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!

puppy-chow

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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Kale Chips

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.

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Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of fresh kale
  • olive oil
  • salt

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Place the pieces in a large bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  5. Spread the kale out on 2 cookie sheets so it is one layer.  Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes.
  7. 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.
  8. Continue this process until all the kale is crisp and finished.

Nutritional Information: 0 carbs

Sweet Party Mix

sweet party mix

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.

Enjoy!

Sweet Party Mix

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Lightly coat a large piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large roasting pan combine cereals, pretzels and almonds and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4.  Then remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour over the cereal mix and toss to cover evenly.
  5. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Stir cereal and bake another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and stir in the dried fruit. Spread thinly on the prepared foil to cool.
  7. Once cool – store in an airtight container

Nutritional Information: Serving size is 1/3 cup. 6 g carbs per serving.