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Recipes coming soon-(ish!) include:

White Chocolate French Silk

Lemon & White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Ranch Dressing & Dip mix (dry)

Orange Chiffon Cake

Sauerkraut Cauliflower

Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Janelle’s Cheesecake

Nikki’s Hot Cocoa

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Practical Ramblings about getting through COVID-19

I have debated A LOT about whether or not this was the right platform to share this, but since I will be talking about food in here, I decided to go ahead and share it, so please proceed at your own risk! I do not claim to be extremely knowledgeable abut this topic or any other, I’m just simply sharing what has worked for me.

I was never intending to write about this subject, but while I was at work this morning, I ended up having to jot down a bunch of random thoughts, and so I’m going to attempt to share these. Please bear with me as I’ve never written this type of post before, and as someone who generally doesn’t share my thoughts unless requested, (and even then, I do so with difficulty!) I’m stepping out of my comfort zone here!

I didn’t realize it, but apparently this post has been cooking in my head for a while, because when 2 coworkers requested fewer hours this morning so as to avoid COVID-19 (what else would I be talking about!?!?!) as much as possible, these thoughts just came FLOODING in.

My first thought was (assuming they’re in good health and have no one in poor health to be taking care of that they need to be around.) this is pure selfishness. Yes, you need to be careful, but PLEASE do realize YOU aren’t the ONLY one that would like less exposure, and therefore your request will be forcing us to pick up your hours which will -in the end- expose us (and you!) to EVEN more, than if you were willing to come work your 6 hour day.

But then, I calmed my mind down and thought rationally about this. It has everyone on edge, and we all need to do our  part to stop the spread, even if it DOES mean reducing your hours. (Which works out well, because then if you want less hours, the people who want/need full time are still able to get their hours in without having to lay anybody off!)

Here are my random thoughts about staying calm in this chaotic world of today we live in. (Even without COVId-19 making its way around & affecting the whole world.)

And, without further ado……here are several things which can help you DO YOUR PART. (It really is the little things!!)

1. Do your part to STAY HEALTHY! Take a deep breath, wash your hands & wash them often! (My hands feel like the Sahara Desert, I’ve been washing them so often with work and whatnot!)

  • Stay hydrated. One of my favorite ways is to mix 1/3 c. lime or lemon juice, baobab powder -amount depends you!- (found online here at the Trim Healthy Mama Store or find at your local health food store or Walmart), 1 Hydrate package [or sweetener to taste], add water to fill quart jar ¾ way up, combine well. (I like to use this  USB charged whisk.) Add ice to fill jar, then ENJOY!6A747159-3215-4967-99FC-B303FBC8DEDB
  • Cut processed sugar out of your diet. There is a STRONG link between your immune system and your sugar intake!
  • Rest, not just physically, but mentally, too! (More on that later!)

2. Stay in and cook! If you’re not a fan of cooking, this is the perfect time to learn. There’s LOTS of beginner tutorials online! This cold, rainy, & windy spring weather is perfect for soup. (Especially if you’re not a fan of hot soup in the summer! Take advantage of this! Here’s a great soup that will boost your immune system and warm up your insides:

  • Sauté 1 chopped onion & 3 peeled and chopped carrots in some coconut oil or butter on medium heat until beginning to soften.
  • Add about ¼ c. finely chopped or grated ginger, 2 minced garlic cloves, pinch of cayenne or crushed red pepper, 1 T. curry powder, ¼ t. black pepper, & salt to taste (start with 1 -2 teaspoons. Cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups lentils (I like red ones.), 8 cups chicken broth, & 1 can coconut milk. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add a few cups of cooked chicken and a package of spinach (fresh or frozen), and cook until chicken is heated and spinach has softened, about 5 minute. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Topping with fresh cilantro adds a perfect pop of freshness.
  • If you don’t like lentils, omit them. Add 2-10 oz packages frozen cauliflower (or 4 -5 cups chopped fresh) to the sautéing veggies in the first step & and reduce the broth to 4-6 cups.
  • Cook until cauliflower is tender, and then scoop out about ½ of the cauliflower and purée with some of the broth in a blender until smooth. (Or just use an immersion blender until desired texture.) Continue with adding chicken and spinach.

