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Blueberry Version with blueberry syrup. Use clear syrups to avoid “pink” batter.

I’ve been playing around with the classic Atkins MIM (Muffin-in-a-Minute) recipe this month.  I made some delicious breakfast cakes/muffins this month but forgot to get photos of them.   I’ll do that upon next baking and post.  I’m trying to increase my flax intake for a health issue and so far it is helping a bit.  To the basic MIM recipe, I added a couple ingredients to improve texture, increased sweeteners and butter.  The resulting muffins/cakes are baking up consistently moist and very tasty.  So far I’ve made the classic cinnamon version, a chai version, a mango version, a peach version, a cherry version and today a blueberry version.  We love them ALL so far. FYI the least carb-y versions are the ones with just cinnamon or chai tea spice, followed by the Boyajian oil citrus zest versions.

I used blueberry sugar-free syrup for the one I made this morning, which makes the batter turn pink, but the flavor was spot on!  Only the original cinnamon version is suitable for Atkins Induction.  The others are OK once you get to the berries (or fruit) level of the Atkins carb re-introduction ladder.

DRY INGREDIENTS:  (I like to measure out 10 sets of these and put in plastic bags)

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 very carb-y oat bran or oat flour)

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 T. melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

2 T. sugar-free syrup (select specialty flavor to compliment your choice below)

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.  Slide knife tip between cake and bowl and tip cake onto serving plate.  This batter rises as it bakes and then slightly falls when removed from microwave…..that is normal………it is done.

FLAVORING OPTIONS:

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. chai tea spice blend

2 drops Boyajian orange oil + bit of orange zest

2 drops Boyajian lemon oil + bit of lemon zest

2 drops Boyajian lime oil + bit of lime zest

6 chopped raisins + dash cinnamon

1 T. ch. pecans

3 slices peach, chopped

6 canned red tart cherries

10 blueberries

2 T. pumpkin + 1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

6 raspberries cut in halves

2 strawberries, chopped

2 T. ch. pineapple (or canned, crushed)

2 T. grated apple

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 cake the size of 2 small muffins.  Each half is a serving.  Not including any flavoring additives you chose to add from the flavoring options suggested, each half of this cake contains:

183 cals, 14.25g fat, 11.55g carbs, 8.2g fiber, 3.35g NET CARBS, 5.8g protein, 134mg sodium

This entire base cake/muffin recipe (without flavorings) contains:  366 cals, 28.5g fat, 23.1 g carbs, 16.4g fiber, 6.7g NET CARBS, 11.6g protein, 267 mg sodium (eat only half the cake/muffin to cut these numbers in half)

 

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I made an absolutely delicious single-serving coffeecake for our breakfast this morning.  I’m having some health issues and I need to eat something with flax meal or psyllium nearly everyday to correct the problem.  I’ve refined the One-Minute Muffin recipe that is so popular on the internet in all its variant glory.  My version gives it a slightly smoother texture, less flax taste and pulls the carbs down (except when you add carb-y fruit like cherries).  This one is my husband’s favorite version to date. I have started measuring out all dry ingredients x 10 and storing in 10 plastic bags so I can whip these up much faster int he mornings.

To this basic batter you can change up the sugar-free syrup flavors, spices or berries/fruit to come up with all sorts of tasty morning treats.  In my case, it’s like taking my medicine and LIKING it!  This particular version of the coffeecake is not suitable until you are nearly at goal weight due to the use of high-carb cherries.  But cherries are my husband’s fav, so what can I say?  Choose strawberries, blueberries or raspberries and the carbs will go down on this treat.  You can order the more unusual ingredients in this recipe as always, at Netrition.com, or from other internet suppliers.

INGREDIENTS:

4 T. golden flax meal

½ tsp. baking powder

1 T. Splenda (or equivalent other sweetener of choice)

1 tsp. resistant wheat starch

1 tsp. oat fiber (do not sub in higher-carb oat bran or oat flour)

1 large egg, beaten

1 T. melted butter

2 T. almond sugar-free syrup (I used Monin brand)

8 tart cherries (canned)

VARIATION:  Mix up some cream cheese frosting and spread or pipe a wee bit on top for a sweeter coffeecake (or for a dessert).

