Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie

Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie

This creamy, low carb, keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie is the perfect seasonal break your fast meal.

Wondrous woodlands, changing colors, chilly crisp mornings, come to me! Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. I love the cooler weather, the golden aspens, red maples, school starting, and of course all things pumpkin spice!

In the US we usually call this brilliant season fall unless we’re in a particularly poetic mood, then we speak of autumn. Did you know that even before that it was simply called harvest? The fall harvest moon lights up the sky when the full moon is closest to the autumn equinox. In addition, in times before electricity, that light was key in allowing farmers the time to bring in the crops and prepare for the coming winter.

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Need a quick and easy fall low carb breakfast? This is the BEST keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie recipe. #glutenfree #lowcarb #ketobreakfast #explorermomma

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot

I delight in this time of year when I bring out haunting Celtic music, take the kids on misty walks in the woods, and huddle in scarves and sweaters reading new books. Of course, the change in season also brings out the traditional fall flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and mmmm so much more! I love to start my day with a chill in the air and my keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie. You know, I really could call it a shake it’s that creamy and good. I hope you try it.

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Kitchen items you’ll need for your keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie:

This is super simple folks! Awesome possum!

Tips for the perfect keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie

To make the best-tasting and healthiest keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie you want to get quality ingredients. When I make anything this time of year with pumpkin, if humanly possible I use pumpkin purée made out of a home-grown organic pumpkin. Mmmmmm, yum! The flavor’s so much better than what you get in a can, and you get that fabulous sense of fall harvest accomplishment!

If, sadly, you don’t have any pumpkin from your garden, buy a good pumpkin from the store and prepare your purée. Ideally, you can keep the home-grown or home-made store pumpkin purée in the freezer for that inevitable last minute fall pumpkin purée emergency! However, if completely pressed for time and you are forced to buy a can, be sure to select the best quality you can. Sigh. Don’t worry, it will still be fabulous!

Keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie, straw close-up

How to make your own pumpkin purée

I grew up in a household that only ever used our own garden pumpkin for the holiday pumpkin pies, breads, and all traditional things pumpkin spice. If you grow your own pumpkin or get a good one from the grocery store it’s actually pretty easy to make your own pumpkin purée.

First, cut your pumpkin in half and remove the inside glop and seeds. Second, place the two halves upside down on a baking sheet. Third, bake the pumpkin at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. The pumpkin halves are placed on the baking sheet so that the air is trapped in between the flesh of the pumpkin and the baking sheet, and the skin on the outside seals it in. This means the moisture from the pumpkin is also trapped in while it bakes.

Then, be sure to check the pumpkin, depending on the size at around forty minutes. I press the outside skin down with my finger (or a spoon if you don’t want to burn yourself!), and if it feels soft like a well-baked potato, it’s about ready. For a regular pie sized baking pumpkin, an hour is my usual timing. Next, pull it out of the oven to cool slightly, and flip the halves over so you can see the lovely baked orange pumpkin inside. When it’s not too hot, spoon it into a blender. It should literally almost fall from the pumpkin skin. Blend it up, and it’s ready to use or put in 2 cup freezer bags for future pumpkin purée needs!

Keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie overhead close-up

Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.

Marilyn Monroe

How to make a keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie

How do you make it? This recipe is fabulously easy, perfect for that rushed morning on the way to work or school. Are you ready? Put all the ingredients together in a blender. Next, blend on high for 30-40 seconds or until everything’s combined and the ice is in tiny blended pieces.

I’ve been using Collagen Fuel in the coconut vanilla flavor from Primal Kitchen as a protein powder in my smoothies lately. It’s been great, and I’m loving it, but you can also get the unflavored collagen peptides from Primal Kitchen (I order through Amazon) or any other brand that works for you! Collagen is a great protein that is said to support healthy hair, skin, nails, and joints. They say it even promotes muscle repair, and who doesn’t want support in those areas?

Also, you can double this awesome keto pumpkin spice smoothie recipe easily for multiple family members, and I love to throw it in an insulated travel coffee mug for on the go!

Keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie

The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.

Enya

What are your favorite fall flavors?

What are your favorite fall keto pumpkin spice recipes? Or even non-keto pumpkin spice recipes? My daughter is a huge fan of pumpkin pies and breads so we enjoy coming up with amazing keto recipes for these classics.

I hope you have an inspirational rust-colored fall with pumpkin-spice flavors, laughter, and leaf-throwing family fun! Visit your local pumpkin farm or apple orchard and just breathe in those wondrous sights and smells of this perfect season.

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Thanks all! Joyous fall!

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Printable keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie recipe:

Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
 

Embrace the leaf-strewn autumnal mornings with your own healthy dose of pumpkin spice! This creamy, low carb, keto pumpkin spice smoothie is the perfect seasonal break your fast meal.

Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto pumpkin spice
Servings: 1
Calories: 322 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp powdered sweetener Swerve confectioners or other
  • 1 scoop Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel, Vanilla Coconut (or one serving other collagen peptides)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3-4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed for 30-40 seconds or until mixed well and ice is in tiny pieces.

