpot on low until done – 6-8 hours, if the chicken is raw.  For precooked chicken, place all ingredients in crockpot on low for about 2 hours.)

Serve with sour cream and cheese.

I got this recipe from my friend, Deanna LaPach.  My husband doesn’t like cumin, so I don’t put it in, but I first ate it at Deanna’s and it tastes good with it, too.  Also, she uses 1 can of Rotel tomatoes with one can of plain.  I use a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes and keep it mild.  I put extra salsa on the table for the ones that want it spicier.

Tips for cooking this:  I prefer the flavor of chicken with bones, so I precook the chicken and then, bone it.  You could also use leftover baked chicken or turkey.  When I bake chicken, I bake extra and then, save the leftovers for this recipe or others.  I freeze leftover chicken in the amounts I need and I also freeze the chicken broth.

Also, I prefer to cook dried pintos for this recipe, thus, I added the cup measurements.  I cook a large pot of pinto beans, usually overnight in the crockpot and then, after they cool, I put them into containers and freeze them, so I can have them ready for recipes like this one.

If your chicken and broth are precooked and if your beans are precooked, this is very simple to put together and have ready quickly in the crockpot.  Since my chicken and beans are precooked, I saute’ the peppers and onions in butter and then, add them to the crockpot with the other ingredients.

I gave measurements for those that need it, but remember this is just a guideline.  You can use more or less chicken or beans, spices, etc, to taste.

This would be a good way to use leftover turkey, too!

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Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

1 quart whole milk, preferably raw

3/4 cup Birch Xylitol

2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder, optional

1 teaspoon Vanilla Creme Stevia

2 T. vanilla

5 eggs

1 quart Heavy Cream

I take 2 cups of the whole milk and put into the blender with the Xylitol, Stevia and Eggs.  Blend well until frothy.  Pour that mix into the ice cream maker container.  Then, I pour two cups of milk with the Arrowroot powder into the blender and use it to rinse out any leftover sweetener or flavor and pour that into the container.

Then, add cream and then milk or cream to the fill line.

The sweetening and vanilla are to taste.  You can reduce or increase to make it the way you like it to taste.  Adjust up or down all ingredients depending on the size of your freezer.  This is the basic recipe for one gallon of ice cream.

If you want chocolate, you blend 1/2 cup or more cocoa in with the milk and Xylitol.  I use Organic Dutch Cocoa that I get from Frontier.  It tastes soooo much better than the name brands we used to use from the grocery store.  You will love it!

My rule of thumb is half whole milk and half cream and the sweeteners above are based on 1 quart of each, plus the eggs.  So, if the milk or cream is increased significantly, up the rest too.  1 cup or so added is not significant.

Process according to the instructions for your freezer.

If you are dairy intolerant, you can use Goat Milk or Coconut milk.  I have friends that have done both of these and say it turned out well.  There is even a coconut cream from Tropical Traditions to add richness to it.

 

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Almond Butter Cookies

Almond Butter Cookies

 

For these cookies, use natural almond butter, without hydrogenated oil or added sugar. The oil in natural almond butter usually separates and rises to the top of the jar if allowed to sit for any extended period of time. Mix this oil into the almond butter. Do not pour it out. If you do pour it out, replace it with an equal amount of melted coconut oil. Maintaining the original fat content of the almond butter produces the best results with this recipe.

½ cup sifted coconut flour*

1 cup natural almond butter

1 cup Birch Xylitol

4 eggs

½ teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon salt

 

*Sifting coconut flour in a regular sifter is slow and difficult.  I use a large strainer and a spoon to make it go through more quickly. Measure the coconut flour AFTER you sift it.

 

Mix together almond butter, xylitol, eggs, vanilla and salt. Stir in coconut flour. Batter will be runny. Drop by the spoonful 2 inches apart on parchment paper lined or greased cookie sheet. Bake at 190 Degree C (375F) for 14 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly and remove from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

 

They are really, really good!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

For these cookies, use natural peanut butter, without hydrogenated oil or added sugar. The oil in natural peanut butter usually separates and rises to the top of the jar if allowed to sit for any extended period of time. Mix this oil into the peanut butter. Do not pour it out. If you do pour it out, replace it with an equal amount of melted coconut oil. Maintaining the original fat content of the peanut butter produces the best results with this recipe.

