Keto Coconut Lime Dessert Mousse

Keto Coconut Lime Dessert Mousse

Creamy with a punch of lime! Can you believe this fabulous coconut lime dessert mousse is keto? Sugar-free, low carb, and gluten-free, you can even make it vegan if you wish by subbing a vegan gelatin like agar powder!

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Lately, I’ve been in a citrusy spring sort of mood. We’ve had fabulous 70s and sunshiny weather so the kitchen’s been full of lemons, limes, and all citrus scents! These always have the desired effect of getting me in the mood for spring and summer weather. Citrus not only wakes you up but is generally cheerful and refreshing.

Did you know lime in particular also has cleansing benefits great for purifying? So that means it can purify your skin, the air, get creative! Moreover, in my book, it also means it’s a great choice for a dessert! A coconut lime dessert? Yes, please!

Coconut lime dessert mousse side view with lime slices

Low carb coconut lime dessert mousse

To be honest with you, I came up with this dessert more as a snack for myself. I’d envisioned it for the warm mid-afternoon time when you need a little treat to hold you happy until dinner. I discovered that others in my family quickly snap them up as well (as long as I don’t tell my son they’re sugar-free!). So I thought about it, and in a pretty dish, I decided they’d make a very nice dinner or late lunch dessert. Do you know what? I was right!!

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Coconut lime dessert mousse close-up overhead

We use quite a bit of gelatin collagen protein around here for summer desserts. It’s a good option when you want to get away from ice cream or something frozen. Be choosy about your gelatin to get the most health benefits! Do some exploring, but try to use a grass-fed gelatin similar to this one: Great Lakes Gelatin, Certified Paleo Friendly, Beef Gelatin Collagen Protein. Collagen is amazingly good for you and helps out with skin and hair health. It can reduce joint pains and other inflammation, heal the inside walls of your gut, and so much more! Hey! That covers a ton of my extended family’s health issues so I know I need to take huge advantage of this beneficial ingredient. There are a lot of ways to eat it I’m just now starting to explore.

Note: If you eat vegan, you can make the recipe substituting a vegan gelatin. I would suggest agar powder, although I haven’t tried it that way. Let me know how it comes out if you do!

How to make a keto coconut lime dessert mousse

First

To make your coconut lime dessert, first, you’ll want to gather all your ingredients and kitchen supplies. The recipe makes six servings so get out six ramekins or other pretty individual dessert dishes. Here’s another hint! If you’re not serving them for after dinner and they’re just for snacks, I’ve been known to put them in glass containers with snap-on lids for easy storage in the refrigerator! Then they wait for me to grab them for a quick mid-afternoon snack. I love it!

Coconut lime dessert mousse vertical overhead

Second

Once you have all the ingredients out, take out a saucepan and a medium-sized bowl. Usually, the full-fat coconut milk comes in a 13-14 ounce can, and you will use the entire thing. Also, it will separate in the can so pour about a fourth of a cup of the liquid portion in the bowl with a tablespoon of gelatin. You may have to use a spoon to dig through the solidified coconut milk to get to the liquid, but don’t worry! It’s there!

Next

Mix together the gelatin and 1/4 cup coconut milk in the bowl for the gelatin to soften then turn your attention to the saucepan. In it, pour one cup of unsweetened almond milk and the rest of the can of full-fat coconut milk. Heat this mixture on a medium-high heat until the solid portion has melted and the milks mix together to nearly boiling, but not quite.

Then

After that, take the saucepan off the heat and add the teaspoon of vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the gelatin and whisk it together. Continue to whisk and add in the sweetener (I use Swerve confectioners but use the sweetener of your choice). Now you’re going to add your lime flavoring. I personally like to use 4-5 drops of lime essential oil, but I know many people do not keep those on hand! It’s just so easy, and I admit it’s great if you’re trying to get your coconut lime dessert in the fridge in a hurry.

However, if you’re going to use a fresh lime, zest and juice it. Then, add both the zest and juice to your milk mixture. Now, right here I think, milk? Lime?! Together? That will curdle! But don’t worry, you’re using coconut and almond milk in your coconut lime dessert so it’s not going to be a problem.