3. WALK! There are 3 different types to take:

  • A regular, mind freeing, quiet & relaxing stroll through your neighborhood, a jaunty trek through the woods, or a leisurely walk through a park. (While keeping social distancing in mind!)                                                                                             
  • My little sister (who is slightly prone to anxiety) does this type & it works wonders for her: a music (or podcast) walk. Charge your AirPods (or plug in your earphones, if you’re like me!), connect to your favorite music (or podcast), place in 1 ear (so you’re still aware of your surroundings) & walk to your hearts content, fast or slow, you set the pace! Breathe in the freshness of the outdoor air and take in the EARLY springtime beauty!41BCE7C1-0B7C-4CF0-97E6-70735FCD04B4
  • This one was inspired by Naomi, over at WSAW who encouraged her followers to do this: Take a social distancing walk, snap a few photos of what has stayed the same amidst the chaos. There’s just something comforting about that and one thing we know: spring is still coming as evidenced by the rain we’ve been getting!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA4. Teach yourself something new, or finish a project that’s been pushed to the side for lack of time. (This lack of time probably won’t apply if you’re considered one of the necessary workers!)  I’ve recently decided to teach myself how to crochet and I’ve rather enjoyed it. (When I’m not taking out rows because I forgot to count my stitches!) 3C76C46E-4BAE-489D-9708-8EED0D8D1055

5. Start a new book series,or start a reading challenge & invite your friends and family to join -virtually, of course!-  For a reading challenge, I’d recommend this one from Tim Challies.

6. Take steps to keep your mental state healthy. In a recent article I came across, the first suggestion was ONLY check the news ONCE A DAY for your best mental health. Find a reputable source or two, get the most recent & up-to-date facts, and then STOP if you don’t want to go crazy. So, stay informed, but don’t obsess! Don’t get so obsessed & fearful that it controls you and dictates your life. (Please follow all of your local Safer At Home orders and federal suggestions to avoid spreading COVID-19.)

7. Call your friends & loved ones. Let them know you’re thinking of them even if you can’t see them. Pray with them…for each other and for this country. (And world). Prayer changes things!

8. Be thankful!Gratitude is a wonderful boost for the immune system. Thank your grocery store cashier, thank a truck driver, thank someone in the medical field, and hey, even thank random people for remembering social distancing and staying at home! Thank God for the life He’s given you and that you thus far have remained healthy.

9. Go for a drive around the countryside. It’s an easy way to get out of the house and still practice your social distancing. Catch up on your favorite podcasts, or simply enjoy the solitude! I can promise you’ll feel better when you return home from your drive!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

10. Bake something!If you enjoy baking with regular sugar, I’d suggest these delicious, tried & true recipes:

If you’re trying to avoid sugar, here are a few of my favorite sugar free options:

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11. And last, but not least: Rest in God! As Psalm 42:11 says: “..hope thou in God: for I shall yet PRAISE Him who is…….my God.” Find your hope in Him, rest, & trust. (Isaiah 26: 3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.) Yes, we MUST do our part in helping this pandemic to stop, but God is ultimately in control.

I’ll close this with a verse that many have been taking to heart and living during these times: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

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Flourless Chocolate Cake {THM:XO} -w/ S option

I’ve been working on creating some dairy free (as in not even any butter!) recipes for one of my older sisters who is not able to handle ANY dairy at this point in her life. She also is unable to handle any sweeteners except honey, coconut sugar, & pure stevia.

Nothing makes me happier than to have a challenge like that and come up with a recipe that brings joy to the person who has to deal with those challenges. I was able to take my regular recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake and transform it into a delicious dairy free dessert for her 18th wedding anniversary dinner. Even my brother in law said it was delicious, except for the coffee flavor. 🙂 You definitely don’t need to add the espresso/coffee, but I find it brings out SUCH a depth of flavor that I don’t like to leave it out

Now, as general rule coconut sugar & honey are not recommended sweeteners on THM, except for children and those who don’t feel the need (or don’t happen to have a sweet tooth the size of Texas like me!) to consume desserts, except on the rare occasion, like my sister.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy a piece when I made it. How could you resist a piece of beauty like this!

