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Old 07-14-2015, 09:29 AM   #1
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The Mighty Mock McGriddle!



Not a high quality photo, but there she is! Absolutely delicious!


This recipe is a combination and a bit of experimenting with 3 recipes: Jenny's Better Than Boxed Pancakes, CarolynF's Yummy Pancakes and DJFoodie's Praline Pecans from his Pumpkin Parfaits recipe on his website. I worked on it in a pancakes thread and I think it's kind of lost in it, so I decided to post a new thread.


Mock McGriddles and Jen's favorite Low Carb Pancake Recipe
serves 2, making 2 XL pancakes or 4 medium ones or 2 complete McGriddles

dry:
3 T vanilla whey protein powder (I use Designer Whey Vanilla Praline)
1/3 cup Carbquik (or Carbalose flour with 2 T more liquid: adds 1 carb to each serving)
1 t baking powder
1/2 t polydextrose (optional, but improves texture quite a bit)
dash salt

wet:
1 egg
2 t oil or melted butter
1 T sf flavored syrup (pancake, vanilla, praline...)
2 T heavy whipping cream
1 T chia gel* (they sell tiny pkts at Walmart for cheap)
8 drops EZ-Sweetz (or stevia or 4 pkts Truvia or Splenda)

Mix-in:
maple syrup crystals** (optional but highly recommended!)

McGriddles:
Precooked sausage patties, egg patties, cheese as desired

Mix dry ingredients together in medium bowl. Move it to one side. On the other side of the bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Combine the 2 sides.

Preheat skillet or GT Xpress or other small kitchen appliance (like a belgian waffle maker...). When hot, run a stick of butter around in it or Spray well with cooking spray. Stir a few T of the maple crystals into the prepared batter and then immediately pour 1/2 the batter into skillet/appliance and cook, flipping after bottom is browned. The GT Xpress takes 3 minutes 15 seconds, flip over, then another 1 minute 15 seconds.

Remove to plate and allow to cool a minute before eating. Repeat for other serving. To Make McGriddles, use 1 medium sized pancake or waffle as the top and 1 as the bottom. Put sausage patties, egg patties and/ or cheese inside, sandwich style, as desired. Eat immediately.

1/2 recipe, no maple crystals = 2 pancakes = McGriddle top AND bottom = 5.41 net carbs

1/2 recipe, WITH maple crystals = 2 pancakes = McGriddle top AND bottom = 7.03 net carbs

*Chia gel: mix 9 T water and 1 T either ground chia or whole chia seeds (I prefer white chia) together in a small bowl. Wait a few minutes and stir again. Wait 10 minutes for it to set up before first use. Cover and refrigerate. Lasts a week.

**Maple syrup crystals:
serves MANY, makes several cups of crystals, ought to last months in fridge or freezer
would also be excellent on top of or mixed into ice cream or baked into cookies or muffins

Have everything ready to go- especially the extracts measured out and parchment lining a large (or 2 small) cookies sheets!! This candy will burn if not constantly stirred and the end goes quickly!

2 cups Confectioner's Swerve (regular Swerve sweetener okay too)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 T butter
2 t blackstrap molasses
pinch salt
1/2 t vanilla extract
2 t maple extract (I used Watkins)

Combine Swerve with the cream, butter, molasses and salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Continue to cook *while stirring continually* until mixture reaches EXACTLY 305F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat IMMEDIATELY and add the 2 extracts. Cool for 5 minutes and carefully pour onto parchment lined cookie sheet(s). Allow a couple hours to harden. Break into large pieces and put into a heavy duty ziploc bag. Crush with something heavy (a can of vegetables, a mallet...) until mostly pea-sized. I store in the fridge.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:03 AM   #2
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I often keep dry mixes ready to go in my fridge or freezer. My family is big so I doubled this recipe and made a label to tape to the outside of a gallon-sized ziploc bag. I thought it might be useful to some of you. I make up several at a time and then just close and stick the empty bags in the fridge. When they are all empty, I fill them up all up again at the same time. This is for the Carbalose flour version: the Carbquik version would be 2 T less syrup and a slightly shorter baking time. The carb counts would ALL be 1 less carb as well.