  2. Pour into a glass or insulated drink container and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29 g 44 %
Saturated Fat 22 g 111 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 32 mg 11 %
Sodium 311 mg 13 %
Potassium 248 mg 7 %
Total Carbohydrate 4 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4 %
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 14 g 27 %
Vitamin A 24 %
Vitamin C 1 %
Calcium 40 %
Iron 11 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

*Nutrition facts calculated per myfitnesspal.com.

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.

How to get a FREE US National Parks pass

How to get a FREE US National Parks pass

There’s something magical about being a kid in a national park. Everything is new and wondrous and makes an imprint in your mind that will last a lifetime. Did you know that every single fourth grader in the United States can get a FREE Every Kid in a Park Pass? Yes, a free US National Parks pass. It’s good for the entire family for the whole year and gets you into not just National Parks but all federal lands and waters. How cool is that?! My daughter’s in fourth grade this year and has so inspired our year we’ve titled “Operation US National Parks for Families”.

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Impact of US National Parks on kids

I grew up in Colorado and feel as though Rocky Mountain National Park is my own backyard and safe haven or escape. It is and will always be near and dear to my heart, but another national park also made a huge impact and imprint on my childhood. When I was a kid, my grandparents lived in Homer, Alaska. We were fortunate enough to be able to travel up there to visit them a couple of times and also experience the magic that is the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Kenai Fjords National Park, glacier calving

I remember being entranced by the glacier and the huge variety of wildlife I saw in one relatively small area. We took a tour on a little tour boat, and I think my hands were on the bars at the very front with the wind blowing in my face the entire time. I leaned over to see porpoises jump next to us as we sailed along, whales breach and wave their tales in hello, colorful puffins in the rocky cliffs, the bark of sea lions lounging on rocks, a moose on the hill, and SO much more. In a time way before the Wild Kratts entered our lives this was a miracle for me to see. AND it was live and in person, real and in the wild to my mind. It was not a zoo.

Kenai Fjords National Park, sea lions

What is Operation US National Parks for Families?

Operation US National Parks for Families is a series of blog posts to be featured throughout the  2018-2019 Every Kid in a Park Pass year. The goal of this series is to inspire families to visit national parks together and provide them with ideas for amazing activities in each park they can do as a family.

Who will be featured in Operation National Parks

To begin, Operation US National Parks for Families will feature some of our own fabulous past experiences at national parks. In addition, throughout the year I’ll be highlighting our CURRENT travels to different parks and federal lands. Then as an even bigger BONUS I’ll be highlighting the experiences of other families all over the country! I’m so excited about this aspect of the series so we can provide a broader picture of family experiences with different opinions, likes, dislikes, and interests!

Operation US National Parks for Families. Join our family and more as we travel the United States together. Learn how to get your free US National Parks pass! #travelwithkids #usnationalparks #everykidinapark #explorermomma

Get your FREE US National Parks Pass and join us! 

Would you like to join us for Operation US National Parks for Families Journey? We’d love to have you! Sign up for our newsletter to receive weekly updates on where we’re exploring! Will it be the caves in Carlsbad, New Mexico? Maybe, you’ll get to see and read about an adventure to the giant redwoods and sequoias of Sequoia National Park! Perhaps, if you’re really lucky, we’ll journey to Watkins Glen National Park in New York for scenery and kid-friendly hikes that could be straight out of a Tolkien book. So get your cloaks, backpacks, tents, elf-ears, or whatever you’d like to prepare and join our EPIC National Parks journey today!

How to sign up for your Every Kid in a Park Pass

How do you get your free US National Parks Pass? It is so super simple. All you do is go to the official US Government website here. Explore the website or just click on “Get Your Pass”. As I’m writing this they’ve recently updated the site for the 2018 to 2019 school year. Your fourth grader answers a few questions to make a diary entry to begin to figure out how they’d like to use their new pass. It’s super-easy and a fun activity.

free US National Parks pass, Hand on mouse

Once you sign up and complete the diary on the website, there will be a ticket to print out. Now, you can use it as your yearly pass, or you can take it to your first park or water area, show a ranger, and obtain a wallet-sized card for the year. Did I mention it’s FREE? What an awesome deal to bring families together in nature!

Congratulations! Free US National Parks pass

The next step is to take the family on hundreds of adventures until the card expires August 31, 2019 (or the current school year). Do you know what? If you miss something or don’t have time, little brother can get his own pass in the next year or two. Then you get to plan for that national park year as well!

How to use your free US National Parks Pass

If you’re going to use it you’ve got to plan your first trip! Are you going to camp in the woods? Do you want to see protected animals and wildlife? Maybe you’d just like to find your nearest park to start! Before you go read the official rules here. Then, just present your ticket as you enter the park! The park ranger will trade your printed paper copy of the ticket for an official Every Kid in a Park card, and your fourth grader will sign it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Every Kid in a park pass, free US National Parks pass

There are sooo many opportunities for exploration and fun with this pass! Literally, you’ve got hundreds of places to visit near or far, it’s up to you.