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in 6″ oval baking dish (round or square will do also).  Add the sugar free syrup and egg and beat with a fork until the 3 are incorporated well and smooth.  Measure the flax meal on top of the egg mixture.  Measure and add in all other dry ingredients.  Beat all together until you have a smooth batter.  Drop the 8 cherries evenly on top and pop in your microwave on HI for about 1 minute 30 sec. (check at 1 minute as microwaves vary a lot).  Remove from oven.  Run knife tip around outside and tip out onto plate.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 coffeecake which contains:

365 cals, 28.5g fat, 23.2g carbs, 12.3g fiber, 10.9g NET CARBS (only eat half or use berries to cut carbs), 12g protein, 331 mg sodium

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Wild Blueberry Bran MuffinsMy husband asked for some muffins for breakfast today.  We’re both kind of burned out on eggs this week.  No pumpkin in the house, so the only thing I had on hand to flavor them (other than extracts) was the tail end of a bag of Sam’s Club Daily Chef dried wild blueberries in my freezer.  A carry over hubby purchase from eons ago I’m glad to get rid of once and for all.   They use sugar in the processing of their dried blueberries, so using them would effectively double the carb count.  I decided to go ahead and splurge and make the muffins for the hubby anyway as I sure didn’t want to go to the store at 7am just to get fresh berries.  I am posting nutritional number for regular, no-sugar-added wild blueberries so this recipe will make sense for you.

But I digress.  These were created from the batter for an old Flax-Whey Protein Pancake recipe of mine.  And I discovered, much to my surprise, that batter makes lovely muffins as well!  As these use predominantly golden flax meal, their carb count (using fresh berries, of course) is quite low.  And they were DELICIOUS!  These are not suitable until you get to Phase 2 Atkins and reach the berries level of carb re-introduction.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. golden flax meal

2 T. Resistant Wheat Starch (I order at Netrition.com)

½c. plain whey protein powder (I use NOW brand)

Dash salt (2 shakes of the shaker)

4 T. granular Splenda (or sweetener of choice)

1 pkt. stevia (or 1 T. erythritol)

1/4 tsp. glucomannan powder

1 c. tap water

2 large eggs, beaten

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

3 oz. frozen wild blueberries (smaller than regular blueberries), or regular berries

VARIATION:  Use ½ c. chopped fresh strawberries or fresh raspberries, which will lower carb count a bit. 

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil the six wells of a non-stick large muffin pan.    If  you don’t have one, use a regular muffin pan and oil all 12 wells.  In a medium mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients and stir will to blend evenly.  Add 2 eggs to the bowl and beat.  Add water and melted butter and stir well.  Add blueberries and blend again.  You will have enough batter to spoon about ½ cup batter into each slot.  If using a regular pan, use about 1/4 c. batter in each slot.  Even out the batter as needed to achieve equal batter height.  Pop into 350º oven.  Bake large muffins for about 20 minutes for light golden as shown in photo above.  Probably only takes 15 minutes in smaller slot pan.  Remove and serve with butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 large muffins, each contains:

412 cals, 30g fat, 22.3g carbs, 18.4g fiber, 3.9g NET CARBS, 19.4g protein, 244 mg sodium

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Boy, did my husband ever love THESE this morning!  Warm they were soft; cooled they got chewy.  Doing more experimenting with my Mozzy Dough and this is the first sweet application I’ve tried with it.  He said this was a keeper.  I use a little specialty pan with 2″ ring slots.  You could use a mini donut pan or a mini bagel pan.  You could also just use the bottom of the slots in a regular muffin pan.  These are not suitable until Phase 2 Atkins.

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, Volume 8, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself.  Volume 8 is almost completely comprised of my recipes! But George Stella and Jennifer Eloff are also including several tasty new delights to try in this latest Volume 8! You’ll LOVE these delicious recipes, so order yours (Volume 8 or ANY of our cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.  For a limited time, there is free shipping if you order 2 or more cookbooks on the same order.  Remember, they make GREAT birthday or holiday gifts!  If you’ve already purchased a book, take a moment and drop by the our Amazon page and  leave your personal review on the latest book.  Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Mozzy Dough

2 T. erythritol

1 pkt. stevia or 2 T. granular Splenda

FLAVOR SPRINKLE MIXTURE:

1 T. melted butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 T. more erythritol or Splenda

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt 1 T. butter over low heat and brush the bottoms of your pan slots lightly.  Mix 2 T. erythritol and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle half of it into each pan slot with your fingers.  Set pan aside.

