Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake

Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake

Summer blueberries and cream with a tart lemony tang! This is a super-delicious low carb lemon blueberry cream cake, and the only problem is I can’t stop eating it!

What are your favorite summer flavors? When I think of summer, hot weather and the Fourth of July, my mind goes to lemons, blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon. Out of those I LOVE to pair lemon and blueberry with a good dose of cream of course.

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Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake piece

Going back through memories of my absolute favorite cakes ever, I immediately think of a certain cake brought in to us teachers one year during teacher appreciation week. I was teaching high school French, and nearing the end of the year. Some of the awesome parents at our school arranged a special luncheon every day for the teacher’s during teacher appreciation week, and one glorious lady brought in several cakes. She arrived with some sort of chocolate tiramisu, a cinnamon cream, and the most amazing lemon blueberry cream cake I’ve ever tasted. I’ve tried for years to find the perfect recipe to replicate this deliciousness in a sugar-free, low carb form, and my low carb lemon blueberry cream cake comes close!

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How to juice a lemon

I love lemons in summer! Lemon curd, lemon pie, lemon bars, lemonade, you name it! Both the juice and the zest have amazing flavor and can be used for different things. There are several ways to juice a lemon depending on what appliances you have or don’t have. I use a basic jar with a juicer on top with holes in it to keep out the seeds. However, if you don’t have anything but a fork it’s still super-easy to juice.

First, take your lemon and roll it on the table, pushing it down to start the juices moving. Second, cut the lemon in half. Then, take a fork and half a lemon holding it over a bowl to collect the juice. Put the fork in the middle of the lemon squeezing around as you go all along the rind to get as much juice out as you can.

As far as zesters go, I prefer a sort of a rasp to make smaller pieces of zest to flavor your bakes. Some people prefer larger, it’s really up to you! Here are a few examples:

          

How to bake the most amazing low carb lemon blueberry cream cake

First of all, whenever you bake a cake, gather all your supplies and ingredients. To start, take two round 9-inch pans and trace around them with a pencil on parchment paper. Cut out two circles of parchment paper to line the bottoms of the pans. Once the parchment paper’s in place grease the paper and sides of the pans with coconut oil and set those aside.

Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake, overhead close-up

Combine the ingredients

Next, grab a large bowl and combine the butter, sweetener, and heavy cream with a mixer. For sweetener choose a confectioner’s style sweetener, I use Swerve confectioner’s, and it works very well in this recipe. Once that’s all combined with no lumps mix in the eggs one at a time on high speed. Then mix in the vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, and extra extract if you’re using it.

Now you’re going to add in the dry ingredients. Mix in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. After that’s all combined with no lumps gently stir in one cup of frozen or fresh blueberries. Make sure they’re evenly dispersed then divide the batter between the two cake pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for about thirty-five minutes and remove when your toothpick comes out clean. Ovens can vary in temperature, and I’m at a high altitude so may need to extend the time by ten minutes so just keep an eye on it. Then remove the pans from the oven to rest about ten minutes. Last, remove the cakes from the pans and leave to cool completely.

Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake, left side

How to make the frosting

Use your mixer again to combine the butter, cream cheese, and sweetener in a medium-sized bowl. Mix it at a high speed until there are no lumps. Add the heavy cream, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon extract, and salt. Now, mix it together until it’s a spreadable frosting consistency.

Lemon blueberry cream cake, bite close-up

To frost the cake

Now it’s the fun part! To frost the cake place the first cake on a serving plate. Then spoon about a third of the icing on the cake and spread it around evenly. Gently, place the second cake on top. Next, put another third of the frosting on the top and spread it around. Use the rest of the frosting to cover the sides and even out the top.

Last but not least, decorate the top middle with a fourth to a half a cup of blueberries. Refrigerate it to set until ready to serve.

Take a bite and YUM!!! There you have it.

Looking for more low carb desserts?

Try out this amazing Keto Coconut Lime Dessert Mousse!

