Oatmeal special – 4 unusual ways to make your oatmeal into a treat + dieting tips

Recently I’ve been really busy. Things and problems are constantly coming up, work has to be done and there is literally no time for cooking or experimenting in the kitchen. I have to admit that I’ve been eating oatmeal, quark, cottage cheese, loads of fruit and Quest bars for lunch and dinner almost every day. Not to fancy, huh? In addition, I’ve been in Poland for almost a week now visiting family. It’s been relaxing but I’m so tired of traveling and being away from home. I feel like baking would be the one true therapy I need right now.

Oh well, I’ll enjoy my days here with my family and then I’ll be heading home with some new kitchen equipment, books and protein powders. The best thing about visiting another country on vacation is that you have the time to stroll around in local super markets searching for new ingredients. I’ve brought hemp flour, whey with chocolate and sesame flavor and loads of gluten free products so I’m super stoked about getting back home! Can’t wait!

Another thing I miss is my oatmeal. I eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning even here but let’s be honest; it’s not the same thing, not at all. It’s mostly plain oatmeal without all the mix-ins I have at home (think cooked and pureed cauliflower, extracts and different non-dairy milks and spices). I actually wanted to share some of my favorite combos since I take this dish veeeery seriously. Haha, you’ll see!

So.. The combos we have are:
*Carrot cake protein bomb
– Basically grated carrots, casein powder that’s been whisked with a little splash of water and crushed almonds.

*Charming cherry
Cherries, chocolate whey blended with water on order to make a sauce and a little lemon grass.

*Creamy banoffee pie
A drizzle of Walden farms zero calorie syrup, a few slices banana, some coconut milk and dates.

*Warming pear
Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger plus some honey along with some pear slices (heat them in the micro wave for a gooey treat)

Since this just covers the toppings and variations, I still want to throw in a couple of tips in order to make your oatmeal even tastier. My best dieting tips is to blending in about half a cup or 1 dl (approx 100 g) cooked and pureed pumpkin or cauliflower in the oatmeal before cooking it. These veggies have a really mild taste and it becomes even milder once you cook it so don’t worry about the flavor! What you’ll get is more volume to your bowl of goodness for about 20 calories only! A really fair deal if you ask me.

Other than that, I love adding one egg, some egg whites or some coconut oil to my oatmeal. It helps the texture a lot and makes it much more creamier. However, if you’re a fan of a more dense and pudding-like version; go for a thickener like xantham gum or guar gum. Playing around with texture helps a dieter since it can give another mouth feeling and satisfaction.

I’ll be going over a few more tips for both diet baking and cooking as soon as I have the time to sit down and make another (hmmm) charming illustration. Stay tuned until then!

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Soft and quick pumpkin and almond bread for 62 calories a slice!

Well, great weather here is fairly rare but I was a little surprised when I looked out of the window today. Whaddya know, a wonderful clear blue sky and a beautiful, big sun was looking back at me. I ended up taking a walk to the gym and spend the rest of the day indoors baking. It’s a shame, I know, especially since nice weather is rather rare here as previously stated. However, I was in a great baking mood today and just had to try out a few new ingredients.

Bread items are often truly missed once someones goes down the gluten free road and if you’re heading down the low calorie road at the same time: bread becomes almost a myth. Although, if you search the internet long enough you might find some interesting ingredients that may help. I actually found a fiber flour that I just had to try. It’s lower in calories than regular flours and works fine as a substitute. I’ll explain more how to use this flour in another post.

Sooo.. the bread, yes. I was craving bread so I decided to make a nice healthy protein loaf. Don’t forget to check out the fantastic macros at the end of this post.

1/3 or 1 dl cup almond meal (40 g)
1 scoop vanilla whey (1/3 cup, 0,8 dl or 30 g)
1 large egg white (38 g)
1/2 heaping cup or 1 heaping dl rolled oats (50 g)
3 T Fiberfin fiber flour (sub it for any other flour if you can’t find a fiber powder) (20 g)
3 T unsweetened apple sauce
2/3 tsp baking soda
1 heaping T buckwheat flakes
1/3 cup or 0,8 dl low fat coconut milk (45 g)
1 egg
3/4 cup or 1,4 dl pumpkin puree (150 g)
A dash of salt

Preheat the oven to 340 F or 175 C. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients first in order to prevent lumps and then add all the wet ones. Pour the batter into a silicone mold, about 8-9×4-5 (20-25×8-10 cm) inch big (mine is looks like this one). Place the rack at the bottom of your oven and place your wonderful soon-to-be loaf at the very bottom of your preheated oven and wait for about 35 minutes. Voilá!

