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LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES

So gorgeous, light, fluffy, and softly scented with sunny lemon…pure joy on a lazy morning!

I used plain syrup, but lemon curd or raspberry syrup would be wonderful, too.

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Printable Recipe

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup almond flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

pinch freshly grated nutmeg

1 cup ricotta cheese

2 eggs, separated

1/3 cup milk

2 tablespoon Splenda granular

2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds – optional

Combine flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside. Whip egg whites to soft peeks and set aside.  Whisk together ricotta, egg yolks, milk, Splenda granular, lemon juice, zest, and poppy seeds.  Stir into flour mixture just til moistened. Gently fold in egg whites. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls  onto griddle sprayed with butter flavor spray (or regular). Cook until golden, turning once.

These keep great in fridge or frozen, stacked on each other wrapped in plastic. Makes 6 servings. Per Serving: 160 Cal; 10 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 12 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 59 mg Sodium

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OATMEAL-PRO BREAKFAST BARS

I remade a classic Oatmeal Cookie recipe into a protein breakfast bar that is full of fiber and other tasty things, just right to keep you going til lunch.  Yes, it’s high in carbs, but they are the stick-to-your-ribs type and should give you a slow burn to keep you from crashing mid-morning.  Kids will love these, too.  They freeze great – wrap individually – throw one at them as they rush out the door.  These are not low calorie, but definitely better than a Pop-Tart or Toaster Strudel…and your house will smell like Heaven for a few hours.  Never a bad thing. 

The add-ins are endless, too.  Any and all chopped nuts, no sugar added dried fruit, coconut, or if you’re feeling extra sweet go with some mini chocolate chips or toffee bits.  Yes, I went there…maybe.  Yes, yes I did.

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Printable Recipe

 

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3/4 cup butter, softened (1 1/2 cubes)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup Whey Low Gold, packed (see note*)

3/4 cup Whey Low Granular (see note*)

2 eggs

3 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups flour

2 scoops vanilla protein powder (approx 1/3 of a cup is standard scoop size)

3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

1 cup chopped nuts (peanuts, pecans, walnuts…whatever)

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray an 11 x 15 baking pan with vegetable cooking spray and, if you have it, line with parchment paper.  Set aside.

In a large bowl (or mixer bowl) cream together the butter, peanut butter, Gold, and Granular until well mixed.  Whip in the eggs, water, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until fluffy.  Stir in the flour and protein powder JUST until moistened.  Stir in the oatmeal and nuts until mixed through.

Spread (wet fingers worked best for me) evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.  COVER LOOSELY WITH FOIL (the Whey Low gets dark faster than regular sugar) and bake for another 15 minutes, or until fairly set.  (They will still “give” a little bit…not be firm like a cake.)  Run a knife around the edges and allow  to cool completely.  Remove from pan, if you’ve used paper, and cut into desired size bars.  Makes 20-25 bars.

20 bars
Per Serving: Calories 241; Protein 11 g; Fat 15 g; Carbs 30 g; Fiber 4 g; (NET CARBS 26 g); Sugar 15 g; Sodium 141 mg

25 bars
Per Serving: Calores 193; Protein 9 g; Fat 12 g; Carbs 24 g; Fiber 3 g; (NET CARBS 21 g); Sugar 12 g; Sodium 113 mg

*NOTE: I use Whey Low since it is slower to digest and doesn’t spike my blood sugar.  I’ve had gastric bypass and this doesn’t make me ill.  REGULAR brown and granulated sugar would work beautifully, also, but would change the stats, slightly.

(I use Accu-Chef to figure my stats.)

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ALMOND QUINOA PROTEIN GRANOLA BALLS

I do love my No Bake Protein Cookies…yes, I do.  But, for some people (and I can’t believe I’m saying this out loud) chocolate isn’t wanted.  These are full of good-for-you carbs and not too sweet.

These are prefect for mid-afternoon cravings and have enough protein to hold you over till dinner.  Or grab one for breakfast with your pro shake.

For this batch I added in things that I had on hand – but use any nut, NSA dried fruit, chocolate chunks (ooops!  some sneaked in…well, darn), whatever you want to customize for your own tastes.

