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Thursday, March 28, 2013

PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL CHOCOLATE


PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL CHOCOLATE
  PLAIN CHOCOLATE

 CHOCOLATE FROSTING

PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL CHOCOLATE
An easy recipe to get the flavor of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  It's actually very easy to make low-carb confections - sometimes easier than high-carb confections.  We don't have to mess with candy thermometers and the like.  I have an incurable sweet tooth, so you'll always find me making something sweet from time to time.  I find if I don't have anything sweet in the house for a long time, that's when I'm weak and am more likely to succumb to something naughty and off plan.




1/2 cup coconut oil, melted, OR unsalted butter (125 mL)
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) equal to 1/2 cup sugar (125 mL)
1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder (125 mL)
1/cup creamy peanut butter, OR (60 mL)
  almond butter
1/cup powdered erythritol  (75 mL)
1/cup whole milk powder, OR skim milk powder blended finely first (60 mL)
1/cup whipping cream (50 mL)
3 tbsp water (45 mL)

In food processor or blender, combine coconut oil, liquid sweetener, cocoa, peanut butter, OR almond butter, erythritol, whole milk powder, whipping cream and water. Process.

Pour into 2 mini loaf pans or into foil or paper bon-bon cups in mini muffin tins.  Place small amounts of peanut butter on top and swirl in gently with a knife.  Place in freezer.  As soon as chocolate hardens a bit, cut chocolate in mini loaf pans into 5 x 2 pieces each.  Later, if desired, place in the refrigerator.

Variation:  Chocolate Frosting:  Do not melt the coconut oil.  It should be at room temperature.  Process until smooth and refrigerate if necessary to allow the mixture to thicken up more. If the mixture is too thick, add more water a tablespoon (15 mL) at a time.  Do not swirl in the remaining peanut butter.  Enough to frost a double layered cake or a 9 x 13-inch sheet cake. 
For 12 servings: (2.3 g carbs)

Plain Chocolate:  Do not swirl with peanut butter.  The peanut butter in the chocolate is barely detectable.  This chocolate would make good chocolate bark as well.  Add chopped, almost crushed almonds, if desired.   Spread thinly over parchment paper on a cookie sheet and freeze. Without nuts: (1.4 g carbs)

Yield:  20 servings
1 serving
100.5 calories
2.1 g protein
9.7 g fat
1.8 g carbs



For other great Low-Carb, Gluten-Free recipes by the team & me:

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SPICY SLOW COOKER STEAK



SPICY SLOW-COOKER STEAK
Touch cuts of steak are great to cook in the crock pot.  In fact, grass-fed, rib-eye steak can also be tough if not aged properly.  We've found it very tricky to barbecue rib-eye steak here because it has not been aged and not only that it is tougher than grain-fed steak.  Haha - to me it always sounds funny when I say "grain-fed steak or grass-fed steak".  Something not quite right about that phrase, but I see it a lot and I use it as well.  I need to get going on my day.  I'm barely beginning to get my act together after Smiley's passing.  I miss him next to me.  

4 lbs steak of choice (1.8 kg)
2 tbsp olive oil (30 mL)
Seasoning salt to taste
14.5 oz canned , diced tomatoes (411 g)
1 cup water (250 mL)
1/cup apple cider vinegar (60 mL)
Liquid sucralose to equal 1/cup (60 mL)
  granular sweetener equivalent
1 tsp molasses (5 mL)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (5 mL)
1 tsp liquid smoke (5 mL)
1 tsp Dijon mustard (5 mL)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (2 mL)
1/2 tsp minced garlic (2 mL)
1/2 tsp chili powder (2 mL)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (2 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)

Rinse steak and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into large chunks.  In large frying pan, in olive oil and over medium heat, brown steak chunks on both sides.  Sprinkle steak chunks with seasoning salt. Place steak chunks in crock pot.  In large bowl, combine diced tomatoes, water,  apple cider vinegar, liquid sucralose, OR granular sweetener equivalent, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, Dijon mustard, cinnamon, minced garlic, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Whisk together until well blended.  Pour over steak and cook on high heat for 4 hours and on low heat for another 8 to 10 hours, or until steak is very tender.  Thicken the sauce, if desired with a little cornstarch or Thickening Agent, a recipe found in our Low-Carbing Among Friends cookbooks, volume-1 and volume-2.

