GF Bacon Onion Rings Recipe with Low Carb Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

I’ve been cooking my way through Maria Emmerich’s new cookbook, The Ketogenic Cookbook. I’ve been eyeing her paleo onion rings recipe for a while, but there’s so many great recipes in there I just never got around to trying it out. But last weekend, my husband, myself, and my three furry children went camping in the RV. I figured that the bacon onion rings recipe would go great with the steaks we were planning on grilling.

In Maria’s recipe, she bakes the rings, but I thought it could be adapted to grilling. I will not grill on a public grill (or any grill for that matter) without using my Kona mat. I don’t have to worry about cleaning the grill, stuff won’t stick, and nothing small falls through the cracks. Since I had the mat, I knew I’d be able to cook my bacon wrapped onion rings without them falling apart and falling in the fire.

Maria suggested serving the bacon onion rings with a hollandaise sauce, but I wanted something a little more Southern. I decided to make a low carb honey mustard dipping sauce to go along with it. When the bacon onion rings were cooked and I dipped one into the honey mustard sauce, oh my gosh! I was in heaven.

I have to admit, one of the reasons I’d been putting off making this bacon onion rings recipe was because I thought it was going to be tedious to make. It turned out to be easier than I thought!


Super Easy Bacon Wrapped Onion Recipe

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First, I started my slicing the onions in really thick slices. Then I poked out the middles, leaving about two to three rings per onion ring. Don’t throw away the middles! You can use them in other recipes later.

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Next, wrap each onion slice with bacon. It takes about two bacon slices to cover a large onion slice. It looks labor intensive, but it’s really not. I was done in about 10 minutes. At this point, though, my husband was really thinking I was wasting a pound of bacon.

Paleo onion ring recipe

Place them on your grill and cook until crispy, then flip. If you’re cooking your bacon onion rings in the oven, bake at 375F for 30 minutes or until crispy. My hubby was still thinking this wasn’t a great use of bacon.

Gluten Free Onion Ring Recipe

The peanut gallery, though, knows a good thing when they smell it.

Low Carb Onion Rings

It took about 20 minutes to get all the bacon wrapped onion rings to my desired crispness. I served them with my grilled steak and low carb honey mustard dipping sauce.

GF Bacon Onion Rings Recipe with Low Carb Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

GF Bacon Onion Rings Recipe with Low Carb Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce


  • 3 large onions
  • 1 lb thin sliced bacon
    For the Low Carb Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp sweetener (I used Steviva)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 9x13 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the onions into thick rings. Save the small inner rings for another recipe.
  3. Wrap each onion slice tightly with bacon. You can secure it with a toothpick if they begin to fall apart.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crispy.
    For the Dipping Sauce:
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate before serving.

How to Make the Perfect GF Chocolate Chip Cookie

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A Lifelong Love Affair with Cookies

I remember when I was little, my mother would bake cookies and treats for a week the first of December to box up and send to my brother for Christmas. I loved being in the kitchen and helping her. I was small, so I don’t know how much help I really was (other than to eat the cookies) but I think that’s when my love affair of cookies began.

I’ve rarely met a cookie I didn’t like, but chocolate chip cookies are hands down my favorite. I’m kind of picky about them, though. I only like them if they’re soft and gooey. If they’re crunchy, I just won’t touch them. If I did happen to buy them from the store, I’d get the Nestle Toll House Soft Batch cookies. Chips Ahoy could take a hike as far as I was concerned.

The Best Gluten Free, Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

So when I went gluten free and low carb, I was kind of bummed I had to give up cookies. Or so I thought. I’d try a low carb chocolate chip cookie recipe here and there, but they never did the trick for me. More often than not they were crunchy and crumbly. I wanted a chocolate chip cookie that was low carb and gluten free AND soft and gooey.

