Hey there peeps! I don’t post recipes that often but here’s an occasion where I wanted to share! I was excited about it as it happened after a couple of kitchen disasters and the result was an accident!
I have read about breakfast cookies made famous by the godmother of b-fast cookies, Fitnessista. I enjoyed Susan’s version and her instructional video- did you know that it takes 7 minutes 10 seconds to prepare a breakfast cookie? Not bad.
I finally decided to hop on the cookie bandwagon and my first attempt at a modification of Susan’s was a total FAIL! I tried to get it to be really huge like hers, but it got so thin and it stuck to the plate. So I ended up with (delicious) crumbs.
Take two: I sprayed cooking spray on the plate, smooshed (is that a word?) the dough in place, popped it in the fridge, then the freezer for a short while, and it was still stuck. Desperate to defrost it, I put it in the microwave. I forgot about it for a minute while multitasking (shocking, I know!) and when came back it was warm, and soft. As I wanted to see if I could get it to crisp up, I stuck it back in the micro for another minute. It slid off the plate with a big “plonk”…yess! I knew that I was going to like this method. For those of you who don’t like the micro, you could put it on some foil and into the oven. Raw foodies, just stick it straight into the freezer or fridge, or dehydrate it.
How the Crunchy Rice Crispy Treat was born:
I tend to be a volume eater, which is why I do so well with smoothies. I wanted to see if I could add something to get a little more “poof” and trick myself into feeling like I was eating more food. I cut the volume of oats in half and at the very end, gently mixed in 1/2 cup of plain brown crisped rice cereal. Simple! I put the dough on wax paper, formed it into the rectanglar shape that we all know and love and then rolled it onto a plate. About 2 minutes in the microwave and the crunchy specimen slid off the plate and into my gullet (well, not the whole thing). It was tasty and held me for a good few hours.
1/4 cup oats
1 T Peanut Butter (or any nut butter)
1 T. Carob powder (or cocoa powder)
2/3 scoop protein powder (this is what binds it together)
sprinkle stevia (or other sweetener)
water, one T at a time (or any other liquid)
1/2 c crisped brown rice cereal
- Mix oats, stevia, carob and protein powder together
- Mash in the PB all around til it’s broken up and pretty even
- Slowly add water- one tablespoon at a time until mixture sticks together but has no residual water- go slowly with this
- Gently fold in rice cereal
- Mash onto wax paper or foil and form your desired shape (a heart would be cute!)
- Roll onto plate and microwave for 1.5-2 minutes (or bake or dehydrate if you prefer)
My estimate for this recipe is about 350 calories without any “frostings” or caloric sweeteners.
I like the roasted kind best- I’m putting it in everything from Greek yogurt to oatmeal to the breakfast cookie and shakes. It’s so flavorful that I find you don’t need as much a cocoa powder.
As my arch rival/nemesis/BFF/Protein Goddess, Allie at Pimp My Protein Shake pointed out in her post on carob, it does have twice the calories of cocoa. I CalorieKing’d it for myself (hey, I think I made up a new verb!) and sure enough, carob has 24 cals per T and cocoa has 10-15. Not enough of a difference to stop me you can be sure!
Anyway, you’ll see lots more carob in my future- and I plan to do ccrrazy things with it like add it mole-style (pronounced MOE-lay) to savory dishes. Oh boy, I can’t wait!
FINALLY: THANKS FOR MY GIFTIES!
Do you recognize these? Of COURSE you do!! They are the world famous Fudge Babies- sent to me by the very sweet Chocolate Covered Katie. By the way, she is having a huge charity drive this month. Every time you click on any page in her blog, she will donate all of the proceeds to her favorite pet charity and The Enough Project. The more clicks, the more dinero given to charity. Please check out her site and click with reckless abandon! Thank you Katie!
Then there is the one and only Heather from Heather Eats Almond Butter who sent me her unbelievably fabulous Maple Oaties. Wow, so delish. I read about them but I had NO idea they were THAT good! Really.
Thank you HEABie!