Plan your trip with Operation US National Parks for Families

Now, I challenge you! Get out and explore! Follow along with our blog series and gain inspiration. Yes, I formally invite you to travel along with us virtually on our Operation US National Parks for Families journey. You can create your own adventures, the sky’s the limit! It’s such fun to plan destinations as a family and give every member a say. Can you tell I’m excited!?

Lily Ridge Trail with free US National Parks pass

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Let’s travel with our free U.S. National Parks pass!

I am so thrilled to explore our US National and State parks all over the country! My family and I will be planning and writing about our own trips using the Every Kid in a Park Pass. Also, we’ll all have the opportunity to travel virtually all over the country with other National Park loving families. Truly, I cannot wait to see the beauty of our parks and hear about the super-awesome and life-changing family experiences only nature can inspire and bring together.

My friends, I hope you follow along with us on this magnificent journey to explore our US National Parks!

I’d love to see your own adventures! Tag me in your National and State Park travel pics on Instagram @explorermomma.

Explore a National Park today!

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Thanks all and HAPPY TRAVELS!

Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins

Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins

Bite through a cinnamon and buttery crunch to the fluffy melt in your mouth muffin perfection. What’s not to love about low carb coffee cake muffins?

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to make everyone for breakfast on Saturday morning was a coffee cake. Now, when I mean a coffee cake, I mean pulling out the box of Bisquick and following the recipe on the box with lots of cinnamon and brown sugar and a fluffy cake middle. I thought it’s a coffee cake, but it’s breakfast so it’s pretty good for you, right? Always eat breakfast and all that?

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Fall and cinnamon! Make these delicious low carb coffee cake muffins for a quick and easy breakfast to grab when you head out in the chill fall air. #lowcarb #coffeecake #ketomuffins #keto #cinnamonmuffin #explorermomma

Fast forward to high school and college, and I became a little obsessed with the traditional coffee house cinnamon coffee cake. There were many variations, some with just the cinnamon and butter topping, others had blueberries, nuts, what have you. One thing was certain, I LOVED them all! And it showed. 😉 I loved my sugar and carbs a little too much!

I’m trying to decide which is the most sinful: the muffin, the brownie, or the cake. How would you rank them?

Olivia Fox Cabane

Writer

What’s in a classic coffee cake?

Did you know the Classic Coffee Cake at Starbucks has 57 carbs and 31 grams of sugar?! I just looked it up on their website, and you can see it for yourself here. Of course, it’s truly an amazing coffee cake, and I loved it. But then I was addicted to carbs and sugar.

Now that I eat primarily low carb and keto, I’d determined to re-create a healthier sugar-free version. In addition, it had to taste as good as those memories of years past! Do you know what? Yes, I believe I’ve succeeded in making these muffins even better. But that’s just my opinion, you’ll have to try them for yourself!

Keto, gluten-free, sugar free breakfast muffins. Low carb coffee cake muffins. Perfect for fall breakfasts. #sugarfreebreakfast #muffins #cinnamon #ketorecipes #explorermomma

If you understand everything you must be misinformed.

Japanese Proverb

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To make these low carb coffee cake muffins you’ll need:

  • a regular muffin tin
  • silicone muffin cups or other liners
  • oven
  • spatula
  • blender or hand mixer
  • whisk
  • pastry blender or fork – I admit I love having my pastry blender around for dispersing butter throughout a mixture without making it melt, but a fork can do the job nearly as well too.
  • ice cream scoop (optional) – I like to use an ice cream scoop when making muffins to put the batter in the pan. It’s so much easier to judge and be sure the batter’s divided evenly.

Low carb coffee cake muffins overhead

The best thing about being a writer is that ‘work’ is always something you love, plus usually accompanied by tea, coffee and cakes of some sort.

Jamie L. Harding

Writer

How to make low carb coffee cake muffins

I love to make a batch of these muffins on Sunday and freeze the whole batch to have one every day for breakfast as long as they last. There’s something rather wonderful about a cinnamon muffin with butter melting into it along with a steaming coffee to make your day seem brighter. Now, imagine that slow motion first bite…let’s get started!

First, take out a regular muffin tin and place in it 12 silicone baking cups or other liners. Silicone liners are fabulous because you can use them over and over again and they make the muffing super-easy to get out once it’s baked. Second, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, here’s where there’s a couple of ways to do things. Due to the fact it’s the one I use all the time and the simplest for me, I’m going to start with my preferred method. To begin, take out your blender. I use a high-speed Vitamix, but most any would probably work for this.

Low carb coffee cake muffins, side stack

Blender Method

Then, assemble all your ingredients together. In addition, place the cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla in the blender and blend on a high speed for 30-40 seconds or until it’s all well combined without any white bits of cream cheese noticeable. I like this way because of the fact well, I can be forgetful or lazy or both and forget to set out the cream cheese and eggs to warm up to room temperature. For this reason, I love the fact the high-speed blender doesn’t care and whips those together without any little cold bits.

