Holiday Appetizers and Side Dishes and ChocoPerfection Giveaway!

Posted by cemmerich in Christmas, cookbook, gluten free, high fat/moderate protein, Paleo, side dish, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized, vegetarian 14 Nov 2013

Maria’s Favorite Things Giveaway!

Today I am giving away a HUGE box of ChocoPerfection bars! ChocoPerfection bars uses the sweeteners oligofructose, which is derived from ground-up chicory root, and erythritol, which comes from fermented natural foods. These ingredients don’t effect insulin levels (zero on the glycemic index) or have a laxative effect like malitol. Most “low carb” chocolates use malitol which does increase blood sugar and often causes intestinal discomfort. So, here’s to chocolate on a “diet!” Click HERE to find all “healthified” chocolates.  The retail price of this 60-bar box is $59.95! I thought it would be a perfect gift to help you stay the course when the Holiday candy comes lurking into your home and offices.

All you have to do is 3 things:

1. “Like” Maria Mind Body Health on Facebook and share Maria Mind Body Health on your Facebook wall.

2. “Like” ChocoPerfection on Facebook.

3. Leave a comment below on what is your Favorite Christmas treat?

A winner will be picked January. 1st. Good Luck!


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Testimony of the Day
“Several years ago, I felt like I was dying. I was plagued by numerous symptoms, i.e. always cold, no sleep, racing and out of rhythm heart, depression, hair falling out and always sick with something. My doctor took the usual tests and told me that my thyroid was normal and handed me a referral to a psychologist. I was so discouraged, but found a Osteopath that ordered a ton of blood work. It turned out that I have Hashimotos, an immune dysfunction where your thyroid hormones are destroyed by your own immune system. I was on several medications, then a naturopath I visited told me if I would get off of gluten I could kiss the meds goodbye.

I initially just got of wheat, but through the help of Maria Emmerich, I have gone totally grain free and sugar free. Currently, I don’t need any medications, which is awesome because the am super sensitive to prescription; there is always a price to pay. Hope this helps someone out there!”

If you too want to get off your thyroid medication, click HERE for a consult. With the right diet and supplement plan, you can feel like a new person!


Holiday Appetizers and Side Dishes

Are you wondering how you are going to say no to all of that tasty food at your next Holiday gathering? Why not show your friends and family that you can still eat awesome food on a low carb diet?

Here are some of my top choices for Appetizers:

2013_04_14 1. Rib appetizer from my Slow Cooker cookbook! So easy!

2. “Healthified” Cheez Its

3. Slow Cooker Candy Nuts

4. Deviled “Angel” eggs

5. Eggs Tartine with Amazing grain free bread (made into crostini)

6. Reuben appetizer crostini with Amazing grain free bread

7. Egg Salad Mini Puffs

8. Asparagus and Feta Tart on my Amazing Pizza Crust

9. BLT baconaise Crostini

Here are some tasty Side Dish ideas:

2013_10_30 1. My “healthified” Stuffing

2. Scalloped “Faux”tatoes (made with cauliflower stem)

3. Cheesy Crunchy Top “Faux”tatoes

4. Roasted Turnips

5. Green Bean Bundles

6. “Sweet Potato” Casserole (no sweet potatoes in this recipe!)

7. Green Bean Casserole

If you click HERE you can find my cookbooks which are filled with tasty recipes to keep you on the path to health! Thank you all for your love and support!


Another Cute Testimony that I also received today:

“Hi Maria, I am excited to add the correct supplements to my new “Mariafied” life style :) I tell my husband that the proof is in the pants as I am fitting back into pants that I couldn’t have a year ago. And I just have to add that tonight as I was at Wal-mart (hoping by chance they had coconut flour since I ran out) I ran into a lady that looked familiar from my home town but I do not know personally. She asked if my name was Nicolle and if I followed you as she thought she saw me following you on FB. We spent a few minutes discussing what has/hasn’t worked for our families. I highly suggested your Creme Brulee as that is a family favorite :) Thanks so much!” Nicolle

Click here to get started on your path to health!

  • Amy December 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm / Reply

    Keto is starting to alleviate my health issues-thyroid, weight & toxic liver!
    Thanks, Maria!

  • Laurie December 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm / Reply

    Words cannot express how good I am feeling since going wheat free. Just got your Keto book and love it. Trying to implement “Maria’s Way” now and take my diet changes to the next level. I am hoping to get your 30 day plan sometime soon because I am having a hard time figuring out meals and such to be keto on my own. Thanks so much for all you share!!!

  • Barbara December 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm / Reply

    Eating a Keto life style has helped me loose the pounds I need (not there yet), my health is so much better. I am thankful to Maria for the knowledge she has, and the hard work she has put into writing for the rest of us. Thank you. For the first time ever, I have maintained my weight so far through this holiday season. Always so tempting for me. But this year I have almost all of Maria’s books, so I have so many options, and have learned ways to transform some of my old recipes to a more healthy version. Thank you Maria. I have told my patients and friends to come to your web site for wonderful healthy options.

  • Julie December 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is… almond-meal apple cobbler! Soooo good!

