Creamy low carb chocolate hazelnut frosting takes your keto cake recipes to a whole new level. This decadent sugar-free frosting tastes like Nutella and you will want to slather it on everything. A perfect way to ring in my 45th birthday!
This past weekend marked my 45th birthday. So as my husband delightfully puts it, I am now halfway to 90. Or as I like to say, “firmly middle aged”. I say all of this very much tongue in cheek because I don’t really worry about getting older. Do I lament a few minor things I miss from my youth? Well, I wouldn’t mind some of that fresh young skin again but I also wouldn’t trade my comfort and self-confidence (and dare I say wisdom) for fewer wrinkles. I’d much rather be who I am now, to be honest. And celebrate in style with keto chocolate cupcakes with sugar-free chocolate hazelnut frosting.
Healthy Keto Living at 45
It certainly doesn’t hurt that this firmly middle aged woman is far healthier than she was in her 20s. I was not particularly unhealthy back then, but I certainly didn’t practice the self-care I do now. I ate a fairly healthy version of the standard American diet, not knowing any better, of course. And I was pretty active, if not exactly fit. I had a tendency towards laziness and quite a sweet tooth, and while I was always slender, I wouldn’t say it was the healthiest version of slender. Now at least I have the knowledge and the wherewithal to live a truly healthy keto lifestyle, one that makes me incredibly happy and fulfilled. And I am not going to lie…thanks to running and CrossFit, I have a better body now then I did back then and that’s something of which I am incredibly proud. And possibly a little vain, but it’s a well-earned vanity.
The funny thing about youth is that you don’t realize just how young you are. You think you are all wise and mature and know where you’re going in life. It’s only later when you look back that you see just how clueless and childish you really were. I was cleaning out photos a few weeks ago and came across this photo of myself. I must have been 28 or so, and I think I was testing out makeup looks for my wedding. It startled me to see how fresh-faced and babyish I was back then. It’s hard to connect that younger me with the one I am now. I thought I had it under control but I was terrible insecure back then, just like many 28 year old women. I thought I needed to be pretty, needed to be the top of my grad school class, needed to get my PhD to please my father, needed to be loved and validated by the people around me. Oh what I would tell that young woman if I could go back in time. I would tell her that she is enough and it’s okay, that it will all come together in time, she doesn’t have to try so hard.
That’s not to say I regret any of what I went through back then or since then. I just wish I could go back and tell my young self to enjoy the journey a little more.
Actually, I still need to sometimes tell myself to enjoy the journey a little more. I get caught up in the rat race and the daily grind of life with three kids. Who doesn’t? But now I tackle it all with a little more confidence and a lot more comfort in my own skin. I like who I am, even as I acknowledge my myriad faults (and there are a lot of them!). I suffer from some anxiety that seems to have come on after having kids, but it’s tempered with the knowledge that I am adaptable and I can tackle almost anything. Even in my darkest moments, I know I am up to the challenge. And I look at those many laugh lines and I think “yep, I earned these”. They are a badge of honour.
No, I wouldn’t trade 45 for 28 any day. And I look forward to 50, 60…even 90. Bring it! This “Nutella” frosting, though…this might be my new favorite low carb treat!
In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until fairly smooth. Add the chocolate hazelnut spread and beat until well combined.
Beat in the powdered sweetener until smooth, then beat in the whipping cream.
Pipe or spread onto your low carb cupcakes or cake.
Makes enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or 1 small cake.