Plain Donuts With Butterscotch Icing, Low Carb, Keto

Plain Donuts With Butterscotch Icing, Low Carb, Keto

Introduction

I now know how much we all love doughnuts (or donuts). The feedback from my low carb, keto, chocolate doughnuts has been phenomenal. But, I also know many people with chocolate sensitivity or an outright allergy.

I spent a little time experimenting and came up with this great combo: a plain, keto, gluten-free, ulta low-carb donut, plus the least unhealthy butterscotch icing I could find.

See, the problem with butterscotch is that its base is brown sugar. None of the sugar substitutes are good at melting and caramelizing like real sugar. But I found the next best thing over at The Healthy Home Economist.

This recipe makes a dozen donuts and 100 or so servings of butterscotch for those donuts (or other delicious uses).

Ingredients

Doughnuts

Icing

  • 1/2 cup organic dark coconut sugar (lower carb and lower glycemic than brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup organic heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup organic butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 tsp finely ground salt
  • 2 tsp pure organic bourbon vanilla

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm the coconut oil so it becomes liquid. I throw it in the microwave for 60 seconds and then throw the butter in and microwave another 30 second. Then mix all the ingredients in a countertop mixer (like my KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White from Amazon). Fill each well of the donut mold up to the just below the top of the center hole piece (like these Wilton 2105-1620 6 Cavity Nonstick Donut Pans (2 Pack) from Amazon). Bake for 15-18 minutes then take out.

Place a sheet of wax or parchment paper under a cooling rack. Turn the molds over to place the donuts on the cooling rack.

Icing

In a small saucepan over medium heat, throw in the butter. Once the butter is melted, stir in the sugar and whisk for a minute or two until well blended. Next, whisk in half of the cream (1/4 cup). Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to medium-low and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir often with the whisk and you will notice that the texture will change slightly as the mixture cooks.

Turn off heat and remove the pot from the stove. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup heavy cream, bourbon vanilla, and salt.

Immediately pour the butterscotch sauce into a small glass jar.

Spoon the butterscotch on the donuts. Eat hot or let them cool and enjoy!

Nutrition Info

From MyFitnessPal:

Donuts

Ingredients Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Tgs Whey Protein – Whey Protein Unflavored, 1.5 Scoop 188 2 3 38 83 2
trader joe’s – coconut flour, 3 tbsp(s) 113 16 4 5 53 2
Organic Valley – Organic Pasture Butter, 4 Tbsp (14g) 440 0 48 0 140 0
Maldon – Sea Salt Flakes, 0.25 tsp (0.75g) 0 0 0 0 580 0
365 – Baking Soda, 0.25 tsg (.6g) 0 0 0 0 320 0
Egg – Real Pasture Raised, 4 large 280 4 20 24 280 0
Spectrum Organic – Coconut Oil, 0.25 cup(s) 480 0 56 0 0 0
Lakanto – Monkfruit Sweetener, 0.25 cup(s) 0 48* 0 0 0 0
Total: 1,501 70 131 67 1,456 4
Per Donut: 125 6* 11 6 121 0

Icing

Ingredients Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Trader Joe’s – Organic Coconut Sugar, 0.5 cup(s) 360 96 0 0 0 96
Horizon – Heavy Whipping Cream – Correct Carbs, 4 fluid ounce 400 0 40 0 40 0
Organic Valley – Organic Pasture Butter, 8 Tbsp (14g) 880 0 96 0 280 0
Maldon – Sea Salt Flakes, 0 tsp (0.75g) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trader Joe’s – Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract, 2 Tsp. 30 2 0 0 0 2
Total: 1,670 98 136 0 320 98
Per Serving: 17 1 1 0 3 1
Total Per Donut: 142 7* 12 6 124 1

*Note that the vast majority of the sugar is sugar alcohol from the erythritol which has NO glycemic load and provides NO carbs available to your system,

Low Carb, Keto, Chocolate Doughnuts

Ethan's Chocolate Keto Doughnuts

Introduction

Who doesn’t love a fresh, delicious doughnut (or donut)? I sure do, but can’t stand all the unhealthy ingredients and massive amounts of sugar causing damage to my body, let alone my kids.