  • Valerie G December 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm / Reply

    My favorite treat used to be my homemade fudge. I’m making Maria’s Keto fudge today!

  • Marilyn December 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm / Reply

    This is my first Christmas being grain-free. I would LOVE to figure out how to make something close to a Polish cookie, kolacky. My mother’s recipe was simple: flour water, butter combined, rolled thin & cut into squares, topped with a fruit or nut filling, two sides folded toward the center. They were heavenly, but I just haven’t found anything that would work for the cookie dough. I will just have to make new traditions!

    • Irene December 15, 2013 at 2:17 am / Reply

      Go to All Day I Dream About Food. She has some cookie recipies that might do the trick.

  • Karen Tass December 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm / Reply

    I just put together it is the sugar in my 86% dark chocolate that has been making my hair fall out. A life without CHOCOLATE?!?! Must win this!!

    • Karen Tass December 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm / Reply

      ETA: at this point ANYTHING that has a chocolate chip in it is my favorite treat!!

  • Debbie December 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm / Reply

    Hi , when will Keto Adapted come out in paperback book? I am looking forward to it. Thank you, Debbie

  • Rene Hughes December 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm / Reply

    my favorite Christmas treat is date balls! Only once a year to enjoy…but it sure could use a Maria makeover so I can eat them!! :)

  • Jackie Adlington December 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm / Reply

    I really like peppermint bark, and English toffee… I’m hoping to get the keto- adapted and slow cooker books for xmas! We shall see!

  • Linnea E December 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is my homemade chocolate caramels – wish I could make them low-carb! Also chokladbiskvier, I am Swedish after all! :)

  • Kathy H December 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm / Reply

    Favorite holiday treat is pumpkin pie. Love healthified alternatives!!

  • Jennifer December 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm / Reply

    Well, I have to say my favorite holiday treat used to be the cornflake wreaths made with marshmellows, but today, they taste like chemicals, mainly because they are. I have not yet figured out a substitute for those little goodies, but there are so many more….I would have to say today, my favorite treat is non-sugar sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting (of course sugar free). :)

  • Lori December 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin roll, or really anything with pumpkin!

  • Melanie December 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm / Reply

    Almond Butter Balls!!! YUM!

  • Susan December 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm / Reply

    Yum ChocoPerfection

  • Sally December 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is pumpkin pie. Thanks for the chane to win!

  • Pat Baker December 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm / Reply

    Egg nog is my favorite Christmas treat. Love your blog!

  • Sodapop December 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treats are, toffee, Christmas cookies, and pumpkin pie mmmm I also like flan and chocoflan cake. Have you ever tried healthifying tamales or gorditas? I also have a question, ok so I was reading on a low carb site that black soy beans are very low carb is this true? But on other sites they were saying that edens soy beans brand didn’t include all the carbs on their label and I am very confused. Since we are Hispanic beans was always a food we had growing up and I tried the eggplant beans but something just tasted off.

  • Wendy December 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm / Reply

    What a great gift in time for some Christmas baking. Eating this way has given me more energy & I am sleeping much better!

  • BrendaS December 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm / Reply

    Christmas cookies of all sorts

  • Michelle Lewis December 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm / Reply

    I have a question about your program and my taste buds. I don’t like coconut at all. My husband is gluten intolerant so I have made up a “four” free mix that includes coconut flour and I don’t taste it but am very leary of trying coconut milk, oil, ect because am afaid eill taste like coconut. My husband is also dairy free-I see you use whole cream in recipies…any substitutions for that. I’m really interested in your program, just need these questions answered. Thanks for your time and what you do Maria. Mich

  • Gina December 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is Martha Washington Balls!!! So very good!! I don’t know if there is a low carb or keto version of this, but there needs to be!!!! My sister-in-law used to make these every Christmas. OMGah I miss them!!!

  • Amparo December 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm / Reply

    Pineapple empanadas and cookies

  • Darla December 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is… Christmas cookies! I’m going to try Maria’s cut Christmas cookies so I have a healthy treat!

  • Bessie December 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm / Reply

    Gooey chocolate chip cookies!!!!

  • Debbie December 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm / Reply

    I love meat. Roasted Beef, Smokey Ham, Roasted Turkey, Spicy Sausages, Mapl-ey Bacon, mmmmmmmmm

  • Kara December 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm / Reply

    Yum! My favorite Christmas treat is boxed chocolates! You never know what you’re gonna get! ;)

  • Vanessa December 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm / Reply

    RUM CAKE!!!

  • Julie December 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is Eggnog

  • Sheri Felten December 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm / Reply

    Chocolate Mint Fudge and Christmas Cookies.

  • Sandy December 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm / Reply

    On my list today, to order your Keto Book. Can’t wait to read it and try out your recipes.

  • Sandy December 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is pumpkin pie.

  • Robin December 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm / Reply

    Maria – My all time favorite Christmas treat is Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts. Problem being, the ingredients are very sugary. Is there any way you can Maria-fy this? You’re a master! I’ve attached the recipe link: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bacon-wrapped-water-chestnuts-ii/

  • mary ann December 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm / Reply

    would love to win this…I have never tried these…

  • Marge L December 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm / Reply

    Anything chocolate!

