Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Micro-Cakes

Here is a post that has been sitting in my Drafts folder for a while.  I wanted to wait until the whole "peanut flour" craze died down a bit.

I got onto this bandwagon after I randomly spotted it at Trader Joe's and was hoping to use it as a vegan protein powder.  Made out of unsalted, ground-up peanuts only, it is high in protein and healthy fats.  When I realized the whole protein shake thing wasn't happening, I started putting it in my oatmeal instead of peanut butter.  This saved me from destroying jars of peanut butter in a short time yet still have the peanutty tastes in my oats.

Then, the peanut flour could no longer be found.  I had to order three bags online.  While I haven't used it for baking yet, I did use it for microwave "cakes."


Okay, so these don't taste like cake, but it does turn oats and a few other things into something bread-like.  My normal concoction was:

1/3 c. oats (instant or old-fashioned work fine)
1/4 c. egg whites (leftover from THIS incident)
1/4 c. peanut flour
1/2 Tbsp flax seeds (I know ground flax is better, but this is what I have at the moment)
1/2 tsp cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp carob powder (if desired)
1/2 scoop of Amazing Meal (if desired... just trying to use it up)
1/4 c. non-dairy milk

Combine the dry ingredients with the milk.  The oats should be wet but not runny.  The runnier the "batter" gets, the more fluffy and moist the end-product will be.  Adjust to your tastes.

Microwave on high for about 2 minutes.

Here's the end result.  I am bad and sometimes eat this with a bit of butter, cream cheese, or peanut butter.


I even made a variation with pumpkin  If you add pumpkin, decrease the egg white and milk a little bit.

So, if you're tiring of oatmeal and want another way to get those cholesterol-wipers into your system, this could be a viable option...

2 comments:

  1. Will def have to try this out, because I love oatmeal, and have it everyday for breakfast. Thanks for sharing. Per your email, yes I saw the race recap, and you did kick ass indeed.

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