Easy Whipped Keto Pumpkin Mousse {Low Carb}

Easy Whipped Keto Pumpkin Mousse {Low Carb}

Easy creamy and delicious whipped keto pumpkin mousse blends decadent mascarpone cheese with pumpkin spice fall flavors. It’s a pumpkin pie party in a bubbly low carb mousse!

Pumpkins, goards, corn. Orange, yellow, brown. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla.

The sights and smells of FALL. This is the time the nights get cold, the days are cooler, and I pull out tea and sweaters. I absolutely love this time of year, and without a doubt it’s my favorite season.

When you think of pumpkin recipes, what comes to mind? Maybe pumpkin pie? Or possibly pumpkin bread or muffins?

Well, let me tell you something. If you want a super-easy yet elegant fall dessert, this pumpkin mousse is the way to go. It’s great to serve in fancy glasses for an impressive dessert or make in portions and keep for yourself!

It’s your choice.

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Easy whipped keto pumpkin mousse blends delicious creamy mascarpone cheese with pumpkin spice fall flavors. The perfect low carb dessert for a keto diet. #ketopumpkinspice #ketodessertrecipes #lowcarbdesserts

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Keto pumpkin mousse ingredients

When you make something as simple as this low carb pumpkin mousse, something that can really set it apart are the ingredients used. In fact, it’s true of most any recipe. If you get a high-quality, fresh, organic ingredient, your ultimate product or baked good will be that much better.

Easy whipped keto pumpkin mousse. The perfect decadent low carb dessert for yourself or a fancy dinner party. #ketodessert #ketorecipes #lowcarbdesserts

What is mascarpone cheese?

That is a good question! Have you ever had mascarpone cheese before? If you have I would guess it was in a tiramisu recipe or something Italian.

It’s a little more expensive than cream cheese, however, mascarpone cheese is practically the perfect ingredient for a keto diet.

There are several reasons for this. First, a serving of good mascarpone cheese has 0 carbs. Yes, ZERO. In fact, 8 ounces of mascarpone cheese has zero carbs. Count ’em.

On the other hand, cream cheese has 8 carbs in 8 ounces of cream cheese. Now, I do use both, however, depending on the flavor your’re looking for, mascarpone can be a fabulous low carb ingredient. In comparison, cream cheese is still not a lot of carbs, but zero is a lot better.

Second, I absolutely adore the flavor of a good mascarpone cheese. It’s almost like it’s a thick, decadent, heavy cream in a block or soft cheese form. Essentially, it’s an Italian cream cheese, but unlike American cream cheese, it’s made out of full fat cream. Mmmm.

Whereas mascarpone is made of full fat cream, American cream cheesemust contain at least 33% milkfat and not more than 55% moisture. It’s lower in fat than it’s Italian cousin, all of which gives it a more acidic flavor.

To make keto pumpkin mousse you’ll need: 

Fast and easy keto pumpkin mousse is decadent and delicious. The ideal low carb fall dessert recipe with mascarpone cheese and pumpkin spice. Sugar-free and glorious. #ketodessert #ketopumpkinspice

 

How to make keto pumpkin mousse

This low carb dessert is so quick and easy to make you may not believe it at first. But truly, you can do it. It really is that simple to make.

First, place the cream in a medium-sized clean bowl and whip it up to stiff peaks. 

Second, take another bowl and in it use a hand mixer to blend together all other ingredients until smooth.

Next, spoon the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture and whip it in well with the mixer. Now divide it into six serving dishes and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

This can be done the day before, but it will be best if refrigerated in an air-tight container. If you prepare it the day you’re eating it, it can be put in the dessert dishes and left open.

Delicious quick and easy low carb pumpkin mousse is perfect for the keto diet and elegant or everyday. Sugar-free pumpkin spice dessert at it's decadent best with mascarpone cheese and fall flavors. #ketodessert #lowcarbpumpkinspice #lowcarbdesserts

How to serve the pumpkin mousse

First, there are a few ways to serve the mousse. For the pictures I piped the mousse into the dessert dishes. While it looks nice, it can make the mousse lose some of its characteristic mousse bubbles. 

My favorite way to serve a whipped mousse is neatly spooned into the serving dishes then garnished. That way those precious bubbles are not disturbed until your spoon hits them and they pop in your mouth.

I admit I really like pumpkin spice and chocolate flavors together. Therefore, I love to garnish this with a sugar-free chocolate decoration or simple sugar-free chocolate chips. 

Other options could be to sprinkle pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon on the top of the mousse or even sugar-free chocolate shavings. Yes, I’m back to chocolate, but get creative and do what you like!

Keto pumpking mousse in a perfect low carb bite. #ketodessert #lowcarbdessert

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

Henry David Thoreau

Favorite low carb pumpkin spice recipes for fall

Are you a pumpkin spice fan in fall? Fall, or autumn, is my absolute favorite season so I certainly am! I start putting pumpkins out in August and glare at Alexa while I put on my scarf when she tells me it’s going to be 98 degrees out.

What are your favorite fall recipes? Granted, I love a good keto spice cake, but what about pumpkin specifically? There are pumpkin crumb cakes, pumpkin bars, cookies, custards, and more. Not to mention the all-important pumpkin pie!

Enjoy the season and make good gluten-free, sugar-free versions for friends and family. I’ll be getting more of my own favorite fall recipes out to you too. Until then, live long and pumpkin on!

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Quick and easy whipped keto pumpkin mousse is decadent low carb delight! Creamy mascarpone cheese, cream, pumpkin, and spices make this a pumpkin pie in a mousse. A sugar-free fall recipe everyone will love. #ketodessert #lowcarbpumpkinspice #pumpkinspice

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Need more fall flavor? Keto Pumpkin Cookies are for you!

