dale339, Food, Porter Valley Farms

Keto Coffee Mug Brownies

Today I’m going to share a recipe that is really quite delicious and will satisfy that chocolate craving without crashing your diet or knocking you out of ketosis.  Here’s the ingredient list.

IMG_2488

Missing from the above picture are the Hershey’s Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips and the Stevia confectioner’s sweetener.  Both are optional, but I would definitely include the chocolate chips for a richer flavor.

  • 2 TBSP Almond Flour
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Flour
  • 2 TBSP Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 2 TBSP Melted Butter
  • 2 TBSP Hershey’s Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Stevia Granular Sweetener
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/4 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg

I’ve included pictures of each step and each ingredient, just in case you want to use the exact same product. We’ll mix all the dry ingredients first.

In a small bowl, add 2 TBSP of almond flour.

IMG_2481

Add 1 1/2 TBSP of the granulated Stevia sweetener.  Stevia is one of the few sweeteners that does not affect your insulin levels or cholesterol.

IMG_2482

Add 1/2 TSP of baking powder.

IMG_2483

Add 2 TBSP of Hershey’s Cocoa.

IMG_2484

Add 2 TBSP of coconut flour.

IMG_2485

Use a whisk to mix the dry ingredients thoroughly.

img_2489.jpg

Now it’s time to add the wet ingredients.  Add 1/4 TSP of vanilla extract.

IMG_2491

Add 2 TBSP of melted butter.  Melt the butter in the microwave on “defrost”.  Otherwise, it may explode all over the inside of your microwave and make a mess (yeah, I did that).

img_2492.jpg

Add 1 large egg.  We use our own eggs, which are free-range and have a much richer flavor.  I haven’t tried a duck egg with this recipe, but supposedly duck eggs are favored over chicken eggs for cakes.

img_2493.jpg

Use a spoon to stir in the wet ingredients.  They will just gum up the whisk (yeah, I did that too.)

img_2494.jpg

Now, stir in 2 TBSP Hershey’s Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips.  This ingredient, in my opinion, is a MUST for this recipe.  Trust me.

img_2495.jpg

Spoon the ingredients into a coffee mug and microwave on high for about a minute and 10 seconds.

img_2498.jpg

When you take it out of the microwave, sprinkle a little bit of the Stevia confectioner’s sweetener on top for a little extra bang.  Here’s the finished product.  Enjoy!

IMG_2499

 

[They say laughter is the best medicine.  They lie.  It’s brownies.]

 

dale339, Food, Porter Valley Farms

Keto Bread

First, I apologize for being away for so long, but we have had a string of problems with our network and email over the past month.  I think everything is in working order now and so much has happened since our last post that I decided to get back into this with a delicious recipe for low-carb bread.  My wife and I are doing the Keto diet and this bread is awesome.

Here’s the ingredient list.  This makes one waffle.

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp sweetener (organic Stevia blend)
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

First, put 1/2 cup of almond flour in a small mixing bowl.

IMG_2232

Next, add in 1/4 tsp of baking soda (not baking powder).

IMG_2233

Put in a pinch of salt.

IMG_2234

Add 3 tbsp of sweetener.  We use an organic Stevia extract.  It is one of the few artificial sweeteners that truly does not impact blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  Be sure to get the granular form, not the confectioner’s form.

IMG_2235

Add 1/4 tsp of oregano.

IMG_2238

Add 1/4 tsp of poppy seeds.

IMG_2239

Mix the dry ingredients with a whisk (this bowl is chipped and worn, but it’s a favorite).

IMG_2237

Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla flavoring.  We use imitation, only because it’s cheaper.

IMG_2241

Melt a heaping tbsp of coconut oil in the microwave for 10 seconds, then add to the mixture (it’s solid at room temperature and will mix better in a liquid state).

IMG_2244

Add two eggs to the mixture.  These are the last of the wet ingredients.

IMG_2242

Use the whisk and mix the dry and wet ingredients together until they are uniformly combined.  The resulting dough will be liquid enough to pour.

IMG_2245

Plug up the waffle iron and spray the top and bottom surface with a non-stick cooking spray.

IMG_2246

While the waffle iron is heating, slice up a tomato and grab the Duke’s mayonnaise out of the fridge!  I used a Cherokee Purple tomato for this sandwich.  They do not have the bright red coloring of other tomatoes, but they are delicious.

IMG_2250

When the waffle iron is ready, pour the mixture into the center and use a spoon to spread it evenly around the bottom plate of the waffle iron.

IMG_2247

Close the lid and let it cook until done.  It only takes a couple of minutes.  We have a Black and Decker waffle iron and there is a light indicator on top that tells you when it’s hot enough to pour in the mixture and it also tells you when the waffle is done.

IMG_2248

When the waffle is done, I pull the four quarters apart an use each quarter as a slice of bread for my sandwich.  In other words, one waffle will make me two sandwiches.

IMG_2251.jpg

Here’s the finished product.  The little square pockets in the waffle are perfect for evenly distributing and holding condiments in place.  I put mayonnaise on one side and mustard on the other.  I salted and peppered the tomato slices and added deli-sliced ham.  It was delicious.

IMG_2252

The cool thing about this recipe is a few minor adjustments yield totally different and very tasty results.  Here are a few other things we have done with it…

  • Leave out the oregano and poppy seeds for a true waffle.  Use sugar-free syrup.
  • Leave out the oregano and poppy seeds.  Add 1/4 tsp of pumpkin spice, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg.  This will produce some yummy pumpkin bread.  You can also use the confectioner’s form of the Stevia extract to sprinkle on top.
  • Leave out the oregano and poppy seeds.  Add 1 heaping tbsp of cocoa.  When you pour the mixture into the waffle iron, sprinkle Hershey’s sugar-free chocolate chips all over before closing the lid.  This is pretty darn close to chocolate cake.  I have a recipe for sugar-free chocolate icing I’ll share one day.  Imagine 3 of these chocolate waffles stacked up with chocolate icing packed into every little square pocket!

There you have it.  Try it and shoot me an email to let me know how you liked it.  If you come up with any other tasty modifications, please share them with me.  Next time I post a recipe, I’ll post one for a keto brownie in a coffee mug.  These really taste like brownies too.  No kidding.

[What you eat in private is, eventually, what you wear in public.  Eat clean, look lean.]