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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

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Step One – Crust

3 C. blanched almond flour or meal

1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix well

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

Add ½ teaspoon SweetLeaf Clear Stevia and ½ teaspoon vanilla to the melted butter.

Add the sweetened melted butter to the dry mix.

Mix well.  Press into a 9 x 13 or 10 x 14 pan.

 

Step Two – Filling

3 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened to room temp (couple of hours sitting on the counter)

½ C. Erythritol

½ teaspoon SweetLeaf Clear Stevia

6 medium or 5 large eggs

1 ½ t. vanilla

1 cup Lily’s dark stevia sweetened chocolate chips or 1 cup chopped Chocoperfection Bar or Lily’s Dark Chocolate Bar.

Cream cheese with Erythritol and Clear Stevia.  Add eggs one at a time until mixture is smooth.  Add Vanilla. Stir in the chips or chopped chocolate. Pour into pan on top of crust.  Bake at 300° on lowest rack for 1 hour.

Step Three – Topping

1½ pts. sour cream

¼ C. Erythritol and ¼ teaspoon of Clear Stevia

2 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.
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.

Step Five – While the cake is cooling, chop another bar or get some chips ready to sprinkle over the top and melt a Lily’s or Chocoperfection chocolate bar and add a little coconut oil to make it a little thinner, probably 1 or 2 teaspoons to a bar. … Drizzle it over the cheesecake.

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Chocolate Fudge Frosting

9 ounce package of  Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips, Stevia Sweetened  

4 heaping Tablespoons coconut oil, pure expeller

Melt in double boiler, then, add these and mix with a whisk.  
1 cup Coconut milk, full fat or Dairy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons vanilla creme’ stevia
1/2 cup powdered Erythritol or Birch Xylitol
Remove from the heat when smooth.  It is a thinnish liquid… Poor over the cooled cake… Even better over chilled or frozen cake… It sets up within a few minutes and looks like a butter cream frosting.  It is amazing!  We served this over the chocolate cake made with coconut flour at Hannah’s wedding reception and it was quite a hit!  

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Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

1¼ cups water

1 stick unsalted butter

½ cup non GMO Erythritol or Birch Xylitol

1 teaspoon SweetLeaf Stevia Clear

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

½ teaspoon coconut extract, optional

4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

2 cups instant, dry, powdered milk

1 Tablespoon Great Lakes Gelatin, optional, but makes cookie softer
Put 1 cup water and butter and heat until the butter is melted.   Add erythritol or birch xylitol and stir well.

Remove from the heat.  Add vanilla, coconut extract, and clear stevia to the water mix.

In a bowl, mix shredded coconut and dry powdered milk.

Sprinkle the gelatin over ¼ cup water and mix well.  Then, add it to the pan with the warm water, butter mix.  Pour the liquid over the dry mix and mix well.

Use a melon ball scoop or a measuring tablespoon to dip out the cookie dough,  form into balls.

Place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet or spray the cookie sheets.

You can freeze these on the cookie sheet and then, put them into a zip lock bag to bake later or you can just chill them slightly and then, bake them at 325 for 15 minutes until the bottoms are slightly brown. (I got in a hurry today and cooked them without chilling them..They are fine! Eating one right now!)IMG_6539

Macaroons are supposed to be soft, so do not overbake.

Variations:

Dip the cooled cookies into a chocolate sauce, carob sauce or fruit sauce.

Eat the batter raw with almonds. It is quite like almond coconut candy!

I get my unsweetened, shredded coconut from Tropical Traditions. It is really good stuff. I personally prefer to get organic, dry powdered milk. I have found it in goat’s milk, too.

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Six Years and Yes, Still Counting!

Six years ago today was the first day of being sugar free.  On that day, six years ago, I went back on the yeast fungal diet, which meant no grains, no sugars and no starchy or fungal foods.  I had done it before, but this time it was different.  Instead of a temporary “diet” until I felt better, I was convicted this time that I needed to make this change a lifestyle and not a “diet”.  To quote Jim Rohn, “what a grand and glorious day” it is when we are “fed up” with the status quo and make a decision to change our lives!

This time I did not change my diet, instead I embraced a totally new way to eat.  I am committed to being sugar free and grain free, but also chemical free.  I don’t want chemicals in my food, my water, my skin care, my hair care, my cleaning products, etc.

I have become an avid label reader!  There are forms of sugar and grains in food products of every sort, even in health food stores.  Folks, organic poison is still poison and organic sugar is still sugar, even when it is called by one of its many code names like “organic evaporated cane juice”.  Don’t be fooled.  Learn the many names of sugar and of artificial sweeteners and avoid them.

Better yet, just make your own food from single ingredient items.  In other words, shop for produce, meat, eggs, and dairy and don’t buy anything that has an ingredient list.  Investigate those dairy items, as even those can be full of chemicals or have funny additives.

The foundation for my way of eating is found at http://www.knowthecause.com.  I have an advantage now over the times in years past when I temporarily made the switch.  Now, I have an abundance of alternatives for grains, like coconut flour and almond flour, which are the two I use the most.  Now, I have sources for recipes like never before, like WHEAT BELLY, Paleo sites and so many more people who are seeking a grain free, sugar free lifestyle.

