Keto Hot Chocolate

Well, the winter storm is upon all of us on the east coast. It’s currently in the 30s in Florida – north Florida even got snow on Tuesday!! Once it drops below 60 (who am I kidding, 70) degrees, we Floridians retreat to the warmth. However, we also don’t like to turn on the heat since the cold doesn’t last more than a few days. So, bundling up and making hot drinks is the way to go! Also, dogs. Preferably the snuggly kind.

This meme accurately depicts how we feel about the cold:

So it’s midnight on a Thursday evening and I’m watching Netflix, freezing in my bed with the pups and suddenly think about hot cocoa. I look up a few recipes on Pinterest. Basically, a cup of milk, some sugar, 2 teaspoons of cocoa, and vanilla extract, and you have a cup of hot chocolate.

Here are the ingredients I used to make it keto/low carb:

  • 3/4 cup of nut milk (almond, coconut… I used a plant-based milk I just bought from the store)
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Torani sugar free vanilla syrup
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

Combine all ingredients in a blender (I used my Ninja) and blend. Transfer to a mug and nuke in the microwave until desired temperature is reached. I microwaved for a minute, stirred, and then microwaved for another minute to get it piping hot. You can play around with the ingredients to your desired taste/sweetness.

Cheers, and stay warm everyone!

Bloggin’ and Fried Cheese

Welcome to my blog! Please excuse the mess as I figure out how to blog and how to make my blog look nice and presentable. Visit the “About” page to learn more about me and this blog. Now onto the fried cheese…

This blog is mostly about my house remodeling, but I will be sharing my journey on the keto diet as well. I’ve been on the diet before and lost some weight, then fell off the wagon for a while, and now I am back on, just in time for the new year (new year, new me? ugh). I just figured I can put all the cookie and mashed potato eating behind me, at least until Thanksgiving. So I’ve got a good 11 months to stay on the wagon 😉

I had a huge bag of baby bells in the fridge that were about to expire so, while these are a staple for me on keto, I knew I wasn’t going to eat them all before they expired (at least, without feeling gross and wanting to sleep all day). I saw some keto recipes for mozzarella sticks and figured let’s try them with baby bells! The recipe I used is on Try Keto with Me. Who knew, frying cheese with cheese?

I don’t have any photos of the breading process. I just followed the instructions, make sure to double dip to get the best coating! I breaded them at around midnight last night (yeah… that’s what 2 weeks off of work does to you) and put them on a tray in the freezer and left them overnight. Now I have a whole bag that I can just pop on the stove in some oil and get eatin’!

So I started off with my frozen bag of cheese breaded cheese. Heat your oil of choice on the stove. I used about half coconut oil, half olive oil. Mostly because I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of straight olive oil and I wasn’t in the mood for coconut cheese flavor. The half and half mixture worked great!

 

Ignore my cold brew coffee straining on the left and my super burned stainless pans… and also my new unpainted drywall behind the stove. Yeah, I have a lot of stuff going on.

Make sure the oil mixture is heated up enough – it’s important that it’s at a high enough temperature, or the fried cheese won’t come out right. I just washed some dishes while it was heating (unfortunately still waiting on my new dishwasher to come in). Once the oil is heated up, plop those babies (ha, baby bells, get it? …I’ll stop) in the oil with a slotted spoon and let them fry!

 

Let them fry for a few minutes, and once the edges start turning a dark brown (not burnt), flip them over with your slotted spoon.

 

Do this again, and when they are done on the other side, plop them on a plate or platter covered with napkins or paper towels (to drain excess oil).

 

I actually had to put these back in the oil because the middle was still frozen. Not bad, but not what I was going for – I wanted my melty cheese! So the oil was actually too hot… lesson learned!

Now, here they are, done and melty cheesy!

 

These definitely hit the spot! Now off to the store to go stock up on keto essentials to get me through my work week on Tuesday…