Keto Pumpkin Pie and Flakey {Grain Free, Low Carb} Crust

Keto Pumpkin Pie

Keto Pumpkin PieThis is sooo good. And so easy. I was always an apple pie girl, most of my family was. Although we would make the obligatory pumpkin pie at the holidays, the apple was always the first to be eaten, meaning that we made 2 and they were still eaten more quickly than the pumpkin. Pumpkin was good, but seriously couldn’t hold a candle to warm apple pie and ice cream. This was true for all of my 30 years, until this recipe.  This combines the deliciousness of pumpkin, with the creaminess of cheesecake, without being cheese-cakey. Sooo good warm out of the oven with freshly whipped cream, soooo good reheated the next day, or even eaten cold with leftover cream. Yummmmm!

Why do we wait for the holidays for pie? I have decided that I won’t any longer, especially since this comes together in a snap, crust included (no rolling!). Speaking of crust…This. One. Is. IT! Look no further and never try to fool yourself into thinking that almonds, butter and splenda/stevia = a pie crust. It doesn’t people…I promise. Don’t question it, don’t try to substitute it, just make it. And smile. And remember back in the day when pie was so freakin’ good!

Crust:
1/2 c. coconut flour
1/4 c. unsweetened (small) grated coconut/flakes
1/4 c. ground up pork rinds (measured after grinding)
1 egg
6 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp erythritol

Mix all of your crust ingredients in a small bowl with your hands. It will be sandy. Line your pie plate with parchment (you can skip this if you are planning on serving warm, but once it is refrigerated, it becomes pretty challenging to get all the crust out). Dump your mixed crust ingredients into the pie plate and use your fingers and hands to pat it out and up the sides. I use a deep dish, Pampered Chef stone pie plate and it goes all the way up the sides, but not over the sides. It should be about 1/4 inch thick.

Put your crust in the fridge while you make the filling.

Pie Filling:
1 can pumpkin
8 oz melted Neufetchal {cream} cheese
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup erythritol
1/2 tsp english toffee stevia

Combine all of your ingredients in a blender. (I use my Vitamix, which I LOVE), but as long as everything is melted, any standard blender should work. (I’m guessing a hand-mixer would probably be sufficient as well, but I can’t guarantee that. If you go that route, mix all the wet / melted ingredients first and then add the cold stuff and spices.)

Pour filling into your chilled crust and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until set in the middle. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving. It doesn’t cut as nicely warm, but it’s super delicious! ENJOY!!

This crust is also phenomenal with apple pie, preferably with lower sugar, fermented apples. Thank you to Ginny over at Ginny’s Low Carb Kitchen for inspiring me to try that. My filling isn’t just right yet, but it’s coming. Just double it for a double crusted pie.

Keto pumpkin pie, low carb, gluten and grain free, whipped cream

The result of waiting until the 2nd day to photograph with fallen whipped cream…Still yummy though 🙂

 

Easy Fried Veggie Fritters (low carb, gluten-free, grain free, keto, nut-free)

Yum! Veggie Fritters with Squash and Radishes | Cook Well, Eat Better, Live Happily

Yum! Veggie Fritters with Squash and Radishes

Oh my. These are soooo good. And really, you only have the carbs of the veggies, which makes it a win in my book. I have a son with sensory issues, especially in regards to eating (plus cold and water) and he eats a VERY limited diet. Until I created this recipe, he had yet to come anywhere close to a vegetable, so this recipe holds a very special place in my heart.

These taste like a cross between tater tots (which used to be a fan favorite of my sister and I growing up) and breakfast hash browns. The difference being there is no potato in sight and these are essentially carb-free!

I’ve made them at least 10 times in the last couple weeks, and the recipe is VERY forgiving, and also very adjustable. Make sure that you strain the veggies well, I don’t think it would work otherwise, but other than that…grate everything and then mix it with your hands. Fry it in lard, bacon grease or any other high-heat oil and call it a day. Makes an easy side dish for dinner or a breakfast in and of itself. Enjoy!

Easy Veggie Fritters (gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, keto, low-carb)

1 – 1 1/4 cups veggies*, grated and squeezed to remove juice (measured after straining)
2 eggs
2.5 oz pork rinds, ground into a sandy flour-type texture
4 oz cheese, grated
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dried chives

Begin by adding your cooking grease, approximately 1-2 Tbsp to your frying pan. If it’s not non-stick, use more. Heat your pan to med-high

Food process or vitamix the pork rinds and the cheese (Or smash the pork rinds in a bag with a rolling pin and grate your cheese). Add moisture ridden veggies*, eggs and spices.