½ cup sifted coconut flour*

1 cup natural peanut butter

1 cup Birch Xylitol

4 eggs

½ teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon salt

*Sifting coconut flour in a regular sifter is slow and difficult.  I use a large strainer and a spoon to make it go through more quickly. Measure the coconut flour AFTER you sift it.

 

Mix together peanut butter, xylitol, eggs, vanilla and salt. Stir in coconut flour. Batter will be runny. Drop by the spoonful 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 190 Degree C (375F) for 14 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly and remove from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

 

I do not personally eat peanut butter due to fungus issues, so I make these cookies for me with unsweetened Almond Butter.  They are wonderful!

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Papa’s (Dad’s) Hot Cocoa

Dad’s Hot Cocoa

10-12 ounces milk

1 teaspoon Birch Xylitol or Erythritol

2 teaspoons cocoa

10-12 drops SweetLeaf Stevia

Mix over low to  medium heat strring constantly  with a whisk until dissolved and then, reduce heat to low.  Stir regularly and do NOT boil.  Just let it gradually warm and remove from heat as soon as it is the desired temp.  Serve in a large mug.

Add 10 drops of Vanilla Creme Stevia or Hazelnut Stevia, stir and enjoy!

This is one large mug of hot cocoa.

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Fried Apples

Fried Apples

Butter

Apples

SweetLeaf English Toffee Stevia

Cinnamon

Amounts on this are variable according to how many you are feeding and your own taste.  For my family, I use a stick or more of butter in a large skillet.  I peel and slice apples into the skillet and add the stevia and Cinnamon to taste.  I usually use 2 dropperfuls of the stevia and lightly cover the apples with cinnamon.  Some in my  family like more cinnamon, but too much is overwhelming.

This is great served in a bowl with heavy cream whipped and sweetened with SweetLeaf Vanilla Crème Stevia.  It is also great on top of Almond Pecan Pancakes.  I actually prefer it over any kind of syrup.

The same basic recipe would make a great apple pie, but honestly, I do NOT miss the crust and prefer the apples and whipped cream alone.  For added crunch and flavor, try topping with lightly roasted pecans or walnuts!

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Whipped Cream

Whipped Cream

For best results, use a cold bowl and whisk or beaters.

1 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

9 drops Stevia Clear or Vanilla Creme

 In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and stevia until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.
We use REAL whipped cream on top of fruit and many other treats.   This is truly a guilt free version. ~ Ladonna

 

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Cheese Cake

Cheese Cake

Step One – Crust

1 ½ C. pecan meal

1 ½ C. almond flour or meal

12 T. butter, melted (stick and a half)

Mix well.  Press into a 9 x 13 or 10 x 14 pan.  (Or into a spring form pan if you want the traditional round cheese cake.)

Step Two – Filling

3 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese

½ C. Birch Xylitol

½ teaspoon SweetLeaf Clear Stevia

6 medium or 5 large eggs

1 ½ t. vanilla

Cream cheese with Birch Xylitol and Clear Stevia.  Add eggs one at a time until mixture is smooth.  Pour into pan on top of crust.  Bake at 300° on lowest rack for 1 hour.

Step Three – Topping

1½ pts. sour cream

½ C. Birch Xylitol or 1/2 teaspoon of Clear Stevia

1½ t. vanilla

Remove cake from the oven.  Pour sour cream mix on top of hot cake.  Put back in the oven for 15 minutes.

Step Four – Refrigerate for 24 hours.
Before serving, top with your favorite pie filling or fresh fruit.

I topped it with Dark Sweet Cherries, sweetened with Xylitol and thickened lightly with Arrowroot powder.  You could use Peaches, Strawberries, or the fruit of your choice.

Okay, I don’t always have 24 hours, so I stick it into the freezer for a couple of hours and then, pull it back out and serve it.

When I was in college, I stayed at night for a few weeks with a lady who needed help to and from the bed and wheel chair.  Her daughter, Betty Shahan, lived in Germany and came for a visit.  She made this authentic German style cheese cake.  I thought it was the best cheese cake I had ever eaten.  It is still one of my favorites!

In February, 2010, I decided to convert this recipe to sugar free for my youngest son, Daniel, who loves cheese cake.  He was very happy with the results.  The new version was served first at the HWOH Mother/Son Banquet and then, at a Valentine banquet for church.  Most had no idea it wasn’t sugar! ~ Ladonna

 

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