Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

Following a low carb diet doesn’t have to be hard or depriving. There are many alternatives to the standard diet that are delicious. 

We found this one, made a couple minor changes and really enjoyed it. 

Cinnamon has many health benefits for you as well as adding a delicious flare to various foods. It is an antioxidant. It is known to lower blood sugars. It increases the circulation of the blood. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It is good for the teeth. The list goes on and on. So add it to your foods and drinks when you can and start reaping the wonderful benefits. You can start with the delicious pancake recipe below. 

If you try these, be sure to let me know how you like them.


Pancakes-
6 oz cream cheese, softened 

6 eggs

2 tbsp vanilla extract

9 tbsp almond milk

2 tbsp sugar substitute (we used Swerve)

1 tsp cinnamon

9 tbsp coconut flour

3 tsp baking powder
Cinnamon swirl-

12 tbsp butter, melted

6 tbsp sugar substitute

2-1/2 tbsp cinnamon

For pancakes-Place wet pancake ingredients into blender and blend. Add dry ingredients and blend again. Set aside. 

For cinnamon swirl-Place items in sauce pan over medium heat until ingredients are well combined. 

Preheat griddle to 325F. Lightly grease. Pour batter into circles 4″ in diameter. When top begins to bubble, drizzle cinnamon mixture over pancakes. Flip pancakes when bottoms are golden brown and cook remaining side of pancake. 

Drizzle with toppings of your choice. 

Servings-18 pancakes

Per pancake-calories 131, fat 12, carbs 4, fiber 2, protein 3

*recipe adapted from tryketowith.me

Lemon-Strawberry Cakelets

You know I like my treats…..But I also like to have my food work to bettering my body too!  I always use clean, non-GMO, usually organic ingredients.  I also work to incorporate foods that will help my body to heal and function at its best. 


I add collagen to my green smoothies. I make my own healthy jello to incorporate gelatin into my day. I add sauerkraut to my eggs to include some fermented foods into my daily intake. Small things add up. 

Today I used Young Living lemon essential oil in my weekly treat. 75 lemons go into one 15-ml bottle. That is one full lemon in every five drops of oil. I drink 1/2 lemon worth in my warm ACV water each morning.  So much easier than juicing a lemon, especially when you’re still half asleep!  Lemons are high in vitamin C and many other vitamins and minerals. They contain flavonoids making them powerful antioxidants.  They are a great liver detoxifier as well. 


So, here is another low carb treat, using food as medicine, to help improve our health. 

Lemon-Strawberry Cakelets 

cakelet-

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup cream cheese, softened

1 cup sweetener

10 eggs

2 tsps vanilla extract

25 drops Young Living lemon or jade lemon essential oil

2-1/4 cup almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 tsps baking powder

2 cups strawberries,diced

1-1/2 droppers of liquid stevia

glaze-

3/4 cup Sukrin Melis (confectioned sweetener)

5 tbsps lemon juice

Instructions:

Heat oven to 325F. Cream together butter, cream cheese and sweetener (I used Swerve). Blend in eggs, extract and essential oil (you could replace this with lemon extract). Add in liquid stevia (I use Sweet Leaf).  Slowly stir in flours and baking powder. Toss in berries (I put mine in my Pampered Chef manual food processor). Spoon batter into individual brownie wells (I love the Pampered Chef brownie pan). Bake at 325F for 18 minutes. Cool. For glaze, mix lemon juice and powdered sweetener and drizzle over cooled cakelets.  

Servings 32.

Per serving – calories 155, fat 14, carbs 5, fiber 2, protein 4.5

*recipe adapted from lowcarbyum