Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf Featuring Steviva Blend

I took The Steviva Holiday Keto Blogger Recipe Challenge and created a Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf. It’s the perfect bread for holiday entertaining! This recipe uses Steviva Blend, a combination of erythritol and pure stevia in granular form. It’s twice as sweet as sugar so you can use half as much. Plus, Steviva Blend contains zero carbs and calories, and no glycemic impact.

When baking, replaces table sugar about 2 for 1 (2 cups of table sugar = 1 cup of Steviva Blend).

How’s it taste? I personally loved the taste. I especially loved that there wasn’t an aftertaste . I definitely recommend using Steviva Blend as a natural no calorie replacement for sugar.

Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf

Makes 1 loaf

INGREDIENTS

1 cup unsalted butter room temp

3/4 cup Steviva Blend

3 ounces cream cheese room temp

4 large eggs room temp and lightly beaten.

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

¼ tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp lemon zest

1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Butter and flour a 9 x 5 x 3 cast iron loaf pan.

3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine.

4. In a large bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy with a hand mixer.

5. Add in the Steviva Blend, mix to combine.

6. Add in the cream cheese, mix to combine and until light and fluffy.

7. Add in 1/2 of the eggs, mix. Add in remaining eggs, mix.

8. Add in the vanilla and lemon zest. Mix to combine.

9. Add and mix in the flour mixture one spoonful at a time.

10. Mix until batter is smooth. Fold in cranberries.

11. Pour batter into prepared pan.

12. Bake for 70-75 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

13. Let cool completely.

14. Slice and enjoy.

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This Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake Is Everything

A slice of Royal Cheesecake will change your life. 💜

This holiday season treat the kings and queens in your family to a Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake. This delicious, vibrant, and easy to make dessert, is made with Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Get the recipe below!

Royal Cheesecake

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 cup raw sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1/4 cup purple sweet potato baked and mashed

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

Crust

10 gingersnaps

1/4 cup raw pecans

1/8 tsp pumpkin spice

2 tbsp of unsalted butter, melted

Directions

1. Make gingersnap crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. combine gingersnaps, pecans and pumpkin spice in a food processor. Pulse until you have a coarse crumb. Pour in melted butter and pulse until combined.

2. Spoon into 4-inch mini springboard pan. Press mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

3. With a mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl until blended. Beat in egg.

4. Remove 1/2 cup of cream cheese batter and pour into another bowl. In this bowl, add purple sweet potato and pumpkin spice. Mix until blended.

5. Pour cream cheese filling into crust. Next, pour purple sweet potato filling on top.

6. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool. Chill for 3 hours.

7. (Optional) Top with purple sweet potato crumbles for added color.

8. Slice & Enjoy!

Best Ever Vegan Cheez Sauce

Today is National Nacho Day! I just love a full dressed pile of nachos in front of me! I decided that this would actually be the perfect lunch situation on this tasty Tuesday. To keep with this month’s theme of celebrating National Vegan Month, today’s nachos will be vegan. Now, this was going to be quite a challenge. I could have just piled up some tortilla chips and covered them with some vegan cheese and called it a day. I needed more depth, more flavors. I went on Pinterest to find some inspiration and found quite a few vegan cheese sauce recipes. Nothing really struck me as a go-to recipe. After much trial and error, I came up with a most delicious and more importantly cheesy like cheez sauce.

This recipe calls for two ingredients you wouldn’t expect in a cheese sauce. Potatoes and carrots! In fact, it is the base of the recipe so you can pretty much eat this all day long. What gives the sauce it’s cheesy like flavor is the nutritional yeast. Nutritional is a staple in the vegan diet as it provides additional proteins, minerals, vitamin as well as great taste to foods.

I added smoked paprika and chili powder to give the sauce a little kick. It’s amazing how a carrot, a potato and few seasonings can imitate cheese. I mean it was good! It almost didn’t make it to the chips! It was so perfect for my grandiose pile of nachos.