Helpful Hint:  You could also cook the steak smothered in the sauce in a covered pan in the oven for 2 to 3 hours at 350°F (180°C) until tender.


Yield:  6 servings
1 serving
674.6 calories
37.3 g protein
53.7 g fat
7.6 g carbs

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Monday, March 25, 2013

A TRIBUTE TO SMILEY, OUR BELOVED DOGGIE



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When our Happy, our 14 year old Shiba Inu died, we were devastated; me especially.  Then 2 months later, Smiley came into our lives.   Smiley was never more than a few feet away from me and usually under my desk with me.  He would especially hide out there during thunderstorms.  He was so afraid of the huge thunder claps and believe me sometimes I jump too as they can be so loud.  This only happens in the rainy season which goes on for about 8 months.  We've just been going through the dry season now.

Smiley was with us for 4 years and 2 months and on his vet card, his estimated age at the time we got him was 10 years old (I didn't spot this until about 6 months ago), so that would make him exactly 14 years and 2 months - dying at the same age as Happy.  If that's the case, what a coincidence or not?!  We think he may have been exactly as old as Happy when he died.  Would that not be the irony?  He even reminded us of Happy - with the same stature and coloring and not-too-different nature and the same walk/waddle.  Smiley had cancer - malignant cancer that was spreading.  The vets removed an invasive tumor in his mouth twice and he had chemotherapy twice, but the last time was too much for his old body.  I think he would have lasted a bit longer had we not tried intervention, although he would have had difficulty eating without pain - and Smiley loved to eat.  He would dance for his food.  His main occupation was getting more food to eat!  He was getting quite rotund as we found it hard to deny his enthusiasm for more and more food.  Anyway this last week he needed the stitches removed from the wound in his mouth.  Smiley wanted to bite, so the vet gave him a tranquilizer, except he gave him too much, we think (only the vet would know for sure. I forgive him.).  My husband knew it from the look on the vet's face.  Smiley's breathing immediately became labored and the vet mentioned that Smiley's heart was weak (two weeks prior the vet had told me quite the opposite.  Bit fishy?).  Anyway, Smiley never recovered.  When I went to fetch him he was weak and could barely walk. I knew something was dreadfully wrong and could not help crying. His breathing was labored and stayed that way for 30 hours until his death the next evening.  Smiley wanted to spend his last day outside and that's where he spent most of the day.  When it started to get cooler, we tried to coax him inside, but he did not have the energy to move, so my hubby picked him up and put him in his bed in the bedroom.

Sometime later we prayed and asked God to please help Smiley to pass quickly and gently if he was not meant to live much longer so that he would not suffer unduly.

Then Ian and I went to chat in the living room - sitting in the darkness - a bit in shock as we had been given false hope in the last 2 weeks that Smiley would still live for at least another year.  Suddenly Smiley called us from the bedroom.  In hindsight, I don't think he wanted to die alone.  Both Ian and I remained with him the entire time for the next two hours, held him, loved him, told him we loved him, thanked him, asked him to say hi to Happy for us and to send our love, etc.  Smiley could not have been more loved, nor could we have been more attentive.  He died on March 22nd, 2013 at 7:50 pm  in our arms, not really frightened as he gave his last few gasps for air.  Wow, it was traumatic for us - so very, very hard.  About half an hour or 40 minutes later our youngest son came by for a visit and heard the sad news.

I am devastated.  Smiley was my doggie - he wanted to be with me 24/7 and followed me everywhere - even into the bathroom when he could.  I know, I know...he was so attached to me but that was a bit weird. See Smiley was abandoned by his family and so was I...we had something in common.  We bonded, possibly even more than I bonded with Happy...although Happy's passing was more traumatic for both my husband and I.

Respectfully, please don't read any further if my faith in God offends you.  For those who share my faith, feel strengthened in your faith and comforted by what happened to me next.

