Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cinnamon Lover's Muffin in a Mug (with Variations) - THM {E}

I love quick and simple food ideas. I am a mix between a "Whole Grain Jane" and a "Drive Thru Sue" but mainly out of necessity. Having four boys under five has taught me that if I want to eat anything the first time it is heated, I better do it quick or someone will need me before I get to finish... So I have come to cherish the In a Mug/Bowl recipes shared in the Trim Healthy Mama (affiliate) book. However, I have also been "On Plan" long enough to discover my body operates more efficiently when I stick to an {E} breakfast.

I routinely grab some oatmeal in the morning, but every once in a while I like to change it up.  I usually don't have the special ingredients to make the Muffin in a Bowl recipe [p.258] (Because 2 in diapers + 1 income = Tight budget) So, I experimented with a fuel switch on the Muffin in a Mug recipe [p. 256]. This was a big step for me, I am typically a strict recipe follower, and overly cautious when it comes to culinary experiments. I hate waste and will choke down whatever recipe fail I am subjected to. But THM has given me more confidence to “Own it!” and thankfully this risk was worth the reward!

Check it out and own it for yourselves. {Pin It}

Cinnamon Lover’s Muffin in a Mug (with Variations) – THM {E}

The Ingredients:

2 Tbsps. Oat Flour (ground Old Fashioned Oats)

1 Tbsp. Flax Meal

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

4 Tbsps. Liquid Egg Whites

1 Tbsp. Fat Free Greek Yogurt

½ Tsp. Baking Powder

1-2 Doonks Pure Stevia Powder

Pinch of Salt and a splash of Vanilla (optional)

The Directions:
Add to your favorite mug and Mix well, Microwave for 1 minute (or pour into a waffle iron for a yummy cinnamon waffle!) and Enjoy.

The Variations: 
After the confidence boost that resulted from my success I attempted a couple other flavor combinations. 

Chai Spice: Reduce the Cinnamon to 1 Tsp and Increase the Oat Flour to 2 ½ Tbsps. Add ¼ Tsp. Cardamom, 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper and 1 Tsp Vanilla

Apple Pie: Reduce Cinnamon to 1 Tsp and Increase Oat Flour to 3 Tbsps. Replace Greek Yogurt with Unsweetened Apple Sauce and Add 1/8 - 1/4 Tsp Apple Pie Spice. Add chopped Apples (optional) 

All of these variations turned out nice and moist. I think this would be wonderful topped with Fat Free Redi Whip, but I didn’t have any. I tried a Greek Yogurt topping but I didn’t like it very much (but yes, I ate it all anyway.) I also tried to use all Oat Flour as the Flax adds approximately 2.2 grams of fat, but I liked the texture better with the Flax meal. I think the possibilities are endless; Blueberry, Pumpkin, Banana... I'm excited, and hungry!

Until Next Time, be brave in the kitchen and enjoy your food freedom!


*If you like what you see, please share and link back to this site*

No comments:

Post a Comment