Dessert, FP, Recipe

Sugar Free Sprinkles!!

Sometimes you just want sprinkles. But it is hard to duplicate something that is pure sugar into a sugar free version, right? Well, my friend KT Tevlin made it look super easy!!

If you are on the THM Facebook boards, especially the official THM Diabetic board then you will recognize her name. She is one of the awesome Diabetic board Administrators. She also happens to live close to me so I get the privilege of seeing her in person a few times a year!

This past weekend she brought this special treat to our THM Admin Retreat. Sugar Free sprinkles! She even had them packaged in these super cute containers with labels! As soon as I tried them I asked her if I could share her recipe with you all and she was gracious enough to say yes!

Tonight I enjoyed the Rainbow Sprinkles on some strawberry Tummy Tucking Ice Cream!

What you will need:

Swerve Confectioners
Glucomannan
Vanilla (or other flavoring)
Mineral salt
Food coloring
Water

Sugar Free Sprinkles

Course: Dessert
Author: KT Tevlin

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Swerve Confectioners
  • 1/4 tsp glucomannan
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla or other flavoring
  • 1/8 tsp mineral salt
  • Food coloring
  • Approx 1 Tablespoon water add in slowly until piping consistency

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Place mixture into ziploc bags and cut off a tiny bit of the tip. Pipe in lines on parchment paper, cut once they start to release from paper, dry for several hours or place in dehydrator for 30-40 minutes (I used dehydrator method)

Notes

The Rainbow sprinkles are made with natural food coloring from India Tree. Ingredients :BLUE: glycerin, deionized water, vegetable juice and spirulina. RED: vegetable juice, glycerin, deionized water, turmeric. YELLOW: glycerin, turmeric and deionized water.
Note that the Cherry Vanilla and Pina Colada* sprinkles are made with artificial food coloring (Wilton Icing Colors).

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Dessert, Recipe, S

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies

Well, I HAD to do it….I mean, absolutely everyone is on the Bake Believe chocolate chip bandwagon. And why not? I mean, I love my Trim Healthy Mama chocolate chips! I love that we have a completely clean, no fillers, chocolate chip option. But until now we did not have a white chocolate chip option.

Well, the option is now here! Now, be aware that these chips do have inulin which can cause some to have some tummy upset, but they are approved for on plan use!

If you give a girl a white chocolate chip, she is going to need a Macadamia nut to go with it. 🙂

Once I was able to get my hands on a bag of these beauties, I knew I wanted to make over my chocolate chip cookie bar into a white chocolate Macadamia blondie. This recipe is the result of that desire. I hope you enjoy it!

One note on this recipe: these white chocolate chips are very sweet. Because erythritol is the predominant sweetener and there is no bitterness of cocoa to compete with the sweet they have a slight “cooling effect” when eaten on their own. The blondies will be quite sweet when first baked. I think they taste better on the second day (though they are good on the first day) so if you can plan ahead, try to make them a day in advance.

What you will need:

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies ~ THM S

Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup xes sweetener or gentle sweet
  • 1/4 cup super sweet
  • 1/4 tsp black strap molasses
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp caramel extract optional
  • 3/4 cup baking blend
  • 1/4 cup oat fiber
  • 2 scoops THM collagen 1/4 cup if you don’t have THM scoop
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/4 tsp glucomannan
  • 6 ounces Bake Believe White Chocolate Chips
  • 4 ounces Macadamia nuts chopped coarse or fine

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cream together butter, sweeteners and molasses.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each one.
  • Add vanilla and caramel extracts and mix thoroughly.
  • Add all dry ingredients except chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.
  • Stir in white chocolate chips and Macadamia nuts.
  • Spread batter in a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. (Begin checking at 20 minutes so that they do not overbake.)
  • Allow to cool before slicing.

