60+ Trim Healthy Mama Pumpkin Recipes

T’is the season for Pumpkin Spice and everything nice! Here’s an updated list of over 60 Trim Healthy Mama Pumpkin recipes for all the different fuel types! 

I’m thrilled the orange squash is a non-starchy vegetable; that means can be used in both S, E, and FP Trim Healthy Mama pumpkin dishes!

If you have fresh or canned pumpkin and some pumpkin spice on hand, along with regular Trim Healthy Mama pantry staples, you can make any of the following THM compatible pumpkin recipes from the bloggers you know and love.

Don’t have premade Pumpkin Spice on hand?

No worries – it’s super easy to make your own! 

Pumpkin Spice Blend

Pumpkin Spice Blend

This Pumpkin Spice Blend is an essential pantry staple for your Autumn baking!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container.
Without further ado,

Here are over 60 favorite Trim Healthy Mama Pumpkin Recipes!

Happy Fall, y’all!

Low Carb Pumpkin Cake With Maple Frosting via Northern Nester (S)

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies via Northern Nester (E)

Gingerbread Pumpkin Roll via Northern Nester (S)

Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte via Northern Nester (S or FP)

Low-Carb Layered Pumpkin Dessert via Northern Nester (S)

Smokey Bacon Pumpkin Soup via Northern Nester (S or FP)

Pumpkin Cheesecake With Maple Whipped Topping via Northern Nester (S)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins via My Montana Kitchen (S)

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Gluten-Free - MamaShire.com

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies via MamaShire (XO)

These yummy pumpkin donuts are THM:S, low carb, and gluten/nut free. WIth a unique cream cheese/coconut oil glaze, they're sure to please!

Pumpkin Donuts via Briana Thomas (S)

Pumpkin Roll Pancakes - Low Carb, Grain Free, Sugar Free, THM S

Pumpkin Roll Pancakes via Joy Filled Eats (S)

Pumpkin Pie - Gluten, Dairy and Sugar-Free - MamaShire

Pumpkin Pie via MamaShire (S)

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust via Northern Nester (S)

Pumpkin Delight

Pumpkin Delight via Briana Thomas (S)

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie via Northern Nester (S)

Low-Carb Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Frosting via Northern Nester (S)

Roasted Strawberries | THM: FP, Keto, GF, DF

I used to think that one had never really lived until they had tried a sun-riped, organic Ontario strawberry, but I recently discovered that you can improve on perfection: oven roasted strawberries are out of this world delicious!!

Roasting them in the oven with a little sweetener and vanilla extract sprinkled on top, helps release their sweet and sticky syrup to create at strawberry topping that’s fit for a King! 

Roasted strawberries are truly incredible served with low-carb ice cream, stirred into yogurt, stuffed into a low-carb French Toast Wrap, poured over cheesecake, or on top of dairy-free chocolate pudding

What’s more, this sweet treat is naturally sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, pure and simple goodness that works with virtually every diet! You’ll want to pair it with protein (any one of the above serving suggestions will work as a protein source), but it’s a great source of fiber and low in carbs, so you can indulge in it often, guilt-free.

Pair it with 0% fat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for a Fuel Pull (blended into a shake with either one of these is amazing!), serve over oatmeal or on sprouted bread for an E meal, or with low-carb ice cream, whipped cream, or cheesecake for an S! 

Here’s how easy it is to make Roasted Strawberries:

First, wash, dry and cut up the berries.

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper, then arrange the sliced berries in a single layer on top.

Sprinkle berries with a low-carb, on-plan sweetener and a little vanilla extract. I sprinkled Lakanto’s Classic 1:1 Monkfruit Sugar Substitute over top of my strawberries. I love the taste and the fine granular consistency of this sweetener. You can also use xylitol in the same amount, Gentle Sweet in half the amount, or Super Sweet in a quarter of the amount. 

Roast in the oven for up to an hour (the longer you roast them, the more syrup you get, go it really depends on what ratio of chunky berry to syrup you want…I like syrupy!