That night after Smiley died and before going to bed after Jonathan, our son, had left, I was crying bitterly and on a whim I picked up my little book of prayers called "In this Quiet Place, Discovering the Pleasure of Prayer."  As God often talks to me (takes me right away to the correct page and when my faith was very young and weak, almost always God would reinforce what He said by taking me right away to another page (usually this was through the words in the Bible that God would talk to me and reinforce the message) that would say the same thing!  Now God rarely does that with me as my faith is stronger and I have come to know His voice and no longer question.) the first words my eyes alighted on were these (keep in mind a few hours earlier, I broke the news of Smiley's passing to our eldest son, Daniel, and reminded him that God even knows when a sparrow falls to the ground (Matthew chapter 10, vs 28 onwards), so God definitely knew about Smiley in my opinion.

After reading this Psalm, I had more peace.  I know I am going to miss Smiley - terribly - but I also know that Smiley is in a happier place, well and strong!  I trust God and when He talks to me and I know that I know He is talking to me...I cannot do anything but have faith and take comfort from what He says to me.

Psalm 84:1-4 
How lovely is your dwelling place
O Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home
and the swallow a nest for herself
where she may have her young -
a place near your altar,
O Lord Almighty, my King and my God
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

So for those people who think that animals are excluded from God's dwelling place, take heart from this psalm as I do.  We buried Smiley in his little coffin in a grave right next to Happy in our pretty garden.

Ian, my hubby added this tribute to Smiley in his own words:

Jennifer and Smiley shared a very special bond! Both were abandoned by their old families, simply because they were "inconvenient". Realizing that, Jennifer adopted Smiley, instantly, even though I was not ready for another doggy quite yet (Happy had just died, at 14y2m) and we were still trying to get to grips with his passing - but I sensed there was something MUCH larger than my feelings at stake then, and so I did not oppose Jennifer's decision and welcomed Smiley into our family, at age 10. I'm so very glad I did that! I have never seen a closer bond!  When Jen sat at her computer planning "Low-Carbing among friends", all through all 3 volumes and on into planning Vol-4, Smiley rested his head on her feet,or just and inch or 2 away at most. It would be more accurate to say that Smiley and Jen's Shadow's were one, not just that he was her shadow. Somehow he knew her pain, and she knew his. I guess you have to actually experience that ultimate rejection, to really understand. When it was close to the end, I picked him up (he could no longer stand or walk) and put him into his bed next to Jen's chair, and Jen and I went into the darkened living room next door for a brief respite - but Smiley needed Jen by his side, and cried out - it almost sounded like "Mommy!" We knew what he was saying, he did not want to die without Jen by his side, so we immediately rushed into the room, and Jen cradled his head in her hands, and placed her face next to his. Then he was at peace. In the next couple of hours, Jen told him, again and again, how very much she loved him, and how very blessed she was to have him come into her life and be her little boy, and thanked him for being such a loving little boy ... I lost count, but she repeated these well over 100 times in the next 2 hours. When the end was very near, she told him all of these things again, through her tears, and with the most passion and anguish I've yet seen in her, and Smiley's labored breathing grew peaceful, he somehow summoned up the strength he had not had for hours, wagged his tail to respond to her loving words, his face relaxed with his hallmark smile, and with a gentle sigh, breathed his last, in Jen's arms, at exactly 14 yrs and 2m, the same age as Happy was. Quite the coincidence! Smiley came to us in the middle of the Jungle, in one of the remotest places on earth, seemingly out of nowhere, into our lives exactly when we REALLY needed him! We know he was not a local stray, he was neutered, and the locals do not have the money to do that, so we assume it was "inconvenient" and costly for a ex-pat couple returning to the 1st World somewhere, to take a 10 year old doggy back with them - so they dropped him off in a very dangerous Jungle, to fend for himself. But with God's help, using another family just passing through, Jen and Smiley met. It was love at first sight  But nobody knew were he came from, or what his past was ... I do, He was God's gift to our family, but to Jen in particular, He was very definitely "Mommy's boy!". We will always know him as "SMILEY ELOFF ...Regalo de DIOS!" On Saturday, I placed him in his Casket, and buried him close by, in the garden, taking great pains to point his face DIRECTLY at Jen's feet, where she sits each day at work, in her study. I know Smiley would have wanted that! ~Ian PS. I told Jen that it is my wish, that one day, when we finally are forced to say goodbye to each other, I want to be treated just as lovingly as "her Smiley" was.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WHY YOU NEED TO KICK THE SUGAR HABIT NOW



