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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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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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PEANUT BUTTER PIE

WOW.  This is one rich pie.  I made it into a PIE once, actually…since then I freeze it in slightly rounded 1/4 cup portions and stick it away for a frozen nap. (Out of sight, out of mind……  oh, who am I kidding?  I know it’s there, but it’s harder to binge on when it’s solid as a rock!)

Anyhow…yes, it’s rich.  But for a special treat it is absolutely fantastic and so good, you’ll swear you really shouldn’t be eating it.  But you can.  In moderation.  Like small servings – frozen, to slowly shave off tiny bites and completely savor over several luxurious, heavenly moments!  

(Ignore the ancient photo.  I haven’t had the energy to take new ones this summer – maybe soon!  Plus it’s a humongous piece.  Did I mention not to pig out on this fabulousness?! )

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Crust: (totally and completely optional – I give you stats for both ways)

1 1/2 cup sugar-free cookie crumbs OR graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In microwave-safe bowl melt peanut butter and butter. Add to crumbs and mix until well combined. Pat into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden. Cool completely.

Filling:

One 8-ounce pkg. reduced-fat (or fat free) cream cheese
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup Splenda Granular
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups sweetened whipped cream (1 1./2 cups whipping cream, 2-3 T Splenda granular or sugar)

Chopped peanuts or cookie crumbs

Stir together cream cheese, peanut butter, Splenda, and vanilla until well mixed. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared pie crust and carefully smooth to edges. Sprinkle chopped peanuts or cookie crumbs on top for garnish. Cover tightly and chill overnight.  Makes approx 16 servings.
WITH CRUST:  Per Serving: Calories 219; Protein 7 g; Fat 17 g; Carbs 11g; Sugar 4 g; Sodium 205 mg

WITHOUT CRUST:  Per Serving: Calories 162; Protein 6 g; Fat 14 g; NET Carbs 4 g; (Fiber 1 g); Sugar 1 g; Sodium 152 mg

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STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB SAUCE

If you are blessed with your own – or a neighbor’s! – rhubarb plant you’ll need something to do with it.   How ’bout this ruby deliciousness?!

Tart-sweet, spiced, and vanilla scented – perfect to stir into some plain yogurt or ricotta, over an Oatmeal-Cottage Cheese Pancake, inside a Crepe, or blended into a shake.   I LOVE THIS SAUCE!

Double or triple it, if you can…stick it in your freezer for summer all year long.

PS – if you don’t have any strawberries,  just use another cup of rhubarb.  Either way, it’s beyond yum!

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3  rounded cups finely diced rhubarb

1 cup chopped strawberries (or about 10 frozen)

1/2 – 1 cup Splenda Granular OR Whey Low Granular (adjust to how tart/sweet you like it)

Zest and juice of 1/2 fresh lemon

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the rhubarb, strawberries, Splenda, lemon zest/juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Bring to a boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until fruit is soft and mixture is thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Makes approx 2 cups.   Serving size approx 1/4 cup.

Per Serving: Calories 20; Protein 1 g; Fat 0 g; NET Carbs 4 g; (Fiber 1 g); Sugar 2 g, Sodium 2 mg

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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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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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KEY LIME MOUSSE

You know the taste…that fresh Key Lime Pie, tart and tangy, yet so sweet it makes your teeth hurt!

Well, here’s the filling and you’ll never miss the crust OR the sugar. It’s one of my older recipes and starts with no-sugar-added Sweetened Condensed Milk – and the rest practically makes itself.

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1 recipe Sugar-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk (recipe follows)
1/2 cup lime juice (Key lime is best…photo below)
Grated zest of two limes
3 cups Splenda-sweetened whipped cream (1 1/2 cups unwhipped) OR one 8-ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
Graham cracker or sugar-free cookie crumbs for garnish

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SF Sweetened Condensed Milk

4 tablespoons softened butter
3/4 cup Splenda
1 cup powdered milk (dry)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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For sweetened condensed milk: Blend 1/3 cup boiling water, softened butter, powdered milk, and vanilla together with a hand mixer until thick and smooth. (I use it right away as this gets VERY thick when cold. If you do chill it, microwave for a couple seconds to lukewarm and stir. May need to thin by adding a couple tablespoons of milk.)

For mousse:
Whip together sugar free sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest. Fold in the whipped topping or whipped cream. Spoon into individual dessert dishes (or into a prepared crust.) Garnish with graham cracker crumbs. Makes six servings.

Per Serving: Calories 188; Protein 5 g; Fat 14 g; Carbs 8 g; Sugar 7 g; Sodium 160 mg

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This brand – Nellie & Joe”s – is available in most grocery stores

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ORANGE CHICKEN

In case you thought this was a thing of the past…think again!  No sugar added, high in protein, fill-you-up goodness that will stand up to the restaurant stuff any day of the week.

