Cereal – A Family Favorite!

Everyone of Autumn’s brothers and sisters love cereal, and it’s also her dad’s favorite nighttime snack ūüėČ . Because most cereals are not all that nutritious, we try to limit cereal to once a week. ¬†Almost always the number one requested item for a birthday breakfast is Cinnamon Toast Crunch…not exactly a health food! ūüôā

Autumn, however, can have have cereal on any day of the week – due to this yummy chocolate cereal from The Charlie Foundation/Keto Cook created by – once again, the infamous Dawn Martenz.

You will find the recipe for a 3:1 ratio here: http://ketocook.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/chocolate-breakfast-cereal-handout.jpg

You can raise the ratio by using cream instead of almond milk. We also use cream so that Autumn can add in some fruit. I have, at times, modified this recipe to make a “cinnamon toast crunch” cereal as well.

chocolate-breakfast-cereal-handoutHere are the items we use in making it:


Mix ingredients as directed in recipe. We make a “10 times” batch so we have quite a bit of dough that we separate onto 3 ¬†parchment lined cookie sheets:


You need to be watchful of the taste testers:


Then place another piece of parchment paper over the dough and roll out thin :


It actually works better to roll it out on the table/counter than on the cookie sheet:






Then “score” each pan of dough into bite-size pieces:



After they are all done baking, we break the pieces up and measure all the cereal:



IMG_0399Then we divide that number by however number batches we made. Although we make a “10 times batch” we often divide by nine due to people taking “snitches” of the batter and losing a bit in making it. ¬†We then store each amount into its own separate plastic baggie:


We store all the bags in one container and keep it in the refrigerator….so we can just pop out a bag for breakfast…not just for birthdays…but any day!


Keto Joy!


Apple Spice Doughnut Bites…Yes, Donuts!


This recipe comes from Dawn Martenz’s blog at ketocook.com. ¬†Dawn is the author of “The Keto Cookbook.” ¬†This is the cookbook I mentioned in both the video and under the “Resources” tab. ¬†As I have stated before – we lived in this cookbook; it was the foundation for everything we made when we first started out on the diet. ¬†There is soooo much good information on her blog, so make sure you check it out!

You could add a bit of pumpkin pie spice to these to give these a “Thanksgiving Flavor.”



Monday’s Breakfast – Peanut Butter Cookies, Apples and Dip

I asked Autumn this morning what was for breakfast and she said “Mom, I always have peanut butter cookies on Monday.”

So I got out the camera and started taking pictures!

I had a mom call me several weeks ago asking some questions about the diet.¬† She had seen a picture of Autumn eating¬†peanut butter cookies¬†on my FB page asked me for the recipe.¬† She had not started the diet yet and was just trying to go “low-carb with her son. When I started to write out the recipe for her, I realized that if you have never made a keto-recipe it would be hard to explain the size of how things look – thus was another reason to start the blog to show people what a keto meal/dessert looks like:

Here are the ingredients you need: (See “Recipes” tab for exact measurements)¬†IMG_4164

Now, when you mix these up all you need is a small cup – yet you will end up with 16-18 “mini” cookies:

A tip when adding egg: Typically you only need a few grams of egg in a recipe. Mix an egg in a small food storage container and then pour just what you need into your recipe and store the rest in the fridge.


Mix the rest of the ingredients together and then place a¬†“dime-size” amount¬†of batter per cookie¬†on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.¬† Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 7 minutes.¬† We have a convection oven so oven times may vary.

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These cookies can be made as a “snack” but this recipe has “apples and peanut butter” added to it to make it more of a meal. While the cookies are baking, add together the peanut butter, butter, coconut oil and a bit of stevia and stir. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so we put a little in a metal measuring cup, heat it up on the stove to melt and then measure it into the batter.


When we first started out in the diet we were at¬†a 4:1 ratio.¬† And although at that ratio you don’t get a whole lot of apple, they are still tasty!¬† The picture here is a 2.5:1 ratio.¬† The key is to cut the apples thin so there are lots of slices to go with all the cookies¬†ūüôā


Here is what the cookies look like after baking:IMG_4169

And here is what it looks like all together – Autumn loves to dip the apples and the cookies in the sauce!


Of course I forgot to take a picture of her eating them this morning, but here is one from her birthday breakfast – Yum Yum!photo (2)