Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Low-Carb Diet Gelatin Candy Dessert

Enjoy these sweet low-carb treats while on the low-carb diet

One of the biggest misconceptions about livin' la vida low-carb is that you never ever get to enjoy anything sweet because you can't have sugar anymore. Well, somebody forgot to tell me that because I have yet to go a day on my low-carb lifestyle without having some kind of sweet treat to help keep me on the straight and narrow. The proof is in the pudding (low-carb, of course!). It's no coincidence I've kept my weight off for three years and counting. :)

I get a lot of e-mails from people following a lower-calorie, low-carb weight loss program wondering what in the world they can enjoy for a dessert dish. Well, I'm pleased to share an amazing low-carb "candy" dessert recipe with you today.

It really is very easy to make and the variations are endless. You'll definitely want to keep these low-carb gelatin candies on hand to satisfy your need for something sweet (beside me, of course! *wink*).


1 packet of Knox gelatin
12 oz "strong" Crystal Light or flat diet soda
.5 cup boiling water

Mix the gelatin and boiling water in a heat-proof bowl. Stir for 30 seconds until gelatin is melted (check the spoon, there should be no granules).

Let bowl sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes until lukewarm, then add Crystal Light or diet soda. Stir to mix, pour into candy molds, and put in the fridge until set.

This method gives a much better flavor than heating all of the liquids to boiling which destabilizes the aspartame (which gives off a funky "wang" taste you DON'T want!).

If you like a more traditional "Jello" consistency, then simply add more water to the recipe.

Plus, for people like me who are avoiding aspartame as much as possible, you may want to use Diet Rite, Pepsi One, or Diet Coke with Splenda for the diet soda.

Additionally, Splenda lovers can use FiberFit or DaVinci syrups in combination with different shades of food coloring for variety (plus, it's a fun project you can do to get your kids involved in your healthy low-carb lifestyle!) while avoiding the nasty-tame! :)

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Blogger Cindy said...

Are they like a gummy candy?

The sound yummy....and I bet the jello consistency ones sound yummy too.

4/11/2007 12:28 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Yep, Cindy, you're right! They are a bit like gummy candy with the original version of the recipe. If you need sweet, then this hits the spot! :)

4/11/2007 10:18 AM  

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