I haven’t tested it, but you may substitute an equivalent on plan sweetener for the coconut sugar, following the same directions as with the coconut sugar.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Course: Dessert
Keyword: birthday dessert, chocolate, dairy free, gluten free, keto, THM
Servings: 8

Ingredients

CAKE

  • 4 large eggs, cold
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces 100% unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup butter flavored coconut oil (like this one.)
  • 2 Tablespoons espresso or strong coffee, optional

GLAZE

  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1-5.4 ounce can unsweetened coconut cream
  • 2 Tablespoons butter flavored coconut oil
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar

Instructions

CAKE

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line a round 6 inch pan with parchment paper, grease pan and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Place in a 13×9 pan and set aside. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.
  • Using a hand mixer on high speed, beat eggs, coconut sugar, vanilla, and salt until foamy, increased in volume, and lightened in color, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt unsweetened chocolate, butter flavored coconut oil, and espresso (if using) until smooth and very warm, stirring once or twice.
  • Using a large rubber spatula, fold ⅓ of egg mixture into melted chocolate mixture until only a few streaks of egg are visible. Fold in ½ of remaining foam, then last of remaining foam until mixture is completely mixed with no streaks of egg foam remaining.
  • Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top with rubber spatula.
  • Set 13 x 9 pan on oven rack and pour enough boiling water into pan to come about ½ way up side of pan. Bake until cake has risen just slightly, edges are just beginning to set, and instant read thermometer inserted in center of cake register 140°, about 18-20 minutes.
  • Remove cake from water and set on wire rack to cool to room temperature. (Run thin knife between edge of cake and cake pan to loosen.)
  • Remove from pan and place on desired serving tray. Glaze and garnish as desired.

GLAZE

  • Place unsweetened chocolate in a small bowl.
  • Combine remaining glaze ingredients in a small pan and bring to a boil. Boil until coconut sugar is dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour coconut milk mixture over chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  • Pour over cooled cake and garnish with fresh fruit, mint leaves and grated chocolate as desired.

Notes

You will have leftover glaze, as I wasn’t about to use 1/2 a can of coconut cream! 🙂 You may use it as glaze for another baked good, stir it into coffee for a mocha or just eat it!
Recipe may be doubled to make a 9 inch cake. However, the glaze recipe will not need to be.
If using a springform pan, tightly wrap in foil to create a waterproof wrap for the pan.
If doubling recipe, place the 9 inch pan in a large roasting pan. 
To make cake look super professional, place baked cake on cake pad of same size, set on cooling rack placed on sheet pan or over news/parchment paper and then glaze. Once glaze is set, place on desired serving dish, garnish and serve.

Blackberry Yogurt Snack Cake {THM:S}

I’ve brought you 2 frosting recipes…now I present to you……CAKE!

This recipe is my little sisters ABSOLUTE FAVORITE cake. If you were to ask her if she could choose just ONE dessert to have for the rest of her life her response would be this cake!

I came across the recipe for this in a Bon Appetit magazine several years ago. I would make it several times a summer with fresh picked, sun-ripened wild blackberries. So delicious. So refreshing and terribly hard to beat in the dog days of summer. (Which coincidentally, is when my little sisters birthday is!) So yes, this is the birthday cake of her choice EVERY year!

This is the first cake recipe I trimmified, just a few months after I started THM. I shared the recipe and everything on the groups…a few months later, after I had learned more about trimmifying recipes, I was ABSOLUTELY horrified to discover that I had used the SAME AMOUNT of gentle sweet as the sugar the recipe called for! I immediately went and found the posts where I’d shared the recipe and PROMPTLY fixed it!! I sure hope nobody made that recipe and I also have no idea how I didn’t think it was horrifyingly sweet!

The faint hint of citrus from the orange zest & the tangy sweetness from the yogurt and blackberries makes this a PERFECT accompaniment to your afternoon coffee. (Or tea, I love both but tend to drink tea in the afternoon and keep my coffee for the morning!) What’s your preference? Any favorite way to have your afternoon tea/coffee?

