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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THM (S) Mexican Fried Ice Cream


Oh, girls... you are gonna LOVE me.  I just stumbled upon a dessert that has been a favorite of mine for years... Mexican Fried Ice Cream!!  If you have visited my blog in the past, you know that I love to adapt off-plan recipes into yummy & healthy treats that are GREAT for you!       In fact, this is so ridiculously yummy, I didn't even try to find my camera- I just uploaded a fun shot from a website so that I could bring this to you right away!  And the best part is that it is SO easy to make!  Ready?!
 First, have a batch of your favorite "tummy-tucking ice cream" ready to go in the freezer.  I would prefer vanilla bean for this recipe, personally.  I use a variety of coconut milk, almond milk & heavy cream with fresh vanilla & sweetener of choice.

Next, whip up a little homemade whipped cream.  Using heavy whipping cream, beat on high with electric mixers until thick, but not butter!  Add sweetener of choice and put in the fridge.

Okay, here is the best part.  Get one large piece of the Joseph's lavash bread and brush it ON BOTH SIDES with coconut oil, a sprinkle of cinnamon & a shake of your favorite sweet blend.  Using a pizza cutter, cut into 6 equal squares.  Push these squares into muffin tins and bake in your oven on 325 until crisp & bubbly... maybe 10 minutes or so?  Let them sit and cool so that they take on the form and become crisp, but are still slightly warm"ish".  

Put in a scoop of your ice cream, top with your whipped cream & drizzle some skinny chocolate on top.  If you are feeling crazy, put a bright red cherry on top too!




Thursday, July 17, 2014

{S} THM Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Blueberry Zucchini Bread
{ Gluten Free & Sugar Free}

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One of my favorite aspects of the summer season is all the fresh vegetables and fruits available from our garden or local farms in our community.  We were blessed this year to receive a bounty of zucchini from a friend and I wanted to put it to good use. 

Our family LOVES "pan breads" and I wanted to try and adapt a recipe for blueberry zucchini bread for our THM (Trim Healthy Mama) lifestyle.  I used this recipe as my base: 

 This bread recipe boasts two large loaves and can easily be frozen to store if you want to double or triple your batch based on the amt of zucchini you have to use.  I had a bit of batter left over that I poured into a mini-baking dish for the kids to snack on.

This is a gluten free & sugar free recipe and falls under the "S" category for all you THM'ers.   You can also substitute the butter below for coconut oil if you need to convert this to dairy-free as well although it may change the flavor slightly.

Ingredient List:

Fresh grated zucchini 
Handful of fresh blueberries
Butter (Or Coconut Oil if you need a Dairy Free option) 
Coconut Flour
Flax Meal
Almond Flour
Baking Powder

Here we go! 

This recipe is SO easy because you just put everything into one bowl, mix & pour into parchment paper lined (and greased) baking pans.  

Combine the following into a large mixing bowl and blend with electric beaters until thoroughly mixed:

  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 1/2 sticks of melted butter (*Update 7/17- I made another batch of this recipe today and only used 2 sticks of butter and found that it was just as yummy, so if you want to save some calories & some butter- just go with 2 sticks!)
  • 2 cups of xylitol
  • Splash of vanilla
Once your wet ingredients have been blended, then add your dry ingredients and blend again using electric beaters:

  • 1 cup coconut flour 
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (Take 1/2 cup of whole dry oats and put in your coffee grinder or blender to make a flour/powder)  Yes, technically oats are an "E", BUT this amt will be spread over the entire batch and will stay within your S boundaries.  I have found that this small amt of oats is essential to help the bread stay together in a "pan loaf" form, but if you are uncomfortable using it, just add 1/4 more of your coconut flour)

*Lastly, add 1 cup of fresh blueberries and gently fold these into your batter.  You are allowed 1/2 cup serving of blueberries in an "S" dish and these will spread throughout the entire batch making this a safe amount.  (For a variation of this recipe, you can eliminate the blueberries and add 1 cup of chocolate chips- Lilly's or other plan-safe options).

Baking Directions:

Fill your pans roughly half-full and bake 350 degrees x 30-45 minutes.  Keep checking to ensure they are done in the middle. Let them cool for 15 minutes and then remove the loaves out of the pan using the paper to pull them out.  Let them sit on the paper for another hour before moving them to cutting board or wrapping for later.  Keep refrigerated.  Enjoy!

I hope your family loves this recipe as much as we do!  Serving size (depending on how you slice the bread) is 2-3 slices with a nice pat of butter.  Because of the blueberries/oats, just be careful that you are not eating other foods along with this bread that would put you over the "S" carb level.  I enjoy my bread as a snack by itself or along with a fried egg and 2 strips of bacon for a super yummy breakfast! 

 Thanks for visiting and enjoy!