Yield: 1 lb strawberry topping

Roasted Strawberries | THM: FP, Keto, GF, DF

Roasted Strawberries | THM: FP, Keto, GF, DF

Oven roasted strawberries are out of this world delicious!! Roasting them with a little sweetener and vanilla helps release their sweet and sticky syrup to create at strawberry topping that's fit for a King! A THM FP, suitable for topping on any dessert!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 1 tbsp Lakanto Classic 1:1 Monkfruit Sugar substitute, or xylitol (OR use Gentle Sweet in half the amount)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Arrange berries in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle on sweetener and extract. Stir to coat. Roast in preheated oven for 40 min - 1 hr (depending on how much syrup you want).
  3. Enjoy hot or cold! (Refrigerate leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge).

 

Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus Quiche | THM: S, Keto, GF

I wasn’t sure how well this Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus Quiche would fly with my family, since our kids are certain they don’t like eating green “twigs,” but I was pleasantly surprised when they wolfed down the entire thing in one meal…and asked me to make it again! 

Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus are a winning trio of flavors, and the savory crust takes this low-carb, keto-compatible, gluten-free, Trim Healthy Mama S main dish to the next level!

You could even forgo the crust to save yourself some time and ingredients, if you like: the crust-less version of this Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus Quiche is equally satisfying! 

This Springy Quiche doesn’t require any special ingredients to make and is a fantastic way to use up eggs! It’s full of protein and good fats. Using a smoked ham makes it super speedy to put together, and if you don’t have a ham on hand, bacon makes a great substitute. (Always.)

This Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus Quiche is crazy versatile. You can sub the ham with bacon, sausage, or chicken; the Swiss Cheese with Cheddar (or some other favorite!); and the asparagus with a different non-starchy vegetable such as spinach or broccoli! You could also add chopped peppers, mushrooms, or a bit of tomato to the filling, if you like.  

A complete meal by itself, you can serve this dish “as is,” for breakfast, lunch, or supper, or make it part of a fancier meal by accompanying it with a soup and salad. 

Yield: 8 servings

Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Asparagus Quiche | THM: S, Keto, GF

Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Asparagus Quiche | THM: S, Keto, GF

This Ham, Swiss Cheese and Asparagus Quiche combines a winning trio of flavors, and the savory crust takes this low-carb, keto-compatible, gluten-free, Trim Healthy Mama S main dish to the next level!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • FILLING:
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb. asparagus, chopped into bite-sized pieces and steamed until tender-crisp
  • 1 cup cubed smoked ham
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make the crust, melt butter in a small saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in almond flour, Parmesan cheese, and egg. Press into 9-10" pie pate. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from heat, set aside, and increase oven temperature to 375 F.
  3. To make the filling, saute onion in butter until onion is translucent (you can steam the asparagus during this time too, if you haven't already done so).
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and cream together. Stir in sauted onions, steamed asparagus, cubed ham, grated Swiss cheese, and ground pepper. Pour filling into pie crust. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Looking for another delicious way to enjoy asparagus?

Try these Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles! So easy and flavorful! A THM S.

10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut

I almost didn’t even post this 10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut because it’s so ridiculously fast and easy, and requires such few ingredients, that it can hardly even be considered a recipe!

However, I posted pictures of this meal a few times during our March on Motivated Challenge and had several requests for the recipe, so I thought I’d share how I put it together and prove just how easily you can stay on plan – even if you’re the Ultimate Drive Thru Sue! 

At the bare minimum, you just need 2 ingredients for this recipe: sausage and sauerkraut! I usually whip it up with 4-5 ingredients by adding a bit of butter, ground pepper, and nutritional yeast to the other two. Caraways seeds are a nice addition too, if you have them on hand. 

Essentially, all you do is slice the sausages into coins, fry them up over medium heat until they get a bit crispy on the sliced edges, dump in a pile of sauerkraut, turn up the heat, and stir-fry the two ingredients together until the liquid is evaporated and you’re left with sausage flavor-infused sauerkraut! 

A lot of people wonder about what type of sausage they should use on plan, because most contain sugar. A little sugar is necessary for curing for most sausages, and are on-plan if they have less than 2 grams of net carbs per serving.

Breakfast and Honey Garlic Style sausages usually have too much added sugar, so I try to stay away from those. Smoked or precooked Kielbasa, Italian, Farmer’s, and BBQ-style sausages tend to have a low sugar content, and having them precooked makes this 10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut main dish super speedy. 

