Sugar Free Coconut Caramel Crunch


Let’s cheer on all of our THM bloggers this week…your comments and clicks really make their day!  And the linked up recipe with the top clicks will be featured here next week.

Here are my top 3 posts from last week:

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Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread [S]

Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Trim and Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps [S]

Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Stalling Out–Motivation Refound

The post from last week with the most visits was this one.

Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Apple Pie Muffins [E]


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  1. Patty says

    Gwen, quick question on the Asian Lettuce Wraps recipe from last week, could these also be considered an “E” or “FP” meal if we kept the coconut oil to a teaspoon just to brown the turkey? I couldn’t find any other ingredients to make them an “S” meal besides the coconut oil unless you used higher fat meats such as beef or pork. Please advise! Also, it would be really helpful to many “newbies” if the folks posting to the THM Tuesday could include what kind of meal or snack their recipes are – e.g., “S”, “E”, or “FP”. Sometimes it is hard to tell and I know a number of the THM beginners frequent your blog and the “THM Tuesdays”. Thank you all so much for all you do to help us all try to get the most out of this program!

    • Its_Gwen says

      Hi Patty,
      If you use ground turkey breast, and keep the fat very low, they would be FP. :) If you want them to pull into the E zone, then maybe add brown rice or another carb source to the FP version.

      I have asked that ladies post the meal type, but not all of the bloggers do so.

  2. Katie says

    Hi Gwen! Love your recipes! Quick question. Is there a way to make this without sugar alcohols? I’m not using any right now as my EBF baby is super sensitive. Thanks!!

  3. Amanda says

    I have caramel flavoring, not extract. Do you know how much of that I could use for this? Also, if I use the THM Sweet Blend, do I still use 1/2 cup? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Jimi- Yep! But if you’ll look in the post, I break down the numbers as far as carb count. I’m not anti-sugar, but am looking for ways to reduce the glycemic load and add that brown sugar flavor with this recipe. And I feel it does a great job at that!

  4. Carol Simons says

    I wanted to tell you that I am addicted to the Samoas Milkshakes! I have one at least 3 times a week and have shared with many friends that don’t do THM but LOVE this shake! Thanks! Also I have a question about cottage cheese. I use it allot as a topping for salads or in the shakes I make or on top of several meals or veggies I eat. I love it and it fills me up but I am wondering if it is considered an S or an E if I have 1/4 cup or less with whatever i am eating. I hope it’s not putting me in a crossover?

  5. says

    Gwen, could we use Agave instead of molasses for the Coconut Caramel Crunch? I also want to thank you for all your help as I start this THM journey.

    • says

      Hi Marlene! :) Agave is natural, but it’s got a higher fructose level than high fructose corn syrup, so it’s not a low carb choice. But you can sub Monk Fruit extract instead if you can’t do stevia. :)

  6. Nel says

    My 10 and 12 year old boys had this today for cereal! They rarely like anything I make that is remotely healthy, so THANKS for the great recipe! Doubling the next batch I make. This will be a great go-to for cereal, yogurts, & protein shakes on busy school mornings. :)

  7. Carly says

    I barely tolerate coconut oil in my cooking, and I don’t like the taste of coconut at all, so I would be very reluctant to use coconut shreds as indicated. Is there another item this would work on? Slivered almonds or something?

    • says

      I am also not fond of coconut flavor OR texture. But I love this. :) I’d cut the recipe down to half or a quarter, and give it a shot. Almonds wouldn’t work the same…they don’t crisp up in the same way.

  8. Sherry says

    Oh my goodness! This is soooo good! I was a little concerned as I was stirring it in the skillet because the oil separated from the coconut mixture once it was hot. I’d never heated anything with Truvia in it on the stove, and interestingly it did melt and was absorbed into the mixture. I’m just writing these notes in case anyone else is trying this recipe for the first time and has questions about what to expect. The mixture is soft while it’s hot, but as it cools, it gets crunchy! So amazing! And so fantastically delicious! I made a half-recipe and it barely fit into a quart mason jar (broken into chunky pieces, not completely crumbled).

  9. Amanda says

    What kind of unsweetened coconut shreds do you use? The kind that looks like traditional sweetened coconut flakes, only is the dry, unsweetened kind? Or are they larger flakes?

  10. Susan says

    This is so good! I’m just wondering how long it will keep in an air tight container? Thank you for all of your amazing recipes…you keep me honest :)

  11. Tara says

    PLEASE bring back your recipe for apple pie oatmeal muffins! My family adores them, and the link is broken, and there’s nothing comparable to yours! All the other recipes are so complicate and use too many ingredients! Please share yours again! Thank you!!!!!!

  12. Jen says

    Gwen, you are a blinkin’ genius!!! I just had your butterfinger shake with this topping. There are lots of foods I can’t have due to food sensitivities and I’m now having to stay very low carb. I did collagen instead of cottage cheese, and this topping on that shake blew me away! Thank you ever so much!

  13. Tabitha says

    How many servings would you say this makes. I only use it by the tablespoon for the Samoan Milkshake (love love love this)


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