Sugar Free Banana Pudding Pie

banana pudding pieWell today is Pi Day and it is also one of our busy days of the weeks where we all eat dinner at different times.  So I decided I wanted to make a Pie for Pi Day that we could all enjoy together later on this evening.  I began searching options that would be low carb friendly and didn’t find exactly what I wanted.  I did however, get an idea of a pie to create on my own.  So here is my Sugar Free Banana Pudding Pie!

Sugar Free Banana Pudding Pie

Ingredients

  • 22 vanilla wafers (regular size)
  • 2 med bananas
  • 1 package instant Sugar Free Banana Cream Pudding
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Swerve Granular Sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line the bottom of your pie shell with the vanilla wafers.  You will be able to see the bottom of the shell – but it will work just fine.
  3. Slice the 2 bananas and layer them on top of the vanilla wafers.
  4. Mix your instant Sugar Free Banana Cream Pudding and the 2 cups of cold milk.  Whisk together for about 2 minutes until it thickens.  (You could use cook and serve if you can find sugar free.  I could only find the sugar free in the instant mix)
  5. Pour the pudding mixture over the bananas and wafers, coating evenly.
  6. Separate 3 egg whites into a bowl.  Mix on high speed to fluff.
  7. While mixing add in cream of tarter and Swerve.
  8. Continue mixing until it is thick and peaks form.
  9.  Spread the meringue over top of the pudding mixture.
  10. Place in the oven for 5 – 7 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Allow the pie to cool and then chill for 2 hours to set.

Nutritional Information: Total Carbs – 143 g carbs,  1 slice (1/8 of the pie) – 18 carbs

 

Italian Christmas Cookies

This is the great new find this year for our Christmas Cookies.  I love how festive they look and they taste wonderful!  They are gluten free in addition to low carb  – so they can become a staple in many households.  Although they are Christmas Cookies, if you just changed the sprinkles, they could be for any holiday. Also, I am NOT a licorice fan – so I made mine with vanilla instead of anise.  Feel free to switch back to the traditional anise if you like licorice.  Hope you give these a try!

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Italian Christmas Cookies

  • Servings: 20 - 24 single cookies
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Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Swerve, Granular Sweetener
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or anise if you prefer)

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup Swerve Confectioners Sweetener
  • 2 Tablespoons half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Holiday Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the Swerve granular sweetener until well combined.  Beat in the egg and vanilla extract
  4. Then beat in the almond flour mixture adding 1/2 cup at a time until the mixture comes together and forms dough.
  5. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on the parchment paper.  You will get about 20 – 24 balls.  Press down with the palm of your hand on each dough ball until they are about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Bake about 12 minutes, until just barely beginning to firm up. Remove and let cool on the pan.

Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Swerve confectioners sweetener, half and half, and vanilla extract. Dip the top of the cookies into the glaze and set back on the pan. Sprinkle as desired.

Nutritional Information:  1 single cookie is 7 carbs without sprinkles.  With sprinkles they are 9 carbs each

Puppy Chow

Christmas baking does not seem as overwhelming this year as it did last year.  I have learned ways to adjust our recipes and make them more carb friendly.  So, instead of not making a few of our long time favorite Christmas goodies this year, I am simply trying them with some adjustments.  My first one to try was Puppy Chow and it turned out great!

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Puppy Chow

Ingredients

  • 9 cups of Rice Chex Cereal (or similar)
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (I use organic no sugar added)
  • 1 cup sugar free Hershey’s Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup regular powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Swerve powdered sugar alternative

Directions

  1. In a saucepan melt the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips together.
  2. Once smooth and melted remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Place the 9 cups of rice chex into a bowl and pour the melted coating over the cereal.
  4. Toss to coat all the pieces.
  5. Once the pieces are well coated, place them in a large paper bag.
  6. Add the regular powdered sugar and the Swerve.  Close the bag and shake well until each piece is lightly coated in powdered sugar.
  7. Spread the mix out on parchment paper to cool.
  8. Store in an air tight container and enjoy!

