January 08, 2013

Low Carb Hot Flax Cereal (for when you miss oatmeal)

Our home is slowly but surely gearing up to detox our bodies of sugar and gummy, white, refined flours. Since 2002 we've been doing low carb and sugar free 2-3 times a year for about 2 months at a time.  Although I'd love to say we eat a healthy sugar free, low carb way of life all the time, we don't.  Yet.  My husband and I would like to, and we probably will within another year or so (as soon as the last child is off to college), but for the past 12 years we've been doing a 'detox' two or three times a year.

After a December full of holiday baking, carby comfort foods and traditional Christmas foods, we are feeling the need to get back to basics.   This means getting my binders of tried- and true recipes together, cleaning out the pantry of sugary or carb foods and purchasing or ordering a few items that I'm low on (like Xylitol and Erythritol).  I'm also going to be posting a few of my favorite low carb recipes that I always make during these detox months.

This one is a hot cereal I've been making since 2002.  It's one of the first recipes I made and tweaked all those years ago and it's still a favorite of our family so much so, that it is always on hand - even when not low carbing.  Oatmeal pales in comparison both in flavor and health benefits as flax is jam packed with healthy goodness. I also use this mix when I make my Flax Muffins.

Hot Flax Cereal

2 c ground flax seed
2 c wheat bran
4 heaping scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2 t salt
sliced toasted almonds
*powdered vanilla if you have it - 1/2 t
Cinnamon to taste

This is a dry mix. To store, keep in an air tight container in the freezer. To use, mix about 1/2 cup of dry mix in a bowl with enough water to make a soupy mixture. Microwave for 40 seconds. Remove and add heavy cream and sugar substitute to taste, similar to how you would a traditional bowl of oatmeal.

The dry mix

Moisten with water until 'soup' like

After microwaving, add cream or half and half and Splenda to your own tastes

You can search Amazon for any low carb, sugar substitute products you might need too!

Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal, 16 Oz
Nature's Best  Zero Carb Isopure , Creamy Vanilla
Frigidaire 6 Piece Cereal and Food Storage Set
Erythritol Natural Sweetener Now Foods 1 lbs Granual
Xlear Xylosweet Bag, 1-Pound

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