I can’t remember where now, but a few years ago I came across a blog where they were discussing leaving eggs out of cookie recipes completely and using liquid to get a gooey texture. I had just started baking with xylitol honey, so I decided to do a little experimenting to see if I could come up with a really good GF chocolate chip cookie.

After a few batches, I nailed it. The result was an easy gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe that met my soft and gooey standard. It really is my go-to cookie recipe now, and I make them a lot. I’ve tried changing up the ingredients at times and I had to throw them out. I have a couple of tips to make sure you get optimum cookie results.

  • Do not double this recipe! This recipe only makes a dozen cookies, and they don’t last long. So I tried to double it, but they turned out awful. I’m not sure why.
  • This only works with xylitol honey or xylitol maple syrup! I thought I’d be smart once and buy sugar free honey from the store instead of ordering xylitol honey. The result was a plastic looking, plastic tasting cookie.

Remember the xylitol can be harmful to dogs. Use caution when using around your four legged friends!


Best GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 12 cookies


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup Steviva (or your preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp xylitol honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar free chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Add the first eight ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips and/or nuts.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 15-17 minutes or until slightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Once they've set slightly, remove to rack to finish cooling.

Simple Crustless Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Low Carb Pumpkin Pie: The Perfect Thanksgiving Dessert

I remember the first Thanksgiving I was gluten free and low carb. I felt like it was going to be the worst Thanksgiving ever. I knew the main meal wouldn’t be a problem, because there would be plenty of meats and vegetables to choose from. What I was worried about was the important stuff…like dessert. Most importantly the pumpkin pie. What’s Thanksgiving without the pumpkin pie?

So I made sure I signed up to bring dessert so I knew there would be something for me to eat, namely some version of pumpkin pie. I was determined to find a way to make some kind of a low carb pumpkin dessert that would take the place of traditional pumpkin pie.

I looked over my mother’s pumpkin pie recipe, and  I was relieved when I realized it wouldn’t take much fixing up to make it low carb and gluten free. Obviously, the crust had to go. But that was okay because the filling’s the best part anyway, right?

So I swapped out sugar for Steviva  to lower the carbs. I also thought it needed a little crunch since there wouldn’t be a crust, so I toasted some pecans in butter and sweetener to make sort of a crunchy streusel topping. I didn’t want to ruin my healthy pumpkin dessert by topping it off with store bought whipped topping, so I made my own out of heavy whipping cream.

My pie was a hit that year. Not just with me, but with everyone else who had a piece. It’s now my go-to low carb pumpkin dessert recipe for the holiday season.

Note: This crustless low carb pumpkin pie is wonderful on it’s own. It’s kind of like a pumpkin custard. But this recipe would also be a great low carb pumpkin pie filling to use with your low carb pie crust.

Simple Crustless Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

Simple Crustless Low Carb Pumpkin Pie


  • 1 can of pumpkin (Or use two cups fresh)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sweetener (I used Steviva)
  • 1/2 tsp stevia glycerite)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
    For the topping
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (or to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8-inch pie plate.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into your greased pie plate.
  3. Bake for 1 hour, or until set.
  4. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
    To make the pecan topping: In a skillet, toast nuts in the butter and add your desired low carb sweetener. Toast till brown. Let cool slightly before you put it on the pie.

Best Gluten Free Gifts Christmas 2016

Top Gluten Free Gifts Christmas 2016: A GF Foodie’s List

Looking for a gift for a gluten free foodie on your list? Gluten free gifts for Christmas can be hard to find. And if you’re not gluten free yourself, it’s hard to know what food options there are, or even what they might want.

I’ve been gluten free for about three years now, and I want basically what everyone else wants as gifts. I want to be able to eat great tasting food, and have products that make my life easier. Consider this an insider’s gluten free gifts Christmas list if you will. I’ve put together a gift guide that will hopefully take out the guesswork and make gluten free shopping a little bit easier for you.

Best Gluten Free Gifts for Christmas? Gluten Free Christmas Gift Baskets Of Course!