Here is an incredibly delicious, and thoroughly healthy take on doughnuts for Chanukah. That’s right, doughnuts are part of the Hanukkah tradition for many Jews since the oil in the menorah is the miracle that lasted eight days, we eat oily foods like donuts and latkes to commemorate the rededication of the Temple!

These are gluten free, low carb, ketogenic, almost dairy free (easy to change to fully dairy free), sweet, healthy, and delicious. Plus they only take 30 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients

Doughnuts

Icing

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm the coconut oil so it becomes liquid. I throw it in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds. Then mix all the ingredients in a countertop mixer (like my KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White from Amazon). Fill each well of the donut mold up to the just below the top of the center hole piece (like these Wilton 2105-1620 6 Cavity Nonstick Donut Pans (2 Pack) from Amazon). Bake for 15-18 minutes then take out.

While baking, whisk together the icing ingredients in a small bowl. The cacao doesn’t like to mix well so be patient.

Place a sheet of wax or parchment paper under a cooling rack. Turn the molds over to place the donuts on the cooling rack. Spoon the icing on the donuts. Eat hot or let them cool and enjoy!

Nutrition Info

From MyFitnessPal: Note that the vast majority of the sugar is sugar alcohol from the erythritol which has NO glycemic load.

12 Donuts in the batch
Ingredients Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Tgs Whey Protein – Whey Protein Unflavored, 0.67 Scoop 84 1 1 17 37 1
trader joe’s – coconut flour, 2 tbsp(s) 75 11 3 3 35 1
Maldon – Sea Salt Flakes, 0.13 tsp (0.75g) 0 0 0 0 290 0
365 – Baking Soda, 0.25 tsg (.6g) 0 0 0 0 320 0
Egg – Medium Egg, 5 egg 315 0 20 30 310 0
Trader Joe’s – Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 5 tbsp 600 0 70 0 0 0
Lakanto – Monk Fruit Sweetener, 4 tbsp(s) 0 48 0 0 0 48
Swerve – Confectioner’s Style Sugar Replacement, 16 tsp 0 0 0 0 0 0
365 – Vanilla Extract, Organic, 0.5 tsp (4g) 3 1 0 0 0 1
Cacao Powder – Cacao Powder, 4.5 tablespoons 158 11 9 7 9 0
365 – Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, 1 ounce 5 0 0 0 21 0
Total: 1,240 72 103 57 1,022 51
Per Serving: 103 6 9 5 85 4

Ethan Explains President Elect Trump

The election is over and Donald J. Trump won fair and square. The system is not rigged and the people spoke through their vote.

First off, don’t despair. President-elect Trump’s acceptance speech was conciliatory and sounded like a Democrat with trillions of dollars of spending for infrastructure. Who will take those jobs? I don’t know.

Further, I was glad to see Sec. Clinton and President Obama strike tones of working together. We need success from this new president or we face an even harder road ahead.

Also, many are going to say social media changed everything and traditional media lost its power. I disagree, this election was all about frustration with politics as usual, the perception of corruption, and the feeling that those in power simply don’t care about We The People. This was about the man and his message, not the medium on which it was carried.

President-elect Trump has both the House and Senate, like President Obama did, for at least his first two years. He has made some big promises, the question is will the GOP work with him on some of the big spending he is proposing.

Lastly, I am deeply concerned that President-elect Trump made it normal that people tap into their Jungian shadow. The levels of sexism, xenophobia, and downright hatred are scary. What will he do to tamp down the neo-Nazi crowd that so lovingly supported his candidacy?

I’ll have more to say on this topic today. Tune in to KGO 810 from noon to 2 p.m. Pacific time on AM 810 or online at www.kgoradio.com

Ethan Explains California Proposition 63

Ethan Explains California Proposition 63

This is number 13 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 63 is the “The Safety for All Act of 2016.” Also known as the “Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban.”

Who doesn’t want to reduce the murder rate?

Proposition 63 claims to reduce gun crimes in the state of California by requiring background checks for the purchase of ammunition, banning possession of large capacity magazines, increasing penalties for theft of firearms, and requiring reporting for those thefts.