  • Jean M December 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm / Reply

    Almond Crescents, yum!

  • kelly land December 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm / Reply

    We actually don’t celebrate christmas anymore, but we do celebrate hanukkah and love making sugar cookies to cut out!

  • Shannon M December 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm / Reply

    My favorite is Healthifid Turtle Cheesecake and I am adding pumpkin bread pudding and the Keto fudge after tasting it last night! Thank you Maria!

  • Aubrey December 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm / Reply

    I love trifle! I am excited to make it healthy this year! I’m going to do a coconut flour angel food cake, homemade jello and pudding and homemade toffee to go on top! It’ll be a process, but so worth it! Thank you for all the amazing recipes and stories :)

  • Sonia December 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm / Reply

    Oh I so want to try these!

  • Anna December 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm / Reply

    I am about to do the health assessment. I’m a little overwhelmed, but not at all discouraged. I guess more excited. Can’t wait to see what keto will do for my health, energy, and body.

  • Debbie December 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm / Reply

    Snowball cookies! OR anything with chocolate in it!

  • Amanda Rodriguez December 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm / Reply

    My favorite treat is your “gingerbread” cookies! Can’t wait to make them!

  • Debbie Meissner December 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm / Reply

    I have made your cheesecake for the last two Christmas’s. I am going to try the spiced nuts, candied walnuts, primal poppers, french dip sandwiches, and orange cranberry cake, from your slow cooker recipe book. I am hosting this year, so will see how everyone likes these.

    • sam December 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm / Reply

      Orange cranberry cake?! How did I miss that? (Running to grab the book from my shelf….!!!!) So glad you mentioned that!

  • Erin December 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm / Reply

    I would love to eat some Pumpkin Pie for Christmas, but alas I have not had any in years.

  • lisa carswell December 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm / Reply

    Favorite is Deviled “Angel” eggs

  • Brandy December 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm / Reply

    I love shortbread cookies!

  • Karen December 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday sweet is my Mom’s peanut butter fudge! Would like to make Maria’s keto adapted fudge!

  • Pam December 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm / Reply

    My favorite has been chocolate turtles. I need to find a new one this year.

  • Jenny December 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm / Reply

    Healthified cinnamon rolls!

  • ywelsh December 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat has to be the special goodies associated with the holiday: the truffles, mini cheesecakes, nuts and cookies. It is hard to pick just one. I usually make an assortment of these and give them to my friends and neighbors on Christmas Eve. Sharing my homemade goodies is an important part of Christmas giving for me.

  • Katie Jan December 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm / Reply

    I’m in! Love ChocoPerfection Bars!

  • Maria December 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm / Reply

    Eggnog! I love eggnog…. now I’ve got to go make some more :)

  • Tamara December 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm / Reply

    Buck eyes!

  • jean December 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treats are Italian pastries.

  • Amanda December 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm / Reply

    my favorite christmas treat is chocolate glazed donuts! but my favorite family treat is a nutroll my great grandma used to make, it’s a sweet bread with a walnut filling, I have to try to figure out how to make this without the flour. any ideas how to make a sweet dough that could be rolled out flat, then rolled like a jelly roll with that yummy walnut filling?

  • Heather December 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm / Reply

    ChocoPerfection Bars! Yum!

  • Thomas December 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm / Reply

    Cinnamon rolls.

  • April December 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm / Reply

    A delicious buche de noel. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Elizabeth December 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm / Reply

    I started Keto about 2 years ago after meeting Gary Taubes, author of why we get fat at my university. It worked really well and I was in the best shape of my life. About 8 months ago I got a bit off track and started gaining weight and experiencing lots of problems with GERD and bloating. I discovered Maria’s site about 3 months ago through Pinterest. I have been eating like a king! Everything I have made has been delicious, the products are great, and best of all I feel amazing. I lost the weight I had gained back, I am no longer having cravings or feeling weak, and best of all, my stomach issues are gone and I no longer need yo take the super expensive Nexium! Thank you Maria— I am a fan! My dad is an leading Alzheimer’s researcher and advocate of ketosis as a method of treatment. I turned my family onto your site and they are excited to recreate your low carb dishes :)

  • Dita MacDonald December 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is a recipe I converted to LC/SF called “Irish Bread”. It is a spice nut raisen bread. I am happy I can eat it now. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • Elizabeth December 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm / Reply

    Ps my favorite Christmas treat are Mexican wedding cookies or Polvorones as my family calls them. On my way! I’m working on a coconut flour version based off your conversion guide.

  • Mary December 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm / Reply

    Mexican wedding cookies are my favorite thing ever

  • Kim December 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is anything with chocolate and peppermint!

  • Suzanne December 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm / Reply

    Now that I am keto adapted , my favorite Christmas treat is anything that is good for me.. I like to celebrate by being the healthiest I can , instead of being toxic. Its the best gift I can give my self at Christmas and thru-out the year.. Of course this involves a lot of your goodies.

  • Kim December 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm / Reply

    Love, Love EggNog!!

  • Teresa D December 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm / Reply

    I am so excited to start my 30-day meal plan on Monday (after I get all the necessary groceries) and I look forward to working with you, Maria! Thanks for hosting the awesome get-together last night. Yay for healthified goodness!