Notes

Be sure not to leave the Macadamia nuts whole as they will cause the cookie bars to be crumbly.
For individual cookies, drop batter by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
These cookies are quite sweet. They taste even better on the second day so if you can, make them a day ahead. 🙂
Would you prefer a traditional Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar instead? Click HERE for the recipe!

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Dessert, Recipe, S

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Years ago, before any special ingredients came out from Trim Healthy Mama I created a recipe for chocolate chip cookie bars. They were very well received, but I wanted to give them an update with some new ingredients. These cookies made my husbands eyes light up! Chocolate chip cookie bars are his favorite and he was very happy with the way these turned out! If you want to try the original version I will include that recipe in the notes below.

These cookies are delicious the first day they are made, but like most THM baked goods they are even BETTER the next day! I am so excited to have this recipe re-vamped for you!

What you will need:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – THM S

Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup xes sweetener or gentle sweet
  • 1/4 cup super sweet
  • 1/2 tsp black strap molasses
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp caramel extract optional
  • 3/4 cup baking blend
  • 1/4 cup oat fiber
  • 2 scoops THM collagen 1/4 cup if you don't have THM scoop
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/4 tsp glucomannan
  • 8 ounces THM chocolate chips or other sugar free chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cream together butter, sweeteners and molasses.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each one.
  • Add vanilla and caramel extracts and mix thoroughly.
  • Add all dry ingredients except chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spread batter in a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. (Begin checking at 20 minutes so that they do not overbake.)
  • Allow to cool before slicing.

Notes

For individual cookies, drop batter by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Original Recipe (No Special Ingredients):
    • 3/4 cup THM brown sugar (if you don’t have this already made up you can just use 3/4 cup erythritol or xylitol and add 1/2 tsp molasses and 1/8 tsp maple or butterscotch extract to your recipe. For the recipe to make brown sugar to have on hand please visit Gwen’s Nest.)
    • 1-2 tsp pure stevia extract (Like THM brand.  Your batter should be sweeter than you think the finished product should be because the sweetness will lessen when you bake them.)
    • 2 sticks butter (softened, can be partially melted if making bars)
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp caramel extract
    • 1/2 cup almond flour
    • 3/4 cup oat fiber
    • 1/4 c whey protein powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp glucomannan
    • 8-12 oz sugar free chocolate chips OR chopped skinny chocolate OR chopped 85% dark chocolate bar
Would you prefer a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondie instead? Click HERE for the recipe!

As always, I appreciate it when you choose to shop through my affiliate links. It costs you no extra but provides me with a small compensation that helps me keep adding valuable content to this blog.

Have you ever considered getting a coach to help you on your journey but you aren’t sure what a coach could do for you? Contact me for a free consultation. I can explain to you how I would help you with no strings attached.

Beverages, Dessert, Drinks, Holiday, Recipe, Sides

Independence Day Round Up!

4 Recipes for the 4th of July!

Are you ready for the Independence Day picnics next week? Everyone will be firing up their grills and summer will be officially underway! Do you know what to have along side your main course? I want to give you four options to put alongside those burgers and brats! These options will keep you satisfied. There will be no room for feeling left out with these items on your plate! Click on the pictures to go to the recipes.

Broccoli Salad (S)

You need a cool creamy salad for sure and this one is the bomb! Everyone at your gathering will love this salad.

Amazing Baked Beans (E)

Yes, if you add this to your meal it will make for a crossover but this is a special day, and baked beans just scream summer cookout! Enjoy this sweet recipe with no sugary guilt.

Cherry Limeade GGMS (FP)

This recipe is actually for a concentrate. The concentrate will make 2 gallons of GGMS so you’ll have enough for everyone to share. This flavor is so refreshing you will keep going back for more!

Vanilla Pound-cake Strawberry Shortcake (S)

This cake recipe has been by far, the most popular on my blog! It makes a fantastic base for strawberry shortcake! You can use plain fresh berries or let your berries sit in a bit of sweetener for a few hours to make a nice strawberry sauce to go with them. Make some whipped cream and you have a dessert that is out of this world!

