Irish Spud Candies - Low Carb & Sugar-Free

Monday, March 17, 2014
Happy St. Paddy's Day!! Growing up in Southern California, I remember each year as St. Patrick's Day approached one of the most wonderful of treats -- See's Candies Irish Potatoes!! I haven't thought of those in years. Until today!! Now why can't they be low carb? Glad I went experimenting because they are YUMM-O!! 

Irish Spuds Candies

1/4 cup butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla 
1-1/4 c powdered sweetener
5-6 drops liquid Stevia
1-1/2 c fine unsweetened macaroon coconut
1-2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 c finely diced walnuts, a few saved aside for decoration

In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and powdered sweetener; beat until smooth. Using your hands if necessary, mix in the coconut and walnuts. Divide into 18 equal pieces and roll into potato shapes, and then roll in the cinnamon. Dot each spud with a few walnut pieces to look like *eyes*. Place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and chill to set. Each spud contains 81 calories, 1.97g carbs, 1g fiber = .97g net carbs -- YES, less than a net carb each!!