    • Teresa D December 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm / Reply

      Sorry, my favorite Christmas treat is Peanut Butter Balls, so I will have to find a healthified version of it. I did try the Keto fudge last night and it was awesome, so maybe that is my new “go-to”!

  • Sheri December 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm / Reply

    Pumpkin pie. I’ve been making a great sugar free, almond flour crust for the past few years. Yum!

  • Maria December 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm / Reply

    My son and I love decorating and eating gingerbread men. Love your website!

  • elaina December 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm / Reply

    used to make zeppole but haven’t been able to work out the exchange of flour so now really ike the deviled egg sides!!!

  • becki December 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm / Reply

    Peppermint cheesecake! Yum

  • Linda December 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm / Reply

    I have been Paleo since labor day and have lost some weight, but tomorrow I start Keto- Adaptive. I already like Keto-fudge, though. I can’t think of traditional Christmas treats at this point.

  • Penny December 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treats are the yummy fudge and shortbread sugar cookies from my Grammy Smith’s recipes.

  • Holly December 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is peppermint bark ice cream!!

    • sam December 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm / Reply

      Oh! Please tell me there I can find that recipe!! Thanks!

  • Rosieg December 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm / Reply

    my favorite Christmas treat are to make candy cane twist cookies

  • Lissa December 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm / Reply


  • sam December 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm / Reply

    Favorite Maria “must have” Christmas treat is Gingersnaps. At Christmas time there simply has to be the fragrance of ginger, cloves and cinnamon in the air! But I’m finding a lot of recipes listed here that I have missed….gonna have to fix that!

    We would like to enter the Chocoperfection giveaway. But we do not do Facebook; not sure is we qualify.

  • Caroline December 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm / Reply

    Our favorite is Maria’s Raspberry Cheesecake made with raspberry chocoperfection bars!! YUM!! I need to win so I can make it again!

  • Jessica December 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treat is cheesecake, which, thankfully is easy to make grain and sugar-free.

  • Elizabeth December 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm / Reply

    Probably not what you would expect, but home-made chex mix is my absolute favorite treat at Christmas. So bad for me…tastes so good.

  • Ann December 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm / Reply

    My fav is shortbread or fruitcake. This chocolate is VERY good…….. just received some in the mail for the 1st time.

  • Paulette December 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm / Reply

    I like the recipes I have tried so far–cinnabuns and brownies.

  • Lochlan December 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treat is ginger snaps. Lovely fragrance while cooking and satisfying taste when eating!

  • Angela December 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm / Reply

    Healthified pumkin cheesecake is my favorite holiday treat

  • Mint C. D. /Deirdre December 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm / Reply

    Favourite Christmas Treat is the Yule log! Trying to make a low carb version of it….

  • Sally December 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm / Reply

    Before I went refined sugar-free, English toffee was my fav!

  • Jen S December 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm / Reply


  • Maggie December 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm / Reply

    I love gingerbread cookies!!

  • Anna Caldwell December 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treat is the Dutch Christmas Wreath. It is a flaky pastry filled with almond paste. I’m thinking the filling should be pretty simple to Maria-fy using Swerve instead of sugar but the crust!!!!???????? I don’t have a clue where to start. It is very light and flaky, kind of like FILO dough.

  • Candace December 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm / Reply

    I love anything cranberry!

  • RubenSr. December 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm / Reply

    Get in my tummy Mr. ChocoPerfection bars!

  • Jansprout December 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm / Reply

    I love Russian Teacake Cookies! Do you have a keto version?

  • Tina Manniello December 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is by far chocolate hazelnut candies

  • Susan Nishimura December 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm / Reply

    Cut out cookies are my favorite and this year I’m making them gluten free!

  • Beverly December 14, 2013 at 11:07 pm / Reply

    Mexican wedding cakes . . . but I found your Pecan Cookie recipe and think I will give that a try as a replacement. I am only missing the confectioners sugar Swerve but I think I can make a version of it by blending granular Swerve.

  • Tiare December 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is Gingerbread.

  • Wafa December 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm / Reply

    I love dark chocolate bark.

  • kerri December 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm / Reply

    Christmas morning was always eggs with kielbasa….

  • Melissa December 14, 2013 at 11:54 pm / Reply


  • Terry Schultz December 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm / Reply

    Favorite holiday treats would be anything pumpkin, LC cheesecake, and any goodies with cinnamon.

  • Linda December 15, 2013 at 12:21 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas Treat used to be anything sweet. Now it is anything Maria.

  • Laura December 15, 2013 at 12:50 am / Reply

    Chocoperfection cookies! Yum yum

  • Robin December 15, 2013 at 12:53 am / Reply

    Simple buttery shortbread!!

  • Michelle December 15, 2013 at 1:21 am / Reply

    I live for fudge and chocolate covered anything, Cherry’s, nuts, pretzels..

  • Tami December 15, 2013 at 1:24 am / Reply

    Tried your sugar cut out cookies this week. YUMMMMMMM!!!! Thanks so much for all you do. Merry Christmas.