Mixer Method

Alternatively, you can also mix these ingredients together in a standing or hand mixer. In contrast to the blender, I’ve found when I use the mixer all the ingredients need to be room temperature or even a little warmer to combine properly. But not to worry, it can be done easily if you get your ingredients ready.

Prep the low carb coffee cake muffins to bake

After that, pull out a large bowl and measure in it the almond and coconut flours, baking powder, salt, sweetener, and cinnamon. Then whisk it all together evenly.

Next, go back to your blender or other bowl and pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix them together with a spatula or mixer. Because I normally use a blender for these low carb coffee cake muffins, I generally just use a spatula to mix all the other ingredients together. It works fairly easily.

Once those are combined, slowly add in the almond milk, and fold it into the muffin batter until the batter is similar to that of a thick cake. The amount of almond milk will depend on the type of almond flour used because they can vary so much! I use Barney’s almond flour because we have another nut allergy in the house and at last check, Barney’s only produces almond products in their facility in California. However, if you have a severe nut allergy or someone in your family does please double check on the processing because companies can change. In any event, so far we’ve had great luck with Barney’s.

Low carb coffee cake muffins, overhead stack

How to make the low carb coffee cake muffin topping

I say topping but it really also the filling too! Nothing like one mixture doing double duty! To make the topping, measure out the cubed butter, almond flour, cinnamon, salt, and sweetener in a medium bowl. As far as sweetener goes, I use Swerve in most of my recipes. I don’t know if you saw it, but Swerve just came out with a new Brown Swerve that’s awesome for this recipe! It’s not available everywhere, but I got mine on Amazon here if you’d like to try it. You can also use Swerve confectioners or another similar powdered sweetener.

Now’s where I like my handy dandy gadgets, but a fork can work almost as well for this next job. I use a pastry blender (or fork) to mix together the topping so everything’s combined. But here’s a tip! The butter should still be cold and in chunks. Certainly, do not melt it with your hands or completely whip in with the other ingredients. That’s why we use the pastry blender or fork. Then the butter’s in delightfully small pea-sized packages to melt in the oven.

Bake the muffins

Once the muffin batter and topping are prepared, in the lined muffin tin, spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into the bottom of each muffin cup.

Then, sprinkle a heaping teaspoon of the topping/filling on each one. Next, I like to use an ice cream scoop to evenly divide the rest of the batter on the muffins. Last but not least, top each one with the remaining topping/filling.

Lastly, bake in a 325 degree (Fahrenheit) oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Bonus! Consequently, your house will smell amazing. If you like butter and cinnamon that is.

Open low carb coffee cake muffin with butter, closeup

Soup to the rescue!

When the weather starts to chill I always love a good keto soup. This one’s a hit around our house!

Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins Printable Recipe:

5 from 2 votes
Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Bite through a cinnamon and buttery crunch to the fluffy melt in your mouth muffin perfection.

Course: Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: low carb coffee cake muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
Muffin batter
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sweetener Swerve or other
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Topping (filling)
  • 3 tbsp butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sweetener Regular or brown Swerve (or other of choice)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts optional
Instructions
  1. First, line a muffin tin with 12 silicone baking cups or other liners and preheat the oven 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Second, place cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla in a blender and blend on a high speed for 30-40 seconds or until well combined. OR mix together in a standing mixer. 

  3. Third, in a large bowl, place the almond and coconut flours, baking powder, salt, sweetener, and cinnamon and whisk together evenly.

  4. Then, pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together with a spatula or mixer.

  5. Next, add in the almond milk slowly combining with the muffin batter until batter is similar to a thick cake batter. The amount of almond milk will depend on the type of almond flour used.

Topping / Filling
  1. Place the butter, almond flour, cinnamon, salt, and sweetener in a medium bowl.

  2. Use a pastry blender or fork to mix together the topping so everything's combined, and the butter's in small pea-sized pieces.

Bake
Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter in the bottom of each muffin cup.
  1. Sprinkle a heaping teaspoon of the topping/filling on each one.

  2. Evenly disperse the rest of the batter on the muffins then top each one with the remaining topping/filling.

  3. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings 12.0
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 130
  • % Daily Value
  • *Total Fat 11 g
  • Total Carbohydrate 5 g
  • Sugars 1 g 
  • Protein 4 g

*Nutrition facts based on a calculation using myfitnesspal.com

Muffins for breakfast

There’s something so simple and easy in being able to grab a low carb muffin for breakfast. You don’t have to heat the oven up or make the house smell like bacon, although that can be a good thing too! Most of all, it’s a ready item you can grab quickly and not succumb to the coffee house coffee cake later in the day when you can’t find anything to eat. Although I don’t know about you, I’ve found all those treats are not even all that tempting to me anymore, and this low carb and keto way of life is a pretty spectacular choice for my health and known temptations.

