Best Low Carb Keto Turkey Meatloaf

Best Low Carb Keto Turkey Meatloaf

Delicious and flavorful, keto turkey meatloaf is moist and perfect for a low carb family dinner. Traditional meatloaf in gluten-free form, popular with everyone, on a keto diet or not.

Did you grow up with a family meatloaf? I know some families that ate it once a month or even once a week without fail. Some years ago I started making a turkey meatloaf and absolutely loved it! It was popular with friends and family, and when I started on a keto diet I was determined to make it gluten-free and glorious.

Truly, meatloaf is one of those classic comfort foods. It’s perfect for a winter evening or with a lemony green salad in summer. Moreover, you can bring the family together and enjoy a classic everyone will love, all while sticking to a keto diet.

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Keto Turkey Meatloaf is a delicious low carb family dinner. Gluten-free and super kid-friendly, perfect for a keto diet. #ketodinner #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipes

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Best low carb substitutions for bread crumbs

If you’ve ever made a meatloaf, you’ll know that most recipes contain bread crumbs. To make a gluten-free and low carb meatloaf I knew I was going to have to find a good replacement for the breadcrumbs. Also, that replacement still had to keep the loaf super moist.

There are quite a few options, such as almond flour and cauliflower rice to name a couple. However, the solution I ended up with as my favorite may not be what you expect.

Pork rinds.

Yes, pork rind crumbs.

Many keto dieters eat pork rinds as a snack so it may or may not surprise you to hear they work well in baking.

Pork rinds in a keto turkey meatloaf.

It’s sort of like when Elizabeth Bennett says, “Shelves in the closet, a happy thought indeed.”

Excuse my Pride and Prejudice reference, but some may be more excited by pork rinds in a meatloaf than others! I admit I find it a very happy thought, indeed, because it works!

How to make pork rind crumbs

First of all, find a good quality pork rind. Some are even flavored and can make the meatloaf even tastier, just be sure they don’t add in something you’re trying to avoid on keto.

Check the ingredients before you buy. That’s sort of a rule I always live by.

There’s a couple of ways you can do this. The simplest, easiest way I’ve found is to put the pork rinds in a gallon zipper bag. Then, take a rolling pin and whack it or roll over the pork rinds. Now, make sure to shake the bag then continue to repeat the process until the rinds are broken down into coarse crumbs.

Lastly, measure out the amount needed, and save the extra in an airtight container.

Alternatively, if you wish to get out a food processor, pork rinds can easily be pulverized to crumbs or even powder. Just pulse it a few times until the desired crumb size is achieved.

Low carb keto turkey meatloaf is a gluten-free family recipe treat. Moist and full of flavor, it's the best kind of comfort food. #ketorecipes #lowcarbdinner

To make Keto Turkey Meatloaf you’ll need: 

Low carb keto turkey meatloaf is a gluten-free family favorite. Comfort food for the keto diet and super kid-friendly low carb recipe. #lowcarbdinner #lowcarbrecipes #ketodinners

How to make a keto turkey meatloaf

To make a low carb turkey meatloaf, begin by getting out a baking sheet then preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Second, melt the butter in a skillet or sauté pan on medium heat and cook the chopped onions, salt, pepper, and thyme. It should take about 10 minutes until the onions are translucent.

Next, add in the garlic, vinegar, BBQ sauce, chicken bone broth, and tomato paste to the onion mixture. Combine it all well then set aside to let it cool.

Now take out a large bowl and mix the turkey, pork rind crumbs, and eggs together. You can use a spatula or generally I just use my hands as it feels like I get everything more evenly combined. A word of warning! Ground turkey just out of the fridge can be super cold so you may want to let it warm up to almost room temp so you don’t freeze your hands. Or not. 😉

Keto turkey meatloaf mix in the bowl #lowcarbrecipes #lowcarbdinners

Then add in the cooled onion mixture so it’s evenly dispersed throughout the meat. Once it’s all completely combined, shape it into a rectangle loaf on an ungreased baking sheet.

Keto turkey meatloaf on pan, ready to bake #ketorecipes #ketodinner

Lastly, before it’s put in the oven, spread the ketchup on top evenly. It will bake for about 50 minutes to one hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Serve hot right out of the oven or at room temperature.

You may find some of the fat from the meat leaks out onto the baking dish. There is nothing to worry about when this happens, and it’s expected. Simply cut the meatloaf into slices and transfer it to a serving platter or bakeware dish.

Delicious low carb bite of keto turkey meatloaf #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipes

Enjoy with family or friends!

 

Best keto comfort foods

Meatloaf, mac and cheese, pizza – these tend to be my comfort foods. What about you and yours? What were your favorite foods growing up you’d love to see with a keto makeover? Maybe it’s Aunt Betty’s famous cheese and broccoli rice casserole or Cousin Fred’s English toffee.

I’m always up for a challenge and trying out new recipes every day. I’d love to hear of your successes (or even non-success stories)! We all learn by trial and error, and it just gets better with each thing you learn. Leave a comment below!

Hopefully, you’ll give this moist and delicious keto turkey meatloaf a go. Add some extra spice if you want to kick it up a notch or leave it as-is for a kid-friendly family dinner recipe. I think you’re going to love it!

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This is the best low carb turkey meatloaf I've tried. It's a super family-friendly recipe everyone will love, keto diet or not. Gluten-free, moist, and delicious, this will soon work it's way onto your low carb meal plan. #ketodinners #lowcarbrecipes

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Now, how about a Keto Dessert?

A Keto Bakewell tart is the perfect low carb dessert addition to any tea or picnic, even for tonight's gluten-free dessert! Sugar-free and delicious, the family will love this keto diet treat. #ketodesserts #lowcarbdessertsketo #lowcarbdesserts

More Tasty Keto Dinner Recipes:

  1. Keto Cheesy Zucchini Lasagna
  2. Keto Jambalaya
  3. Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup
  4. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  5. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Bake


Printable Recipe

Keto Turkey Meatloaf

A delicious family-friendly, low carb, gluten-free dinner is sure to please even the pickiest eater.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto Turkey Meatloaf, Low Carb Turkey Meatloaf
Servings: 8
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free BBQ sauce (or sugar-free ketchup)
  • 1/3 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup pork rind crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free ketchup

Instructions

  • Get out a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet or sauté pan on medium heat and cook the onions, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Add in the garlic, vinegar, BBQ sauce, chicken bone broth, and tomato paste. Mix well then set aside to let cool.
  • Take a large bowl and mix the turkey, pork rind crumbs, and eggs together. Then add in the cooled onion mixture. Once it's all completely combined, shape it into a rectangle loaf on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Spread the ketchup on top and bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340
 
Total Fat 19 g  
Saturated Fat 6 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 151 mg  
Sodium 636 mg  
Potassium 322 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 3 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 38 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.

