Nature Valley Style Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

I used to be a granola bar lover.  Thinking I was being super healthy stuffing one into my back pocket not really aware of how much sugar was packed into each bar.  I saw some the other day and it gave me a hankering.  So, I came up with a pretty great keto alternative.  They have that crumble but not too much crumble.  They hold together so they would be great for camping or hiking.  I like the macros and above all, they taste awesome!  They are really easy but you will need something like a food processor to blend everything together.  It is basically throw it all in, smoosh it, bake it, drizzle it, eat it.

“Nature Valley” Crunchy Granola Bars – Peanut Butter Flavor

Preheat your oven to 350*.  Combine the sliced almonds (reserve about 2 ounces), pecans, peanuts, coconut, flax seed, hemp seed, coconut oil, salt, baking soda, sweetener, peanut butter powder and vanilla into a food processor.  Blend until it visually becomes sticky and pulls away from the sides.

Sprinkle a baking dish or shallow cookie pan with the reserved sliced almonds evenly and pour the granola mixture over the almonds.   With the flat bottom of a glass, press and spread the mixture out to create an even thin granola bar.  You’re aiming for about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thickness.  If your pan is too big, you don’t need to fill the pan.  Spread it out then straighten out the end of the bars.  The mixture won’t run so you can mold it and it will stay.  Bake at 350 for about 18 – 20 minutes.   Start keeping an eye on it towards the end of baking time to make sure you they aren’t burning.

Pull them out of the oven and let them cool for about 20 minutes.  Once they have cooled, cut them into even bars.  You should get 15 bars.

Nature Valley bars have a peanut butter drizzle on top so that’s where the peanut butter and coconut oil come in.  Combine the peanut butter & oil and heat it in the microwave for a few seconds until melted, stir, then drizzle over the top of your cut & cooled bars.  The longer you let these sit, the crunchier they get but they will be set and ready to go once they cool.  They have a fantastic granola bar crunch and you won’t miss the oats.  I promise!

Ingredients:
  • 1 C Unsalted Pecans
  • 1 C Sliced Almonds (reserve about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 C Unsalted Peanuts
  • 1/4 C Hemp Hearts
  • 1/4 C Flax Seed
  • 1/2 C Lakanto Golden Sweetener (or your choice, I like the taste of the “brown sugar” in these)
  • 1 C Unsweetened Coconut (I used large flakes)
  • 1/4 C Coconut Oil
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 t Salt (I used Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • 1/2 t Baking Soda
  • 1/4 C Powdered Peanut Butter
  • —— Peanut Butter Drizzle ———
  • 2 T Peanut Butter
  • 1 t Coconut Oil
Nutritional & Serving Information:
  • Serving Size: Makes about 15 4×2 bars
  • 241 Calories
  • 26g Fat
  • 12.9g Carbs
  • 11.1g Fiber
  • 8.3g Protein

Strawberry Italian Ice

I have never owned a food processor.  Why?  I don’t know, but I recently purchased one and there is just no going back now.  I’ll throw anything in there and give it a spin.  Yesterday I decided to try frozen strawberries and the result was very yummy.  If you don’t have a food processor, I’m sure a heavy duty blender would work as well.   This is cold, refreshing and low in carbs and calories!

Strawberry Italian Ice

Throw your frozen strawberries, lemon juice, and lemon zest into your food processor.

Over medium heat, combine your sweetener & water and stir until the sweetener is fully dissolved and you have a simple syrup.

Pour your syrup over the strawberry mixture and puree until smooth.

Pour mixture into a shallow dish & cover tightly with plastic wrap or into popsicle molds and freeze.  It is really that simple!

Ingredients:
  • 4 C Frozen Unsweetened Strawberries
  • 1/4 C Sweetener (I used Granulated Swerve)
  • 1/4 C Water
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
Nutritional & Serving Information:
  • Serving Size: 1/2 Cup or 1 Popsicle (Makes 8 Servings)
  • 20 Calories
  • 0g Fat
  • 5.5g Carbs
  • 1.5g Fiber
  • .5g Protein

Diner Style Jicama Hash Browns

I’m not one of those who automatically says a low carb option tastes just as good as the original, unless it does.  I’m still dubious of people who say that mashed cauliflower is no different from mashed potatoes.  I love my mashed cauliflower but it’s not mashed potatoes!  These jicama hash browns though, they will wreck your life.  They aren’t an exact replica but they are pretty darn close and SO GOOD.  They are easier to cook than jicama fries as you don’t need to boil them.  Just do yourself a favor, grate up a jicama & an onion and throw those suckers into some hot oil!

Jicama Hash Browns

Peel your jicama and use your Mr. Incredible powers to cut it in half.  Prepare 1/2 a medium onion to be grated and grate the jicama and onion.  Prepare your skillet with about 2 Tablespoons of Avocado Oil or your oil of choice.  Start warming it over medium high heat.

Once it is all grated, mix it together with about a teaspoon of salt & pepper.

Throw it in the hot oil and spread it around so it cooks & browns evenly.

Be ready to flip when they start browning.  Once they have browned and are a little crispy, serve them up with a little no sugar ketchup!