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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BATTERED FRIED EGGPLANT "SANDWICHES"





BATTERED FRIED EGGPLANT “SANDWICHES”

Almost like a grilled cheese but tastier if you like eggplant like I do.  If you are doing more induction-style eating, then just use a combination of almond flour and Parmesan cheese and skip the bake mix.  What could be simpler?  I made these on a whim one day when my hubby brought home the big eggplants.  I typically prefer the Chinese eggplants because the skin is not bitter and one can eat it, however the bigger eggplants are perfect for this application.  I think eggplant is an acquired taste.  Both my sons won't eat it.  I remember being introduced to eggplant when I was in my twenties and working for an Engineering Firm in Toronto, Canada.  Oh, that's sounds good but I was simply a secretary, but let me tell you that can be a very stressful job and a lot of work!  Anyway, I'm getting off track.  A vegetarian girlfriend (also working for the same Engineering firm) and her hubby invited my husband and I to supper and we had Eggplant Parmigiana - my first encounter with this vegetable.  I thought it was wonderful and since that day I've always enjoyed many varieties of eggplant dishes.  Funny story.  I am originally from the southern tip of Africa - South Africa.  I grew up there and left before I was 21 for the cold White North - Canada, where I was to spend almost 30 more years.  Anyway in South Africa we adhered to the British spelling of English words.  One day I was typing up a report for the chief engineer and was shocked to find the whole report full of a spelling mistake.  It should have been aluminium not aluminum, I thought!  I changed the whole, lengthy document and was called into the chief engineer's office where he asked me why I would do such a thing.  I  almost vociferously defended my position, but was quickly shown in a dictionary that, alas in Canada, the word is spelled differently.  Here is some more info about that for the curious.  By the way that Engineering company made the first Canola oil, which I think should never be consumed, but that's yet another story for another day. :)


3 eggs
2 tbsp water (15 mL)
1/cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix (125 mL)
1/cup grated Parmesan cheese (75 mL)
1/tsp salt (2 mL)
1/tsp Italian seasoning (1 mL)
1/8 tsp black pepper (0.5 mL)
1 large eggplant, about 1 lb (0.45 kg)
4 tbsp olive oil (60 mL)

In medium bowl, beat eggs and water together with a fork.  On dinner plate, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix, Parmesan cheese, salt, Italian seasoning and black pepper. 

Peel eggplant and slice into slightly thinner than sandwich thick slices.  Dip in egg wash and then in “flour” on both sides.  Place in nonstick skillet in some of hot oil and cook over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.  Repeat until all the eggplant is cooked. 

Make sandwiches using cheese and cooked bacon or ham between two eggplant slices.  Nuke briefly to melt the cheese, if desired.


Yield:  6 servings

1 serving
197.6 calories
7.2 g protein
15.9 g fat
7.0 g net carbs

Monday, March 18, 2013

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

FROSTED PETIT-FOUR BARS - HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY!!






FROSTED PETIT-FOUR BARS
Add green food coloring to the frosting and you have a great St. Paddy’s Day treat, which is what I did with this recipe.  Today is a special day.  My son and his wife, Yara, are coming up the mountain.  They are newly married and so much in love.  It's very sweet to observe from the sidelines.  I have to get going here but quickly wanted to post my recipe which is topical today.  Have a happy, happy St. Paddy's day all.  Thanks so much for all your support.  You have no idea how appreciative I am of all of you!  May all your St. Paddy's Day dreams come true.  :)

21/4 cups Gluten-Free Bake Mix (560 mL)
1 tbsp baking powder (15 mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
1/2 cup butter, softened (125 mL)
Liquid sucralose to equal 1 cup (250 mL)
  of any granular sweetener
3/4 cup low-carb milk, OR half and half (175 mL)
31/4 tsp unflavored gelatin (16 mL)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (2 mL)
1/4 tsp almond extract (1 mL)
6 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar (1 mL)
1/4 cup granulated erythritol (60 mL)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).  In medium bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix, baking powder and salt.

