Oh my am I excited about this Double Berry Crunch!! It’s an amazing Low Carb cereal option for those of us that crave cereal.
Cold Cereal is one of my all time favorite things to keep on hand. It makes a quick snack, an amazing addition to yogurt and makes staying on plan easier for me at least.
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Making Double Berry Crunch
I was excited to see that Trim Healthy Mama came out with a Strawberry Whey Isolate recently. Strawberry is one of my favorite flavors and fruits. But trying to make a dry cereal that is shelf stable with fresh berries is a bit difficult.
But using both freeze-dried strawberries and THM’s new Strawberry Protein Isolate makes it much simpler.
Using Whey Isolate to Make Double Berry Crunch Cereal
I love my THM Pristine Whey Protein Isolate. It has been a staple in my pantry since it first came out. I can trust that it is on plan and a healthy option in my lifestyle. I’ve also used this whey Isolate when our budget doesn’t allow for THM purchases. I do encourage the use of THM products because you know everything is already on plan without second guessing ingredients.
Whey Isolate works as a flour replacement in some recipes, it adds the protein strands that help to bind baked goods and allows them to have a more traditional texture. A word of caution is that not all brands work the same nor do they taste the same. Using the THM Pristine Whey: Strawberry or Jay Robb with this recipe gives you the best results.
If you don’t have the strawberry whey you can grind 1 TBS of freeze-dried strawberries and add that to your Whey Protein Isolate.
Freeze Dried Berries and THM
I’ve found that I love freeze-dried berries for a number of reasons and shelf stable storage is on the top of that list!! They also make a great addition to shakes smoothies and baked goods adding natural color, flavor and nutrients.
The use of freeze-dried berries is a bit new to the Trim Healthy Mama movement so “on plan” information is a bit sparse at this time.
Some things to be aware of are that you can still over do the use of this ingredient:
- The process of freeze drying is different from dehydration and the fruit retains bright colors as well as more of the natural nutrients.
- The natural sugars are condensed but not nearly as much as when dehydrating.
Why I Used Oat Fiber in This Double Berry Crunch
Oat fiber is a wonderful ingredient that makes baked goods flaky in alternative baking. I used it in making this Double Berry Crunch Cereal to add crispness as well as added fiber and bulk. I love using oat fiber in recipes to increase the dietary fiber in most of my baking recipes, it also helps to keep the calorie count down so that recipes like this don’t become as heavy a calorie load and enabling you to eat more.
Cold Cereals For Trim Healthy Mama’s
My husband and I both love the ability to grab a bowl of cold cereal when life gets busy, we are wanting a healthy snack or when the grand kids come to visit and just want something to snack on. All of these Cereals fit within the Trim Healthy Mama plan in an S setting, some are lighter than others. One thing I would caution you about is over using them.
We need the healthy benefits that non starchy vegetables provide along with healthy fats and carbs that are naturally balanced when eating the Trim Healthy Mama way. So please don’t forsake those fried or baked eggs/egg whites and vegetables for the sake of speed and convenience.
Enjoy these quick and easy pantry staples in those moments that you just can’t take those extra moments — or add them to your yogurt — Pack them to go for in the car — let your little ones munch on this instead of sugar filled options.
Other Cereal Flavors
Double Berry Crunch Cereal Recipe
- Serves: 4
- Serving size: ½ cup
- Calories: 195
- Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Sodium: 393mg
- Fiber: 7g
- Protein: 10g
- Cholesterol: 41mg
- ½ cup THM Oat Fiber
- ½ cup THM Pristine Whey Protein: Strawberry
- ¼ cup THM Super Sweet Blend
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup soft butter (or coconut oil)
- 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
- ½ cup Freeze-dried strawberries
- In a small bowl mix together the Oat fiber, Whey, Sweetener and baking soda.
- Cut the butter or coconut oil into the dry ingredients and blend in the extract.
- Dump dough onto a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet (this keeps the fat from running off during baking (it's important). Press the dough into a ¼" thickness and bake at 325 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet from oven and score the cereal with a butter knife, pizza wheel or pastry wheel while still hot. allow to cool to room temp before breaking apart the pieces. you can also stir while it is cooling to get crumbles.
- This cereal crisps as it cools so while it is hot it is really soft.
- Toss with freeze-dried strawberries and store in air tight container.