Coconut lime dessert mousse with lime and zester

Are you looking for a delicious and moist low carb summer cake? Keto friendly Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake is awesome for Fourth of July, birthdays, afternoon tea, or other summer parties! #lowcarb #keto #ketodesserts #ketogenic #ketogenicdiet #explorermomma

Summer Desserts

What kind of cakes or other desserts do you love in your family? Do you do more fruit, chocolate, pies, cakes, or frozen treats? If you’re like us you probably like all of the above! We’re always searching for sugar-free, low carb, gluten-free recipes the whole family will love. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Happy baking!

Printable Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake Recipe

Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Summer blueberries and cream with a tart lemony tang! This is a super-delicious low carb lemon blueberry cream cake, and the only problem is I can't stop eating it!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Servings: 10
Calories: 348 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
Cake Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sweetener (confectioner's - I use Swerve)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup blueberries
Frosting Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sweetener confectioner's (Swerve)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
Instructions
Cake
  1. Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans. Cut out 2 parchment paper circles to line the bottom of the pan and then grease with coconut oil. 

  2. Combine the butter, sweetener, and heavy cream in a large bowl with a mixer.

  3. Blend in the eggs one at a time on high speed.

  4. Add the lemon juice, zest, and extract as well as the vanilla.

  5. Next, mix in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.

  6. Carefully stir in 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries.

  7. Divide the batter equally into the two cake pans.

  8. Bake for 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean, at 350 degrees.

  9. After resting for 10 minutes, remove from the cake pans and let cool completely.

Frosting
  1. Using a mixer, combine together the cream cheese, butter, and sweetener.

  2. Add the heavy cream, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon extract, and salt.

  3. Mix together until you get a spreadable frosting consistency.

  4. To frost the cake place one of the cooled cakes on a serving dish.

  5. Top with about a third of the frosting and spread it around evenly.

  6. Place the second cake on top of the first and top with another third of the frosting.

  7. Use the rest of the frosting to ice the sides and even out the top.

  8. Top with the remaining blueberries and refrigerate to set before serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information

Calories per MyFitnessPal.

 

Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake pin

The Best DIY Essential Oil Travel Roller

The Best DIY Essential Oil Travel Roller

Lately, I’ve been super-picky about the household products we use in our family. Not only what you eat but what you put on your skin can have huge effects on your health for good or bad. What gets me is that there are so many toxins out there in everyday products that are not regulated and most people don’t even realize it. So today, we are going to put together the absolute best DIY essential oil travel roller.

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When you go on vacation with the kids, what are some of the basics? There’s the inevitable fall and scrape a knee, so you’ll need disinfectant and bandages. What else? If you’re on a lake or beach vacation you will probably need sunburn spray/cream to calm it when dad refuses to put on sunscreen or you miss a spot. In addition, you’ll need bug spray and bug bite relief. Do you know what I also love? A sleep aid to calm me (and the kids!) down after a big day and sleeping in a new place.

Also, if you’re camping, road tripping, or traveling by air long distances don’t you always carry a hand sanitizer and/or wipes to get rid of all those germs? What’s in antibacterial wipes, anyway? Well, I’m glad you asked! “Fragrance” (possible carcinogen, possible allergic reactions), methylparaben, propylparaben (both hormone or endocrine disruptors), phenoxyethanol (The American Society of Contact Dermatitis lists phenoxyethanol as one of its core allergens), and so many more!

I want to know what’s in my EVERYDAY use products and know they’re good for me and my family, don’t you? Wouldn’t you love to be able to make your own using essential oils and natural ingredients?

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Essential oils experts: questions and answers

Lately, I’ve spent a ton of time researching the best natural remedies, but sometimes I do get frustrated when I’m looking up herbs and essential oil information. Have you noticed all the conflicting viewpoints on-line? I suppose that’s true with many subjects!

DIY Essential Oil travel roller recipe

Have you ever read that a certain essential oil is okay for internal use, only to turn around and read another article that says that same essential oil is “for external use only!”? Or what about which oils are okay during pregnancy or for babies? Also, it often comes up, which brands you can use and trust? It can all be really confusing and either make you want to pull out your hair or become your own expert! What if you could watch a panel of actual aromatherapy experts tackle all of these tough questions and more?

Maybe they won’t even agree on every single thing, but at least you’ll find out why they disagree, so you can make an educated choice for yourself. I know once I have the facts I’m FULL of opinions. 😉

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Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle

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Have you tried eating low carb?