I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do! Please tag me in your recipe pics on Instagram @explorermomma if you do end up making it. I’d love to see how it worked for you!

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Nutrition Disclaimer

First of all, please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Therefore, 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. Of course, this is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. Also, 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 low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini

Easy low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini

The perfect low carb parmesan goodness on a plate. Take a bite to indulge in cheesy zucchini and your taste buds will love the hit of garlic and jalapeño. This easy low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini is truly awesome.

Seriously, I eat this stuff off the pan like candy. And do you know what? I’m going to tell you a little secret. I have a love-hate relationship with zucchini. Gasp. Yes, it’s true. 

As someone who adores having a garden, I LOVE it because zucchini is one of those plants that seem to thrive no matter what you throw at it. I can kill everything else in the garden, and I’ll still get a million zucchini I don’t always know what to do with.

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Easy low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini, circle pin

Yes, I love anticipating the first garden zucchini of the year. What don’t I love? Eating the hundredth zucchini of the summer. Unfortunately, I grow less enthusiastic about zucchini as the summer progresses. Truly, you can always love zucchini muffins, bars, breads, what have you, but what’s a challenge for me is how to enjoy zucchini cooked, savory, or on its own. That’s where this easy low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini recipe is a small miracle! It’s really that good. Try it. I dare you.

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To make this super easy low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini you’ll need:

That’s about it for kitchen gadgets!

Baked zucchini pan side

How to make easy low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini

To begin, I have to give credit for the inspiration of this recipe to my friend and fellow gardener Melissa. It’s funny, because whenever friends with gardens, who like to eat, get together in summer the subject inevitably turns to what to do with all that zucchini! Or maybe it’s just me and my friends. Anyway, all I know is I like to discuss zucchini recipes, and Melissa’s ideas are pretty fabulous.

First, take out a baking sheet and line it with foil. Second, get out the olive oil and brush 2 tablespoons over the foil to coat it pretty evenly. After that take your cutting board and knife to slice the zucchini in slices about 1/3 of an inch thick. Take those slices and spread them out all over to cover the baking sheet. Push the zucchini slices close together to make sort of a base for the toppings.

Next, use the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil to drizzle or brush on the zucchini. Once that’s complete salt and pepper the zucchini to taste. Then, spread the minced garlic all over the zucchini so each piece has at least a little bit of garlic to flavor it.

Parmesan cheese and jalapeño!

Pan of easy low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini to bake

Now’s the fun part! Take a good cup of grated parmesan cheese and sprinkle it all over, then top with slices of jalapeño. If you are now one for spicy peppers leave the jalapeño off, but let me tell you it’s pretty darn good with the zucchini and cheese. As another option, if you’d just like to tone down the heat, you can remove the membrane and seeds from inside the pepper then slice it over the cheese.

Next, grab the edges of the foil with the zucchini and toppings and slide it off the baking sheet and onto the grill on a medium-high heat for twenty minutes or until the edges begin to brown and cheese melts.

OR if you don’t wish to use a grill, you can bake in a 400 degree (F) oven for twenty to twenty-five minutes or until again, the edges are brown. A good rule of thumb? Either way you do it, keep an eye on it. Grills and ovens can vary in temperature.

Bite of low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini

What else do you make with zucchini?

So do you garden? Are your zucchini as abundant as ours this year? We’ve actually been through three pretty big hailstorms this year which has stopped many things from growing but not the zucchini. It’s definitely a hardy, strong plant, and the whole family loves it! How do you prefer it? Salty or sweet? Zoodles or bars? Try this recipe out, and if you can get the kids to at least try it I will bet even they’ll gobble it up. Until next time!

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Baked low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini pan

Easy low carb grilled garlic parmesan zucchini printable recipe

5 from 1 vote
Easy low carb garlic parmesan zucchini
Low Carb Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

The perfect low carb parmesan goodness on a plate. Take a bite to indulge in cheesy zucchini and your taste buds will love the hit of garlic and jalapeño.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: low carb garlic parmesan zucchini
Servings: 4
Calories: 251 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchini medium
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 jalapeño sliced
  • 1 tsp salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper more or less to taste
Instructions
  1. First, take a baking sheet and line it with foil.

  2. Second, brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the foil coating it evenly.

  3. Then slice the zucchini about 1/3 of an inch thick and spread it out to cover the baking sheet. Place the zucchini slices close together.

  4. Next, drizzle or brush the zucchini with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  5. Salt and pepper the zucchini to taste.

  6. Then, spread the minced garlic over the zucchini so each piece has some on it.

  7. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over it all and then top with slices of jalapeño. The jalapeño is optional. Leave it off if you don't like spice.

  8. Take the foil with the zucchini and toppings and place it on the grill on a medium heat for 20 minutes or until edges begin to brown and cheese melts.