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Blackberry Yogurt Snack Cake

Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: dessert
Servings: 18 pieces

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. fresh blackberries (2½ cups)
  • cup erythritol (This is essential. It makes for a crispy, crunchy fruit top!)
  • 1 ¼ cups THM Baking Blend
  • ½ cup oat fiber
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup Gentle Sweet (or equivalent of other approved on plan sweetener)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 drops orange essential oil (or 1 ½ teaspoons orange extract) see note below
  • teaspoons fresh orange zest (use the zest from 1 large orange. Peel orange and use for a nice E snack!)
  • 1 ⅓ cups nonfat plain greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Grease a 13×9 rectangular pan or a 10 inch round cake pan. Line with parchment paper, grease parchment paper and dust pan with oat fiber.
  • Arrange berries in single layer in bottom of pan. Sprinkle evenly with erythritol.
  • Whisk baking blend, oat fiber, baking powder, baking soda, & salt. Set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer on high, beat melted butter, gentle sweet, vanilla extract, and orange essential oil together until lightened in color, about 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, scraping down as necessary.
  • Add half of dry ingredients and mix well. Add yogurt and orange zest. Mix well. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix together on high speed for 1 minute, scraping bowl down as necessary.
  • Spread batter evenly over prepared berries in pan, making sure to smooth out top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached.
  • Place cutting board or desired serving dish immediately over top of cake and flip over. Immediately remove parchment paper, so bottom of cake doesn’t get soggy.
  • Let cool, and then serve!

Notes

Note: I have researched and am comfortable with using essential oils in my baking and cooking. Please do your own research and do what you’re comfortable with.
For extra flair you may lightly sprinkle with an on plan powdered sweetener or serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Puppy Chow {THM:XO}

This also happens to be another recipe that came about after a discussion with a coworker, which seems to be where 75% of my ideas for recipes come from!

 Now, I know there are THM approved, single fuel recipes for Puppy Chow made with pork rinds or nuts and/or coconut flakes, but when I was brainstorming this recipe I was wanting something lighter, as nuts sometimes are a bit heavy for me…..Rice Cakes were the answer!

I know this is an XO, and since I’m still in weight loss mode I try to limit my XO’s. I do make an exception for this since I only make it a few times a year. It is seriously dangerous to have around. I have to scoop out a serving size or else I could eat the whole batch. (I’m not joking. I seriously have to put my self control to work when I make this!)

So, go ahead and make at your own risk! I know you won’t be disappointed!

My sister, Abby would be happy to have a constant supply of this around. She one of those who can eat 90% XO’s and not gain an OUNCE. A bit  lot of envy/jealousy  there on my part! (Don’t worry, I’ve worked through it!) Love you sis!!

Puppy Chow

Ingredients

  • 1- 8.5 oz. pkg. brown rice cakes, salted or unsalted (I use the Lundberg brown rice cakes) Find them here or at your local health food store.
  • ½ cup butter, or coconut oil if desiring dairy free
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar free chocolate chips (or 9 oz. 85% or darker chocolate, chopped)
  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (decrease to ⅛ teaspoon if using salted rice cakes)
  • 1 bag swerve confectioners style sugar (approximately)

Instructions

  • Break rice cakes into 1/2-1 in. pieces into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and chocolate together over low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in peanut butter, vanilla, & salt. Mix until smooth.
  • Pour over broken up rice cakes & stir until evenly coated.
  • Scrape mixture into large paper bag & toss with desired amount of swerve confectioners style sugar (I use the whole bag.) until evenly coated.
  • Spread out on newspaper or paper bags until dry.
  • Try not to devour the whole thing in one sitting!

Notes

You may use any other on plan powdered sweetener to toss this in, just don’t use Super Sweet. It’d be WAY to potent for this recipe!

Caramel Cashew Swiss Meringue Buttercream {THM:S}

This Swiss Buttercream Frosting is the perfect combo of sweet, salty, caramely-ness!

By this point you all are probably wondering if I even cook, and probably imagine I spend all day every day baking and eating said baked goods. No, I promise I do love to cook just as much (or even more) as I love baking, but baking is definitely my first love. After all, I got started in the kitchen when I was about 4, baking biscuits!

I do intend to post savory recipes at some point, but I have more baking/sweets recipes than savory ready to go, so you’ll have to suffer through sweets recipes for a bit yet.

