Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

CARAMEL LAYER COOKIE BARS

No such thing as too many cookies…so here ya’ go.

These were created to use with Cinnamon Bliss…one of my favorite things on earth.  You can find it in this link at Amazon.com and a little goes a long way, so the jug will last awhile.  If you can’t find it or don’t want to have that much hanging around, my Gold Caramel Sauce or a good-quality store-bought sugar-free sauce would be wonderful in these.

(Using the commercial stuff, these are fairly full of sugar alcohols – which I’m not fond of.  Whey Low doesn’t contain any, so using that and the recipe for Caramel Sauce would be best if you are sensitive to SA’s.)

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Crust:
Vegetable cooking spray
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oatmeal (not instant)
1/2 cup Whey Low granular, Maltitol crystals, or Splenda Granular
1 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preaheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.
Stir together almond flour, flour, oatmeal, Nature Sweet crystals or Splenda, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly.  Reserve 1/2 cup for the topping. Pat remainder into the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until starting to become golden on the edges.

Filling:
2/3 cup Cinnamon Bliss OR Gold Caramel Sauce – recipe link above (or store-bought SF)
2/3 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds

Bring sauce and nuts to boil and, stirring constantly, boil for 2 minutes. Pour over baked crust.  (If using Gold Caramel Sauce, just heat through…don’t boil or it will be TOO chewy!)

Topping:
4 ounces sugar free Dark or Milk chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup reserved crumbs

Sprinkle chopped chocolate over caramel layer. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over chocolate. Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until caramel is bubbly on edges and top crumbs are slightly golden. Cool in pan and cut into 16 pieces.  Makes 16 servings.

Per servings: Calories 207; Protein 4 g; Fat 15 g; Carbs 15 g; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 83 mg

 

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CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT CAKE ROLL

Chocolate and cake in the same dessert is wonderful.  Add in some cool, wintery peppermint-laced cream filling and let’s just swoon and get it over with, shall we?!

So pretty!

Your holiday table will love you for the effort you put forth to make this.  (And it’s not hard – don’t be scared of a cake roll.  If something awful happens when you try to re-roll it, just break it up in chunks, place in beautiful goblets, add a little more cream on the top and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.  No one will guess…or even care!!)

This is best made at least a day in advance.  The cake becomes moist and melts in your mouth and the filling more mellow and perfect!

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Cake:

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 eggs, separated

3/4 cup Whey Low Granular or maltitol crystals (or Splenda granular as a last resort)

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 11×15 inch jelly roll pan with vegetable cooking spray and line the bottom with waxed or parchment paper.  Coat paper with cooking spray.

Lay a clean kitchen towel on the counter and sprinkle it with 1/4 cup powdered sugar or powdered Whey Low. (Most of this will stay on the towel.)

In a small bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

Separate the eggs and, with very clean beaters, whip the whites with 1/4 cup of the Whey Low/maltitol, until soft peaks form.  Set aside.

In a large bowl beat the egg yolks with the remaining 1/2 cup Whey Low for two minutes, until thick and light yellow.  Beat in the water and vanilla.  Beat in the flour mixture in two batches, just until combined and smooth.    Gently stir in half of the egg whites.  Carefully fold in the rest of the egg whites, just until no streaks remain.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 8-10 minutes, or just until cake springs back when touched lightly.  Do not overbake!  An over-done cake will crack when you try to roll it.

Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan and invert cake onto towel.  Carefully remove paper.  Starting on the short end, slowly roll the cake AND the towel.  Place on a wire rack and cool completely – at least 30 minutes.

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Filling:

One 8-ounce package fat-free or reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature

5 tablespoons Splenda Granular

1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

3 cups whipped cream, chilled (use 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream) OR 3 cups Cool Whip, thawed

2 sugar-free candy canes OR 10 sugar-free starlight mints, crushed (or regular, if you can’t find sugar free…it’s hardly any added sugar grams per serving)

3 drops red food coloring

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In a large bowl beat the cream cheese with the Splenda and peppermint extract until smooth.  Beat in whipped cream or Cool Whip until combined.  Stir in crushed candies.  Fold in the food coloring, leaving a few streaks…it will look like a candy cane!

Gently unroll the cake, leaving it on the towel.  Don’t force it to lay completely flat.  Spread the filling evenly over the cake, and slowly re-roll as before.  If it cracks don’t panic…you can probably lay that part on the plate and no one will be the wiser!