Low Carb Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Low Carb Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Soft and delicious keto chocolate sandwich cookies are the perfect treat to satisfy dessert cravings! Low carb and gluten-free, a chocolate cookie sandwich filled with a creamy sugar-free cream cheese filling.

What are your favorite kinds of cookies?

This cookie came about because my daughter was lamenting over the fact she couldn’t have Oreos with all the gluten and sugar. “Well,” I said, “Let’s make our own version!”

It’s so much fun to let kids be creative and really think about what they want as an end product. It turned out, a soft chocolate cookie with a creamy delicious cream cheese filling was really what was on her mind. In fact, that craving turned into one of our favorite desserts, keto chocolate sandwich cookies.

They’re really more of a cross between an Oreo and a whoopie pie. However, after making them many, many times, we much prefer them to either alternative. Why not give them a try?

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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

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The Importance of Keto Food Prep

I think you can say it’s important to prepare for just about anything in life. When you make a lifestyle change you want as many advantages in your corner as possible. Therefore food prep is absolutely HUGE when it comes to being successful on a keto diet.

If you’ve read many of my recipe blog posts you’ll know I eat keto, and my daughter eats a slight variation on it for health reasons. My son and husband will eat the meals I prepare but are definitely not strict keto.

It’s difficult to provide good, healthy, whole food options for kids with the barrage of sugar thrown at them every day. The library summer reading program gives coupons for candy bars and ice cream, teachers at school give out candy as rewards, and all picnics and celebrations include candy and gluten-filled sweets.

What can you do? When you’re a kid, it’s even harder to say no to the donut calling your name on the spread at the parade.

Be prepared. For me, that means meal and snack planning every week, with baking and prep time planned into my schedule. If I want to be successful and make good food choices, they have to be easily available right? Moreover, it’s so much easier to ignore the cookies your name when you have a more tempting option available. Like these keto chocolate sandwich cookies.

Soft and delicious keto chocolate sandwich cookies are a mix between keto oreos and keto whoopie pies. Gluten-free and sugar-free with a cream cheese filling, the result is perfect for a keto diet. #ketocookies #ketodesserts

To make Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies you’ll need : 

Low carb keto chocolate sandwich cookies are a delicious gluten-free sweet treat. Curb those cravings and enjoy a sugar-free keto way of eating. #lowcarbdesserts #ketorecipes

How to make Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

To make keto chocolate sandwich cookies, there are basically two components. First, make the chocolate cookies. Then whip up the filling. Last, once the cookies are cooled, make sandwiches by filling with the delicious cream cheese mixture.

Therefore, let’s start off with the chocolate cookies. To be honest, I can eat these as treats on their own. However, the filling really takes them up a notch and makes them that much more special.

Delicious keto chocolate sandwich cookies on a plate are the perfect gluten-free snack. A cross between a keto oreo and a keto whoopie pie, these sugar-free treats are a family favorite. #ketorecipes #lowcarbcookies

First, preheat the oven to 275 degrees and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Second, get out a large mixing bowl, and put the melted butter in it. Then dump in all the other cookie ingredients but the almond flour. Stir the almond flour in last.

It’s a pretty quick and easy dough to make. Now, form tablespoon-sized balls out of the dough and place them on a baking pan covered with a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Be sure to flatten them by pushing down on each with the flat bottom of a glass or simply with your hand.

Tip: Almond flours differ, so if the dough seems too dry, you can add in a tablespoon at a time of almond milk. The balls of dough should be able to be pressed down into rounds.

Next, bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes or until the cookies are done. Also, it’s important to let them cool for a few minutes on the pan to harden. Then you will be able to remove them to the racks to cool completely.

Low carb keto chocolate sandwich cookies on a plate are the perfect gluten-free snack. A cross between a keto oreo and a keto whoopie pie, these sugar-free treats are a family favorite. #ketorecipes #ketocookies

How to make the cream cheese filling

First off, for the filling, be sure the ingredients are at room temperature or even slightly above so they can be completely combined without lumps. Now, place the cream cheese, heavy cream, and powdered sweetener in a bowl. Then, use a hand mixer to completely blend for at least 2 minutes. 

Lastly, to assemble! Take one cooled cookie and spread with a good amount of filling, then top with a second cookie. Place it back on the rack or in an airtight container to store. Now repeat until all the sandwiches are filled. Usually, I find it necessary to sample one at this point.

Put the cookies in an airtight container to store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for a month. I’m a big fan of having all sorts of options in the freezer to set out for guests or myself in an emergency. Enjoy!

Take a bite of a low carb keto chocolate sandwich cookie and your taste buds will thank you. A perfect gluten-free snack with a sugar-free decadent filling. #ketosnacks #ketodesserts #lowcarbdessertsketo

Low carb chocolate cookies

Chocolate cookies are a huge trigger for me so it’s always important to have an option when that craving hits. These cookies are great with the cream cheese filling or why not try to fill them with a good keto ice cream? I don’t think anyone would argue with that!

Share them with friends and family or keep them in portions in the freezer. It’s your choice. Happy baking!

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Soft Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are the perfect cross between a keto oreo and a keto whoopie pie. A gluten-free, sugar-free snack or dessert the whole family will love keto diet or not. #ketocookies #lowcarbrecipes #ketorecipes

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Printable Recipe

Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Soft and delicious keto chocolate sandwich cookies filled with cream cheese filling.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Keto Oreo Cookies, Low Carb Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Low Carb Oreos
Servings: 9
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour

Filling

  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 5 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Place the melted butter in a large mixing bowl. Add all the other ingredients (other than the filling). Stir the almond flour in last.
  • Form tablespoon-sized balls out of the dough and place them on a baking pan covered with a baking sheet.
  • Flatten them by pushing down on each with the flat bottom of a glass or simply with a hand.
  • Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes or until done. Let them cool for a few minutes on the pan then remove to racks to cool completely.

Filling

  • For the filling, place the room temperature cream cheese, heavy cream, and powdered sweetener in a bowl. Use a hand mixer to completely combine the ingredients with no lumps.
  • Take one cooled cookie and spread with the filling, then top with a second. Repeat until all are filled.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 9.0
Amount Per Serving: 1 sandwich cookie
Calories 256
 
Total Fat 24 g  
Saturated Fat 8 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 11 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 35 mg  
Sodium 203 mg  
Potassium 240 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 8 g Net Carbs 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 4 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 7 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.
 
 
The nutrition facts are 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.

Lemon Cream Cheese Cake – Keto Pound Cake

Lemon Cream Cheese Cake – Keto Pound Cake

Tangy delicious low carb cream cheese lemon cake is the perfect keto pound cake with a creamy tart frosting just like you remember but in a gluten-free, sugar-free package.

Does anyone else out there absolutely love the fresh tangy flavor of lemons in summer desserts and bakes? Please tell me I’m not the only one who was incredibly sad to give up the coffee shop slice of lemon pound cake in favor of a keto diet?

Yes, I’ve always loved baked goods and had more than a little of a sweet tooth. Actually, that sweet tooth was one of the biggest motivations for me to change my way of eating. I hated being so dependent on sugar and seeing statistics everywhere about how Americans consume more and more of the stuff.