Macros for 1 serving out of 13:
Calories: 62
Fats: 2,5 g
Protein: 4 g
Carbs: 5 g

Soft, chewy and gluten free oatmeal cookies with raisins – 52 calories

Looking for a cookie to fuel your workout? This hearty oatmeal creations are good for both breakfast and a pre workout meal. They’re packed with fiber, protein and so much other good stuff that you immediately feel ready to hit the running track. I ate a few before I went off to the gym and I wasn’t weighted down at all.

1/2 scoop vanilla whey (I use (1/4 cup, 15 g or 0,8 dl)
1/4 cup or 0,8 dl raisins (50 g)
1/2 + 1/3 cup or 1 dl + 0,5 dl rolled oats (70 g)
1,5 T unsweetened applesauce (40 g)
1/4 cup or 0,8 dl rinsed white beans (100 g if packed)
1,5 T coconut flour (11 g)
1 egg white (27 g)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
Sweetener to taste
Salt to taste
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

Heat up the oven to 350 F or 180 C and line a baking pan with parchment paper (or wax paper like I use). Blend all the dry ingredients expect for the raisins and 1/3 cup oats and then add all the wet ones and blend in a blender until smooth. Transfer the dough back to your bowl and blend in the raisins and the oats. You mad add some water if it’s very dry but you should be able to roll the dough into 12 little balls. Place the balls on the baking pan and flatten out using your hand. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes or take them out as soon as your home starts to smell wonderfully.

Macros for one cookie out of 12:
Calories: 52
Fats: 0,6 g
Protein: 3 g
Carbs: 9 g

Creamy and spicy buckwheat porridge for a great good start – 317 calories

Gosh, I really really love the whole concept of flavor pairings. Did you know that it is estimated that 20% of a tasting experience comes from taste, whereas 80% comes from the aroma? So, if you would pinch your nose tight enough and then taste for example my salmon with apples and onions you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the apples and the salmon just by tasting it. Amazing, huh?

So, the nose can detect up to 10.000 different smells while the tongue is only capable of detecting five tastes. The aroma of the food is therefore really important! Because some ingredients share the majority of the volatile molecules (this means that the molecules transform into gas at room temperature and produce smell) , they taste and smell nicely together, even if they sound kind of weird!

And what exactly am I trying to say? That even if some weird flavor combos may appear in this blog, you should really give them a try. For example, this morning I had a (not so weird) combo of bananas and cloves in my buckwheat porridge. It was.. superb! However, fruity and spice (think apple and cinnamon) is always a winning combo in my eyes!

1/3 banana (35 g)
1/2 cup buckwheat (40 g)
A pinch of cloves
Salt and vinegar to taste
1/2 tsp guar gum
Sweetener to taste
1 cup or 2 dl water (or milk?)
1 tsp coconut oil (3 g)
1/3 cup cooked cauliflower mash (for volume!) (100 g)
1/4 cup whey double rich chocolate (16 g)
Goji berries (4 g)
A few slices of golden kiwi (20 g)

Mash half of the banana and cut the kiwi. In a micro safe bowl, blend the buckwheat, water, guar gum and cauliflower. Cook in the microwave (or on a stove top if you prefer) for about two minutes. Meanwhile measure up the whey powder and blend it with a splash of water until you have a custard like creme. Add it to your porridge along (but save some for garnish) with the seasoning, the oil, the vinegar an top your off your beauty with the remaining whey creme, the kiwis, banana slices and the goji berries.

Calories: 317
Fats: 5 g
Protein: 21 g
Carbs: 43 g

Berry bliss breakfast pie for 271 calories

Today I’ve managed to get out of bed and go for a run before breakfast. Well, it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world but I sure felt really great afterwards.. Even so great I’ve decided to make myself a healthy pie for breakfast. One of the best parts of adulthood is that you can decide to have dessert for breakfast (if it’s balanced enough which this pie is). You’ve might even feed this to your kids before school, no shame at all.