Nutritional Information – 1 serving is 1/2 cup = 20 g carbs

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Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie

It is Thanksgiving morning and I just put our Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie in the oven.  I realized I had not ever blogged this item, so here you go.  Thanksgiving is not always a lower carb day – so in the areas that you can cut some carbs we go for it.  This is a yummy pumpkin pie – that no one would realize is sugar free if you didn’t tell them!  Enjoy…

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Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

  • 9 inch pie shell
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Swerve Granulated Sweetener
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In medium bowl mix together eggs, Swerve Sweetener and pumpkin pie spice until well blended.
  3. Add in pumpkin and evaporated milk and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour into the pumpkin shell.
  5. Bake for about 40 – 45 minutes – or until the center is set.

Nutritional Information – 1/8 of pie is 15 carbs

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Peach Crisp

I love fresh peaches and went searching for a low carb friendly peach cobbler or crisp. What I found was wonderful and it made a great dessert. This is a keeper.  We paired ours with 1/3 cup of Breyers CarbSmart Ice Cream– which still kept the entire dessert at just     25 g carbs.

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Peach Crisp

Ingredients

  • 5 peaches (medium to large)
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 2 teaspoons off cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 6 Tablespoons of butter, cold

Directions

  1. Prepare and 8×8 baking dish, set aside, and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel your peaches and cut them into pieces. Place the pieces in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of Splenda Brown Sugar mix to the peach pieces.  Toss until all the peaches are covered.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Place the pecan halves into a food processor and pulse until they are fine.
  6. Add the almond flour, 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar blend, cinnamon, and oats to the food processor.
  7. Pulse a few times until well mixed.
  8. Cut your cold butter into squares and add to the food processor.  Pulse until the mixture is crumbly pea sized pieces.
  9. Place the topping over the peaches in the baking dish.
  10. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes until the topping slightly browns.

Nutritional Information –  1 serving (1/6 of the recipe) is 16 g carbs

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Baking for Christmas presented a new challenge this year as we faced it for the first time from a low carb perspective. I tried several different cookies (some of which will not make this blog as they were failures). Chocolate Crackles were one of the success stories. The first batch I made I tried to substitute the powdered sugar with confectioners Swerve. You can do this – but you will not get the pretty white coating. The second batch I used regular powdered sugar and they were still a low carb treat. I found the recipe through a diabetic website and they used real powdered sugar too – so hey – it is a chance to enjoy!

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

  • Servings: Makes about 48 cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
  • 1/2 cup Swerve granular sweetener
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and set aside.
  3. Cream cubed butter with Splenda brown sugar  on medium high until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in Swerve Sweetener and continue to mix
  5. Add 1 egg at a time and mix thoroughly. When done add the vanilla.
  6. Add in the dry ingredients to your mixture and mix on low until mixed together.
  7. Place powdered sugar in a bowl.
  8. Make small tablespoon size balls and roll them in the powdered sugar. Shake off excess sugar.
  9. Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  10. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool completely, then store in an air-tight container.

Nutritional Information – 1 cookie (based on 1/48) is 5 g carbs

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

What teens, or adults for that matter, don’t enjoy the taste of cookie dough? Well, eating cookie dough out of the tub is not a low carb friendly thing to do, so when I found this recipe on Swerve Sweeteners Website, everyone was thrilled.  A chance to have that cookie dough bite and not send your blood sugar crazy. So give these a try – you will be amazed.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

  • Servings: Makes 24 bites
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together almond flour, confectioners Swerve and salt.
  2. Stir in melted butter and vanilla.
  3. When mixed well, stir in 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  4. Scoop dough out by rounded tablespoon and press together with your hands.
  5. Roll into a ball and place on waxed paper or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Repeat until all the dough is used – typically makes about 24 balls.
  7. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 1 hour.
  8. When your hour is close to being up, melt your sugar free chocolate chips and butter together.  I do this in 15 second intervals in the microwave – stirring after each. Do not over heat.
  9. Remove the balls from the freezer and dip in the melted chocolate until covered.
  10. Place back on the cookie sheet and place in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.
  11. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  12. Note – you can also drizzle the chocolate over the balls, but my girls liked the entire thing coated in a layer of chocolate.

Nutritional Information – 1 Cookie Dough Bite – 5 g carbs

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