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Fried Nuts – A low carb breakfast with no bacon OR eggs!

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I love bacon. And eggs. I want to make this, very, very clear. I’m still not bored of them, despite two years of very bacon and egg heavy meals. But everyone likes a change now and again, right?

I’ve had a few friends interested in low carb diets be put off because they’re not sure what to eat for breakfast. Breakfast should be easy; we usually make it in a rush, after all. In summer, I often make a really tasty mixture of nuts, seeds and dessicated coconut which I’ll eat with almond milk or full fat Greek yoghurt, but it’s freezing at this time of year, and I really wanted something warm.

Enter, my new favourite speedy breakfast; fried nuts.

They’re warm. They’re filling. They’re insanely tasty and flavourful, and so easy to adapt to what you have in your cupboards, and what flavours you enjoy! I’ve mainly been eating them with a little bit of sugar free maple syrup, but I put some salt and chilli powder in with them once, and that tasted great!

And another great thing? They’re super low carb. This recipe only has 1.6g of carbs! Combined with the healthy fats and the other great health benefits of nuts, this is a great way to start the day 🙂

What flavours have you added to this? What nuts are your favourite to fry?

Ingredients

25g pecans

15g almonds, flaked

10g coconut flakes

14g/1tbsp butter

+ whatever flavour you like!

Recipe

Heat up the butter in a frying pan on a medium heat. Add the nuts you’re using, then fry until they go darker and start smelling wonderful. It only takes a few minutes! Then voila, a perfect speedy breakfast 🙂

Nutrition

444 calories, 42.3g fat, 7.1g protein, 1.6g carbs*

Calories from fat: 92%, calories from protein: 7%, calories from carbs: 1%

*In England (Where I live!), fibre isn’t counted as a carbohydrate on food labels, so we don’t need to remove it from the carb content to figure out our net carbs. So my carbs=American net carbs.

Low Carb Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

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Today, I decided to make a cheesecake.

I haven’t made a cheesecake for a while. I gained weight over the summer (My friends are bored of me talking about this in person, so ha, you have to listen to me prattle on about it here) so I’ve been trying to be more restrained with my baking. However, after careful analysis of my diet last winter when I was at my thinnest and this summer, I’ve come to the conclusion that I ate a respectable amount of cheesecake at my thinnest, and I didn’t make any big ones at all while I was busy gaining weight. My theory is that I tend to binge eat on healthier snacks more when I feel deprived, and eat less overall when I have fun making fancy things in moderation.. Or maybe cheesecake is just magical. I like to think it’s magical.

In other cheesecake related news, the idea of a savoury cheesecake came up the other day, so that’s in my head. I’d want it to retain the core ingredients (cream, cream cheese) but use a savoury flavour that works, and use an appropriate savoury base. Does anyone have any ideas? My first thought was something like a sour cream and chive dip, but then I thought “pizza cheesecake” and the idea has been consuming me ever since.

Anyway.

After my (excellent) decision to make a cheesecake today, it didn’t take me long to decide on a flavour, because I’ve been on a caramel kick recently. I bought some sugar free caramel sauce last week and the flavour is great. I chose to go with a chocolate biscuit base, because chocolate + caramel is always a safe bet. I didn’t want it to be too plain, so I chose a toasted pecan topping; my only complaint is I didn’t toast the pecans for long enough, so their flavour was milder than I’d prefer.

Ingredients

Base –

65g butter

1/2 cup golden flaxseed

1/2 cup ground almonds

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup sweetener, then extra to taste

Topping –

200ml whipping cream

1 big tub full fat Philadelphia (270g)

Heaped spoonful Greek yoghurt

1/3 cup sweetener

vanilla essence

sugar free caramel syrup (I used a brand called Walden Farm)

handful of pecans

Recipe –

Cut out some baking paper, and use it to line a springform cake pan. I used my medium sized pan for this recipe, but I think it would work fine in a big one too, just a smidge flatter. I find the easiest way for cheesecakes is to put it over the circular bottom part of the pan, then place the main body of the pan on top and snap it shut, lining the bottom with a nice flat layer of parchment paper. I don’t usually bother lining the sides of the pan, but I am rather lazy.

Melt the butter in the microwave, then mix in the ingredients for the base. Have a taste, and add more sweetener to taste. Without the cocoa powder and with some added cinnamon, this is my standard biscuit base for cheesecakes :o) Tip into the springform pan, and press down with the back of a spoon until it’s nice and flat. Put in the fridge or freezer to cool while you make the topping.

First, whip your cream with an electric beater until it’s holding peaks, then mix in everything else other than the pecans. Pour into your springform pan, then smooth with the back of a spoon. Put somewhere cold while you toast your pecans.

There’s nothing stopping you using untoasted pecans, but toasting them really brings out the flavour. You can either fry them in a skillet, or put in the over for 5-10 minutes until they darken and go all nice and fragrant. After they’re done, pulse them in the food processor (Or put in a bag and hit it a few times) until they’ve broken up some. You don’t want them too fine, if they’re a bit chunky it gives a nice texture.

Artfully sprinkle over the top of your cheesecake (Read: Just tip them over the top and hope for the best) then leave in the fridge to set. I left mine in for 3 hours and it was cold, but not particularly well set; overnight is ideal, if presentation is your thing. It isn’t mine. Eating cheesecake is my thing :o)

Run a knife or a spatula round the edge of your springform pan, then release your new best friend from it’s pan-prison and set it free to live it’s lifelong dream of being eaten. Because you’re nice and selfless like that.