Savory recipes are much harder for me to write down, since I’m a add-a-pinch of-this, add-a-dash-of that, add-a-doonk-of-this, add-a-splash-of-the-other-thing type of cook, so it takes me a bit longer to get a savory recipe written out.

I’m very much looking forward to sharing those savory meals with you…but for now….here’s another frosting recipe, which is my personal favorite! I do have a few more flavor variations on the way, so stay tuned!

I first created this recipe a little over a year ago for one of my sisters birthday, whose taste buds run along same lines as mine, so it was a TREAT to create this one. (Pardon the picture size…when I made this a year ago, I didn’t have my camera with, so these are phone pictures. I hope to update them soon, but I haven’t had a chance to yet!)

It also the cake I chose for my first Trimmiversary, December 2018.

I created a layer cake with it by doing this:

I made the batter for the Magic Salted Caramel Cupcakes (Trim Healthy Table, page 379), but instead of turning it into cupcakes, I poured it into 3 greased, parchment lined, and floured (I used Oat Fiber) 6 inch cake pans. I then baked them for about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly and then run thin knife around edge of pan to make sure cake is completely separated from pan, and turn out onto a parchment covered cooling rack. Let cool completely. (I made this late in the evening so I didn’t have time to finish it, so once it cooled to room temperature, I stuck the layers in zip-lock bags and put them in the freezer until I was ready for them.

The drizzle and topping is the caramel sauce for the cupcakes.

Caramel Cashew Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Ingredients

  • cup swerve brown sugar (or other on plan brown sugar like this one from Gwen's-Nest.) See notes for measuring Swerve brown sugar.
  • 3 large egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened and cut into 1-tablespoon pieces
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ t. caramel extract (Feel free to swap out for another flavoring!)
  • 1 cup cashew butter (You may use any nut butter in this. Peanut butter is DELICIOUS!)

Instructions

  • Combine sweetener, egg whites, and salt in bowl of stand mixer; place bowl over pan of simmering water. Whisking gently but constantly, heat mixture until slightly thickened, foamy, and registers 150 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Place bowl in stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat mixture on medium speed until consistency of shaving cream and slightly cooled, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add butter, 1 piece at a time, until smooth and creamy. (Frosting may look curdled after half of butter has been added; it will smooth with additional butter.) Once all butter is added, add vanilla and cashew butter; mix until combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until light, fluffy, and thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds, scraping beater and sides of bowl with rubber spatula as necessary.
  • If final frosting seems too thick, warm mixer bowl briefly over pan of simmering water. Place bowl back on mixer and beat on medium-high speed until creamy.

Notes

If you don’t have Swerve brown sugar, just use the equivalent of sweetener of your choice, and add a small amount (1/4-1/2 t. of blackstrap molasses).
When measuring the brown sugar, crumble it into your measuring cup and then lightly level it off. If you pack it in it will be VERY sweet!
This frosting can be made up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container. When ready to frost, place frosting in a microwave-safe container and warm briefly on high power until just slightly softened, 5 to 10 seconds. Once warmed, stir until creamy.

Making THM my own, part 2 {THM:FP w/S options}

What better way to stay warm & cozy while the snow keeps falling than with a cup of this Fuel Pull Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate!

No recipe this time, just another edition of my tweaks to approved THM recipes! (Check out my first edition here!)

These are both Fuel Pulls, which star as way to either round off your meal or to have as a light snack.

#1 Instant Cookie Dough Protein Bars (FP), Trim Healthy Table, page 428 (follow recipe directions).

I multiply the recipe by 8. I figure if I already have the ingredients out, I may as well make it worth my while!

Here’s what I do to tweak it:

1. Replace the pressed peanut flour with an equal amount of powdered almond butter. (Find it here or at your local grocery/health food store.)

2. Replace the gentle sweet with an equal amount of Swerve confectioners style sweetener. This will make the bars smooth, with no graininess from the gentle sweet.

3. Use the amount of water called for in the recipe, replacing 2 teaspoons of it with 3/4 teaspoon caramel flavoring, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring.