I use lacto-fermented sauerkraut in this dish. Since I add it at the end of the cooking time, it still has many of its probiotics. The cheapest and easiest place to find lacto-ferment sauerkraut (if you don’t make it yourself) is at your local Polish or other Eastern European grocery shop. One 8-serving jar costs me a mere $2.00! You’re looking for sauerkraut that’s made with just cabbage, salt, and/or water. Sauerkraut in a vinegar brine kills the probiotics. 

I also buy my sausage and lacto-fermented dill pickles at our local Polish Butcher Shop!

I love serving this dish with dill pickles and sour cream on the side for a true, Eastern European flair. We would eat this at the International Village Festival where one of our daughters did Ukrainian dancing (they served it with perogies, of course!).

Yield: 4-5 servings

10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut Skillet | THM: S, GF, DF option

10 Minute Sausage & Sauerkraut Skillet | THM: S, GF, DF option
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil if DF)
  • 4 precooked or smoked BBQ-style sausages (or Kielbasa), sliced into coins
  • 2 cups sauerkraut

OPTIONAL:

  • black pepper
  • nutritional yeast
  • dill pickles
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. Melt butter (or heat olive oil) in large frying pan or skillet. Slice sausages into coins, and fry in butter over medium heat until they get a bit crispy on the sliced edges. Dump in sauerkraut. Turn up the heat, and stir-fry the two ingredients together until the liquid is evaporated.
  2. Optional: Season with black pepper and nutritional yeast if desired. Serve with dill pickles and sour cream.

12 Easy & Impressive Low-Carb Spring Desserts

Diet-wise, the Easter Holiday is just as bad as Halloween in terms of how much sugar is consumed! Hear this: you can still eat pretty, sweet things and do your body good at the same time! You’ll feel anything but deprived, guilty, and miserable with a selection (or two, or three) from these 12 incredibly easy and impressive low-carb Spring desserts! 

None of these low-carb Spring Desserts require any special ingredients to make, and they all showcase the very best flavors of the season! Each one is suitable for Trim Healthy Mama, Keto, and gluten-free diets. 

12 Easy & Impressive Low-Carb Spring Desserts

Simple Lemon Tart (S)

Strawberry Cheesecake (S)

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake (S)

Strawberry “Pretzel” Dessert (S)

Peanut Flour Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream (S)

Pavolva with Lemon Curd & Berries (S)

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie (S)

Orange Creamsicle Dessert (S)

Lemon Yogurt Cake (S)

Key Lime Pie (S)

Pink Strawberry Delight (S)

Luscious Lemon Squares (S)

Simple Lemon Tart | THM: S, Keto, GF

It’s no secret that Lemon is one of my favorite flavors (I have a round-up of all my favorite Lemon recipes here), but as much as I love making cakes look fancy, sometimes simple is best! This Simple Lemon Tart showcases just how delicious a minimal amount of work and ingredients can be.

A light dusting of Lakanto’s 2:1 Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener, and this Simple Lemon Tart turns into a beautiful dessert to serve guests! If you have the time to make something even more impressive, you could even pretty it up with swirls of whipped cream that are topped with blueberries, strawberries, and kiwifruit! It’s a Spring-time beauty that’s just as lovely dressed up or down. 

Just how basic is this Simple Lemon Tart?

Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Crazy, right?!

It’s all in how you put it together.

The simpleness of this recipe really shows off the lemon flavor. It’s quite tangy (just the way I like it!), but if you want to mellow it out a little, you can add whipped cream to the top or serve it with sweet strawberries and blueberries. 

Interested in some or Lakanto’s Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener to dust the top of this Lemon Tart? You can use the Coupon Code: northernnester to save 15% OFF your entire order. 🙂

Yield: 8-10 servings

Simple Lemon Tart | THM: S, Keto, GF

Simple Lemon Tart | THM: S, Keto, GF

This Simple Lemon Tart showcases just how delicious a minimal amount of work and ingredients can be! A THM S with no special ingredients. Keto, and GF.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp xylitol or Lakanto's Classic 1:1 Monkfruit Sugar Substitute (OR use Gentle Sweet in half the amount)
  • 1/4 tsp mineral salt
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • FILLING:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup xylitol or Lakanto's Classic 1:1 Monkfruit Sugar Substitute (OR use Gentle Sweet in half the amount)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • pinch of mineral salt
  • 6 tbsp cold butter, cubed
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH:
  • low-carb Confectioner's "Sugar" such as Swerve or Lakanto's 2:1 Powdered Monkfruit Sugar Substitute

