Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Recipe: low carb walnut blondies with dark chocolate chips

Three-Two-day week and then Thanksgiving. :) Cro picked up things that I'll need to make the two dishes that I plan to make over the holiday. The first recipe is Bobby Flay inspired ..

Dish One: Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Vanilla-Pecan Butter

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped I am substituting vanilla extract for the bean.
1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped [1 carb rounded up]
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound Brussels sprouts [16 carbs rounded up]
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (I'll make my own using Truvia and lime.) [8 carbs]
Seeds from 1 pomegranate More chopped pecans. [1 carb rounded up]
1 lime, finely zested [? carbs]
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest [? carbs]

Combine the butter and vanilla bean seeds in a small bowl. Fold in the pecans and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the Brussels sprouts in a medium roasting pan and toss with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until lightly golden brown, 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, add the pomegranate molasses and stir to combine. Return to the oven and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes longer.

Transfer the sprouts to a large bowl, add the pomegranate seeds and lime and orange zests. Transfer to a platter and top with some of the Vanilla-Pecan butter.

Divided into tenths it should be under 5 carbs per serving with my guestimations. Add things up for yourself to be safe!


Recipe Two: Walnut Blondies with Dark Chocolate Chunks blogger Carolyn's recipe

I love this girl's blog! Such great recipes. I'm copying the ingredients below just to make it easy for me to find, but take the link above for instructions from the recipe's author if you plan to make these yourself.

1 1/2 cup walnuts, divided
1 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar substitute
2 tsp vanilla
10 drops stevia extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
chop up an 85% cacao Lindt chocolate bar

Warning: don't use these instructions unless you want this to turn out as bad as mine ... these are just quick notes for me, read the real recipe linked above.
- chop and toast half of the walnuts
- grind half of the walnuts into meal and combine with almond meal and xanthan gum
- combine remaining ingredients well
- add the nut meals and mix well
- add chopped toasted walnuts and chopped chocolate
- bake for 35-40 minutes at 325

In addition to those two recipe's I know we are going to have cauliflower mash, green bean casserole, turkey, and brown gravy. A happy low-carb thanksgiving!

[0 carbs] bacon
[1 carbs] cheese

[2 carbs] cheese
[1 carb] asparagus

[5 carbs] pecans
[10 carbs] LC ice cream
[3 carbs] cheese
[2 carbs] ground beef and salsa
[11 carbs] LC tortillas

Total 35 carbs


  1. Those sound yummy! Are you going to stay home for the holiday?

  2. Yes, Thanksgiving will be just us two this year. We'll be going to mom's for Christmas. What are you and the HeZug planning?

  3. I am so wanting to try this now....
    I am going t work all TGiving...
    How yours is wonderful!

  4. I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful even though you have to work. Maybe you'll bring some holiday cheer to those around you.

  5. Do you know of a sugar free ice cream product that is any good?
    Any you would recommend?
    I get alot of requests....

  6. I use Breyers CarbSmart. Very yummy.


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