4. Replace 1/2 of the chocolate chips with an equal amount of finely chopped nuts of your choice.

5. If making the 8x recipe, increase the salt to 1/4 teaspoon TOTAL.

For dividing these up, I have used a silicone bar pan like this or else I press it evenly into a 8 or 9 inch square pan lined with parchment paper baking or plastic wrap. Pop it into the fridge to chill, then remove from pan and cut it into 8 pieces.

If you want to turn these into a S, simply increase the butter by 1/2, or double the chocolate chips or nuts!

#2 THM Chocolate Whey Protein (find it here, check at your local health food store, or use another on plan chocolate whey protein!)

I debated even sharing this, as it is SO extremely simple, it’s not even a recipe!

I’m not even sure if people need this, but considering this is one my favorite ways to get a little extra protein and my favorite bedtime snack, here goes!

Salted Caramel Protein Hot Chocolate -16 oz.

Fill your 16 oz. mug with 1/2 water and 1/2 cashew milk (or other nondairy milk of your choice).

Pour all but about 1/3 cup of it into small pan and heat to just below boiling. (It’s important it’s not boiling. Read why below!)

Add 1 scoop (1/4 cup) chocolate whey protein powder, 1/2 teaspoon caramel flavoring, & a pinch of salt to milk in mug and blend well until smooth, using a battery operated whisk (or pour cold milk into blender and add whey protein.. blend on low until smooth).

It’s very important to dissolve the whey protein powder in COLD liquid. If you add straight hot liquid to the whey, it’ll curdle & who wants to eat curds and whey unless you’re Little Miss Muffet?!?

Add hot milk to cold milk mixture and blend just until completely mixed and all protein powder is dissolved.

Enjoy!

If you’re wanting to turn the hot chocolate into an S instead of a FP, there are a few options:

1. Add a few Tablespoons of 1/2 & 1/2 to your milk/water mixture.

2. Top finished hot chocolate generously with homemade whipped cream.

3. Add a Tablespoon of butter, coconut oil, or ghee when blending in the last step. If you do this option, it’ll fit in the Deep S category which concentrates only on the most pure and healthiest fats.

Feel free to switch out the caramel flavor for other flavors/extracts. I haven’t tried many, but I’d imagine any berry flavorings would be delicious, as would be mint! Leave out the salt if you’re switching out for other flavors.

Aunt Mary Jo’s Sour Cream Cookies {THM:S}

The Sour Cream Cookie recipe this is based off of, is probably the first cookie I REALLY remember helping to make. My favorite part was running my finger under the cooling rack and picking up all the glaze that had landed on the newspaper underneath it. Ahhh……I probably didn’t even NEED to eat a cookie by the time I was done doing that! At least now I can do that without getting a major blood sugar spike-and-crash. 🙂

This recipe was inspired by a good old classic family favorite recipe, given to my mom by one of my aunts. The original was misplaced, and we made a few variations through the years, never finding the original, stained, & much-loved index card of the original recipe. I did finally come across one that was just as good as hers, so I’ve stuck with that one…until now!

I’ve trimmified this favorite family recipe and named it in honor of my aunt, because without her, I wouldn’t have this recipe to share with you all!

It really is a family favorite, because once upon a time several years ago, I made a triple batch, I believe of these cookie (white flour & sugar filled ones!) which yielded about 12 dozen LARGE cookies….they were GONE within 2 days.

Aunt Mary Jo’s Sour Cream Cookies

Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookies, family favorite
Servings: 60 cookies

Ingredients

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups THM baking blend
  • ½ cup Oat Fiber (the THM brand is the best one I've used.)
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 grates whole nutmeg (grated using a microplane zester) or 1/2 t. ground nutmeg

WET INGREDIENTS & SWEETENER

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup Gentle Sweet (or other approved on-plan sweetener)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream or greek yogurt

GLAZE, Optional

  • 1 ⅔ cups Swerve confectioners style sugar (or other approved on plan sweetener, powdered in blender or coffee grinder)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

CINNAMON "SUGAR", Optional

  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • cup Gentle Sweet (or other approved, on plan sweetener)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease well using butter or grease of your choice.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
  • Melt butter. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, beat mixture on medium speed for 1 minute.
    Add dry ingredients and mix for 1 minute, scraping bowl down as needed.
  • Using a #30 cookie scoop (or a 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon), scoop dough onto parchment lined sheet pans, 15 to a sheet.
  • If using cinnamon "sugar", sprinkle over tops of cookies before baking. If using glaze, proceed to the next step.
  • Bake for 11 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time.
  • Remove from sheet pan to cooling rack and let cool.

