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Welcome To Star's Hollow Coffee
know what you're thinking. I know because I used to think the
same thing. Low-carb? Chocolate? Coffee? No way, right? Wrong.
have lived most of my life doing every unhealthy thing you can
imagine; smoking, drinking coffee, eating chocolate (and other
things). I am not a "health nut" or exercise guru.
Heck, if you had told me 2 months ago that I would be hailing
the virtues of low-carb eating and a sugar free life, I would've
thought you were nuts. My friends would've thought you were
nuts. My family - everyone who's ever had to refill the sugar
bowl after I left their house would've said you're nuts. I was
the ultimate coffee, sugar, and chocoholic. (I still haven't
quit smoking but it's next on my list)
after 6 weeks on low-carb eating, and 20 pounds less of me to
cart around, I am the staunchest of supporters in a low-carb
lifestyle. But have I lost my love and desire for coffee and
chocolate? Of course not! Where there's a will, there's a way,
and I've found wonderful low-carb substitutes for just about
everything my heart desires, including chocolate and coffee.
a note about how I gave up sugar. In one word; Splenda.
is a fairly new sugar substitute, made from real sugar, tastes
like real sugar and has no calories or carbs. Splenda
is the ONLY reason that I've been able to remove sugar from
my life. Many of the recipes below use Splenda
as the sweetener. In baking, Splenda is virtually identical
to sugar. Splenda does not raise insulin levels like
aspartame can, and is stable in heat, which makes it a better
choice to cook with. Aspartame is NOT stable when heated. I've
removed sugar from nearly everything in my house and my whole
family is happy with the taste.
Splenda can be found at your grocery store, or you
can order online.
did not give up my coffee right away. No, I hung onto my coffee
like a life raft in the stormy, stressful sea of life. Two days
ago I switched to decaf. Sure, the first pot was a mix of fully
leaded and decaf, but I finally made it all the way to decaf.
A couple of things helped me get there. First, the wonderful
decaf flavors that are now available in my grocery store in
the Millstone Coffee
area. I bought some plain Columbian and a bag of Vanilla Nut
Cream. The Vanilla Nut Cream is absolutely divine, and the smell
wafting through the house is wonderful.
be found at your grocery store and most Super Wal-Marts.
second thing that helped me, was the arrival of my DaVinci Sugar-free Flavored Syrups.
To my surprise, they had a vanilla flavor in the grocery store
with the Millstone coffee. I had already ordered two bottles
from the DaVinci Gourmet website
(English Toffee and Chocolate). DaVinci Gourmet sugar-free syrups
are also made with Splenda. These syrups are not thick like
pancake syrup, but more like the flavor syrup you see being
used in SnoCones. A couple of spoonfuls of this flavorful syrup
turns my plain decaf into a rich mocha or Toffee Coffee delight.
Gourmet Sugar-free syrups can be found at most low-carb product
sites, health food stores and a limited selection in Super
Wal-Marts or at the Davinci Gourmet site linked above.
I type this very article, I am munching on a new found low-carb
covered coffee beans
purchased from Low Carb Connoisseur.
The chocolate is made with Malitol (another sweetener) and tastes
just like the "real" thing, but Malitol can cause
stomach upset if too much is eaten at once, so beware. A little
goes a long way.
can go directly to Low Carb Connoisseur products,
or through the Delphi
of my first ventures into the low-carb chocolate arena was to
try a recipe for Chocolate
It was perfect. The recipe (along with MANY others) is at a
website called Low
This woman is my hero. In the process of losing over 100 pounds
on a low carb plan, she also has tested and recommended many
delicious low-carb recipes and products. She and her husband
test many recipes every week and try new low-carb products.
They only post and recommend those that meet their taste standards.
Thank the chocolate gods for this woman and her husband, the
taste tester. Try their frozen
coffee dessert ,
or even Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream!
Need to make cookies for Christmas or other holidays"
No problem. Candy?
highly recommend this site
for great recipes, not only for treats, but for main dishes,
would never have made it through my first month of low-carbing
without the support of many experienced and new low-carbers
on two Delphi forums. Not only have they given me support and
advice, but also some of the best recipes! The two forums are
Low Carb. Low Carb-Connoiseur is a great
support network, especially for those just starting out. The
host, Falla, is always there to help with menus, ideas, and
sound, conservative advice. The Living
Low Carb forum was started by one of the
regulars on Low Carb Connoiseur
as a place for more experienced low-carbers to discuss low-carb
as a lifetime commitment. Loveriot is a great source for current
research on living a low-carb lifestyle and the health and medical
communities latest findings on low carb eating and it's affects
on weight control, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and other sugar related
of the more interesting recipes to come from one of the forum
members recently is for low-carb peanut butter cups. I've heard
that it's hard to eat just one. I haven't made them myself,
yet, but they are definitely on the list.
stick unsalted butter
4 T. Peanut Butter
2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
8 pkts. Splenda
butter & chocolate (I did this in microwave), stirring
constantly till melted. Add peanut butter and splenda and
do same. Once liquid, spoon carefully into paper lined muffin
I used the miniature tin, made 12 full size, original recipe
used regular sized and only filled 1/4 way. Place in freezer.
Only 2 Carbs per serving, less if using liquid Splenda. I
also used sugar free peanut butter and original recipe didn't
so I'm sure the carbs are less than 2.
about a single serving of chocolate mousse?
Blend a mixture of
2 ounces cream cheese, about 2 tablespoons of heavy cream, 1
tablespoon of cocoa, and 2 packets of Splenda.
about some chocolate cream cheese brownies?
Cream Cheese Brownies Oven 375' 25-30 min
1 6 oc pkg semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (108 gr carbs)
(May have to rethink this ingredient!)
2 Tbsp Butter (0 carbs)
3/4 C all-purpose flour (66 gr carbs)
3/4 tsp baking pwdr (? )
3 eggs (2 gr carbs)
2 tsp vanilla (? )
1 1/2 c Splenda (60? gr carbs?)
1/2 c chopped walnuts (17 gr carbs)
5 oz cream cheese, softened (5 gr carbs)
1 beaten egg (1 gr carb)
& lightly flour 8x8x2" baking dish. Melt choc chips,
butter & 1 oz cr cheese. In a mixer bowl beat 3 eggs &
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla & 1 cup of the sugar. Add dry ingredients
to egg mixture until well combined. Stir in chocolate mixture
Spread HALF of this mixture in the baking dish.
Beat 1 egg, add 4 oz cream cheese, 1/2 tsp vanilla & 1/2
c splenda beating well. Pour over the chocolate mixture in
Top with the remaining chocolate mixture. Swirl layers to
Bake at 375' for 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut into 16 pieces.
Total carb count is approx 260 or 16-17 for a piece 1/16th
or 22 for a piece if cut into 12.
recipes can all be found in the recipe folder of the Low Carb Connoisseur
forum, plus many, many more!
If you're serious about living a low-carb lifestyle, you do
have to keep in mind that these are "once in a while treats",
not a daily food. If you're in the Induction phase of Atkins,
these are off limits, but can be added as an occasional treat
in later phases.
you can live low-carb and still be a Chocolate and coffee lover!
Rhonda K. Elpers spends a good amount of time in the CocoaJava
Forum among her many forum haunts, and has helped other CocoaJava
readers in understand her viewpoints on diet and nutrition. If you
would enjoy a conversation with her, please feel free to speak up
in the forum.