  • Sharon Looper December 15, 2013 at 1:30 am / Reply

    Pecan pie is my absolute favorite!

  • Andrea Haney December 15, 2013 at 1:48 am / Reply

    Persimmon pudding with whipped cream!

  • Debra Schramm December 15, 2013 at 2:19 am / Reply

    Peppermint bark is my favorite holiday treat.

  • Mindy December 15, 2013 at 2:28 am / Reply

    I haven’t seen these chocolate bars locally, would love to win some.. I would like to make cookies with it!

  • Susan Broughton December 15, 2013 at 2:29 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is a candy cane. I always liked peppermint and the candy cane is the best way to eat it.

  • Judy December 15, 2013 at 2:30 am / Reply

    Anything eggnog…

  • Jeanie December 15, 2013 at 2:48 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is fudge. Can’t wait to try Maria’s keto fudge recipe!

  • Ana December 15, 2013 at 3:24 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is buckeyes. yum!!!!

  • Sandy December 15, 2013 at 3:36 am / Reply

    Buttermilk pie!

  • Kristin December 15, 2013 at 3:43 am / Reply

    I love the mint ChocoPerfection bars.

  • Kris in Alaska December 15, 2013 at 4:01 am / Reply

    Anything chocolate!

  • emily December 15, 2013 at 4:58 am / Reply

    Homemade cinnamon rolls – Haven’t tried healthified ones yet, will probably work that in this year.

  • gina December 15, 2013 at 5:17 am / Reply

    I love gingerbread cookies.

  • Nicole December 15, 2013 at 6:13 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is pudding with hard sauce!

  • Jamie H. December 15, 2013 at 6:30 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treats are pecan pie and chocolate peanut butter fudge…..healthified of course!!

  • sharee anderson December 15, 2013 at 7:28 am / Reply

    my fave is cinnamon rolls:)

  • Tami December 15, 2013 at 7:41 am / Reply

    My favorite Xmas treat is See’s candy Toffeettes.

  • crista December 15, 2013 at 7:41 am / Reply

    my favourite christmas treat is cookies – but I don’t really like eating them. I LOVE baking them and just tasting while I bake a little bit with my family. I like to bake every day of christmas but i haven’t this year as I’ve been traveling. I’m finally home and will be making a version of your christmas cutouts (must experiment as I’m allergic to all nuts including almonds!)

  • Heidi December 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm / Reply

    Anything and everything especially with chocolate!

  • Linda DeLano December 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm / Reply

    chocolate covered cherry cookies

  • Kathy December 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm / Reply

    My favourite Christmas treat is flourless, sugar free chocolate torte. It is actually my favourite dessert all year!

  • Alicia December 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm / Reply

    would really love to try this chocolate! I have been making my own and it is a very labour intensive process. and not always successful. heat it to the wrong temp and you are done!!!

  • Bridget December 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm / Reply

    homemade caramels

  • zosia December 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm / Reply

    My favourite Christmas dish: Polish-made Greek-style fish salad. Delicious.

  • Melissa December 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treat is FUDGE!!! :)

  • Js December 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm / Reply

    Wonderful to have healthy chocolate, not just candy!

  • Sarah December 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm / Reply

    My favorite healthy Christmas treat is cheesecake! :)

  • Michelle December 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm / Reply

    So hard to pick just one!! Carmels, fudge, peanut butter balls, chex mix…O MY!

  • Kay N. December 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is bacon wrapped water chestnuts!

  • Janna December 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm / Reply

    My fav. Christmas treats are my MIL’s sugar cookie cut-outs. YUM! I told myself I’m only going to eat one this year. I wonder if that’s going to happen?!

  • Dyanne Spease December 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm / Reply

    Pumpkin pie!!

  • Mary R December 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is healthified cheesecake.

  • Dawn December 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas recipe is frosted sugar cookies… :)

  • 1956okie December 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm / Reply

    Fudge…that original Fantasy Fudge recipe from the back of the marshmallow crème jar. Have to be VERY careful with it!

  • Olya December 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm / Reply

    Lemon curd over pop overs with a little bit of sugar free maple syrup: divine!

  • TKarpen December 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm / Reply

    Maria. I really want to purchase your cook books after reading your latest keto adapted. But I am wondering if the recipes give options for dairy free, egg free/substitute. I also am sensitive to almonds. So I don’t want to get the books and not be able to make the recipes. I am especially interested in the slow cooker book and the desserts book. Would appreciate some insight before I purchase. Thanks.

  • MIchelle L. December 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is sweet potato cobbler which is my M-I-L’s specialty and I canno longer have it because it is not gluten free.

  • Jaylene December 16, 2013 at 12:47 am / Reply

    My fave christmas treat is hot chocolate with whipped cream!

  • Linda December 16, 2013 at 1:08 am / Reply

    Chocolate raspberry is my favorite treat. Anything chocolate raspberry!

  • Mandy December 16, 2013 at 1:41 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is apple pie.

  • Valerie December 16, 2013 at 2:57 am / Reply

    We are loving the Keto recipes!

