Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, E, Recipe, S

Makeover Monday ~ Strawberry Bread Two Ways

It is  Monday, so it is time for another recipe makeover. I love to take favorite recipes and make them THM friendly. One of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome is thinking that healthy eating means never having their favorite foods again. The truth is that you can make a healthy version of almost any meal. And most meals don’t require that much work to re-make!

E Slice on top
S Slice on bottom

This recipe was a request from a friend. She sent me a link to this recipe and asked if I could convert it. I decided to make a recipe that you can use in either an E or S setting. The recipe is so similar either way that I did this in just one recipe card. The variations are specified in both the ingredient list and the directions so just look for the E and S designations for the option you are choosing.

A few notes about this recipe: Much of the “pop of flavor” is from the glaze. I highly encourage you to poke holes in your bread as the recipe directs so the glaze gets down into the loaf. When you are making the batter for the S version it will get very thick. It is going to seem like it will be too dry, but it is not. The E version takes about 20 minutes less time to cook than the S version. When looking at the pictures below, the S version is always on the bottom or the right with one exception. The final picture in step 4 under the glaze has the E version on the bottom. I used a 12 oz bag of frozen strawberries, thawed, and it was the perfect amount to put in both the bread and the glaze.

You Will Need:

Strawberry Bread – THM E or S

Servings: 10
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

For Bread

  • ½ c xes sweetener or gentle sweet
  • ½ c almond milk
  • ½ c Greek yogurt for E
  • ½ c coconut oil melted for S
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 c rolled oats ground into flour for E
  • 1 c baking blend for S
  • ½ c oat fiber for S
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp mineral salt
  • 2 c. diced strawberries
  • 2 tsp. oat flour or oat fiber

For Glaze

  • ½ c xes sweetener or gentle sweet must be powdered
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt for E
  • 2 tbsp melted butter for S
  • ½ tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 pinch mineral salt
  • 1/3 c diced strawberries

Instructions

To Make Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Mix together sweetener, milk, (yogurt if making E), egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl mix together oat flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  • If making S, add melted coconut oil to batter and mix to combine.
  • Toss diced strawberries with 2 tsp oat flour or oat fiber.
  • Fold strawberries into the batter.
  • Pour batter into a greased bread pan and bake E loaf for about 40 minutes, The S loaf will take about 60 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf should come out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Remove to a rack to cool further.

To Make Glaze

  • Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Poke holes in the top of your loaf (this is primarily for the E loaf but I recommend it for both versions). I used the thicker end of a chopstick to do this, you could use a knife, but you want the glaze to be able to get into the holes.
  • Spread glaze over loaf while it is still just barely warm.
  • Allow to cool completely and enjoy.

Notes

A few notes about this recipe:
Much of the “pop of flavor” is from the glaze. I highly encourage you to poke holes in your bread as the recipe directs so the glaze gets down into the loaf.
When you are making the batter for the S version it will get very thick. It is going to seem like it will be too dry, but it is not.
The E version takes about 20 minutes less time to cook than the S version.
When looking at the pictures below, the S version is always on the bottom or the right with one exception. The final picture in step 4 under the glaze has the E version on the bottom.
I used a 12 oz bag of frozen strawberries, thawed, and it was the perfect amount to put in both the bread and the glaze. 
When divided into 10 slices, each slice of the E loaf has a grand total of 12.5 net carbs, so you can easily add this to an E meal. This bread could be made exactly the same using any other fruit you like. To be able to make it both ways you would want to stick to berries, but for the E version, you could use any fruit you like!

Do you have a favorite recipe you would like me to THM’ify? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

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Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, E, FP, Recipe, Snack

Air Fryer Apple Fritters ~ THM E or FP

A friend showed me a post on Facebook the other day asking for someone to THM-ify an apple fritter recipe. I was pretty excited to try this out. The trick was how to keep the treat from being a crossover. If I fried them and put apples in them they would be at least an S-helper if not a crossover. So my first thought was to make just the fritter dough and use apple extract. This would be perfect… in theory. However, in reality this made the following:

Not a Fritter

That pile of crumbs is not a fritter…While the dough held its shape out of the oil, it immediately disintegrated upon frying. So I had to re-think things. I had just gotten an new air fryer, had never used it at all, but I thought I would give these a try in it. And it worked! I did 2 versions, mainly because I already had the “S” version made up. However the S version was only going to be S if I fried it. Since this was no longer going to be fried in oil I went ahead and added the apples.

This is the air fryer I purchased:

The first batch I made was with the baking blend/oat fiber mixture. This version is FP as long as you stick to a 1/4 of the batch and don’t add any more carbs. This version was a slightly dryer dough and held it’s shape well in the air fryer.

FP version

The second batch I made with the oat flour/oat fiber mixture. This version is E. The entire recipe has 50 g net carbs. I would still not eat more than a 1/4 of the recipe at a time. This makes it a great dessert for an E meal. This dough was slightly wetter and spread a bit in the air fryer making a flatter fritter.

E version

You Will Need:

You will also need coconut oil spray, parchment paper and, although it is optional, a small cookie scoop like this one makes the job easier.

