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Keto Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Low-Carb and Gluten-Free)

Patricia Reitz

Always on the lookout for low-carb recipes, I stumbled upon an interesting version for the ever popular Cheddar Bay Biscuits, a national restaurant chain favorite.  I made the recipe as written and I have to say, they weren’t that great - not enough cheese, not enough garlic, and basically, not enough flavor!  So I tweaked, and tweaked, until I came up with this version which is full of cheesy-garlicky flavor.  And check out these nutritional stats: each of my biscuits contain 9 whole grams of protein and only 2 net carbs!  Compare that to the traditional version which contain only 3 grams of protein and a whopping 16 carbs.  Is my version exactly like the original?  Obviously not (although my husband says he likes mine better!), but this healthier version is surprisingly similar.  If you're looking for a low-carb, keto, or gluten-free version to try, I think you'll be very pleased with this recipe. 

Note: because my biscuits contain no gluten, they bake up a little flatter than the original, but baking them in a commercial quality pan like this one will produce fluffier biscuits.

Alternatively, you bake these biscuits in a professional quality muffin pan lined with these perfect silicone cupcake liners. You don’t have to spray them and they peel away perfectly every time. Also, they’re easy to clean and you can reuse them thousands of times.

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The ingredients (clockwise from the top) - sour cream, an egg, almond flour (aka almond meal), sharp cheddar cheese, baking powder, salt, garlic powder (or granulated garlic), dried parsley, and melted butter.

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Start by whisking the almond flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and parsley together.  The almond flour has a tendency to clump so use that whisk to break the clumps up.

That was easy.

Next toss the cheddar cheese into the almond flour mixture - this will keep all the bits of cheddar cheese separate when we add the wet ingredients. 

Here's a thought, I bet these would be good made with pepper jack cheese!  I'll have to give that a try.

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Switch to a spatula and stir in the sour cream, egg, and melted butter.  

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I don't know.... this is such a complicated recipe... JOKING!

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Divide the batter into 6 equal portions (about 3 tablespoons each) and space evenly on a silicone-lined half sheet pan (silpat is my favorite liner, but this less expensive amazon option works well too).

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This recipe will make exactly 6 biscuits if you portion the batter with a #20 scoop (and it's a great size for dishing ice cream too!).  By the way, did you know the sweeper arm of most portion scoops will have a number which indicates the size of the scoop?  The #20 here means this scoop will measure 20 portions per quart.  Likewise, a #30 will portion 30 scoops per quart, and so on.  Who says food blogs aren't educational?

Ok, back to the biscuits… bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown all over.  The cheese will be as hot as lava so allow the biscuits to cool for a couple of minutes before serving. 

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Oh my... I wish you could smell my kitchen right now! 

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Enjoy these biscuits while they're warm and the cheese is all melty.  That’s all there is to it.

Alright, I can’t stand it… I'm totally dying here so I gotta go… Come to Mamma!!

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Mmmmmmm...  I really, really, really, really, hope you'll give this recipe a try.  Oh, and don’t miss more of my keto recipes - you can find links to them in my sidebar over there on the right. Happy Baking!

Items used to make this recipe:


Keto Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Low-Carb and Gluten-Free)

makes 6 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup finely ground almond flour (or meal), sifted

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (see notes below to be sure your baking powder is still active)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or granulated garlic)

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and place rack in center position.

  2. In medium mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, dried parsley, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt, being sure to break up any clumps.

  3. Add shredded cheese and toss well to coat.

  4. Add sour cream, egg, and melted butter, mixing well with a spatula until well combined.

  5. Use a #20 scoop to divide batter into 6 equal portions and place on silpat-lined half sheet pan.

  6. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown all over.

  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving - these are best served warm.

Note: 

  • This recipe doubles well (and all 12 can be placed on the same sheet pan).  

  • Be sure your baking powder is active by testing its effectiveness. To do this, stir 1/4 teaspoon baking powder into 1/4 cup hot tap water. If the baking powder fizzes, good. If not, discard and replace with a fresh container.

Keto stats for each biscuit:  9 grams protein, 4 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber.

Double Chocolate Muffins

Patricia Reitz

ButterYum - Double Chocolate Muffins

Studded with mini chocolate chips, double chocolate muffins are something I would typically serve with lunch or as an afternoon snack, but we've been known to enjoy them as an indulgent breakfast item from time to time. 

These muffins are best served a day or two after they're baked, but they freeze beautifully in an airtight container for up to a month.  To thaw, keep in airtight container as they thaw overnight in the fridge.  I enjoy these muffins chilled or at room temperature, but my girls enjoy them heated in the microwave for just a few seconds to melt the mini chocolate chips.  If you should happen to find yourself with slightly stale muffins, try this indulgent twist - break a muffin into bits, place the bits in a bowl, and drizzle with heavy cream - heaven!

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Ingredients:  eggs, applesauce, flour, unsalted butter, the best dutch-processed cocoa powder you can find (this one is my current fav), sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and mini chocolate chips.

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Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand-held mixer).

Use the paddle attachment or, even better, a BeaterBlade attachment!  If you love to bake, do yourself a favor on get a BeaterBlade.  It eliminates the pesky task of having to scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl.  Love, love, love this thing!

On a side note - I have tried a similar attachment that's made by the company that makes the stand mixer and there's no comparison, the BeaterBlade works much better.  They're available for various makes and models of mixers so have that information handy before you purchase. 

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Back to the recipe - add the eggs, applesauce, and cocoa sifted cocoa powder.  Nothing worse than biting into a dry clump of unsweetened cocoa powder so don't forget to sift that cocoa!! 

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Mix until incorporated.  Don't worry if the mixture looks a little curdled - it's fine.

Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; mix until no traces of flour remain.

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Stir in the mini chocolate chips.  Did you set aside a few to nibble on?  I did!

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Mmmm... time to dish up the batter. 

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I use a rounded #20 scoop to portion the batter into a professional grade muffin pan that is lined with these awesome liners that I've absolutely fallen in love with.  I especially like using them for chocolate muffins and cupcakes - they make my baked goods look so rich and decadent! 

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Using a portion scoop is neat and tidy... and all my muffins are going to turn out the same size.  Win-win!

Items used to make this recipe:


Double Chocolate Muffins

makes 18

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted

  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce

  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick baking spray or paper liners.

  3. Cream butter and sugar together until light in color, about 2 minutes.

  4. Add eggs, cocoa powder, and applesauce; mix until smooth.

  5. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix just until combined (don't over mix); stir in mini chocolate chips.

  6. Use a heaping #20 portion scoop to fill cups about 3/4 full.

  7. Bake 22-25 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a couple crumbs attached.

  8. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan, placing on cooling rack to cool completely.

adapted from The Low GI Cookbook