 **For the balls in the photo I used roasted, salted cashews and almonds, and dried cherries.

Variations that I LOVE:

~ 1/4 cup almonds, crushed, 1/4 cup sun seeds, 2 tablespoons finely chopped dates, drop or two of almond extract

~ 1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped, 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, 2 tablespoons crushed dried banana chips, drop or two of coconut extract

~ 1/4 cup walnuts, crushed, 1/4 cup pecans, crushed, 2 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate

~ 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, crushed, 1/4 unsweetened coconut, 2 tablespoons finely chopped NSA dried pineapple, drop or two of coconut extract



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1/2 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)

1 1/2 tablespoons Agave nectar (or honey)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

1/4 rounded cup COOKED quinoa  (cooking instructions below)

1/4 cup almonds, finely chopped

1/4 cup cashews,  finely chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped dried cranberries/cherries/raisins/etc

1/2 cup vanilla protein powder

1-2 tablespoons water – AS NEEDED  (see below)

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To cook quinoa (this will make more than needed):

1 cup water

1/2 cup rinsed quinoa

1/4 teaspoon salt

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In a small saucepan combine the water, quinoa, and salt.  Bring to boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 18-19 minutes.  All the water should be absorbed and the “tail” or white ring of each seed should be visible.  Fluff with fork.  Leave uncovered and set aside to cool slightly.

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In a bowl stir together the almond butter, Agave, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.  Add oats, quinoa, cranberries, almonds, cashews, and protein powder.  Stir together until very well combined.   If too dry, add 1-3 tablespoons water – 1 tblsp at a time.  (The mixture should be moist and sticky, but not wet.)

In generous 1/8th cup portions, roll into balls, without pressing too hard, and place on waxed paper to set up.  Store in an air-tight container.

OR line an 8×8 inch square pan with waxed paper, extending up two sides.  Press the mixture into it the prepared pan.  Cover and chill in the fridge for an hour.  Lift the mixture out of the pan with the waxed paper and cut into 10 bars.  Makes 10 pieces.  Store in an air-tight container.

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Per ball: Calories 190; Protein 10g; Tot Fat 8g; NET Carb 14g; Sugar 4g; Sodium 88mg

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RED VELVET WAFFLES

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream “Frosting”

Valentine’s Breakfast for a special someone?  Perfect.  Lazy Sunday morning for those you love all year?  Amazing gesture!

These are gorgeous and have the familiar red velvet flavor that’s coveted.  A hint of cocoa, slightly sweet…and a fun deep red that makes them seem more work than they are!  I topped them with a traditional cream cheese-whipped cream “frosting”, and a drizzle of syrup.   

No matter when you make them, or who you make them for…you’ll be loved in return!

I also think this batter would work as pancakes, if you don’t have a waffle maker…might as well give it a shot! 

(These are not low carb…simply low in sugar.  But for a special day, we’ll live through it!)

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Waffles:

1 1/2 cups cake flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup Whey Low Granular (Splenda or sugar)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 cup skim or 2% milk  (if making into pancakes reduce to 1 1/4 cup)

3 eggs, separated

6 tablespoons melted butter

1 tablespoon red food coloring

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cider vinegar

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In a large bowl whisk together the cake flour, cocoa powder, Splenda (sugar), salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, egg yolks, melted butter, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar.  Add to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined.

In another bowl beat the egg whites until stiff.  With a spatula, fold into the batter mixture.  (It’s okay if a few fluffs remain.)

Make in a preheated waffle iron per instructions.  Serve immediately with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream.

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Cream Cheese Whipped Cream:

1 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup Splenda (or powdered sugar)

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened

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Beat the whipping cream, Splenda, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.  Beat in the cream cheese until smooth.

Makes approx 7 servings, depending on your waffle maker.  I used a Belgium maker and the photo below is from one batch in the maker.  Stats are for seven servings (two waffles, each about 5 inches square; approx 1/3 cup of topping) that look like the photo.

Per Serving:  Calories 341; Fat 15 g, Protein 13 g; Carbs 30 g, Fiber 2 g; Sugar 7 g; Sodium 399 mg

 

 

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QUINOA PUDDING

Well, well!  I’ve been thinking about trying to do this for a long time and have found a new favorite!  Made with quinoa, this dish has a nuttiness and a little more “chew” than traditional rice pudding where the rice gets very soft.  

I’ve given a simple vanilla recipe here, but made with part coconut milk, almond milk, or added cocoa powder, spices, or citrus zest, there can be lots of  variations.  (And I can’t wait to try them all!)

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Quinoa does have quite a few carbs – which sort of goes against my low-carb approach to eating – but with more protein than rice, it is absorbed more slowly into the system and, therefore, doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar or carb cravings…for me at least.  And that’s a very good thing!