  • Jennifer December 16, 2013 at 2:57 am / Reply

    Pumpkin pie

  • Sharron Timmins December 16, 2013 at 3:26 am / Reply

    Holy Jumping – I am spending SO much time here, reading all of Maria’s fabulous recipes and tips, and all the treats people are saying are their ‘favs’. I have too many to list here, but am forbidden to get through a Christmas without making at least one batch of Almond Rocca!! LOL Considering it’s mostly toasted almonds, chocolate, butter – and the not-so-good ingredients like white sugar and a wee bit of corn syrup, I figure there must surely be a ‘healthified’ way with a sugar substitute…though not certain about what would substitute for the corn syrup? Whatever it is, has to reach the ‘hard ball’ candy stage as the rocca turns into hard candy.

    It’s ten days to turkey time, folks!! :-)

  • Janet December 16, 2013 at 3:39 am / Reply

    Rum Balls

  • Heather December 16, 2013 at 4:21 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is chocolate nut brittle or toffee!

  • Stephanie December 16, 2013 at 5:45 am / Reply

    Pumpkin chiffon pie!

  • Deanna December 16, 2013 at 5:56 am / Reply

    My mother’s chocolate chessecake w/cherries and chocolate curls. Ya…..

  • Holly December 16, 2013 at 10:20 am / Reply

    Pumpkin Pie & Frosted Sugar Cookies :)

  • Joleen December 16, 2013 at 11:44 am / Reply

    My newest favorite holiday treat is Maria’s Keto Fudge! Oh My!!!

  • Patrica December 16, 2013 at 11:47 am / Reply

    I’m starting soon on this program and i can’t wait to feel normal. I’ve been struggling with to much testosterone and every two week i grow beard on my face. i hope changing to this life style makes this problem go away. I’ve this for to many years!

  • Patrica December 16, 2013 at 11:48 am / Reply

    Carmel pound cake…..my greatest weakness.

  • Vera K December 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treat is gingerbread cookies.

  • Elizabeth December 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm / Reply

    Eggnog & Christmas cookies. Can’t wait to try your “healthified” cut out cookies. My family is anxiously awaiting my Christmas baking to begin. I’m obviously VERY behind with my baking this year!!! Thanks for the chance to win :0)

  • Chris December 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas candy is homemade “Mounds bars”. I love the combo of chocolate and coconut. Would like to try to make them sugar free, since I don’t eat sugar anymore. Love you website, thank you for all that you do.

  • Matt December 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm / Reply

    Now that the loaf of Amazing bread that I made yesterday is over half gone I suppose it’s time to make a new one. This from a family with two picky eaters and a skeptical wife! (I love being right!) I’ve now been put in charge of the gluten free foods for my wife’s family Christmas celebration and the ONE thing I’ve asked for so far is one (or more) of your books. I hope I get that present early! Thanks Maria and Craig!

  • Kim December 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm / Reply

    Our family has always made such a large assortment of cookies, candies, fudge and other treats that it is hard to pick just one. Truffles are always a winner though…

  • Christina December 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm / Reply

    Reading Keto Adapted for the second time!

  • Maureen December 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm / Reply

    Hi Maria, Thanks for all you do! My favorite Christmas recipe is your Christmas cookie recipe. The one rolled in nuts and then sliced and baked. My family loves it. They asked for it at Thanksgiving and for Christmas this year! Love Chocoperfection too!

  • Stephanie December 16, 2013 at 6:20 pm / Reply

    Homemade english toffee!! (my husband’s family makes it ever Xmas)

  • Katie December 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm / Reply

    I love sugar cookies!

  • AmyLou December 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treats are toffee and anything else with chocolate in it! These ChocoPerfection bars would definitely be wonderful.

    Has anyone successfully made toffee with Swerve, erithrytol, or xylitol?

  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom December 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is anything chocolate.

  • Yvonne December 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm / Reply


    My favorite Xmas treat is real eggnog, and a piece of dark chocolate cake of any kind!

  • Deb December 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm / Reply

    SF Mini cheesecakes with chocolate raspberry sauce topping. Would love the ease of using the raspberry ChocoPerfection bars :)

  • Heidi December 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm / Reply

    The best holiday treat? Still fitting in my jeans on January 2nd! Love your recipes :D

  • Connie Lesley December 17, 2013 at 1:42 am / Reply

    Anything pumpkin or peanut butter fudge

  • Emily D. December 17, 2013 at 2:39 am / Reply

    I love your blog!

  • Amy December 17, 2013 at 3:00 am / Reply


  • Ann Huseby December 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm / Reply

    Mmmm – English Toffee and truffles are yummy! A savory treat is the bruschetta that my niece makes every year.

  • Sharon B. December 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas “consumable” is anything with chocolate! With these ChocoPerfection Bars, I could make them healthier.

  • Angie December 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm / Reply

    I’ve always wanted to try the chocoperfection bars. I would use them for cookies, pies, ice cream anything sweet.

  • Andrea M December 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm / Reply


  • Relizabeth December 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm / Reply

    homemade almondmilk eggnog

  • Keri B. December 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is cheesecake!

  • ann December 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm / Reply

    my favorite treat is healthified pumpkin pie.