Keto pumpkin cookies are perfect for fall and Christmas holidays! Who doesn't love low carb pumpkin spice and sugar-free chocolate? A healthier take on a classic. #pumpkin #lowcarbcookies

More keto dessert recipes:

  1. Best Ever Keto Spice Cake
  2. Lemon Cream Cheese Cake – Keto Pound Cake
  3. Keto Peanut Butter Pie


Printable Recipe

Keto Pumpkin Mousse

Easy whipped keto pumpkin mousse blends delicious creamy mascarpone cheese with pumpkin spice fall flavors.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto pumpkin mousse, Low carb pumpkin mousse
Servings: 6
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup powdered sweetener Swerve Confectioner's
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese

Instructions

  • Place the cream in a medium-sized bowl and whip to stiff peaks.
  • In another bowl mix together all other ingredients until smooth.
  • Spoon the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture and mix in well.
  • Divide into six serving dishes and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269
 
Total Fat 28 g  
Saturated Fat 16 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 93 mg  
Sodium 14 mg  
Potassium 28 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 2 g  
Dietary Fiber 0 g  
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 0 g  
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Kale Crunch Salad {Sugar-Free}

Kale Crunch Salad {Sugar-Free}

Kale crunch salad is a refreshing low carb side perfect for a keto diet. Sweet yet sugar-free, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries make it a popular holiday addition to any table.

Let’s be honest.

Are you a gung-ho kale lover or more in the I suppose I really should eat kale, sigh, camp? For a while I went on a kale craze. I heard how many health benefits this leafy green had, and I determined to get it into the family diet.

I tried smoothies, kale chips, kale soup, kale salads. Do you know what happened? Well, guess what!?

In point of fact, I put way TOO much kale in everything and my husband announced he was done with anything with kale. This taught me something. Because, I had to admit it to myself, I wasn’t a fan of too much kale either!

What I’ve come to love is a good balance. I really enjoy kale in this salad because it’s a mix of many healthy ingredients. Moreover, I’m not just eating a kale leaf, but kale with broccoli, cabbage, lemon, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and more! It’s all coated in a delicious dressing, and I’ve come to crave it for lunch!

Don’t worry – I still sneak kale leaves in my son’s smoothies.

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Kale crunch salad is a refreshing low carb side perfect for a keto diet. Sweet yet sugar-free, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries make it a popular holiday salad. #kalesalad #ketosalad #lowcarbsalads

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Leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, kale, collards, Swiss chard, and spinach are the most nutrient-dense of all foods.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Doctor

How kale crunch salad came about

I’ve come across many salad recipes. Back when I went through my kale obsession, I also tried out many prepackaged salad mixes. Unfortunately, the problem with the salad mix is that it always seems to contain ingredients I don’t want in my salad.

For example, many salad mixes have carrots, and I don’t eat carrots on a keto diet. Also, the dressings typically all have a ton of sugar. Or maybe if you get a fancy premade salad you get toppings, and the cranberries have sugar. Read the labels, there’s always something.

Finally, I told myself to just man up and make my own version. I’m pretty happy I did!

Kale crunch salad with keto salad dressing is the perfect low carb side for a holiday dinner. #ketosalad #kalesalad

How to julienne

Now to the basics. The main time consuming job when making a salad is chopping up all the ingredients. Actually, I find it relaxing when I have the time. However, there are ways to make it go quicker if you don’t have a ton of time or the children start WWIII in the living room.

Let’s start with the basic julienne cut. You’ll find this term in many recipes, and yes, it’s French. Despite having a fancy name, it’s really quite simple.

Julienne means simply to cut thin strips, usually in vegetables, meat or fruit. The strips should be about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long, and 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch thick. I like to use it for salads because it looks aesthically pleasing and in a practical sense makes the salad easier to eat.

Tips to speed up vegetable chopping

There are several ways to speed up the time it takes to make this salad. For one, you can buy the cabbage pre-shredded. I like to buy the angel-hair shredded cabbage, and it’s not expensive.

It’s more difficult to find the Brussels sprouts and broccoli stalks sliced or julienned. Sometimes I’ve found a “broccoli slaw” mix at the grocery store, but as I said, it almost always has things in it I don’t want. How to fix this?

First, grab your fresh, organic produce. Next, pull out a food processor or even that spiralizer you bought for making zucchini noodles. Both of these kitchen gadgets should have a shredding or slicing disc or blade. Then you will easily make the right sized veggies for that perfect crunch.


Ways to use broccoli stalks

Why broccoli stalks, you may ask. Well, why not? I feel incredibly wasteful chopping off the florets to steam and throwing out the stalks.

I’ve found julienning to be my favorite way to chop the stalks. About that width provides the crunch I like without being too thin and droopy or a giant chunk. Experiment with a spiralizer or food processor to get your favorite cut.

There are many ways to use broccoli stalks:

  • make soup, puréed or chopped
  • cut lengthwise for crudité to go with your favorite keto dip
  • use with other vegetables to make a vegetable stock
  • steam and purée as babyfood
  • julienne or shred for salads or coleslaw
  • get creative!

 

To make kale crunch salad you’ll need: 

Ingredients for kale crunch salad #ketosalad #kalesalad

How to make kale crunch salad

As I said before, the most time consuming part of making a salad is chopping up all the ingredients. However, once that’s done, it’s pretty easy to assemble.

First, place all ingredients EXCEPT for the pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and dressing in a large bowl. Then take some salad tongs and mix it all up so everything’s evenly dispersed. Just think that it should be combined so you get each ingredient in every bit.

Second, about a half hour to one hour before you’re ready to serve the salad, pour on the keto salad dressing and mix it up with the tongs to coat the greens.

Bite of kale crunch salad #kalesalad #lowcarbsalad

Note: If you’re eating it in single portions just take out what you want to eat and use 2 tablespoons of dressing for a serving. When I get really ambitious, I like to portion this salad out in containers to meal-prep lunches for the week.

Lastly, sprinkle the pumpkin seeds and the cranberries over the top, and mix it up when it’s time to serve. That’s it!

It’s pretty easy to do and is perfect for any holiday dinner or get together.

Kale crunch salad with lemon poppyseed keto salad dressing is sugar-free yet sweet and crunchy. The perfect low carb option for a holiday dinner or get-together with pumpkin seeds and cranberries. #ketoyum #kalesalad #lowcarbsides

If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, if they’re not shown how food affects the mind and the body, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.

Ron Finley

Athlete

Why make your own kale crunch salad?

If you ask yourself this question, it comes down to why make your own anything? Personally, I prefer to make my own salads and recipes because I can control what goes in them. There are no extra preservatives or questionable ingredients.

