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We have been trying to make changes in our life, in our diet for a #healthiersummer. It’s little changes that you make everyday that have the most impact. Putting down the iphone and getting outside and playing tag with the kids. Sneaking in veggies without anyone knowing they are eating them, and lowering our fat and carb intake. The last one can be difficult if you’re carb aholics like we are in my house.
There are lots of exchanges you can do for certain ingredients. One of the best things you can do to add creaminess or moisture to recipe is put in some plain greek yogurt. Not only does this add moisture and protein, but it also acts as a binder. I use it a lot in baking to add protein without adding fat. If you are trying to have a more low carb lifestyle a great option for baking and making items you can grab on the go is nut flour. Now you can buy almost any kind of nut flour in the store. You kind of have to work with them a few times to figure out how to work with that type of flour. You will get a nice, tasty product but it won’t be the same texture as using a wheat flour. Just prepare yourself for that.
Hannah and I were at CVS waiting for a prescription to be filled for my Mom and we were checking out the #GoldEmblemAbound products. Hannah said she wanted a snack and I knew I could go the Abound section and find something healthy and tasty. As I was looking around I saw a bag of #GoldEmblemAbound unsalted Almonds. I began to think about my ninja at home, and I wanted to make some high protein muffins that we could grab in the morning for breakfast or for a snack. I knew immediately I wanted to make my own nut flour using these almonds. I picked up some greek yogurt from the refrigerated section and my Mom’s prescription, we paid for our other items and headed home.
I put the bag of almonds into the food processor attachment of my ninja and gave a few pulses just to break them up. I then turned the ninja on level 3 and let it go. I stopped it periodically just to check on the fineness of the texture. Be careful not to let it go too far or you will end up with nut butter instead of nut flour. The texture will more gritty than a wheat flour, but there should be no discernable large pieces. Empty the nut flour into a bowl and reserve a cup. I poured the rest of the flour into a plastic bag and reserved in the refrigerator for later use. Mixing all ingredients into the bowl and thoroughly mixed them together. I divided the batter evenly into a mini muffin tin and placed the tin into a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes! They turned out wonderfully!! Check out CVS and all their Gold Emblem Abound products!!!
6 oz of Gold Emblem Abound Almonds (blended into flour)
3 tbsp of agave
1 6oz Greek yogurt
1 tsp of vanilla
1 small zucchini (grated)
2 tbsp butter (softened)
Blend the almonds in a food processor until they are a fine powder. Be careful not to let the almonds get to the butter stage. Pulse and check often.
Once blended combine all ingredients. The Zucchini should be grated before combining and the butter slightly softened.
Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, spray the pan with non-stick spray.
Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.