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When I was a kid, my mother and I used to bake her famous pecan pies every Thanksgiving. She taught me to make her mother’s red velvet cake recipe for Christmas. We’d make chocolate chip cookies all the time. With her guidance, it wasn’t before long that I became the designated baker for family events, always relying on her to be my sous chef.

When I started eating low carb to help control my type 1 diabetes, I was worried that I would have to give up baking—and more importantly, baking with my mom. My mom and I have always been close, and she was my rock during difficult health struggles in my twenties. Baking was a tradition we had with each other, and I was afraid I’d have to give that up.

Luckily, my mom and I have been able to continue our tradition of baking together, and we find a new low-carb recipe to try for each family event. We cherish the time we spend together preparing for these events, whether it is finding a new recipe, shopping for ingredients, or putting on our favorite movie while we bake. I love that I did not have to give up on this meaningful ritual—I just had to revamp it!

While we love baking low-carb desserts, the next in line is always breakfast or brunch classics—perfect for Mother’s Day!

Here are the two holiday favorites we’ve adapted to be low carb:


Low Carb Red Velvet Cake Recipe (created by Sarah and her mother)

pecan pie
Low Carb Pecan Pie Recipe (created by Sarah and her mother)

Here are some more of our favorite recipes to cook together.

Coconut Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust

Eggs Benedict Quiche

Blueberry Breakfast Bars

What are some traditions and foods you’ve replaced with lower carb versions? Let us know in the comments!

 

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    Charlene Nelson May 7, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Love your story! I am not much of a cook, but when I do we love Cookies, and Almond Cheesecake. They are our favorite. We take the cheesecake to potlucks. Another item is Zucchini Chicken Casserole this goes over real well with all our friends. Thanks for Sharing!!

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    I will not have xylitol in my house because it is death for my dog gets even a small amount of crumb on the floor.

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      Erythritol (trivia or pyure) is a great doggie safe alternative to xylitol.

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    Yay, Sarah! These sound so good! Please blog more recipes! Thank you for sharing.

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    Teresa raysin May 9, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I love this recipe for pecan pie, but is there any fiber in this? I try to go by net carbs

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    1. Virta Health

      Hi Teresa! Yes, the pecans, coconut flour, & almond flour will contribute a significant amount of fiber.

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    My Grandmother always made this Butternut squash casserole (she used canned yams as a shortcut when she couldn’t get butternut squash). The taste reminds me of a sweet potato casserole with vanilla wafers on top instead of marshmallows. It was at every family holiday growing up. I had the recipe and over the years made it every holiday. When I started keto I knew I couldn’t make it. I did some research to see what could be used in place. I eventually found the right low carb/keto ingredients to duplicate it. I brought it to a family holiday and some family said it tasted better than the original recipe my Grandmother had made. I was pretty proud it tasted like the original recipe. It is now requested I bring the keto version all family holidays.

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    1. Virta Health

      That’s wonderful, Katie!

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      Would be great if you could share the recipe Katie

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    Oh my goodness, Sarah, what’s wonderful blog and one I want to follow.
    I am realizing I eat my feelings and without an exercise regimen, I have gotten to a try uncomfortable weight.
    My sugar treats are a favorite, as they are for Bill, so your blog is a great gift!!

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    I can share a wish. I miss my Mothers DATE NUT PUDDING!

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    I have for now one big question . We are worry of food with unbalance amount of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. However, almonds are extremely high in omega 6 with nearly no omega3. Is there an issue here? please comment

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    1. Virta Health

      We recommend limiting nuts to no more than 1-2 oz per day due to carb content. At this volume, you don’t need to be concerned with the ratio.

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    I love this recipe and your blog is a great gift

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    1. Virta Health

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

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    My grandmother made what she called a “Pudding Cake”, which was essentially a cake layer on top of a fresh seasonal fruit layer, served in a bowl with milk. Always a favorite with us kids, but high carb, of course. She never used a recipe and I asked her for it one time. She said it was unsweetened fresh fruit and a”one-egg cake” recipe and I could find it in any recipe book. Well, not in modern recipe books, but I finally found it on a web site called Vintagerecipeproject.com and reworked it to be keto. I used Blueberries as the fruit on the bottom, Swerve as the sweetener, almond and coconut as the flours, and a bit of xanthan gum to help the baking soda make it rise. Turned out pretty well and was very close to my Grandmother’s version. Definitely a keeper.
    As an aside, I noticed while I was researching vanilla cake recipes to use instead of the elusive one egg cake recipe that many cake recipes use a LOT of eggs, and it occurred to me that a cake with that many eggs would be expensive to make during the depression, which is when my grandmother was raising her family. A one egg cake and home-grown fruit would be a fairly inexpensive treat for a family of 7, 5 of whom were male!

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    1. Virta Health

      Thank you for sharing your story! What a special way to reconnect with a childhood memory in a way that supports your health!

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