I love this cauliflower mac and cheese bake!

Cauliflower mac and cheese bake, square piece

Best DIY essential oil travel roller bottle

Back to the indispensable travel roller! This super simple recipe is one I use and keep on me constantly, especially when traveling. My 5-year-old son has his own he puts on his scratches and boo-boos. In addition, it’s super calming so it helps him go to sleep at night without the toxic “fragrance” in so many kids’ calming night lotions.

The DIY essential oil travel roller contains only three ingredients, well I guess four if you count the 10 ml roller bottle. Lavender, tea tree oil, and fractionated coconut oil (or olive oil works too).

Lavender

DIY essential oil travel roller, lavender

First of all, let me say lavender is one of my favorite scents in the world! It has so many properties it’s really one of the most versatile essential oils and therefore so very useful for travel when you’re trying to save space. Lavender can relieve nervous tension (calms), it’s a pain reliever, skin disinfectant, it enhances blood circulation, and can aid in respiratory problems.

Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil

DIY Essential Oil Travel Roller

Melaleuca is also known as tea tree oil and is truly another essential oil cure-all. It has so many helpful uses, you pair it with lavender and you can’t lose. Melaleuca is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant, and a sudorific substance.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil is often used as a carrier, or to dilute essential oils. Don’t be fooled! It also has its own amazing qualities that make it a great choice for a roller. It can withstand light and high heat without going rancid. Also, it’s not greasy and lighter than regular coconut oil and has more of a cleansing effect on the skin. This is a fabulous base for skin care products and as a way to use your essential oils.

As I said, the recipe itself is super simple.

To make the DIY essential oil travel roller, take one 10 ml glass bottle with a roller topper and lid. Once it’s cleaned and sterilized put in 5 drops of lavender and 3 drops of melaleuca. Fill the bottle to the top with the fractionated coconut oil. Push the roller ball into place and screw on the lid. Shake it a bit, and it’s ready to conquer scrapes, bug bites, boo-boos, rashes, stress, insomnia, and more!

It’s also one of those things I can pull out to take action on a “boo-boo” of one of the kids, and just seeing it makes them calm down and feel better. Try it out for yourself when you travel with the family or just keep one in your purse at all times. I even rub it on my wrists sort of like a relaxing perfume. It has so many uses!

What products do you like to make yourself?

So yes, I admit it. Lately, you can find me nerding out drying out my Mother’s Day rose petals for a bath salts recipe, making my own hand sanitizer, and trying out different essential oils in my lip balm recipe. It’s so time for back to basics, and I’m excited to learn more and more because hey, it keeps my babies safer. Free from daily toxins rubbed into their skin and educated to make their own choices in the future.

DIY Essential Oil Travel Roller

Multi-purpose essential oil rub. Good for scrapes, bites, stress, you name it! Save room while you travel!

Servings: 12 people
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 10 ml roller ball bottle
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops melaleuca oil (tea tree)
  • 2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil or olive oil, fill bottle
Instructions
  1. To make the DIY essential oil travel roller, take one 10 ml glass bottle with a roller topper and lid. Once it’s cleaned and sterilized put in 5 drops of lavender and 3 drops of melaleuca. Fill the bottle to the top with the fractionated coconut oil. Push the roller ball into place and screw on the lid. Shake it a bit, and it’s ready to conquer scrapes, bug bites, boo-boos, rashes, stress, insomnia, and more!

Best DIY essential oil travel roller recipe

Epic Colorado Family Vacations

Epic Colorado Family Vacations

What’s your family tourist destination this summer? Can I suggest several Colorado family vacations? I’m a little biased, but I really think Colorado is the perfect state for family vacations. If you’re a nature person or not, kids THRIVE when they’re outside and near a stream or in the mountains. Whether it’s hiking, fishing, kayaking, riding whitewater rapids, camping, or reading a book by the mountain lake, it’s an ideal spot for kids’ activities and empowerment.

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Colorado family vacations pin

This summer we’re all about exploring and appreciating our own backyard. By that, I mean a good time to appreciate all the awesome travel destinations nearby our home in northern Colorado! We’ll be heading to Grand Lake for a few days, be doing some camping in various locations, getting the kids out to summer camp with their peers, and doing day trips to Denver. Of course, we have some more travel lined up, but that’s another post. We can’t wait!

Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to start my list of EPIC Colorado family vacations close to home. My own hometown, in fact, Greeley, Colorado. If you haven’t, dive into my blog post linked below, and if you have, still read all about it. With an insider’s perspective, you’re sure to find something new and fun to explore!

Simply EPIC Colorado Family Vacations

Things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado with kids

Breckenridge snowboards with slope in background

Have you been to Breckenridge, Colorado? When you hear the name, what do you think? If you think skiing you’re right on. However, did you know Breckenridge is one of those amazing mountain towns with a TON of stuff to do for families in any season? I have to say I think summer’s my favorite season in Breckenridge. The old town’s fabulous, and did you know they hold an excellent summer music festival? If you are at all into concerts every night with beautiful mountain scenery, this is the place for you!

We were in Breckenridge, Colorado most recently in spring at the end of the ski season. There was still a good dose of spring snow on the ground, but we found a ton of fun family activities even without skiing. To learn more things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado with kids, see the blog post here.

What to do in Grand Lake, Colorado

Colorado family vacations, Grand Lake, Old Baldy

Grand Lake, Colorado is one of my favorite places on earth, and I’ve been to visit very nearly every summer since I was about six years old! There are many places I might tire of going that often, but not Grand Lake. For us as a family, it’s the perfect place to relax, be in nature, and enjoy the small mountain town and its residents. Kids can build castles on the beach, swim, fish, make s’mores, play on the playground, hike, marvel at the moose walking by the cabin, and just be a kid in the Rocky Mountains. As a mom, this is an incredibly relaxing trip because the kids are so easily occupied, and I can enjoy my morning coffee staring out over the lake with Mount Baldy (Mount Craig) looking down!

Learn more about Grand Lake, Colorado and read the blog post here!

Why we love Estes Park, Colorado

View of Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park, Colorado is another amazing Colorado destination for families. I have SO many memories from my own childhood and now with my own kids in this popular town. If you want to shop, play miniature golf, head out to the local YMCA, and so much more all in a spectacular Rocky Mountain paradise, you need to head here.

We LOVE to get out and hike so click here to see the Best Estes Park hikes for kids.

Half the fun of travel is eating, right? Click here to learn more about Estes Park restaurants with character.

Secrets of Rocky Mountain National Park in winter

Rocky Mountain National Park in winter elk

If you love Estes Park, no doubt the family with also fall in love with Rocky Mountain National Park. You’ll find wildlife such as elk, coyotes, or bighorn sheep in any season, and it’s a great place to camp in one of the park campgrounds. We love it any time of year but especially in winter when the crowds are down slightly and you have time to explore.

Read all about what there is to do with kids in Rocky Mountain National Park in winter here.

Planning a trip to New Mexico?

Check out the family-friendly, beautiful Ruidoso, New Mexico!

Ski Apache view, Ruidoso, New Mexico

Things to do in Denver, Colorado with kids

Things to do in Denver, Aquarium entrance

If you fly into Colorado or most of the time even drive, you’ll probably head through our beautiful capital, Denver, Colorado. Denver has SO many amazing things to do with kids like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Children’s Museum of Denver, the Botanic Gardens, the Butterfly Pavilion, and more! We make day trips fairly often as a family and are so lucky to be nearby to take advantage of all the interactive educational opportunities for kids. Denver is always a great base for a Colorado vacation or a vacation itself.

If you’re heading to Denver check out my articles on:

The PERFECT Denver Zoo trip and

The AMAZING Denver Downtown Aquarium

Visit Santa’s Workshop

Santa's Workshop Colorado elves

Is Christmas the favorite holiday at your house? Well, you will want to make the day trip from Colorado Springs to North Pole, Colorado. Santa’s Workshop is a theme park set in the mountains where it’s always Christmastime and full of fun! Don’t expect a modern day Disney World or Six Flags, this is a place built in the 60’s, and it truly feels like a nostalgic step back in time. Be a kid again. There are SO many rides for the young and old; it’s a great day out.