With all her health issues, my daughter’s doctor always tells me to buy organic whole foods for her. Buy the best ingredients and prepare it youself. It only makes sense to control what you consume, and that goes for anyone!

So come on! You’re going to love kale in this salad! I know I do.

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Delicious kale crunch salad is the perfect low carb side with lemon poppyseed keto salad dressing, pumpkin seed, and dried cranberries. A sweet healthy crunch for holiday dinners or parties. #kalesalad #ketosides #ketosalad

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Interested in other keto salads?

Keto antipasto salad is low carb goodness! Refreshing and the perfect gluten-free recipe for picnics and parties. Makes it easy to stick to a low carb diet! #ketosalad #lowcarblunch

Keto side dishes anyone?

  1. Eggplant with Walnuts
  2. Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
  3. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Bake


Printable Recipe

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Kale Crunch Salad

A brilliant salad mix of super-greens including kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and more! Perfect for a keto, low carb, or other healthy diets.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Kale crunch salad, Kale salad, keto salad, low carb salad
Servings: 10
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cabbage angel hair or finely julienned
  • 3 cups kale chopped or julienned
  • 8 oz Brussels sprouts finely sliced
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 2 cups broccoli stalks julienned
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries sugar-free
  • 1 recipe Keto salad dressing - lemon poppyseed https://wp.me/p8f8w6-1pT

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except for the pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and dressing in a large bowl and use tongs to combine.
  • About one hour before ready to serve, pour on the dressing and mix with the tongs to coat the greens.
  • Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds and cranberries over the top and mix when ready to serve.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 10.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 149
 
Total Fat 12 g  
Saturated Fat 2 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  
Sodium 69 mg  
Potassium 289 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 8 g  
Dietary Fiber 3 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 5 g  
Net Carbohydrate 5 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Keto Salad Dressing – Lemon Poppy Seed

Keto Salad Dressing – Lemon Poppy Seed

Tart and tangy with a hint of sweet, sugar-free lemon poppy seed is the perfect keto salad dressing for a holiday salad or an everyday low carb meal.

One of my favorite salad dressings has always been a sweet poppyseed dressing I used to put on all sorts of greens and pretend it was healthy because it was salad. Then I took a second look and realized just exactly how much sugar was in it. Take a look at all the dressings in your fridge if you still have them. What do you almost always see as a listed ingredient?

Sugar.

There’s sugar in so many of the pre-made items we buy. What have I learned on this keto journey? Many things, to be honest, but there’s one that’s huge but seems so simple. Read your labels. Yep. That’s it.

What’s in the foods you buy and consume without thought? A keto way of eating, and any healthy lifestyle, will make you review those food choices. Do you know what I’ve found? It’s almost always better to make your own. And it really doesn’t take a lot of time if you have the ingredients.

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Tart and tangy with a hint of sweet, sugar-free lemon poppyseed is the perfect keto salad dressing recipe for a low carb diet. #ketosaladdressing #ketodressing #sugarfreedressing

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There was an Old Person of Fife, 
Who was greatly disgusted with life;
They sang him a ballad, 
       and fed him on salad, 
Which cured that Old Person of Fife.

Edward Lear (1812-1888)

English artist and writer

How to juice a lemon

Have you ever juiced a lemon? I was talking to a friend the other day who said she’d never juiced a lemon before. She thought it was too much trouble and just bought a jar of lemon juice.

I may have looked slightly shocked.

Can I tell you a secret? Fresh lemon juice is ever so much better than the old, bottled kind! You know the bland, flat, juice in the plastic lemon in the produce section? Don’t be tempted! Buy the real thing.

Tips for juicing a lemon

Juicing a lemon is not all that difficult and is quick to do. First, select a bright ripe lemon, one you can slightly squeeze and is not too hard.

Second, roll the lemon on the counter, pushing down as to squeeze it inside the peeling. In this way, you begin to break some of the membranes and release juice inside before even cutting it open.

Third, slice the lemon in half and select your chosen juicer. If you don’t think you have a juicer, well you probably do. I call it a fork.

How to juice a lemon with a fork

To use a fork to juice a lemon can be a bit messy, but it works! Place a bowl on your work surface to catch the juice and stick the fork in the center pulp side of the half lemon. With one hand, hold the fork and with the other, the lemon half.

Squeeze tightly and move the fork around the inside of the lemon so the juice runs in your prepared bowl. Next, move the fork all around the inside of the lemon, still squeezing with the other hand to get every bit of juice.

Lemon juicers for your keto salad dressing

If you have a citrus juicer or are looking to purchase one, there a many kinds out there. It’s really your own preference which one you use. I like the old-fashioned one with a glass dish and lid on top to push the lemon on and the juice falls through to the bottom. With it, I seem to get the least messy and can pretend I’m in a one-room schoolhouse making fresh lemonade.

For any of the juicers, press the lemon firmly in the juicer according to the instructions. Move it all around to get every bit of juice from all edges of the lemon.

 

Here are a few options:


To make lemon poppyseed keto salad dressing you’ll need: 

Keto lemon poppyseed dressing is fresh and easy to make. It's the perfect sugar-free dressing for a low carb diet with both tang and sweet. #ketodressing #lowcarbdressing #sugarfreedressing

How to make keto salad dressing – lemon poppyseed

 

If you’re making keto salad dressing for the first time, don’t worry! It’s super-simple and so worth the small amount of effort it takes to make your own. Grab the blender out of the cabinet and let’s get to work.

First, get out all the ingredients and measuring utensils and place them around the blender container. Then set the poppyseeds to the side. Now measure in all the other ingredients into the blender.

Blend it all together on high for 30-40 seconds or until smooth and a light lemony color. This is called emusifying the dressing, which is just a fancy way of saying you’re completely blending ingredients that don’t usually mix together. In this case it’s the oil, vinegar, and mustard.

After the emulsion is complete, add in the poppy seeds and pulse the blender a few times to just to distribute them.

Last but not least, pour the dressing into a jar at least 6 ounces, and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight to mix the flavors.

