Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hot Pumpkin Cereal (Low Carb, Gluten Free)

I've been on a low carb kick and in my search for low carb recipes I stumbled on some information about Flax Seed.  I had not idea how super healthy and how many benefits to adding flax seed to your diet.  I then researched recipes that use flax seed.  I then edited the recipes to make them even more low carb, cuz thats how I roll.  :)  The original recipes I've seen for this use Ricotta..which has significantly more carbs.  Kroger brand of heavy cream has 0.  yay  :)

This was really good.  Especially because I was really starting to miss cereal on my low carb diet. 

Please note that in my reading about flax seed, while its very healthy, introduce it into your diet in small doses.  A couple tablespoons a day.  If you have too much... lets just say it has a high fiber content and you may have to sprint to the restroom.   I found a low carb flax seed muffin recipe and it calls for 1/4 cup of flax seed meal... As tempted as I was to try it.. today is my first day trying flax seed and I don't think its wise to have that much.   Soon though. I miss muffins too.
General Information
Preparation: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
2.6 Net Carbs (based on using 3 1g packets of Splenda)

  • 4 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree'
  • Pinch salt, cinnamon & nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Low Carb Sweetener, to taste (Stevia, Splenda, etc.)
  • Flavorings to taste (see possible additions below)
  • 2 T flax seed meal

This cooks on the stove. I usually find it goes fastest in a non-stick skillet.
  1. Heat butter in a non stick skillet
  2. Mix ingredients (except flax seed) in a bowl.
  3. Sweeten to taste and add cinnamon and nutmeg if you want. I like to add a touch of Da Vinci's Sugar-Free Caramel Syrup.
  4. Add to the skillet, stir while heating on medium heat. When it goes "grainy", that's the egg cooking. Stir in the flax seed meal at this point. Done when grainy and starts to stick, so pull it off a 30 seconds - 1 minute after adding flax seed.  Add more heave cream if you wish, fruits or other additions.
*Note, if you had fruit or other additions the carb count goes up (obviously).

  • Freeze the rest of the pumpkin in an ice cube tray and transfer to zip-type bag. Then pop out as many as you want.
Possible additions & alternatives
  • Additions that others have tried
    • Butters: Peanut butter, almond butter or general butter
    • Nuts: any nut you prefer (please ensure you are not allergic to any nuts)
    • Spices: Touch of vanilla, cinnamon, ground ginger, freshly grated nutmeg
    • Toppinngs: Some coconut milk - can use coconut milk instead of heavy cream as it keeps better
    • Pumpkin replacements: blueberries and raspberries (not as low carb as pumpkin though)

Recipe adapted/changed from https://sites.google.com/site/diybodyhome/kitchen-foods/healthy-cereals/hot-pumpkin-cereal

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