Low Carb Crunchies / Skurwe Jantjies…

My Mom recently baked a batch of conventional crunchies, but she swopped the sugar with xylitol and the flour with almond flour…

“Well done Mom!”

She is getting the hang of being really carb smart!

The oats however… “Well how do make these little treats without oats?”

The question was raised and soon followed the next question;”Well, is oats really that bad?”

I mean, you need to be one brave individual to take on the OATS TIGER!

In short: If you are following a lower carb lifestyle and want to keep your blood sugar stable, oats might not be a wise staple at 66g carbs per 100g. Also, it is technically a gluten free grain but most oats are processed with and cross contaminated by other grains such as wheat, barley and rye, which I avoid all together.

So to “decarb” this little recipe I really had to think of clever swop outs to keep carbs on the lower end and crunch on the very high end.

Enter sliced almonds, gelatine and erythritol… e What? Eish… EE- Rye – thri – toll. A sugar alcohol and a natural sweetener. It’s finding it’s way into stores now. And off course you all know that gelatine is a super food when it comes to gut health. It also helps harden baked goods. Well I never!!

I have found that this combination yields a HARD cookie. ¬†You know, hard to the point where you can throw a cookie at your arch nemesis and induce injury! ūüėČ

Ok, let’s be real… we do not waste our precious ingredients on villains – we simply enjoy them, but you get the idea.

If you only have xylitol to use as a sweetener, your cookie will be a bit more chewy and not as hard as with the erythritol. ¬†Now erythritol is a zero calorie, natural sweetener and is safe for dogs and other animals to consume,unlike xylitol. ¬†And because we have toddlers and a puppy in the house, I have switched to erythritol until I can teach the girls not to feed Sherman our Bully, their cookies. You can buy erythritol from Dischem or other health stores. Like I said, don’t panic if you only have xylitol at your immediate disposal, simply dry your crunchies a bit in a low temperature oven, like you would do with rusks. My older kids love the chewy version too.

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Now for the recipe…

Low Carb Crunchies / Skurwe Jantjies

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Ingredients:

2 cups nut or seed flour of choice (I used ground sunflower seeds Рit is budget friendly and super high in vitamin E.  But almond, pecan or macadamia flour will work too)

1/4 cup chia seeds (optional or swop with poppy seeds – it adds to the crunch, fibre and healthy omega 3 fats!)

1 1/2 cup almonds, sliced

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup coconut flour

3/4 cup xylitol or erythritol

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp gelatine (I use Sally Anne Creed’s brand – but store bought is ok)

4 tbsp cold water

200g butter

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a rectangular brownie pan or pyrax pan  with baking paper.

  1. Mix the gelatine and water in a small bowl and allow to bloom.
  2. Melt the butter on medium heat and add the sweetener of choice.  Stir frequently until the mixture boils with and makes frothy bubbles. (3 Р5 minutes.)
  3. Mix all the rest of the dry ingredients together.
  4. Remove the butter mix from the heat and gently stir in the gelatine mix. It might bubble a bit at first.
  5. Mix the Low carb butter syrup mixture into the dry ingredients, mix till well combined and press into your prepared pan.  (I bake mine in 2 square brownie pans Рit gives me the perfect thickness.)
  6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool for a minute or two and then lift out and cut into 40 blocks. The cookies will harden upon cooling. Store in an airtight container.

 

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Yields 40 squares @ just over 1g carbs each.

 

From my kitchen to yours…Enjoy!

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Creme Brulee – Now that’s amore!

I’m sure there must be an international creme brulee day! ¬†This comforting dessert has made it’s way onto many a fancy schmancy menu and rightly so. ¬†The creamy decadence allows you to feel like your proverbial ship must have come in and you are playing with the rich and famous right?

Well here’s the thing… it’s actually really easy to whip up this beauty and this is in fact a perfect low carb high fat special treat for every once in a blue moon.

NOW I HAVE ONE DISCLOSURE HERE:  This recipe does not make the hard cap that regular sugar would achieve.  Xylitol cannot harden like sugar, BUT the taste is a perfect marriage between creamy smooth custard and a slightly burnt sweet topping.

Creme Brulee

  • 500ml thick/double cream

  • 11/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 Tbsp xylitol for cream mixture and extra xylitol to sprinkle over six ramekins

  • 6 free-range egg yolks

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C
  2. Pour the cream into a saucepan. Add the vanilla into the cream.
  3. Bring the cream to boiling point, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for five minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, beat the 2 Tbsp xylitol and egg yolks together in a large heatproof bowl until a light colour and fluffy texture is achieved.
  5. Bring the cream back to boiling point. Pour it over the egg mixture, whisking continuously until thickened somewhat.
  6.  Fill six ramekins to about two-thirds full.
  7. Place the ramekins into a large roasting tray and pour in enough hot water to come halfway up their outsides.
  8. Place onto the centre shelf of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the custards are just set but still a bit wobbly in the middle.
  9. Remove the ramekins from the water and set aside to cool to room temperature. Chill until needed.
  10. When ready to serve, sprinkle one heaped teaspoon of xylitol (or a bit more…) evenly over the surface of each cr√®me br√Ľl√©e, then caramelize under the grill for a few minutes or use a ¬†chefs’ blow-torch .

    Yields 6 portions at 4grams carbs each.