Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Cinnamon Streussal Flax Muffins - 2.5 net carbs each.

I came across an awesome recipe for cinnamon streussal flax muffins in a message forum on lowcarbfriends.com. With a few minor changes to the recipe, I was able to shave off additional 2 carbs per muffin without really changing the flavor or texture. My version has only 2.5 net carbs per muffin. See below for substitutions for hard-to-find ingredients.

Servings 12 muffins.


Batter Ingredients:

2 c. hazelnut meal/flour*
1 c. flax meal / ground flax
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
3/4 t. Sweetzfree**
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. Hood Calorie Countdown Dairy***
1/4 c. melted butter
4 eggs


Streussal Ingredients:

1 c. hazelnut meal*
9 packets splenda
1 T. cinnamon
1/8 t. salt
1/4 c. chilled butter


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin pan (I use pam spray). I have tried cup-cake liners but the liners were difficult to remove without tearing apart the muffin. I'd recommend not using them.


In bowl, use pastry cutter to mix struessal ingredients until coarse and crumbly. You could do this in a food processor using pulse. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix all muffin batter ingredients with whisk or spoon.

Put a thin layer of batter (about 2 tablespoons) into each muffin cup. Add a tablespoon of struessal to each cup. Top with remaining batter. Then top this with the remaining struessal.

Bake 20 minutes. Let cool slightly and remove from muffin pan to continue cooling.


Substitutions:

The entire recipe makes 12 muffins with a total of 30.5 net carbs. If you can't find all of the ingredients, you can substitute the following:

*For the Hazelnut meal/flour, substitue almond meal/flour (add 12 net carbs to entire recipe).

**For 3/4 teaspoons of Sweetzfree, use 2 Splenda Quick Packs (add 8 net carbs to entire recipe).

***For 1 cup of Hood Calorie Countdown dairy beverage, substitute 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup water (add 1.5 net carbs to entire recipe).


Snazz it up with this addition:


For a different spin, one time, I added 1/2 cup of Graduates bite-sized apples (add 10 net carbs for entire recipe). These are freeze dried apples that can be found in the baby food section of your grocery store.

3 comments:

Xiporah said...

Oh man. Those muffins look so good. Enough to make a random person clicking through blogs at random want to comment. I need to lose weight too.

You have a beautiful family. Take care!

KellyG said...

These muffins look so good!.

KellyG said...

I love your recipes!.