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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 hold up well in baking, and they certainly don’t react in the same manner as sugar. Often why “sugar-free desserts” can be kind of…gross. But don’t worry keto fam, because we’ve brought Chocolate Lovers Keto Friendly Cheesecake to the rescue! It doesn’t use sugar to tenderness like cakes, and has enough salt to simulate the flavor enhancing qualities of sugar, that artificial don’t have.
This recipe can be modified in many ways, For example you can drizzle with a fruit sauce, or add some lemon juice and zest to it for a different taste. Since I was contacted by ChocZero to try some of their keto-friendly chocolate, I thought this would be a great opportunity to bake with their product. Heads up, I was not paid to use their product, but, I must say, I really like the flavor. They use monk fruit which is a natural sweetener, and they only have have 1 net carb per square. #winning
Side not this was 100% Cody’s creation, as much as I want to take full credit for this beauty, I cant– so thanks boo!
- 24 oz cream cheese
- 1 C sour cream
- 1 1/4 C Monkfruit, or equivalent substitute
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp vanilla
- 1 C almond meal
- 1/3 C coconut flour
- 1/4 C cacao nibs
- 1/3 C ghee or butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 squares of ChocZero chocolate
- I used two milk chocolate and two 50% dark
- Alliteratively use 40g of sugar-free chocolate
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a food processor, combine almond and coconut flour, 1/4C of monkfruit and cacao nibs. Pulse mixture until the nibs have broken up: For about 15-30 seconds. You don’t want them to turn into coco powder, but you don’t want big hunks of nibs. Next, add ghee and salt and continue to pulse until a crumb forms. Then, take a 10 inch springform pan, and press crumb into bottom. Tip: To make this much easier, get crumb somewhat even, then take a piece of parchment paper, lay on top of the crumb, and use a heavy sauce pan to press down, it makes compacting the crust quick, and uniform, unlike pressing with your hands.
In a mixing bowl, combine your cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, and eggs and beat until somewhat smooth. You don’t need it perfect, I promise! But, you also do not want any clumps of cream cheese to be bigger than a grain of rice. Now add remaining sweetener and continue to mix until sweetener is dissolved. You know I’m a huge fan of erythritol, but you may want to try these Lakanto Monkfruit Sugar Substitute. Although they have erythritol as well, the 50% monkfruit allows it to dissolve much better than the straight erythritol I have, which is essential for good keto baking.
Finally, pour batter into pan over the crust. Tap pan on the counter to level as this will get rid of any air pockets. Then, place the cheesecake into the oven for one hour, or, until the center is loosely set and not runny. If you are not sure, just tap the pan, the cheesecake shouldn’t wiggle at all.
Once the center of the cake has set, turn off the oven, crack open the door, and let cool in the oven for one hour. Doing it as so will prevent this beautiful cake from cracking, compared to just leaving it out to cool. After the hour is up, remove from the oven and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours, but overnight is better.
Once cake has completely chilled, break up pieces of chocolate and microwave until melted. Drizzle on top for tasty, and beautiful-looking
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An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm
I had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful day at a local farm in San Diego. My friends Kristan and Matt, and I got to spend our morning practicing yoga in a lovely shaded area on Suzie’s Farm in Chula Vista. It was hosted by a local meetup group, called Women, Wine, and Yoga and nearly 100 people showed up. It was such a cute and invite place to be able to practice yoga. Everyone had a very warm and welcoming energy and the vibe on the farm was so quaint and cozy; there were even dogs roaming around while we practiced our yoga, accompanied with a nice cooling breeze and live meditative music. I’ve been only practicing yoga at my
local studio, Yoga Six, which has been so amazing, so I was a little “nervous” doing yoga else where, because the sessions can be so different depending on where you go. However, minus an excessive amount of “ohm-ing” it was absolutely perfect, and it was so nice to be able to enjoy yoga outdoors for a change.
After yoga, we got the pleasure of being able to stick around and tour the farm. The owner of Suzie’s Farm, Lucia, was an absolute joy to be around. Her passion for the outdoors and her farm was absolutely infectious. She just had such a warm energy, I just wanted to give her a giant hug, plus she looked adorable in her little butterfly shawl. Lucia even allowed us to harvest her fruit and vegetables as we toured the farm. She taught us so much about growing, and how her farm works. We were able to pick some strawberries, and they were the most incredible ones I have ever tasted. Fresh from the earth, picked right from the stem, filling my taste buds with the sweetest tasting fruit.
We also got to pick a variety of delicious peppers, ranging from orange and red bell peppers, to some spicy ones including Hungarian black peppers, which honestly I’ve never heard of. I hear they make for a great salsa, and can’t wait to cook with them. Don’t worry, there will be a recipe of sorts up soon enough!
My favorite part of the day, hands down was getting to visit the sunflower fields. Sunflowers are my absolute favorite! Lucia was gracious enough to allow us to pick as many flowers as we wanted. I could have seriously picked the entire field of flowers and that wouldn’t have been enough. I’ve never been to a farm, but this is something I’d love to do again. What made our trip very special, is that this was unfortunately the last day that we would be able to visit Suzie’s farm as it now closed for business. However, it was very fun, and honestly a great form of exercise too! Who knew bending over and picking produce was so hard?
The most wonderful thing about losing weight, going from over 320 pounds to 252 is that I’m starting to feel like myself again. By any means am I content at my current weight? Absolutely not. But, I feel physically lighter as well as spiritually free. I feel more comfortable, I don’t feel like hiding nearly as
Surgery has given me the strength to keep going even though at this point I would usually get discouraged by the fact that despite losing 70 pounds, I still need to lose at least another 100 lbs. It sounds so counter productive (it is), but sometimes that’s how the mind works. And how I’ve ended up always self sabotaging myself in the past, despite prior success. Now, I feel so confident that I’m going to reach my goals, and I can hardly wait. I know I say that all the time, especially on my Instagram, but it’s so true.
My life has been on hold for many, many years; for my entire adult life. Now I can be free and really learn what it’s like to LIVE. I don’t feel like I stick out like a sore thumb nearly as much anymore. I don’t automatically feel like I’m the fattest person in the room (even if I may be), I just feel any other person. Is this what it’s like for “normal” people? I don’t think a lot of people understand the constant thought process that goes through someone’s head who is severely overweight. It’s constant mind games, self-doubt, lack of confidence– you name it. These thoughts can plague us all the time, especially if we’re in any type of public setting. But not for much longer. Finally. After thinking I was doomed to have this body and these burdens forever, I finally feel the (metaphorical) weight lifted off my shoulders. And it feels great.
Anyways, I think I’m going to start sharing more blog posts like this. I love posting recipes, but I think my new eating habits only covers half of my WLS journey, and I want to document every step of the way, since this is my weight loss surgery blog, afterall.