Low-Carb PUMPKIN Cheesecake Cupcakes [recipe]

Hey guys!!!  Happy, happy, Wednesday!!  AND – Happy Birthday to me!!  Yep, it’s my birthday – and NO, I’m not saying how old I am. Low Carb PUMPKIN Cheesecake Cupcakes [recipe] sugar free recipe pumpkin cheesecake pumpkin low carb Keto healthy recipe gluten free cupcakes cheesecake

Today I’m giving you guys a gift – a delicious, pumpkin-licious (don’t think that’s a word, but roll with it), low-carb, sugar-free, & keto friendly one!  It’s also gluten-free as well.

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Do you love cheesecake?  Love cupcakes?  How about pumpkin??

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If you like pumpkin pie, then you are going to LOVE these babies!!!  Why?  Well, they basically taste just like delicious, creamy, pumpkin pie.  Yum.

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Ready to get your Fall fix & start baking?  Let’s get to that recipe…

Low Carb PUMPKIN Cheesecake Cupcakes [recipe] sugar free recipe pumpkin cheesecake pumpkin low carb Keto healthy recipe gluten free cupcakes cheesecake

Low-Carb PUMPKIN Cheesecake Cupcakes
 
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If you LOVE cupcakes, pumpkin, & cheesecake, then these are for you! It’s a match made in heaven… & it’s sugar-free, gluten-free, AND low-carb!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 16 oz (2 packs) Regular Organic Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ stick (4 tbsp) Unsalted organic butter
  • ½ c Almond meal/flour
  • ½ c Just Like Sugar (or Stevia, Splenda, etc)
  • ¼ c Just Like Sugar BROWN (makes them taste extra amazing, but if you don’t want to buy it, just do another ¼c of Just Like Sugar Baking version)
  • 1c canned pumpkin (or fresh)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-1/2tsp cinnamon, ground
  • ½tsp nutmeg, ground
  • ½tsp allspice
  • Can of Whipped Topping (or coconut cream, if desired – topping optional)

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. & line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, melt the butter & then stir in the almond flour for the crust. Add in 1tsp of cinnamon & 1 tsp or so (from the ¼c) of the Just Like BROWN Sugar. Mix well & then place a small amount in the bottom of each muffin cup, then pat down to form a thin crust.
  3. Next, in a food processor or mixer, combine the cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, remaining cinnamon & sugar substitute, nutmeg, allspice, & pumpkin. Mix until smooth.
  4. Fill each cupcake liner to just about to the top, just so that they are all even.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 17 minutes, then remove & let cool.
  6. Place tray in the fridge & chill for a few hours.
  7. Once you’re ready to enjoy, remove the cupcake from the tray & top with about 2 tbsp of the whipped cream topping. Enjoy!! (store in a sealed container in the fridge)

Notes
The almond flour, Just Like Sugar Baking variety, & the Just Like Sugar Brown version can be purchased through my Amazon.com affiliate link, or in my Amazon Store (located at the top of the page).

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cupcake Calories: 215 Fat: 20g Saturated fat: 11g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 5g Sugar: 1g Fiber: 8g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 81mg

If you love these, you may also love the Low-Carb Cheesecake Cupcakes (original version).

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I love the subtle cinnamon-brown sugary, buttery little crust on these too!

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Are you excited for Fall & pumpkin-everything season?  Have you tried the original version of these yet?

MIMM: Pre-Birthday Hibachi Dinner

Hey there friends!!  Happy Monday & welcome to another edition of the Marvelous in My Monday link-up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life!  I have a marvelous pre-birthday dinner to celebrate this time around, so let’s get to it!
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Big thanks to Katie for hosting & spreading positivity!!  Always a marvelous way to start any Monday out!

Marvelous is …

…celebrating my birthday a bit early with my husband’s side of the family this weekend!  My birthday is actually on Wednesday (the 17th), but my brother-in-law (SIL’s husband) also had a birthday earlier this month – sooo… Brian’s parents treated us all to dinner on Saturday night.  I got to choose the restaurant, & I decided that some Japanese Hibachi would be fun, so that’s what we did!!  We went to Nakashima’s in Green Bay & it was a lot of fun… & delicious.

MIMM: Pre Birthday Hibachi Dinner

This cutie… (my nephew, Graham, who also has a b-day later this month)

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Love his bow tie!! My SIL, Jen, made it.

Sorry for the less-than-optimal pics, but it was kinda dark in there.  MIMM: Pre Birthday Hibachi Dinner

While waiting in the bar area for a table, we all talked & my BIL, Mike, is a big sushi fan… Brian & I are not.  We’ve been wanting to try it, but are chicken.  Mike talked us into ordering an appetizer of tuna sashimi… our (Brian & my) first time trying raw fish.  It was good!!!

MIMM: Pre Birthday Hibachi Dinner

Tuna sashimi with mango salsa

For our dinner, Brian & I ordered one of the hibachi dinners for two… we got the Chicken, fillet mignon, & shrimp.  Neither of us are really very familiar with shrimp, but we figured we’d try it.  It was a night of firsts.

As for the shrimp… eh, neither of us were big fans of it.  It tastes slightly fishy & rubbery, IMO.  The steak, chicken, & veggies were great!  I ordered a side of extra veggies & Brian & I shared some shitake mushrooms.  So good!

I also managed to stay pretty low carb by not eating the rice.

MIMM: Pre Birthday Hibachi Dinner

I didn’t eat all of the dressing on the above salad either… wasn’t sure how sugary it was, plus, there was just a LOT on there.

Oh, & I just HAVE to share this toilet thing with you!!  I discovered that in their bathrooms at Nakashima they had the neatest, most interesting toilets I’ve ever seen.  They were all techy with a side control panel!!  They even had a heated seat & a bidet!  Crazy!

