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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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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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EASTER BRUNCH MENU

Everything can be made ahead and gently reheated for a quick meal on a busy morning.

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SWISS ASPARAGUS QUICHE   

 

Vegetable cooking spray
1/2 pound fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
5 slices turkey bacon , cooked and crumbled (OR veggie version:  5 Morningstar Breakfast strips)
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 inch pie plate with vegetable cooking spray. In a saucepan, place asparagus into boiling water and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain well. Sprinkle crumbled bacon and asparagus into pie plate. Top with cheese.

In a bowl beat together, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and onion powder. Pour egg mixture on top of cheese. Bake, uncovered for 25 minutes or until golden and just set in the center. Makes 8 servings.

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Per Serving: 151 Cal; 11 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 3 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 3 g Sugar; 165 mg Sodium

LEMON GLAZED OATMEAL-BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

 

Vegetable cooking spray

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup Whey Low Granular OR Splenda Granular in a pinch
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a regular or mini muffin pan with vegetable cooking spray. In a small bowl beat, with electric mixer, the butter and Whey Low Granular. Beat in, until combined, the egg, vanilla, lemon zest, and buttermilk. Stir in, just until moistened, the oatmeal, almond flour, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tester comes out with moist crumbs. Drizzle with lemon glaze while still warm. Makes 12 regular or 20 mini muffins.

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Per mini muffin: 59 Cal; 2 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 6 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 41 mg Sodium

Lemon Glaze

1/2 cup Whey Low powdered OR Splenda Granular
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 drops vanilla extract

In a small bowl, whisk together the Whey Low powdered, lemon juice and vanilla. Drizzle over warm muffins.

SUNRISE NOG

 

1 tub Orange Sunrise crystal light powder (the tub that makes 2 quarts)
4 cups water (not the full 8 cups that’s called for on the drink mix container)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup fat-free or regular half & half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange zest
One 4-serving size instant sf vanilla pudding powder

To a blender container add drink powder, water, milk, half & half, vanilla, orange zest, and pudding powder. Process until smooth and frothy.
Pour over crushed ice if desired. (This mixture will seperate when allowed to sit in the fridge for a couple hours. Just give a quick whisking or blend again and it will be perfect!) Makes 10 servings 2/3 cup each.

PerServing: 30 Cal; 1 g Protein; 1 g Tot Fat; 3 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 1 g Sugar; 150 mg Sodium

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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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COWBOY COOKIES

You know these cookies…the ones with all the goodies crammed into them!  Really, it’s totally up to you how much or how little you use – but I’m tellin’ ya…the more innards, the more they look like CowPIES!!!

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1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup Whey Low Granular

1/2 cup Whey Low Gold, packed

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup sf chocolate chips or chunks OR sugar free M&M-type candies

1/2 cup chopped nuts – peanuts, walnuts, pecans…whatever you love

Preheat overn to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl combine the flour, soda, salt, and baking powder and set aside.  In a large bowl cream the butter, WL Granular, and WL Gold until light.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Stir in the flour mixture along with the oatmeal, chocolate, and nuts.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet  (these will spread a bit) and bake for 10-12 minutes or until set.

I make BIG cookies…and nobody ever makes them the same size…so the stats are for the WHOLE recipe.  Divide by how many you end up with!

Total Recipe: 2876 Calories; 59 g Protein; 174 g Tot Fat; 385 g Carb; (360 NET Carbs); 25 g Fiber; 63 g Sugar; 1343 mg Sodium

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OATMEAL-COTTAGE CHEESE PANCAKES

These are wonderful! Full of good for you carbs and protein they are super for a quick breakfast or late supper. With a little peanut butter smeared on and topped with yogurt, maybe cinnamon-Splenda sprinkled over and rolled up – any way you eat them you’ll never want to be without a batch.

They freeze great – with waxed paper or plastic wrap sandwiched in between. And kids, who swear they will never eat cottage cheese, won’t know the difference!

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1 cup oatmeal, ground (measure BEFORE grinding in a food processor)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3-4 tablespoon Splenda Granular
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or combination of other sweet spices you like)
4 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl combine the ground oatmeal, baking soda, salt, Splenda, and spice. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, cottage cheese, milk, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine. (To make this super easy, throw EVERYTHING into a blender or food processor after grinding the oatmeal, and pulse until just combined.  This will also help if you don’t like the cheese curds.)  The photo is NOT pureed …when blenderized these will be more the texture and look of regular pancakes.

Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat. Spray with vegetable cooking spray. Drop 1/3 cup of batter into pan and fry until golden on the bottom. Flip and continue cooking for another 2 minutes or until firm. Makes approx 8 pancakes.

Per Pancake: 118 Calories; 7 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 5 g NET Carbs; 2 g Sugar; 166 mg Sodium

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BAKED OATMEAL with BLUEBERRIES

Definitely something Gramma would have made on a cold winter day. Kinda like a bowlful of moist, chewy oatmeal cookie dough!

I like it in the winter, but since Washington blueberries are at their peak right NOW – akkkkkkk…need to get some more in the freezer, asap! – I want to post it today.  Of course, it doesn’t have to have the berries – simply warm cream and some Whey Low Gold (if you’re watching your sugars) is pretty darn Heavenly!

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Vegetable Cooking Spray

1 cup + 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup Splenda granular (sugar or WL Granular)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 2/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (or other berries)

Topping:
3 tablespoons Splenda granular or WL Gold (brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 inch casserole with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl stir together the oats, Splenda (sugar), maple syrup, milk, egg, vanilla, salt, and berries. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and set dial to BROIL. Sprinkle the 3 tablespoons Splenda/brown sugar and the cinnamon over the baked oatmeal and return to the oven. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Serve with cream. Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 126; Protein 6 g; Fat 3 g; Carbs 17g; Sugar 6 g; Sodium 25 mg

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