Vegan Cheez Sauce

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 large potato (peeled and cut into chunks)

1 large carrot (peeled and cut into chunks)

6 tbsp nutritional yeast

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup of reserved water

Directions

1. Place potatoes and carrots in large pot of water. Boil for about 25 minutes or into tender.

2. Remove potatoes and carrots from pot and place in a blender along with 1/4 cup of the water they came out of.

3. Add remaining ingredients.

4. Purée ingredients until smooth and cheese sauce like. If it’s too thick, add more reserved water.

5. Enjoy with tortilla chips!

5 Drool-Worthy Vegan Donuts That You Should Be Baking Right Now

Who doesn’t love a handheld ring of deliciousness? Wait, can vegans eat donuts?? Of course, they can! And how is that? Well to replace ingredients such as milk, eggs, and butter, vegan donuts often contain plant-based milk alternatives, bananas, flaxseed, or vegan egg replacements. You’re not gonna just leave vegans out on all of this deliciousness! I’ve actually have had vegan donuts that are way better than non-vegan donuts. You should definitely try it out. To get you started, I have five recipes for you to explore. Let me know how it goes! Happy baking!

VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE BAKED CHOCOLATE DOUGHNUTS

 

SAFFRON DONUTS WITH ROSEWATER ICING

GINGER GLAZED PURPLE SWEET POTATO DOUGHNUTS

VEGAN POWDERED DONUTS 

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A lighter take on a classic, these Vegan Powdered Donuts are baked to a golden perfection and frosted with fluffy sugary goodness. 🍩 😋Just like the Hostess variety, my vegan powdered donuts are soft, sweet and fluffy with a rich buttery flavor. They aren't missing a thing except for a bunch of unnecessary ingredients. This tasty recipe is up on the blog today. Direct link is in my profile. Happy Weekend, friends!!!!! ❤ ❤ 🍩 😋 🍩 😋 🍩 #donuts #doughnuts #vegandonuts #vegandoughnuts #powdereddonuts #powderedsugar #vegansweets #vegantreats #hostesscopycat #sugarytreats #bakeddonuts #bakeddoughnuts #bakedtreats #bakedsweets #homemadedonuts #vegandessert #letsbake #vegansugar #fluffydonuts #donutsarelife #bakeoff #veganbaker #veganbaking #veganbakeoff

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VEGAN MATCHA BAKED DONUTS (GF)

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Matcha Donuts 🍵 They’re also vegan, gluten-free + refined sugar free with a delicious matcha glaze!Direct link to recipe in profile 🤗 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #whatveganseat #vegan #plantbased #eatplants #veganfoodie #veganfoodporn #foodporn #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #veganeats #veganfoodspot #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #feedfeedvegan @thefeedfeed.vegan #bestofvegan @bestofvegan #letscookvegan @letscookvegan @freeeatingplan #ThriveMags #vegandessert #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #veganrecipes #gloobyfood @food_glooby #glutenfree #glutenfreevegan #ahealthynut @a.healthy.nut #thehealthfoodedition #veganbaking @thehealthfoodedition #bakersofig #healthyvegan #thebakefeed @thebakefeed @veganheroes @veganshares #veganheroes #matcha

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Really not trying to bake? No worries! Check out these Atlanta vegan-friendly spots to get your donut needs met.

Celebrate National Pizza Day with ALLORA’s Chef Chris Maher’s Carbonara Recipe

Today is a most delicious day! A day loved by all. Well, at least by me! This day celebrates my most favorite food to eat. It’s National Pizza Day!! Yayyyy! I could eat pizza everyday. I’ve had some pretty amazing pizzas in my lifetime but I personally love making pizzas myself. It’s fairly easy to prepare and you’ll definitely pat yourself on the back when it’s all done.

ALLORA’s Executive Chef Chris Maher, was kind enough to share the recipe to one of ALLORA’s signature pizzas, the Carbonara. This mouthwatering pizza is made with pancetta, cracked pepper, mozzarella, Percorino Romano and farm eggs. Sounds amazing right?!? Well make you grocery list and head to the store. Tonight is pizza night!

“I’ve been making pizza, in one form or another, for more than half my life. I’m fascinated by the seemingly endless possibilities. The pizza itself, acts as a vehicle for us to really create something special.” – Executive Chef Chris Maher

ALLORA- Atlanta,Georgia
Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

 

CARBONARA PIZZA RECIPE:

(Yields 4 Pizzas)

Ingredients:

 

For the dough

4 cups “00” flour (if unavailable, all-purpose flour will work)

2 tsp sea salt

1.5 tsp instant dry yeast

1.5 cups water, room temperature

For the sauce

1 pint heavy cream

½ cup grated pecorino romano

1.5 Tbsp cracked black pepper

Kosher salt to taste

For the pizza

12oz fresh mozzarella

1/2lb pancetta, sliced thin

4 fresh farm eggs, room temperature

Preparation:

• Combine flour, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Mix to combine.