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make the crust, melt butter, sweetener, and salt together until sweetener is dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in almond and coconut flours. Press mixture into a 9" pan (I used a spring-form pan, but you can also use a tart pan or baking dish). Prick all over with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  3. Reduce heat to 325 F.
  4. To make the filling, whisk together eggs, egg yolks, sweetener, lemon juice, and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until well blended. Add butter, whisking constantly, so you don't end up with scrambled egg bits. Pour filling over the crust when the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until set. Cool.
  5. Optional: Dust with a low-carb sweetener, whipped cream, and/or berries.

 

Dairy-free Mushroom & Chicken Soup | THM: S, Keto, GF, DF

I love mushrooms, so I was very excited to see them getting so much attention in the Trim Healthy Mama Community last week! I felt inspired to create a recipe that would showcase their deliciousness (and convert my non-mushroom loving husband to the fungi-loving side!) This Dairy-free Mushroom & Chicken Soup did just that!

Mushrooms are rightly all the rage because they have the ability to absorb Vitamin D from the sun! According to the Trim Healthy Living EZine, letting your ‘shrooms soak in the rays for a few hours before use, can boost their Vitamin D level from 0 – 800! (A cold fridge completely eliminates their Vitamin D content). 

Isn’t that amazing?! God is such an awesome Creator. 

Ideally, you’ll want to put your mushrooms in direct sunlight to achieve this, but for us Northerners whose mushrooms may still freeze before they have time to absorb all that Vitamin D, letting them sun tan in a window is the next best thing. 

Now, about this  deliciously creamy l0w carb, gluten-free, dairy-free Mushroom & Chicken Soup!

You don’t need any special ingredients to make up a pot of this goodness! All you need:

Aside from their ability to be supercharged with Vitamin D, mushrooms are also amazing at absorbing other flavors, and the dried thyme and rosemary in this soup give it such wonderful flavor! I’m not a big fan of the taste of canned coconut milk by itself, but in this  Dairy-free Mushroom & Chicken Soup, all you get from it is pure creaminess. 

If you plan to freeze this Dairy-free Mushroom & Chicken Soup, I recommend doing so without the coconut milk added in. Make the rest of the soup as written, and then when you want to enjoy it, add the full-fat coconut milk as you heat it up. 

Yield: 6 servings

Dairy-free Mushroom & Chicken Soup | THM: S, Keto, GF, DF

Dairy-free Mushroom & Chicken Soup | THM: S, Keto, GF, DF

Thyme, rosemary, and garlic bring a most wonderful flavor to this dairy-free Mushroom and Chicken Soup! A deliciously cozy hug on a cool, rainy day (or any other day, for that matter). THM: S. Keto. GF. DF.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter (ghee or coconut oil if dairy-free)
  • 4 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms (I used Mini Bella mushrooms)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp mineral salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Melt butter (ghee or coconut oil, if dairy-free) in a large pot over medium heat. Add celery, onion, and garlic. Saute until soft. Add chopped chicken and cook until no longer pink. Add chopped mushrooms and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Pour in chicken broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for half an hour. Stir in coconut milk.

Notes

You can use chicken breasts instead of thighs, if you wish.

Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles | THM: S, Keto, GF

These elegant Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles look so impressive and complicated, but they’re actually super fun and easy to make – my 6 year old can do it! They’ve got loads of flavor, protein, and a non-starchy vegetable all wrapped up in one (literally), so you can either enjoy them as a complete meal, or serve them as a fancy side dish! 

Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles are amazing reheated too, that is, if you have any leftovers. 

Watch how simple this beautiful Spring-inspired bundle comes together.

Steam asparagus spears.

Lay out 8 slices of deli chicken breast.

In a small bowl, stir mayo and mustard together. Divide and spread evenly on each chicken breast.

Layer a slice of ham over each breast…

…followed by a piece of provolone cheese.

Lay 4 steamed asparagus spears in the center of each slice of cheese.

Roll up bundles.

Wrap a slice of bacon around each bundle and lay in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet. Sprinkle with ground black pepper.

