Low Carb Granola

A pretty easy to make low carb granola. This is an S if following THM.

Low Carb Granola

Dry ingredients:
1/2 cup oat fiber
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup unsweetened whey isolate powder
1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup coconut shreds
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup golden flax meal
1/4 cup seseme seeds
1/4 cup collagen peptides

Wet ingredients 1:
1/2 cup water
2 Tbs. beef gelatin

Wet ingredients 2:
1/2 cup melted butter
2 Tbs. vanilla
1/2 tsp. THM stevia extract

Directions:
Mix the dry ingredients together. Boil the water and add the gelatin. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well. Combine the melted butter, vanilla and stevia extract. Add this to the other ingredients and mix well. Should be in clumps and crumbs.

Spread out on a large cookie sheet. Bake at 275 degrees for at least 30 minutes, turn and continue baking on the other side till dry and lightly golden.

Cool thoroughly.

After it has totally cooled you may add 1/2-1 cup freeze dried berries, and lightly mix. Store in ziplock bags in the freezer.

I added raspberries to the granola pictured!

I also have added 1 Tbs. of cinnamon before baking, and added freeze dried blueberries after baking for a blueberry cinnamon granola.

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! 😉😉

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! 😉

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?

Broccoli Noodle Soup

A good, warm soup for lunch, or even supper. Originally, I tried to make this just a small individual ‘diet’ soup for a quick supper for myself, while my kids had more ‘regular’ food. They were unhappy about this arrangement, thinking my soup, and my ‘diet’ noodles better than theirs. Konjac noodles can be very different at first. Rather chewy. I was not impressed the first time I tried them. But now, I love them. And so do my kids, I guess. What’s to complain about them liking my food, and liking healthy food. ❤️ Although they don’t need 0 calorie noodles, and eat whole grain rice noodles more often, this soup is a perfect one to be able to share a few of them with the kids.

If you are following THM this would be an S.

If you are really in a hurry you can substitute canned chicken for the chicken breasts.

You can also leave out the noodles. Thicken the soup with glucomannan, and serve it over the noodles.

Konjac noodles, or shiritake noodles can be found in the produce department at some Wal-Marts, from health food stores, or on line. I try to get the ones without soy or other ingredients. If you’d like to order them from me, I’ll show you which ones I sell and used in this soup. Make sure to take advantage of my flat rate shipping and stock up on some other items at the same time! 😉

Miracle Noodle Angel Hair

Broccoli Noodle Soup
2 bags angel hair konjac noodles
2 small or 1 large onions
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
2 quarts water
2 large chicken breasts
1/2-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (how hot do you like things?)
2 Tablespoons mineral salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 13.5 ounce cans coconut milk
2 pounds frozen broccoli

Instructions:
Drain and rinse the konjac noodles. They will smell funny. Fishy, maybe. Cover them with water in a small pot and boil them for awhile. Maybe 10 minutes to 1/2 hour.

While they are boiling, cut the onion and sauté it in the coconut oil.

Add the chicken broth, water, chicken and spices. Drain the noodles and add them, too.

At least bring it to a boil if you are in a hurry, and make sure the chicken is done. But it is better to cook it longer. Up to an hour on low is good. This allows the konjac noodles to absorb the flavors and to be more tender. When the chicken is done, remove it and let it cool for a few minutes before dicing it and adding it back to the soup.

Just before serving add the coconut milk and broccoli. Continue simmering just till the broccoli is done and while it is still bright green.

Creamy Spinach Soup

With Indian Spices, this quick, fragrant, warm and creamy soup makes a great lunch with a side of bread and butter. (Low carb bread for those of us following Trim Healthy Mama). It is a thin, almost drinkable soup, but it is delicious!

Of course, this is a large recipe. You may cut it in half or further.

If you are following THM this would be an S.

Creamy Spinach Soup

1/2 cup coconut oil
2 onions, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Seeds from 8 green cardamom pods, optional
4-14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
12 cups fresh spinach
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
1 teaspoon glucomannan

Instructions:
Sauté the onions, garlic and cardamom seeds in the coconut oil. Add the chicken broth, spinach and spices. Bring to a boil and let simmer a bit till the spinach is cooked and wilted. Transfer to a blender (I used a vitamix) by batches and blend till smooth and creamy. Add the can of coconut milk and glucomannan to a partial batch and blend. Return all to the pot and bring back to a boil.

If you are not dairy free, you could always add some cream in place of the coconut milk. Maybe a cup?

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! 🙂 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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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/

Mint Roses

Mint Roses

This is a companion recipe to my last one, Cacao Hearts, http://lotsalittlelambs.com/cacao-hearts/

Like the other, it uses creamed coconut. You can either make this in your vitamix or other strong gadget, or you can start with the equal weight, 14 ounces, of creamed coconut. I have made it both ways. I used the Let’s Do Organic brand of creamed coconut.

If you want to cut the recipe in half, I would encourage you to go with the already made coconut cream from the box, as my vitamix seems to need the bulk of the full 14 ounces of coconut to pulverize it.

I believe you could easily sub the boxed creamed coconut in place of making your own in the previous recipe, as well.

You may need to adjust the peppermint oil, according to the brand you use. I used Aura Cacia. Which says right on it that it is not intended for internal use. I just figure, it is from peppermint. Nothing else. Not like all these food colorings and dyes approved for our food! I know they have to put disclaimers on things. But you should not do as I do! Do as I say, and use a food grade oil! 🙂

And by the way, you can mold these in any shape you like. I like the roses, because I think they are pretty. But, I make stars for my husband. You could even just pour them into a dish and cut into squares after they harden.

My husband loves these! But then, he loves mint. I do not know why he told the little girls they are soap! But he did think it was funny when I was puzzled as to why they kept asking for, “More soap, Mommy!”.

Here is the recipe:

Mint Roses

14 ounces dried coconut or 14 ounces creamed coconut, softened
6 Tablespoons Pyure
30 drops mint essential oil (use a food grade! 🙂 )
1 cup finely shredded coconut (do not blend-stir in whole)

Turn the 14 ounces of coconut into cream, using your vitamix. Or if you are using the creamed coconut, just mix all the ingredients together. Put into molds. Set into the freezer to harden. Remove from the molds and store in a bowl or a container in the refrigerator.

Pretty easy!