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Macadamia Nut Torte and CANDIDA

By November 1, 2010December 3rd, 2020Dairy Free, Desserts, Vegetarian

Testimony of the Day  

“Good morning Maria, I had to share some exciting news with you! This morning I weighed myself like I always so and for the first time in over three years, I weighed UNDER 200lbs. 199!!! It’s been three and a half weeks since I started eating your way and reading your metabolism book. I just got your HAQ assessment over the weekend and finally just got all the supplements in the mail yesterday. I have lost 24lbs in 3.5 weeks but most of all I feel incredible and have a healthy happy relationship with food that I have never had before. I know this is just the beginning, but I had to share my milestone with you! I had many days before I found you that I thought I would NEVER weigh under 200 again. You have given me hope and empowered me to take back my health. Thank you!! With my warmest regards, Shauna”

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Everybody has a sea of microorganisms, (bacteria, viruses, fungi) that reside in our intestines, throat, mouth, nose, you name it. Most of the time, these microorganisms do not cause illness, unless our resistance becomes lower. Candida albicans is a yeast that lives in the intestines, mouth, throat, and genitourinary tract of most humans and is usually considered to be a normal part of the bowel flora. Candida enters infants shortly after birth. In a healthy baby, the growth of the yeast is kept under control by the baby’s immune system. But, if the immune system is compromised and weakened, problems such as thrush can happen. Candida coexists in our bodies with many types of bacteria in a specific balance. Healthy bacteria work to keep candida growth in check in our body ecology. In a healthy body, the immune system keeps candida growth under control; but when the immune response is weakened, candida growth can happen too fast. It is an “opportunistic organism,” and will try to colonize all bodily tissues. The uncontrolled growth of candida is known as candida overgrowth. The first signs of candida overgrowth is nasal congestion, sore throat, abdominal pain, belching, bloating, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, rectal burning or itching, vaginal itching and discharge, PMS, prostatitis, impotence, frequent urination, burning on urination, and bladder infections. But, if the immune system remains weak long enough, candida can cause fatigue, lack of concentration, mood swings, dizziness, headaches, bad breath, coughing, wheezing, joint swelling, arthritis, failing vision, ear pain, deafness, tearing eyes, muscle aches, depression, irritability, sweet cravings, numbness and tingling, cold hands and feet, asthma, hay fever, allergies, hives and rashes, eczema, psoriasis, chronic fungal infections.

The most common causes of candida overgrowth are antibiotics, steroids, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, oral contraceptives, mercury dental fillings, drugs or alcohol, chlorinated drinking water, meat or dairy products from animals fed antibiotics, and diets full of too much sugar and refined and processed foods.

If candida overgrowth is present certain foods should be eliminated and specific supplements, such as probiotics (NOT more anti-biotics) need to be incorporated. Click HERE to find the proper help.

FYI: I have conversion charts in my books on sweeteners if you don’t want to use a specific type of sweetener. I find mixing the 3 together creates a wonderful flavor and texture.

1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
1/2 cup Just Like Sugar OR erythritol
1/4 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite (OR Swerve)
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
3/4 cup blanched almond flour or pecan meal
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp  baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup erythritol (or Swerve)
1 tsp stevia glycerite
1 cup NATURE’S HOLLOW xylitol syrup
2 TBS butter or coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts

CRUST: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl cream the butter and sweetener together until very smooth. Add the salt, coconut flour, almond flour, and baking powder into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined. Place into 4 small torte pans or one 8 by 8 pie pan and spread out over the bottom. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly golden.

FILLING: In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the sweetener. Add the butter, syrup, and vanilla then add the nuts. Pour into the crust (cover edges with foil) and bake at 350°F for 45-50 minutes or until set. Serve with my “healthified” ice cream! Makes 12 servings.

Traditional Torte = 406 calories, 23g fat, 3.7g protein, 51 carbs, 1.6g fiber
“Healthified” Torte = 239 calories, 21g fat, 7.7g protein, 3.8 carbs, 2g fiber

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Anonymous says:

    sounds good to me, although I would prefer less carbs.

    • Anonymous says:

      1.8 net carbs is too much? ( 3.8 carbs minus 2 g fiber) Personally, I can’t wait to try this. Everything I have tried of Maria’s has been fantastic!

  • BJ in TX says:

    This sounds and looks delicious! However, I have a horrible time finding macadamias in East Texas. Costco in Dallas carried them and they are now discontinued. Any time I buy them at various other places, I end up throwing them away or returning them as they always have a bit of a rancid taste. Any ideas for sourcing these online without breaking the bank?

  • Minichick says:

    Maria, I asked about Just Like Sugar before and I don’t know if my comment got lost in cyberspace, or you missed it, but I’m still conflicted over Just Like Sugar. Could you please help clear up my confusion?