Before you use the dressing, shake it up in the jar each time. Often, the poppy seeds will settle to the bottom or the oil may try to separate. Simply shake it up and all’s good to go. Dress your salad and eat up!

Delicious keto salad dressing - lemon poppyseed is tart, tangy, sweet and delicious on a low carb diet. Sugar-free and guilt-free. #ketodressing #sugarfreedressing #ketorecipes

But, you must remember, whatever you eat, make sure you have at least one bowl of salad with it.

S.A. Tawks

Author

Why make your own keto salad dressing?

That’s a good question. Why indeed make your own keto salad dressing?

Even with more keto-friendly options to buy out there lately, I still prefer to make my own. The reason may very well be my own need for control. However, there’s a lot to be said for knowing exactly what ingredients you’re putting in any recipe.

I feel good about what goes in this dressing. If you buy fresh, organic ingredients it’s a big step in owning your diet and health goals. I encourage you to make this dressing or experiment with your own flavors.

Enjoy your trip to the market to pick out the fresh produce. If possible, I encourage doing it without taking the children along. It’s your moment for your senses to experience the colors, smells, and feel of the fruits and vegetables.

I love it, and sometimes as a mom it’s those times to step back and appreciate that keep me sane!

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Fresh ingredients in keto salad dressing with this delicious low carb lemon poppyseed recipe. Sugar-free dressing that's tart, tangy, and sweet, for your favorite keto salad. #ketodressing #lowcarbdressing #sugarfreedressing

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Perfect keto bread to go with your salad

Keto cheddar focaccia is low carb, cheesy heaven! Missing bread? Soft and delicious, this gluten-free bread is perfect with keto soups and salads. #ketobread #lowcarbrecipes

Keto side dishes anyone?

  1. Keto Antipasto Salad
  2. Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
  3. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Bake


Printable Recipe

Keto Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Tart, tangy, yet sweet. Keto Lemon Poppyseed dressing is the perfect addition to any salad.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: keto dressing, Keto lemon poppyseed dressing, low carb dressing
Servings: 8
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioners)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp water optional

Instructions

  • Set the poppyseeds aside and place all the other ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend on high for 30-40 seconds or until smooth and a light lemony color.
  • Add in the poppy seeds and pulse the blender a few times to combine.
  • Pour the dressing into an 8 oz jar and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight to mix the flavors.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving: 2 tablespoons
Calories 98
 
Total Fat 11 g  
Saturated Fat 1 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  
Sodium 88 mg  
Potassium 18 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 1 g  
Dietary Fiber 0 g  
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 0 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Best Ever Keto Spice Cake {Sugar Free}

Best Ever Keto Spice Cake {Sugar Free}

This is the best ever keto spice cake, full of fall spices while super-moist and delicious! Topped with a dreamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting.

Spice cake. What comes to mind when you hear it? So many tastes and food experiences are associated with a memory. The sense of taste so easily triggers the mind to remember the good (or bad) times you’ve tasted it before.

For me, my brain forms a picture of me standing in front of the pantry as a kid. I’m staring at that box of spice cake mix in amongst the cornstarch, rice, and other boxes. I sigh thinking how dry it may come out and, “Why couldn’t it be chocolate?”

However, for my daughter, when you hear the words “spice cake” and smell those traditional spices, she goes somewhere else completely. She’s at a picnic style table at a cowboy chuckwagon dinner and western show. Actually, it’s one of her favorite places in the world, and they serve her favorite dessert on a tin plate, spice cake.

Just between you and me, I think this keto spice cake version is even better. Not only is it gluten-free and sugar-free, but it’s super-moist. Also, did I mention the amazingly delish cream cheese frosting?

It’s just about the perfect cake, according to my 10-year-old. I hope you like it too!

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Fall spices flavor this best ever keto spice cake. Gluten-free, sugar-free with a deliciously dreamy cream cheese frosting, it may be the perfect cake for a keto diet. #ketodessertrecipes #ketodessert #lowcarbdessert

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He who controls the spice controls the universe.

Frank Herbert

Author, Dune

What are the spices in keto spice cake?

I love a good strong spice mixture. If it’s called a spice cake, I’m of the opinion you should really taste those spices. However, it is necessary to get a good balance.

Also, it’s so important to get good quality fresh spices. You know that plastic container of ground allspice that’s been in your cabinet for 7 years? Toss it. Buy new. You’ll thank me.

Here are the spices I like to use.

Cinnamon

First of all, cinnamon. For me, cinnamon is truly a sign of fall and the coming winter. It leads us from the first cinnamon spiced fall tea, to the Christmas mulled wine, and of course those fabulous winter keto cinnamon rolls.

When you see a cinnamon stick, did you know that roll is actually tree bark? Yes, cinnamon comes from the inner bark of several trees. I’m not an expert, but most of our cinnamon comes from China and Indonesia. There are different species of cinnamon, and I’ve found what’s titled “Vietnamese Cinnamon” to have some of the strongest and best flavor.

Cinnamon has been prized as a spice for thousands of years. In ancient times, it was highly prized and valuable. In fact, it was considered worthy for the gods. There’s an inscription on the temple of Apollo at Miletus, an ancient Greek city on the western side of Turkey, which records the gifts of cinnamon and cassia.

So take a moment to really enjoy and breath in this sacred spice fit for royals and ancient gods.

Allspice

What is allspice? Actually, allspice is not a mix of nutmeg, cloves, juniper, and others as many people believe. In actuality, it’s a berry, picked before it’s ripe from a tree (the Pimenta dioica). It’s found in southern Mexico, Central America, and other warm climates.

The berry is dried and made into a powder. It’s called “allspice” in English because Europeans thought it tasted like a mix of spices. Columbus actually thought it was pepper, and to his credit, when dried it does resemble a peppercorn.

Do you use allspice? It’s used in all sorts of dishes, from Jamaican jerk chicken, to relishes, to spice cake. Try it out!

Moist gluten-free keto spice cake disappears quickly! Full of flavor, moist, with dreamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting. A fabulous low carb cake for a keto diet. #ketocakes #ketodiet #lchf

Nutmeg

Next, for a great spice that reminds me of zucchini bread and eggnog, nutmeg!

