I’ve been playing around with the classic Atkins MIM (Muffin-in-a-Minute) recipe lately and have come up with several tasty versions. I’ll be sharing another one here today that I’m calling Pineapple Spoon Cake because it is so moist you simply have to eat it with a spoon. I’m presenting this recipe with two versions, the original with real pineapple and also a lower-carb second version that substitutes pineapple extract for the real pineapple. Both are quite good.
I’m trying to increase my flax intake for a health issue and so far these flax-based gems are doing the trick. To the basic Atkins MIM recipe, I added a couple texture enhancers to improve texture & flavor. I also increased sweeteners and the amount of butter. The resulting muffins/cakes are baking up consistently moist and very tasty, especially this one! All have been sturdy enough to slice or hand-hold but this one and it really requires a spoon to eat. It’s just too moist to eat with your hands. Only the extract version of this cake is suitable for Atkins Induction Phase and Keto programs. Once you’re nearing or at goal weight, the real pineapple version is a must try!
DRY INGREDIENTS: I like to measure out 10 sets of the dry ingredients to put in plastic bags so I can have them on hand like a “ready mix” for when I get a snack craving. Then all I have to do is add the melted butter, egg, syrup and flavoring item.
¼ c. golden flax meal
½ tsp. baking powder
1 T. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener)
1 T. Resistant Wheat Starch
1 tsp. oat fiber (do not substitute high-carb oat bran or oat flour!)
Optional: Dash ground cinnamon
1 T. melted butter
1 large egg, beaten
2 T. crushed pineapple juice pack
1 T. pineapple or almond sugar-free syrup
LOWER-CARB VARIATION: Substitute 1/2 tsp. pineapple extract for the crushed pineapple
DIRECTIONS: In a 5-6″ round or oval dish, melt the butter in your microwave. Add the sugar-free syrup (to cool down the butter). Add the egg and beat all together. Add in the dry ingredients and stir well with a fork. Add in your choice of flavorings below by stirring to blend or dropping fruit bits in by hand evenly. Microwave on HI for about 1 minute 30-40 seconds. This batter rises as it bakes and then slightly falls when removed from microwave…..that is normal. It is done when dry to touch in center. If not dry to touch, cook 5-10 seconds longer, as ovens can vary. Remove and slightly cool. Cut in half with a knife and spoon half onto two individual plates or bowls to serve with a spoon to eat.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 1 cake that is two servings. Bake in two separate ramekins if you prefer. Numbers do not include photo garnish (whipped cream and additional teaspoon pineapple).
Each half of the plain cake contains:
With Real Pineapple: 200 cals, 14.25g fat, 16.05g carbs, 8.45g fiber, 8.6g NET CARBS, 6.05g protein, 136mg sodium
With Pineapple Extract: 181 cals, 14.25g fat, 11.6g carbs, 8.2g fiber, 3.4g NET CARBS, 5.8g protein, 134mg sodium