I am so glad that gluten free Christmas gift baskets are becoming more available now, and I wish more people knew they were an option. Last year I started working for a new company, and they sent all of the employees gift baskets full of yummy Christmas treats. It was a beautiful box and a nice surprise, but I couldn’t eat any of it because it wasn’t gluten free. I made the best of it, though, and my friends got really nice baked gifts last year. But I would have enjoyed getting to eat my gift basket myself rather than give it away. Hopefully my bosses are reading this, and I’ll get a nice surprise this Christmas!

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Best Gluten Free Cookbooks for the Gluten Free Foodie

If you love to cook, you can never have enough cookbooks. It doesn’t matter if the same recipe is in three books, someone else always adds their own twist to a recipe. I know, because I have my fair share of gluten free cookbooks. Gluten free desserts, gluten free dinners, gluten free comfort food. You name it, there’s a cookbook for it. And if you love cooking, you’re going to want one of these top gluten free cookbooks.

 The Gluten-Free Almond Flour CookbookGluten Free Gifts Christmas

I actually own this cookbook, and love it. Almond flour is the go to flour for gluten free and low carb baking. But it can be hard to work with if you’ve never baked with it before.

If you’re new to the gluten free way of eating, this is a perfect starter gluten free cookbook. It has recipes for desserts, breakfasts, breads, and pretty much everything else us GF folks want to eat but can’t. This healthy gluten free cookbook shows us how.




Gluten free cooking is completely different than traditional baking. That’s why giving a gluten free cookbook as a Christmas gift is so thoughtful and useful, especially for those on your list that become gluten free later in life. I know I had to basically learn how to cook all over again because gluten free cooking can be so tricky to make it taste good.

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Gifts for Gluten Free Cooks

Gluten free cooking requires a lot of specialty ingredients, most of which can be hard to find depending on what you’re making. Buy a bag of almond flour, a sweetener, and a pretty baking dish. Put them all together and make your own gluten free baker’s gift basket. Now, those would be great gluten free gifts for Christmas a GF foodie would love!


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Best Gluten Free Bread Makers for the GF Baker

The holy grail for gluten free cooks is for a bread that actually tastes like, well, bread. It’s all but impossible to find a really good bread recipe, let alone a mix to make the whole process easier. Manufacturer’s are catching up with the demand, and there are bread mixes and even bread machines that have gluten free settings. A bread machine isn’t something I’d really buy for myself because I’d consider it such a splurge, but if you gave me a bread machine, along with gluten free bread mixes, trust me, you’d have a friend for life.


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Gluten Free Gifts: Christmas Candy!

Did you know that gluten is an ingredient in most candies? I never knew that. I was shocked to find out that wheat was a main ingredient in candies like licorice and some caramels. A lot of times, people assume it’s safe to give candy to someone who is gluten sensitive or a celiac, but it’s not.

But there are gluten free versions of Christmas favorites, which is great because I’d be a scrooge if I couldn’t eat my chocolate covered vanilla creme drops every year!


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Vegetable Spiral Slicers For Gluten Free Cooks

I think pasta ranks right up there with bread when it comes to what you want to eat when you’re gluten free but can’t. A great gluten free alternative for wheat spaghetti is vegetable noodles. I remember the first time I tried vegetable pasta, I used a vegetable peeler. It got the job done, but it took forever and a day. Now that there’s veggie twister spiral slicers, it makes the job so much easier and faster.

There are handheld veggie spiralizers which are great if you have limited countertop space or you’re not a big pasta eater. If you’re a major pasta lover,  I’d go with a veggie slicer machine. When you have to make a lot of spaghetti for a crowd, they are really a time saver. A veggie spiral machine is definitely at the top of my Christmas list this year.

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The BEST Homemade Low Carb Pizza Crust You’ll Ever Taste

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Is Homemade Low Carb Pizza Crust Possible?