Once oil is hot (sizzles upon addition of batter), make little patties, 2-3 inches in diameter, of your batter and gently lay them in the hot oil. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until crispy and well-browned. Remove to a cooling rack and make additional batches as needed. I can usually do it in 2 batches, using my 12 inch frying pan.

*For the veggies, I have used all combinations. Our favorites have been squash and radish (pictured above), carrot & parsnip, and squash, zuchinni and onion. I simply use the grating method with my vitamix to mix them together. To get the appropriate amount, you need approximately 8 radishes 2-3 baby yellow squash, 1 medium zuchinni and 1/4 of a sweet onion, just to give you an idea. After they are grated together, I use a Paint Strainer Bagto squeeze the ever-living crap out of them. Your amount will reduce almost by half when you get rid of the moisture.

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Low Carb Vanilla CheeseCake (w/ a nut free crust!)

Make this…just do it. I’ve perfected it by making it at least 10 times and it never lasts long. With my ingredients, I calculate 50 net grams of carbs for the whole cheese cake…that’s less than than one piece at the cheesecake factory, and we typically get 12 GENEROUS slices out of this recipe. For an extra special treat, serve topped with a raspberry puree or a small portion of melted dark chocolate. (No one will know this is low carb…promise!)

Crust:
1/2 c pork rind flour (food processed until finely ground)
1 c. coconut flakes
2 Tbsp ” target=”_blank”>coconut flour
3 Tbsp coconut oil or melted butter
1 dropper full (approximately 20 drops) Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme Flavored Liquid Stevia, 2-Ounce Bottle” target=”_blank”>vanilla stevia

Add coconut flakes to a food processor or high powered blender first. Allow to run until coconut is ground finely, but not until it’s coconut butter. Add remaining ingredients and process until well combined.  Press into the bottom of a springform pan (I use a 12 inch) and set aside.

Heat the oven to 425 and put about 1 inch of water in a pan that can hold your springform in the oven to preheat as well. (This is a water bath, for those of you who don’t often make cheesecake. You can omit this step, but your cheesecake will crack on the top…it will still taste delicious, but may not look like it came from the Cheesecake Factory. Your call 🙂 Prepare your filling as described below.

If your springform is not waterproof, or you aren’t sure, wrap foil around it, going up over the top edge. It might take 2 pieces.

Filling:
1 cup full fat ricotta (read labels…mine has 2 g carb per 1/4 c serving)
24 oz full fat cream cheese (buy name brand…1 g carb per 1 oz serving)
4 large eggs
1/2 c USA Birch Xylitol – 5lb – NON GMO – Kosher – Gluten Free
5 droppers full (100 drops) SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia, English Toffee, 2 Ounce Bottle English Toffee Stevia (NO SUBS…gives it the perfect carmel-ly flavor)
3 Tbsp canned, full fat coconut milk or heavy whipping cream
1/4 c vanilla extract*

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor until well combined. Pour into prepared pan and drop a couple inches on the counter a couple times to get all the air bubbles out.

Place your cheesecake in your prepared water bath (or just in the oven) and turn the oven (which should be at 425) down to 325 and bake your cheesecake for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow your cheesecake to remain in the warm oven for an hour or so. Remove and chill.

DON’T TAKE THE EDGE OFF OF YOUR PAN UNTIL IT’S COOL!!! It will collapse. I tell you this from experience. It’s not pretty folks…but it sure does taste good! Waiting is hard, I know. If you must…just take a spoonful from the piece that will be yours. Don’t ruin the whole cake because of your impatience 🙂

Second note…when you place this in the fridge make sure it’s stable, preferably not balancing on a head of cabbage and a pyrex dish, because (again, from experience) if you accidently hit said head of cabbage and your cheesecake loses it’s balance, it will come flying out of the fridge and land top side down on the floor. You will look slightly pathetic scooping it off the floor and then getting up the remainder with a spoon, however, I won’t judge you…because I’ve been there…

Third note…this freezes beautifully, and will also keep in the fridge for about a week.