Make the Mozzy Dough per that recipe’s instructions, except add the first 2 T. erythritol and stevia (or Splenda) to the dry ingredients to sweeten it up a bit.  When the dough is in a uniform ball, form a crude log and divide into 12 equal portions.  If using donut, bagel or ringed pans, roll each dough portion into a little log about 4″ long and encircle it in the slot.  Slightly press down with fingers to seal where the two ends meet.  If using muffin pan, just press the dough into the bottom of the slots.  Sprinkle remaining topping mixture evenly on top of each one.  Pop pan into 350º oven and bake for about 15 minutes.  Do not over brown or these will dry out.  Allow to cool a minute before gently lifting out of slots with a knife tip.  Invert them as you plate them up and serve warm a fresh cup of coffee or tea.  They get chewy as they cool down.  When these are totally cooled off, they firm up and are more like cookies.  If you want them more cake-like in texture and to remain soft, eliminate the psyllium in the Mozzy Dough recipe.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 cinnamon rings, each contains:

141.4 calories, 12.1 g fat, 5.15 g carbs, 3.30 g fiber, 1.85 g NET CARBS, 8.88 g protein, 188 mg sodium

 

 

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Cranberry Orange Ladyfingers

Cranberry Orange Ladyfingers

WOW!  Did these ever come out tasty!  And they just get better and better each day.  They’re gluten-free, if you leave out the oat fiber.  I think they are one of my very best cake treats.  🙂  Hubby really liked these and he’s not really a fruit and nut man.  If you don’t have a twinkie baking pan, just make 12 small muffins, a round flat circle you will cut into 12 scone wedges or a single cake using a loaf pan.  These are not suitable for Atkins Induction on several levels.  They are suitable for Phase 2 and above and Keto diets as well.

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, Volume 8, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself.  Volume 8 is almost completely comprised of my recipes! But George Stella and Jennifer Eloff are also including several tasty new delights to try in this latest Volume 8! You’ll LOVE these delicious recipes, so order yours (Volume 8 or ANY of our cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.  For a limited time, there is free shipping if you order 2 or more cookbooks on the same order.  Remember, they make GREAT birthday or holiday gifts!If you’ve already purchased a book, take a moment and drop by the our Amazon page and  leave your personal review on the latest book.  Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. flax meal (I use 50:50 gold and dark)

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1 T. oat fiber (omit for gluten free version)

1 c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

3 T. softened cream cheese

2 beaten large eggs

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

2 T. fresh squeezed orange juice

1 T. warm tap water

1 tsp. yeast dissolved in the warm water above

½ c. cranberries (fresh or homemade sugar-free dried)

½ c. slivered almonds (or chopped pecans)

1 oz. orange peel

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a non-stick pan of your choice (discussed above) and set aside.

Measure out the first 6 (dry) ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  In a separate small glass bowl, soften the cream cheese either at room temp or in your microwave on defrost.  Dissolve the yeast in the tablespoon of warm water in a saucer and add to the cream cheese.  Stir. Beat in the eggs well. Add the cider vinegar and cream.  Add the creamy mixture to the dry ingredients bowl and stir.

Trim off 1 oz of orange peel from an orange.  You want to get as little white, bitter membrane as possible.  Cut into approximately 1″ pieces.  Place in food processor or blender.  Add cranberries and nuts to the bowl and pulse it all together about 10 times or so, to a coarse chop.   Add the fruit/nut mixture to the batter.  Stir. Finally squeeze/measure out the orange juice. Stir well one last time to incorporate all to achieve a uniform distribution of the fruit/nuts.

Dip into/onto your chosen pan, distributing the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups, 12 twinkie slots or a round circle about 1/2″ thick for scones.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for  20 minutes until lightly browned.  Allow to cool a bit before lifting with the assistance of a knife tip.  If making a loaf, bake around 35 minutes or until the center passes a dry toothpick test.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 portions (whatever shape you make), each contains:

160 calories, 12.64 g  fat, 6.53 g  carbs, 2.71 g  fiber, 3.82 g  NET CARBS, 8.3 g protein, 266 mg sodium

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Low-Carb Cake Donuts

My husband has always liked really plain cake donuts: no icing, no flavors, no sprinkles, no powdered sugar, no cream fillings, no nothing extra beyond vanilla extract and nutmeg.  He was so fond of Dolly Madison cake donuts when I met him. When we were still dating, I couldn’t believe we’d go into Dunkin’ Donuts on Congress Avenue, downtown Austin and he would order plain cake donuts!!  All those luscious donut varieties staring back from the glass display cases didn’t phase him at all!  Only other donut I ever saw him order was a glazed, strawberry jelly donut (talk about contrast LOL).  So I decided today I’d try my hand at a low-carb version of his beloved Dolly Madison cake donuts. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result! My inspiration here were two lovely ladies doing much kitchen experimentation on Low-Carb Friends forums:  Ouizoid with her bake mix experiment ratios of my 1st 6 listed ingredients below; and Sungoddess with her Chai Spiced Donut recipe that helped me with the liquid ratios.  These donuts have a lovely texture, the required hint of nutmeg, and I’m certain Dolly herself would be proud if she were alive and could taste these!  These donuts are not suitable for Atkins Induction but are OK once you get to Phase 2 OWL if the oat fiber, a virtual carb wash at 96% fiber, doesn’t cause you any issues or weight gain.  They are OK for other ketogenic diets but not for Paleo-Primal devotees.   See the SUPPLIERS tab above for unusual ingredient sources.