Where does nutmeg come from? I’m glad you asked! This fragrant spice comes from the seeds of a dark evergreen tree. The seed is dried out and tastes best when freshly ground.

It too is used to spice all sorts of foods, including stews, breads, puddings, you name it. Because I love history, I’m going to include that it was also prized in medieval times. Back then they used it for flavoring and food preservation. In addition, during Elizabethan times the price jumped dramatically because some believed it warded off the plague.

Cloves

Last but not least, I like to include ground cloves in my spice mixture for this low carb cake.

Cloves are a little different than the others because this spice actually comes from the flower buds of a tree (Syzygium aromaticum). Originally, like so many of these spices, they came from islands in Indonesia. The Spice Islands, and those surrounding, add an air of mystery and adventure to pirate stories.

Being a romantic, I drink in all the adventure stories surrounding them.

As far as medicinal properties go, back in the day it was used as a natural anesthetic for dental work. Some say it’s perfect for dental work being anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Now, imagine the aforsaid pirate with his knife and eyepatch getting a tooth pulled and sucking on cloves. Fun picture.

For you, perhaps you’ve poked cloves into oranges at Christmastime? If you haven’t, well you should. 😉

To make keto spice cake you’ll need: 

Low carb keto spice cake is packed with fall spice flavor with sugar-free and gluten-free cream cheese frosting. A delight for your tastebuds while in line with a keto diet. #ketocake #ketodesserts #lowcarbcakes

How to make the best keto spice cake

As I said before, the best cake is going to come from good quality fresh ingredients. Start off by assembling your ingredients and kitchen utensils. While they’re out, enjoy comparing the scents of the different spices.

Now to it. First, butter or otherwise grease an 8″ x 8″ baking dish and preheat the oven to 310 degrees Fahrenheit.

Second, start to combine the ingredients. In a high-powered blender, place the butter, sweetener, cream cheese, vanilla, and eggs. Blend it all together for about 30-40 seconds or until completely smooth. (Or mix it all together in a standing mixer).

Don’t you love how easy that sounds? I use a blender more and more lately for my baking, and it’s so quick and simple! You can always use a mixer. However, it’s more difficult to completely combine the ingredients like cream cheese and butter, without lumps. 

Now, on the other side of your work space, take out a large bowl. In it, whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves. 

Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and incorporate them with a spatula or mixer. Once completely combined together, add in the nuts if using. As this cake is generally for a member of the family with an allergy to certain nuts, we tend to leave them out.

On the other hand, if you’re not restricted by an allergy, chopped pecans would be absolutely amazing with this. Stir them in hte batter until they’re evenly dispersed. Next, spread the batter into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick just comes out clean.

Unfrosted keto spice cake. #ketocake #lowcarbdessert #spicecake

Sugar-free cream cheese frosting

While the cake cools, it’s a good time to prepare the frosting. This cream cheese frosting is neither too sweet nor too bland. In my opinion, it’s just about perfect!

To begin, mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream, and sweetener with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. Easy peasy. Mix it long enough to make it slightly fluffy if that makes sense. 

Then, once the cake is cooled, spread it evenly over the keto spice cake. If you want, sprinkle some nuts on the top to make it pretty and add a nutty crunch. 

And voílà! Keto spice cake for everyone! Grab a piece because it won’t last very long.

Take a bit of creamy keto spice cake. Packed with spices while gluten-free, sugar-free, and perfect as a low carb dessert. Topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting, delicious. #glutenfreecake #spicecake #ketocake

 

Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.

William Cowper

Low carb cakes

Do you have a favorite low carb cake? Keto spice cake is one we make a lot around here and everyone seems to like on a keto diet or not. This is one of the recipes I keep on hand for the inevitable cupcake the child takes to birthday parties for herself. And guess what! She likes it so much there are very few complaints about having to bring her own gluten-free cake.

Gluten-free, keto baking and cooking can be just as good as the originals, or even better, in my opinion. So embrace autumn, winter and spice. I’m willing it to come soon.

This is one cake you’re going to love!

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Low carb keto spice cake is deliciously moist and packed with spices. Sugar-free cream cheese frosting is the perfect touch on this popular moist gluten-free cake ideal for a keto diet. #ketocake #ketodesserts #ketorecipes #lowcarbcake

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Do you love fall spices?

Keto pumpkin cookies are filled with spices and chocolate chips. Super-delish!

Stack of keto pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice and chocolate gluten-free, low carb goodness! #sugarfreecookies #ketopumpkin

Great keto fall recipes:

  1. Low Carb Cinnamon Pecan Cookies
  2. Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie
  3. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup


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Delicious low carb keto spice cake is full of fall spices and super moist. Topped with a dreamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting, it's completely gluten-free. #ketocake #lowcarbcake #ketodessertrecipes
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Best Ever Keto Spice Cake

Low carb and keto spice cake, full of fall spices while super-moist and delicious! Topped with a dreamy sugar-free cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Gluten-free spice cake, Keto cake, Keto spice cake, Low carb cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sweetener
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener such as Swerve Confectioners

Instructions

  • Butter an 8" x 8" baking dish and preheat the oven to 310 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a high-powered blender, place the butter, sweetener, cream cheese, vanilla, and eggs. Blend it all together for about 30-40 seconds or until completely smooth. (Or mix it all together in a standing mixer).
  • Take out a large bowl, and whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and combine with a spatula or mixer. Once completely mixed together, add in the nuts if using. Stir until they're evenly dispersed.
  • Spread the batter into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick just comes out clean.

Cream cheese frosting

  • Mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream, and sweetener with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.
  • Spread the frosting onto the cooled spice cake. Garnish with extra nuts if using.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving 1 piece
Calories 231
 
Total Fat 22 g  
Saturated Fat 8 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 59 mg  
Sodium 172 mg  
Potassium 128 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 6 g  
Net Carbohydrate 2 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Easy 3-Ingredient Keto Chocolate Bears

Easy 3-Ingredient Keto Chocolate Bears

Easy 3-ingredient keto chocolate bears can be made in any mold or in bars! Delicious sugar-free chocolate to curb a chocolate craving on a keto low carb diet.

It is no secret I absolutely LOVE chocolate. There are times when I’ve gone very strict keto and cut it and coffee out of my diet, but for me, that’s just not sustainable! Every person is different and on their own journey.