In addition, it was hearty, skinny and very easy. However, the baking time was a bit longer most of people would wan’t to wait in the morning (25 minutes) so I’ve recommend to do a huge batch of this in the evening and just reheat in the morning. I on the other hand had time to wait so I made a protein ice cream, took a shower and got dressed. Not bad for a wednesday morning, huh?

If you’re looking for more protein – add a sauce made of 1 T whey and some water just like I did for an additional of 4-5 g protein and only 20 calories.

1/2 cup or 1 dl rolled oats (40 g)
1 egg white (27 g)
1 1/2 T unsweetened applesauce (35 g)
5 strawberries (60 g)
20-30 blueberries (100 g)
1/2 tsp coconut flour (1 g)
1/4 cup or 0,5 dl unsweetened pistachio milk
A splash of water
1/4 tsp baking powder
Sweetener and cinnamon to taste
1 T Scitec whey strawberry white chocolate (or whatever brand you’ve got)

Preheat the oven to 180 C/355 F and put the berries in a ramekin. Blend all the other ingredients in a small bowl and pour the mixture over the berries. Slightly stir with a spoon and bake in the oven until edges start to brown (about 25 minutes)

Calories: 271
Fats: 4 g
Protein: 14,5 g
Carbs: 40 g

Gooey in the middle healthy, quick and clean pre workout muffins. 83 or 58 calories!

Hi guys! I’ve been in a baking mode the whole day. Since the weather isn’t quite nice here in Sweden, even though it’e June I gladly decided to spend the whole day in the kitchen experimenting with skinny recipes. My latest low calorie creation are these gooey in the middle healthy protein raspberry cupcakes. They’re grain free and made with my own gluten free flour mix. Since I’ve wanted a bigger more like a pre workout or breakfast muffin I used 7 bigger muffin molds but this recipe should make about 10 small ones that should end up at 58 calories each!.

3/4 cup or 1,7 dl gluten free flour blend
1/2 scoop whey (15 g,1/6 cup or 0,4 dl)
1 tsp guar gum
1/2 cup or 1 dl (55 g) light coconut milk
1 egg white (27 g)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
A pinch of salt
70 g or 7 tsp sugar free raspberry jam
100 g 3/4 cup or 1,7 dl raspberries
1/2 cup or 1 dl sweetener of choice
1 T unsweetened applesauce

Start with heating up the oven to 400 F or 190 C. Blend all the dry ingredients and add the wet ones except for the raspberries and the raspberry jam. Divide 4/5 the batter into 7 molds and spoon 1 teaspoon jam inside every mold. Pour the remaining batter into the molds and garnish with the raspberries and some oats or whatevs you have at hand.

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I seriously recommend using a flour mix that suits your diet preferences. I just experiment with the flours I happen to have at home so you shouldn’t give up if you can’t find any of these. Try subbing them with another gluten free flours.

My whole grain gluten free flour mix contains
50 g dry milk powder(omit if going dairy free)
100 g bake protein
400 g buckwheat flour (whole grain)
300 g millet (200 g flour + 100 g meal for structure)
100 g arrow root starch
100 g tapioca starch
100 g cornstarch

This recipe makes 7 serving and macros for one serving are:
Calories: 83
Fat: 1 g
Protein: 6 g
Carbs: 10 g

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside low calorie gluten free biscuits – 70 calories each

Sundays makes perfect #brunch days. My brother came over and it’s always nice to have someone that’s not on a diet to taste your food because their taste buds aren’t quite messed up. I mean, I’ve been dieting for so long that tasty food is even tastier and that’s of course a great benefit of dieting, haha! Anyhow, since I wanted bread, or something breadish but didn’t liked the idea of eating something store brought and without all them nice macros, I threw together quick protein biscuits for the whole family and guess what? No stone hard or lumpy disaster but rich and moist little babies that won my whole families approval! Most of all, they were packed with digestible carbs, easy and had a crispy outside. Heaven!

