Monday, June 27, 2011
Coffee: Explained / Peanut Flour Power
Foodista.com posted an easy to read graph which provides the different names of each coffee drink and their components. I found it helpful and would like to share with those who read my blog. Hope this helps you as much as it did for me.
Being the picky person I am, my go-to drink when ordering at a coffee shop is still just whatever’s on brew; usually a light or medium roast. Can you guess what I get when not ordering the ordinary? I opt for the Americano with 3 shots of espresso when I feel like splurging. This way there’s still no added cream or sugar, but when a great espresso is used, nothing else is needed. An Americano is a great option for those trying to reduce their calorie intake but still want something to “treat” themselves. As usual, a little sprinkle or drop of stevia goes a long way to help sweeten coffee or tea without adding empty cals.
You might recall the peanut flour post I wrote 2 Friday’s ago. I tried some of the suggestions listed and they were all a great success. Kelley has even started to add a few spoonfuls of the flour to her smoothies. Time to start ordering more!!
Adding peanut flour to smoothies is a quick and simple way to get the peanut nutrition without the peanut fat (which isn’t all that bad either). A little more labor intensive is using it in soups and pureeing, then the next step is baking. I just created the following sweet potato and cannellini bean soup for the week and suggest you try it too!
Sweet Potato Cannellini Peanut Soup
Ingredients – Serves 4
- 2 Medium Jersey Sweet Potatoes, scrubbed, and cut into chunks
- 1 Cup Dried Cannellini Beans (soaked overnight); about the equivalent of 1 ½ (15oz) cans
- 2 tsp Fresh Ginger, chopped
- 4 to 5 Cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1/2 Onion or 8oz Frozen Onion, chopped
- 16oz Frozen/Fresh Broccoli, Spinach, or any other green veggie on hand
- 8oz Frozen/Fresh Cauliflower
- 1 (15oz) Can No Salt-Added Tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 Cup Peanut Flour
- 1 Tblsp each of Cumin Powder, Dried Cilantro, Dried Parsley, Ground Fennel Seed, Chinese 5 Spice Powder
- 1 tsp each of Cayenne Powder (I use more), Paprika, and Chili Powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Please note that I never really measure the herbs and spices I add, so these measurements are just a good guess. I enjoy just going with my gut feeling on how much to add; sometimes it works out……..sometimes not….sorry Kelley. I used a slow-cooker, so the method is pretty simple. Don’t worry too much on cutting to the right size since everything will be pureed. Add all ingredients except peanut flour to slow-cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. Once ready, add peanut flour and blend with an immersion blender or in a standing blender until smooth.
Here is what I created for the protein-filled baked treats......
Cocoa Peanut Protein Treats
- 1 Cup Peanut Flour
- 1/2 Cup Stevia sweetened Whey Protein Powder
- 1/2 Cup Whole Grain Spelt, Wheat, or Rice Flour
- 1/2 Cup Whole Rolled Oats
- 1/4 + 1 Tblsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 Whole Egg and 4 Egg Whites
- 1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
- 1/4 Cup Applesauce or Plain Yogurt
- 1 tsp liquid Stevia or 1/4 Cup of the granulated Stevia
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Salt, Baking Powder, and Baking Soda
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix wet ingredients in large bowl and whisk until combined
- Mix dry ingredients in another bowl
- Stir dry ingredients into large bowl until well combined; don’t mix anymore than you have to
- Pour batter into 8 x 11 baking pan; whatever you have could work too, try it flat on a cookie sheet if needed
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a fork comes out dry when stuck in the middle
- Remove and let cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then cut to desired shape and enjoy!
It’s not very sweet since I don’t add sugar, but this is good to me. If you want something sweeter, reduce the amount of pumpkin or applesauce and add 1/4 to 1/2 Cup of honey or agave.
Enjoy the day and good eats to everyone!