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!
- 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
- In a saucepan melt the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips together.
- Once smooth and melted remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Place the 9 cups of rice chex into a bowl and pour the melted coating over the cereal.
- Toss to coat all the pieces.
- Once the pieces are well coated, place them in a large paper bag.
- Add the regular powdered sugar and the Swerve. Close the bag and shake well until each piece is lightly coated in powdered sugar.
- Spread the mix out on parchment paper to cool.
- Store in an air tight container and enjoy!
Nutritional Information – 1 serving is 1/2 cup = 20 g carbs
Kale chips are something we started making after visiting Anthony in Boulder one summer. They are a great alternative to a salad and offer a crunch to the meal. I do not like kale any other way and was even hesitant to try these, but they are worth it. A great way to get a very healthy vegetable into your kids.
- 1 bunch of fresh kale
- olive oil
- Rip the kale into pieces. Make sure to rip away from the rib on the leaf. You will not use this part in your kale chips.
- Place the pieces in a large bowl.
- Drizzle olive oil over the kale and toss until all kale is lightly coated. Add small amounts at a time so you don’t over coat.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees
- Spread the kale out on 2 cookie sheets so it is one layer. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes.
- Not all the kale will be done at the same time. Remove pieces that are crisp all the way through and place remaining kale back in the oven for 5 minutes more.
- Continue this process until all the kale is crisp and finished.
Nutritional Information: 0 carbs
Everyone loves those snacks that are out at all the parties – but how to have those and watch your carbs. This is a great snack mix that everyone will love and they will never realize it is a better option for those watching their carb intake.
Sweet Party Mix
- 4 cups bite sized corn chex cereal
- 3 cups bite sized rice chex cereal
- 2 cups pretzel knots
- 2/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup packed Splenda brown sugar mix
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 Tablespoons light colored corn syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup dried cherries, blueberries or cranberries
- Lightly coat a large piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large roasting pan combine cereals, pretzels and almonds and set aside.
- In a medium sauce pan combine brown sugar mix, butter and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Continue cooking for 5 minutes more.
- Then remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour over the cereal mix and toss to cover evenly.
- Bake in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes. Stir cereal and bake another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and stir in the dried fruit. Spread thinly on the prepared foil to cool.
- Once cool – store in an airtight container
Nutritional Information: Serving size is 1/3 cup. 6 g carbs per serving.