  9. OR bake in a 400 degree (F) oven for 20 minutes or until edges are brown. Keep an eye on it.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 251
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21 g 32 %
Saturated Fat 6 g 31 %
Monounsaturated Fat 12 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 22 mg 7 %
Sodium 391 mg 16 %
Potassium 314 mg 9 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 3 g  
Protein 11 g 22 %
Vitamin A 13 %
Vitamin C 26 %
Calcium 52 %
Iron 2 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutrition facts calculated by www.myfitnesspal.com.

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 Chewy Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Chewy Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy, gluten-free, sugar-free goodness! This is the perfect low carb snack with a healthy secret ingredient to give you all the taste of the original. Make the best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies today!

If there’s one taste that’s a memory from childhood I still miss on the keto diet, it’s the chocolate chip cookie. Now, if I go to think about it, my stomach now cringes at the thought of all that flour and sugar! Therefore, my challenge to myself was to recreate that wonderful memory and flavor in a low carb and keto-friendly package.

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Looking for the best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies? Super easy, gluten free, chewy goodness. Try this recipe for a perfect low carb snack. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #explorermomma

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To make the best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies you’ll need

What is yacón syrup?

What in the world is yacón syrup, and why in the world is it in the best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies? Well, high up in the Andes Mountains there exists a plant with tuberous roots called the yacón plant. The sweet syrup is extracted from the roots in a process somewhat similar to that of maple syrup. In South America, it’s believed to have many medicinal purposes such as improvements in diabetes, kidney and digestive disorders, and weight loss.

Chemically, it’s one of the best dietary sources of fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which are a type of fructan. Fructans are a category of soluble dietary fiber and make up 40% – 50% of the yacón syrup. It also includes some other digestible sugars, among them fructose, glucose, and sucrose. For this reason, I use it sparingly for keto recipes.

Yacón syrup is the perfect secret ingredient for these cookies for a couple of reasons. For one, it makes the cookies chewier. Two, it gives them that brown sugar or almost molasses flavor I love in my chocolate chip cookies! It’s a win on both counts!

Need another low carb dessert?

Try this amazing low carb chocolate pie! You’ll love it!

Whole low carb chocolate pie, closeup feature

How to make the best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies

First, start out by gathering all your ingredients. Then, in a large mixing bowl whisk together the melted butter, sweetener, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and yacón syrup (if using). For sweetener, I use Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners and find it to have the best taste, but you can use another equivalent if you prefer.

Best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies, broken cookie

Also, you’ll notice my little secret ingredient here! Have you ever tried yacón syrup? I love it because it makes the cookies nice and chewy. In addition, it gives them more of that brown sugar flavor you remember in your best chocolate chip cookies from childhood. However, although it’s keto friendly I wouldn’t use it in large amounts because it could kick you out ketosis. If you have one or two cookies a day a tablespoon in the batch is just about perfect.

Finish the dough

Now, once you have those first ingredients completely blended together, mix in the two cups of almond flour. I just use a spatula, but you could use a hand mixer if you wish. Keep combining and mixing until everything comes together to form a dough. If it’s too dry add a little unsweetened almond milk. I say this because almond flours vary in texture and can absorb liquids differently. I use Barney’s Blanched Almond Flour almost exclusively at our house because it’s made in a facility without any exposure to peanuts or any other tree nuts. We have a severe nut allergy in the family, and I am so thankful to have an almond flour I don’t worry about her eating!

Next, once you have the dough, mix in the chocolate chips until they’re evenly dispersed throughout. People have asked me about sugar-free chocolate chips and which are the best, etc. You can get different types of sugar-free chocolate chips, but my personal opinion and favorite are Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips. Or you can always make your own!

Best keto chocolate chip cookies, dough balls

Once the dough’s ready, cover the baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Then roll balls of two tablespoons of dough and place them about two inches apart on the pan. Dip a glass in water and use it to press down each cookie to about half an inch.

Best keto chocolate chip cookies, glass pressed

And BAKE!

You’re just about there! Last, bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until the edges start to brown. If they brown too much your cookie will not be as chewy so I pull them out as soon as I see the start of that bit of brown on the edge. Let them cool a couple of minutes on the pan, and then remove them to a cooling rack. They’re truly the best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies. My son has a habit of frequently coming through the kitchen when there are yummy snacks cooling and grabbing a cookie every time he walks through. I have to put these up high to cool!

Best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies, overhead

Tips for the best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies

These cookies keep well in the freezer. Usually, I keep them in there so I don’t eat the entire batch at once! Then, I just set one or two out about half an hour before I want a snack. Or, you can warm them for about twenty seconds in the microwave for a perfectly warm chocolate chip cookie.

What are your favorite cookies?

Chocolate chip cookies are really the classic American cookie that’s always been, and probably always will be, my cookie of choice. There are so many different kinds of cookies you can make. What are your favorites?

I am super-proud of this recipe and personally make it all the time. If you make this recipe – the best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies, I’d love to see them! Tag me in your recipe pics on Instagram @explorermomma. If you LOVE the recipe please consider giving it a five-star rating in the review area below! Thanks all!