In food processor, process butter, liquid sucralose, OR any granular sweetener, low-carb milk, OR half and half, gelatin, vanilla extract and almond extract until smooth.  Add dry ingredients half at a time and process.  Using a spatula, place batter in a large bowl.

In small bowl of food mixer place egg whites.  Beat until frothy and add cream of tartar.  Beat 1 minute and gradually sprinkle in erythritol.  Keep beating until stiff peaks form.  Fold egg white mixture into batter, half at a time.  Spread evenly in greased 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish.  Bake 25 to 35 minutes, or until knife inserted in cake comes out clean.

When completely cool, frost with Better Than Betty Frosting.

Yield:  36 bars
1 bar
86.1 calories
2.6 g protein
7.3 g fat
2.4 g net carbs

Friday, March 15, 2013

TENDER OVEN SWISS STEAK




TENDER OVEN SWISS STEAK
Enjoy the delicious flavors of an old-fashioned favorite!  Dutch Oven and  slow-cooker food is comfort food at its best, but the part I like the most is the simplicity of it all and how after very little preparation the oven or slow cooker does all the work for one.  For busy working folks or new mothers, Dutch oven (covered large pot is fine too) and slow cooker recipes can be a real time saver.  I remember when my boys were little what it was like and with a newborn, plus a toddler - oh my!  My dear, sweet hubby had the cheek to ask me one day when he got back from work what I had done all day.  I wrote out a long list per hour of all my duties.  Haha - that put an end to the matter!   I had to cook with my first baby boy in a snuggly because he could not bear to be put down to lie on his own without me there. Even when he was a little bigger and I would put him in a little swing, he was only happy until it stopped swinging and then he'd shout.  LOL  I had to go and wind up the swing again and then he'd be happy for 5 minutes, if that!  Now I'm looking forward to grandchildren.  I hear it is such a wonderful thing to be a grandparent.    

NOTE:  Use red onions if the mixture of tomatoes and onions catches your tummy (this happens to my husband and his mother...strange, but true.)


For other great Low-Carb, Gluten-Free recipes by the team & me:
Support your team, buy Low-Carbing Among Friends cookbooks at: 
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2 tbsp olive oil (30 mL)
21/2 lbs rib-eye, grass-fed steak (1.1 kg)
1/2 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix (125 mL)
1 tsp salt (5 mL)
1 tsp black pepper (5 mL)
1 onion, sliced into rings
1 carrot, thinly sliced
14.5 oz canned, diced tomatoes (411 g)
1 cup water (250 mL)  (add 1 /12 cups water - better!)
2 tbsp tomato paste (30 mL)
1 tsp crushed garlic (5 mL)
1/4 tsp seasoning salt (1 mL)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).  In small bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix, salt and pepper.  Dredge steaks in bake mix.

In large nonstick frying pan, heat oil over medium heat.  Brown steaks in hot oil.  Place in large pot with lid.  Place onion and carrots over steaks.  In medium bowl, combine diced tomatoes, water, tomato paste, crushed garlic, seasoning salt and any remaining bake mix.  Pour over steak and vegetables.  Put lid on pot and bake 3 hours or until meat is tender.  Add more water during the last hour for more sauce, if desired.

Yield:  8 servings
1 serving
504.4 calories
41.2 g protein
33.0 g fat
6.2 g net carbs

Thursday, March 14, 2013

BLACK BEANS, CHICKEN AND CAULI-RICE



BLACK BEANS, CHICKEN AND CAULI-RICE
This spicy mixture is great in low-carb tortillas. Find my low-carb tortilla recipes HERE and HERE.  I really enjoy black beans and used in moderation, they really don't add too many carbs to a dish.  I like black beans in chili recipes as well.  Some people use soy beans instead.  If you like instead of using canned black beans, buy the raw black beans and place in a crock pot, and add salt or seasoning salt and a lot of water to cover so there are about 2 inches or so above the beans.  Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or until tender.  By the way leftover black beans freeze really well. I always do this and defrost them again when I need it for a casserole like this one.


