Keto Coconut Lime Dessert Mousse

Keto Coconut Lime Dessert Mousse

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

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

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

Coconut lime dessert mousse side view with lime slices

Low carb coconut lime dessert mousse

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

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Coconut lime dessert mousse close-up overhead

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

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

How to make a keto coconut lime dessert mousse

First

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

Coconut lime dessert mousse vertical overhead

Second

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

Next

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

Then

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

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

How to get mousse bubbles

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

Coconut lime dessert mousse with tea towel

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

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

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Benefits of dessert

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

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

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

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

Coconut lime dessert mousse

Keto Coconut Lime Dessert Mousse

A creamy low carb coconut lime dessert or snack with a refreshing punch of lime.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Lauren

Ingredients

  • 1 can canned coconut milk (full-fat) 13-14 oz.
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp unflavored gelatin grass-fed
  • 1/2 cup sweetener confectioner's style (Swerve or monk fruit)
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (or use 4-5 drops of lime essential oil)
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut unsweetened

Instructions

  • Prepare 6 ramekins or dessert dishes.
  • Add about a fourth of a cup of the liquid portion of the coconut milk in a bowl with a tablespoon of gelatin.
  • Mix it together for the gelatin to soften.
  • In a saucepan, heat the rest of the coconut milk and 1 cup almond milk on a medium high heat until nearly boiling. The solidified coconut milk will melt down and mix with the almond milk.
  • Take it off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  • Pour the mixture into the bowl with the gelatin.
  • Whisk together the gelatin and milk.
  • Then whisk in the 1/2 cup of sweetener.
  • Mix in the lime essential oil or zest and juice.
  • Pour the mixture in a high power blender and blend on high for 40-50 seconds.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the 6 dessert dishes.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Just before serving, sprinkle about a teaspoon of unsweetened shredded coconut on each as well as a bit of extra lime zest for color (optional).

Notes

Fat and calories per My Fitness Pal.

How to get your kids to eat healthy

How to get your kids to eat healthy

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Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 kids in the United States is overweight or obese?  You may think, “Oh, that may be true but doesn’t apply to me.  My kid’s fine.”  It may be true your child is not obese, but what kinds of foods are they eating?  Are they getting the nutrient-rich foods to help prevent sickness possible future diseases and disorders?  What our kids eat today will affect their future, and as a parent I feel a huge responsibility to provide daily opportunities for healthy choices.  Moreover, it’s my job to make sure my kids are educated about basic nutrition and emphasize its importance for their future health.  But how do I get my kids to eat healthy?

I’m so busy there’s not time to prepare healthy whole food meals and snacks for my children all the time.

 

This is a common thought, and I admit one I’ve had often!  There are times I would love to be a full-time, health-conscious chef for my family, but the truth is I have a million other roles to play also.  So what can you do?  I’ve found that if I plan little steps and goals, things I can implement easily into our weekly routine, we are successful. 

 

Kids to eat healthy challenge

Simple ways to get your kids to eat healthy

 

To start off, make a goal to introduce one of these ideas each week.  I warn you not to expect completely smooth sailing, but if you make small changes and space them out, they will be more easily accepted by your children.

1.  This week at the grocery store “accidentally” forget to buy your usual cookies or chips. 

Then instead buy extra fruits and vegetables and place them in prominent places in the kitchen.  For example, put a decorative bowl of oranges, bananas, or lunch box size apples on the counter.  Consequently, they’ll be easy to grab after an unsuccessful search of the pantry for the favorite cookies. 

 

2.  Buy a box of snack sized plastic zip bags, and on Sunday afternoon prep healthy snacks for the week.

Put a serving of grapes in 6 or so bags and a serving of carrots in about 6 different bags.  Next, cut apples slices and put them in 6 bags with a drop of lemon juice to prevent browning.  Then you can also stock a few bags with raspberries, blueberries, or whatever berry is currently in season.  In addition, every week try a new fruit or veggie bag.  You can try sugar snap peas, cucumber, celery, grape tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, or whatever inspires you at the store!  Finally, stock the fridge with these bags each week, and you have ready to go healthy snacks or a side to throw quickly into a lunch box.