How to get mousse bubbles

You can tell already this is not your normal coconut lime dessert mousse recipe. So how do you get those delightful little pockets of air in your mousse? Well, in this case, there’s this magically wonderful appliance called a blender. I’ve talked about how much I love my high powered blender in other blog posts so I won’t proliferate on the subject today. Only this – I LOVE my Vitamix and use it practically every day! If you don’t have a high powered blender you can use a regular one, but you may have to blend it a little longer to get those awesome bubbles!

Coconut lime dessert mousse with tea towel

Blend the mousse on high speed for a good 40 seconds or until you can see bubbles forming and everything is well mixed. This will also break up any lumps of sweetener or larger pieces of zest that may otherwise be tempted to sink to the bottom. If it’s not well combined and quickly put in the refrigerator, it can separate.

Once it’s had a good blending, pour six equal portions into your serving dishes. Chill it in the refrigerator for at LEAST two hours to set. Before serving, sprinkle a good teaspoon of unsweetened shredded coconut on top along with more zest and a half a slice of lime for decoration. I like it just like that, but you could also whip up 1/2 a cup of heavy cream with 1 tablespoon of sweetener for topping if you wish.

Want more keto recipes?

Try this amazing low carb skillet breakfast hash!

Low carb skillet breakfast hash

Benefits of dessert

What are your favorite summer desserts? I love to get ideas and play with them to make them keto. This is selfishly for myself, but also for others eating a ketogenic diet to enjoy! In addition, the bonus with using a sweetener like Swerve or monk fruit is you still get to enjoy those desserts while staying sugar-free! Pretty desserts have great benefits in improving my mood and making my stomach happy.

So imagine yourself now, sitting outside in a beach lounge chair. You have a fabulous floppy sun hat, the sea or a lake in the distance, and a good book, like my current read, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. You’re calm and happy and friends are coming over for dinner. You’re not worried! You have the meat and grill ready, the table’s set, and the rest is in the fridge ready to go, including your beautiful coconut lime dessert mousse!

Now, if you please, list your favorite desserts in the comments you’d like to see with a new keto makeover!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical practitioner. Please consult your own physician for any medical advice. I share only what has worked for me and the recipes I love!

Coconut lime dessert mousse

Keto Coconut Lime Dessert Mousse
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
 

A creamy low carb coconut lime dessert or snack with a refreshing punch of lime.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 131 kcal
Author: Lauren
Ingredients
  • 1 can canned coconut milk (full-fat) 13-14 oz.
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp unflavored gelatin grass-fed
  • 1/2 cup sweetener confectioner's style (Swerve or monk fruit)
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (or use 4-5 drops of lime essential oil)
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut unsweetened
Instructions
  1. Prepare 6 ramekins or dessert dishes.
  2. Add about a fourth of a cup of the liquid portion of the coconut milk in a bowl with a tablespoon of gelatin.
  3. Mix it together for the gelatin to soften.
  4. In a saucepan, heat the rest of the coconut milk and 1 cup almond milk on a medium high heat until nearly boiling. The solidified coconut milk will melt down and mix with the almond milk.
  5. Take it off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  6. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the gelatin.
  7. Whisk together the gelatin and milk.
  8. Then whisk in the 1/2 cup of sweetener.
  9. Mix in the lime essential oil or zest and juice.
  10. Pour the mixture in a high power blender and blend on high for 40-50 seconds.
  11. Divide the mixture evenly between the 6 dessert dishes.
  12. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  13. Just before serving, sprinkle about a teaspoon of unsweetened shredded coconut on each as well as a bit of extra lime zest for color (optional).
Recipe Notes

Fat and calories per My Fitness Pal.

Family Camping Checklist And Must Haves

Family Camping Checklist And Must Haves

Now is the perfect time to be talking about family camping preparations because hey it’s just decided to start SNOWING! Do you know what? I’ll let you in on a little secret. Go ahead and go through your family camping checklist. There’s never a bad time to plan for a camping trip, and I’m in Colorado so since it’s 25 degrees Farenheit right now, tomorrow it should be 74 again, right? Because that’s what happens here!

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Family camping checklist, campfire pin

Let me first tell you what can happen on a badly planned family camping trip. Last summer we decided on a whim to grab that camping site that had just been released on the website in Rocky Mountain National Park at the Moraine Park Campground. What luck! That place is crazy busy in the summer and we hadn’t booked ours months in advance. We threw the tent, some food, and the kids in the car and set off to enjoy the mountains.

