Easy Keto Cream Cheese Pancakes

Easy cream cheese pancakes are a great alternative to eggs every day on a keto diet.

Pancakes are possible even on Keto

Do you ever get tired of eggs? People on the Keto diet eat a lot of eggs, but what if I told you that combining one egg with an ounce of cream cheese and a splash of vanilla could create the tasty pancakes like the ones pictured above, almost as fast as cooking up an omelet? Would you believe me?

Well sisters and brothers, believe it! I decided yesterday I couldn’t face one more egg muffin this week, and longed for something more filling and delicious. I needed a change. Well, change is what I got and it was so satisfying, quick and easy, I’ll be having these at least once a week!

Now don’t get me wrong, these weren’t big, thick, fluffy pancakes of olden days, but they were pancakes that tasted delicious and broke me out of the old egg-for-breakfast routine, which was good enough for me! Can you imagine?

My keto cream cheese pancakes with sugar-free syrup

The recipe is just what I mentioned above, mixed in a bullet or Ninja, cooked in Kerrygold butter in a nice, hot, frying pan and voila! Top with sugar-free syrup and you have a delicious, keto breakfast that satisfies those cravings for something resembling bread, yet stays low-carb.

Add a slice or two of bacon or your favorite low carb protein of choice and there you have it! Try them out yourself and tell me what you think!

Recipe:

1 egg

1oz cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Mix ingredients in a bullet or Ninja cup blender, pour batter in a hot, buttered frying pan, cook like any other pancakes. Top with butter and sugar-free syrup and enjoy! Makes about 3 medium sized pancakes.

(Revising nutrition info)

Miss Cornbread? Try These Keto Muffins

They even look like cornbread muffins

It’s been awhile back, a few weeks ago I believe, that I tried these Keto muffins I found on this site here.

BASIC ALMOND FLOUR MUFFINS 
6 ounces almond flour (1 1/2 cups) 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/8 teaspoon salt  
2 tablespoons butter, melted 
1 cup granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 tablespoons heavy cream 
3 tablespoons water 
2 eggs 

Put the almond flour, baking powder, salt and granular Splenda, if using, in a medium mixing bowl. In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Add the liquid Splenda, if using, the vanilla, cream and water to the butter. Add the liquid mixture and the eggs to the dry ingredients in the bowl. Mix well with a spoon. If the batter seems too stiff, stir in another tablespoon of water.

Spoon the batter into six paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350º 15-20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the pan and cool at least 5 minutes on a rack before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator. 

Makes 6 muffins 
Can be frozen

With granular Splenda: 
Per Serving: 258 Calories; 22g Fat; 8g Protein; 10.5g Carbohydrate; 3.5g Dietary Fiber; 7g Net Carbs

With liquid Splenda: 
Per Serving: 242 Calories; 22g Fat; 8g Protein; 6.5g Carbohydrate; 3.5g Dietary Fiber; 3g Net Carbs

VARIATIONS:

Maple Nut Muffins – Add 1 1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring and 1/4 cup chopped pecans 
Orange Muffins – Add 1 teaspoon orange extract and 1 tablespoons grated orange zest 
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – Add 1 teaspoon lemon extract, lemon zest and 1 teaspoon poppy seeds 
Banana Walnut Muffins – Add 1 teaspoon banana flavoring and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 
Apple-Cinnamon Muffins – Add 2 packets sugar free cider mix, reduce the sweetener to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
Blueberry Muffins – Add a handful of fresh blueberries 
Cinnamon Muffins – Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Full disclosure, I copied her recipe to share with you guys here in case some of you don’t use Pinterest. The photo is my own from the time I made them, they were so delicious! Once made, I stored them in the fridge, then when I wanted one, I placed them in the toaster oven on the toast setting and when ready, I used cream cheese instead of butter…heavenly!

Another note, I use silicone muffin liners like these and they pop right out with easy cleanup!

Silicone muffin linersh

Try them with your next stew or whatever you usually pair cornbread with. Makes every Keto meal better when you can have a piece of bread, right?!!

I’m Nuts for the New KetoDietQuizApp Game

What you see when you open the app


Hey everyone, and good morning! I have great news for fans of the Keto Diet Basic app or users like me. There’s a new game in town and they are calling it the Keto Diet Quiz App-It’s a fun way to learn about low-carb eating and it’s in a game form.

What you see when you open the original app

The advantages are that it is 100% free, there are no subscriptions, no ads, and no sign-ups. You simply download the app like any other, and start playing the game. It is to test your knowledge on keto and low carb living, while also providing you with helpful resources within the game.

The app is available on IOS and Android by going to either the Google play store or the App Store for iPhone, iPad users. Users of the Keto Diet App can find the buttons in the latest blog and download them right from the page!

I already installed mine on my phone today and learned a thing or two myself! Like which nuts have the least/most carbs, you may be surprised at the answers. Turns out that pistachios and cashew nuts are highest in carbs!