Click here to see more and get my tips for visiting Santa’s Workshop

Family camping tips and free printable packing checklist

Campsite sunrise view, feature

Near all of these scenic family travel destinations, there are opportunities for camping. If you have an RV or love tent camping, you’ll find the perfect spot. So pull out those sleeping bags and hiking gear and let’s get ready for summer!

Sign up for the Explorer Momma newsletter and get the free printable camp packing checklist as a bonus! Check out my family camping tips and free printable packing checklist here

What to do as a family in Greeley, Colorado

Centennial Village, Greeley, Colorado

Recently, I was given the opportunity to collaborate with a fellow blogger and guest post on her website A Book Lover’s Adventures. Do you know what I was asked to do? Write a blog post for tourists from an insider’s view of my own hometown. How many of you think about your hometown as a travel destination? To be honest, I certainly hadn’t much. I LOVE my hometown and am proud of it, but it’s always been Denver or the nearby Rocky Mountains that seem to be the more natural tourist draw. If you have the chance to come through I know you’ll love it too.

Click over to A Book Lover’s Adventures to read all about Greeley, Colorado and other hometown tourists!

Are you convinced? Go Colorado family vacations

I hope you plan several perfect Colorado family vacations or camping trips! The sun will lift your mood, the mountains will call, the trees will rustle, and if you’re like me, you’ll be in your happy place. I think it’s so important to teach kids to appreciate nature and take care of it for the future. Also, they will love, or at least appreciate, the joys of an active outdoor lifestyle and have the chance to embrace it for themselves.

Now, I have to admit I haven’t covered nearly enough of the state and need to remedy that. Where else are your favorite Colorado family travel destinations?

 

Tell me in the comments, where shall we adventure next?

Cauliflower Mac And Cheese Bake

Cauliflower Mac And Cheese Bake

More creamy, cheesy goodness! Cauliflower mac and cheese. Be still my heart! This dish is so amazing and kid-friendly they won’t even miss the carbs!

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Lately, I’ve been working extra hard to try to make kid-friendly recipes to make my kids LOVE eating real food and low carb. I originally started the keto diet because of the success I heard from friends about it and how it tamed their sugar addictions and made them feel so much better in general. I’m started, and I can’t see ever going back to the way I ate before. We all want to do what’s best for our kids and give them every opportunity. With food, that means I also have to make it taste REALLY good. ERGO, my low carb cauliflower mac and cheese bake.

Cauliflower mac and cheese bake, vertical piece

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Mac and cheese tradition

When I was growing up, one of my absolute favorite dinners was my grandmother’s mac and cheese recipe. In the first place, this recipe was actually a bake served like a casserole in squares, and so a bit different than the traditional homemade mac and cheese. Indeed, it was a fabulous blend of macaroni and cheesy goodness I thought I could eat every meal of the day. Of course, I probably thought that because my mother only allowed it on rare and special occasions! It was one of my most requested recipes at EVERY holiday. What you can’t have you always want more of, am I right?

Unfortunately, traditional macaroni and cheese, that uber kid-friendly food, is not even close to low carb. What could I do about that? First off, I immediately thought about subbing cauliflower in for the pasta, but some work had to be done to find the other correct balance of ingredients. To tell the truth, I’ve tried MANY versions of this, and I’m extremely pleased with the result of this low carb cauliflower mac and cheese bake.

Need more low carb recipes?

Creamy, hot, spicy, cheesy green chili chicken yum! Try out this awesome low carb Green Chili Chicken Chowder recipe!

Green chili chicken chowder for two

How to make cauliflower mac and cheese

When it comes to getting dinner on the table, I’m all about simple and easy. I’ve tried many recipes using cauliflower to replace high carb breads and pastas with different degrees of success with varying amounts of effort put forth. Therefore, when it came to this amazing version of cauliflower mac and cheese bake, I wanted to make it as easy and straightforward as possible.

Cauliflower mac and cheese bake, vertical overhead with stripes

Prep the cauliflower

Start by buying 2 bags of frozen cauliflower at 12 ounces each. Dump them out into a microwave bowl and defrost for several minutes, usually 4-5 depending on your microwave. Yes, you can use fresh cauliflower if you wish, but you’ll have to chop and steam it, and I tend to be a bit lazy on a weeknight! Actually, the frozen works just as well as the fresh so the choice is up to you.When they’re thawed out, chop them roughly. It may depend on your kids and their preferences how finely you chop them. Personally, I like to have a little bit bigger pieces for some different texture in the bake.