I find my journey is a lot more pleasant with some chocolate thrown in!

Again, the key is to be prepared with sugar-free low carb chocolate to enjoy when the craving hits. Or when your husband buys himself an entire box of specialty chocolate truffles and offers you some (my husband may have more of a sweet tooth than even me!).

This keto chocolate recipe is 3-ingredients and super simple. There’s no need to buy expensive sugar-free chocolate, get depressed when you find sugar-free chocolate with ingredients you’d prefer to leave out, or panic when you can’t get it. Just make your own!

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Sugar-free easy 3-ingredient keto chocolate is heaven in a bite when a chocolate craving hits on a low carb diet. Gluten-free and delicious, these can be made in any mold or as bars. #ketochocolate #sugarfreechocolate #lowcarbchocolate #ketodessert

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What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.

Katherine Hepburn

How to temper chocolate

If you’ve watched many cooking show in your life you may have heard the expression “temper chocolate”. Usually, it’s presented as a challenge and a test in skill in working with chocolate. It can be difficult.

Does that mean it’s impossible for you to do at home? Not at all! Is it absolutely necessary to perfectly temper the chocolate in your own keto chocolate creation making? Nope, it will just be prettier. It will taste about the same.

Now, if you want to temper chocolate, it’s best to get a double boiler. If you don’t have one (and I don’t), use a saucepan with a heat-proof bowl that just fits to sit on the top.

So first, gather your supplies. Second, fill the saucepan or bottom portion of the double boiler half-full with water.

Third, chop or break your chocolate into small enough pieces to make it easier to melt. Set a few pieces of the chocolate aside. then place the rest in the top of the double boiler or the heat-proof bowl and turn on the heat to medium-high.

Heat the water until it’s almost boiling but not quite and continuously stir the chocolate as it melts. In this keto chocolate bears recipe, I melt the chocolate and the cocoa butter together in this process. If you have a candy thermometer, it should reach a temperature of 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit when you remove it from the heat.

Take the bowl off the saucepan and put it on a heat pad, then stir in the remaining chocolate to melt and at the same time cool down the rest of the chocolate.

A warning for when you melt chocolate:

Don’t burn the chocolate! Yes, you can burn chocolate if the temperature goes much above 130 degrees. AND we don’t want scorched chocolate, so watch it! If you ever melt chocolate in the microwave, only do it for 30 seconds at a time and stir to prevent scorching and seizing.

Lastly, when the chocolate has melted, it will be ready to mold, coat, cool on a cold stone, or whatever you need it for!

Two keto chocolate bears #ketochocolate #chocolatecraving #lowcarbchocolate

To make keto chocolate bears you’ll need: 

*Droppers usually come with the chocolate molds to put the liquid into the molds. You can always use a spoon if you don’t have one.

Keto chocolate bear molds #ketochocolate #lowcarbchocolate

How to make keto chocolate bears

To begin, gather the ingredients together and roughly chop the chocolate and cocoa butter. Second, you’ll begin the proces of tempering. Place all but about 1/4 of the chocolate, cocoa butter, and sweetener in a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of hot water.

Shortcut: If you don’t care about tempering the chocolate or the shininess of the resulting chocolate, you can put all the chocolate in at the same time and not save the bit for the end.

Heat the water until almost boiling and stir the chocolate mixture constantly as the chocolate melts. Do this until everything is completely combined and the temperature’s about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, remove the bowl from the heat and place it on a heating pad.

Then, stir in the remaining chocolate. Next, find a good workspace and place the molds you’ve selected next to the bowl of chocolate. It will be necessary to work fast, if the chocolate hardens too much it will not work in the droppers or completely fill the mold.

How to fill the chocolate molds

For the gummy bear sized chocolate bears, I like to use the dropper that came with the molds. It can be a little bit of a messy process but with some practice it goes quicker and with less spillage. However, if you don’t have the droppers or the mixture is too thick for the size of dropper, just use a spoon.

As I said, move quickly and fill those bears as fast as you can. I have 3 droppers so my daughter and I do the job as a team! She loves to make it into a race, and who doesn’t like to work with chocolate?

Also, don’t worry too much if it looks a bit messy. Just fill the molds and then set in the fridge to set for at least an hour. If you’re in a hurry the chocolate can chill in the freezer for about half the time.

Tip: I place the molds on a small cookie sheet / baking pan in the fridge so I can move them around more easily without fear of bending the mold and spilling chocolate everywhere.

Once the chocolate is set and hardened, push them out of the molds and store in an airtight container. I like to put them in the freezer, so I can just grab out a couple at a time when I want them. Especially in summer, they will keep better in the refridgerator or freezer.

 

Keto chocolate bear molds #ketochocolate #ketocandy #lowcarbchocolate

The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.

Sandra Boynton

Why keto chocolate bears?

This recipe came about as a result of several factors. First, my daughter was wanting some sugar-free chocolate. The main brand I eat (Lily’s) says right on the package it’s made in a facilty with tree nuts, which is a no go for someone with a severe tree nut allergy. Why not make our own?

Secondly, I’ve had these gummy bear molds sitting around for awhile. How many of you out there jumped on the make your own gummy bears bandwagon? I’m raising my hand! I love to make my own sugar-free gummy bears, but it also made me wonder what else I could use the gummy bear molds for.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to use them for keto chocolate bears? They’re a great size for a substantial bite of chocolate but not too much. Portion them out or freeze them for that occasional chocolate craving.

And as I said before, life’s just better with chocolate. Enjoy!

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Keto Chocolate Bears are a sugar-free chocolate treat you'll love. It's the perfect chocolate to have for a low carb diet chocolate craving, and just a couple will do the trick. #ketodesserts #ketochocolate #lowcarbrecipes #ketochocolaterecipes

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Keto chocolate cookies anyone?

Low carb Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are a fabulous soft copycat keto oreo, satisfy cravings yet are sugar-free and gluten-free. #ketodesserts #ketocookies #ketorecipes

Ready for some more keto chocolate recipes?

