I have been working on making healthy breakfast food. I want something that is quick to grab in the morning so I don’t have to take a lot of time preparing so I can get working. Of course I must be concerned to have foods low in calories because I really battle my weight. Going along with the low calories is having food high in fiber for breakfast.
It is important to me to have healthy breakfast food which is filling because I do not have time to have a snack throughout the morning. I am also trying to stay away from most of the white flour and refined sugar. I have always had a tremendous dislike for artificial sweeteners. All this leaves a very limited list of ingredients to include in something that I want for breakfast every morning.
I had been thinking that a piece of coffee cake or a quick muffin might be suitable for what I am looking for. I love making quinoa recipes because I believe this grain is so healthy and easy to work with. I always thought my carrot cake recipe was so delicious. Even though it is very high in fiber it is also very high in calories. The texture and flavor is so good that I decided to start here.
Since I do not like artificial sweeteners, I have been reading a lot about the natural sweetener, Stevia. This is an herb from South America and has been used for hundreds of years as a natural sweetener. I don’t find it to have an aftertaste like the artificial sweeteners, which I hate. My thought was if I make a sugar free cake recipe and make a food high in fiber there just could not be many calories in a piece of this. This would make a great healthy breakfast food. I set out to bake one immediately.
CARROT CAKE RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Grease and flour bundt or tube cake pan.
Combine all ingredients and blend well.
Pour into prepared pan and bake 1 hour or until pick comes out clean.
When cold slice cake horizontally and add orange glaze.
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and cook until slightly thickened, stirring constantly.
While my healthy breakfast food was baking, you know the sugar free cake recipe which could not have any calories in it, I decided to sit down and figure the calories. I could not believe my figures! I had to have made a mistake! This cake has a total of 4880 calories with no sugar and quinoa flour in it. That means 1/12 (and that is not a huge piece) of this cake would be a whopping 406.66 calories. I don’t call that low in calories! I can’t eat this everyday for breakfast.
NOTE: THE CALORIE COUNT MAY NOT BE EXACT.
After some disappointment and thought I decided to try again and vary the recipe to take out calories. I looked at the high calorie ingredients. The flour; but I wanted to keep the high fiber because I still think it is a healthy choice. Next is the oil so I decided to decrease the oil from 1 cup to ¼ cup and add 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce which I cooked myself to help keep the delicious moistness of product. I took out 1 of the eggs to eliminate a few more calories. Last I eliminated the nuts from the recipe which I think I will add back in next time. I really like them in the recipe and I feel they have a lot of health benefits.
I decided to make the carrot cake recipe in giant muffins this time round; mainly because I was in a hurry to get them baked. I decided to eliminate a few more calories by using a little fresh orange juice instead of the glaze on top of the muffins.
I baked these muffins at 350F degrees for about 20 minutes (test with pick for doneness).
INSTEAD OF GLAZE I added a little sweetener to ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice and spooned it over the slightly warm muffins.
CONCLUSION to my healthy breakfast food is a whopping cut in calories of 193.46. Each of these twelve muffins is 213.20 calories and that is not bad for a giant muffin which is very filling for a healthy breakfast food. Keeping the quinoa flour in the muffins adds a lot of protein to get through the morning. The flavor of both the cake and muffins was equally delicious although I did miss the nuts in the muffins. They added a pleasant texture to the muffin but also added about 63 calories to each of the twelve muffins.
NOTE: The next time I may not use the orange juice or if I do I will not use paper liners. I did not think about it but the juice saturated the paper liners making it a little hard to get the muffins out.