Next, place the cauliflower pieces in a tea towel. Some people think this is the incredibly difficult part, but it’s a necessary step and really not that hard. Roll the cauliflower up in the tea towel. Then take both ends and twist so the excess liquid drains out of the cauliflower. Keep twisting until very little liquid will come out, unroll the towel, and place the de-liquified cauliflower in a bowl. Set that aside for the moment.

How to make the cheese filling

In a large bowl, place the room temperature cream cheese, two eggs, finely chopped garlic, and combine it together with a hand mixer.

Tip: How to quickly warm eggs to room temperature

Four eggs in water next to a bowl of lemons

If you’re like me and forget to plan ahead and set out everything early to get to room temperature, I have the perfect tip for you! Get out a bowl or other container big enough to hold the number of eggs you need and fill it with warm water. Personally, I like to use a glass measuring cup for this job. Next, place the cold eggs in the warm water and leave them there ten minutes or so while you complete other tasks. Then when you need some room temperature eggs you can pull them out from the warm water, and you’ll be all set.

Back to the cheese filling

Now, add one-fourth of a cup of unsweetened almond milk and mix that in well. Next, add half a teaspoon salt and half a teaspoon of pepper (more or less per your taste!). Now we’re getting to my favorite part! I LOVE cheddar cheese, but you could also make this using any number of other cheeses to make it a bit more elegant. Personally though, I think this is just about perfect. Go ahead and mix in one of the two cups of shredded cheddar cheese (I like sharp) and the cauliflower. Hopefully, you removed most of the extra liquid out of the cauliflower because it’s not nearly as good if you have pools of cauliflower liquid pooling down in your pan.

Cauliflower mac and cheese bake, bite close-up

Then, if you haven’t already, grease an eight-inch by eight-inch glass baking dish with coconut oil or olive oil, whatever you have on hand. Next, take your mixture and spread it out in the baking dish evenly using a spatula. Voila! Pretty simple, right? Now all you have left to do is sprinkle the last cup of shredded cheddar cheese on the top.

Tip: Kids enjoy sprinkling the cheese all around so let them participate if they want. Did you know if a child actively participates in making a food they’re more likely to try it?

Main or side dish?

Now, pop it into the oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about thirty minutes, or until the edges start to brown. I like to let it cool at least 10-15 minutes so when it’s cut, the square keeps its shape a bit more. Serve with a side of steamed broccoli or a salad for a full meal or use it as a side dish with any number of grilled meats. For a bit more cheesy goodness, sprinkle on a bit more cheddar cheese before it’s served. I can tell you it’s also very popular side dish in the line-up at family holiday events!

Cauliflower mac & cheese bake

Cauliflower mac and cheese bake printable recipe:

Cauliflower Mac And Cheese Bake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

The ultimate low carb mac and cheese bake. Cheesy, gooey, good!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Servings: 6
Calories: 352 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 24 oz cauliflower frozen
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8" by 8" glass baking dish with coconut or olive oil.

  2. Thaw the cauliflower and roughly chop.

  3. Place the chopped cauliflower in a tea towel. Roll it up in the tea towel and twist to remove all excess liquid. Set aside.

  4. In a medium-sized bowl, place the room temperature cream cheese, two eggs, and chopped garlic. Blend together using a hand mixer.

  5. Once combined add in the 1/4 cup of almond milk and mix it in also.

  6. Add the salt and pepper (more or less per your preference).

  7. Mix in 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese.

  8. Dump the mixture in the baking dish and spread it out evenly.

  9. Top with the remaining cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

  10. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

  11. Optional: Serve with extra shredded cheese on the top of each serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts:

 
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29 g 44 %
Saturated Fat 17 g 85 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 154 mg 51 %
Sodium 664 mg 28 %
Potassium 222 mg 6 %
Total Carbohydrate 5 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 3 g  
Protein 16 g 33 %
Vitamin A 19 %
Vitamin C 39 %
Calcium 37 %
Iron 4 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
 

 

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