Requiring background checks for the purchase of ammunition

This is a newer approach by gun control advocates. The claim is that a criminal in possession of an illegal firearm still needs to buy ammunition. If we make the purchase of ammunition more difficult, they will commit fewer crimes with firearms. On the face of it, that appears logical. However, Illinois has already had this type of rule in effect for years. Yet, we consistently hear about the out of control murder rate in Chicago. The law doesn’t stop criminals and this approach hasn’t worked in Illinois other than inconveniencing legal firearm owners.

Banning possession of high capacity magazines

California banned the purchase of high capacity magazines in 2000. They are magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Proposition 63 seeks to outlaw them completely, including possession. So, a firearm owner who legally purchased on before 2000 will be required to dispose of it or sell it out-of-state if this initiative passes. The argument for this is that no reasonable person needs this kind of firepower. And the argument against is that these are used for sport shooting and jam quite frequently so any criminal who uses one has a significantly reduced chance of success. I am neutral on this argument.

Increasing penalties for theft of firearms

Right now in California, due to Prop 47, theft of a firearm valued less than $950 is petty theft. The maximum penalties for most petty theft convictions are a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000), up to six (6) months in county jail, or both. And right now, maximum penalties for petty theft are not happening. Proposition 63 will recategorize ALL firearm thefts to felony with up to 3 years in prison, as they were before Prop 47. I strongly support this portion of the initiative.

Requiring reporting for firearm thefts

Under this initiative, sellers of ammunition would need to report a theft or loss within 48 hours. Individuals would be required to report a theft or loss within five days to local law enforcement. Right now, many criminals are acquiring their firearms through theft, like the Kate Steinle killer. In order to help law enforcement track stolen firearms a reporting requirement is a sensible approach. Plus, any rational firearm owner would want law enforcement to know the date their weapon was stolen so if it is used in a crime in the future, they aren’t a suspect. This section is entirely logical.

The problem with Proposition 63, like so many others, is that instead of focusing on a single issue, many are combined into one. I can support portions of this initiative, but not others. Further, this is a political move by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to burnsih his anti-gun credentials before the 2018 gubernatorial election. Infringing constitutional rights without evidence to support the intended conclusion sits poorly with me. Properly use the legislature to pass the reasonable sections.

I say NO to Proposition 63.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m. on KGO 810 – www.kgoradio.com

Ethan Explains California Proposition 61

Ethan Explains California Proposition 61

This is number 11 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 61 is the “State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute.” Also known as the “Drug Price Standards Initiative.”

Who doesn’t think drug prices are too high here in the USA? With the Pharma Bro, Mylan, and so many other drug pricing scandals, many of us are conscious of the problem.

And let’s not forgot how those drug prices play into our ever soaring health care premiums and deductibles.

So, here in California Proposition 61 is an attempt to rein in drug prices for state agenices by tying prices they pay to the VA. Seems logical to find the lowest government price in the USA and make state agencies pay that same, low price.

Except it doesn’t.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a special deal with the pharmaceutical companies to ensure low drug prices for our military veterans who heeded the call of our country. This initiative might impact that contract and availability of drugs.

 

Worse yet, there will be an endless flurry of lawsuits over this which will drag out for many years and likely cost millions, if not tens of millions of dollars to fight.

Finally, Prop 61 only helps a couple hundred thousand to maybe a million Californians, not the 37 million who live here. Another special interest grab benefitting the few on the backs of all of us. If you really want to fix this problem, fully repeal the Prescription Drug Marketing Act signed into law in 1988 which banned the re-importation of USA made drugs from countries like Canada where they have lower, fixed prices on pharmaceuticals.

I say NO to Proposition 61.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m. on KGO 810 – www.kgoradio.com

Ethan Explains California Proposition 58

Ethan Explains California Proposition 58

This is number 8 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 58 is the “California Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education Act (Senate Bill 1174.)

Education in California has its share of challenges. Making sure all children are proficient in English when they graduate high school is critical for their ability to function in our society. This includes kids whose first language is not English.

Californians approved Prop 227 back in 1998 to ensure that non-native English speaking children had full immersion to learn English. This was in response to certain districts, educators, and activists undermining or failing to teach English as a Second Language (ESL).

What we’ve found in the meantime is that the severe measures of Prop 227 are not always effective. And it has taken away local control for choosing the best methods of teaching ESL.