• Add water and mix to combine. Then, knead dough on low speed for 10 minutes. The mixture should come together into a unified mass that barely sticks to the bottom of the bowl.

• Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. It can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

• When ready to make pizza, transfer dough to a floured work surface. Divide dough into four even sections.

• Coat four small containers or bowls with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.

• With floured hands, form each section into a ball. Place one dough ball into each coated container or bowl. Lightly spray the top of each dough ball with nonstick cooking spray or coat with olive oil.

• Cover each container or bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature for 2 hours. Each dough ball should double in volume.

• To make the Sauce, simply mix all ingredients together.

• Heat a pizza stone in the oven at 450° F

Assemble the Pizzas:

• On a well-floured surface, stretch out each ball into a 10-inch circle. Use a floured rolling pin if you need it. Don’t worry about the dough being a perfect circle!

• Place one dough ball onto a lightly-floured pizza peel, shake gently to ensure that the dough is not sticking.

• Spread about 1/4 of the sauce over the dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch edge unsauced.

• Top the sauce with a quarter of the mozzarella slices, and prosciutto. Crack an egg right in the center of the pizza.

• Transfer pizza from peel to the hot stone and bake about 5 to 7 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is charred in places.

• Remove from the oven and top with fresh cracked pepper.

• Slice and enjoy!

ALLORA is located in the TWELVE Hotel Midtown at 361 17th Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30363. For more information call 404.961.7370 or visit www.alloraatl.com. Stay connected online via Twitter and Instagram @alloraatl and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/alloraatl.com

Flavor Your Life With Authentic European Extra Virgin Olive Oil  

I love to cook with olive oil. In fact,  I use it every day. It’s pretty much a staple in my pantry.  Recently some concerns have been raised about the authenticity of olive oil here in the US. That’s right, FAKE EVOO!! This happens when olive oil is extracted from one country and then shipped to another, then is blended with oil from other places before being packaged. Unfortunately, some olive oils are severely diluted with other low grade oils. Even worse blended with outdated olive oil. Yuck. 

As a Mom’s Meet Blogger, I am excited to partner with the Flavor Your Life campaign, in support of their mission. Supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, this campaign’s goal is to educate North American consumers about authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from the European olive, by pressing without heat or chemicals. To guarantee the freshest and purest oil, EVOO is nearly free of acidity. With a high smoke point of 400 degrees F, EVOO is versatile in the kitchen, as it can be used to sauté, bake, and even deep fry. 

Why choose European? For centuries, farmers in Europe have evolved hundred of varieties of olive trees. This connection between the people and optimation of olive trees with the changing environmental conditions and terrains of the land has resulted in the finest extra virgin olive oil in the world. 

To check for your olive oil’s authenticity, look for the country or countries of origin on the label as well as best buy date and lot numbers. You can also look for the European Union PDO certification (Protected Designation of Origin – also know as DOP in Italian) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication – also known as IGP in Italian). – flavor-your-life.com

Today, I used Zucchi’s 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my recipe. Zucchi is a 200 year old company that has been managed by seven generations of the Zucchi family.  Zucchi’ point of difference is their taste, quality, and traceability (with QR code) and the Italian Art of Blending. I loved the flavor profiles of all the varieties I received. AMAZING!! I could totally see myself just dipping some freshly baked bread into a bowl of this awesomeness. It really is that good. I thought any one of these varieties would be perfect for this dish. This recipe is super easy and can be made in 30 minutes! 

Sweet Potato, Carrot & Kale Hash

6 servings

Ingredients

6 cup sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

2 cups fresh carrots, peeled and diced

2 cups onion, diced

2 cups kale, chopped and lightly sautéed 

1/4 cup Zucchi 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp Shawarma seasoning

1 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss.

Transfer to a large skillet and spread evenly.

Put in oven and bake of 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft.

To learn more about the Flavor Your Life Campaign and European Extra Virgin Olive Oil, visit flavor-your-life.com.

* I received this product complimentary from Mom’s Meet to use and post my honest opinions.  Compensation was provided for this post and may contain affiliate links.