Bake.

It doesn’t get any easier than that! I hope you enjoy these Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles as much as we do!

Yield: 8 bundles

Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles | THM: S, Keto, GF

Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles | THM: S, Keto, GF

These elegant Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles couldn't be easier to make, and they are as simple as they are impressive! A gluten-free, THM S, and Keto dish that can be served as a whole meal! No special ingredients.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 32 asparagus spears
  • 8 slices deli chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices deli ham
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Fill a large pot with water. Bring to a rolling boil. Add asparagus spears and cook for 4 minutes. Drain spears, rinse in cold water and set aside.
  3. Layout 8 slices of chicken breast. In a small bowl, stir mayo and mustard together. Divide and spread evenly on each chicken breast. Layer a slice of ham over each breast, followed by a piece of cheese. Lay 4 steamed asparagus spears in the center of each slice of cheese. Roll up bundles. Wrap a slice of bacon around each bundle and lay in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet. Sprinkle with ground black pepper.
  4. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.

I Tried Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener And This Is What I Thought Of It

Disclosure: Lakanto sent me their monkfruit sweeteners to try, free of charge, but all opinions are 100% my own. I may receive a small commission if you choose to choose to purchase any of their products through my link. 

A couple weeks ago, I received the sweetest box ever in the mail; Lakanto had sent me three of their best-selling monkfruit sweeteners to try and experiment with! 

I had never tried monkfruit before, and was excited to give it a taste. I read nothing but rave reviews about it in the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook Groups, so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. 

Lakanto sent me 3 sweeteners:

  1. Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute

  2. Golden Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute

  3. Classic Monkfruit Powdered 2:1 Sugar Substitute

If you’ve been making my recipes, you know xylitol has always been by sweetener of choice! My reasons for this are:

  • xylitol measures almost 1:1 to regular sugar, making recipe conversion easier
  • xylitol tastes the most like sugar, in my opinion 
  • xylitol has a bulky, granular consistency that’s needed for the proper texture in most baked goods

However, xylitol has its downsides, too:

  • xylitol can be fatal to dogs
  • xylitol can cause digestive distress in some people (we have no problems with this in our family, but I would not serve something made with xylitol to guests, unless they confirmed they were okay with it)
  • xylitol is bulkier than regular sugar and takes longer to dissolve
  • xylitol has a slight cooling effect, but no bitterness
  • though low enough to work in THM recipes, xylitol still has one of the highest glycemic indexes of plan-approved low-carb sweeteners. 

A bit about Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes

 The reason Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit Sugar Substitutes can be substituted 1:1 in baking is because they are not straight monkfruit. Monkfruit by itself is potently sweet (Lakanto also sells monkfruit extract), even sweeter than stevia extract, but mixed with erythritol (a sugar alcohol that isn’t nearly as sweet, but provides the necessary bulk to work like regular sugar), you get an excellent, low-carb sweetener that’s easy to bake with and doesn’t spike your blood sugar. 

In comparison to xylitol, this is what I thought of Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes.

  • Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes have the same granular consistency to them as regular sugar. It is finer than xylitol.
  • Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes are as sweet as xylitol, which is slightly sweeter than regular sugar. I found the substitution to be a scant 1:1. 
  • Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Golden Sugar Substitute didn’t taste very brown sugar-ish to me. I would compare it more to raw cane sugar in flavor. It was still delicious!
  • Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes have a lower glycemic index than xylitol, so they’re even easier on your blood sugar. They also have zero calories, and zero net carbs.
  • Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit Powdered 2:1 Sugar Substitute replaces traditional Confectioner’s sugar in half the amount. You need half the amount of Swerve (another low-carb icing sugar alternative that measures 1:1 with icing sugar), so it’s a more frugal choice. Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit Powdered 2:1 Sugar Substitute is ideal for frostings (like my Peanut Butter Buttercream!) as it dissolves very well, and dusting (as on these low-carb French Toast Wraps). 
  • While erythritol is not toxic to dogs, verdict is still out on the effects of monkfruit, but it is certainly not as fatal as xylitol can be, so Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit Sugar Substitutes are a safer sweetener if you have furry friends. 

