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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mocha Java Gluten Free Granola


CRUNCHY NUGGETS OF GOODNESS

dark cocoa and espresso with oats, almonds, flax, coconut, sesame, chia...

and you know i had to add in ...
chipotle and bacon !!!
hey...chipotle has capsaicin.  it's good for the metabolism and...
bacon IS protein...right?


this batch of granola was a huge winner!
way more flavorful than the pricey store bought granolas that claim to be "chocolate".

crunchy, sweet, slightly salty, loaded with nuggets, omegas, antioxidants, no additives, a few less calories and, of course, a little smoky bacon and a kick of chipotle.  when added to milk or yogurt the chocolate and espresso activate and make a fabulous mocha cream color...like a mocha cappuccino....YUM!

most of it never made it to a bowl...everybody loved it as a snack.  it's all gone.  i'll be making a second batch this weekend...probably double the recipe...
probably MORE BACON !



MOCHA JAVA GRANOLA...Gluten free
with chipotle and BACON

dry grains and seeds
2 cups oats
1 1/4 cups unsweetened puffed corn
3/4 cups flax cereal nuggets, Enjoy life Crunchy Flax
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp flax meal
3 oz sliced almonds
1-2 oz roasted salted almonds
40g craisins with less sugar
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 cup very crispy bacon bits...shhhhhh...i had to sneak this in...optional

coating ingredients
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 oz butter
1/2 cup good cocoa powder, divided
1 tsp espresso powder
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp chipotle powder, optional
smoked salt for sprinkling, optional

preheat oven to 325F (convection).  while preheating toast your oats for 15 minutes.
in a large bowl mix oats along with the next 8 dry grains and seeds ingredients.  set aside.
in a small sauce pan put honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, butter, pinch of salt,  espresso powder, chipotle if using and 1/4 cup of the cocoa and heat until sugar in dissolved.   stir to combine (whisk helps combine the cocoa in)).  remove from heat and add vanilla.
adding wet to dry...sprinkle some of the reserved 1/4c. cocoa powder over dry goods.  pour approx. 1/3 warm wet mixture over dry and stir to combine.  sprinkle more cocoa and another 1/3 over dry mixture and stir to combine....do this again until all is well combined and mixture is fully incorporated.
note about adding chia and sesame seeds... sprinkle these in while stirring in wet so they do not clump in one spot.
lay out on parchment covered cookie sheet...mine took up 2 sheets.  put in 325F convection oven for 15 minutes...gently stir and rotate sheets if necessary.  again, 15 minutes and stir gently.  now do 10 minute intervals 1, maybe 2 more times, depending on your oven.  i like crunchy big chunks so when done i slide the parchment paper gently onto a cold surface, so as not to disturb the clumps.  let this completely cool then put in airtight container.  do not let sit out on the counter too long or the moisture in the air will effect the crispiness, but do not cover it up while it is the least bit warm.

i made this 1 1/2 week ago and saved a small batch to test. it is just as crisp and full of tasty nuggets as the day it came out of the oven.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Protein Pumpkin Pie. Low carb and gluten free


yes, you are correct...

it IS topped with Brown Sugar Bacon Candy
and spicy pecans.
but...it IS a Protein Pumpkin Pie

and bacon IS protein...right ?...

i bet this is the best low carb, low fat, GLUTEN FREE, protein packed Pumpkin Pie you will ever taste.  i've been making it for 3-4 years and eat it for breakfast all the time...
and who doesn't love a little BACON CANDY...

GLUTEN FREE DOESN'T MEAN GLUTTON FREE



it's Fall...it's cold and it's pie time.
AND it's pumpkin time.
if you're anything like me...maybe not, but...
 after the big Thanksgiving throw down, i just can't fathom eating one more thing...i like a huge piece of MOM's pumpkin pie the next morning, chilled with a little vanilla greek yogurt and fresh berries.
i'll hide a piece in the back of the fridge just to insure i get my breakfast pie.
my mother does make a mean pumpkin pie and i do indulge in the real thing, crust and all...once a year,

BUT...i have this delicious protein packed pumpkin pie all year 'round.  i stock up on pumpkin around this time and make it just about once a month.



i usually bake it in this 11x7 glass pyrex dish and get 12 servings.  it's easier to store in the fridge.  it keeps for a week and i can usually polish it off by then with a little help from eager friends.
for presentation purposes i used a LARGE pyrex glass pie dish with 2 small ramekins for overflow.  (both versions are shown in photos)



nutrition facts look like this...12 servings
88 cals...11g protein...6.5g carbs...2.4g fat...2g fiber...

can you believe it !!!???


PROTEIN PUMPKIN PIE...GLUTEN FREE
(check your protein powder for gluten)
i found the recipe four years ago at Habits of Contradiction and have been making it ever since.
please check out the original and start from there if you'd like...i have tweaked it just a little bit.

2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup low fat or non fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup non fat milk
1/2 cup regular milk
2 large eggs (i have used egg-beaters, but like real eggs better)
1/2 cup sugar substitute (or real sugar)...i like Zsweet.  much better than Splenda
2-3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder.
note... you might want to start with 2, but i use 3 scoops Jay Rob Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp maple extract...optional
12 pecans for the top

preheat oven to 350F.
spray LARGE pie dish and 2 small ramekins  or rectangular 11x7 glass pyrex dish.

blend cottage cheese, eggs and 1/2 of the milk until smooth...until you can not detect any cottage cheese specks (SEE IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW).  add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth...VERY SMOOTH.  there is NO FLOUR so you don't have to worry about over mixing.
pour into sprayed cooking dish of choice, decorate with pecans and bake for 40-45 minutes or until middle is set and solid.  it should not jiggle at all
NOTE...(photo below) do not worry if the sides brown a little and the whole thing PUFFS UP.  it will deflate and settle.  this is a hard pie to "over-bake".
above is an example of extreme puff-age...not to worry, it will deflate if this happens
IMPORTANT NOTE...blending is key with this recipe.  i use an immersion blender (above photo).  i don't think i've tried a blender.  i bet it would work, but it might get to aerated...like mousse.  who knows...maybe something else delicious.  i will say that a regular mixer will not work.  you want smooth as silk texture.

BY THE WAY...this pie can definitely be made ahead of time.
please ENJOY some PIE !!!





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