Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Beyond the religious meaning of the day, Easter to me represents spring, awakening, new beginnings. If you have lost your way a bit, it's a great time to make a fresh start.

On our menu today... I picked up a 3 pound Ham. I'm going to glaze it with some SF Apricot Jam and serving it with a variation of my Roasted Eggplant "Stuffing" and I bought some gorgeous artichokes at the Farmer's Market on Saturday so I'll be making those too. I serve them like this with a Roasted Garlic Yogurt Dip. I've got the King's Speech and the Glee Encore DVD to watch. And of course we have some Easter goodies...

My traditional Sugar Free Chocolate Coconut Nests, a batch of Mini Coconut Protein Muffins and a couple of Sugar Free Storebought Candies (careful of the sugar alcohols - too many and the powder room will be your hang-out for the day, moderation is key)

Shelly's Coconut Protein Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Coconut Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Coconut Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
2 Tablespoons Almond Meal
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Jello Vanilla Pudding Mix, dry
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
Pinch salt
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut for the top

In a measuring cup mix egg, milk, syrup, and oil (applesauce or cottage cheese can sub for oil but 1 T divided between 12 muffins is really not a lot) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, almond meal, pudding mix, protein powder and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour into a non stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Optional: Place a few shreds of coconut on top of each muffin. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until knife inserted comes out clean. Makes 12.

You have to make these muffins. Soooo good! Great on-to-go breakfast paired with my Coconut Cream Protein Shake or toss a couple in a snack sized Ziploc baggie and when your meeting friends for coffee at Starbuck's you'll have something yummy you can have too.

Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards?
A: A receding hareline.

Ba dum CHING :)

Happy Easter to all my pals who celebrate!

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P.S. The super cute Egg Cozie (pictured above) was a gift from my Mum last year. She made them.


Linda said...

HAPPY EASTER to you and your Mum I hope your had a wonderful day ..and thank you again for being you !!!

Linda :)

Penney said...

Hoppy Easter to you too! What kind of multigrain pancake mix do you use in your muffins?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you Linda. Hope you had a great day too.


Happy Easter Penney. I prefer Arrowhead Mills but I've used a few... whatever tastes good and is good stats wise on your plan would be fine... just make sure it contains a leavening agent of some sort and not just a flour.

Khrysti said...

My recipe for success yesterday was to make (for the 1st time)a tripple batch of your strawberry cannoli and take them to my in-laws. (I also brought some prawns so I would have something savory and something sweet). The Strawberry Cannoli were a HUGE hit -- so popular they went right away and everyone was trying to figure out what the filling was -- boy were they shocked to learn they were sugar-free (well, minus the natural sugar in the berry)! Thanks for your great recipes that make me look like a pro at family functions! I am going to put a link to the recipe on my blog post today!!!

Anonymous said...

Just made your yummy coconut muffins (for about the 10th time - my fav!. I added 2 fresh blueberries to each muffin this time, OMG GOOD! Thank you for your wonderful WLS friendly treats!