Your brain cells like sugar just like you, and the more you eat, the more they crave it. I made the choice to cut processed sugar from my diet, but that in no way means I’ve completely lost a sweet tooth. I went through a major sugar withdrawal but no longer have the cravings I used to. Have you had a similar experience?

However, does that mean I completely want to give up my baked goods and sweets? Not at all! I just had to learn to make them in healthier ways.

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This tangy and delicious Keto lemon pound cake recipe is sugar-free, gluten-free, and 9 grams of protein a slice! Enjoy for a low carb breakfast or dessert. #ketodessert #ketobreakfast

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A little lemon juice makes everything taste better.

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Do I have to use a blender to make the keto lemon pound cake?

I get this question every now and then because I do use a blender in so much of my keto baking. Do you have to use a blender?

The straight answer is no, of course not! Any of my recipes can also be made using a regular hand or standing mixer. However, if you do use a mixer, the ingredients all must be at room temperature or even a little warmer. If they’re cold, they don’t combine as easily.

Personally, I love to use a blender with baking, soups, just about anything, because it makes my life easier. If I want to make a keto lemon pound cake, with the blender I don’t have to set out the ingredients early or figure out how to warm them up. On the other hand, if I use a mixer I’m forced to get all the ingredients out and ready way ahead of time to warm up.

Often, at our crazy house, I prepare and set out everything. Then what happens? Some “emergency” or urgent call for help on the child’s craft, book, or other activity distracts. One thing leads to another and you never get around to actually baking the keto lemon pound cake!

Quelle catastrophe!

Yes, it is a catastrophe because then I sadly put all the ingredients back into the fridge to try again the next day. Does it sound familiar? To be perfectly honest, I’ve had this happen several days in a row and decided it was time to put my foot down and find a better way to prep for baking.

Hence, the rise of the blender for low carb baking

I use a Vitamix blender and have had it a little over 5 years now. At first, I was hesitant to put so much money into a blender. A blender!? So much so that I sat on the idea for about two years before I finally bought it. After the first week, I could not imagine going back to life without it. Also, now if faced with the question of if I could do without it for a while if it were to go out I shrink in horror. I might say please no!, sort of like I might do with the washing machine.

It is not an appliance I would want to do without, and have used it nearly every day since it’s purchase. Mine came with a 7-year warranty, but it’s shown no signs of slowing down. Needless to say, I’m very happy with it.

And it’s great for blending up cold ingredients like cream cheese and eggs directly out of the fridge. Perfect!

A low carb lemon keto pound cake recipe, a deliciously tangy gluten-free breakfast treat.  #ketobreakfast #ketodesserts

For a Lemon Keto Pound Cake you’ll need: 

How to make a lemon keto pound cake

I love this cake because it’s actually really easy to throw together. It’s also super-delicious. And, did I tell you it has 9 grams of protein per serving? Pretty awesome for a lemon tea cake, right?

A piece of lemon keto pound cake is the perfect low carb breakfast or gluten-free dessert. #lowcarbdesserts #lowcarbdessertsketo

Begin by preheating the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a loaf pan and line it with buttered parchment paper so the cake’s easy to remove from the pan.

Now for the ingredients.

First, start with the blender. In it, place the cream cheese, eggs, sweetener, vanilla, and lemon extract. Then blend from slow to high for about 40 seconds or until completely combined. Next, add the butter to the mixture and blend for another 30 seconds or so until smooth.

Second, take out a large mixing bowl. Put in and whisk together the coconut flour, almond flour, salt, and baking powder. Perfect, the dry ingredients are done.

Third, pour the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture and combine well with a spoon or spatula until no lumps remain.

Next, pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake it for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Unfrosted keto pound cake #ketodesserts #ketobreakfastrecipes

Put the cake on a rack and let it cool almost completely before removing from the pan and parchment paper. Take out the beautiful keto pound cake and set it on a large serving plate or the cooling rack to frost.

How to make the sugar-free frosting

Again, this cream cheese frosting is super easy to make and use to decorate the low carb lemon cake. It’s quick and easy to use a hand mixer to mix all ingredients until smooth. Then, use a knife or icing spatula and spread it over the top of the pound cake.

Lastly, slice it evenly into 16 pieces and serve for breakfast, dessert, or even high tea!

This flavorful keto lemon pound cake recipe is the perfect low carb recipe for a gluten-free high tea or a protein packed breakfast. Easy and tangy, have a slice with your coffee or for a fabulous keto dessert. #ketopoundcake #ketobreakfast #ketodessertrecipes #lowcarbdesserts

Tips and tricks for the perfect keto pound cake

Hint #1: After about 30 minutes I place a piece of foil over the top of the cake so it doesn’t darken too much. It can form a crust around the edges, which I think tastes amazing, but provides a deep contract to the light lemon yellow insides.

Hint #2: If you are worried about the appearance of the cake and whether or not there will be a crack running down the middle, there are a couple of things you can do.

    • Place an open pan of water on the rack in the oven below the cake. The water will make the oven moister and decrease the chance of a crack.
    • I’ve found 325 degrees to be the perfect temperature for my high altitude cakes. However, if you continue to get a crack in your bakes even with the pan of water in the oven, there is another option. Turn the heat down slightly and it should improve your chances of a crack-free loaf. Of course, the bake time in total may then need to be increased.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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Almond flour vs. coconut flour for keto baking

Which flour do you prefer? Almond or coconut for baking? I’ve come to appreciate a mix of the two, but often use almond flour only due to a sensitivity to coconut in the family.

1 cup of almond flour is equivalent to about 1/4 cup coconut flour. Therefore, sometimes you can mix it up depending on who you’re baking for or what your goal is.

What are your favorite Keto summer desserts lately? Or do you have any recipes you’d love to see have a low carb or keto makeover? I’m always up for a challenge so put those ideas in the comments below!

I hope you try out this awesome lemon keto pound cake and enjoy it as much as I do!

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Delicious lemon keto pound cake recipe. It's fabulous for a gluten-free tea time, to replace your favorite coffee shop snack, or sugar-free breakfast. Did I mention it's also packed with 9 grams of protein? #ketobreakfast #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipesketo

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Are you ready to take it up a notch?

This lemon keto pound cake is amazing in the Keto Berry Trifle centerpiece recipe! Believe me, it’s worth it!

Ready to impress, Keto Berry Trifle is a delicious centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Filled with gluten-free, sugar-free lemon pound cake, custard, berries, and cream, what's not to love!? #ketodesserts #lowcarbdesserts

Want more summer keto dessert recipes?