 

Get kids to eat healthy fruit bags

3.  Replace the morning sugary breakfast cereal.

First try serving oatmeal with a quick sliced banana or blueberries and pumpkin seeds.  Or go for a homemade sugar free breakfast cookie like this one (see link here).  I like to make these once every week or two and stick them in the freezer.  Then we have a healthy breakfast on hand for those rush days.  You know, when you hit your alarm clock too many times, and the child turns hers off and throws it across the room.

 

Get kids to eat healthy breakfast cookies

4.  At dinner offer a leafy green salad, and/or at least one green vegetable. 

It’s true kids will not always eat it, but put it in front of them consistently.  As a result, if it’s there enough times, and you utilize the have to at least try it rule, they will get used to it.  Slowly, you will then find they tolerate, eat, then even enjoy some of your healthier choices.  If I’m not used to seeing and eating broccoli at home, why in the world would I choose it of my own accord other places?

 

Get kids to eat healthy vegetables

5.  Make some dinosaur juice

“My kid will not eat vegetables no matter what I try!!”  Is this you?  While you’re in the process of consistently offering vegetables as a significant portion of your meals, you can also be a little sneaky.  Tell the three year old who loves dinosaurs, “Oh, let’s make some  dinosaur juice!  This is what herbivore dinosaurs love to drink!”  Then pull out your blender, pour in almond milk, throw in some fruit, a carrot or two, and a handful of spinach.  If the child hasn’t taken a daily vitamin I throw that in there too.  Blend it together (I LOVE my high powered blender and use it nearly every day), and voila!  Dinosaur juice.


6.  Give your kids ownership of their food choices. 

Once some of these other practices are in place, delegate the prep work to the kids if they’re old enough, and involve them in making your grocery store list.  You can even have toddlers help prep your snack bags, baking, or any other food prep you need to do.  They love to dump things in a bowl or be the big helper who gets things out of the cabinet. 

This is just a short list, but a good place to get started to get your kids to eat healthy.  Once you’ve tried these tips, get creative.  Come up with your own ideas, find healthy meal plans on-line like this one, and involve your kids in the planning, shopping, and food preparation.  It’s important to slowly get them accustomed to eating healthy so when faced with the unknown and unhealthy at a friend’s house or a potluck they will instinctively reach for the carrot stick or apple.

 

Whoa, slow down! There’s no way my husband will get rid of his Snickers stash.

Ideally yes, I would purge the house of all processed sugar, white flour, and high-fat red meats.  However, that is not quite realistic most of the time, and of course we will splurge every now and then or visit a restaurant and try some cheesy bit of heaven.  Perhaps just don’t make it a regular thing you do daily.  I love to bake for Christmas and holidays and have certain family recipes I make every year.  Do I make them every day?  No, of course not. 

I also love to try all kinds of foods when I travel, especially local specialties.  Be adventurous with new foods, and praise them to hosts.  All things considered, it’s really a balance.  Savor and enjoy your foods, but learn how to keep those healthy fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils, etc.), nuts, and seeds as your staples and primary part of your family’s diet (watching out for any food allergies of course).

What can you do to get your kids to eat healthy? 

First, provide healthy choices at home, and then your family will learn to pay attention to what’s in their food and choose good foods on their own.  Second, educate our kids about basic nutrition and healthy food choices.  Take a look at my previous blog post “10 Tips to Get Kids Excited About Learning”.  No one’s perfect (definitely not me!), but it’s the little things that can get your kids to eat healthy.  Then won’t you be proud!

Do you have any other quick and easy tips to get kids to eat healthy to add to our list?  I know I can use all the help I can get!  What works for you and your family we could use as one of our weekly challenges?  It would be awesome if you’d submit your tips in the comments section below.  I’d love to hear your ideas and successes!

Source: Committee on Nutrition (Copyright © 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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