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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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“JUST ONE” OATMEAL COOKIE

Snack attack?  Urgent Sweet tooth?  Need a quick cup-of-coffee-partner?  Whatever the need or whenever it rises here’s a fast treat that won’t have you battling a full cookie jar!  

If oatmeal isn’t your thing, you’ll find my “Just One” Peanut Butter Cookie HERE!  (And if you want a larger batch…ingredient amounts are below!)

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1 teaspoon melted butter

1 1/2 teaspoon egg beaters or whipped regular egg

1 1/2 tablespoons oatmeal – Old-fashioned or Quick (Quick works best)

2 teaspoons Splenda Granular

Pinch of salt

Pinch of cinnamon

Drop of vanilla

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Mix all ingredients well and drop on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. (Toaster oven work-out time, here!)

Per Cookie: 69 Calories; 3 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 3 g NET Carb; (2 g Fiber); 0 g Sugar; 41 mg Sodium

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TO MAKE A WHOLE BATCH:

1/3 cup melted butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg OR 1/4 cup Egg Beaters

2/3 cup Whey Low Gold or Splenda Granular (or brown sugar if you can have it)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/3 cup oatmeal, Old-fashioned or Quick (Quick holds together better)

Raisins, chocolate chips, chopped nuts – optional

Mix all ingredients.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Make into 16 cookies (to use the stats above).

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SUGAR FREE “CADBURY” EGGS

 I have to say, they aren’t MY fave.  I prefer a caramel-chocolate-nutty-coconut thingy instead of the super-sweet-make-your-teeth-ache candies.  But a friend requested these and here they are!

Kind of hard to work with, as the ooey-gooey filling (which makes them so yummy to folks!) is soft and hard to mold.  A quick trip in the deep freeze helps that, though.  All in all they turned out pretty darn close to the real-deal.  

Given more trial and error I think I could come up with a cooked sugar-syrup that is thick like corn-syrup, using Whey Low Granular.  For these I had on hand maltitol honey flavored syrup – which is a sugar alcohol.  This can give some intestinal distress to people…and by ‘some’ I mean LOTS…and to ‘people’ I mean ME.  (I’m no longer speaking to Andrea…thank you very much.)

Maybe next year a few weeks ahead of Easter we’ll bring out the recipe again and see what happens!  Meanwhile – they are what you’d expect – super sweet, sticky beyond belief, with a crisp chocolate shell – and in the realm of Easter-Candydom that makes them just about perfect.

(I don’t expect everyone to rush out and make these!  It was more of a fun why-not, just to say I did!)

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The Powdered Whey Low can be found HERE…and the maltitol syrup HERE and HERE.  I made a half batch and the recipe amounts reflect that.

And I couldn’t get them perfectly round like an egg.  So they are FLAT…but egg shaped…sorta. And they were frozen so the chocolate set up immediately!

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1/4 cup Maltitol syrup

2 tablespoons softened butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups Whey Low Powdered

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2-3 drops yellow food coloring (a drop of red if you want an orange yolk)

6 ounces SF chocolate chips/solid chocolate (OR regular bittersweet/dark)

1 teaspoon shortening

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In a medium bowl beat until fluffy, the syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt.  Slowly beat in the WL powdered and cornstarch until mixture is well combined.  Remove 1/3 of the mixture to a small bowl and add the food coloring.  Place bowls in the freezer for at least an hour or until hard enough to work with.

Quickly make small yolks and cover them with the white – Place on plastic wrap and mold into egg shapes.  IMMEDIATELY place back into the freezer.

In a small bowl SLOWLY melt the chocolate and shortening – stirring every 20 seconds.  Be careful – chocolate can scorch in the microwave very quickly.  Melt until it’s warm to the touch, but not hot.

Place toothpicks in both ends of each egg (leave the ones you aren’t using in the freezer) and spoon chocolate over the top and bottom.  Place on waxed paper and immediately place back in the freezer.  Continue until all your eggs are covered.  How many eggs you get depends on how big you make them.

And I’m not even going to attempt to give you the stats.  If you have to ask…!

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CARAMEL LAYER COOKIE BARS

No such thing as too many cookies…so here ya’ go.

These were created to use with Cinnamon Bliss…one of my favorite things on earth.  You can find it in this link at Amazon.com and a little goes a long way, so the jug will last awhile.  If you can’t find it or don’t want to have that much hanging around, my Gold Caramel Sauce or a good-quality store-bought sugar-free sauce would be wonderful in these.

(Using the commercial stuff, these are fairly full of sugar alcohols – which I’m not fond of.  Whey Low doesn’t contain any, so using that and the recipe for Caramel Sauce would be best if you are sensitive to SA’s.)

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Crust:
Vegetable cooking spray
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oatmeal (not instant)
1/2 cup Whey Low granular, Maltitol crystals, or Splenda Granular
1 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preaheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.
Stir together almond flour, flour, oatmeal, Nature Sweet crystals or Splenda, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly.  Reserve 1/2 cup for the topping. Pat remainder into the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until starting to become golden on the edges.

