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Chocolate Lovers Keto-Friendly Cheesecake

Chocolate Lovers Keto-Friendly Cheesecake

Chocolate Lovers Keto-Friendly Cheesecake Cheesecake is one of my absolute favorite desserts, keto or otherwise . Creamy, tangy, and just a tiny bit salty, it just hits so many flavor notes, while not being overly sweet.  My problem with most sweeteners is they just don’t […]

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)   Didn’t think that crispy chicken was possible on keto?  Well good news keto fam, it is totally and completely possible!  These crispy, coconut crusted chicken tenders are awesome!  They work great whether you’re keto, paleo, or […]

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Keto/Paleo Blondie

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Keto/Paleo Blondie

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Keto/Paleo Blondie

Uhm, yum! Dessert time!  Here is a recipe that can easily be modified whether you’re keto or paleo.  I hope you, my lovely and amazing readers don’t mind that I list alternatives for the recipes.  The eating styles can be so similar I just think it’s great to have options available for all, especially since I’m trying out Paleo because of my post op life.  Since my current lifestyle is paleo, I am listing paleo ingredients first, and then keto alternatives.   If you are keto, paleo, low carb, or just looking for healthy recipes, please let me know! Anyways, more important things, like how amazing these chocolate chip blondies are.

I’m going to mostly let the picture speak for itself, but seriously, these were a huge hit.  I am sometimes not a huge fan of copycat recipes because they can often leave much to be desired.  But, these (and well, all my recipes, haha) are the exception to the rule.  They’re soft, chewy, and just melt in your mouth.  The best way to enjoy them is fresh out of the oven.  By the way, these store well and are very easy to make.  Oh yes!

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Keto/Paleo Blondie | Fat to Fit Chick

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 c almond meal or almond flour
  • 1  whole egg +1 yolk
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1/4 C coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c Paleo chocolate chips
    • sugar-free chocolate chips for keto
    • very dark chocolate can also work

Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a 10 inch cast iron skillet (or similar size baking dish), coat a thin layer of coconut oil and set aside.  Obviously, the bigger the skillet, the thinner the blondie, and visa versa.  It just really depends on your preference.

Combine almond meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl.  Beat eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla and add to dry ingredients.

Then, once combined, mix in chocolate chips and spread in an even layer in cast iron pan.

Just bake for 25 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

 

 

 

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie Shepherd’s pie has got to be one of my most favorite recipes of all time.  It’s such a great comfort food to me.  The soft, delicious potatoes compliment the snap of the green beans mixed with the slightly […]

Keto Paleo Mixed Berry Crumble

Keto Paleo Mixed Berry Crumble

Keto Paleo Mixed Berry Crumble As you most likely already know, I am trying out a Paleo diet, more specifically Whole 30.  With that said, I am also trying to somewhat keep to a keto diet, so this recipe is appropriate for both diets, just swap […]

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge

It’s been just over two months post op and I am very happy with my weight loss results.  I have lost about 53 lbs post op, and about 67 lbs over all! I am absolutely ecstatic with my results, but post-op I am still having some struggles with certain foods, as expected.  I haven’t been completely 100% keto because to be honest, I’ve had a hard time adjusting to eating such a large quantity of fats, plus, with my low caloric intake, I can’t properly hit my macros because I need protein.  With that said, I have decided to change up my diet and I’m looking into more Paleo options: Macros aren’t really stressed, and you are still eating wholesome fats, just not as much.

But what is Whole 30?

Whole 30 is basically a very pure version of Paleo.  You could even consider it a jump start to Paleo.  It’s essentially a 30 day challenge to abstain from all sugars, and eat only whole foods.  No sugar, coffee/caffeine, artificial sweeteners, dairy (oh lord help me),  sulfites, soy, alcohol, legumes, and junk food.  By junk food, they specifically state that you can’t recreate paleo-friendly versions of junk food:  so goodbye cinnamon rolls, and pankcakes.  With that said no sugar substitutes as well, no Splenda, erythritol, or any form of sugar alcohols.

The idea behind this is that this purge of any bad food, or healthy alternatives to bad food allows you to change your relationship with food.  I know on keto I live off my keto-friendly dupes, so this will be a challenge for sure.  However, even though I’ve had my stomach shrunken, I can without a doubt say that the cravings are still there!  I’m hoping this detox of sorts will help curb my cravings.

I can have complex carbs; potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, fruit; with the exception of grains.  Grains are a giant no-no, FYI corn is considered a grain.  According to the Whole 30 Guide, I can have unlimited fruits, fruit juices, and almost type of vegetable.  There is a lot of overlap with Whole 30/Keto, and I can have avocados, bacon, meats, and mostly everything else that isn’t on the “No” list.  If you are curious, there is a comprehensive guide here.

So what does that mean for the blog and your keto recipes?

So, with that said, you can be Paleo/Whole 30 and Keto, so I’m going to try to incorporate as many meals that are friendly to both lifestyles.  However, there will be some exclusively Paleo recipes.  I’m not sure if how long I’m going to stay Paleo, so this may only last 30 days.  I’m going to give this Whole 30 a go, and I’m going to take it from there.   I’ve been doing it for a week, and it’s been fine, although I’m missing dairy something fierce.

Have any of you tried being Paleo or done the Whole 30 Challenge? Let me know in the comments!  I’d love to hear about your experiences.