Proposition 58 modifies Prop 227 to allow local control and flexibility to choose what the local parents and educators deem best for their children. Most importantly, Prop 58 does NOT remove the English language proficiency requirements.

Further, Proposition 58 requires no additional or new funding.

Last, having as many bilingual or multilingual children as possible only strengthens our country, our economy, and gives us advantages on the world stage. We want to be the best, right?

I say YES to Proposition 58.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m. on KGO 810 – www.kgoradio.com

Ethan Explains California Proposition 57

Ethan Explains California Proposition 57

This is number 7 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 57 is the “California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative.”

Prison overcrowding reached a crescendo resulting in federal court rulings to lessen the overcrowding in California. Governor Jerry Brown and the legislature passed AB109, prison realignment. That wasn’t enough so in 2014 there was Proposition 47, with a misleading title and facts no thanks to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The governor and others claim we need to let even more “non-violent” criminals out of prison with Prop 57.

The problem is that within all of these “non-violent” criminals are a number of criminals interested in committing violent and property crimes. Crimes rates in both categories are up approximately 10% since Prop 47 took effect. That rise makes California the outlier in the United States as other states continue to see a drop in crime, ours is going up.

Even worse, take a look at what crimes will be recategorized as non-violent. According to the Riverside Country district attorney, Michael A. Hestrin, these will become lesser crimes in California and eligible for early release: Rape by intoxication (refers to a circumstance in which the victim was under the influence), Rape of an unconscious person, Human trafficking involving a sex act with minors, Assault with a deadly weapon, Drive-by shooting. Hostage taking, Supplying a firearm to a gang member. Hate crime causing physical injury, and many more.

Do you think those crimes should be reduced in severity and become eligible for early release?

I think California needs to pause in experimenting with recategorizing crimes and allowing so many people out of prison and jail.

I say NO to Proposition 57.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m. on KGO 810 – www.kgoradio.com

Ethan Explains California Proposition 56

Ethan Explains California Proposition 56

This is number 6 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives that I’ll cover, Proposition 56, “Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.”

I hate smoking, it’s gross, it stinks, and it’s bad for your health. I am also sick and tired of you dangling your beloved cigarette out the window in traffic so I have to inhale that stench. Hot box in your car if you love smoking so much.

This initiative is supposedly to stop kids from smoking and to fund Medi-Cal and other health programs. While more expensive cigarettes will deter some kids (a big win), the rest of it falls apart.

Cigarette sin taxes fail because the dependency on a dwindling revenue stream, as people stop legally purchasing those smokes, becomes a problem.

Also, higher cigarette taxes increase illegal smuggling, thus funding criminal enterprises.

Last, this is an exceptionally regressive tax since 26.3% of smokers are below poverty level, according to the CDC. Think they’ll all quit?

I say NO to Proposition 56.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m. on KGO 810 – www.kgoradio.com

Ethan Explains California Proposition 55

Ethan Explains California Proposition 55

This is number 5 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives that I’ll cover, Proposition 55. Proposition 55 is “The California Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase Initiative.”

Remember the Proposition 30 “temporary” tax increase for K-14 to save the children during the Great Recession? Proposition 55 is the nearly permanent extension of the .25% sales tax and large income tax increase for brackets of $250,000 and above.

Wait, what happened to temporary? Because of the Great Recession?

If you listen to the majority politicians in Sacramento, the economy in California is doing great! So, which is it: is it doing great or not? If it is then the temporary tax is ready for a sunset.

Further, the highly progressive income tax leaves this funding to the gyrations of the stock market, which is what caused the problem in the first place.

Lastly, even proponent of Prop 30 argued with me that Prop 30 had to pass so then they could go back and fix the structural problems with education in California. Which never happened.

I say NO to Proposition 55.

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Ethan Explains Proposition 51

Ethan Explains Proposition 51

California has 17 statewide ballot initiatives this year. Here I talk about Proposition 51 “School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statute”

Should the state take over school bonding for construction & repair? Up until this initiative, that has been a local issue.

And I bet you can’t guess the money behind the initiative. You don’t think it’s the developers? Oh, it is. Nearly $10 million.

And this is an area where Governor Jerry Brown and I agree, keep the money and control out of Sacramento, keep it local.

Vote NO on Proposition 51 November 8th.

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