    1. Low carb lemon blueberry cream cake
    2. Keto coconut lime dessert mousse
    3. Low carb chocolate pie
    4. Butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies


 

Printable Recipe

Keto Lemon Pound Cake

Tangy delicious low carb lemon cream cheese cake is the perfect keto pound cake with a creamy tart frosting just like you remember but in a gluten-free, sugar-free package.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto lemon pound cake, Low carb lemon pound cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetener Swerve or other equivalent
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon extract (can alternatively use 5-6 drops of lemon oil)
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest (optional for extra lemon flavor)

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sweetener (Swerve Confectioners or other)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a loaf pan with buttered parchment paper.
  • In a blender, place the cream cheese, eggs, butter, sweetener, vanilla, and lemon extract. Blend from slow to high for about 40 seconds or until completely combined. Add the butter to the mixture and blend for another 30 seconds or so.
  • Take a large bowl and whisk together the coconut flour, almond flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture and combine well with a spatula until no lumps remain.
  • Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Use a hand mixer to mix all ingredients until smooth. Spread over the top of the pound cake when completely cooled.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266
 
Total Fat 24 g  
Saturated Fat 9 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 140 mg  
Sodium 211 mg  
Potassium 127 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 5 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 9 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 Low Carb Keto Berry Trifle

The Best Low Carb Keto Berry Trifle

Beautiful and full of flavor, this is the best Keto Berry Trifle and a delicious show stopper for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Creamy goodness and filled with gluten-free, sugar-free lemon pound cake, custard, berries, and cream.

Have you ever heard of trifle? Here in the U.S., it’s not served nearly as often as in Britain and not so well known. I remember the first time I heard of a trifle was on a cooking show when I was in high school. I remember thinking, “Wow! Cream, custard, and cake? That’s pretty perfect! Why haven’t I had this before?”

The actual word “trifle” comes from the old French “trufle”, meaning whimsical or of little consequence. Traditionally, a true English trifle has a sponge cake soaked in some sort of alcohol (often brandy) and fruit. It’s topped with custard and cream and sometimes nuts or other berries.

Today elaborate trifles can be seen at picnics, holidays, and on cooking shows. It’s truly an impressive dessert and feeds a large crowd happily. On a keto diet, this is an amazingly delicious version for any party or event. Go on. You know you want to try it. 😉

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Ready to impress, Keto Berry Trifle is a delicious centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Filled with gluten-free, sugar-free lemon pound cake, custard, berries, and cream, what's not to love!? #ketodesserts #lowcarbdesserts

In a hurry?

While I think you’ll love my super helpful tips and fun stories, I also realize we are sometimes pressed for time and just need a good recipe! Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the printable recipe or PIN it here for later!

That most wonderful object of domestic art called trifle with its charming confusion of cream and cake and almonds and jam and jelly and wine and cinnamon and froth.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

American Author

How to make a cake plate into a trifle bowl

Can I tell you a little secret? I don’t have a trifle bowl. What? Then what’s that glass container in all the pictures?

Actually, it’s a cake plate with a dome. I know many of us have one sitting around for special occasions or maybe you were given one as a gift but rarely use it.

To make a cake plate with a dome into a trifle bowl, first, remove the dome. Then take the plate with the pedestal and turn it upside down. Now, pick up the dome, and turn it upside down. Next, fit the dome circle handle into the pedestal.

Take a look at the photo to get a more visual look at how this is done. Voílà! Now you have a trifle bowl to fill.

The best Keto Berry Trifle is a delicious centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Filled with gluten-free, sugar-free lemon pound cake, custard, berries, and cream, what's not to love!? #ketodesserts #lowcarbdesserts

If you don’t have either, you can always make the trifle in any large bowl.

To make a Keto Berry Trifle, you’ll need: 

The best low carb keto berry trifle is a beautiful summer gluten-free centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any party or picnic. Impress with a delicious creamy sugar-free dessert. #ketotrifle #ketodessert #lowcarbdessert

 How to make a Keto Berry Trifle

To begin, a keto berry trifle is all about assembly of the prepared layers. There are many layers in a trifle to create an impressive, delicious dessert. Therefore, once all the layers are ready, it’s pretty simple to put together.

Layers in the low carb trifle:

  1. Lemon pound cake. See my recipe here: Lemon Keto Pound Cake or make/buy your own.
  2. Sugar-free raspberry jam. You can easily make your own raspberry jam with chia seeds (just sub raspberries for the strawberries in the recipe) or with gelatin as I indicate on the recipe card below.
  3. Custard
  4. Whipped Cream
  5. Berries

Keto lemon pound cake and berries

Gluten-free, sugar-free keto custard

Begin the trifle by making the custard so that it can chill while you prepare the other parts. I absolutely LOVE custard and make this custard recipe often for many different desserts and fillings.

First, place the egg yolks, almond milk, and sweetener in a blender. A blender?! You may say, but yes, a blender has become one of my favorite appliances with keto baking. Of course, if you prefer, you can always use a mixer.

Blend it all on high for 30-40 seconds and then turn it down to medium blend. Then, while the machine is still going, pour in the melted butter and process for another 20 seconds.

Second, pour the mixture into a saucepan and warm to medium heat, whisking vigorously until it coats the back of a spoon, about 3-5 minutes. Alternatively, if you worry about the eggs curdling, cook the mixture in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. I’m impatient and prefer to cook it straight in the saucepan, but you do have to whisk continuously and watch it like a hawk!

Third, remove the pan or bowl from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and then the xanthan gum. It’s best to sort of sprinkle the xanthan gum over the entire mixture evenly and whisk it in so it doesn’t clump. Next, set the bowl in the fridge until chilled.

Tip: To prevent a film from forming on top, gently lay a piece of Saran wrap/cling film directly on the custard.

How to make sugar-free whipped cream

Next, it’s time to make the whipped cream. It’s super-simple and so worth whipping your own. In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream and sweetener 2-4 minutes until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks. Done! Super-easy, right?

Once the custard had chilled, fold half the whipped cream into the cooled custard.

Keto berry trifle assembly

The last thing to prepare before assembling the trifle is the pound cake. Cut the pound cake in slices about 3/4 of an inch thick. Then, spread a thick layer of sugar-free raspberry jam on the pieces. Now carefully place one layer of the pound cake pieces topped with jam in the trifle bowl.

Keto berry trifle, cake with jam #ketodesserts #lowcarbdesserts

Optional: If you want to be true to the traditional English trifle, before you put the jam on the pound cake, spoon several tablespoons of brandy or liqueur over the pieces.

Next, over the layer of pound cake, spoon on the custard and cream mixture. Gently even it out with a knife or spoon.

After that, sprinkle a few blueberries and sliced strawberries evenly over the custard.

Custard and berries layer on the keto berry trifle #ketorecipes #ketodesserts

Then, place another layer of pound cake with raspberry jam on top of the custard and berries. It’s starting to look rather divine!

Now, top it with the rest of the whipped cream in an even layer. Once it’s smoothed out, it’s the perfect canvas, if you will, to decorate with the berries. Create a work of art with remaining sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Lastly, chill until ready to serve to your delighted guests!

