Keto Caramel Hot Chocolate

I am feeling pretty proud of myself today and wanted to share! I have been experimenting with ketogenic eggnog and hot chocolate for a while and I think I have finally stumbled upon the perfect recipe for Wild Man. My first few attempts at hot chocolate where met with some displeasure, to say the least, but my eggnog was fairly well received. However, today I think I now have the best of both worlds!

Keto Caramel Hot Chocolate
(makes 2 servings with approximately 2 carbs each)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbs butter
  • Egg yolks (as many as suits your tastes)
  • 1/4c water
  • 3/4c full-fat coconut milk (I use Aroy D because there are only 2 carbs per 1/2c serving)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (heaped; the brand I use only has 1 net carb per 1 tbs serving)
  • 2 tsp Eyrithritol (heaped)
  • 2 tsp sugar-free caramel syrup

Process

  • Melt butter and whip into egg yolks
  • Add all other ingredients to sauce pot and whisk in butter-egg mixture
  • Heat over medium heat until just about it boil
  • Divide as you like and let cool before enjoying!

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Feel free to mix this up a little bit. If you don’t want it to be as rich, leave out the butter, yolks, or both. You can even add spices like cinnamon and/or nutmeg. Need to dress it up? Make whipped cream with Erythritol or sugar-free vanilla syrup with either real whipping cream or coconut cream (I like Savoy with only 2 carbs per 1/2 cup serving). I guarantee that however you make this you’ll be as pleased as Wild Man!

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This recipe is a hit with both of my kiddos so I think it will be a mainstay for quite some time. I was starting to become a little discouraged because all holidays are associated with food for me. I grew up in the kitchen and show my love for others through my cooking. As I watched everyone with their holiday baking traditions this season, my heart hurt a little, but I seem to be getting the hang of this new way of cooking so we can have our own holiday food traditions.

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In Defense of Iceberg

Now that I’ve broken the news to the world that my kiddo can only have 10 net carbohydrates per day, I’m guessing that many of you were left wondering, “What on earth do you feed him?”

His diet consists mostly of fat and protein, but I work diligently to make sure that he eats as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Prior to beginning this diet, he preferred produce to meat and it was really difficult for me to start saying, “No, you can’t have more carrots/apples/whatever.” Really, who says that? Well, I do. Do you know what I say yes to and NEVER thought I would: diet soda and pork rinds. The longer I write this post the deeper and deeper I dig myself into the redneck stereotype I’ve tried to squash all my life. Hahaha. I do have to continue to say no to Hostess Snack Cakes, so we are safe on that front. Continue reading

An Answer: 33 Months in the Making

Oh friends! It’s been a while. Not that I haven’t begun several posts and then found myself completely uninspired and just walked away… I felt like I was on fire there for a while, but then I hit this slump where everything just felt forced and I knew that it wasn’t what I wanted to put out there for the world to read.

Today is different. Over a year after my last post, I finally feel that tingling of inspiration. Much has happened over this last year and we are currently on the most intense spiritual high that I, personally, have ever experienced. I have chronicled the medical journeys of my two beautiful little boys to some extent, but as the demands chronic medical conditions became more normal than novelty, I stopped sharing. We were just doing life and that was it. It has been a frightening and exhausting time, but we finally know what is wrong with our oldest boy (DS4)! Are you ready to hear the news?

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Of Course I Can! Blog Hop: Failure.

This is my most recent installment of the Of Course I Can! Blog Hop. Next month I will publish a post reviewing whatever it is that I end up canning first.  That is the post that I want everyone to link up to.  Can up something fantastic (or otherwise), take some photos, write a post, and link back to my post.  Let’s get this canning season rolling!

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Of Course I Can! Blog Hop

I’m getting excited! This should be my last post before I post about my first canning of the season! I have already put up some zucchini and cauliflower, but that I froze so its not really as interesting.

OK, onward and upward!

Failure.  That is a scary word, but I want you to get ready to embrace it.  In the cooking world (and in most instances, really), failure is not wholly bad.  Every time I fail in the kitchen, although it damages my pride a tad, I always come away with a lesson learned.  Even when it is simply a lesson in humility.  Lately, my baking prowess has been challenged by the adversary of gluten-free bread.  However, that is another topic for another day. Continue reading

Of Course I Can! Blog Hop: Blackberries!

Disclaimer: I am not an expert nor a professional in the field of food preservation.  My expertise comes from personal experience that has been passed down generationally.  Always refer to published, up-to-date guides for cooking times.  If you need help finding a resource for your area, please let me know.  My favorite book on all things food preservation: Putting Food By.

 

Seriously. Turn your back for a MINUTE.

Living here in the PNW, blackberries are a fact of life. People that aren’t from here have this overly romanticized idea of the blackberry and that it is the quintessential Oregonian foodstuff.  I even have one set of distant cousins that have gone so far as to try to get them to grow in Iowa. All I can do is shake my head and wonder why they would want to inflict such pain on the rest of their unsuspecting state.  I love the taste blackberries, but if any plant can be accused of being sent straight from Hell, this is the one.  My family has been battling blackberries since the original homestead and it is never ending. If you turn your back for a minute, you’ve lost your house underneath a mountain of thick, sinister, sticker bushes. We Oregonians are a crafty bunch, so we fight, but we also learn to find the silver lining, so-to-speak. Making food with the fruit of this evil is like flipping the bird to the Devil. Continue reading

Of Course I Can! Blog Hop: What do I need?

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Of Course I Can! Blog Hop

If you have never done any canning before, you might be wondering what you need, other than food and a canner. Well, I am here to help!  I thought for this post I might just give you a little run-down, list style.  Here we go! Continue reading