Rhubarb Pie Filling

This can be used for a pie filling (it would make two), or as a side on its own. I also use it in my rhubarb raspberry cake… recipe coming. πŸ™‚

If you are following THM, this would be a FP, so you can eat it with anything.

This makes a very thick, pie like filling. So, if you want it more runny, you could use less glucomannan.

Rhubarb Pie Filling
Ingredients:
6 cups rhubarb, cut small
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons vanilla
3/4 cup Pyure
3/4 cup xylitol
1 1/2 Tablespoons glucomannan
1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions:
Combine the cut rhubarb, water, salt and vanilla in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine the sweeteners and glucomannan. Combine these well. Then pour into the rhubarb and mix well.

Place into a sauce pan with a lid and cook on a very low heat on the stove top. Use a very low heat, or this will burn. This will take a while. Check it periodically, and very lightly turn/stir it ONLY if you need to, to prevent burning. Be careful not to over stir it so you do not have mush. It is done when the rhubarb is very soft and not crunchy at all. And it should have thickened nicely like a pie filling.

Yum!

Grapenuts

These grapenuts are simply my applesauce spice cake. Baked, crumbled, then dried. I remember seeing an Amish lady make grapenuts. She had this wire type basket that sat over the top of her cookstove to hold them while they dried. I also remember my mom making grapenuts when I was very little. I think she dried them in the oven, but what I remember was her putting the baked cake through a grinder, first. I don’t have any fancy equipment, but a cookie sheet and the oven worked very well!

Here is my link to the cake you’ll need to complete this recipe.

Applesauce Spice Cake

You can make the whole cake into grapenuts, or you can eat a couple pieces fresh or freeze a couple of pieces for later. It’s very good crumbled fresh in a bowl and eaten with almond milk for cake and milk. I actually didn’t bake the grapenuts till the cake was a couple days old. And then it was about 1/2 gone. I think it would crumble best when it is fresh.

Here is the recipe. It would be an E if following THM. About 1/2 – 3/4 cup is probably a good serving size.

Grape nuts
1 applesauce spice cake, or part of one.

Directions:
Crumble with your hands. Spread on cookie sheet(s). Bake at 170 degrees (the lowest setting on my oven) till completely dry. I left them in overnight and it was perfect. Let cool completely. Put into containers or bags.

Technically, this should keep at room temperature if it is totally dried. But, because of the eggs and cottage cheese, I chose to store it in the freezer. That should also keep most of my kids out of it!

Here it is, ready to freeze.

Low Carb Baking Mix

I didn’t set out to make a copycat version of the Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend. I love their mix… in most things I have tried it in. If you prefer something ready made, I have their great blend for purchase! Be sure to take advantage of my flat rate shipping and stock up on other goodies, too!

Baking Blend

But, it is just more pricey than oat fiber or coconut flour. So, I always tried to use those more, saving the THM baking blend for special recipes. So, when developing my Cinnamon Bun Cake:

Cinnamon Bun Cake

And my Cinnamon Buns:

Cinnamon Buns

I measured and mixed several different flours when creating them. The only difference in the buns over the cake was the addition of almond flour. It didn’t change the batter texture, but it gave a sweet flavor and a nicer crumb to them. For those that are nut free, I believe you could leave out the almond flour and this should still work well!

First, let’s talk coconut flour! I have always used the coconut flour from Bob’s Red Mill. And I was very happy with it. I order it in a 25 pound bag, but I ran out eventually. And… I bought some from Wal-Mart! I hated it! Course, heavy… and about twice the amount of fat as Bob’s Red Mill. Using the right coconut flour makes a big difference in this mix and the baked goods you make from it. 😊

Next, what fuel is it? I am not sure. I am going to use it as a light S. I think it could squeeze by as a FP, because oat fiber and collagen have no fats or carbs, coconut flour and flax are low, but then there’s the almond meal. (You could definitely decrease or leave out the almond flour) Not much, and I think you could squeeze by in a FP, especially if you only used a 1/4 cup of the mix, but because I hate to crunch numbers… I’ll keep it to S or not tell you if I use it for FP! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Low Carb Baking Mix
1 cup oat fiber
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup golden flax meal
1/2 cup collagen
1/2 cup almond meal
2 Tablespoons glucomannan

Instructions:
Mix all together well, and store in a jar or container.

I was surprised how well it subs for the THM Baking Blend. It seems to sub out equally. I have made the Nuke Queen’s Bread with success in the oven.

Here are the chocolate chip muffins from the Trim Healthy Cookbook. Can you tell which is made with the THM blend and which is mine? I can’t either.

Corn Tortillas

Low carb option for a corn tortilla! This is a variation of my first wrap recipe:

Wraps

It uses a little masa harina flour, but just a little for flavor. The recipe makes 4 corn tortillas. Which I figured is one serving. If you are following Trim healthy mama, I would use these in an S.

I’m hoping my friend Susanna and I can get together and make her yummy authentic enchiladas, so we can share that recipe with you next! Susanna was born and raised in Mexico! And her food is yummy!

Here is the plate she served me at her house a week or so ago.

She used regular corn tortillas, but I’m hoping we can sub mine! πŸ˜‰

Corn Tortillas

Ingredients:
Dry:
3 Tablespoons oat fiber
3 Tablespoons coconut flour
1 Tablespoon Masa Harina (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 teaspoon glucomannan
1/2 teaspoon psyllium husks
1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Instructions:
Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together and then add them to the dry ingredients. With your hands make a ball of dough and slightly flatten it into a round. Divide it into 4 pieces. Pat each into a round and then press each piece on a tortilla press between a plastic liner. Carefully pull back the top layer. Lay it on your hand and pull off the other layer. Transfer to a skillet heated on about the lowest temperature on the stove. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side. I used a cast iron griddle, but a non stick skillet would probably work, too.

What can you make with these and how would you use them?

Not Butter

I love a variety of foods. But, if there are two things that I really miss having, it would be bread and butter. Together. Following Trim Healthy Mama, we are taught to separate our fats and carbs. That means butter is ok. And so is certain bread.

I love butter, so that’s great! Until I start sneezing. πŸ˜’

And I’ve found I do best without gluten, too. πŸ˜’

Well, this recipe takes care of the butter problem for me! πŸ˜‹

There are lots of great low carb recipes that this would be great on. Like the Nuke Queen’s bread by one of the authors of THM.

Not Butter
1 cup light olive oil (to prevent a strong olive oil taste)
2 Tablespoons grated carrots (for color)
1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/16 teaspoon butter flavor
1 teaspoon glucomannan, optional
1 cup refined coconut oil (so there’s no coconut taste)

Put all the ingredients besides the coconut oil into the vitamix and run on high till the carrots are totally blended into the oil with no pieces left. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the coconut oil. Place in the refrigerator to begin to harden, whisking periodically. When it has become creamy and like soft butter, spoon into molds or small containers. Store in the freezer. You can keep one in the fridge for using.

That’s it!

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Cinnamon Buns

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Cinnamon Buns

This is a twist of my cinnamon bun cake. I have added almond meal to the flour mix. It seems to give it a sweeter flavor and nice crumb. But, it is totally optional, and can just be omitted if you need to be nut free. You don’t need to make any other adjustments if you leave it out!

I have iced this with a cream cheese icing, which I use my homemade strawberry jam in! My jam is available for sale!

Strawberry jam, sugar free

Alternately, you can ice these with coconut cream, as I did my cake, especially if you need a dairy free version. (I also sell coconut cream in my store)!

I use 8 bun size small glass round baking dishes, ramekins, I believe they are called. I will post the regular, large recipe first, then a smaller one, which will make just 2 buns.

Cinnamon Buns

Wet Ingredients:
4 eggs
6 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons xylitol
3 Tablespoons Pyure
2 Tablespoons vanilla
6 Tablespoons water

Dry Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons oat fiber
4 Tablespoons coconut flour
2 Tablespoons golden flax meal
2 Tablespoons collagen
2 Tablespoons almond meal
1 1/2 teaspoons glucomannan
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking powder

Sprinkle:
1 Tablespoon Pyure
1 Tablespoon Xylitol
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions:
Mix wet ingredients in vitamix.
Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix up the sprinkle. Spray 8 ramekins with coconut oil. Spoon a little batter into each ramekin, then sprinkle on some of the sprinkle. Repeat in uneven layers till all the batter and sprinkle are used. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until done. Let cool before icing, if you use the cream cheese icing. If you are icing with the coconut cream, go ahead and ice warm.

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Cream cheese icing:

Ingredients:
8 ounces NeufchΓ’tel cheese
1/2 jar Lotsa Little Lambs sugar free strawberry jam.
1/8 teaspoon THM stevia extract

Instructions:
Beat cream cheese till it is smooth. Add the jam and stevia and beat again. Spread on the cooled rolls.

You can leave the rolls in the ramekins, or remove them. I have ones with matching lids, so I can just store them right in the ramekins after baking, cooling and icing!

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Here is a smaller recipe.

Cinnamon Buns

Wet Ingredients:
1 egg
1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Pyure (or mix with xylitol)
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 Tablespoons water

Dry Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon oat fiber
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
1/2 Tablespoon collagen
1/2 Tablespoon golden flax meal
1/2 Tablespoon almond meal (optional)
3/8 teaspoon glucomannan
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Sprinkle:
1/2 Tablespoon Pyure (or mix with xylitol)
1 scant teaspoon cinnamon

Icing:
2 ounces cream cheese
2 Tablespoons Lotsa Little Lambs strawberry jam
1 doonk THM stevia

Instructions:
As above, in large recipe. But, only divide batter into 2 ramekins, instead of into 8!