I hope you enjoy these recipes at your 4th of July celebration. I also want you to know about the accountability group I have coming up in July. I hope you will join me for my Shine~On Summer Group!

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Beverages, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Drinks, E, FP, Lunch, Recipe, S, Sauces, Dressings, Sides, Snack, Veggies

Recipe Roundup ~~ Quick and Easy to the Rescue!

So, this is me from now until June 7th… Vacation Bible School is coming up fast and I’m the director. Running on fumes for sure! This is the time when having your auto-pilot be on – plan, healthy choices is what saves you. Chaos means it’s even more important to fuel your body with good food!

It is easy to go off the rails in times of business and stress. So much going on makes the desire to not have to think about what you are going to eat very enticing. It’s just a short period of time, right? How bad can it be? But the truth is, times of stress are the MOST important times to foucs hard on making wise choices. When your body and mind are under extra stress they need extra nourishment. But how do you do that when you just don’t have any time?

One thing that makes busy times easier to get through is being consitent in the “easy” times. Practicing the habit of eating well normally makes it your “auto-pilot”. When you are used to eating healthy foods on a normal basis they will be your go to when you aren’t really thinking about it. It really is about developing habits. When everything seems to be whirling around you, you will reach for what you are in the habit of reaching for.

Another thing that makes good choices easier is having an arsenal of quick and easy ideas. I asked my blogger friends to hit me up with their favorite, quick and easy meals for times like these. They came through with over 50 recipes for everything from snacks to full meals! I hope that you will enjoy this list and make use of it in your busy seasons.

Diane at Early to Bed Early to Rise suggested these two E Breakfast Recipes: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal and Overnight Stuffed French Toast.

Josi at Yellow Glass Dish invites you to give her Asian Chicken Salad or Sausage and Brussel Sprouts Sheet Pan Dinner a try!

Dawn at Oh Sweet Mercy has a round of of 40+ quick THM snacks for you to choose from including her own Perfect Pinwheels.

Glenda at Around The Family Table suggests Nicaraguan Rice and Beans with Cabbage Salad, Baked Mac and Cheese and a Mint Chocolate Chip Okra Shake.

Taryn at Joy Filled Eats encourages you to try Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon & Garlic, Pesto Salmon, Keto Mug Cake, Healthy Granola and Bacon Ranch Easy Keto Chicken Salad.

Rena at An Ordinary Housewife offers up THM Friendly Jambalaya and Gluten Free Beef Stroganoff for you to try!

And finally, I’d like to share a simple salad dressing recipe I put together last week. Salads are always a quick and easy go to for me in busy seasons. I am a creamy dressing fan with bleu cheese dressing being my favorite and ranch playing second runner up. I don’t always want to go super heavy on my dressing however. In fact, I often thin my store bought dressings with quite a bit of water so that the flavor of the dressing coats every bit without having to load up with tons of dressing. This dressing I kind of stumbled into and the nice thing about it is you can easily keep it FP or make it a nice S dressing just by changing the amounts in the recipe! I decided to add some goat’s cheese to a ranch style base to bring me closer to the bleu cheese feel.

Goat’s Cheese Ranch Dressing ~~ THM S or FP

Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Goat's Cheese Crumbled
  • 1/4 c Mayonaisse
  • 1 c double fermented kefir
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients together and whisk well to incorporate. Taste is best after flavors have had a chance to meld for several hours.

Notes

As written this dressing has 1.5g of fat per TBSP so you can have up to 3 TBSP in any meal type as long as it is your ONLY fat souce in E or FP.
You can lighten this recipe even further by leaving out the mayo and substituting more double fermented kefir or 0% Greek Yogurt. 
If you do not have kefir, 0% Greek yogurt can be used instead, but water or almond milk may need to be used to thin the mixture.
If you desire to make a richer S dressing you can increase the mayo and/or Goat’s cheese amount in the recipe.