Conclusion

I think I’ve officially tried all the low-carb sweeteners available now, and I would rate Lakanto’s Monkfruit Sugar Substitutes the highest of them all for:

  • versatility
  • flavor
  • digestibility
  • consistency 

Xylitol is a close second, but tied for affordability. 

HOWEVER! 

Lakanto has provided a 15% OFF coupon code for Northern Nester readers! When you make a purchase through any of the links on this page using the Coupon Code: northernnester, you will receive 15% off everything you order

In my recipes, you can substitute Lakanto’s Classic and Golden Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes cup for cup when the recipe calls for xylitol. This easy conversion opens a world of possibilities to Trim Healthy Mamas that can’t tolerate xylitol or are concerned about their furry friends ingesting it.

What’s a review without a recipe to go with it?!

These Cinnamon “Sugar” Cookie Dough Bites are the first things I made with my Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener and they were an absolute hit with the whole family! I hope you enjoy them, too. 

Yield: 18 Cookie Dough Bites

Cinnamon "Sugar" Cookie Dough Bites | THM: S, Keto, GF, DF

Warning! These Cinnamon "Sugar" Cookie Dough Bites are ADDICTIVE! A super easy, high protein snack featuring Lakanto's Classic Golden Sugar Substitute that's free from eggs, dairy, and gluten. THM: S, Keto, GF, DF.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix nut or seed butter (I used almond butter), 1 tsp of cinnamon, coconut flour, nut milk, 1/4 cup of Lakanto Monkfruit Golden Sweetener,* vanilla, and mineral salt together.
  2. In a smaller bowl, stir 1 tbsp of Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon together.
  3. Roll dough mixture into truffle-sized balls. Roll dough bites in cinnamon "sugar" mixture. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Meatza Supreme | THM: S, Keto, GF

Meatza Supreme is a majorly man-pleasing mainstay! (Oh, who am I kidding?! My carnivorish self loves this dish at least as much as my hubby and boys!) It has all the pizza taste without the carbs.

There’s no cauliflower to sneak into the crust here either (some guys can actually sniff out that trick from a mile away. Ask me how I know.); the base is made from meat! 

With all that meat, Meatza Supreme packs a boatload of protein! You’ll probably want to pair this with a salad for fiber’s sake, or at least load on the veggie toppings. My favorite veggies for this dish are green pepper, red onion, and mushrooms, but you could also add other S or FP vegetables like olives, banana peppers, or a bit of tomato, if you like that sort of thing.

There’s so much flavor packed into the meaty base of this “pizza,” that it in no way tastes like a hunk of hamburg! 

Using a couple eggs as a binder, the meat “crust” is flavored with a little Parmesan cheese, herbs, and spices. After baking the “crust” portion first, it’s important to strain of the excess grease so your Meatza doesn’t become watery. 

To do this, I hold the “crust” in the pan with a wide flipper, and tip the dish to pour out the remaining grease. Then I take a paper towel and dab the top of the meat base to absorb as much oil as possible. 

After you’re meat crust is made, it’s a simple matter of layering on your favorite pizza toppings (we love a little sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms, red onion, and green peppers on ours!), cooking for a few minutes more, and then broiling for a wee bit until the cheese begins to turn golden and bubbly, and the pepperoni slices begin to curl. 

Serve with a salad to increase your veggie intake, and you’ve got a wonderful family-pleasing meal made without any special ingredients! 

Yield: 6-8 servings

Meatza Supreme | THM: S, Keto, GF

Meatza Supreme | THM: S, Keto, GF

Meatza Supreme has all the delicious flavor of regular pizza without the carbs (and there's no hidden cauliflower in here either)! A THM S, gluten-free, Keto-compatible, family-pleasing main dish without any special ingredients. Delicious hot or cold!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the stuff in the can)
  • 1 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar-free pizza sauce
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 green pepper thinly sliced
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup bacon crumbles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir ground beef, eggs, and Parmesan together well. Add in salt, oregano, garlic, black, and cayenne pepper and mix to combine. Press into a 9x13" baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 F. Drain off excess grease.
  3. Spread sugar-free pizza sauce over cooked meat. Sprinkle on mozzarella, followed by pepperoni, veggies, and bacon crumbles. Return to oven and bake at 450 F for 5 more minutes. Broil for 4 more minutes until cheese begins to brown.
  4. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge and re-heat as necessary, or enjoy cold!

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