Ingredients:
  • 1 Jicama
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1 t Black Pepper
  • 2 T Avocado Oil
Nutritional & Serving Size Information:
  • Serving Size: 1/2 Cup (1 Jicama will make about 6 servings. I say ABOUT because jicamas can be different sizes, if you want 6 nice portions, do more than 1 to be sure.)
  • 58 Calories
  • 1.7g Fat
  • 10.4 Total Carbs
  • 5.5 Fiber
  • .9 Protein

Summer Strawberry Pie

I suppose you could make this pie in December too, but who wants to do that?  Really.  This is close to the perfect low carb pie as it stands at 110 calories a slice and 6 carbs.  It uses a fathead crust.  It is such a good pie, that I tricked 8 nice ladies with a slice today and nobody knew it wasn’t a full sugar/carb/glutenous pie!  I’m just sayin’….

Summer Strawberry Pie

The above picture was taken at only 2 hours chilled because I couldn’t wait 4 hours.  It will be perfectly set if you can make yourself wait.

Pie Crust Ingredients:
  • 2 C Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 T Swerve
  • 1 T Baking Powder
  • 3/4 C Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 t Xantham Gum
  • 1/4 t Arrowroot Powder (Omit if you don’t have it)

This goes like your typical fathead dough but you are going to treat it a little differently.   Start by melting your cheese & cream cheese together in the microwave.  This should take about 2 minutes with a stir at 1 minute.   Stir it, the cheeses should fall off your spoon like a waterfall.   Very loose and cheesy.  If it is gloopy, back in for 30 seconds until it is smooth.  I let it cool for just 30 seconds or so before I add the eggs.  Add your eggs and all the rest of the ingredients.  Start kneading it on some parchment paper.  You are going to have to warm it at this point for about 30 seconds again and continue kneading until it fully comes together like an actual pie dough.  No streaks, no cracks, etc.  If it isn’t looking smooth, warm it for another 30 seconds.  Once you have a nice smooth ball, cut it in half.  This recipe will make TWO pie crusts so you can freeze one for later, make a nice top crust, or make a deep dish pie. Take half of your pie crust & roll it out thin into a circle shape.  Carefully place it in your pie pan.  I like to roll it onto my rolling pin, pick it up, and roll it back over the pie pan.  It holds together better.   If you don’t have enough in certain spots, just tear extra off and squish it all to fill in any spots.  Once it is evenly in the pan, cut excess off the edges and pinch your crust however you like.  You could take the extra strips and decorate the crust a little if you’re an overachiever.  Now take a fork and poke some holes all around the sides and bottom.

You are going to bake this bad boy for about 12 minutes in a preheated 350* oven until the edges are golden brown.  Not light brown, not dark brown, goooolden brown.

Filling Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs Strawberries Sliced (After you remove the tops, you should have about 1 2/3 lb left)
  • 1 1/4 C Water
  • 1 C Granulated Sweetener (I used Swerve)
  • 1/4 t Xantham Gum
  • 2 Boxes No Sugar Added Strawberry Jello

While your crust is baking, start preparing your strawberries by washing and trimming the tops.  Slice them and set aside.

In a saucepan, combine the water and granulated sweetener.  Stir slowly over medium heat until the sweetener is fully dissolved.  Once it is dissolved, add the xantham gum and whisk until slightly thickened.  It should coat the back of your spoon or stick to your whisk.  Once you hit this stage, add the strawberry jello and dissolve.  By the time you hit this point, your pie crust should be out of the oven and cooled so go ahead and pile those strawberries in.  Once you get them arranged how you like, ladle your gelatin mixture over the top of the strawberries until it fills to the top of the crust.  Carefully put it in the refrigerator for 4 hours to set.  Try not to arm wrestle your friends & family for it.

Nutritional & Serving Information:
  • Serving Size: 1 Slice (1/8th of Pie)
  • 110 Calories
  • 6.4g Fat
  • 7.9g Carbs
  • 1.9g Fiber
  • 5.4g Protein

Cold Tuna Zoodles

This recipe is great for hot days when you want something requiring minimal heat to cook and is nice & cool.  Original recipe calls for sweet relish, Miracle Whip and pasta.  Of course we are going to ixnay all of that.  Miracle Whip is replaced with a homemade Keto Whip.   Takes about 30 minutes and serves 4.

Cold Tuna Zoodles

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Zucchini Noodles
  • 1 Can Tuna
  • 1/2 C Chopped Kosher Dill Pickle
  • 1/2 C Chopped Onion
  • 1/2 Keto Miracle Whip
  • 1 t Powdered Sweetener
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste

Preparation Instructions:

Boil zoodles until tender or steam in microwave.  Drain, pat dry, and stick in the refrigerator to cool.  Chop onion & pickles and set aside.  Once zoodles are cooled, add the tuna, pickle, onion, whip, sweetener, and seasoning.  Chill for an hour.

Nutritional & Serving Size Information

  • Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
  • 253 Calories
  • 20.5g Fat
  • 2.6 Carbs
  • 13.5 Protein

Keto Miracle Whip

For recipes that call for Miracle Whip, this is an easy recipe just using mayonnaise that has the Miracle Whip tang.  No cooking or hair pulling required.  Store in a mason jar or sealed container.

Keto Miracle Whip

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C Mayonnaise
  • 1 t Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 t Mustard Powder
  • 1/4 t Paprika
  • 3 T Powdered Sweetener (I use Swerve)
  • 3 T Vinegar
  • 2 T Lemon Juice
  • 1 t Xantham Gum

Preparation Instructions:

Mix the ingredients in a bowl.  Literally, that’s it.  The xantham gum does a perfect job of thickening the whip.

Nutrtional & Serving Size Information

  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • 77 Calories
  • 8.6g Fat
  • .1g Carbs
  • 0g Protein