  • Kristin December 18, 2013 at 11:04 am / Reply

    Pecan Pie and cream brûlée are my all time favorites. But anything chocolate works as well!

  • Allison Jenkins December 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm / Reply

    my favorite Christmas treat is pecan pie!

  • Meredith December 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm / Reply

    Chocolate chip cookies

  • Regan December 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is hot out of the oven healthy cinnamon rolls.

  • vera December 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm / Reply

    I love anything that has chocolate in it.

  • Pamela Smith December 19, 2013 at 12:50 am / Reply

    seriously, the favorite around here is the chocolate bars, we have found them at one store in our area, believe it or not its a feed lot that just has them on their counter. Its always fun to go get our chickens feed because we end up with a special treat too!

  • Audra December 19, 2013 at 2:56 am / Reply

    Anything chocolate is what I love, especially truffles & fudge.

  • Kerry December 19, 2013 at 4:48 am / Reply

    Martha Washington candies!

  • Eva December 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm / Reply

    Egg nog

  • Kelly Gentz December 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm / Reply

    Favorite treat, hmmm…Christmas cookies usually get me.

  • JAMIE December 20, 2013 at 1:37 am / Reply

    Merry Christmas! My favorite Christmas treat is Bûche de Noël!

  • Randee December 20, 2013 at 2:24 am / Reply

    Christmas Cookies

  • Alana December 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is a tie between your zucchini crisp and keto fudge. Both are Absolutely delicious!

  • Jalynn Patterson December 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is pie!

  • Beckie December 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm / Reply

    My favorite holiday treats are eggnog and snickerdoodles.

  • Claudette Melanson December 22, 2013 at 2:46 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is cinnamon rolls…this year made with swerve and almond flour

  • Mimi December 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm / Reply

    Id love to win these chocoperfection bars but I do not participate in Facebook. Any possibility for those of us who don’t do Facebook to win? Our family loves many recipes from your Sweets cookbook. My personal Christmas. Favorite is cut out cookies. I’ve been wheat free and sugar free for about 8 months and loving this way of eating.

  • Deborah December 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is the Oreo balls.

  • lori December 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm / Reply

    I love your keto fudge and any of the cheesecakes!! I wish Swerve confectioners sugar wasn’t sold out so I could try your cutout cookies!

  • CharlotB December 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm / Reply

    Your posts are always helpful.

  • Jen December 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm / Reply

    I love rice pudding..warm with cinnamon and I also love chocolate creeps with whipped cream!!!

  • Dana December 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm / Reply

    Anything with chocolate! Reading Keto-Adapted now, and bought a second copy for my brother who has MS. Big changes coming – very excited! Thanks Maria!

  • carrie botts December 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm / Reply

    My favorite treats are probably frosted sugar cookies! So glad I can make some healthy ones now for my girls and I!

  • Mary December 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm / Reply

    Favorite Christmas treat? My mom used to make a banana pudding for Christmas only. Never got it until then because she made the pudding on the stove and with those vanilla cookies, sliced bananas and whipped cream on top? YUM! The pudding would still be warm as she poured it onto the layer of cookies and bananas. It would soak into the cookies! Oh YUM!! Wish there was a low-carb, gluten free option of this!

  • Linda December 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm / Reply

    I want to try chocoperfection!

  • Stacey December 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm / Reply

    Fudge – any kind!!

  • shewonnah December 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm / Reply

    mmmmm chocolate. i would sooooo love to have these

  • Carol December 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm / Reply

    My Mom used to make a batch of popcorn and drizzle fudge all over it. I loved the sweet and salty together.

  • Donna Poole December 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm / Reply

    I’m one of those rare people that enjoys a good fruitcake. Since deciding to go grain free I’ll have to search out a recipe. These chocolates do sound good though!

  • Sheridan December 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is Moose Turd cookies (aka peanut butter blossoms, yes, I’m classy!). Will have to try your peanut butter cookies with ChocoPerfection chunks. :-)

  • Terri Lewis December 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm / Reply

    My all time favorite Christmas treat has always fudge. Now I make a ‘faux’ fudge out of unsweetened chocolate, swerve and cream. Yummy!

  • GingerW December 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm / Reply

    My favorite? Peppermint ice cream or my mom’s butter brickle bars. Neither one are low carb, sigh. My biggest treat would be becoming pain free though

  • Susan December 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm / Reply

    fudge so now i’m making fat bombs instead

  • Tammy Thomas December 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm / Reply

    my favorite christmas treat used to be caramels…..and sugar cookies…see a sugary theme here, lol

  • Amy December 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm / Reply

    Coconut butter choc fudge!! Healthified, of course!

  • Debra Wallin December 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm / Reply

    Favorite is pie, any kind!

  • Dyanne Spease December 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm / Reply

    My latest is chocolate covered beef bacon. I use choco perfection. Totally awesome!!

  • Lorraine December 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm / Reply

    Favorite treat has to be keto fudge

  • Anita December 23, 2013 at 12:22 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treats have always been cookies! :)

    • Tami December 23, 2013 at 1:33 am / Reply

      Xmas cocktails !

