You can enjoy wonderful low carb desserts like this maple creme brûlée with candied walnuts this holiday season! My tips on surviving the holidays on a restricted diet. This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.
When I was dealing with gestational diabetes, being on a restricted diet was really tough on me. I wasn’t eating low carb at that point but I was watching every little thing that passed my lips and being so careful about my sugar intake. I denied myself a lot of things I really wanted to eat for the sake of the baby I was carrying. I didn’t resent it really, but it wasn’t easy and I knew it wasn’t sustainable. And that was fine because by all predictions, I wouldn’t have to sustain it after my pregnancy was over. Because I was slender and fit, everyone predicted that the glucose tolerance issues would resolve and I wouldn’t have to worry about it any more. I remember saying on multiple occasions that I was just glad I wouldn’t have to face a holiday season with those dietary restrictions. Because holiday baking, and holiday eating, were my thing. I started my planning well in advance, thinking of all the fun goodies I would make and share with friends and family. And I couldn’t imagine how I could ever eat and bake and share the way I love to do while on a restricted diet.
Fast forward 5 years and here I am, on an even more restricted diet. I’ve made it through 4 holiday seasons being low carb and gluten-free, and it doesn’t phase me in the least. And it’s not because I have become so abstemious or good at denying myself; it’s because I now know that there is no reason to deny myself at all. I can bake and eat and share to my heart’s content, as long as I bake with a whole different set of ingredients than I used to do. And I’ve come to believe that I can make over almost any holiday favourite into something that fits my dietary restrictions, without any loss of flavour or texture. All it really takes is a little advanced planning and a little know-how. And the good thing is that if you don’t know how, there is someone out there in the world that does. You can find a recipe that suits your needs, you just have to be ready to look for it.
Bob’s Red Mill specializes in some of the very ingredients that make the low carb and gluten-free way of life manageable. They asked me to share my tips in surviving the holidays on a restricted diet. I’m also sharing a delicious new low carb holiday recipe. Because I like sharing and you like recipes!
Please check out my post Surviving The Holidays on a Restricted Diet and get the recipe for low carb Maple Walnut Creme Brûlée on Bob’s Red Mill Blog.
Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. As always, all recipes, photography, thoughts, opinions, random tangents and incoherent ramblings are my own.
Karan Wright says
The link to the Maple Walnut Creme Brûlée is not working. I really want to make this for Thanksgiving.
Just go to the Bob’s website and enter the name in search. It should come up.
Sounds delicious but I can’t get the link to work. Maybe there’s a problem on Bob’s Redmill site. I’ll definitely keep trying. 🙂
Leslie Baker says
Now it’s 2018 and I would love to try this recipe but try as I might Bob’s Red Mill blog doesn’t seem to have it any longer. Is there any chance you could repost on your web site? Thanks
I can’t see in the recipe where it says to add the butter for the candied walnuts. Any help?
Sorry! Add it just before the walnuts.
I cannot find this recipe on Bob’s Red Mill web site. Help!
Click this link: http://blog.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free/surviving-the-holidays-with-dietary-restrictions-maple-walnut-creme-brulee/
Sheryl Fernandes says
this looks SOOO amazing!! Do you think that this recipe would still work with half and half instead of heavy cream? Or maybe 1/2 cream and 1/2 of the half and half? (just trying to lower the fat a little…) Maybe I could/should add an extra egg yolk if I do that? Thanks for your help!
Yes, it will work just fine, but you may need to bake it a little longer to make it set. If you add the yolk in, you are just adding extra fat there too!
Taste of Beirut says
I am glad to hear that you have adjusted well to your new food life style. Luckily for GF folks, a lot of Lebanese food is already gluten free. I buy Bob’s Red Mill products for my GF friends.
By the way~ when I read the title and saw this photo, I had to say, “OOOH!!!” Yum!!
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says
Creme brulee is always a winner in my books!!
Dulcie @ Foodie Fiasco says
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”, are the lyrics that this post immediately reminded me of(nevermind the fact that its featured nut is a walnut). This dish is the perfect treat to end a holiday dinner party with! Individualized desserts help to prevent the fear of one guest not being able to receive a taste, and the fact that this recipe is dietary restriction-friendly is an awesome bonus. Thanks for sharing!
Delicious! With so many people on restricted ideas nowadays, this is a great idea to have as an alternative for the holidays.
Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says
This is such a gorgeous dessert! I love that maple and walnut flavor combo, one of my favorites!
Yep, I am right there with you. Cut out sugar during prengancy and couldn’t wait to go back to my regular diet. But GD did not go away. Three and a half years later I am amazed that I am still on an even more restricted diet and doing well.