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Almost 1 cup or 2 dl (200 g) quark or greek yoghurt
2 cups or 4 dl (200 g) dark gluten free flour blend
1 scoop (30 g -1/3 cup or 0,8 dl) vanilla whey
1 T bakning powder
A pinch of salt
Optional seasoning (I recommend cardamon, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger)
A splash or two of dairy free milk
A little apple cider vinegar

Blend all the dry ingredients and add the quark or yoghurt. Stir in a little milk just until your batter forms a dough. Transfer to a floured counter top, kned and roll until it’s 1 inch or 2-3 cm thick. Use a floured drinking glass or cookie cutter to cut circles. This recipe should make about 12 small biscuits. Bake in the oven at 425 F or 210 C for about 15 minutes or until the outside is brown and your home smells like a lovely bakery.

This recipe came out low calorie, high protein and quickly became my new the pre workout power bomb!

Macros for one bun out of 12:
Calories: 70
Fats: 1,6 g
Protein: 6 g
Carbs: 7 g

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Low calorie, moist, gluten free and protein packed bread – 66 calories

Eh.. SAY WHAT? Is this true? Ever since I’ve started baking gluten free goods gluten free bread have always been a challenge. Dense, chalkboard bread like lumps were the result but this time.. Wow, I even managed to pack it with proteins, good healthy fats and the best of all.. A nice slice is low in calories AND still moist at the same time. The shell can easily be made nice and crisp but the inside still stays chewy, moist and delicious. Enough talk, here’s the recipe:

Almost 1 T (10 g) coconut oil
1 1/4-1/2 cup or 3 dl (120 g) oat flour (ground oats)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp guar gum
1 cup or 2 dl boiling water
3/4 cup or 1,3 dl unsweetened pistachio or almond milk
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 heaping scoops bake protein (70 g, 1 cup or 2 dl)
1 T unsweetened apple sauce
25 gram psylium powder (NOT HUSKS)
1 T walden farms calorie free syrup or sweetener of choice
A pinch of salt
Optional seasoning – Perhaps a mix of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and cardamon!

Mix the vinegar, milk, water and psylium in a large bowl until it forms a huge, not very appealing blob. Then add the syrup, applesauce and oil. While you’re whisking like a fool, grind the oats in a blender or whatever you have at hand. I prefer to blend all my dry ingredients in the blender at once! Put mix the dry mixture with your blob. If the batter seems to dry – add more oat flour. Once you’re happy with the now quite thick batter, transfer it into a bread mold and bake at 350 F or 180 C for about 40-50 minutes. The baking time depends on how crispy you like your crust and of course the size of your mold and how even your oven is. Try sticking a tooth pick in it once your home starts to smell like a bakery and if it’s clean and the crust is hard – you’re good to go! Chill on a rack and cut in 14 slices. One slice is:

Calories: 66
Fat: 1,5 g
Protein: 6 g
Carbs: 5,5

Different toppings and variations for your morning glory – oatmeal inspiration

Well uh, have anyone actually noticed that no one bats an eye if you tell them that you eat the same oatmeal for breakfast every morning? Imagine the fuzz if you said that you ate the same dish for lunch every day! People would think that you’re bat shit crazy. However, with breakfast, it’s okay. I still think do that even if you eat the same oatmeal you should use different flavorings and topping from time to time. Here’s a couple ideas!

*Caulifloats – oatmeal with cauliflower for volume
*Pumpkin oats – volume and taste
*Cocoa
*Different essences
*Coconut milk + pineapple
*Bananas + clove
*Goji berries and seeds and berries you can possibly think of
*Cauliflower + cocoa
*Pumpkin + spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon
*Apples + cinnamon
*Pistachios (perhaps my fav, pistachio milk!) + oranges
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Buckwheat protein pancake porn – 298 calories

This recipe is so friggin’ nice! I sure love my pancake stacks but when I see improvement my heart skips a beat!

1 egg
1 small or 75 g mashed banana
1 tsp (10 g) quark or greek yoghurt
2 T (14 g) coconut meal
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp (10 g) buckwheat meal
1/2 scoop (15 g) vanilla whey

Blend everything using a blender or food processor and heat your pan on medium low heat. Grease both your pan and your spatula with coconut oil or whatever you feel like using and cook this little babies for about a minute or two or until tiny bubbles starts to appear on each side. They should be a little bit brown when you flip them! I topped of mine with some whey sauce (whey with almond milk) and berries.

This recipe makes 5-6 small pancakes and the whole recipe is:
Cal: 298
Fat: 8
Carbs: 27
Protein: 24