The BAD Camping Experience

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Rocky Mountains, but what ensued was NOT a pleasurable experience. I did NOT use a family camping checklist. Our campsite was in the middle of a group of sites in the large campground, although at first, we didn’t think it was too close to others. We got our tent up and sent the kids to look for pinecones and bugs. Unfortunately, there’s not a river or lake or a lot to do at that campsite, and we were sort of pinned in. We’d forgotten our normal card games and had to drive out of the campground to do much hiking or other activity.

That night the ground was hard, the hole in our camping mattress painfully evident. Not that we could sleep anyway because it was so cold one of the people at the next campsite turned their car on and ran the heater ALL NIGHT. YES!! All night the hum of the car and the burr of it when the heater came back on caused none of us to get much sleep. By morning we were so tired, grouchy, and picking at one another that we picked up things and went home. It was not like a bear attacked our food and destroyed our campsite, it was just NOT the ideal family camping trip in nature.

SO what did that teach us? PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!! With kids, my sanity revolves around checklists and planning and preparing for every eventuality. Of course, so many people’s personalities are different, but even a little planning can’t hurt!

Prep the kids and test your gear with a trial run

Rocky Mountain National Park tree view

What do you mean by a trial run you may be thinking!? I mean exactly that. If you haven’t used your camping gear for a while, pull it all out and build up a grand event for the kids to CAMP IN THE BACKYARD!! Ooh! Try out some of your favorite or new camping recipes modified for your kitchen, but take it outdoors to eat in camping chairs by the tent. Test out your headlamps, flashlights, even the camp stove if you use one. Also, I like to shake out the tent and sleeping bags to air them a bit and make sure they’ve all been cleaned since the downpour and mud slosh of the last trip!

Another thing that I love about a backyard campout is that it’s a great trial run for the kids! If you have young ones who’ve never camped before it can be scary. In the backyard, it still can be but with easy access to the house. Once the tent and set up is more familiar to a child, they will be more comfortable with it in a foreign setting, your desired campground. Baby steps, right?

Family camping checklist picture, campsite

Reserve your campsite in advance

If you are headed to a national park or a popular campground, be sure to book your campsite online in ADVANCE. The Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds open up reservations six months in advance, and if you’re planning to go there I suggest you book it as soon as you can.

First, choose your campground. What activities are there around for the kids to do? Do you want to be by a good fishing spot, a lake or a river? Do you want to be close to accessible hikes or areas for wildlife viewing? Or do you just want a space to hang out, play cards, talk, and hang out around a campfire? Some campgrounds even have games like horseshoes, putt-putt, and other things children like to do. Do you need electricity and a bathroom? Decide, what is it you want out of the campsite area?

Second, study the campground map and look at the campsite pictures if there are any. Are you a family that likes to be in the middle of things among a lot of people at a party or more separated with space and a good view? Book your campsite accordingly! If you’ve never been there, consult someone who has or Google reviews for the specific campground. Another thing, be sure the review is recent so you know there hasn’t been a fire or attack of pine beetles or something to drastically change the area!

Third, book your campsite on-line! Find the website for the campground you’ve chosen and get your reservation booked!!

Love to go hiking with your kids?

Check out these awesome Estes Park, Colorado hikes for kids and family!

Estes Park hikes for kids, mountain with golden aspens

Camping Gear

When you’re looking at gear for a camping trip a lot of it depends on the length of time you’re going to be camping and what exactly you’re wanting to do. I’ve admitted I’m no longer a hardcore, a week at a time camper with kids, but I do like a two-night trip. When you do your trial run fun backyard campout you can determine what gear you still may need to get. I would really LOVE to have this entire awesome new tent setup from Cinch!, with solar charging hookups and super easy setup and takedown. However, for our short-term camping, our old tent will probably do just fine! What kind of tent’s on your family camping checklist?

Cinch!

I highly recommend downloading my family camping checklist. You can write all over it, add things, and cross things off as you need. As a mom going in a million directions I know I need something written down clearly defining the next step. Truly, I’ve learned because I’ve had too many experiences where I’ve said oh, I’ll remember that! And then, of course, I don’t, and it gets left in the storage area in the basement.


Download this amazing family camping checklist today!