  1. Keto Chocolate Coconut Balls
  2. Low Carb Keto Chocolate Truffles
  3. Low Carb Chocolate Pie


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Keto Chocolate Bears

Easy and delicious sugar-free chocolate in the form of little bears or whatever you choose! Low carb chocolate to curb those cravings on a keto diet.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Chill Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: keto chocolate bars, keto chocolate bears, Low carb chocolate chip cookies, sugar-free chocolate
Servings: 8
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Equipment

  • Chocolate or gummy molds

Ingredients

  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 oz cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener Swerve Confectioners or equivalent

Instructions

  • Gather the ingredients and roughly chop the chocolate and cocoa butter.
  • Place the chocolate, cocoa butter, and sweetener in a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of water. Stir as the chocolate melts until completely combined.
  • Alternatively, microwave the chocolate and cocoa butter for 30-second intervals until melted and mixed. Add the sweetener and whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into the molds using a spoon or dropper.
  • Place the molds in the fridge (or freezer) to set and harden at least 1 hour (30 minutes in the freezer) or overnight.
  • Remove chocolates from the molds and enjoy.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving: 1/8 of recipe, depends on size of mold
Calories 121
 
Total Fat 11 g  
Saturated Fat 5 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  
Sodium 3 mg  
Potassium 118 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 2 g  
Net Carbohydrate 2 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

The Best Restaurants in Grand Lake CO

The Best Restaurants in Grand Lake CO

These are our family favorite restaurants in Grand Lake CO. Stop in and enjoy!

Are you planning a vacation to Grand Lake, Colorado? Click here for some awesome things to do in Grand Lake. Also if so, well then you need to eat well!

Grand Lake is a gem of a mountain town just west of Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s no secret it’s one of my favorite places in the world. I love that it’s not the ski-resort type but a more of an old-fashioned, super-friendly, nature-loving town.

I’ve visited Grand Lake almost every summer since I was 8 years old. Now, I’m not going to tell you how old I am right now, but that’s enough to consider it a second home! Also, that means I’ve been to a LOT of restaurants in the area.

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The best family-friendly restaurants in Grand Lake CO. Grand Lake Restaurants you'll love! #grandlakecolorado #grandlake

My favorite Grand Lake restaurants

Restaurants, coffee shops, and good places to eat.

Breakfast / Brunch Restaurants in Grand Lake, Colorado

1. Fat Cat Cafe

Location: Inside Pancho and Lefty’s, 1120 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO

Food: Scottish/American breakfast/brunch/desserts

Options: Gluten-free, sugar-free, low carb

Fat Cat Cafe is my absolute favorite place to eat in Grand Lake CO. #fatcatcafe #grandlakeco

Now we have come to what is most definitely my favorite place to eat in Grand Lake, Colorado. Don’t question, just plan on making a visit to this fabulous cat-loving establishment. Why, you may ask. Well…

Can I say the absolute best homemade sausage I’ve ever tasted? Banana cream pie? Scotch eggs? Victoria sponge. Oh, yes.

The first time I ate at the Fat Cat Cafe I was immediately blown away by how good the breakfast sausage was. I had a simple sausage and eggs breakfast that came with a small cinnamon roll on the side, and I still remember it with fondness as one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.

Fat Cat Cafe, Grand Lake restaurants #grandlakeco #grandlakerestaurants

Fat Cat Cafe weekend brunch

The second time I experienced the Fat Cat Cafe, it was for their weekend brunch. And oh let me tell you, what an all you can eat brunch! This was before I ate keto, and so I tried just about everything.

The brunch has all the traditional breakfast foods, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Then of course there’s fruit and ALL the homemade pies and pastries. My favorite discovery (aside from the awesome sausage I already knew about) was the banana cream pie.

Sausages at Fat Cat Cafe, Restaurants in Grand Lake CO #grandlakeco #grandlake

Now, the owner makes other pies too, mostly cream pies, but the banana cream is really to die for. I spoke with the baker, who told me she actually doesn’t use any extra sugar in the banana cream pie, but uses the good very ripe bananas and their natural sugars to sweeten it.

I could talk about the the brunch all day long, but you really should experience it for yourself. Plan not to hurry but to enjoy your meal and company. This is one place I really do splurge and don’t regret it a bit!

2. Blue Water Bakery

Location: 928 Grand Ave. Grand Lake, CO

Food: American, breakfast, lunch, coffee, pastries

Options: Gluten-free, sugar-free, low carb, vegetarian

The Blue Water Bakery is a fun place to grab a coffee and breakfast or a great salad for lunch. It has a charm all it’s own with comfortable seating inside and outside, and even it’s own garage door that’s left open in nice weather.

Usually I like to visit the bakery in the morning on one day of our visit to Grand Lake. Generally, it’s for a late breakfast and coffee then stroll along the lake front. The bakery’s often quite crowded at peak times, but I’ve always had good friendly service.

Take a seat outside with a view of the lake and sip your coffee. Alternatively, enjoy a meal and have a spirited discussion with a friend over the best fishing spots in the area. I like this place for the easy in-town location, yet close to the lake, service with character, and good food.

Boy by Grand Lake Colorado #grandlakeco #familytravel

3. The Wake Coffee Shop

Location: 1146 Lake Ave, Grand Lake, CO

Food: American, breakfast, lunch, coffee, pastries

Options: Gluten-free, sugar-free, low carb, vegetarian

Extras: Free Wifi, next to the Grand Lake Marina

Why include a coffee shop in my list of favorite restaurants in Grand Lake CO? Well, why not? The Wake Coffee Shop is small and cozy, but let me tell you why I love to go there.

For one, they are located just next to Lemmon Lodge (where we like to stay) by the Grand Lake Marina. Therefore, super-easy access, and yes, the all important free Wifi.

You may be surprised, in this mountain town, Wifi and even good cell phone service, are not in every cabin, hotel, restaurant, and hiking trail. In my opinion, that is one of the many charms of the area. However, there are times when I really need Wifi to get something done.

Therefore, I get a child and another adult family member set on an hour kayaking rental to explore the edge of the lake. Then, I take a seat in the Wake near the window to keep an eye out for them, or in one of the cozy chairs.

Grab a coffee or one of their popular breakfast burritos or a more low carb option, and I’m set to get some work done. Or have a good conversation with my grandmother or friend. There are many options.

