Saturday, December 22, 2012

Frozen Breakfast Smoothie - Even when it’s Cold!


There is just something about a smoothie that satisfies the taste buds, regardless of the weather!  Grab the sunscreen or the snuggle duds or ‘long johns’  or even snuggle up to the fireplace and enjoy a smoothie!  

Think Smoothies after the holidays when all of that food is being digested!

Rather than skip breakfast as so many of want to, just try a smoothie!  Not only does it have more nutrients, it is easier to eat.  I prefer the frozen kind, but it can also be eaten thru a straw.

There are so many foods to add to a smoothie.  So many vegetables, fruits, nuts and don’t forget the protein powders!

I started using protein powders after discovering that gluten was the culprit that was making me sick.  I never really liked meat, but was not getting enough protein.  Both my nails and hair were very brittle, so I began searching for a cause.  One of the reasons found was not enough protein.   Once I started using protein powders, the nails improved rather quickly, but the hair took a bit of time.   Disclaimer:This is not to say this is the reason for everyone’s brittle nails and hair, it worked for me.

For whatever reason, you may use protein powders, they do add nutrients.

This smoothie is loaded with nutrients and even a little caffeine.

Breakfast In A Glass Protein Smoothie

Breakfast In A Glass Protein Smoothie

1/2 cup broccoli florets, frozen, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
2 large frozen sliced strawberries
1/2 medium frozen banana, sliced
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder (used Ghirardelli)
1 kiwi fruit, peeled, cut into quarters
1 large orange, peeled and cut into quarters
1/2 scoop  protein powder
1/4 cup sliced almonds , for garnish ( 2 Tbsp per serving)
5 Ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender capable of crushing ice (or a frozen concoction maker). Replace the top on the blender jar.   This may also be made in one of the new food masticator type of blenders.

Breakfast In A Glass Protein Smoothie - ingredients

Breakfast In A Glass Protein Smoothie

Pulse two or three times to get it started, push down the ingredients. Turn the blender shown on ‘ice crush’.   Stop and push down as necessary.

A stick blender works well too, you may have to stir it a couple of times.  Stir the mixture so that it will blend easier.

After the mixture is completed blended (no large particles showing, serve in parfait glasses. 

When finished, use a spatula to remove all of the smoothie to serve.

Breakfast In A Glass Protein Smoothie

Top with 2 tbsp sliced almonds. Eat with a spoon.

Breakfast In A Glass Protein Smoothie

Servings: 2
Yield: 1 very large serving or 2 medium

Nutrition (per serving): 223 calories, 7.5g total fat, 3.8g monounsaturated fat, 1.7g polyunsaturated fat, 0g trans fatty acids, <1g trans-monoenoic fatty acids, <1g trans-polyenoic fatty acids, 1.4g linoleic acid, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 101.3mg sodium, 104.6mg calcium, 657.5mg potassium, 71.1mcg folate, 133.5mg phosphorus, 6.9mg phytosterols, 0mcg lycopene, 2.2mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, 0mcg vitamin b12, <1mg vitamin b6, 124.4mg vitamin c, 0IU vitamin d, <1mg zinc, 34.7g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 26.8g net carbohydrates, 20.6g sugar, 4g fructose, <1g galactose, 3.8g glucose, <1g lactose, <1g maltose, 1.3g sucrose, <1mg stigmasterol, 10.7g protein, 6.9mg caffeine.


Author Notes
This can be made using fresh fruit, but will be liquid instead of frozen.  Add the ice cubes at the beginning to reduce preparation time. Although the ice cubes can be omitted,  I prefer the addition of the ice cubes to make it a bit smoother.

Feel free to add complementary items to the smoothie.  If you add for instance oatmeal, reduce the broccoli or orange, because both have lots of fiber.

Warning: the top must be on the blender when pulsing, or there will be  splashes everywhere!

