Sunday, December 05, 2010
So, I read this great blog at http://www.chocolatecoveredkat
ie.com. Katie is pretty awesome and comes up with fab recipes. I made her protein-y brownie batter pancakes this morning, for instance. I did a couple alterations (http://recipes.sparkpeople.co
=1351619) and ate a huge 10 pancake serving for 320 calories, 20 grams protein! YUMMO.
Anyway, that's not the point.
The new thing that I'm into is agar pudding! It's so cheap, low calorie and filling.
The basic recipes is this:
10 oz. milk of choice (I use unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze - 40 calories a cup!)
3/4 tsp agar powder (get it at asian markets for super cheap)
Put the agar in the milk and slowly bring it to a boil. Simmer a couple minutes then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly on the stovetop and then put it in the fridge. It will gel up and chill in about 30 minutes or so. It'll actually set faster but I like to let it get a bit cool, too.
Once you have the agar/milk combo set dump it into a food processor, blender, magic bullet, Ninja, etc.
Add the following:
Stevia (or sweetener or choice) - I use about 19-21 drops which is the equivalent of about 2 tbs of sugar sweetness. The agar is flavorless and my milk has no sugar so it needs a bit more. If you use sweetened milk, you can do less (or no) added sweetener.
2 tsps of extract of choice (I've done butterscotch, vanilla, coconut, caramel... all good)
About 1/4 c. water. Start with 2 Tbs and add more if needed.
Blend blend blend. If it's not smooth enough, add more water.
It'll be sort of fluffy and smooth when it's good to go. Taste and see if you need more sweetener.
Transfer to a bowl and pop in the freezer so it gets good and cold. NOM.
Since agar, stevia and extracts are non-caloric it's basically like drinking a big cup of almond milk (with all the vitamins and minerals, protein, etc.) only you get the satisfaction of actually eating solid food. It's only 50 calories for my version and I feel MUCH more satisfied than if I'd just taken in those calories as a beverage!
Katie's original recipe is here:
She says the base makes 2 servings, and it might if you're using a decadent milk (like Westsoy's seasonal chocolate peppermint or Silk Soy Nog) but with the Almond Breeze, I feel totally justified in eating the whole bowl. ;)
Give it a try. :)