The word “best” gets thrown around the web a lot, especially when it comes to low carb and gluten free recipes. I know, because I’ve tried a lot of them. Some have lived up their name, others, not so much, especially homemade low carb pizza crusts.

When I went gluten free, and then low carb, it wasn’t that hard at first. Eating fresh, tasty, healthful food was enough for me, because I felt so much better. But after a few months, boredom started to set in. I was starting to eat the same things over and over, all the while watching everyone else munch on food I had once loved.

I admit it. I had food envy.

You know that feeling you get when you’re with friends and they decide to go to the pizza place for lunch? They’re sitting there woofing down luscious pizza slices, and I’m over here like, munching on a salad. Don’t get me wrong, I love salad. But pizza….PIZZA!

It’s cliche, but necessity really is the mother of invention. Pizza recipes are the first food items I wanted to make over. I tried one with a cream cheese crust. I tried one with psyllium husk crust. I tried one with no crust at all. They all tasted pretty good, but it wasn’t quite there in terms of authentic pizza flavor. It still left me searching for a low carb pizza crust substitute that actually tasted like a real pizza.

I liked the way this recipe turned out so much, I turned it into a low carb homemade pizza pocket recipe, too.

The BEST Homemade Low Carb Pizza Crust You’ll Ever Taste

Fat per serving: 13

Carbs per serving: 3

Protein per serving: 10

The BEST Homemade Low Carb Pizza Crust You’ll Ever Taste



  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Put mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high in 30 second increments and stir until the cheeses are completely melted.
  3. Set aside cheese mixture to cool. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the egg and dry ingredients to the cheese mixture and mix in completely. Dough will be a wet, ragged dough.
  4. Place the dough on the lined baking sheet and top with another sheet of parchment paper. Press into a circle to your desired thickness.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly brown. Remove and add your toppings. Return to oven and broil on high until cheese is melted.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing.

Softy, Yeasty Homemade Low Carb Pizza Crust

This recipe is actually a variation of a corn dog recipe I tried once. I felt like it would lend itself to some sort of bread, so I fiddled with it to make it more substantial. The result is what I really do think is  the best low carb pizza crust recipe. It’s soft, yet firm enough to hold with your hands, and it’s so…..yeasty tasting! It’s the closest low carb pizza base recipe I’ve found that can compete with the real thing. Even my son liked it. And that’s saying something!

This makes one, approximately 10 inch pizza crust, and has 3 net carbs a slice WITHOUT toppings.

I added xanthan gum to the recipe, and it’s the ingredient that makes the pizza crust more like pizza crust made by wheat. It’s soft on the inside, but crusty on the bottom. Xantham gum is what gives your crust what I’d call hand held-ability.

Even if you don’t have xantham gum, don’t worry. While it’s what I’d consider an essential ingredient, you can still make the recipe without it. I have made this recipe without the xanthan gum, but your crust will be crumbly.


How to Make the Easiest Homemade Low Carb Pizza Crust


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Melt the 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tbs cream cheese in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir after each heating until it’s smooth and, well, gooey.

Homemade Low Carb Pizza Crust 2 (1)

In a separate bowl, mix 3/4 cup certified gluten free almond flour 1 tsp xanthan gum and 1 tbs unflavored protein powder. Then add it to the cheese and mix until it’s fully incorporated. It’s a very stiff dough, and I find it’s easier to do it by hand.

(My, I have an ugly arm:)

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After mixing thoroughly, it should look like this, a wet, ragged dough.

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough in the middle. Add another sheet to the top and press into a circle to a 1/4 of an inch thickness. (or your desired thickness)

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It’s easy to make a crust edge, just pinch a ridge through the paper.

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This is how it looks before we put it the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown…

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Like this!

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Add your desired low carb toppings and broil on high until the cheese is melted. It was a pepperoni day for me today. Be sure to watch closely to make sure it doesn’t burn!

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Let cool slightly and slice. Enjoy your easy low carb pizza crust!