Best chewy keto chocolate chip cookies, plates and milk


Printable recipe: The best keto chocolate chip cookies

Best Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Soft and chewy, the way you remember the perfect chocolate chip cookie as a kid. Made with almond flour, these are gluten-free, sugar-free, goodness!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto chocolate chip cookies, Low carb chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 18
Calories: 74 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sweetener Swerve
  • 1 tbsp yacon syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups almond flour finely ground
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips Lily's
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the butter, sweetener (Swerve), vanilla, baking soda, salt, and yacon syrup (if using).

  2. Mix in the 2 cups of almond flour until everything comes together in a dough. If it's too dry add a little unsweetened almond milk. Almond flours vary.

  3. Add in the chocolate chips and mix until they're evenly dispersed.

  4. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

  5. Then roll balls of two tablespoons of dough and place them two inches apart on the pan.

  6. Dip a glass in water and use it to press down each cookie to about half an inch.

  7. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts:

Servings 18.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7 g 10 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 16 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 8 mg 3 %
Sodium 34 mg 1 %
Potassium 1 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 3 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 1 g 2 %
Vitamin A 27 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 3 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

*Nutrition facts per MyFitnessPal.com.

 

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.

Summer What To Read Next

Summer What To Read Next

What books do you read during the summer? I usually go through books so fast it seems I’m always on the lookout for what to read next. So here’s to my summer what to read next edition.

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My summer booklist

How’s your summer going? We’ve been crazy busy and someone’s always in need of Mom. Therefore, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted book recommendations in my what to read next series. For a while, I went through a period of books that didn’t necessarily click with me. I never put a book on my blog I wouldn’t recommend to someone else or give at least four out of five stars. Why is this you may wonder, why don’t you warn us not to pick up these other books!? Quite simply, I know what goes into writing a book and the blood, sweat, and tears involved! Just because I’m not a fan doesn’t mean someone else won’t like it. That’s just my optimistic personality.

Enough of all that! Get to the goods! This summer, since I did have a spell of disappointing book choices I’ve stuck to a few tried and true series. I threw in some great historical fiction, a Jane Austen classic, and an account of the making of my favorite movie ever, written by its very own Dread Pirate Roberts (or Westley, depending on your mood).

Summer what to read next pin with books and Monet mug

Summer what to read next

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society begins when a native of Guernsey writes a letter to our main character, Juliet Ashton, in England. Guernsey is a British island that was under Nazi control during World War II. The author of the letter owns a book Juliet once owned, and he sends her a request. She’s looking for a subject for her next book, and they begin a correspondence which brings her into the Guernsey world.

This wonderful book lover’s book is a few years old, and I can’t believe I missed it at the time! I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s characters, informative historical setting, and depth of story. I strongly recommend it for history and book lovers or for just anyone who loves a good story.

Where is Guernsey?

Have you even ever heard of Guernsey? I had but didn’t know much about it before reading this book. Dependent on the Crown of England, Guernsey is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey with several other small islands located in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. Our book takes place as the area is dealing with coming out of WWII, the memories, experiences, and dilemmas of what to do next. It’s well-written, moving, and made me smile. Read it!!

Summer what to read next rating: ***** Five out of five stars.

Beneath A Scarlet Sky

by Mark Sullivan

 I’m a little behind the crowd on this one, but I definitely wanted to include Beneath A Scarlet Sky on this booklist. I’m in complete agreement with all the other stellar reviews out there. Several people recommended it to me, and I was not disappointed!

The story is fascinating because it’s based on a true story. Also, it’s not at all from a perspective of WWII I’d seen or thought a lot about in the past. We’re in World War II Italy under the Germans, and Pino Lela is a jazz-loving 16-year-old kid. His parents force him to enlist in order to protect him, although they hate the Germans and the occupation of their country. He leads Jews to safety over the mountains into Switzerland. He becomes a spy as a driver for the German leadership representative in Italy. In addition, he translates for Mussolini, the list goes on. This is an action and intrigue packed book perfect for anyone interested in the Italian occupied viewpoint of World War II.

Summer what to read next rating: ***** Five out of five stars.

The Atomic City Girls

by Janet Beard

 The Atomic City Girls is a story of everyday life inside the Manhattan Project. I thought it was a good choice to have the book start out with June’s grandfather. He’s forced off his land for this government project. Is it a project, a city, a base? Whatever it is, they’re all unsure. Eventually, June, looking for work, moves back to almost the same location of her grandfather’s farm to work the giant machines with the other girls. What exactly do they do? None of the girls know, and anything they do know is not to be talked about outside the city. It’s not supposed to exist, until one day someone slips up, and the truth opens up to June.

When you know the truth and what it will do, where do loyalties lie? To yourself, your country, what is this war anyway? This is an interesting read from several viewpoints with a good bit of drama thrown in about those working in the city.

Summer what to read next rating: **** Four out of five stars.

As You Wish

by Cary Elwes

As You Wish is a fabulous summer what to read next for anyone who obsessed on or is still in love with that fabulous movie, The Princess Bride. The swordfight scene between the man in black and Inigo Montoya is and will most likely ALWAYS be my favorite scene from any movie. The cast of characters was put together brilliantly, there’s an amazing script crossing genres, and it’s become a true classic.