If using Glaze option:

  • Whisk together glaze ingredients until smooth.
  • Once cookies are completely cool, dip top of cookies in glaze, and place back on cooling rack (with parchment paper or newspaper placed under rack to catch the drip of glaze), until glaze is dried.
  • Once dry, place in container and store covered.

If using Cinnamon "Sugar" option:

  • Whisk together ground cinnamon & gentle sweet. Sprinkle over tops of cookies BEFORE baking.

Notes

You may add food coloring to your glaze if you’re wanting a colored glaze. I use India Tree food coloring, it had no artificial coloring in it. I find it at my local health food store.
A hand mixer works well for this recipe too, just use it on high speed (5 on mine), for both mixing steps.
 

Raspberry Cheesecake {THM:S}

I somehow, over the last 10 years, have become the unoffical “offical” dessert maker in my family. Actually, not just family…Church. Work. Friends. And pretty much everything/everybody else!! The question always is: “SO what dessert are you making/did you bring?”  In all honesty, I don’t mind. I love making desserts for the simple joy of seeing people enjoy it!

And yes, my job consists of making desserts. All day. Every day! I’m guesstimating I’ve made somewhere in the neighborhood of 3000 cheesecakes in my life, so cheesecake kind of is my specialty. (Amongst other things such as cream pie, cupcakes,etc.!)

So, when I asked my mom what dessert she wanted for her birthday and “Cheesecake!” was her response, I inwardly thought ” Oh. man! I was hoping for a challenge!” But I”ll do anything to make my momma happy! 🙂

So now, I bring to you a tried and true recipe which I have Trimmified. It’s
perfectly creamy, sweet, & fruity. And 100% not complicated! 🙂

As far as crust options go..I’ve done it 2 ways.

Classic Graham Cracker Style: For this one, mix up a 1/2 batch of this graham cracker crumb recipe from THM Coach Becky at A Better Life. Just mix up a 1/2 batch of the recipe and press it FIRMLY into your pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350°. Cool completely before filling.

Shortbread-ish style: Use the crust recipe from my Lemon Cheesecake Crumb Bars, once again mixing up a 1/2 batch and pressing it FIRMLY into the bottom and partway up the sides of your cheesecake pan and bake for 8 minutes 350°.

Raspberry Cheesecake

Course: Dessert
Keyword: birthday dessert, cheesecake, Low carb, raspberry, sugar free, THM-S
Servings: 10

Ingredients

Cheesecake

  • 3 8 oz. pkgs. neufchâtel or cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup gentle sweet,
  • 2 doonks stevia (1/16 teaspoon)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs

Raspberry Topping

  • 1 10 oz package frozen raspberries
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 3 T. gentle sweet,
  • 1/8 tsp. glucomannan

WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING, optional

  • 2 oz. neufchâtel or cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons swerve confectioners style sweetener, or equivalent of other on plan powdered sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

CRUST

  • Preheat oven to 350° Bake desired crust in a 8 or 9 in cheesecake or springform pan for 8 minutes.
    Remove from oven and let cool while mixing batter

CHEESECAKE

  • Blend neufchâtel cheese and gentle sweet together until smooth, using either a food processor or a stand mixer on low speed. Scrape down sides of bowl VERY well to ensure there are no lumps of neufchâtel cheese.
  • Add sour cream and vanilla. Mix until combined. Scrape down bowl again.
  • Add eggs slowly, mixing just until completely mixed in.
  • Scrape into prepared crust.

Place in oven and turn down to 250°. (Yes, 250° degrees is correct!)

  • Bake 1 hour or until thermometer inserted into center reads 160 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, if a quarter size in the center is still jiggly, it’s done.
  • Let cool for an hour on the counter and then refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours or overnight.