Fabulous low carb keto berry trifle is a beautiful summer gluten-free centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any party or picnic. Impress with a delicious creamy sugar-free dessert. #ketotrifle #ketodessert #lowcarbdessert

Summer berries and cream

What is better in summer than berries and cream? Not a lot, let me tell you!! Add some homemade custard, and I’m in heaven.

Also, keto or not, I do have to watch my portion size or I’m likely to eat half of it. However, don’t let that stop you! Enjoy those summer treats and fresh berries.

What are your favorite summer desserts? I hope you try out this delicious trifle. Take it one step at a time, and you’ll have a magnificent centerpiece for any summer event.

Pin the recipe here!

Keto berry trifle is the ideal low carb dessert centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Gluten-free, sugar-free creamy deliciousness will have friends asking for more. #ketodessert #lowcarbdessert #ketorecipes

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Need a good keto summer breakfast recipe?

The best keto maple donuts are low carb, sugar-free, gluten-free AND moist and delicious. Perfect for parades and summer activities. #ketodonuts #lowcarbdonuts

More summer keto dessert recipes:

  1. Lemon Keto Pound Cake
  2. Low carb lemon blueberry cream cake
  3. Almond raspberry keto Bakewell tart
  4. Keto coconut lime dessert mousse
  5. Low carb chocolate pie
  6. Butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies


Printable Recipe

Keto Berry Trifle

Delicious lemon pound cake, custard, cream, and berries come together in Keto Berry Trifle, the perfect centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer event.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Cooling time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, British, Gluten-Free, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto Berry Trifle, Keto Custard, Low Carb Berry Trifle
Servings: 24
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Equipment

  • Trifle bowl or cake stand with domed lid

Ingredients

Pound cake

  • 1 keto lemon pound cake

Raspberry Jam

  • 12 oz raspberries
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners
  • 2 tsp gelatin

Custard

  • 8 eggs yolks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners

Berries

  • 12 oz fresh organic strawberries, sliced
  • 4 oz fresh blueberries

Instructions

Custard

  • Place the egg yolks, almond milk, and sweetener in a blender. Blend on high for 30-40 seconds then turn down to medium blend. While the machine is still going, pour in the melted butter and process for another 20 seconds.
  • Pour the mixture into a saucepan and warm to a medium heat, whisking vigorously until it coats the back of a spoon, 3-5 minutes. (Alternatively, cook in a bowl over a saucepan of water to prevent the eggs from curdling).
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and xanthan gum. Set the bowl in the fridge (or in ice water) until chilled.

Whipped Cream

  • Beat the heavy cream and sweetener until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks.
  • Fold half the cream into the cooled custard.

Trifle Assembly

  • Cut the pound cake in slices about 3/4 of an inch thick.
  • Spread a thick layer of sugar-free raspberry jam on the pieces of pound cake and place one layer in the trifle bowl. Over that, spoon on the custard and cream mixture and even it out with a knife or spoon.
  • Sprinkle a few blueberries and sliced strawberries evenly over the custard.
  • Place another layer of pound cake with raspberry jam on the custard and berries.
  • Top it with the rest of the whipped cream in an even layer.
  • Decorate with remaining sliced strawberries and blueberries. Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 24.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261
 
Total Fat 24 g  
Saturated Fat 11 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 169 mg  
Sodium 142 mg  
Potassium 93 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 7 g  
Dietary Fiber 3 g  
Sugars 3 g  
Protein 7 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 Middle Grade Books to Inspire Wanderlust

Best Middle Grade Books to Inspire Wanderlust

Stories inspire travel like nothing else! Middle grade books and YA books to inspire wanderlust in kids and us all! A chapter book list for kids who travel.

My entire life, I’ve been proud to be a book nerd. I was the kid who read a book on the bus, was intent on winning the school book challenges, and sighed with contentment when I finished my work and was allowed to read during class. Stories of the lives of others, especially in exotic settings, give you a connection to a place.

Can a book connection inspire the love of travel?

For example, in high school, I remember reading E.M. Forster’s, A Room With a View. Lucy, Mr. Beebe, Mrs. Honeycut, George, and all the characters seemed to pull me to Florence, Italy. From that moment on, I became determined to have my own room with a view of the River Arno and my own adventures in Florence.

And do you know what? I did. And it was amazing.

Also, I loved finding the different places in Florence mentioned in the book.

Now you think. What books have inspired you to travel or think about travel? Here’s a list of middle grade books and YA books to inspire wanderlust in kids and young adults. Also, they’re great to read when the family travels around the world.

Just want the list of books?

Scroll to the end of the blog post for the full list of books. They are books either set in other countries or perhaps the author lived in that area of the world. I’ll be adding to the list as we discover more so send me your recommendations in the comments below!

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Stories inspire travel in us all! A list of middle grade books and YA books great to spark wanderlust in kids and teens. #middlegradebooks #wanderlustinkids #booklist

Photo credit: Houses of Parliament, London, The Wanderlust Crew

Books inspire travel to:

1. London and the English Countryside

The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

The War That Saved My Life and its sequel The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley are both fantastic books for middle readers. The books take place during World War II. They are about a little girl named Ada who struggles with a disability but is able to overcome the odds through the kindness of others and her own strength.

The books take place in London and the English countryside. It’s heartbreaking and educational to read about the events of WWII that took place in this area and especially to read about how they affected the children of the time. There are many WWII sites you can visit in London and in the countryside even today.

From the Wanderlust Crew

2. Greece

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

My son set his heart on visiting Greece after reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Twelve-year-old Percy’s normal life in New York is thrown into chaos when he is attacked by a maths teacher who turns out to be a terrifying Fury. Then he’s pursued by a Minotaur, and on top of it all, his mother disappears.

In the safety of Camp Half-Blood – home to the children of ancient Greek gods – Percy discovers he is a son of Poseidon. Along with his friends, Grover – a satyr, and Annabeth – a daughter of Athena, Percy begins a quest to recover Zeus’s stolen lightning bolts.

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.”

Although the book is set in the US, the theme is ancient Greek mythology. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and its sequels sparked my son’s interest in ancient Greek gods and the stories associated with them. This includes an interest in Greek architecture and landmarks.

When Percy first sees Camp Half-Blood – located on Long Island – he is astounded to see Greek architecture featuring white marble columns including an amphitheater and an arena. The Greek mountain, Mount Olympus was thought to be home of the gods. During his quest, Percy learns that Mount Olympus, the home of the gods, is now accessible from the 600th floor of the Empire State building!

The Percy Jackson series is the perfect middle grade book series to inspire wanderlust to Greece. #booklist #middlegradebooks

Places to visit from the book

My son was intrigued by a discussion between Annabeth and Percy as they stood below the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Annabeth reveals she plans to visit the Parthenon in Athens in Greece and is inspired to be an architect by her heritage. My son has the same goal as Annabeth to visit the Parthenon and also to see the amazing Temple of Poseidon outside Athens. The Percy Jackson books are a great inspiration to travel and explore ancient history!