While I am grain and sugar free, one of the key factors that influence my health, both physically and mentally is the fact that I avoid all products claiming to be low or no fat.  I eat FULL fat foods.  I have found that using real butter and coconut oil keep me feeling more satisfied.    So many people have been deceived and believe that they need to be low carb and low fat.

Just to clarify, I EAT full fat foods and all the veggies and fruit I want.  The only veggies I totally avoid are potatoes and mushrooms, which are starch and fungus.  Those are foods like grains and sugar that feed the inflammation, so I avoid them.

As you can see from the recipes on this blog, I enjoy many wonderful foods and special dishes without grains and sugar.

I tried to make this change a half a dozen times from 1993 forward.  I did not succeed the other times because I felt like a deprived martyr.  What made the difference this time?  This time, I was convicted and committed to make a permanent change.  I deliberately sought for healthy foods.  I deliberately converted our family favorites to healthier versions.  I was determined to be healthy AND find happy foods for special occasions.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Are you ready for a permanent change to a healthy lifestyle?  My family, friends and I have paved the way.  We are compiling the helps for you.  You are NOT stuck.  Your health and wellness CAN change and for the better.

Most people who have tasted my cooking and baking love our food and have a hard time believing they are grain and sugar free.

I invite you on this journey with me.  I invite you to give God the glory with every bite you eat and with every beverage you drink.  I invite you to honor the LORD God with your body, soul and spirit.

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a]and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20

Today is day 1,828!  To God be the glory!Ladonna before after

 

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Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise

**It works best if  everything is room temperature.**

*3 egg yolks (preferably pastured)
*1 tsp REAL salt
*2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
*1 tsp organic prepared mustard or 1/4 tsp mustard powder
*1.5-2 cups oil of your choice – (Grapeseed, Sunflower, Safflower, Olive, Avocado, etc.)

*Put all ingredients (EXCEPT OIL) in a quart jar.
*Blend with a hand blender/stick until all ingredients are mixed.
*Add oil one Tablespoon at a time until it begins to look like mayo.  When it gets really thick, I change over to the whisk attachment and then, add oil until it is the consistency and taste we like.

Put a lid on the quart jar and store in the refrigerator.

If you don’t have a hand blender, you can make mayo in a blender on low speed.

You can add a few drops of stevia if you like your mayo to be more sweet like a salad dressing.  I add stevia and poppy seeds to make a dressing for cole slaw.

We use this recipe as is with no sweetener for deviled eggs and sweet potato salad.

This recipe is adapted from two different recipes that two different friends make.  I liked each one a little and so took the two recipes and took my favorite pats and came up with this one.  The possibilities are endless.  I know someone who puts many spices in their homemade mayo and it is good.  I prefer plain and then, add to make various dressings.

 

 

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Chocolate No Bake Coconut Cookies

Chocolate No Bake Coconut Cookies

Hannah’s “Joybols”

1 stick butter

1/2 cup milk

1 cup Birch Xylitol or Erythritol*

1 teaspoon Clear Stevia

4 T cocoa

1 cup nut butter

3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut

 

Heat on medium, stirring constantly.

Bring to a boil and boil for one minute.

Remove from the heat and add 1 cup nut butter.  I use Almond or Cashew butter.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

When nut butter is well blended,  add 3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut

 

Spoon onto wax paper or parchment paper.  Let them cool or not!  I love to eat one with an almond… So reminds me of a candy I loved long ago!

*I use Birch Xylitol for just us, but when I make it for people who are not accustomed to it, I use Erythritol.  Both are Zero calories.  I do get a non GMO version.

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Grain Free Bread

1 1/4 cups almond flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup pecan meal

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 teaspoon Xanthum Gum* OR

1 teaspoon Arrowroot Powder OR

1 tsp Great Lakes unflavored beef gelatin dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water

1 cup buttermilk**

3 eggs

1/4 cup oil or melted butter

*Our first choice as of the latest batches of this is the Xanthum Gum.  It gave it a better texture. It needs one of the three choices to keep it from crumbling.

** Buttermilk is 1 Tablespoon vinegar and 1 cup coconut milk.  You can use any vinegar and any milk.  I like Coconut Secret Vinegar and coconut milk.

I make the buttermilk by putting the vinegar in the bottom of a 1 cup measuring cup and adding the milk to the top and while it sits.

IF I were using gelatin, I dissolve the gelatin in another cup.  Then, I mix them together and whisk with the eggs.

I mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and make a hole in the middle and pout in the wet mix.  Mix it well and then, add the oil.  Mix well and bake at 350 until golden brown.

To best have it the thickness needed for sandwiches, bake it on parchment paper in a large bar pan.  I use a large stone bar pan.

This is a wonderful substitute for cornbread, works for dressing and also I made a grilled cheese out of it.  I cut a square and then, sliced it in half and cooked it in the skillet with butter and cheese.  Terry just used it to make a turkey sandwich!

One of the problems we have experienced with alternative breads made with coconut and almond flour is that they don’t get as dry and firm inside as we like.  We have always liked our quick breads brown and crunchy.

Today, I made some of this bread and put it in a large bar pan.  It was thinner and browned so nicely.  It was done enough for even my husband!

I am super happy with this “bread”.

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