Sprinkle with cocoa powder and a little powdered sugar, if desired.    Chill for at least overnight.  This is best made a day ahead…seriously!Makes 16 servings.

Per Serving (using fat free cream cheese): Calories 115; Protein5 g; Fat 6 g; Carbs 7 g; Sugar 2 g; Sodium 146 mg

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CHOCOLATE-MINT CHEESE BALL

Just in time for the Holiday dessert tables that are everywhere you go.  You can’t escape this time of year – the buffets, the lunch rooms, the office parties, and hundred and one other occasions to eat…each filled with stuff we shouldn’t have.

This one everybody will love – whether they like to eat low-sugar or not!  Most bigger grocery stores carry the sugar free star-light peppermints, or you can order from an on-line candy store.  One of my favorites is Perfectly Sweet.  Or there is Candy.com, but they sell in bulk.  I don’t know…you might want 425 star-light mints.  Who am I to judge?!

I serve it with the Murray’s Double Chocolate Cookies – or graham crackers – or off of a spoon…

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One 8-ounce pkg. reduced-fat cream cheese
1/3 cup Splenda
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
One 4 ounce package sugar-free peppermint candies
1/4 cup Hersey’s sugar free chocolate chips or other sugar free chocolate, finely chopped

In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, Splenda, vanilla, 3 tablespoons finely crushed candies, and chocolate. Place in a small plastic wrap-lined bowl and chill 4 hours or overnight. Unmold cheese ball and place on a pretty plate. Gently press 1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candies onto the surface. 

The candies tend to get “wet” if left in the fridge too long. I would press them onto the surface just before serving.

Makes ten servings, 2 tablespoons each.
Per Serving: 118 Cal; 3 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 4 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar

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FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

When I saw this recipe I was very skeptical…usually these kind leave a LOT to be desired.

But this is one moist and delicious dessert!  And unless you told someone they would never, in a million years, guess what the secret ingredient was.

It’s very flavorful and rises well…not eggy or too dense…just right.  It has a very nice texture and a tender, moist crumb.  (I thought it got better the next day – the flavors more intense and when stored in the fridge it’s nice and fudgey, almost.)

It’s beans and eggs with a little cocoa powder thrown in – it’s very good for you.  (The carbs are complex one and come from the beans.)  Seriously!  Do try this, you won’t be disappointed.

I have to give credit to Lauren from Healthy Indulgences for the inspiration.

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One 15-ounce can unseasoned black or kidney beans – drained and rinsed (I prefer S&W kidney beans for this)

1 tablespoon water or coffee (the coffee will bring out more intense chocolate flavor)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup Whey Low granular or maltitol

5 eggs

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(I recently made the WHOLE thing in the blender.  Gets pretty thick, so you need a fairly powerful machine, but it works great. I pureed the beans first with the water/coffee and an egg…then added the rest of the eggs…then the remaining ingredients.  Processed till smooth.)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Coat a 9 or 10 inch cake pan with vegetable cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a blender, food processor or with a hand held blender wand, puree the beans, water/coffee, and vanilla until smooth.  Set aside.

In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl beat the butter and the Whey Low for one minute with an electric mixer.  Beat in the eggs for two minutes, or until very light and fluffy.  Beat in the bean mixture, just until combined.  Beat in the cocoa mixture for one minute, until very smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.  Wrap tightly with plastic wrap or frost and cover.  Makes 10 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 171; Protein 6 g; Fat 11 g; NET Carbs 10 g; Sugar 5 g; Sodium 155 mg

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35-SECOND CHOCOLATE CAKE

Now here’s a sweet little sweetie that you can mix and cook in the cup and in – alright maybe 1 1/2 minutes tops – you’ll have a cute little cutie for a guilt free snack.  (But it’s only 35 seconds in the microwave…so there!)  Soooo good, for so not a lot of work!

The best part?  No huge 16-serving monstrosity sitting on your counter staring you down every time you pass by the kitchen.

I’ve been experimenting with different flavors (a White Velvet and a Lemon one) so stay tuned…check back…don’t go away!

If you wanted to make a “Master Mix” so that when the urge hits you can do this even quicker, multiply the dry ingredients in the recipe by 10, mix very well, and keep in an airtight container.  THEN when you want a nice warm cake, measure 1/3 cup and add the wet ingredients.  Perfect!!  (Thanks to reader Cindi for the idea!!)

