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One of the most challenging aspects of following a low-carb lifestyle is finding acceptable low-carb versions of things you like to eat. This is most difficult with baked goods. There are lots of Keto baked goods out there and some are good, and some really are not. 🙂
I’ve eaten a lot of questionable things over the past year, and I wanted to share a few recent finds with you that I found at my local grocery store.
I recently picked up some different Duncan Hines Keto Friendly mixes and an All-Purpose Keto Muffin Mix from King Arthur Baking Company.
My husband wanted to try this one first. All of these Duncan Hines products are basically like Mug Cakes. They are very quick and easy to make, which is great when you want something sweet without going to a lot of effort. When you open the package, there is a dry mix inside.
You just follow the instructions on the package to add melted butter and water. You mix it up and microwave it for a short time and let it sit a few minutes before you eat it.
This is what it looks like after it cooks in the microwave and rests for two minutes:
It puffs up a little bit. We decided to add Rebel Vanilla Ice Cream right to the container. 🙂
So how does it taste? The taste is good. It doesn’t have a brownie consistency, which is true of most mug cake-type creations. It definitely has a cake consistency, which isn’t bad, just not a brownie. There is no weird aftertaste, so that is good.
We liked this one. This was my husband’s favorite of all the ones we tried.
Next, we tried the Duncan Hines Keto Friendly Double Chocolate Cake Mix.
Same process with this one as the brownie mix. Add melted butter and water and then microwave it.
Here is the mix when you open the container.
After you add the butter and water, it looks like this:
Once it’s ready, it looks like this. Already loaded up with a bit of ice cream: 🙂
This one tasted good as well. No funny aftertaste. This one was my daughter’s favorite, taste-wise. She said the texture was a little iffy, saying that it didn’t have a lot of “structural integrity.” 🙂 Kind of a spongy cake.
Next, we tried the Duncan Hines Keto Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix.
Same process as with the others, adding butter and water. This time, instead of adding water, we added some half-n-half instead of water, thinking it might make the mixture creamier.
Here is what it looks like when you open the container:
After we added the butter and half-n-half and cooked it in the microwave:
And ready for tasting, with ice cream already on board:
This one, like the other two, was tasty with no weird aftertaste. It wasn’t really like a cookie, but more like a chocolate chip cake. A bit crumbly. Really good with the Rebel Vanilla Ice Cream. This was my favorite of the three.
I was a bit wary about all of these before trying them because so many keto baked goods use almond flour and are gritty in texture. These were not gritty, which was a refreshing change.
Another good thing about these keto baked goods is that they were reasonably priced. A lot of keto-type foods are obscenely priced for some reason, but these are not. They were around $3 each in my grocery store.
These treats have 5g of net carbs, which is way better than the nutrition stats would be if you ate regular brownies, cake, or cookies.
The only downside of these is that they aren’t fooling anyone that you are eating the real thing. These do not taste and feel like full carby brownies, cake, or cookies.
But if they help stave off cravings or keep you from feeling deprived, then I would say they are good to have around.
We tried one more keto baked good this weekend, and that is the All-Purpose Keto Muffin Mix from King Arthur Baking Company.
I made these muffins this weekend with a posole recipe I made using the Whole 30 Cookbook. I have purchased many products from King Arthur over the years, and I have to say His Majesty delivered yet again on this one. 🙂
You mix this muffin mix with eggs and vegetable oil and almond milk. We don’t like almond milk so we use Silk Next Milk.
You can then make this mix into muffins or a loaf. We went with muffins.
They baked up nice and brown.
This mix uses coconut flour instead of almond flour. There was no grittiness. These were really, really good. Nice texture.
These only have 1g of net carbs per serving and are really filling. They don’t have the flaky layers of a traditional biscuit made with shortening, but rather are more like drop biscuits.
We all agreed that these are a win and my husband said he would eat these all day long and wanted to try one with jelly for breakfast.
So overall, this was a successful taste test for us. So many keto products are weird and have a gritty texture or mess with your digestive system with all the alternative sweeteners. None of these were like that.
The three sweet treats were not a total substitute for the full-carb real deal, but they can certainly suffice.
The muffins were a real win and I would totally encourage you to give them a try if you are missing bread in your low-carb lifestyle.
Have you tried any low-carb or keto baked goods that you really love? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section!
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