Protein Power Almond-Pecan Waffles
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These high-protein waffles are courtesy of Mary Dan Eades, M.D., author of Protein Power. (Check out her recipe-packed blog at proteinpower.com.) To boost the protein and fat while dialing back the carbs, she recommends a combination of pecans, whey-protein powder, and almond flour, which is a high-fiber, low-starch alternative to wheat flour.
You can make almond flour simply by chopping slivered almonds in a food processor, or you can purchase it preground at bobsredmill.com. (For all the recipes found here, choose a protein powder that's nearly all protein—that is, one that has little carbohydrates or fat—such as Designer Whey Protein or Optimum Nutrition 100 percent Whey).
Preheat waffle iron.
While your waffle iron preheats, combine the almond flour, pecans, whey-protein powder, and baking powder in a small bowl.
In another bowl, whisk the cream cheese and two eggs until smooth. Add the remaining eggs one at a time and whisk thoroughly after each.
Mix in the cream, then stir in the dry ingredients.
Spoon about 1/3 cup batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.
Put the waffle on a serving plate, and top with sugar-free syrup, peanut butter, or fresh fruit. Makes about six 7-inch waffles.
You can also place waffles in Tupperware or a ziplock bag when cool and freeze. When you're ready to eat one, just pop it in the toaster. (Make a big batch on Sunday and you can eat waffles on demand during the week.)
Per waffle: 382 calories, 27 grams (g) protein, 12 g carbohydrates (3 g fiber; 3 g sugar), 29 g fat (9 g saturated)