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Easy Squeezy Blackberry Cobbler

I have been making peach cobblers for a long time, and have recently figured out a way to make it both low-carb AND milk-free (for those who need it).  I DID, however, discover that when I make it low-carb, the cobbler part doesn’t rise as much.  So when I found a super good deal on fresh blackberries, I jumped on them with full intentions of making a cobbler.  But I decided that I wouldn’t use the low-carb baking mix this time in order to have a full and fluffy cobbler; I did make it milk-free, but the choice of milk is always up to the person doing the cooking.


  • 2-3 cups of fresh blackberries
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk (almond or soy milk for cow milk-free; regular milk otherwise)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • In an 8 x 8 glass baking dish, melt butter
  • Sprinkle blackberries over melted butter; sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and milk – whisk thoroughly
  • Pour batter over top of blackberries
  • Bake for 30 minutes and check; cook until cobbler is light brown
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream (soy or dairy-free ice cream for those with dairy issues)

Low-Carb, Dairy-Free Peach Cobbler

I’ve had my own simple recipe for peach cobbler for years, but now that I pay more attention to the things that I’m eating, I’ve had to change things up once again.  I was craving peach cobbler this weekend, and decided to give it a try with my low-carb baking mix (instead of flour), and almond milk rather than cow’s milk.  The cobbler turned out a bit less “fluffy” than its flour/milk counterpart, but the flavor was really good and it didn’t bother my allergies.  THIS was a huge success in and of itself!                                                                                         


  • 1 cup low-carb baking mix (substituted for white flour)
  • 1 cup sugar (or Truvia – look up conversion)
  • 1 cup almond milk (substituted for cow’s milk)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 can peaches, in lite syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients:  low-carb baking mix, sugar, baking powder
  • Add in wet ingredients:  milk and vanilla
  • Pour this batter into a square baking dish, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray
  • Add peaches – just pour, or spoon, from the can all throughout the batter; pour syrup in as well, if extra peachy flavor is desired
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then check – crust should be golden brown and bubbly
  • If not ready, bake for 15 additional minutes and check again

Healthy Potato Latkes

Last year during Hanukkah, we were trying to teach our youngest some of the traditions of the holiday, along with stories, games, and food.  We had been eating a very low-calorie and low-carb diet for a couple of months prior to that, so we were perplexed as to how we could make traditional Hanukkah fare:  Potato latkes.  Well, we found a recipe on Real Simple’s website for latkes that you bake, rather than frying in oil – yay!  Here are the stats (per serving):

  • Calcium:  5 mg.
  • Calories:  50
  • Carbs:  8 g.
  • Cholesterol:  18 mg.
  • Fat:  2 g.
  • Fiber:  1 g.
  • Protein:  1 mg.
  • Sodium:  104 mg.


  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large pkg. shredded hash browns (or you can make your own, using 5 medium Yukon gold potatoes)
  • 1 med. red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Applesauce and sour cream, for serving


  • Heat oven to 450 degrees; spray baking sheets and set aside
  • Place the thawed hash browns in a large bowl with the onion, flour, salt, pepper, eggs, and tbsp. of oil.  Toss to mix well
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets and press lightly to make patties
  • Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom; turn the latkes with a metal spatula and rotate the baking sheets.  Bake another 5 minutes or until golden
  • Transfer to a platter and serve with the applesauce and/or sour cream

Wayne’s Pumpkin Smash

This is a recipe that we found this past Thanksgiving, posted online by Hungry Girl.  We had been fiercely dieting and losing weight, and didn’t want to blow it when confronted with all of the holiday foods from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  So we found a recipe to a crustless pumpkin pie, and then we tweaked it to be able to use Truvia rather than sugar or Splenda.  Here are the stats (per serving):

  • 65 calories
  • <0.5g fat
  • 81 mg. sodium
  • 12g carbs
  • 1g fiber
  • 7g sugars
  • 5g protein
  • Points value:  1


  • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk, reduced fat or fat-free
  • 1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
  • 18 packets Truvia sweetener
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Fat-free Cool Whip


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients in large bowl or mixer and mix thoroughly
  • Place mixture in a baking dish (8″ x 8″ works well) sprayed lightly with nonstick spray; bake for 45 minutes (it will remain a little soft, like pie filling)
  • Once ready to serve (it’s delicious eaten hot or cold), cut into 9 pieces.
  • Spoon Cool Whip on top and serve.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Buttermilk Pie

I can’t remember where I found this recipe, but I have made it over and over and it just seems to get better each time I make it.  For years, family and friends have raved about Buttermilk Pie, and I felt like a horrible Southern woman because I didn’t think it was as fabulous as everyone else seemed to.  Then one day we were out and about and I got a taste of a warm, fresh piece – and it was HEAVEN.  So I tracked down a recipe and proceeded to make my first Buttermilk Pie – and it was horrible!  Very eggy.  I trashed it, and made another one with another recipe, and it was a winner.  This is THAT recipe.


3 eggs

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 tbsp. flour (or low carb baking mix, like I like to use instead)

1 cup lowfat buttermilk

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1 pie crust (I use a Pillsbury rolled crust or a frozen, ready-to-go crust)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Beat eggs; add butter, sugar, flour
  • Stir in buttermilk, vanilla, lemon juice, nutmeg
  • Pour into unbaked pie shell
  • Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees
  • Lower oven temp to 325 degrees and cook 10-15 minutes longer, until center is done

Bûche de Noël

OK, so….if you have read in my previous post, I am trying to decide on a fabulous menu for Christmas Eve…our first in this house and with the in-laws coming to town.  It is looking like traditional fare is going to be on deck, rather than me getting adventurous with our meal.  So, I have decided that if I am going to go the traditional route, then I would like to get adventurous at least with ONE dessert.  I want to make my first Bûche de Noël, aka “Yule Log.”

What I know about this dessert is that it is a traditional Christmas sweet, primarily in France and Belgium and across Europe.  It is typically made like an overgrown Swiss Roll (like the kind from Little Debbie), with sponge cake made thin and rolled up, with a cream frosting of some kind on the inside.  I know that the outer frosting is supposed to be brown, to make it look like a tree log, and you can take a fork and run it along the outer frosting to make it look like bark.  But I need a good recipe for this dessert:  chocolate cake or spiced cake?  Buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting or ganache?

What works for you?  What doesn’t when making this dessert?