Darren is kayacking today. Cassie and I have been running errands and baking.
The first event was Shelly's Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies. Of course the amazing Melting Mama turned us on to them... as she does with everything she reviews. :) She's like Oprah's book club... Oprah says a book is good, it turns #1. MM says a product/recipe is good, the WLS community has to storm the stores/Internet to find it. LOL. So to make the review process a little more entertaining, I've enslisted my almost 4 year old daughter to help me. Who gives the truth better than a pre-schooler, right?
So, here's Cassie and her first cookie review:
Recipe: Shelly's Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies
1/4 cup Raw Almonds, ground
1/2 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
1/4 cup Soy Flour (7 g. of protein per 1/4 cup)
2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
dash of Salt
1/3 cup Nuts, chopped (I used Pecans)
1/4 cup Dried Fruit (I used Raisins and Unsweetened Dried Cranberries)
10 Sugar Free Chocolate Baking Discs (or 4 miniature bars), chopped (I substituted witha 1/4 c of mini morsels)
Preheat oven to 325.
In a mini food processor whiz almonds, 1/4 cup of the oats, soy flour, 1 scoop of the protein powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt till fine.
Add Torani syrup and whiz again*.
In a separate dish beat egg, almond butter and vanilla together. Combine both. Add additional scoop of protein, the other 1/4 cup of oats, nuts, fruit and chocolate pieces.
Scoop with a small ice cream scoop onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Pat down slightly. (I went my fingers with hot water and they didn't stick).
Bake at 325 for 9 minutes exactly. They will look light on the top but trust me they are done. Soy flour browns quickly.
Remove from tray immediately and cool on a wire rack. Makes 16.
*Be sure to add the Torani syrup to the dry ingredients.
Details on the second baking event to follow, but it's not nearly as health conscious a recipe, except that it is made from 100% whole wheat flower.