    Here, http://justlikesugarltd.com/whatis.html , they say that the chicory root used in JLS is a maltodextrin. If so, then how can this be good for us to use in quantities over the 1/2 tsp. serving size listed on their package? I wrote about this on my blog here,http://glutenfreelosingweight.blogspot.com/2011/12/possible-dangers-of-sugar-alcohols-and.html#comment-form. If you could, I would love to hear from you on this, either on my blog, or here. If you do respond here, I would like to post your response on my blog so that others will see your follow up on this issue. Thank you.

  • Karen says:

    Maria, I just bought Nutritious and Delicious and I have a question about a recipe. The Reuben Fritters on page 44 one of the ingedients is “1 tsp Essence, plus more for seasoning, recipe follows”. I can’t seem to find the recipe. Can you point me to it? Thanks!

  • Karen says:

    Maria, I just bought Nutritious and Delicious and I have a question about a recipe. The Reuben Fritters on page 44 one of the ingedients is “1 tsp Essence, plus more for seasoning, recipe follows”. I can’t seem to find the recipe. Can you point me to it? Thanks!

  • Escape Pod says:

    This looks so yummy, does the crust come out crispy, or more soft? Do you think it would work as well using hazelnuts in the filling?

    Just a note, the instructions for the filling note “add the pecans” – I think you meant macadamias.

    2 1/2 TBS paprika
    2 TBS salt
    2 TBS garlic powder
    1 tablespoon black pepper
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1 tablespoon dried thyme

    Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Makes 2/3 cup. Keep on hand instead of spice mixes filled with cheap “fillers.”

  • The crust is a soft chewy cookie like crust. It is SOOO good!

  • Daphne Petrey says:

    I was just introduced to your blog this week and WOW am I excited! Can you tell me what I should get to treat Candida? I am pretty sure that it would help my husband and I significantly, but wasn’t sure if I needed all six supplements that are listed when I clicked the link above. If I do all six, in what doses would you recommend?

  • Thanks for your interest Daphne!

    I would take the Candida Clear from this page: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=34

    I have created an AMAZON.COM store where you can find all the healthy ingredients that are difficult to find in the grocery store (and if you do find them, they are often very expensive). I have done some detective work and found the lowest prices on http://www.amazon.com for all of the products I use and love. Everything from food, pantry items, kitchen tools, supplements and skin products are in the aStore. I rarely waste time in the grocery store because I find everything online for a way better price!

    All you have to do is click on the words in my recipes and it will take you right to the correct item. If you add them to your cart I get a tiny commission which helps me afford to keep practicing recipes (Recipe experimenting can costing me a fortune!…but I love helping!).

    By purchasing products through my Amazon store, you help keep this blog going. You can also continue shopping for other products on Amazon after you are finished with “healthified” shopping. Just click the “Proceed to Checkout”. It then asks you if you want to add these to your Amazon cart (at the main Amazon site). Just click “Continue” and now you can add whatever else you want from Amazon all in the same cart! I always choose at least one thing from my Amazon Store before moving onto other items I need for the family, those items will also help pay for the blog without any extra cost; I just get a small commission for bringing your business to Amazon.com.

    You can click on the below image to go to my store or on the right you will see a “Maria’s Amazon Store” widget. Happy Shopping and THANK YOU for all your support!!!

  • Daphne, take the Candida Clear twice a day until the Candida is gone. Most people lose weight with this!

    We also keep the Cranberry Extract at home all the time because it is an awesome antioxidant and helps with urinary infections.

  • Nicole Hunter says:

    Your Blog is WONDERFUL! Thank you. I am allergic to coconut and am interested to know if you have a recommended a substitute for coconut flour.

  • Thanks Nicole!

    You could try vanilla whey protein instead…

    Happy baking!

  • Hi, I just found your blog because I love reading about how to be more healthy and supporting your body. I have had some pretty bad stomach pains, diarrhea around PMS, feeling sick in the mornings, tired, depressed. I know this can be caused by many things. But the last couple of weeks white spots have appeared on my back. I was told this could be candida, so I bought a shampoo/cream thing for it. Do you think this can be related to my other problems, that the candida is in my whole body? I will certainly get the “candida clear”, but how do I need to change my diet?. Have you written about this?

  • Yes! Hanna! I write a lot about this in my books. I think that you should take a Bifido bacteria. We all take this everyday!

    There is a whole chapter in this book: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/1451555946

    Happy Reading:))) Thanks so much for your support!

  • Amber says:

    Hi! Just to clarify if you have high candida present you have to stay away from sugar cause candida feeds on it?
    I’m trying to explain a few things to her. However her naturopath said the only approved sugar was stevia. So I’m wondering with candida if you can have swerve and just like sugar?

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Maria 🙂 I have been eating your way for about a month or so now. I have just started getting really itchy, red spots on my torso. I got this when I tried Atkins so I know it is not because of a change in anything but the way I’m eating. I’ve tried searching online and everything I’ve found has said that it is candida but I have no other symptoms that you’ve mentioned above. Is this definitely candida or is it something else? I’m saving up to do a consult with you so I really hope this can be answered easily, the itching is driving me crazy 🙁

  • Theresa says:

    Is Swerve ok if you have candida issues?

  • Theresa says:

    Oops! You answered that.

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