From Reading Inspiration

3. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Diary of Anne Frank (The Diary of a Young Girl)

by Anne Frank

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.

This quote from Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl captures the true resilience of the human spirit. This harrowing true story is about Anne Frank; a 13-year-old girl who is forced into hiding with her family during the Nazi regime. Translated into 70 languages, The Diary of Anne Frank is a must-read for all young adults; it depicts the transition from childhood to maturity in an eloquently relatable way.

Amsterdam is the lively capital city of the Netherlands and is a very family-friendly place to visit. Explore the city by boat along the canals, try on traditional wooden clogs, and sample some delicious Dutch waffles, stroopwafels. All these bustling activities are directly contrasted against the small attic in the city center where Anne and her family were forced into hiding.

Visit Amsterdam, the Netherlands #booklist #middlegradebooks #bestchapterbooks

An afternoon spent paying tribute to the Franks, and all those who lost their lives in the Holocaust is not to be missed when visiting Amsterdam. To visit the secret annex teaches young adults about Nazi Germany and the horrors that unfolded during World War II. It is a humbling experience for people of all ages – and to paraphrase Anne – it reminds us that even when the going gets tough, there’s still so much beauty in the world.

Full ticket information & opening hours for the Anne Frank museum can be found here.

From Becular Writes Stuff

4. Concord, Massachusetts

Whispering Graves

by Brenda Felber

Whispering Graves is about a girl named Lillia who can see and talk to ghosts. She goes to Massachusetts with her brother Charlie and her great aunt, Nora. There, Lillia meets a girl named Jo, and they try to solve the mystery of the Peabody house by listening to the whispers from the graves at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

This is a great book to read while you explore Concord, Massachusetts. The characters visit the Concord Museum, which has one of the lanterns Paul Revere used to signal the revolutionists. Maybe you remember his famous line, “One if by land, two if by sea.” The Redcoats are coming!

Also, the characters visited an ice cream place for breakfast called Bedford Farms Ice Cream, where you can still visit today. For fans of the classic book Little Women, visit Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote the beautiful story. Of course, also be sure to explore Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where many famous authors are buried.

Speaking of authors, nearby is also the famous Walden Pond. First, sit by the water. Clear your head and think only of the necessities and how to be minimalistic living by the pond like Thoreau. Then pull out your copy of Walden, and read a few lines.

From a book-loving 10-year-old.

5. Egypt

The Elfin Pyramid

by Penny Fernandes

Do you think that the pyramids of Egypt were built by man? Baah! It was the magic of elves that brought about these wonders. You probably don’t know we exist – that’s exactly the way we want it. Times have changed and our magic has begun to ebb away. The only hope for Elfin survival lies in a forgotten region of modern Egypt. Sobek, Horus and I have no choice but to hurl through the desert, find a stolen pearl and bring its magic back home. The sands of time aren’t in our favor and, in a world full of deception, we are forced to face our worst fears. This is our story…

Citadel, Egypt, middle grade books to inspire wanderlust #egyptbooks #booklists #kidsread

One of the most enchanting, mind-boggling places I have ever visited is Egypt. With two trips to the country and almost two months spent in Cairo, I found that the history and the culture called out to the creative side in me. It wasn’t a surprise that I landed up putting my pen to the paper and writing The Elfin Pyramid.

Set in modern-day Egypt, the book mingles the past and the present as a group of elves race against time to find a stolen pearl and get back to their pyramid in time to save it. Things, however, were not meant to be easy and they find themselves facing numerous hurdles along the way.

The Elfin Pyramid inspires a person to look beyond just the external structure of the Pyramids of Egypt. It helps a person’s imagination take shape while simultaneously understanding a lot of the ancient Egyptian history (which is really cool!). I really fell in love with the country and I think I will go back someday soon as there is still so much that I haven’t seen.

From Globe Trove

6. London, UK

A Bear Called Paddington

by Michael Bond

The story of Paddington Bear begins on Paddington station in London, when the Brown family of 32 Windsor Gardens, come across the young bear waiting at the station. He’s carrying just a suitcase, an old bush hat and a sign around his neck from his beloved Aunt Lucy in Peru (‘please look after this bear’). The Browns adopt Paddington and he quickly becomes the center of life in their household. Paddington has an uncanny knack of causing uproar wherever he goes, due to his propensity for unwittingly causing misunderstanding – but always with the best of intentions.

Paddington exposes the quirks of British culture in a humorous and innocent way that also involves many London landmarks.

London, Paddington Bear, Middle grade books to inspire travel #paddingtonbear #middlegradebooks #booklist

There’s the obvious Paddington station reference (and there’s a statue there today), as well as hilarious stories of Paddington bringing the escalators on the London Underground to a halt as he tries to understand British escalator etiquette. Then there are trips to the department store for Christmas shopping – in Paddington, the store is called Crumbolds and Ferns, and it always reminds me of our Liberties or John Lewis department stores. One of my favorite episodes is in Paddington Races Ahead, when Paddington tries to board a London bus using a pair of fresh oysters – rather than an Oyster Card.

Throughout all the stories we learn of Paddington’s love of a marmalade sandwich (marmalade being a peculiarly British kind of jam!) as well as sticky buns and tea.  He is a very British bear!

From Epic Road Rides

7. Yellowstone National Park, the USA

The Mystery at Yellowstone National Park

by Carole Marsh

There are a lot of great books for kids, tweens, and teens to read before or during a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The Mystery in Yellowstone National Park is one of our favorites. The book is a fun read about two kids and their grandparents who snowmobile into Yellowstone. It’s part of the Real Kids Real Places series. In addition to exploring real places in Yellowstone during the winter, the family encounters a mystery they have to solve. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger to keep the reader on the edge of their seat (or snowmobile!).

Yellowstone National Park in winter, USA, middle grade books to inspire wanderlust #yellowstonenationalpark #booklist #wanderlust

Marsh uses her two grandkids, her husband, and herself as the main characters as they explore real places and have fictional adventures. Marsh wrote the book after a trip to Yellowstone with her two grandkids. They explore the hot springs, geysers (including Old Faithful), mud pots, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for which the park is famous.

From Yellowstone Trips

8. Italy

Love & Gelato

by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato, Italy, YA books to inspire wanderlust #yabooks #booklist #bookstoread

Lina is sixteen with a dying mother and all her mother wants her to do is go to Italy to get to know her father.  Of course, being sixteen, that’s the last thing she wants to do, but she goes anyways.  Once she arrives, she is given a journal her mother wrote when she lived in Italy.  Lina and her charming new friend Ren follow her mother’s footsteps around Tuscany and Florence on their own adventure learning about her parents and herself.

The book is set in the Tuscan countryside but includes frequent trips to nearby Florence. Make a trip to the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio with frequent stops to enjoy gelato. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the squares and walk around the streets and alleys. Explore the Tuscan countryside and take the train down to Naples for an afternoon and enjoy some pizza. Follow along on Lina’s journey through her mother’s journal.

