March 24, 2009

Wannabe Junk Food

One of my favorite things in the world is carrot cake. I don't eat it often, due to a) lack of opportunity, b) lack of motivation to make it myself and c) cake's tendency to have less than favorable effects on one's body.

The breakfast cookie, on the other hand, is a canvas ripe for experimentation and is inherently healthy, so here is today's attempt at a carrot cookie for breakfast.

The "batter":
  • 1/2 cup kamut puffs
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 Vanilla Dream YouShake dry mix (equivalent to about 1/2 scoop vanilla soy protein powder, nutrition-wise)
  • 1 tbsp golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp TJ's raw crunchy almond butter
  • cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg

The "frosting":

  • 1/2 6-oz container nonfat plain Stonyfield Farm yogurt

I'm not sure I quite fooled myself into thinking I was eating carrot cake for breakfast, but it was a damn fine breakfast cookie. :) My only complaint would be that it didn't hold me very long. In fact, neither did my lunch of leftover jambalaya. I had this annoying empty, unsatisfied feeling all day. Blame the hormoneys, I guess.

I gave in and had my snack a little early, and only then did I feel a little better (though still sleepy!) This is my latest snack obsession (whenever I'm not eating bars, that is):

1/2 cup cottage cheese with cinnamon and 1 tbsp each carob chips, Newman's Organics dried cranberries and wasabi peas. A match made in trail mix heaven! Cottage cheese always gets me through 'til dinner better than any bar, no matter how much "protein" that bar may contain.

I had my not-so-annual physical after work, and after being deemed supremely healthy (my words, not the doc's), I continued my junk-food-in-disguise theme with homemade black bean burgers for the roomie and me. So good! (And so cheap, not that I'm concerned with such things...)

I used this recipe and didn't modify it, but it's a good one for experimentation.

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup salsa, extra liquid drained
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

Flex your guns:

  1. In a medium-size bowl, mash the beans thoroughly with a fork
  2. Add onion, salsa and garlic and stir
  3. Beat egg in a separate bowl with the cumin (and hot sauce, if desired)
  4. Add egg mixture and oats to the batter and stir well
  5. Form into 4-6 patties (I made 4, they were a nice size)

I conveniently ignored the part of the instructions that says to freeze these patties and cook them some other time because they will stick together better after having been frozen and defrosted. Oh well, they ended up staying together fine. I just sprayed a skillet with a little EVOO and cooked two patties for the roomie and I over medium heat for a couple minutes per side, til browned. I did freeze the other two patties, so I'll let you know how they come out by comparison.

This is a great homemade burger formula, and we really liked them topped with some lowfat jalapeno cheddar and avocado. The Sabra Chipotle Hummus made for a perfect dip - I LOVE THIS HUMMUS BRAND! But one warning: the chipotle flavor is muy caliente. Along with all the less spicy stuff on my plate (just some roasted broccoli and brussels), however, it was awesome. The richness of the cheese and avocado mellowed it out a bit anyway. It's a keeper!

We attempted to watch Rachel Getting Married and got to within 10 minutes of the end when our DVD player started acting up. FRUSTRATION! I hate it when DVD players do this.

Nothing a little dessert won't cure, I suppose.

Too bad this was a poor excuse for dessert! Sorry, but I am not a fan of these new bars. I won't be spending any actual money on them. I figured a "candy bar" would go well with my "carrot cake" and "cheeseburger", but this one failed to hit the mark, even as a dark chocolate raspberry almond flavored granola bar. They can't all be winners!

I have to pee really bad right now so I can't think of a punchy sign-off, but for the poor souls who didn't win my Mix My Granola giveaway, Foods That Fit is giving you another chance to score!

::pee-pee dance pee-pee dance pee-pee dance::


One Gillian Reasons said...

Im pretty sure Im going to make those black bean burgers tomorrow...they sound great! Cant wait to try them out...yum!

Hinky HQ said...

Hi Diana,

I found a recipe for your carrot cake experiment at a raw foods website. Although I don't think you'd have to go through the juicing/saving the pulp process to make something edible, maybe you could use the raw ingredients to create something with oats:

4 Cups of carrot pulp (from juicing)
1 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup fresh or desiccated coconut
Two thirds cup of dates
Half cup of raisons
Quarter cup of ground flax seed
Cinnamon & Nutmeg

Mix all the ingredients together and then pass the mixture through a juicer using a blank screen, The homogenised mixture can then be molded into shape by hand or in a cake tin.
Once this is done you are ready for the yummy topping.

A little fresh orange juice, a little grated orange rind, raw tahini and dates, blend all ingredients together to make a scrumptiously, delicious, whippy cream - decorate as desired.

Good luck! Heather

Diana said...

Heather, that's awesome! I can definitely work with this. :)

RunToFinish said...

agreed on the bars...they weren't a true dessert in my book

lesley said...

Great breakfast cookie idea!

Elina said...

Ooh, that cottage cheese combo sounds pretty interesting. I just packed some wasabe edamame with me for a snack and didn't know what they'd pair well with (I just added a bunch of fresh snow peas to the mix). Gotta try them with cranberries and nuts next :)
I'm having a mix my granola giveaway too, if you're interested :D

FoodsThatFit said...

I like the sounds of your carrot cake cookie! My DVD player has a mind of it's own as well! I heard that movie Rachel Getting Married is really good though, but I haven't seen it!

Thanks for the link!!!

Erica said...

What a yummy breakfast! Very creative- love it! Glad the physical went well! I try to get one every year!

Missy said...

Carrot cake oatmeal cookie? Genius!!! So creative to use the You Shake in there! And you burger looks amazing!! I am jealous that you can cook haha.

Sarah w. said...


Anonymous said...

oh man, i'm SUCH a carrot cake girl, too!! my favorite oat creation ever happened right here:

you've inspired me to try it in breakfast cookie form! yours looks so good, mmm