Flourless Quinoa Pancakes

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For a while I’ve been on the hunt for a great low-glycemic, flour-free pancake recipe.  I couldn’t find one.   I was inspired by this recipe, which I tried out and didn’t like.  The texture just wasn’t pancake-y enough and the flavor too eggy.  So I did the only sensible thing, and invented my own Flourless Quinoa Pancake recipe.

The Stuff:
2 c cooked quinoa
1/2 c almond or coconut milk
4 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 packets stevia powder
dash cinnamon
1 tsp (or more) vanilla extract

The Do:
Process the quinoa in a food processor for 1 – 2 minutes, until the shape of the kernels is no longer visible (sorry, I should have photographed this).  Add the eggs and milk, and process another few seconds.  Add remaining ingredients and process until the batter is well mixed.  Batter should look like this:

Scoop batter, 1/4 cup at a time, onto a hot skillet coated with coconut oil or butter.  We like to sprinkle pecans or walnuts on ours at this point.

Makes about a dozen small, yummy, protein-and-fiber-rich pancakes.  Use whatever toppings you love.  We like pure maple syrup if we’re splurging on sugar. I’ve also made my own sugar-free blueberry syrup using xylitol, with good results.

August 13, 2012 10:19 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: , , , ,

Creamy Protein Fudge Pops

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I said I was going to make fudgesicles, and I did!  Only I didn’t use the recipe I mentioned.  I just made up my own.  They are yummo.  Gluten-free, low-glycemic, vegan, healthy-protein-and-fat-packed, delightful fudge pops.  These are hearty enough to be an actual healthy snack, not just a sweet treat.  The addition of avocado and coconut oil makes the pops as creamy-dreamy as store-bought fudge pops.

Here’s what you need:

2 scoops chocolate-flavored protein powder, your choice*
1 large avocado
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
optional: a little extra stevia to taste, depending on how sweet your protein powder is

*I used this Total Vegan, which I don’t love the flavor of and am trying to use up; but it’s gluten free, contains only 4 grams of sugar per serving, and is a complete vegetarian protein.  Fortunately, B isn’t all that particular about the flavor as long as it’s sweet and creamy.  I prefer Manitoba Harvest Chocolate Hemp Protein , but you can use whatever brand you like for your particular needs.

Put all the ingredients in your blender, and blend till smooth and creamy

Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds, or in our case, the Zoku. Freeze overnight, or wait the required 7-9 minutes for the Zoku Pops to freeze :)

Eat em up! (“Yummy Sicles”, as B says.)

July 9, 2012 2:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Lifestyle, Recipes | Tags: , , ,

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