LCHF – Ginger cookies & “Almost Pronutro” instant cereal

Image I am so NOT a morning person! I try with all my might, but I sometimes send the people I love into this world with strange combinations of fat and protein that I made in my SLEEP! Unfortunately, our lifestyle is one of a hands on real food approach and fast food in this context means EGGS!  And in all honesty, after more than a year… we need a little vacation from…EGGS every now and again. Just a quick note to all the mommies out there: Don’t be fooled by Gluten free ready made products.  It’s often times worse than just giving your child a bowl of sugar filled coco pops!  Gluten free is in no way, sugar free!  And though the flours they substitute with might be free of gluten, (an allergenic flour protein), the flours are going to give you an inflammation driven insulin spike.  So there goes the blood sugar levels and the calm emotions, and the steady weight loss…etc. I have been experimenting with some instant awesomeness we can call cereal.  This one, you can make in advance, when you are awake … and then quickly serve with diluted cream, coconut milk or whole milk. I even use it as a base for my hubby’s morning shake!  Just add a raw egg, coconut milk and a handful of berries and blend! This pre mix stays good in an airtight container for up to ten days at least and even a bit longer in the refrigerator.  The only reason I would not keep it longer is because we use seed meal, that is high in omega’s and that undergoes oxidation as soon as it’s exposed to the outside world. I use Pecan Meal as a base but you could use Almond Meal too or replace the  Nut meal with ground Pumpkin seed meal all together!  I mix and match these all the time.  Relax and breath… simply grind some pumpkin seeds in your coffee grinder.  You will not find pumpkin meal anywhere in South Africa, cause it’s not a “THING” yet!  I would love to change that, so I need you to fall in love with it… ok!  Montagu has fairly decent prized pumpkin seeds per kilo.

Ingredients:

3 Cups Nut meal of your choice. (Or 2 cups nut and 1 cup pumpkin…etc)

1 Heaped Tbsp Psyllium husks

1 and 1/2  Cups milled Flax seed

1 and 1/2 Cups Coconut (desiccated)

Method: Mix all the above ingredients together and divide the mix into two jars.

Flavour options: 1) For a “coco” cereal, mix 2 Tbsp Cacao, 1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips and 2 Tbsp Xylitol into your jar. Image

2) For a fruity cereal, add  half a packet of Simply delish NATURAL jelly to your base cereal.

They come in three flavours, strawberry, raspberry and orange.

This is a treat I make for my kids from time to time.

It has 7 net Carbs and natural flavour, gelatin and xylitol in it.

Using this in a cereal is the best natural flavour currently to my knowledge.  It brings some much needed excitement into our mornings.

Once in a while I pop a Tbsp of dark choc chips in the orange flavour jelly… it’s really good!

However we don’t eat this daily and you don’t have to go this route.  Fresh berries or a quater grated apple and cinnamon will do the trick too. Treat it like you would prepare pronutro. This will be very filling, but not as much as complete as your morning bacon and eggy, so be sure to pack some protein into the lunch box. Your choice!  This is the Rasberry flavour cereal. It’s the current favourite  along with the chocolate. A serving size is about 3 – 4 Tbsp in a bowl. I add a bit of hot water and then a healthy fat like cream or coconut cream. Image And then for a REAL treat to dip into the little lonely coffee mug… I know! Image Ingredients: 120 ml Butter 1/3 Cup Xylitol 1 Egg 1/4 Cup desiccated Coconut 3/4 Cup Nut Meal/Flour (I used Pecan, Almond is fine too) 1 and 1/2 Cups Pumpkin seed meal (Made in my coffee grinder) 2 Tbsp Psyllium Husks 10 ml Ginger powder 10 ml Cinnamon powder 5 ml Baking soda 4 Tbsp Hot water Method: 1. whisk the butter till fluffy, add the xylitol and mix till you get a fluffy creamy consistency. 2.  Add the egg and mix in. 3.  Mix all the dry ingredients together and add to the egg mix 4. Lastly, stir in the water, mix and chill for 10 minutes. 5. Roll the batter into olive size balls, press down with a fork and bake at 180 degrees Celsius until brown and hardened. (About 12 -15 minutes) 6. Once all your cookies are done baking, put them back in your cooling oven, just to dry them out a bit more without over baking them. Store in an airtight container. Image Yields 42 cookies IMPORTANT: 1. We bake with nuts and seeds on a LCHF lifestyle.  Our “Flour” has a high oil base. This WILL change baking the way you’ve known it up till now.  This Ginger cookie is absolutely delicious, but it does not have the hardness or the one and a half cups of sugar and golden syrup like the original recipe.  We are NEVER going there again!  But this cookie is “dip able” and filled with magnesium, fibre and good fats!  (About a carb per cookie) Surely makes for a non sugar spiking, brain boosting, golden oldie, “decarbed”, treat! 2. We don’t eat treats when we are bored, treats are mini fuel top ups filled with nutrition.  We left all empty nutritional snacks in the stores!  These are handy and yummy… bonus! 3. Food is fuel first! No one will ever put fuel into an already full tank.  Be sensible with your snacks.  Every recipe I design should be seen as fuel, that is why sometimes you can even have a few cookies for breakfast… as they contain, nuts, eggs, butter and seeds.  It’s just deconstructed muesli really! Just much lower in carbs than any commercial muesli… 4. Fuel up wisely!

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3 thoughts on “LCHF – Ginger cookies & “Almost Pronutro” instant cereal

  1. YES!!! I’ve been doing cereal bases like this for awhile, which I mix the same as you for breakfast, with almond milk or low carb full fat rich greek yogurt. Awesome when you’re sick of eggs and bacon (yes, I too have found this is possible!). But I never thought of using it as a base for cookies or baking. I’m not “baking smart”. Ironic that I have to bake everything myself now! Thanks for this great post.

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