Cereal – A Family Favorite!

Everyone of Autumn’s brothers and sisters love cereal, and it’s also her dad’s favorite nighttime snack ūüėČ . Because most cereals are not all that nutritious, we try to limit cereal to once a week. ¬†Almost always the number one requested item for a birthday breakfast is Cinnamon Toast Crunch…not exactly a health food! ūüôā

Autumn, however, can have have cereal on any day of the week – due to this yummy chocolate cereal from The Charlie Foundation/Keto Cook created by – once again, the infamous Dawn Martenz.

You will find the recipe for a 3:1 ratio here: http://ketocook.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/chocolate-breakfast-cereal-handout.jpg

You can raise the ratio by using cream instead of almond milk. We also use cream so that Autumn can add in some fruit. I have, at times, modified this recipe to make a “cinnamon toast crunch” cereal as well.

chocolate-breakfast-cereal-handoutHere are the items we use in making it:

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Mix ingredients as directed in recipe. We make a “10 times” batch so we have quite a bit of dough that we separate onto 3 ¬†parchment lined cookie sheets:

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You need to be watchful of the taste testers:

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Then place another piece of parchment paper over the dough and roll out thin :

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It actually works better to roll it out on the table/counter than on the cookie sheet:

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Then “score” each pan of dough into bite-size pieces:

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After they are all done baking, we break the pieces up and measure all the cereal:

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IMG_0399Then we divide that number by however number batches we made. Although we make a “10 times batch” we often divide by nine due to people taking “snitches” of the batter and losing a bit in making it. ¬†We then store each amount into its own separate plastic baggie:

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We store all the bags in one container and keep it in the refrigerator….so we can just pop out a bag for breakfast…not just for birthdays…but any day!

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Keto Joy!

 

Apple Spice Doughnut Bites…Yes, Donuts!

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This recipe comes from Dawn Martenz’s blog at ketocook.com. ¬†Dawn is the author of “The Keto Cookbook.” ¬†This is the cookbook I mentioned in both the video and under the “Resources” tab. ¬†As I have stated before – we lived in this cookbook; it was the foundation for everything we made when we first started out on the diet. ¬†There is soooo much good information on her blog, so make sure you check it out!

You could add a bit of pumpkin pie spice to these to give these a “Thanksgiving Flavor.”

http://ketocook.com/2012/09/22/apple-cinnamon-doughnut-holes/

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Monday’s Breakfast – Peanut Butter Cookies, Apples and Dip

I asked Autumn this morning what was for breakfast and she said “Mom, I always have peanut butter cookies on Monday.”

So I got out the camera and started taking pictures!

I had a mom call me several weeks ago asking some questions about the diet.¬† She had seen a picture of Autumn eating¬†peanut butter cookies¬†on my FB page asked me for the recipe.¬† She had not started the diet yet and was just trying to go “low-carb with her son. When I started to write out the recipe for her, I realized that if you have never made a keto-recipe it would be hard to explain the size of how things look – thus was another reason to start the blog to show people what a keto meal/dessert looks like:

Here are the ingredients you need: (See “Recipes” tab for exact measurements)¬†IMG_4164

Now, when you mix these up all you need is a small cup – yet you will end up with 16-18 “mini” cookies:

A tip when adding egg: Typically you only need a few grams of egg in a recipe. Mix an egg in a small food storage container and then pour just what you need into your recipe and store the rest in the fridge.

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Mix the rest of the ingredients together and then place a¬†“dime-size” amount¬†of batter per cookie¬†on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.¬† Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 7 minutes.¬† We have a convection oven so oven times may vary.

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These cookies can be made as a “snack” but this recipe has “apples and peanut butter” added to it to make it more of a meal. While the cookies are baking, add together the peanut butter, butter, coconut oil and a bit of stevia and stir. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so we put a little in a metal measuring cup, heat it up on the stove to melt and then measure it into the batter.

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When we first started out in the diet we were at¬†a 4:1 ratio.¬† And although at that ratio you don’t get a whole lot of apple, they are still tasty!¬† The picture here is a 2.5:1 ratio.¬† The key is to cut the apples thin so there are lots of slices to go with all the cookies¬†ūüôā

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Here is what the cookies look like after baking:IMG_4169

And here is what it looks like all together – Autumn loves to dip the apples and the cookies in the sauce!

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Of course I forgot to take a picture of her eating them this morning, but here is one from her birthday breakfast – Yum Yum!photo (2)