Jen's Pancakes & Low Carb McGriddles
Dry Mix for 2 full recipes (4 servings total)

This bag contains:
6 T vanilla whey protein powder (I use Designer Whey Vanilla Praline)
2/3 cup Carbalose flour
2 t baking powder
1 t polydextrose (optional, but improves texture quite a bit)
2 dashes salt

Whisk these together in medium bowl then mix in the entire bag of dry mix:
2 eggs
4 t oil or melted butter
6 T sf flavored syrup (pancake, vanilla, praline...)
4 T heavy whipping cream
2 T chia gel* (they sell tiny pkts at Walmart for cheap)
8-16 drops EZ-Sweetz

Mix-ins:
maple syrup crystals or blueberries or chopped pecans or sausage patties

Well buttered GT Xpress takes 3 minutes 30 seconds, flip over, then another 1 minute 30 seconds.

1/4 recipe, no mix-in = 2 med pancakes = McGriddle top AND bottom = 6.41 net carbs. With 2 T maple crystals = 8.03 net carbs. With 25g blueberries = 9.31 net carbs.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:16 PM   #3
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General Notes:

I finally got around to making pancakes in a skillet. They are delicate, so make small pancakes, otherwise they work fine. If you don't mind gluten, adding a couple tsp of vital wheat gluten or WPI 8000 would do you well. I far prefer the ones made in the GT Express... it enhanced their fluffiness.

These pancakes take longer to cook than traditional high carb ones as well but they brown nicely.

I made 2 full recipes at once this morning and it made 1 3/4 cups batter. So 1 serving is a scant 1/2 cup.

The range in sweetener is due to whether or not you use the maple crystals... they definitely add sweetness!
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:57 PM   #4
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That looks beeautiful Jen!!
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:10 PM   #5
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Wow! I'm going to have to read this a couple of times to wrap my head around it! Did I say WOW!!! ?
Thanks!

I didn't even know what a McGriddle was!! Well, I'd seen it, but with all those carbs I'd never given them a second glance.

Thanks, Jen!
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:50 AM   #6
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That looks yummy! I gave my GT Xpress to my daughter, I didn't use it. Guess I'll ask if she uses it and if not, give it back. grin Ann
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That looks great....*drooling here*
Thanks for the recipe.
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:04 PM   #8
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:06 PM   #9
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LOL Ann!

Give it time to load maybe? Try again!

I made my husband "blueberry pancake & sausage hot pockets" by putting a small amount of batter with blueberries in it in the GT Xpress, adding a thin precooked sausage patty, topping with a small amount more of batter and then cooking both sides. I put each in a ziploc sandwich bag and then all the bags in a large ziploc and in the freezer. He had his first this morning and he was sooooo happy! An even MORE portable breakfast!
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:51 AM   #10
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Over time, the hot pocket versions have won out. Just easy and so versatile!

This morning I made vanilla "hot pockets" with homemade Nutella inside. I added a drizzle of vanilla extract to the batter. The hazelnut spread recipe is from Dana Carpender's 200 Low Carb High Fat Recipes cookbook. Delish! Next time, I'd add a bit more sweetener to the batter. Maybe 6 drops of vanilla stevia or 3 packets of Truvia. It was excellent! Looked like a chocolate swirl inside... like you'd see in cinnamon bread.

Speaking of... cinnamon would be a great choice here too. Maybe with pumpkin spice or eggnog flavored DaVinci?
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Jenn, how do you think this batter would do in one of those sandwich makers? They don't appear to be as deep as a GT express, correct? You did mention maybe a Belgian waffle maker, but would you still the fluff effect?

Maple crystals, after cooking in this batter, are they crunchy? How crunchy before you put them in a batter? thks
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Belgian waffle maker- oh yes!

Regular waffle maker- yes!

Sandwich maker- probably be great too, if the edges sealed it in. I'd even try the middle of a panini press. The batter is not watery.

I'd say fill the appliance 2/3 of the way. It ought to expand to fill the rest.

Maple crystals- depends on how small you crunch them. I've had a few odd bigger ones be crunchy, but mostly they just melt in place.

Texture- firm enough to fork a waffle out of the iron but with fluffy cake inside... not angel food fluffy, but muffin fluffy. They have some heft to them. This really is such a versatile batter!

I think I'm going to try pumpkin pie hot pockets next. I'll make a crustless pumpkin pie one night. My family will eat 5/8 of it or so with whipped cream then I'll fork mash the rest and spoon it into the center of some cinnamon batter. For the next night. Or something like that.
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:06 PM   #13
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Sounds delish Jen! Maybe you could try a pumpkin batter with a sweetened cream cheese filling!
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bumping.........look at the recipe for maple crystals......yum
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