Operation Booty Shrink allows me around 400 calories per mini meal, so I allowed myself 1.5 cups of the creamy goodness. I am finding portion control is getting easier, especially if I eat out of smaller bowls.
I've been hitting the reduced produce bin at my grocery store around 3 times a week. Lately, they have had an abundance of pears, which I scored for $.79/lb. They needed to be used pretty much immediately, so I created a delicious Wheat Free ( and gluten free if you use gluten free oats ) Sugar Free 5 Spice Pear Ginger Muffin. I had some leftover batter, so I used it to top off a healthy Pear Crumble.
Muffins are great because they provide immediate portion control, but I'll be honest. This recipe works better as a bread baked in a 9 by 13 pan for 25 minutes. If you make muffins with it, don't put them in muffin paper. They will stick. I would use a non-stick muffin pan that has been wiped with a bit of oil on a paper towel.
5 Spice Pear Ginger Muffins
- 2 pears, diced
- 1.5 T chopped fresh ginger
- 1/2 t Kal stevia powder
- 1 T cinnamon
- scant 1/2 t 5 spice powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 3 T olive oil
- 1 T balsamic vinegar
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 3 T psyllium husk or flax meal
- 1.5 c non-dairy milk of choice ( I used my leftover banananog )
- 1 C old fashioned oats
- 3/4 c Bob's All Purpose GF Baking Mix
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- Mix everything together very very well in the order listed.
- Scoop into prepared muffin pans ( around 1/4 c per scoop)
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Let muffins cool for an hour before eating
- If you are making these as squares bake in a 9 by 13 pan for 25 minutes
I've been wanting to make a healthier crumble/crisp, so I'm really glad I gave this a try. It pays to experiment! I see many more versions of this in the future. Paired with some cultured almond cream, soy yogurt or ice cream could take it in either a breakfast or dessert direction. I think adding some chopped nuts or seeds would be great too. Toasted sesame seeds would be a fun flavor combo here.
What are your favorite flavors when it comes to crisps and crumbles?