2 tbsp olive oil (30 mL)
2 cups cauli-rice (500 mL)
1/2 cup homemade chicken stock (125 mL)
1 tsp ground cumin (5 mL)
1 tsp chili powder (5 mL)
1/2 tsp salt, OR to taste (2 mL)
2 tbsp olive oil (30 mL)
1/2 cup diced onion (125 mL)
1 cup diced peppers (250 mL)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken (500 mL)
1/2 cup black beans, drained (125 mL)
  (or use up to 1 cup (250 mL)
1 cup shredded cheese of choice (250 mL)
Sour cream

In large, nonstick frying pan in 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, cook cauli-rice until getting tender.  Add chicken stock, cumin, chili powder and salt.  Set aside.

In another frying pan, heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil and over medium heat cook onions until turning soft.  Add peppers and cook until tender.  Add to first pan along with chicken and black beans.  Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Taste and add more salt if necessary.

Place mixture in 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish and sprinkle with cheese.  Use the mixture in low-carb tortillas (see volumes 1 and 2 of Low-Carbing Among Friends for recipes) with sour cream or serve on its own with lots of sour cream.

Helpful Hint:  To make cauli-rice, use a medium head of cauliflower and pulse in a food processor until the cauliflower forms small pieces that look rice-like, or use a food processor to grate the cauliflower.

Yield:  6 servings
1 serving
322.9 calories
32.6 g protein
17.4 g fat
6.3 g net carbs


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SINGLE LADY CUPCAKE



The bottom of the cupcake - the chips drop to the bottom making it seem as if there is a fudgy frosting surprise on the bottom of the cupcake as well as frosting on top!

SINGLE LADY CUPCAKE
A cupcake in a jiffy!  Sometimes one doesn’t want a dozen cupcakes sitting around to tempt one but the craving is strong and you can satisfy it quickly and relatively safely with this super easy recipe. I made one, frosted it and tasted it, liked it and made another and invited hubby to tea - okay coffee for him. LOL  We had a tea/coffee date which we often do on our mountain in the jungle and sometimes we have a Miller Lite date.  I don't like diet soda but I do like Miller Lite.  I like champagne but cannot stand wine.  It's funny when I go places, people usually offer me wine or a cocktail and are surprised when I ask for beer instead.  Haha!!  Why can't a lady enjoy a beer without seeming unlady-like?  Truth be known I hardly drank anything in Canada during those 30 years that we lived in the cold, white North, but I find nowadays the beer relaxes me better than anything else will.. 

3 tbsp Gluten-Free Bake Mix, (45 mL)
  page___
1/tsp baking powder (1 mL)
1/8  tsp salt (0.5 mL)
1 egg yolk
Liquid sucralose to equal 2 tbsp (30 mL)
  granular sweetener equivalent
1 tbsp butter, melted (15 mL)
1 tbsp heavy cream (15 mL)
1 tbsp granulated erythritol (15 mL)
1/tsp vanilla extract (1 mL)
1 tbsp sugar-free chocolate chips, optional (15 mL)

In cereal bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix, page___, baking powder and salt.  In another cereal bowl, combine egg yolk, liquid sucralose, OR granular sweetener equivalent, butter, heavy cream, erythritol and vanilla extract.  Whisk with a fork to combine well.  Add dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Using a spatula, scrape into a greased ramekin and microwave on high power 1 minute.  Invert ramekin to remove cupcake.  Allow to cool 1 minute and frost with approximately one quarter to one sixth of the Better than Betty Frosting.  Serve immediately.

Helpful Hints:  If using the chocolate chips, they will sink to the bottom of the cupcake, which is almost like having a frosted bottom and top to the cupcake.    My microwave oven is 1200 Watts.  You may need to cook yours a little less or a little longer depending on the wattage of your microwave oven.  

Yield:  1 cupcake
With/without frosting
363.4/304.7 calories
7.7/6.6 g protein
33.5/28.1 g fat
7.0/5.4 g net carbs

For other great Low-Carb, Gluten-Free recipes by the team & me:
Support your team, buy Low-Carbing Among Friends cookbooks at: 
http://amongfriends.us/Jen.php (Paypal/Amazon) - SALE priced!