From Red Around the World

 

9. Oxford, England

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Oxford is a literary treasure trove, and many authors lived and studied here including Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Lewis Carroll. It was actually in Oxford that Lewis Carroll met a real-life Alice who inspired the beloved children’s character Alice in Wonderland. Alice famously follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole and ends up in a weird and wonderful world where she makes many friends and enemies.

Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was both a student and tutor at Christ Church in Oxford. Here, he met Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean. Several years later, Dodgson and the Liddell family were out on a boating trip and Dodgson created a story for the children as they rowed along. Alice asked him to write it down for her and, voila, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was born!

Alice in Wonderland in Oxford, middle grade books to inspire wanderlust #oxford #booklist #familytravel

Where to visit in Oxford

There are many Alice in Wonderland inspired places to visit in Oxford and you should start your tour at Christ Church. In the infamous “Harry Potter” dining hall here, you will find firedogs on either side of the fireplace with incredibly long necks. These inspired the events in the story where Alice ends up growing really tall with a super long neck! If you’ve got a keen eye you’ll also notice that there’s a tiny Alice and White Rabbit painted in one of the panels of stained glass.

Further afield in Oxford, you can visit Alice’s Shop, a shop wholly dedicated to Alice in Wonderland souvenirs. There’s also a rare specimen of the Oxford Dodo in Oxford University’s Natural History Museum, which is sadly now extinct. There is a painting of a Dodo in the museum which is thought to have inspired the Dodo in the story. This museum is wonderful for children and you could spend the whole afternoon here. If you’re feeling peckish at the end of your tour, head to Cafe Loco where the whole family can enjoy an Alice in Wonderland inspired afternoon tea.

Find out more about Alice in Wonderland in Oxford.

From What’s Hot?

10. Namibia, Africa

Tippi My Book of Africa

by Tippi Degré

When I asked my children which book had made them want to visit different places, they didn’t have to think long before they agreed “Tippi.”

Tippi is an extraordinary book, by an extraordinary girl. Written in the voice of 10-year-old Tippi. It’s the story of her life so far. She was born in Namibia, the daughter of French photographers. Her parents are documenting African meerkats..

Tippi believes that she can speak animal language. And when you read the book you can believe it too. The book brings out the magic of her friendship with the wild animals of Africa including a  28-year-old elephant and a jaguar.

It’s full of warm pictures showing little Tippi with her animal friends. This book and its pictures project Africa and Namibia through the eyes of an extraordinary child.

First I read it to them, and now they re-read it themselves.  Whenever they do so I hear the same question, “Mummy, when can we go to Africa?”

From The Travelling Twins

11. Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Aloha, Kanani

by Lisa Yee

Aloha, Kanani is from the American Girl series, and Hawaiian native Kanani was their first Girl of the Year. The story introduces middle grade readers to Kanani’s unique world in Hawaii through both a cultural and geographic lens.

Readers meet Kanani’s many “aunties” in the small town of Waipuna and learn about the slower pace of life than mainland USA. Also, they get to see Kanani and her friends spend their time helping their families or enjoying the natural wonders of Kauai’s north shore. But there’s a big shakeup in Kanani’s world when her cousin arrives from New York with a very different perspective and her own emotional challenges. 

From The Family Voyage

Oahu, Hawaii, Middle grade books to inspire travel #booklist #middlegradebooks

12. Prince Edward Island, Canada

Anne of Green Gables

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables is about a little red-headed orphan girl named Anne who goes to live with Matthew and Marilla on Prince Edward Island. They want a boy orphan to help Matthew. However, there’s a mixup, and they end up with Anne instead.

After many misadventures and mishaps, they end up keeping her. The joyful Anne goes on many adventures with her best friend, Diana Barry. We love the drama and optimism of Anne’s character. For example, one day she’s in the “depths of despair”, the next she is blissfully happy.

Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables #middlegradebooks #anneofgreengables

Anne lives in Green Gables, which was inspired by the Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish on Prince Edward Island. It’s visited by tourists throughout the year and a great place to reenact your favorite scenes from the book series.

Also, get tickets to see Anne of Green Gables, the Musical at the live theater at the Charlottetown Festival. In addition, today the Anne of Green Gables Museum and the L. M. Montgomery Birthplace are sites not to be missed.

Don’t forget to take a stroll along the beach and seek out some of the many lighthouses. Prince Edward Island is a beautiful place on its own but has more meaning when you read about Anne’s life there. Around every bend in the road, there are things to see to spark a connection to a scene or character for a true Anne fan.

From a 10-year-old Anne fan.

More books to inspire wanderlust:

Or to read when you visit these places! This is a list in progress, and I will update periodically.

 

  1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – France/Europe
  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – France
  3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy – France
  4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein – England/France
  5. The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – England
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – UK
  7. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond – London, England
  8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – Oxford, England
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – Oxford, England
  10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – Oxford, England
  11. The Ravenmaster’s Secret by Elvira Woodruff – London
  12. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming – UK/Germany/Europe
  13. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  14. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – Italy
  15. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster – Florence, Italy
  16. The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly – Poland
  17. The Good Master by Kate Seredy – Hungary
  18. Percy Jackson Book 1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Greece
  19. The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart – Greece
  20. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park – Korea
  21. Tales of a Korean Grandmother by Frances Carpenter – Korea
  22. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – South Africa
  23. Tippi My Book of Africa by Tippi Degre – Namibia, Africa
  24. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder – Egypt
  25. The Elfin Pyramid by Penny Fernandes – Egypt
  26. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – India
  27. White Fang by Jack London – Alaska, USA
  28. Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #6) by Nathan Hale – Texas, USA
  29. Book Scavenger (The Book Scavenger Series) by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman – San Francisco, CA USA
  30. Aloha, Kanani by Lisa Yee – Hawaii, USA
  31. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool – Appalachian Trail, USA
  32. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk – Massachusetts, USA
  33. The Mystery at Yellowstone National Park by Carole Marsh – Yellowstone National Park, USA
  34. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Prince Edward Island, Canada
  35. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare – Barbados/Connecticut, USA
  36. Whispering Graves by Brenda Felber – Concord, Massachusetts, USA
  37. Heidi by Johanna Spyri – Switzerland
  38. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lyn – China
  39. The Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark – Peru

What other middle-grade books inspire wanderlust? What about YA (young adult) books?

Can you think of another middle grade or YA book in an amazing setting? I’ve always wanted to visit the Greek islands dotted with windmills thanks to Mary Stewart’s The MoonspinnersDefinitely, it’s on my bucket list.

I would love to add to this list so if you have an awesome book that’s a source of wanderlust for you, please let me know! Put it in the comments below, and I’ll review it to read myself and add to the blog post.

Thanks for reading! Happy travels!

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The Best Easy Keto Maple Donuts

The Best Easy Keto Maple Donuts

Moist and delicious, keto maple donuts are a super-easy grab and go morning breakfast. Creamy maple frosting tops the cake-style donut, just perfect with a morning tea or coffee.