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2 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 tablespoons Splenda Granular or Whey Low powdered

2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon  instant coffee crystals – optional, but brings out the chocolaty YUM!

Pinch salt

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon oil

Drop of vanilla extract

Spray a coffee cup or ramekin with vegetable cooking spray.  In the cup combine the flour, Splenda, cocoa powder, baking powder, coffee crystals and salt until no lumps remain.  Stir in the milk, olive oil, and vanilla until smooth.

Bake in the microwave on high for 35 seconds.  You may need to add 5 more seconds (maybe 5 more after that, depending on your microwave)… but don’t be tempted to overcook or it will be rubbery!  It should be moist on the bottom and will continue cooking as it sets.

Serve with chocolate sauce…a sprinkle of powdered sugar…whipped cream or eat plain as a brownie.

(Use hot or cold leftover coffee in place of the crystals and milk to lower the calories even more.)

Total Recipe: 110 Cal; 2 g Protein; 5 g Fat; 14 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar; 0 mg Sodium

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CINNAMON-CHOCOLATE TEA BREAD

I love to make quick breads.  They are hardly any work, but always rewarding!

This one is soft and buttery with a ribbon of cinnamon infused chocolate running through…can’t get any more comforting than that!

Slather it with some fat free cream cheese, if you like…but warm and plain is just fine!

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Topping:
1/4 cup Whey Low Powdered
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped sugar free dark chocolate (milk choc would be fine, too)

Bread:
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Whey Low Granular
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat with vegetable spray, two mini loaf pans or an 8X8 inch square pan.

For the topping:
In a small bowl cut the softened butter into the sugar sub and cinnamon with a fork. Stir in the chopped chocolate and set aside.

For the bread:
In a small bowl stir together the flour, almond flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside. In a medium bowl cream the butter with the sugar sub until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and sour cream. Stir the dry ingredients into the egg mixture just until combined. Pour 1/4 of the batter into each prepared pan (or 1/2 of the batter into an 8×8 pan).

Sprinkle 1/4 of the topping onto the batter in each pan. Divide the remaining batter between the pans and sprinkle the remaining topping over the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester comes out with large, moist crumbs when inserted into the middle.

Remove from the oven to a wire rack. Run a sharp knife around the edge and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool on wire rack. (If using a square pan, you don’t have to remove the cake.) Slice and eat while slightly warm or wrap each mini loaf tightly with plastic wrap. Makes 16 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 114; Protein 2 g; Fat 6 g; Carbs 7 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 53 mg

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MOCHA CAKE

This is always requested for birthdays, potlucks…just about anywhere someone wants me to bring a cake – this one is IT!

I adore this – it’s very, very chocolaty and extremely moist.  (It’s not low-carb…sometimes you can’t mess too much with a great thing.  But it’s sugar free or low sugar, depending on which sub you use.)

One of the secrets is to never over-bake your cakes.  I know books and everywhere will tell you it’s done when it pulls away from the pan.  I think that’s too late.  There will be some carry-over baking from the residual heat and it will be dry when it’s cooled.

Baking JUST until large, moist crumbs stick to a toothpick when inserted in the middle is PERFECT.  It will continue to bake for a few minutes out of the oven, but won’t be over-done at all.  I also cover it with plastic wrap while it’s still warm…this keeps the moisture in, too.

Anyway…frosted or not, this will be a favorite of yours, too.  I love to use it as a “shortcake” with berries and cream – very different and very unexpected.  Everyone will like it that way!

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2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups Whey Low granular

1 cup oil

1 1/2 cups hot coffee

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Peheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9×13 or two 8-inch rounds with vegetable cooking spray.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa in a small bowl and set aside. Combine the sugar sub, oil, coffee, milk, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat at medium speed for about 2 minutes. Batter will be thin.

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean near the center.

Do not overbake by waiting until cake comes away from the sides of the pan. Cool in pan on a wire rack and when almost cool place some toothpicks randomly into the cake and cover loosely with plastic wrap or foil. This will keep it even more moist. Makes 20 servings.

Per Serving (with Nature Sweet): 230 Cal; 5g Protein; 13g Tot Fat; 24g Carb; 2g Fiber; 1g Sugar; 262 mg Sodium


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