Real Foods for Spike Day…
Spike Day Foods – Replica Foods!
Now my thinking is to get away from the original baddies like pizza and pasta, muffins and focaccia, chocolate mousse and panna cotta, not to mention crème brulee, with their inflammatory ingredients. Yes I believe in getting back to basics and clean eating, simple foods, and I totally concur with the idea of a Spike Day (Re-set Metabolism Day!) or a Reward Meal or Carb Cycling, however you want to do it that suits. However, I do not subscribe to the idea of eating previously dis-empowering food just because I can…I do the 90% chocolate thing and will not go back to Cadbury’s Whole Nut. No sir. After all, I am in the business of re-training my whole system to do without glucose and rather to use my stored fat for fuel.
So, back to Spike Day Foods. Spike Day is not for calorie or carb counting, it is there to be thoroughly enjoyed with no guilt! This is the day for me to have fun with food!!
This is the first time my sis and I have been successful at losing weight together and it is very exciting! We love to cook and entertain. It’s in our blood, our genes…it is a passion. (That and a host of other things!) Cooking is our creative therapy in a way. It’s also our way of putting up with/knuckling down to/readjusting to our chosen lifestyle – LCHF/Banting/Ketogenic/Lowcarb. For Life!
Spike Day for me is to be used for recipe trials with all sorts of wonderful Banting-friendly ingredients. Spike Day for me is for delicious but legal Banting Foods. I work very hard during the week to keep my carbs low and my food really simple so why would I want to jeopardise my progress? Up the carbs and calories, yes! But not empty calories. I might just want more! Scary but true…
Austerity is one thing, but the Greeks showed us it’s not for everyone! I can happily be austere and rigid in my food intake for 6 days. Hey! Even take it below 20 or 10 grams! But then on the seventh day I wanna party!
Each week we will try out one Spike Day recipe each. A Dish to Delight. A Banting Pizza Pizzazz! Or muffins, or pasta, crackers and breads, puddings and cakes. You get the idea? I need to try out the substitutes for some of the foods I love and miss the most. Scones, muffins, crackers and cheese, cheesecake and ice cream. As I need to wait for Spike Day to have those, I strongly believe that I should stay within Banting ingredient guidelines – and not indulge in the foods on the Red List. There are stunning low carb recipes for most if not all of my favourite foods, Banting-legal style! Replica foods. With my experiments I will make my Foodie Muse very happy:)
So here we go with our first Spike Day Delight! Coconut Pancakes. So good you don’t even need to put butter on them. You could also make a fresh berry jam to slather on them if you like…all Banting–legal! Here I have used macadamia nut butter and cream.
Coconut Pancakes with Macadamia Nut Butter Cream
Flavoured with Cinnamon, Unsweetened Cocoa and Xylitol
2 XL Eggs, beaten
1 to 2 tsp Xylitol or Stevia to taste (I used 1 heaped tsp Xylitol)
Pinch Himalayan (Pink) or Celtic Salt
½ tsp Vanilla Essence
3 to 4 Tbs Coconut Flour (I adjusted this and put in about 6 Tbs to get the thickness I like)
½ Cup Coconut Milk (I use the thick part at the top)
¼ tsp Baking Powder (I eventually put in ½ tsp)
Combine coconut flour and baking powder in a bowl
Mix all the other ingredients in another bowl
Put the two together and mix to form a smooth batter.
Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then stir again.
Now you are ready to start frying up those babies!
Brush a frying pan, skillet or griddle with about a tablespoon of oil, preferably coconut oil.
Pour or spoon the batter into the hot pan, making pancakes about 6 cm diameter. Actually, make ‘em any size you want! I have even made one big one in a pan on its own. Yum! They are fragile, so turn them gently once the underside is golden brown. Make sure the pan is always well greased so they don’t stick.
Macadamia Nut Butter Cream (serves 1)
1 heaped teaspoon Macadamia Nut Butter
2 Tbs Fresh Cream
Stir the two together until well combined
Add Cinnamon, unsweetened Cocoa and Xylitol to taste
Fill the pancake with Macadamia Nut Butter Cream, leaving a spoonful for the top. Roll up pancake and spoon the Macadamia Cream over the top. Pour a little fresh cream over and sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar made with Xylitol and cinnamon.
I challenge you not to eat one until they are all cooked…
Let’s get Cooking with The Revolution!
(The Real Meal Revolution by Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier)