Cinnamon Crunch Buns

I’m pleased to offer you this recipe for cinnamon buns. These have a nice moist crumb with a crunchy cinnamon topping!

These were requested by a customer of mine. I wasn’t sure if I could fulfill her request… tweaking my original cinnamon bun recipe so much! But, after 5 tries, this may be a new favorite! I baked another batch this morning. After eating one and sharing one with a daughter, I wrapped and put the others in the freezer. They will
make quick snacks or an easy breakfast along with a cup of tea.

If you are following THM, this is a FP!! That is, if you stick to 1 or 2 to a serving. 😌 There are two whole eggs, which are usually kept for S… but it equals to 1/4 egg per bun. There is no other fat added besides the egg.

Makes 8.

Cinnamon Crunch Buns

Before starting, trace the bottoms of 8 ramekins onto parchment paper, then cut the rounds of parchment out. Very lightly grease the sides only of the ramekins. I used coconut oil. Place the parchment rounds inside on the bottoms of the ramekins.

Wet Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1/2 cup pumpkin purΓ©e
1 cup grated or riced cauliflower
1/3 cup erythritol
1 1/2 teaspoons monk fruit extract
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Dry Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons oat fiber
3 Tablespoons coconut flour
6 Tablespoons Garden of Life raw protein powder
3 Tablespoons collagen
2 Tablespoons golden flax meal
1 teaspoon glucomannan
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons erythritol
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon monk fruit extract

Place all wet ingredients in the blender. Blend well. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Mix together the sprinkle in a separate bowl and set aside. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk till combined. Spoon a little into each of the 8 ramekins. Sprinkle on part of the cinnamon sprinkle generously. Spoon the remaining batter into the ramekins and sprinkle the rest of the sprinkle over. It may seem like a lot. That’s ok.

Place in the oven on the middle rack. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes or until just set in the middle.

Now, to make the crunch! Turn the broiler on high and set the timer for 2 minutes. Don’t leave and forget them! Set them out to cool. When they are cooled enough you can handle them, loosen the edges with a butter knife. Carefully turn them out into your hand or a potholder then set them right side up to cool.

If you wish to freeze these, you can wrap them in Saran Wrap, then put them into a container or ziploc bag. I like to do this when they are almost cool!

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Whey Oat Waffles

Whey Oat Waffles. So now that I’ve got my soured whey and oat starter… it’s time to make it into waffles! Because, of course, I have to try out my ‘thrift store new’ waffle iron! I’ll link the recipe for the starter at the end of the recipe, before the picture instructions, in case you haven’t seen that.

If you are following THM this is an E with appropriate toppings. 1 waffle is a serving size.

Whey Oat Waffles
1/2 cup garbanzo flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon Pyure or Monk Sweet or Super Sweet
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
4 cups Whey Oat Starter
1 1/2 cups egg whites
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

In a bowl combine the garbanzo, quinoa and coconut flours, the baking powder, sweetener and salt. Mix. Add the water and oil. Mix until combined. Add the Whey Oat Starter. Stir until mixed well. Lightly beat the egg whites and xanthan gum till white and frothy. I just put them in my blender for about a minute. Add to mix. Mix just till combined. Lightly spray a heated waffle iron with coconut oil. Pour about 3/4 cup batter in the waffle iron. Cook. Mine has to be flipped and cooks till the light shuts off. Approximately 4 minutes. When it is done, gently open the iron. You may need to gently wiggle the handle up and down till one side of the waffle releases from the iron. When it is open, carefully loosen the corners or edges and lift the waffle off. I like to eat mine topped with yogurt for more protein. The kids often have theirs with butter and maple syrup or honey.

Here is the recipe for the starter:

Whey Oat Starter

I’ll give you the directions again with pictures, so you can better ‘see’ the process. Directions are UNDER each picture. πŸ™‚

In a bowl combine the garbanzo, quinoa and coconut flours, the baking powder, sweetener and salt. Mix.

Add the water and oil. Mix until combined.

Add the Whey Oat Starter. Stir until mixed well.

Lightly beat the egg whites and xanthan gum till white and frothy. I just put them in my blender for about a minute. Add to mix.

Mix just till combined.

Lightly spray a heated waffle iron with coconut oil. Pour about 3/4 cup batter in the waffle iron. Cook. Mine has to be flipped and cooks till the light shuts off. Approximately 4 minutes.

When it is done, gently open the iron. You may need to gently wiggle the handle up and down till one side of the waffle releases from the iron. When it is open, carefully loosen the corners or edges and lift the waffle off.

I like to eat mine topped with yogurt for more protein. The kids often have theirs with butter and maple syrup or honey.


Whey Oat Starter

This recipe uses up the leftover Whey from my cottage cheese recipe!

Cottage Cheese

Very simple… and just the base for another recipe. I will update and post the waffle recipe or any following ones using this starter at the end of this recipe. πŸ™‚

Whey Oat Starter
4 cups whey
3 cups whole oat groats

Blend in a high powered blender for a couple of minutes till very smooth. Pour into a container and let set at least overnight.

I started this with about 6 batches for my large family. I leave this in the refrigerator. When I use from the starter, I make more batches of the starter and replace it.

After the starter has sat it begins to ferment and seems to work even better.

Fried Chicken Breasts

These breaded and fried chicken breasts are delicious and great for a quick sandwich. I freeze them in sandwich size ziplock bags ready to thaw for a quick sandwich.

I make this recipe using half of a 10 pound bag of Costco’s frozen chicken breasts. I like to season and bake the other half to cut up and freeze in individual salad size portions. I’ll try to post the recipe for that, soon.

If you are following Trim Healthy Mama these would be an S.

Fried Chicken Breasts

5 pounds of thawed chicken breasts
3/4 cup oat fiber
1 Tablespoon glucomannan
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
Coconut oil for frying

Instructions: Slice chicken breasts in half, lengthwise, through the middle.

Pound the chicken pieces horizontally and vertically on both sides with a knife.

Add about 1/8 to 1/4 ” oil to your skillet and start heating it. Don’t forget it and burn down the kitchen! (I did this once. 😳)

Mix oat fiber, glucomannan and all of the spices together. Coat each piece of chicken in the flour mix.

Check to see if your oil is hot enough. A drop of water flicked into it should spit and sizzle!

Fry the chicken breast pieces on one side till nicely golden browned. Then turn and fry on the other side till also brown and thoroughly done inside. Add oil when and if needed.

That’s it!

These are great used on chicken sandwiches.

Here are some ready for the freezer.

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
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

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.



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.

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

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:


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

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

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!


Cinnamon Buns


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

1 Tablespoon Pyure
1 Tablespoon Xylitol
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

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.


Cream cheese icing:

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

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!


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

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

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

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