Family camping checklist preview

Family Camping Food

Food! There are so many fun camping recipes on Pinterest I encourage you to find a few new ones to please the family. As a kid, I still remember how much fun it was to wrap my packet of food up in foil and throw it in the fire to cook. How in the world did the adults let me do that?! As a strict rule follower it was a great release and rebellion for me without really rebelling. Of course, there’s always a traditional s’more to be had as well!

If you are wanting to cook with a campfire or just sit around one, always check for fire restrictions or bans at your campsite before you go!

With food, plan out your days. What will you eat for each meal? What are your snacks? Will it spoil or need to be kept iced? There are a lot of things to think about with food, and my preferred short trips make it a lot easier than a couple week campout, although that is totally doable also.

Another thing to think about is how you can keep your food away from the wildlife in the area. Can you contain it at night so the bears don’t sniff out your camp? (Often there’s a locked “bear box” assigned to campsites to keep food if that’s a problem in the area). Maybe you can tie all the food in a bag up in a tree or in your car? Although, I’ve heard of bears getting into cars as well! Talk to the ranger or campsite director about best practices in regard to food storage.

PLEASE! When you plan out your food, remember you also have to cart out all your trash or find an appropriate receptacle for it!! Leave nature and your campsite as it was when you found it!

Tent camping in the Rocky Mountains

Things to do while camping

I mentioned this briefly before, but think about what things you want to do with the kids or friends while you’re there. Find out what’s available and what will work for you all to do. Add the necessary items to your family camping checklist.

  1. Where are the best nearest hikes?
  2. Can you fish in the area? Who all needs a fishing license?
  3. Can you boat or kayak?
  4. Bring card games to play during a downpour in your tent!
  5. Frisbee, baseball, soccer, or other sports
  6. Plan a nature scavenger hunt for the kids.
  7. Give the kids an old camera and tell them to take pictures of as many different: leaves, pine cones, bugs, birds, animals, or whatever’s around, they can. My son LOVES this and can do it for hours.
  8. Create a nature journal. This is more my daughter’s style. She loves to draw and write about the things she sees. I don’t like to give it too many rules so she can be creative, but you can give suggestions. Why don’t you draw all the flowers, butterflies, or animals you find? Can you imagine a story about that tree and write it out?

Family camping trip, kids hiking

What’s left on your family camping checklist?

Family camping and camping on your own or with friends are two ENTIRELY different animals. I used to love to pack in all my gear and tent on my back 5 miles or more to the backcountry campsite where there wouldn’t be anyone else around. Peaceful. Quiet. Serene.

Add young kids to that equation, and you are headed for a disaster of high magnitude!! Now, as a family, our ideal camping experience is 2 nights at a campground site. In addition, this site is close enough to walk back to the car, but separated enough from the other campsites so you still feel the peace of the great outdoors.

You can have an amazing experience, but it does take some patience and planning. And flexibility, which is what I always have to work on!! I hope you printed your family camping checklist and will use it this summer!

Get your family outside and run! Soak in the sun and stare at the stars. Give it a chance, and planned properly with a family camping checklist, you will LOVE your time and memories made.

Now here’s a question for you! Where are some of your favorite family camping spots all over the world?

 Family camping checklist preview1

Easy Low Carb Skillet Breakfast Hash

Easy Low Carb Skillet Breakfast Hash

When it’s one of those weeks, what do you make for a super quick and easy breakfast or even dinner? I love one pot and skillet meals because they’re easy, and you don’t have to wash a million dishes. This easy low carb skillet breakfast hash came out of my need to throw something low carb together really quickly. Also, I needed it to be a filling and substantial meal without having to pull together a lot of other sides.

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Do you ever have one of those weeks? You know the kind. You have a million things planned to accomplish in the couple of hours the child is in preschool a few days a week, extra kids to transport home from school, to karate, and to swimming. Then the automatic ice maker breaks and shoots water all over your freezer, which then, of course, turns to ice. Next, the car battery dies, and you can’t go anywhere until you beg someone to come jump it for you. Then suddenly, the older child gets sick and is home from school for two weeks (and in our case the third week in the hospital!). Somehow, none of the stuff you’d had planned to do on your to-do list ever gets done!

PIN it for later here!!