RASPBERRY TOPPING

  • Combine raspberries, salt, gentle sweet, & lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until saucy and then bring to a boil.
  • Whisk in glucomannan and bring back to a boil, whisking constantly. Once it starts to thicken, remove from heat and refrigerate until needed.

WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING

  • Using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat neufchâtel cheese, vanilla extract & sweetener together until smooth and completely lump free, scraping down bowl as needed.
  • Add heavy cream slowly, mixing constantly. Scrape down bowl and then whip on medium speed until medium peaks form.

ASSEMBLY

  • Remove cheesecake from pan. Spread raspberry filling evenly on top. If you're using the whipped cream topping, leave a 1/2 -1 inch border. It not, just spread topping to the edges. Pipe a border of whipped cream around edges. Top with fresh raspberries if desired.
  • Keep refrigerated.

Notes

To remove cheesecake from pan: Warm pan up slightly by dipping in a bowl of hot water for about 20 seconds. Run thin knife between the cheesecake and the pan to loosen. 
You may also warm it up by placing on a LOW flame for 30 seconds or a warm hot plate. 
The VERY BEST stevia powder I’ve found is the THM brand. It’s the first stevia powder that I have ever liked. Find it in their online store here or check at your local health food store. (Sadly mine doesn’t carry it, so I do have to buy it online!)

P.B. Max Bars {THM:S}

What, you may ask does PB Max stand for? I asked the same question when I was young and the answer is got was “Peanut Butter [to the] Max!”

So yes, if you love peanut butter and chocolate, I’m 110% sure you will love these bars.

This recipe comes by way of a friend bringing them to a church potluck. They became an instant family favorite, so when THM became my lifestyle just over 2 years ago I KNEW this was one recipe that I HAD to Trimmify.

Whenever I ask the question “what should I make?”, my dads instant response 99% of the time is “ you know what sounds good to me …some of those peanut butter chocolate bars.” He likes them so much it’s what he got for a birthday dessert in lieu of birthday cake or cheesecake last year.

PB Max Bars

Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, Low carb, peanut butter, sugar free, THM-S
Servings: 24 pieces

Ingredients

CRUST

  • cups THM Baking Blend
  • ½ cup oat fiber
  • ¼ cup pressed peanut flour
  • ½ cup THM Gentle Sweet
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened

FILLING

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup natural unsweetened peanut butter
  • ¾ cup pressed peanut flour
  • cup THM Gentle Sweet
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon blackstrap molasses

Topping

  • cups stevia sweetened chocolate chips (THM or Lily's)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter

Garnish (optional)

  • chopped roasted & salted peanuts
  • chopped sugar free peanut butter cups
  • shaved or grated chocolate

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper. (If you don't have parchment paper, just grease pan well with butter.)

Crust

  • Whisk all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  • Add butter and mix with either a wooden spoon or mixer until dough is formed and no dry ingredients remain in bottom of bowl.
  • Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan, using a tamper or bottom of a dry measuring cup to pack it down.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just starting to brown. The crust may feel soft, but it will firm up once it's cooled.
  • Set crust aside to cool.

Filling

  • Mix all filling ingredients in medium bowl until completely combined.
  • Spread filling mixture evenly over cooled crust.

Topping

  • Melt chocolate and butter together over low heat, stirring until smooth. A double boiler or microwave works well for this step too.
  • Spread evenly over peanut butter filing.

Garnish (if desired)

  • If using chopped peanuts or peanut cups sprinkle over chocolate while its still warm so they'll set in place.
    If using chocolate shavings, wait until the topping is nearly set.
  • Refrigerate until set. Cut into 24 pieces and serve. If using parchment paper, you can lift the bars out of the pan to cut. Keep leftovers refrigerated.

Notes

Any other on plan sweetener works well in this recipe. Find a sweetener conversion chart here.
You may use creamy or crunchy peanut butter, depending on desired texture.
If you don’t have stevia sweetened chocolate chips, using 7 oz of 85% or darker chocolate in place of them is acceptable. Just chop the bar up into rough pieces.
Coconut oil may be used in place of butter in the topping.
My favorite tool for spreading is a small offset spatula like this one.
Molasses is an on plan food to be used in small amounts. 3/4 teaspoon is fine for this recipe since it’s spread throughout an entire batch.