Filling:
2/3 cup Cinnamon Bliss OR Gold Caramel Sauce – recipe link above (or store-bought SF)
2/3 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds

Bring sauce and nuts to boil and, stirring constantly, boil for 2 minutes. Pour over baked crust.  (If using Gold Caramel Sauce, just heat through…don’t boil or it will be TOO chewy!)

Topping:
4 ounces sugar free Dark or Milk chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup reserved crumbs

Sprinkle chopped chocolate over caramel layer. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over chocolate. Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until caramel is bubbly on edges and top crumbs are slightly golden. Cool in pan and cut into 16 pieces.  Makes 16 servings.

Per servings: Calories 207; Protein 4 g; Fat 15 g; Carbs 15 g; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 83 mg

 

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GINGER-MOLASSES COOKIES

If you want crispy, crinkly, snappy ginger cookies, these aren’t them.  But soft, chewy-cakey, velvety?  Gotcha covered.

This is my favorite spice cookie and it gets BETTER as it ‘ages’.  Make these a couple days ahead of when you want to serve them, wrap tightly, and put away for a sweet nap.  So comforting.

Pour yourself a cup of Chai tea and slip one of these beauties onto your saucer – sit back, soothe your soul, and overdose on spices. The perfect way to spend a Holiday afternoon.

Lots of photos…just cause they are so gorgeous!


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1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup packed Whey Low Gold
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup mild molasses
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger (yes…a Tablespoon)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
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In a large bowl beat the butter, cream cheese, WL granular, and WL Gold until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, water, and molasses.
In a small bowl combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, soda, and salt. Add all at once to the butter mixture and beat just until combined. Cover and chill dough for at least 2 hours – I do it overnight so it’s very cold.
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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. If you can, use parchment paper to line a sheet with. Drop dough by a very rounded tablespoon (or 1/3 cup – seriously.  I love BIG cookies!)  onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with WL granular. Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on the size, or until just set.   (I sprinkle with granular again while they are still warm.)  If using paper, simply slide off entire thing onto a rack and cool completely.  If not, let them sit on the baking sheet for a moment to set and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
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Makes 30 cookies.
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Per Cookie: Calories 81, Fat 4 gr, Protein 1 gr, Sugars 5 gr, NET Carbs 10 gr, Sodium 11 mg

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RASPBERRY CRUMB BARS

I adore these bars!

Sweet jam baked until bubbly on an almond-pecan shortbread crust and topped with spicy crumbs…what’s not to love?!

Raspberry is wonderful, but you could make several different flavors and present them on a gorgeous platter for parties or tea…or gorgeously boxed for a friend.

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Vegetable cooking spray

6 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup Whey Low Granular or maltitol crystals

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg yolk

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon almond flour, divided

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

3/4 cup no-sugar-added raspberry jam (or any flavor)

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a round or square 8 inch pan with vegetable cooking spray and set aside. (If you have it, an 8-inch springform pan is perfect and makes the bars easy to remove.)

In a medium bowl cream the butter with the Whey Low until light. Beat in the vanilla and egg yolk. Gradually stir in the 1/2 cup flour and the 1/2 cup almond flour. Mix in the chopped pecans. Dough will be stiff but moist. Reserve 1/3 cup of this mixture and set aside. With buttered fingers press the remaining dough into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until it is golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

In a small bowl heat raspberry jam in the microwave until soft, but not runny. Stir in almond extract and carefully spread on baked crust to within 1/2 inch of edge.

To reserved crumbs mix in the 1 tablespoon flour, the 1 tablespoon almond flour and the cinnamon.  Sprinkle reserved crumb-cinnamon mixture onto the jam. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top is golden brown and jam is bubbly. Allow to cool before cutting. Makes 16 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 118; Protein 2 g; Fat 10 g; Carbs 4 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 38 mg

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NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE-OATMEAL PROTEIN COOKIE

This is that old standard, no-bake cookie recipe that’s been around for a 100-some years – too yummy to pass up, full of complex whole-grains, and I’ve added a big scoop of protein powder to squash the guilt a bit!

Adding some chopped nuts, or unsweetened coconut…even a bit of wheat germ or flax seeds would be great.  Here’s your jumping off spot -

A friend requested to use Agave in this and it works very well.  That recipe is below the second photo.  (Amounts of ingredients change, and it makes more.)

(These are good right away, but the oatmeal becomes less “raw” tasting after they sit for awhile.)

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1 cup Splenda Granular   (I’ve used all Splenda, but usually 1/4 cup Whey Low powdered and 3/4 cup Splenda)

1/3 cup almond or soy milk (regular milk is fine, but stats are with almond/soy)

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

2 scoops favorite chocolate or mocha/coffee protein powder (my faves are Click and Champion Chocolate!)

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups quick oats

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In a large saucepan, over medium heat, add the Splenda, milk, butter, cocoa powder, and salt.  Bring to a boil and allow to boil for one minute, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter, protein powder, and vanilla until well mixed.  Stir in oats.