It’s that time of year again! Today is the last full day of school for my kids, which means we’re about to jump in head-long to all those fun summer activities. My kids are so ready to be outside and active and have some more choices with what to do with their days.

However, with all those activities, do you know what it also brings? Boxes of tempting, multi-flavored donuts! Is it just me or do the boxes turn up everywhere? Swim meets, picnics, church, ball games, the Fourth of July parade, the list goes on.

Then without fail that little face looks up at me with innocent pleading eyes and says, “Just one Mommy? Please?! It’ll be okay.”

Actually, no it won’t be okay when one can’t have gluten or sugar. Inevitably, the child sneaks a donut and runs away to hide and scarf it down. Later on, her digestive system pays for that treat and we’re miserable for a couple days.

Be prepared with keto recipes

Even if you don’t have specific health reasons for eating keto or low carb, it does throw you off a keto diet. I always say the key to loving a low carb and gluten-free way of life is to be prepared! Always have a backup stash in the freezer for emergencies.

Why not start off with a batch of these fabulous keto maple donuts?

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The best keto maple donuts are low carb, sugar-free, gluten-free AND moist and delicious. Perfect for parades and summer activities. #ketodonuts #lowcarbdonuts

In a hurry?

While I think you’ll love my super helpful tips and fun stories, I also realize we are sometimes pressed for time and just need a good recipe! Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the printable recipe or PIN it here for later!

New mysteries. New day. Fresh doughnuts.

David Lynch

Filmmaker

Coconut flour vs. almond flour

One question I get asked quite often is, “What’s the difference between coconut and almond flour? Can they be equally interchanged?”

Well, to begin with, coconut flour is made of the meat of the coconut after the liquid coconut milk is pressed out. The coconut meat left over is dried and then ground up to make a soft coconut flour. It’s naturally gluten-free and grain-free.

On the other hand, almond flour is a nut flour. It’s made up of ground, blanched almonds with no skin. Good almond flour should not contain anything else. It’s a popular gluten-free flour option, although oilier than plain white flour so it does not work exactly the same in recipes.

As far as coconut vs. almond flour goes:

1/4 cup coconut flour = 1 cup almond flour

Many of my own recipes can be subbed with one or the other at this equivalence. However, I’ve found I like the texture of a mix of the two personally. Of course, if there are food allergies or sensitivities involved, a mix isn’t always possible.

Almonds to make almond flour

 

How to make keto maple donuts

To begin, get out all of the ingredients and kitchen utensils. I love this recipe because the batter is so easy.

First, put the eggs, cream cheese, almond milk, sweetener, and vanilla in a blender. Then process it on high for 30-40 seconds or until everything’s completely combined.

Alternatively, if you don’t wish to use a blender, first be sure all the ingredients are room temperature or even slightly warmer. In a large bowl or standing mixer, mix until no lumps remain.

Second, take another large bowl and whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Next, pour the wet ingredients from the blender into the almond flour mixture and stir it all well until completely combined.

Don’t forget to grease donut baking molds/tins with butter or coconut oil. Then spoon in the mixture, distributing evenly to make 12 donuts. Now, bake them at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-23 minutes until they’re baked and just start to brown around the edges.

Set aside to cool completely and begin the icing!

Tip: If you don’t have a donut pan you can make them as muffins.

Keto Maple Donuts front with coffee #lowcarbrecipes #ketorecipes

Keto Maple Donut Icing

Now, to make the keto maple donut icing. First off, place all the icing ingredients in a medium bowl other than the water. It’s important the ingredients are room temperature or it may make the cream cheese and butter difficult to combine with everything else.

Then simply mix everything together with a hand mixer until it’s completely smooth with no lumps. Mix in a tablespoon of water at a time until the desired spreadable icing consistency is achieved. Lastly, use a knife to spread the icing evenly over the tops of the cooled donuts.

The best easy keto low carb maple donuts are delicious, moist, and cake like. Gluten-free and sugar-free for a keto diet. #ketodonuts #ketobreakfast

As you ramble on through life, Brother,
Whatever be your goal,
Keep your eye upon the doughnut,
And not upon the hole.

The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood

Author

What are your favorite kinds of donuts?

Do you have a favorite kind of donut? You know the kind, the one you always grab for first in the dreaded donut box? Mine have always been Boston cream and maple. Well, then there’s always the blueberry cake donut.

Why not make several batches of different kinds of donuts and freeze them in groups with a mix of different kinds to pull out when you need? Of course, also leave a selection of fresh ones out or in the fridge to enjoy! Then, you’re all set when the coach tells you, “Oh, yeah! I’m bringing donuts tomorrow to swim practice to reward the girls!”

Set those puppies out, and bring your own box of goodness to the party.

I’m going to have to get baking!

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The best keto maple donuts are a fabulous low carb breakfast. Take to parties, picnics, parades and more. Gluten-free and sugar-free, these cake donuts are moist with creamy frosting. #ketodonuts #lowcarbdonuts

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Do you like jam in a donut?

Easy Keto Strawberry Jam is sugar-free and bursting with flavor! #sugarfreejam #ketorecipes

Want more Keto Breakfast Recipes?

  1. Chiles Rellenos Keto Breakfast Casserole
  2. Keto Cinnamon Rolls
  3. Easy Low Carb Skillet Breakfast Hash
  4. Low Carb Peanut Butter Muffins
  5. Keto Copycat Krispy Kreme Donuts


Printable Recipe

Keto Maple Donuts

One of my favorite donut flavors in low carb form. Keto maple donuts are moist cake donuts with a smooth and creamy maple flavored frosting.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto maple donuts, Low carb maple donuts
Servings: 12
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 cups finely ground blanched almond flour
  • 3/4 cup sweetener (I use erythritol or Swerve)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Keto Maple Donut Icing

  • 3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioners)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 2-4 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Place the eggs, cream cheese, almond milk, sweetener, and vanilla in a blender and process on high for 30-40 seconds or until completely combined. Alternatively, combine the room temperature ingredients in a mixer until no lumps remain.
  • Take a large bowl and whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
  • Pour the wet ingredients from the blender into the almond flour mixture and stir well until completely combined.
  • Grease donut baking moulds or tins and spoon in the mixture. Distribute evenly to make 12 donuts.
  • Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-23 minutes until they're baked and just start to brown around the edges.

Keto Maple Donut Icing

  • Place all the icing ingredients in a medium bowl except for the water.
  • Mix with a hand mixer until completely combined. Add a tablespoon of water at a time until the desired spreadable icing consistency is achieved.
  • Spread icing evenly over the tops of the cooled donuts.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving: 1 donut
Calories: 217
 
Total Fat 18 g  
Saturated Fat 6 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 85 mg  
Sodium 227 mg  
Potassium 148 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 6 g  
Dietary Fiber 3 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 9 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.

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