  • Michele December 23, 2013 at 12:47 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas dessert is a pumpkin roll! I’m sure there has to be a way to make it healthy

  • Mirinda December 23, 2013 at 3:36 am / Reply

    My fave Christmas treat is cookies- especially almond wedding cookies!

  • Shelly December 23, 2013 at 3:40 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treats are all the cookies, and the fudge my grandmother used to make. I have healthified some of the recipes but not all of them.

  • Paula December 23, 2013 at 5:17 am / Reply

    Peanut butter balls! Yummy

  • Jojo December 23, 2013 at 7:03 am / Reply

    I love chocolate and If I can have a chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, chocolate truffles with a healthier chocolate I would really love it :) yummy I love chocolate ;)

  • Julie K. December 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm / Reply

    anything with peanut butter and chocolate…..but that’s true all year round!

  • Joni Owada December 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm / Reply

    We love homemade cinnamon rolls!

  • Donna December 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm / Reply

    Scrumptious Scones!!

  • Mary December 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm / Reply

    Almond Flour Spritz cookies – delicious!

  • loyri halliburton December 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm / Reply

    Almond butter cookies

  • Alisha December 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm / Reply

    We love cookie cakes!

  • Jeanna Temple December 24, 2013 at 1:29 am / Reply

    I’m pretty simple, I love the boxes of Hershey’s pots of gold :) Or my late Granny’s maraschino cherry divinity…omg the best Christmas candy ever!!!! :)

  • Sarah December 24, 2013 at 3:48 am / Reply

    Hmmm…..What a tuff one…lol….I would have to say my favorite holiday treat would have to be William Davis’s ( Wheat Belly) Peanut Butter Pie….Best Pie, hands down….:)

  • Lynn Addis December 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm / Reply

    Fudge!! (Now it’s Keto-fudge!)

  • Diane December 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm / Reply


  • Karen December 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm / Reply

    I’m making your Pumpkin Pie recipe again. It was so good for Thanksgiving, I went back for seconds the next day and it was all gone! My husband apparently liked it too!

  • Theresa December 26, 2013 at 12:25 am / Reply

    I realize that it is not what you meant, but my favorite “treat” is being able to spend time with family.

  • Georgia Keesler December 26, 2013 at 12:25 am / Reply

    Homemade cream cheese olive/red pepper spread….served with fresh veggies (bell pepper, baby carrots, celery, etc.)

  • Debra Schramm December 26, 2013 at 12:32 am / Reply

    Peppermint bark is my favorite Christmas treat.

  • KJ December 26, 2013 at 12:54 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is fudge.

  • Cathy Griffice December 26, 2013 at 1:01 am / Reply

    New Favorite treat is Chocolate coconut tart from new Wheat Belly Cookbook….

  • Melissa Estain December 26, 2013 at 1:06 am / Reply

    Peanut brittle! Delicious! Can you healthify that? :)

  • Maxine December 26, 2013 at 1:29 am / Reply

    Pecan lady fingers

  • Terri December 26, 2013 at 1:58 am / Reply

    Almond bark

  • Linda December 26, 2013 at 2:58 am / Reply


  • Elaine December 26, 2013 at 5:52 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is my mom’s mexican wedding cakes-they just melt in your mouth.

  • Krista December 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm / Reply

    I’ve always loved my sisters homemade truffles. Would love to be able to make some that I can have again with this chocolate!

  • Teresa December 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm / Reply

    We love the chesse it crackers

  • Deanna S December 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm / Reply

    Chocolate covered cherries….

  • Lynda R December 27, 2013 at 1:00 am / Reply

    Small chunks of very dark chocolate wrapped in cream cheese

  • Tasha December 27, 2013 at 1:54 am / Reply

    I love Oreo balls… wish there was a healthier version.

  • Maile December 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm / Reply

    Gotta be Haupia cake

  • Donna December 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is the Peanut Butter Cup Candies in shapes of trees

  • RubenSr. December 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm / Reply

    Cheesecake made with CocoaPerfection is the best. RubenSr.

  • Carrie December 28, 2013 at 4:10 am / Reply


  • Terrie December 29, 2013 at 3:41 am / Reply

    My favorite Christmas treat is chocolate covered toffee.

  • Lynn F. December 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm / Reply

    My fave Christmas treat (besides the sweetest kisses ever from g-babes) is Lindt white chocolate truffles. Unfortunately, they do not make a low carb truffle so .. that sweet treat is out. It would be great to find a nice alternative to have once per week. After all, eating cleaner and healthier is now the way I plan to eat .. for life. That means an occasional treat that will not harm me is something I would really love to find. :)

  • Angela December 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm / Reply

    We love brie for Christmas… and cinnamon rolls! I am new to this keto world and excited to try your recipe for cinnamon rolls, Maria. I just made your tortillas last night so we could have REAL tacos (instead of in a bowl) and they turned out GREAT once I got the hang of transferring them to the pan! They held together so nicely too – awesome to have a taco again! Thanks so much for sharing knowledge with others – we wouldn’t know how to do this successfully without your help. I’ve read a couple of your books so far and am enjoying exploring your recipes! Anyway, just wanted you to know you’re appreciated. Thanks again!

    • cemmerich December 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm / Reply

      Thank you!

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