Cardamom Wreaths

Cardamom Wreaths
(a.k.a. Christmas Bread)

Christmas Bread is a tradition in my family. Created lovingly by my mom and then myself every Christmas of my life. It's this wonderful circular braid of sweet bread flavored with cardamom and drizzled with lemon glaze. It wouldn't be Christmas without a piece toasted and slathered with butter. Finally coming to terms with diabetes meant finally accepting I'll never eat Christmas Bread again. I feel tears threatening even as I write that. But I will NOT be defeated! I WILL have Christmas Bread again, just... changed. And so I present... low-carb Cardamom Donuts... er... Wreaths.

¾ Cup Almond Flour
¼ Cup Ground Golden Flax Seed
1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp Truvia or Swerve
½ tsp Cardamom
½ tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
¼ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Ground Psyllium
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
1 Lg Egg
1 tsp Vegtable Glycerin
  Important note: Be sure to get a USP certified Food Grade glycerin. Some glycerins are TOXIC and should not be consumed. You can leave this out but the bread will seem a little dry.
10 Drops Liquid Sucralose
2 Tbsp Water

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix all dry ingredients together. Stir the melted coconut oil and mix into the dry ingredients until evenly distributed.

Beat egg with Glycerin, Sucralose and water. Mix wet ingredients into dry until it creates a soft dough.

Lighly grease three wells of a donut pan. If you don't have a donut pan, use a muffin tin. Just as tasty; it just won't be a "wreath".

Divide the dough evenly among the greased donut wells. Bake for 12 minutes.

Let cool five minutes before trying to depan. I like to give them a little twist in the pan first so they come out easier.

Wait until you're ready to eat to glaze these babies. Glaze should be stored in the refrigerator until ready to use since it's mostly cheese and cream.


¼ Cup Mascarpone or Cream Cheese
¼ tsp Lemon Extract
8 Drops Liquid Sucralose
1 Tbsp Heavy Cream


Mix glaze ingredients until well blended. Spread on toasted and buttered wreaths. Yum!

This makes 3 wreaths. They're very filling. A little higher in carbs than I usually like but it's only once a year. Half of one makes a pretty good breakfast, but I never manage to eat only half. They're just too good.

Serving size: 1 Wreath
Calories: 411
Carbs: 12
Fat: 36
Protein: 12


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