NOTE:   I made a lovely sweet dessert with 4 of these.  Sliced them in half laterally and placed in the bottom of a tart pan.  Topped with thin slices of peaches (3 small).  Dotted with butter all around.  Sprinkled cinnamon and erythritol on top and baked 30 minutes.  It was DELISH! 🙂

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INGREDIENTS: 

1/2 c. oat fiber

1/2 c. + 3 T. coconut flour

¼ c. plain, unsweetened whey protein powder

¼ c. egg white protein powder (pure powdered egg whites)

1 T. baking powder

1½ tsp. glucomannan powder (or xanthan gum)

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground nutmeg(preferably fresh, grated)

1 pkt. stevia

½ c. sugar equivalent of your favorite sweetener

1/3 c.granular erythritol

3 T. melted butter, unsalted

3 large eggs, beaten

3 T. DaVinci vanilla sugar-free syrup (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract + 2½ T. more water)

½ c. heavy cream (or coconut milk)

½ c. water

Optional:  mix a bit of cinnamon with a bit of granular erythritol to sprinkle on top if desired

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure all the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and stir well.   Break the eggs into the center of the dry ingredients and beat them well.   Add cream, water, DaVinci syrup and melted butter.  Stir well until batter is smooth.  Batter will be quite thick.  Well oil the 12 slots of 2 donut pans with oil of your choice.  Spoon batter into slots until they are almost full.  There is just enough batter for 12 donuts in this recipe. Even out the batter with  the back of a teaspoon.  These do not rise much during baking, so overflow shouldn’t be a problem.   Pop into 350º oven for about 17 minutes or until firm to the touch and just beginning to brown on the edges.  Remove from oven and cool a few minutes. Loosen them with a knife tip and serve cooled off a bit for best flavor.  Top optionally with cinnamon/erythritol, powdered erythritol or low-carb icing of your choosing.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 12 donuts, each contains: (topping or optional icing not included)

128.6 calories, 9.56 g  fat, 11.77 g  carbs, 9.15 g fiber, 2.62 g  NET CARBS, 6.08 g  protein, 114 mg sodium

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Despite their small size, these muffins pack a wallop of a punch in the flavor department.  They melt in your mouth and are incredibly moist.  If you leave the oat fiber out, these would even be gluten free, for those following a GF eating plan.  Omitting that oat fiber shouldn’t impact the texture too much, either.   These are not suitable until you get to the upper fruits rung of the Atkins OWL ladder and are nearing Atkins Pre-Maintenance, as bananas are fairly carby.  I don’t put nuts in these because my husband isn’t fond of nuts in baked goods.  But of course I personally think they would be improved with some chopped pecans or walnuts.  Add some at your discretion, but be sure to add any nuts to the nutritional info below if you decide to add them.  I made up a recipe and a half of this batter and cooked it in an over-long loaf pan not long ago and it baked up nicely as a loaf, too!  Seems like it took about 40-45 minutes to bake completely.  I froze half of it and it tasted very nice after the freezing experience.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented cooks to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in each of the 5 volumes! Order your set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

INGREDIENTS:

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

¼ c. coconut oil

¼ c. unsalted butter, melted (or use all butter or all coconut oil, if you prefer)

4 large eggs, beaten

16 drops liquid Splenda (I use EZsweetz small bottle)

1½ c. almond flour

¼ c. +2 T. coconut flour

1 tsp. glucomannan powder

2 tsp. baking powder

Pinch sea salt

2 T. oat fiber (omit for gluten free)

1 T. granular erythritol

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  In large mixing bowl, peel and mash the bananas with a fork.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add liquid sweetener and the ½ c. total oil/melted butter/or combination thereof.  Stir well.  Measure out the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients in the order listed above.  Stir the dry ingredients slowly into the wet without overworking the batter.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to be sure all ingredients are blended well.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.  Spoon batter into paper liners evenly, about 3/4 full (about 3T. batter).  These muffins will not rise too much, so they should not overflow the cups.  Bake at 350º for about 22-25 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test or feel done to the touch in the center.  Cool a bit before attempting to peel the paper liners off for best results.  Enjoy these scrumptious muffins for breakfast, dessert or with a hot cup of afternoon coffee or tea.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 small muffins, each contains:

218.4 calories, 13.4 g  fat, 10.4 g  carbs, 3.87 g  fiber, 6.53 g  NET CARBS, 6.06 g  protein, 110 mg sodium

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