Super easy low carb skillet breakfast hash

This is exactly the time you need some quick and easy low carb skillet breakfast and dinner recipes on hand to comfort and calm you down! I’m a huge fan of simple meals you can pull together quickly with only a few ingredients. So let’s try one, shall we?

Easy low carb skillet breakfast hash

Start with a pound of ground sausage. My daughter LOVES sausage so it’s often a go-to item in our house when I can get a good quality meat. I generally prefer a spicier Italian sausage; however, I want the child to eat it too so we have to compromise! Usually, I either make this with a good quality mild Italian sausage or just recently we tried it with the breakfast sausage from our ButcherBox.

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2 FREE filet mignon, FREE bacon + $10 off if you click on my link here! Yes, I did just write/say FREE bacon and filet mignon.

ButcherBox March

Jump on over to their website or check out the unboxing video and blog post I did about our first box, my first ButcherBox unboxing event.

Back to the easy low carb skillet breakfast

First

First, melt a tablespoon of coconut oil in a 10-inch skillet (I prefer cast iron) on a medium-high heat. Then, take your pound of Italian or breakfast sausage and cook it through to brown. If your sausage is in the casings just remove those and break the meat inside apart to cook. Next, you can either chop up half a cup of green pepper or if you’re super short on time grab the already chopped green pepper out of the freezer. As a mom often in a hurry, I ALWAYS buy the frozen bags of chopped green pepper and have them ready to go in my freezer.

Then

Cook the green pepper with the sausage until the green pepper is soft, just a couple of minutes. Then add in the bag of cauliflower rice and pizza sauce and stir to combine. I absolutely LOVE the fact you can find riced cauliflower so easily now. I used to make it myself, and let’s just say it was not a time-saving or efficient process. There are many brands out there now you can buy frozen and ready to go. Awesome.

Vertical low carb skillet breakfast hash corner

Next

It will take about five minutes for all these ingredients to combine, cook, and get happy. Next, are you waiting for more directions?? Can you believe it’s basically already done and ready to go? The cauliflower will absorb the flavors so add salt and pepper to taste. To be honest, I don’t find it necessary to add salt and pepper if the meat was well seasoned to begin with. If it wasn’t you may want to add other spices as well, but that’s up to you!

After that, I’ve found melting a cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the entire skillet is quite delightful, but is optional. I’ve made it both ways many times and both are good. Last, chop up some green onions.  Serve portions with a good dollop of sour cream and the chopped green onions prettily over the top.

Easy low carb skillet breakfast hash closeup

This makes a great meal on its own, but if you want you can also fry or scramble up some eggs to serve on the side. Then get yourself a strong black coffee and a big glass of water, and you’ll be ready to tackle your day! Now see, wasn’t that super easy?!

Do you eat low carb or keto? What should you plant in your garden?

Keto vegetable garden, tomatoes

What do you like to eat for a low carb breakfast?

If you follow a keto diet like I do, an easy throw together meal can be a lifesaver. Breakfast is simply what I call my first meal of the day whether it be at 6 am or after my exercise class at 10 am. It breaks my fast, and I tend to rotate between low carb muffins, high-fat smoothies, bacon and eggs, or an easy low carb skillet breakfast like this one. For me, planning and preparation are huge, and I love my lists and meal plans! However, I’m always up to try something new! What are some of your favorite keto breakfasts?

Printable Recipe:

Easy Low Carb Skillet Breakfast Hash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

An easy keto skillet perfect for breakfast or dinner! 

Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 319 kcal
Author: Lauren
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage or breakfast sausage
  • 1 14 oz jar pizza sauce (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup green pepper chopped
  • 1 12 oz bag cauliflower rice frozen
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp green onions chopped
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese optional
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in the skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Brown the Italian sausage. Cook until done.

  3. Add the chopped green pepper and stir. Cook for 2 minutes or so until green pepper is soft.
  4. Pour in the jar of pizza sauce and cauliflower rice.
  5. Stir together and cook for about 5 minutes until the cauliflower is warmed through and absorbs some sauce.
  6. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chopped green onions sprinkled over the top.
Recipe Notes

6 carbs per My Fitness Pal. Calories and carbs do not include cheddar cheese.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical practitioner. Please consult your own physician for any medical advice. I share only what has worked for me and the recipes I love!

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