*I make my own vanilla by purchasing 1/2 Pound LB Premium Madagascar Bourbon Planifolia Grade A Prime Gourmet 6~7″ plus FREE beans! FREE SHIPPING!” target=”_blank”>vanilla beans in bulk, cutting them in half lengthwise and sticking them in a cheap bottle of vodka or bourbon. Let them hang out for about a month, or longer and you have super affordable vanilla extract with no fillers 🙂 I also made homemade vanilla as gifts one Christmas by buying airplane liquor bottles and putting one bean in each bottle – HUGE HIT!

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FLAKY Pie Crust (Low Carb, gluten-free, nut-free, primal)

Soooo good. Flaky, like I remember back in my gluten eating day. As someone who doesn’t tolerate nuts very well, I have been trying and trying to create a pie crust that would hold up like it’s nutty and/or gluten filled counterparts, or at least as well as the delicious (high carb) ones that I used to make with tapioca starch and rice flour. I had come up empty until this past weekend when I made a Cheeseburger Pie.  It started off as a cheeseburger quiche, but I didn’t add enough eggs. Much to my delight, it was better than expected, but the filling still needs some tweaking. However, the pie crust was definitely a home run. I can’t wait to try it out in a few different iterations…next up, Chicken pot pie! 🙂

1/2 c. coconut flour
1/4 c. unsweetened (small) grated coconut/flakes
1/4 c. ground up pork rinds (measured after grinding)
1 egg
3 Tbsp butter, melted
2 Tbsp bacon fat, ideally not scalding hot out of a frying pan…

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the egg. Mix with your hands, trust me. Add the butter and bacon grease and mix until well combined. It will be a bit more delicate than a standard dough, but it should hold together nicely. Using 2 pieces of parchment paper, roll the dough into a disk large enough for your pie plate, then transfer it to said pie plate. Stick it in the fridge for at least 30-60 minutes so it chills and you get the gorgeous (gluten-y but not) flakes that everyone longs for in a pie crust…

Fill as desired and bake like you would any other crust. For no-bakes…I’m not sure yet, but if you try it, please let me know. I’m thinking 14-16 minutes at 350?

Enjoy!

Protein Blueberry Bread (nut free, low carb, sugar free)

Alright my friends…I have found something crazy. Pork rinds, ground up, create a pretty amazing flour substitute. (Be careful that your pork rinds don’t have a lot of crap in them…you want them to have 2 ingredients…pork skin and salt. Nothing else. Nothing would ruin a blueberry bread like a BBQ flavored flour. Gross.)
I have been having a  blast playing with the ZERO carb flour…seriously, it’s like a match made in heaven. It’s tricky though…to much pork rind without another flour makes for a chewy (not in a good way), rubbery texture that is nothing to write home about. However, used in addition to other ingredients, it’s pretty awesome. We really enjoyed this bread/cake. The batter can also be used to make “muffin tops”, on a cookie sheet without a muffin top pan. Double score, right?

(Notes – if you use sugar and not a sugar substitute, this will no longer be low carb…)

Double Protein (Pork Rind) Blueberry Bread
1/2 c butter, softened
3/4 c Emerald Forest 5lb Erythritol Sweetener” target=”_blank”>erythritol (or 1/2 c. USA Birch Xylitol – 5lb – NON GMO – Kosher – Gluten Free” target=”_blank”>birch xylitol or white sugar)
1/2 tsp powdered stevia (or 1/2 c. brown sugar)
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder (or 1 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp cream of tarter)
1 cup pork rind flour (simply food process or use a high speed blender until it’s finely ground)
1/2 c. unflavored whey or egg white protein powder (I useNOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate Pure, 1.2 -Pounds” target=”_blank”> NOW Whey – off Amazon) 
1/2 c. coconut flour
3/4 c. milk of choice (almond, coconut, dairy)
1 Tbsp Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin, Kosher, 16-Ounce Can (Single)” target=”_blank”>unflavored gelatin
2.5 c. frozen blueberries (Wild Maine work best, because they are small)
Beat butter, sweeteners and eggs until well combined. Add milk, baking powder and gelatin & beat well.  Add flours and mix until just combined. Fold in frozen blueberries and pour into a parchment lined loaf pan (8×4)
Bake at 350 for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool, store in the fridge. For an extra special breakfast, toast in a frying pan that has been coated in melted butter…yum!
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