A pot of Jasmine rice for your family and a crisp green salad with toasted almonds is all you need.

Don’t be discouraged because it looks like a lot of work…it’s really not.  (And the results would be worth it, anyway.)  This is one of my most popular recipes and has gotten great reviews.  TRY IT!

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Marinade:
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup cornstarch

Sauce:
3/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
5 teaspoons Splenda granular
4 teaspoons sugar-free OR regular honey OR Agave
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Kosher salt

Sliced green onions
Sesame seeds

Marinade: In a medium bowl combine orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt. Add chicken tenders and stir to coat. Allow to marinate for 25-30 minutes.

Sauce: In a small saucepan combine orange juice, orange zest, chicken broth, Splenda,  honey, soy sauce, oil, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil; lower heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced by 1/4. Season with salt to taste. Stir the 2 teaspoons cornstarch with a small amount of cold water and add to the sauce. Bring back to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside, but keep warm.

In a large bowl or ziplock bag add the 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Drain the chicken and toss with the cornstarch, shaking off excess. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high. Add chicken and cook until golden and meat is cooked through. Gently toss cooked chicken with the sauce and serve. Makes 4 servings.  (About 1/2 cup each.)

Per Serving: Calories 222; Protien 27 g; Fat 4 g; Carbs 18 g; Fiber 0 g; Sugar 6 g; Sodium 171 mg

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CHEESE BLINTZES

My low-carb crepes are good for so many things, but this is the original use I had in mind.  Sweet, rich, yet light and fluffy – an indulgent treat that will make you feel very special!

Add any flavoring or extract you like to the cheesecake filling and top with berries, sliced fresh peaches, chocolate sauce, or warm orange marmalade. There is no bad way to serve these!

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Crepes:
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
4 eggs
4 tablespoons flour
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Splenda
Vegetable cooking spray

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In a medium bowl beat the Ricotta with the eggs. Beat in the flour, salt, milk, vanilla, and Splenda. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Coat with vegetable cooking spray when hot. Pour in 2 tablespoons of batter and swirl the pan to coat the entire surface in a thin layer. Allow to cook, without turning, until completely done. The top should be no longer shiny and when you touch it it’s not wet. The bottom will be have a very slight golden color. If it’s too dark, lower the heat. (These can be impossible to flip and they don’t need to be, so you don’t have try!) Gently loosen the edges with a spatula and slide out of the pan onto a plate. Very lightly spray the top with vegetable spray – this way you can stack them on top of each other.

Lightly coat the pan with cooking spray before each crepe. Proceed with above directions until batter is gone. Allow the crepes to cool to room temperature and then wrap the plate tightly with plastic wrap. These keep well in the fridge – unfilled – for several days.

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Filling:
One 8-ounce pkg. fat free or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 – 1/2 cup fat free half & half
3 tablespoons sugar-free instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Splenda

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In a medium bowl beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup of the half & half, pudding powder, vanilla, and Splenda. If it becomes too thick add more half & half. It should have the consistency of the ‘whipped’ cream cheese you can buy in a tub. Not soft like pudding, but not as hard as regular cream cheese.

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Extras:
Fresh or frozen berries
Chocolate sauce
Whipped cream

To assemble blintzes: Place 1 tablespoon of the filling on the edge of the crepe. Fold the crepe in half over the filling dollop and then fold the empty side over the dollop so that it is folded in fourths. Place two crepes on each plate and scatter with berries, drizzle with chocolate sauce and top with whipped cream. Makes 6 servings (2 blintzes each)

Per Serving: Calories 180; Protein 16 g; Fat 6 g; Carbs 11 g; Sugar 5 g; Sodium 415 mg

 

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RASPBERRY CREAM CHEESECAKE PIE

Love, love, love this pie.  It’s rich enough that a sliver will do just fine as a wonderful ending to your special dinner.

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1 1/2 cups sugar-free chocolate cookie or chocolate graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Two 8-ounce pkgs. reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup Splenda
1/4 cup DaVinci sugar-free Raspberry syrup (or Torani, or any other brand)
2 cups Splenda-sweetened whipped cream (1 1/4 cups unwhipped)  OR  one 8-ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 cup sugar-free raspberry jam, warmed
Sugar-free dark chocolate shavings for garnish

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl combine cookie or graham crumbs with melted butter. Press into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate. Bake for 7 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

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In a large bowl beat together cream cheese, Splenda, and syrup until smooth. Beat in 1/2 the whipped cream OR 1/2 of the container of Cool Whip. Pour filling into cooled crust. Spread warmed jam over the cream cheese mixture. Cover loosely with plastic wrap (try not to let the wrap stick to the jam – use 3 or 4 toothpicks if necessary) and chill for 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with remaining Cool Whip and chocolate shavings.

Makes 16 servings.

Per Serving: 155 Cal; 4 g Protein; 11 g Fat; 11 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 3 g Sugar; 150 mg Sodium

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