Air Fryer Apple Fritters ~ THM E or FP

Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

For E Fritters

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats ground into flour
  • 1/4 cup oat fiber

For FP Fritters

  • 1/2 cup THM Baking Blend
  • 1/4 cup Oat Fiber

Add the rest of these ingredients to your chosen fritter flour

  • 1/4 cup xes sweetener or gentle sweet
  • 1/2 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple extract optional
  • 1 cup chopped apple

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup xylitol ground into powder
  • 2 pinches mineral salt
  • 4 teaspoons almond or cashew milk

Instructions

  • Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Using a spatula, fold in apple until apples are covered with batter.
  • Line the bottom of the air fryer basket with a sheet of parchment paper. Lightly spray with coconut oil spray.
  • Using a small scoop, drop batter into mounds on the parchment paper. (My air fryer fit about 9 fritters so I did this in 2 batches.) Lightly spray the tops of the fritters with coconut oil.
  • Cook the fritters for 10-12 minutes at 370 degrees.
  • In a coffee grinder or Vitamix, powder sweetener and salt. Add milk and mix to make the glaze.
  • Remove fritters from air fryer and when cool to touch, dip each side of fritter in glaze and return to a pan or rack to cool.

Notes

This entire recipe when made in the E version has a total of 50 net carbs.
When making the FP version be sure to eat no more than 1/4 of the recipe to stay in FP mode. Do not add any other carb source to your FP snack.

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E, Favorite Things, Recipe

My Favorite Way to Sweet Potato!

Are you still learning to love sweet potatoes? I didn’t grow up eating them so for me they were an adjustment. However, they are now one of my favorite things to eat! Recently I have discovered my very favorite, super simple way to enjoy them!

First, I cook several sweet potatoes in the Instapot. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes depending on how big your sweet potatoes are. Just prick the potatoes with a fork, put them in the pot and add a cup of water. Set the pot to seal and cook. You can use a quick release when they are finished cooking. After the potatoes are cooked I peel them and put them in baggies and freeze them till I’m ready to use them. When I’m ready to eat one I just heat it up.

While it is heating, in a small bowl I mix together two teaspoons of XES sweetener or gentle sweet, half teaspoon of cinnamon, a couple shakes of cayenne, and about a quarter teaspoon of salt. I mix that all together and sprinkle it over my sweet potato. Then I drizzle with about a teaspoon of MCT oil. It is delicious!

Honestly, if you love this sweet potato topping as much as I do you may want to make up a small container of it to always have on hand. Mix together 4 TBSP XES sweetener or gentle sweet , 12 shakes of cayenne and 1 1/2 tsp of salt. stir or shake it together and put in a small shaker bottle. 

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Beverages, E, FP, Recipe, S

How to Make Milk Kefir

I wanted to make a video showing you the process I use to make milk kefir each day. It is so easy to make this healthy drink! Don’t be intimidated just because it is something you’ve never done. Get some kefir grains and enjoy all that kefir has to offer!

Because the zooms on the video are somewhat blurry I wanted to show you some pictures of what kefir looks like. The first photo is of the kefir. The second photo is of the grains themselves. Also, please note that while I show the process in quart jars you can do this with more or less milk depending on your needs.

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Dinner, E, Makeover Monday, Recipe

Makeover Monday ~ Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup

It is  Monday, so it is time for another recipe makeover. I love to take favorite recipes and make them THM friendly. One of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome is thinking that healthy eating means never having their favorite foods again. The truth is that you can make a healthy version of almost any meal. And most meals don’t require that much work to re-make!

Today’s recipe is a delicious and comforting soup that is chock full of veggies. It is creamy, yet low in fat. A perfect satisfying THM E-meal! You have a couple options when making this recipe. You can use pre-cooked chicken if you want. My chicken was still slightly frozen when I started so I chose to chop it up and add it to the soup as the recipe says to. You could choose to cook the chicken breasts whole and then chop them and add them cooked.

Also, you can choose to add more or less veggies. I like a hearty soup, so I added the larger amount. I used a very classic soup combo, but you could add any veggies that you like!

Finally, you could make this soup even creamier by blending part of it. I like the texture of the soup as is, but if you have family members who will not “chew” their veggies, you can blend a lot of it. Using either an immersion blender or a regular blender you can puree any or all of the cauliflower rice, celery, mushrooms and onions with the chicken broth. This is a hearty soup, almost stew like. If you prefer a thinner soup you will want to add more broth or water. My son-in-law declared it perfect, saying he didn’t have to add crackers because it was the perfect consistency. I hope you will also enjoy this comforting soup!

You Will Need

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup ~ THM E

A delicious and comforting soup that is chock full of veggies. It is creamy, yet low in fat. A perfect satisfying THM E-meal!
Course: Soup
Servings: 4
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp.  butter
  • yellow onion chopped
  • 8 oz.  baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 3 – 5 carrots sliced into 1/4″ rounds
  • 2 – 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/4 c. oat fiber
  • cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp.  dried thyme
  • 1 1/4 tsp. mineral salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast or THM bullion
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c.  almond or cashew milk
  • 1 bag frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 c.  brown rice
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter. Add onion and cook till it begins to soften.
  • Add mushroom, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.
  • Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Push veggies and meat to the side of the pan and add oat fiber. Stir the oat fiber around to toast it up a bit for about a minute. Then stir it together with the veggies and meat.
  • Add garlic, thyme, and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken broth and nut milk to the pot.
  • Add riced cauliflower and brown rice and bring to boil.
  • Lower heat to a simmer and cook until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning and serve.

Do you have a favorite recipe you would like me to THM’ify? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

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