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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Keto Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Orchard Girls Blog
Guys, these are SO GOOD! These really have a great taste and remind me so much of the original Reese's peanut butter cups. When you first start the KETO diet I think its best to stay away from treats, keto or not, all together. Once I got adapted to Keto eating I slowly started introducing baked "keto treats". And let me tell you...there are so many delicious recipes out there that you can make/adapt and find what works for you. Recipe for these delicious Chocolate Peanut butter cups down below..
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Orchard Girls Blog
For these chocolate peanut butter cups I used a silicone mini cupcake mold for these, and I feel like they were the perfect size!  
Keto | Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Orchard Girls Blog

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Orchard Girls Blog

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Orchard Girls Blog
These would be a great keto treat to bring to a Christmas party to share (or not share, haha) That way you're not tempted so much by all of the non-keto treats laying around. I've found this works for most occasions and keeps me from snacking on the cheat treats!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Orchard Girls Blog
Recipe adapteed from wholseomeyumblog 
(who has many more amazing recipes, so be sure to check her out!)

Ingredients:
Chocolate Layers:
  • 10 oz Sugar-free dark chocolate(divided; ) I used dark chocolate Lily's Chocolate Chips
  • 5 tbsp Coconut oil (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract 

Peanut Butter Layer:
  • 3 1/2 tbsp Peanut butter (creamy) I used Reese's Creamy peanut butter (surprisingly low carb)
  • 2 tsp Coconut oil
  • 4 tsp Powdered monk fruit sweetner (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Almond Flour (or peanut flour if you have it!)
  • 1/8 tsp Vanilla extract 
  • 1 pinch Sea salt (optional, to taste)

Directions:
  1. Line a muffin tin with parchment paper or use a silicone muffin/mini muffin tin
  2. For the bottom chocolate layer, heat half of the chocolate (5 oz) and half of the coconut oil (2 1/2 tbsp) in the microwave in 20 sec intervals until melted. Stir in half of the vanilla (1/4 tsp).
  3. Fill the bottom of the parchment cups evenly with chocolate (about 2 tsp  in each). Freeze for 10 minutes, until at least the top is firm.
  4. Meanwhile, for the peanut butter layer, heat the peanut butter and coconut oil in a microwave (same method as step 2). Stir in the powdered sweetener, almond flour or peanut flour, vanilla, and sea salt (if using), until smooth. Adjust sweetener and salt to taste if desired.
  5. Spoon a teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture onto the center of each cup over the chocolate layer. It will spread a little into a circle, but not quite reach the edges, which is what you want. Freeze for another 10 minutes, until at least the top is firm.
  6. Meanwhile, make the top chocolate layer. Heat the remaining chocolate (5 oz) and remaining coconut oil (2 1/2 tbsp) in a microwave (same method as step 2). Stir in the remaining vanilla (1/4 tsp)
  7. Pour the chocolate into the cups, over the peanut butter layer (about 2 tsp in each). The chocolate will fill the empty space on the sides of the peanut butter circles and also cover the top.
  8. Return to the freezer for at least 20-30 minutes, until completely firm. Store in the refrigerator.
Recipe adapted from Wholesomeyum blog so be sure to check out WHOLESOMEYUM BLOG for more nutritional information, details, tips, and tricks on this recipe!!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy!!!
-Kayla

Monday, October 15, 2018

Low Carb Keto Everything Bagels

Keto Bagels by Orchard Girls Blog
If you're eating low carb, chances are at some point, you'll be craving some bread! This recipe for keto friendly everything bagels will definitely hit the spot. This is a slight spin on the traditional fathead dough recipe with some added tips and tricks to ensure your bagels turn out JUST RIGHT!
Low Carb Keto Everything bagels by Orchard Girls Blog
Look at that great texture! Something I love about these bagels is how bread-like the texture is. When eating them, I don't think you could guess the ingredients. The texture is great and the taste is even better.
Low Carb Keto Everything bagels by Orchard Girls Blog

Low Carb Keto Everything bagels by Orchard Girls Blog

Low Carb Keto Everything bagels by Orchard Girls Blog
 RECIPE:
Low Carb Keto Everything bagels by Orchard Girls Blog
*Tips*
-When making these you can divide them up into as many bagels as you'd like (more bagels means less net carbs per serving!) If you make a batch of 7 - the net carbs per bagel is 4.5
-The Everything seasoning is at Trader Joes but I have recently seen a larger and less expensive version sold at Costco!
-Using a silicone baking sheet is super helpful at making sure your bagels evenly cook and don't get too browned on the bottoms. *Plus these silicone mats are awesome for all types of baking!*
-Make sure you let the bagel tops turn completely golden brown on tops before you take them out of the oven to ensure they do not deflate/flatten once you take them out.
Low Carb Keto Everything bagels by Orchard Girls Blog
These bagels are perfect for SO many meals, from breakfast to dinner, they're so versatile. 
Examples:
BREAKFAST:
Everything Bagel with cream cheese, bacon, and avocado
LUNCH:
Pizza everything bagel (load the bagel with you favorite low carb marinara sauce and pizza toppings.
Dinner:
Pork Roast sandwiches on your everything bagel

These may be 4.5 carbs a piece but if you load them with zero carb/low carb toppings they're extremely filling, making for an overall low-carb meal!

ENJOY! :)

-Kayla

Friday, October 12, 2018

Memory Collage Blanket Review + GIVEAWAY!

     I don't know about you, but I love to give and receive a good quality photo gift. With the holidays coming up, especially Christmas, this is the perfect timing for this review and giveaway!
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary blanket for this review. However, know that all opinions, are my own and based on my personal experience)

     Let's jump right in! First thing I want to say is that this photo collage blanket by collage.com is absolutely beautiful, so soft, and loved by everyone in the family.  The blanket was created with great color reproduction and the photos are crisp and clear, something I was a little worried about. However, it turned out great and I am thoroughly impressed. The quality truly exceeded my expectations.
     When you first visit collage.com they make the experience easy and fun! You can upload any pictures you would like and test them out on various collages and templates. They have so many different projects to choose from. I am so happy with the sherpa blanket, that we went with. It was fun experimenting with the different pictures, and honestly, the hardest part of the process was narrowing down which pictures to use. With the creative freedom that collage.com offers, the sky is truly the limit! They have projects such as blankets, canvases, photo books, and so much more. When you are choosing your layout you can choose to have the whole blanket be one picture or a layout with a lot of pictures. You can also add words or a quote to the blanket too, which is so fun for gifts!
     Once you have your layout just the way you'd like it, you can securely checkout and pick your shipping method. We received our blanket fairly quickly as well, which is so important around the holidays (ensuring you get your packages on time). Our blanket came wrapped up to help prevent any damages from the shipping process. Once we received our blanket it quickly became one of my families favorites. It ends up being moved from room to room and someone is always snuggled up in it. It really is SO soft! I love that BOTH sides of this blanket are equally soft, the size is perfect too. We went with the 50''x60''.
 I mean just look at our little man all snuggled up and fast asleep (pretty sure he approves :)

    We would love for one of you to receive a photo blanket too, which is why we've teamed up with Collage.com to have a giveway! One lucky winner will receive their very own collage blanket! To enter the giveaway head to my instagram @kaylawriter or CLICK HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! If you won, what type of blanket collage would you make?
-Kayla

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