Wraps

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Wraps!
These are simple, hold together well, are flexible, and are so nice to have ready made in the fridge to fill however you like. They make a great grab and go meal or snack at anytime!
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Each recipe makes one wrap. I just have each ingredient sitting on my work space, to the side, and mix and roll one at a time. I try to get the next one ready while the last is cooking.

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Oat Fiber Wrap
(This would be a FP on THM)
2 Tablespoons oat fiber
1 teaspoon glucomannan
1/2 teaspoon psyllium husk
Pinch of salt
4 Tablespoons water

Directions:
Mix dry ingredients.
Add water and mix. Will quickly set up. Form into a ball and flatten. Roll between 2 sheets of Saran Wrap till thin and flat. Cook on a heated dry cast iron griddle. (Something else may work, but this is what I used and it worked well.) Cook on one side till dry enough to flip, then turn and cook on the other side. That’s it! I like to make about a dozen, and store them in the fridge in a gallon size ziplock bag.

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Light Rye Wrap
(These have about 5 carbs each)
Use above recipe but ADD 1 Tablespoon rye flour to the above recipe. Below, is how I used these in an E meal. With beans as a carb source.
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Coconut Flour Wraps
Just replace the oat fiber with 2 Tablespoons of coconut flour! And follow the directions in the first recipe.

Edit: Thought I’d add a couple notes. Maybe I can add a video later, too. First, I roll these out really thin. They are bigger than a corn tortilla, more like a wheat burrito.

Second…have you checked out my store? It’s here on the same website as my blog. The link is http://lotsalittlelambs.com/shop I carry the oat fiber and the psyllium! And lots of other items, including some of the THM products! I also have a flat rate shipping. The payment method is not working right, but you can still place an order through my website and then pay me through PayPal. You can message me through Facebook or call me! Thanks!

Gluten Free Pancakes

I will give you my huge recipe first, which feeds my family of 13! Although, if you were making these just for yourself, and trying to stay within the carb limits of THM…it would serve around 30! πŸ™‚ My kids have pretty healthy appetites! Following the huge recipe, are recipe amounts for 8 Trim Healthy Mama size servings, and then, I’ve even included the single serve recipe amounts! πŸ™‚

Gluten Free Pancakes (large family recipe)

Dry:
6 cups oat flour (I grind rolled oats in the vitamix!)
1 cup coconut flour
1 cup quinoa flour (I also grind this in my vitamix)
1 cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour
1/4 cup baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon THM stevia extract

Wet:
24 ounces or 3 cups Greek yogurt
3 cups egg whites
6-8 cups almond milk or water (start with the smaller amount, especially if using water)

Instructions:
Combine the dry ingredients,and mix.

(Now’s a good time to begin to heat your skillets. I use a medium low heat.. and adjust each skillet later as needed.)

Add the wet ingredients. Whisk well.

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Lightly spray your heated skillets (I use cast iron), with coconut oil. Or, if you don’t like using a spray, just get a small rag greasy with some coconut oil, and rub the skillets with it to lightly grease them.

I like to use a measuring scoop to dip the pancake batter. You can use any size for your family, but 1/4 to 1/3 cup scoops make a decent pancake for those following THM. (And you can have 2).

Pour (or scoop) some pancake batter into your skillet, fry till bubbly. Turn and fry the other side. Repeat till all the batter is gone! This will take awhile for this size recipe!

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He may not be a Trim Healthy Mama! But he will eat his Trim Healthy Mama’s pancakes!

Ingredients for smaller family:
(Or 8 THM servings)

Dry:
1 1/2 cups oat flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup quinoa flour
1/4 cup garbanzo flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon THM stevia extract

WET:
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
3/4 cup egg whites
1 1/2 – 2 cups almond milk or water

Single serve:

Dry:
3 Tablespoons oat flour
1/2 Tablespoon coconut flour
1/2 Tablespoon quinoa flour
1/2 Tablespoon garbanzo flour
1/4 rounded teaspoon baking powder (about 1/3 teaspoon)
Pinch of salt
Doonk of THM stevia extract

Wet:
1 1/2 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 1/2 Tablespoons egg whites
3-4 Tablespoons almond milk or water

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This is the single serve recipe. And pictured is my most often way of eating them. I heat up frozen blueberries in a little water. (Here I used 1 cup blueberries and 1/2 cup water). You could also sweeten and thicken them. But I enjoy them runny, and it is easy. I like how the blueberry juice soaks into the pancakes! πŸ™‚

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Another favorite way to eat pancakes! It makes a good snack topped with my chocolate peanut butter sauce! lotsalittlelambs.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-sauce/