Movie quotes

Have fun stormin’ the castle!

As you wish.

Inconceivable!!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. 

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

No more rhymes now I mean it! Anybody want a peanut?

I found this book a while back and had just never gotten around to it. I knew it was written by Cary Elwes about his experiences with the part of Westley, the filming, the antics and interactions with the other actors. So, of course it sounded like something I’d enjoy. Recently, I discovered the audio version. I was thrilled to find it read by none other than Cary Elwes, Rob Reiner, and many of the other actors giving their own quotes. It was perfect!

Yes, I’m the person who’s always wanted Buttercup’s red riding dress and cap to wear at Halloween. Truly, I’ll most likely sew my own one day. Of course, I’ll force my husband to be the man in black, but back to the book. The Princess Bride is a true favorite of mine and As You Wish is a fun, nostalgic look back on how it all came about, with a great deal of humor. It was an excellent summer read (or listen!), and I highly recommend it!

Summer what to read next rating: ***** Five out of five stars.

In This Grave Hour

by Jacqueline Winspear

In This Grave Hour is the latest in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear. I’ve read this entire series as each one comes out. I find them a good mix of interesting characters, historical fiction, and mystery.

Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist and investigator, and we follow her story from childhood, as a nurse in World War I, the aftermath of the Great War, and into World War II. In this 13th book in the series, Britain just declared war on Germany, and there are those who once again need Maisie’s help.

This is a comforting series for me, and one I know I can always go to for a good mystery story in a historical setting. Maisie sometimes does drive me crazy, but we’re good friends now and no good friend does EXACTLY what you want them to all the time, do they? I love how this author finishes each book and ties up all possible loose ends in the mystery for a very satisfactory ending.

Summer what to read next rating: ***** Four and a half out of five stars.

Persuasion

by Jane Austen

Ah, yes, Persuasion. Each summer I try to read a book by Jane Austen and enter the world of her heroine. This summer I decided to pass by my summer usuals (Pride and Prejudice and Sanditon) and go for one I read less often but love just the same!

Persuasion is set in England in 1806, and in this book, our heroine, Miss Anne Elliott, is a young woman of twenty and seven years. Of course, there is some urgency to see her married and settled, although some have given her up for a spinster. The family tries to lower expenses and has to rent out their large home. By chance, the renter’s brother, dear Captain Wentworth, comes back from being in the English wars at sea.

He and Anne were engaged previously and parted seven years ago. In typical Austen fashion, you can imagine what comes next. I love the language and flow of Jane Austen, and any of her books are always a great read.

Summer what to read next rating: ***** Five out of five stars

Edgedancer

by Brandon Sanderson

 Edgedancer is a lighter-hearted fantasy novella in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series. It takes place between book 2, Words of Radiance, and book 3, Oathbringer. In this book, he focuses on one specific character, Lift, who we’ve met but have yet to see much from.

Lift is a street urchin with power. She’s not what she seems and is herself a Knight Radiant. I found her to be a fun and caring character to get to know.  So indeed, I’m glad I read Edgedancer before beginning the epic Oathbringer.

If I’m to be completely honest, I’d planned to include Oathbringer in this post.  However, with its massive size and all the books within the book, I get distracted and read other books in between! Definitely read Edgedancer, and once I’m completely through Oathbringer I’ll let you know how that goes too. 😉

Summer what to read next rating: ***** Five out of five stars

Proof of Guilt

by Charles Todd

Proof of Guilt is the latest in the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series by Charles Todd. Inspector Rutledge started his career at Scotland Yard before the Great War and returned to his duties after. The war gave him scars he deals with every day and a Scotsman in his head who died on the battlefield. The series is not only a good cozy British murder mystery but an interesting look at the aftermath of the war and mental health.

In this installment, an unidentified man is found run down by a car, and it’s up to Inspector Rutledge to find out who he is an why. He’s carrying the watch of a man he resembles and has disappeared. Unfortunately, there are few other clues. When the watch owner’s cousin goes missing also we have a classic who done it with a twist. Was it the neglected sister? The business clerk? The scorned fiancee?

I always enjoy the Ian Rutledge mysteries and have come to rely on them when I need a quick, engaging read. With the series, I already know the characters and their histories. If you haven’t read any or Charles Todd’s Inspector Rutledge or Bess Crawford books, pick the first one up today!

Summer what to read next rating: ***** Four and a half out of five stars

Need more book suggestions?

Check these out!

What to read next for history fans, pin

What’s your summer what to read next list?

You’ll notice my summer reads are still in my favorite genres, mystery, historical fiction, and fantasy. Now, if you are like me you always wish you had more time to read, but we do what we can! Would you like to make my life easier and recommend some fabulous books from each of these genres? I LOVE getting book recommendations so please, PLEASE, puh-lease put your favorites in the comments.

Happy Reading!

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