Gently roll (without packing tightly) into golf-ball sizes and drop onto waxed paper.  (Or plop down without rolling for a more ‘haystack’ look.)  Allow to set up for 15 minutes.  Coat with additional cocoa powder, Whey Low Powdered, finely chopped nuts (almond flour works great for this) or leave plain.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes 14 cookies.

Per Cookie: 120 Calories; 10 g Protein; 3 g Fat; 9 g NET Carbs; 2 g Sugar; 38 mg Sodium  (This is using a pro powder that is approx 110 calories and 20 grams of protein per scoop.)

With Agave

 

 

2 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup Agave nectar (spray the measuring cup with PAM for a quick release!)

1/4 cup almond milk

1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 scoops chocolate protein powder

2 cups quick oats

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In a medium saucepan bring the butter, agave, almond milk, cocoa powder, and salt to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and whisk in the peanut butter, vanilla, and protein powder.  Stir in the oats.  Allow to rest for 5 minutes to become less sticky.

Roll into balls, or drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper.  Allow to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes 16 protein cookies.

Per COOKIE: 143 Calories; 9 g Protein; 4 g Fat; 16 g NET Carb; 5 g Sugar; 35 mg Sodium

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“JUST ONE” PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE

Next time you are in the need for a quick – and I mean QUICK – dessert from the oven, but don’t want a dozen laying in wait, this will be perfect.  This is an old favorite…been around forever, but worth repeating.

I’ll give the recipe for the whole batch in parentheses , and they freeze great, so save yourself some effort!

But for a fast work-out of your toaster oven this can’t be beat!

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1 tablespoon peanut butter (1 cup)
1 tablespoon Splenda Granular or Whey Low Granular (1 cup)
1 teaspoon egg substitute  (1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
One drop vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine peanut butter, sugar sub, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl. Drop dough by 1 tablespoons onto ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet. Crisscross with a fork dipped in splenda. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set. Allow to cool for a couple minutes on baking sheet and then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

You can add chocolate chunks, extra peanuts, unsweetened coconut…anything, really. Or make the cookies very thin and spread sugar free jam on the bottoms so that you can sandwich them together. (OR…the possibilities are endless!…make an indentation and put 1/4 teaspoon sugar free jam in the well before baking.) Makes 1 cookie or 16 cookies using the larger ingredients.

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Per cookie using egg substitute:   Calories 97; Protein 4 g; Fat 8 g; NET Carb 2; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 81 mg

Per cookie using egg: Calories 102; Protein 4 g; Fat 9 g; NET Carb 2 g; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 86 mg

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PEANUT BRITTLE

…when it’s in the form of this golden, peanut-studded and buttery candy!

This is the recipe that was from the Steel’s Nature Sweet flyer (they called for pecans) that I received when I first became aware of this product…and if sugar alcohols don’t bother you, it is wonderful to use.  I can’t eat SA’s any longer so I make it with Whey Low Granular, now.

The nuts can be varied – walnuts, pecans, cashews, macadamia, or even mixed – and dipping them halfway in chocolate…WOW.

 


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This is one of those things that really is easier with a candy thermometer.  You can find them under $5 and it’s so worth it.  I tried to guess and use the cold water test, but burned my precious WL in the process.  Taking it right up to the hard-crack stage is perfect – that is 302-303 degrees.  It is darker than the Nature Sweet was when I made the brittle with that – so the eye test doesn’t work with Whey Low.  I cooked it the second time to 300 degrees because it started to smoke, and the brittle snapped when I broke it, but became chewy in the mouth.  Very good…but not perfect.

Golden brown – (actually  a little darker than it shows up on the photo), 303-304 degrees (RIGHT on the hard crack line of my thermometer)…FABULOUS!

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1 stick of real butter

1 cup Whey Low Granular (or Maltitol – see note**)

1 1/3 cups roasted, salted peanuts OR other roasted, salted nuts

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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Butter a cookie sheet or lightly coat with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.  Have your vanilla and peanuts ready to add.

In a small saucepan melt the butter and WL Granular over medium heat.  (I highly recommend using a candy thermometer…attach it to the side of the pan so it is IN the liquid, but not touching the bottom of the pan.  This will give you a false reading.)

Stirring occasionally, allow to come to a boil.  Boil until the temperature reaches 302-303 degrees or the Hard Crack stage.  This took about 5-6 minutes after coming to a boil.  Immediately remove from the heat and, working quickly,  add in the vanilla (it will spit and sputter – be careful!) and the peanuts.    Pour onto the prepared pan and spread the nuts evenly.  Allow to cool until hardened.  Break into shards and store in an airtight container.

Stats:  Nevermind…!  Have two or three pieces as a treat over the Holidays.  You’ll live.

 

**When making this with maltitol (Nature Sweet brand was what I used) I didn’t use a thermometer, but cooked it to be slightly darker than the roasted peanuts I was using.  It was NOT as dark as I had to get it with the Whey Low, and I’m not sure what the temp was.  I did use the water test – drizzle a couple drops into ice water and it should instantly turn hard and ‘crack-able’.

 

 

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