Almonds are lowest in net carbs and highest of all nuts in protein (6g per serving).

What about seeds? Chia seeds have 1.4g of NET carbs, meaning once you remove the fiber grams from the total carb count, 9.9g from 11.3g respectively, you end up with 1.4 net carbs.

They also lower blood sugar and improve satiety, are ant-inflammatory, and provide a good source of calcium. Of all nuts and seeds, chia seeds contain the highest levels of fiber. See how much you can learn with this game?

That is just the tip of the iceberg, there are thousands of questions with various categories and levels of difficulty. Take the quizzes, take notes, share with your friends and compare your answers and your new knowledge.

Combined with the Keto Diet App, this new Quiz app will have you an expert in no time, or simply make it more fun to learn how to live low carb and love it! Try it out today and let me know what you think!

The developer is Martina Slajerova who created the original Keto Diet app.

Off the Wagon

Good morning everyone, I know, it’s been a while since my last post. How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you try my recipe I shared last time?

I have to admit, since I have been gone, we have been going through a rough time and I have fallen off the Keto wagon. Time to detox, shape up, and get back on the plan again. Keto on as they say.

Seriously, I have gained at least four pounds in the last month, I think it may be more like eight! That is not good. My pants are uncomfortable and I have a bit of a belly…how did this happen so fast??

My husband lost his mom on January 19 and the honest truth is, we both have been eating for comfort, not that he was doing keto with me anyway, but I bet he has gained some too.

I would eat like normal during the day but when he got home and did not want to cook, we would go out to eat, which means for us most of the time, Mexican food! I would be fine if I could stay away from the chips and ignore my margarita attraction…but I didn’t.

That is why I have been reluctant to post, however, I will be getting back on track here very soon. I cannot stand feeling tired, bloated, achy, and irritable. Following a mostly keto lifestyle keeps me feeling my best.

So I plugged my new weight (grrr) into the macro calculator and it looks like I need to strive for these macros: Carbs: 15.63g-Protein: 44.97g-Fats: 111.96g Calories: 1250

This will be tough to stick to, but I’m going to try. If I fall off again, I will start over.

Luckily, I know just what to do, how to eat, and how to detox and begin again. I use ACV tea every other morning, go back to eggs and bacon for breakfast, salad with a protein for lunch, and a source of protein, non-starchy vegetable, and salad for dinner. Then a fat bomb for dessert. 🙂

ACV tea is simply 6 oz. of hot water with 1tbsp of each apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey (Stevia for me), and a dash of Ceylon cinnamon. It’s good for what ails ya, even if you don’t need to detox.

This is what works for me, my lab work is proof that it does. Even with my cheating, I saw my nephrologist last week and he checked my labs from the previous week-I had nothing out of range!!

He runs a complete metabolic panel, a complete blood count, a urinalysis, Uric acid, PTH+Calcium, Phos+Magnesium all which came out great and I got an A+!!

I plan to start posting again, even if it’s only weekly…I have a few other projects going on so we will see. Anyway, glad to be back after a short break, did you even miss me?

Do you know your macros? Or how to avoid Keto flu? Have a sample meal plan? Maybe these will be some ideas for future posts if that interests you. Have a fabulous Tuesday and get back on that wagon!

Share Some Lemon with Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Making lemony fat bombs with cream cheese is easy with my Cuisinart stick blender

We all love chocolate, but it gets old after a while, am I right?! If you agree, you might like to share some lemon cheesecake fat bombs with your love this Valentine’s Day.

I have this cute little heart-shaped silicone mold that makes the perfect, pretty, presentation for these delicious lemon cheesecake fat bombs. Portable, shareable, and sure to delight that lemon lover in your life.

I found this recipe on Pinterest at Cookpadrecipes.com and tweaked it a little to make it more lemony, and add some lemongrass essential oil into my life. I always take the opportunity to add essential oils into my cooking to support my immune system.

I like to use Dr Axe’s brand of lemongrass essential oil because I trust his product (actually called Ancient Apothecary) to be quality tested, 100% pure and therapeutic grade.

Also, to make mixing the fat bombs easier, I used my handy Cuisinart Stick Blender which makes the job take about three minutes and delivers a smooth, creamy product.

Then, I just spooned enough of the mixture into the molds to fill them to the top, set the silicone mold on a small tray and put them in the freezer to harden. That will take a few hours to overnight.

Here is the recipe with my simple tweaks:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granular sweetener (like Pyure)
  • 2 tablespoons pure lemon juice (not from concentrate)
  • 1 TBSP finely grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp of lemon extract

That’s it! Mix well after softening the butter and cream cheese to room temperature and spoon into the molds. If you have any left over, either eat it right then, spoon into cupcake silicone molds and top with sugar-free whipped cream for an after dinner treat, or use any other molds you might have to make more fat bombs.

Here is what the end product looks like:

Pretty right? Surprise your love with this lemony treat, sugar-free yet satisfying with 0.5 grams of carbs and less than 60 calories per piece!