© 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake - After DIY Almond Milk

There have been several questions on what to do with the pulp left after making DIY almond milk.

In the past, I have added it to smoothies and muffins. Today, I decided to go even further and convert my  Chocolate Condensed Milk Cake to flourless using some of the ground almonds.

This may not work for all because the almond meal left could be drier than my version .  It’s a bit of trial and error, if you really squeeze all liquid from the ground almonds, baking time will be less.  Since mine had a bit more liquid, the cake takes longer to bake.  I also ground the almonds to the smooth consistency of  nut butter after making the ‘milk’.  To make this cake using this method, the remaining almonds should be smooth, not grainy!

Be prepared to let the cake bake for 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the amount of liquid in the ground almonds.

This is a dark chocolaty dense decadent cake. It is a one layer or half-size cake.  The cake puffs up and deflates as it finishes baking, becoming a chocolaty decadent cake.

This cake is for those who really love dark chocolate!

Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake

Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake - display

This is a cake that uses the leftovers from DIY almond milk




1/2 cup butter

1 tsp almond oil, optional

1/2 cup Granulated Stevia (or granulated sugar)

7 ounces fat free sweetened condensed milk

3 eggs

1/2 cup finely ground almonds (from making almond milk)

6 tbsp cocoa

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tbsp powdered (confectioners) sugar, for garnish

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips




·         Grease pan with shortening and dust with cocoa. After shaking pan to cover it, tap any additional cocoa into the bowl to mix into the cake.  There should be no more than an additional teaspoon of cocoa.


 Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake - prepared pan


·         Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


·         Beat butter and sweetener at high speed until fluffy.  Continue mixing, adding in condensed milk and eggs. Beat in vanilla and almond extract.


Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake -  butter, sweetener


Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake - eggs, butter, milk





·         Mix cocoa and ground almonds, sprinkle in baking powder


 Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake -  cocoa ground almonds


·         Gradually add cocoa/ground almonds as you continue mixing.


 Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake


·         Spread about 2/3 of batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle chips over, cover with remaining batter


Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake


Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake


·         Bake 45 - 50 minutes or longer, if the top is still not firm


·         Cool about 15 minutes in pan before turning out on to a serving plate. Dust with Confectioner's sugar using a sifter.


 Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake


After cooling, store tightly wrapped on counter up to 24 hours or refrigerated or freeze.


Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake


Servings: 12


Nutrition (as prepared): 186 calories, 12.7g total fat, 4.1g monounsaturated fat, 1g polyunsaturated fat, 0g trans fatty acids, <1g trans-monoenoic fatty acids, <1g trans-polyenoic fatty acids, <1g linoleic acid, 6.3g saturated fat, 75.4mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 167.9mg calcium, 249mg potassium, 13.9mcg folate, 203mg phosphorus, <1mg phytosterols, 0mcg lycopene, 10.9mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, <1mcg vitamin b12, <1mg vitamin b6, 1.1mg vitamin c, 4.4IU vitamin d, <1mg zinc, 15.8g carbohydrates, 1.6g fiber, 14.2g net carbohydrates, 11.3g sugar, <1g fructose, <1g galactose, <1g glucose, <1g lactose, <1g maltose, <1g sucrose, <1mg stigmasterol, 4.5g protein, 6.2mg caffeine.


Even better two days later!


Chocolate Flour-less Condensed Milk Cake


After making the almond milk, the remains were put thru the food processor for about 5 minutes.  The result was creamy, minus the fat that went to the milk.  The texture is similar to the nut butter minus the fat.  So re-grind the remains, instead of throwing them out.


Ground Almonds


If, the cake appears wet near the bottom after baking, one of two things can be done, return it to the oven or place it in the microwave , uncovered for about 3 or more minutes on high, checking it carefully.


I was a little hesitant to do this post, but I know there are some who wonder if there is anything else to use the ‘almond pulp’ except smoothies or throwing it in the garbage.

© 2012

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