(White rice has a glycemic load of approx 23, quinoa as a glycemic load of approx 13.  This is a link of common questions concerning GL and GI info, if you’re interested.)

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1 1/4 cups 2% milk
1/2 cup fat free half & half
1/4 cup Splenda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed in a fine sieve and well drained
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or paste (or a vanilla bean, split and scraped)

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1/4 cup heavy whipping cream + 1 tablespoon Splenda

Cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, pumpkin pie spice, lemon or orange zest, brandy extract, etc.

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In a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring milk and half & half to a boil. Add the Splenda, salt, quinoa, and vanilla extract/paste.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 45 min, stirring frequently.  Cool.

Transfer to a dish, and chill, completely.   Whip the 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon Splenda until quite stiff; fold into the chilled pudding.

(You may eat it warm before adding the whipped cream, but it’s SO good after!)

Makes approx 6 servings (1/3 cup each)

Per Serving: Calories 130; Protein 5 g; Fat 4 g; NET Carbs 16 g; (Fiber 1 g); Sugar 6 g; Sodium 140 mg

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PUMPKIN-CRUNCH GRANOLA

When I get to eat a sweet and satisfy a crunch with good-for-me complex carbs – that’s a good day!  This mix is everything you love a granola to be.  Slightly sweet, spicy, nutty, crunchy, nice-sized chunks, and lots of oats.  

Oh, and it makes your house smell like Pumpkin Pie.  There’s never anything awful about that.

Add this to some Greek-style yogurt with a Gold Caramel Sauce swirl – super.   In a bowl with a little almond milk – fabulous.  Sprinkled as a crust on Apple Crisp – so good.  

Don’t leave out the egg yolk – it’s for the “clump factor”.  Without the stickiness that sugar gives the clumps are lost!  Adding some chopped dried cranberries/cherries/raisins or some chocolate chunks would be wonderful, too.

(Thanks to Lynne  for the inspiration!)

Personally, I think this is better as it sits, so I’d make it ahead and store for a day or two!

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1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree

1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup (OR agave)

1/3 cup  Whey Low Gold (OR Splenda Granular)

2 tablespoons sugar free Caramel Syrup (OR Vanilla, Toffee, Hazelnut…etc) OR add 2 T. more of maple syrup

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (OR 1 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. ginger, 1/4 t. cloves, 1/8 t. nutmeg)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup chopped pecans (OR walnuts, macadamia nuts, coconut, etc)

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In a medium bowl combine the pumpkin, agave, WL Gold, caramel syrup, egg yolk, spice, vanilla, and salt.  Stir in the oats and nuts until every flake is coated.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Coat a 11 inch baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray and spread the oat mixture evenly.  Bake for 45-60 minutes (stirring every 15 minutes) or until deep brown.  Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes approx 15 (1/4-cup) servings.

Per 1/4 cup: Calories 119; Protein 6 g; Fat 8 g; NET Carbs 11 g; (Fiber4 g); Sugar 4 g; Sodium 41 mg

With Agave:  Per 1/4 cup: Calories 135; Protein 6 g; Fat 8 g; NET Carbs 16 g; (Fiber 4 g); Sugar 8 g; Sodium 41 mg


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SPINACH-GORGANZOLA QUICHE CUPS

 

I love quiche in any way, shape, or form.  It’s comforting to me…the possibilities are innumerable…and they are protein-filled while being fairly low in calories.  A complete meal in a finger food!  (I love LOADED quiche, so I added a little more spinach in the ones photographed.)

These freeze wonderfully, so make lots.  It’s not any more work to do a double batch!

(This is my interpretation but, thanks to Shelly of TheWorldAccordingToEggface for the inspiration and tons of variations!)

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1 medium sweet onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons butter

One 10-ounce package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

6 eggs

1/2 cup skim milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon salt-free Italian seasoning

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

Dash freshly grated nutmeg

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In a small saute pan, heat the butter over medium-low heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook for 10 minutes, or until softened.   Transfer to a bowl and stir in the spinach and cheeses.

In a medium bowl whisk the eggs until frothy.  Whisk in the milk, salt, Italian seasoning, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a regular-sized muffin pan (12 count) with vegetable cooking spray.  Divide the spinach mixture amongst the cups.  Pour the egg mixture over the spinach.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until puffed and just set.  Makes 12.  (Can also be done in a deep dish pie plate,  mini muffin tins, or custard cups – depending on what serving size you prefer.)

Per each “cup”:  Calories 101, Protein 8g, Fat 6g, NET Carbs 3g, Sugar 1g, Sodium 112mg

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