4. Grand Lake Lodge – Huntington House Tavern

(Sunday brunch or lunch/dinner)

Location: 15500 US-34, Grand Lake, CO

Food: American, breakfast, lunch, steakhouse dinner

Options: Gluten-free, dairy-free, works well with food allergies

Extras: Amazing views overlooking Grand Lake, wheel-chair accessible

Grand Lake Lodge for brunch. Best restaurants in Grand Lake CO. #grandlakelodge #grandlakeco

When we visit Grand Lake, especially as a family group, I like to make it up to Grand Lake Lodge for a meal. It’s located up the mountain overlooking Grand Lake with beautiful pine trees and flowers to frame the fabulous views.

Usually, you’ll see some antique cars parked in the lot, and there are often car shows to check out. It’s rustic and charming, and on the National Register for Historic Places. You’ll enjoy a stroll around the deck, and maybe venture down to the chapel area for weddings and Sunday morning services.

We don’t stay at the Lodge but like to have breakfast, especially the Sunday brunch, or a steak dinner. It’s also a great place to wander around and take a family photo or two. In addition, there’s usually free coffee so enjoy your coffee and a view!

My free coffee and a view at Grand Lake Lodge #grandlakerestaurants #grandlakeco

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Lunch / Dinner Restaurants in Grand Lake CO

As far as lunch and dinner options go, I’ve already mentioned the Fat Cat Cafe (go there!) and Grand Lake Lodge. Here are some other options I’d rank pretty high on the list of best places to eat in Grand Lake.

5. Miyauchi’s Snack Bar

Location: 1029 Lake Ave, Grand Lake, CO

Food: American, burgers, fries, ice cream

Options: General fast food options

Extras: Outdoor seating (only), lakeside view

Snack bar on the beach, Grand Lake, CO #grandlake #coloradotourism

Miyauchi’s Snack Bar is an iconic destination in Grand Lake. The sign with the ice cream cone on blue background is a beacon to those who love the mountain town.

As a kid, I remember loving Miyauchi’s. The moment we got into town I would beg to go get my favorite twist cone dipped in chocolate. So good and super-messy!

Lately, I like to visit Miyauchi’s for a burger dinner before a walk by the lake. I go for a no-bun, extra lettuce option, and everyone else loves the burgers, fries, and one of the many ice cream flavors. Even if you don’t eat a full meal there, the ice cream is hugely popular with kids and tourists.

Note: There are nuts in the ice cream so any allergies should check when ordering. My gal with a nut allergy has to opt for the soft-serve.

6. Sagebrush BBQ & Grill

Location: 1101 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO

Food: American, BBQ, burgers, etc.

Options: Gluten-free, low carb

Extras: Buckets of peanuts on the table

Dinner is always fun at the Sagebrush BBQ & Grill, restaurants in Grand Lake CO. #grandlakeco #grandlakecolorado

Who loves BBQ?! Ask that in my family and you’ll see just about all hands raised and ready to go. My son affectionately calls this place, “The restaurant where you can throw peanut shells on the floor!”

Indeed, throwing peanut shells on the floor and looking around with a sneaky smile could occupy him for hours. It’s the perfect way for Mom and Dad and friends to enjoy a good meal and an actual conversation!

Great Grand Lake Restaurants include the Sagebrush BBQ & Grill #grandlakerestaurants #grandlakeco

The Sagebrush BBQ & Grill is a restaurant in Grand Lake CO with many options, not just BBQ. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the pulled pork or brisket. There are also burgers, trout, panini sandwiches, salmon, fettuccini Alfredo, and a lot more!

They also have a gluten-free menu so be sure to ask for it if you had need.

7. Grand Pizza

Location: 1131 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO

Food: Italian, American, pizza, calzones, panini sandwiches, salads, etc.

Options: Vegetarian, gluten-free, low carb (salad)

Extras: Located on the Grand Lake boardwalk

For those looking for a great family-friendly restaurant, Grand Pizza is always popular with guests. If the kids are requesting pizza, give this Grand Lake Restaurant a try!

Personally, I love that they have gluten-free pizza crust, and quite a few interesting salad options. They have a good kid’s menu, and can you believe, 34 pizza toppings to choose from. Just look for the sign with the moose tossing the pizza dough!

8. Fish Fry!

Last but not least is not a restaurant at all! Because it is one of our regular meals while in Grand Lake, I had to include it.

If you do some fishing, hopefully you’ll get a few trout from the lake. As my son likes to say, keep one for Daddy to eat and let the others go free and in the wild! Keep enough trout for your group for an evening fish fry!

Many visitors to Grand Lake like to stay in a cabin. See my article on Things to do in Grand Lake CO for some ideas on how to book a cabin.

One of the many perks in renting a cabin is that you have a kitchen. In addition to snacks or occasional quick meals, why not utilize that kitchen for a fresh trout fish fry? When they come from the clean mountain snow runoff waters of Grand Lake, you’ll rarely taste as good a fresh trout.

Beyond the restaurants in Grand Lake CO

Did you know that Grand Lake is the deepest natural lake in Colorado? In fact, this summer when I was sitting at our favorite fishing spot, a gentleman nearby told me a fascinating story. Is it a fisherman’s legend or a proven fact? I’ve yet to find out, but either way it makes for a fun conversation!

This older fisherman claimed there’s a different sort of creature down in the deepest waters of the lake. A creature one would not normally associate with a mountain lake. What could it be?

Supposedly, fishermen have brought up Kokanee salmon, found deep when ice fishing, with a surprising creature in their stomachs. Inside the Kokanee salmon, people found small shrimp that could only have come from the ocean.

He went on to say that only a deep underwater passage could have brought such a species to our dear lake.

So, is there a deep underwater passage into Grand Lake that could possibly lead to the ocean? Some claim there is. Others are doubtful. I don’t know either way for certain, but I have to say it’s fun to speculate about!

There are so many reasons to absolutely LOVE this mountain town. Cabins, wildlife, hiking, water sports, fishing, and good family time. If you haven’t been, maybe you should!

Tag me in your travel pics on Instagram @explorermomma. I’d love to see them!

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