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Coolest techy toilet ever!!

After dinner we went over to Jen & Mike’s house since Graham had to head to bed, & talked there for awhile.  Jen was super sweet & surprised me with a carrot cake that she made for me!!  She knows that carrot cake is my absolute favorite kind of cake, so she made a three layer one!!  She knows me so well – I’m kinda a carrot cake snob & I usually only go for the multi-layer type… & it has to be awesome.  Well, hers was just that!!

MIMM: Pre Birthday Hibachi Dinner

Mmm… LOVE carrot cake!

It was SO good that I wanted to devour the whole piece, but I only had a bit of the bottom since I’m trying to stay in keto still.  I shared the rest with Brian & it ended up being just the right amount to get a taste of deliciousness, yet still keep my goals in mind.  We have a huge slice in our fridge right now & I’m trying my best to ignore it.  Wish me luck!! 

Happy Monday!!

Have you ever had sashimi?  Thoughts on shrimp: love or rubbery/fishy?  

The Week In Fitness #56

Hey there friends!  Happy Sunday!!  Time to recap this past week’s fitness!

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Monday 9.8.14:

rest day

Tuesday 9.9.14:

Jazzercise

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Wednesday 9.10.14:

rest day

Thursday 9.11.14:

Jazzercise

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Friday 9.12.14:

35 mins elliptical (high resistance)

Saturday 9.13.14

Jazzercise Fusion (circuit style class)

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Sunday 9.14.14

a walk of some sort

I managed 4 days of workouts this week, so not too shabby.  I’ll take it.

How did YOUR week of fitness turn out?  How many days do you aim to workout a week?

Simple Low-Carb Pot Roast

Hey there friends, happy Friday!!  You know those days where you just need a really simple & quick meal?  Maybe a day you have class late, or have to work late… you just want to chow down when you get home without having to cook or even think about dinner.  Well, you’re in luck because I have the perfect, healthy solution!

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You can prep this the night before, refrigerate, & then on the morning of, just simply pull out the crock pot & plug it in on low heat.  Cook it low & slow all day long… when you get home that evening, your house will smell WONDERFUL, & you’ll have a tasty, healthy, low-carb & paleo meal ready to enjoy.  This is great on it’s own, or would be amazing with a side of cauliflower “mashed potatoes”.  Mmm….

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I prep mine the night before… so simple!  Ready to cook!

We have a freezer full of grass-fed beef still & so many chuck roasts that I really needed to start getting creative with them, which is how I came up with this recipe.  I think it’s going to be a repeat at our house! Simple Low Carb Pot Roast simple recipe recipe primal pot roast paleo lowcarb low carb Keto crock pot

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This is a quick & easy recipe that is great for days you have a lot going on & little time to worry about putting a healthy meal on the table. Just prep it the night before or throw together that morning & you’re good to go!
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Recipe type: dinner, crock pot
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 – 1-1/2 lb Grass-fed Beef Chuck Roast (or similar roast – mine was bone-in, but either is fine)
  • ½c Yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 oz Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1T Grass-fed butter
  • 1 tsp Parsley flakes, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
  • ½ tsp Rosemary, dried
  • 4 oz Roscato (sweet red wine)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Heat a pan with 1T grass-fed butter to medium high heat. Sear each side of the roast, then place the roast & any juices into the crock pot.
  2. Add in all of the remaining ingredients, cover, & refrigerate until day of meal, or turn crock pot on low heat & cook for approximately 8 hours.
  3. Slice & enjoy!!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: approx. 430 Fat: 20.9 Saturated fat: 9 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 4.6 Fiber: 1 Protein: 48.2 Cholesterol: 170

 

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I swear, it tastes so much better than it photographs.

Thinking Out Loud

Hey there friends!  I’ve been a bit all over the place lately, so how about some random thoughts today?  Let’s dig into this brain of mine & see what’s floating around in there right now, shall we?  I think Amanda from Running with Spoons’ Thinking Out Loud link-up is perfect for some good ‘ol randomness!

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Big thanks to Amanda for hosting!  If you’re not sure what it’s all about, click on over there & check it out, as well as all of the other bloggers.

  1. Ok, so can I just start out by saying that I am SO excited?!  Why, you ask?  Well… I met with an advisor the other day & she helped to make it so that I can graduate this August!!! Woot, woot!!!  *happy dance*  Which also means that I will be able to apply for the Dietetic Internships this Spring!  Thinking Out Loud Thinking Out Loud school random thoughts internship fat Dietetics carbs  So, I’m now a Senior in my last (less than a year) year of school!!  You have NO idea how long I’ve waited to say that.
  2. Since I am graduating in August now, rather than next December, that also means I need to buckle down a bit more… & it means I had to add another course to this semester.  I’m now taking an online (humanities) course called US Women’s History (not too much available a couple of weeks in).  That now makes 18 credits for me this semester.  Cross your fingers for my sanity.
  3. I have an interview (phone) today!!  It’s for an internship so that I can gain some more experience before graduating & applying for the official Dietetics Internships.  Wish me luck!  I’m also trying to land a small part-time job in food service to get some more experience as well.  I think I need a clone.
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    I think this is fitting. [source]

  4. Did you know… that carbohydrates are only carbon, hydrogen, & oxygen?  carbo-hydrate… carbon + water.  Get it?  Fun fact.  No wonder you lose so much water weight when you go low carb.  Totally makes sense.

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LOVE this. #fatpower #realfood [source]

Well, that’s what’s on my brain at the moment!  Hope I didn’t scare you too much. Thinking Out Loud Thinking Out Loud school random thoughts internship fat Dietetics carbs

Have a great Thursday!!

Ok, your turn… what’s on YOUR mind today?