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Growing up in Houma, my parents (and yes, my) grocery store of choice was Rouses Markets. Every Sunday after church, my parents and I would shop at Rouses for our weekly groceries. While I am not a low carb, high fiber lover, I must admit my favorite part of the week we walking around the Rouses bakery.
Walking around the bakery was equal to Christmas morning. I embraced the smells of almond and vanilla extract wanting to eat everything in sight. (Yes, I had a very vivid imagination as an 8 year old). I didn’t, but I would stare at the gorgeous cakes longing for a bite.
Rouses (and 4-H) sparked my love for food and started my career in the culinary nutrition field. Fast forward 30 years, and I must thank Rouses for giving starting my career at Drug Emporium Stores (the absolute BEST store in the world). It’s always important to give thanks and pay homage and in this post, giving thanks to Rouses and the gorgeous Gentilly Cake.
A few weeks ago, I posted the question on the Skinny Louisiana Facebook ‘What spring dessert should I low carb?’ Repeat answers was the Rouses Gentilly Cake.
Let me explain this amazing cake – it’s gorgeous. It’s amazing layers of goodness with a little orange and almond extract topped with a yummy white frosting garnished with berries. It’s the perfect spring dessert and yes, when I go home for Easter, a gorgeous Gentilly Cake is waiting for us delivered by Mr Easter Bunny.
It was time to take the Gentilly Cake to the Skinny Louisiana drawing board. Rouses Markets graciously shares their original Gentilly Cake recipe on their website and using that recipe, I went to work. By modifying with simple substitutions I turned this cake into low carb, keto friendly dip the entire family will love!
Oh and no worries, I am testing the cake as we speak.
Craving more desserts? Try my Low Carb Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars (only 5 ingredients!).
Before I go over ingredients, know the items used in this recipe can be found at many of your local supermarkets and Drug Emporium. Many of you know my love of Drug Emporium stores. Not only does Drug Emporium have amazing prices (often the cheapest in town), I work with this amazing company in putting on Low Carb Food Demonstrations and product selection for shelves. All my items in the recipes are from Drug Emporium. For a full list of Drug Emporium store locations, click here. No Drug Emporium in your town? No worries, I have the links for where to purchase online!
While my fabulous keto friends will keep the full-fat versions of cream cheese (please do if you are following keto), I used a light cream cheese to keep the calories down in this dish (yes, I look at calories). No fear, light cream cheese does not have any added sugar. Light cream cheese is a healthy alternative to cream cheese with 35 calories tablespoon compared to 51 calories in 1 tablespoon of cream cheese.
Amazingly thick, this cheese is perfect in both sweet and savory dishes. Best known in tiramisu, this cheese has zero sugar and carbs!
I love to punch up the protein in my recipes and Greek yogurt is my answer. Depending on brands, some Greek yogurts offer up to 15 grams of protein per 5 ounce container. Be sure to select plain AND make sure sugar content is zero. Keto friends, be sure to use a full fat Greek yogurt. I used a 2% version.
Heavy Whipping Cream
A favorite in the keto world, heavy whipping cream contains 36% or more milk fat. Heavy whipping cream adds thickness to our dessert.
Swerve Confectioners Sugar
Sugar is used to add sweetness to our dessert recipes. While a spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, at 4 grams of carbs per teaspoon, a low carb sugar alternative is needed. One of my favorite sugar replacers is Swerve. Swerve is a keto friendly, diabetic friendly sugar replacer and taste amazing. Kick those old blue and pink packets good-bye and pick up this New Orleans product. In this recipe we used Swerve confectioners sugar replacer.
Swerve confectioners is an amazing keto sugar replacer in baked goods, and is a non GMO sugar replacer. Personally, I love the fact Swerve is a 1:1 sugar replacer. For example, if your favorite dessert recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, you would use 1 cup of Swerve confectioners sugar replacer.
Can’t find Swerve at your store? It’s always available online!
All fruit are NOT created equal. Berries are allowed (with macro counting) on both low carb and keto diets due to the fiber content. Raspberries and blackberries contain the highest amount of fiber per cup (keeping the net carbs low). Please do note, be sure to portion properly and keto folks, check your macros – per 1 cup raspberries are 7 net carbs and blackberries are at 8 net carbs.
Get your SUPPLIES.
Get into the COMBINATION.
HAND MIXER time.
Serving Size: 3 tablespoons
Nutrition Facts per Serving (without berries). Calories: 90, Total fat: 8g, Saturated fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 45mg, Carbs: 1g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 2g.
NET CARBS: 1g.
Carb count exclude sugar alcohols. New carb count is determined with the equation total carbohydrate – total fiber – sugar alcohol.
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This recipe was developed and copyright by culinary dietitian Shelly Marie Redmond. She is the author of Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen and upcoming Skinny Louisiana…in the Slow Cooker. She practices out of Eberhart Physical Therapy which she co-owns with her husband Greg. In her spare time, she watches Snapped and Investigation Discov