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Lupin Protein Bread

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Anyone who follows Chocolate Chilli Mango on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram …

wait!  hey, that’s a great idea … do it!  🙂

But, yes, if you do, you will have noticed a steady stream of photos about all the fantastic chocolates I’ve made in my chocolates and pralines classes over recent weeks.  I’ve had a blast, but I’ll leave all the gushing about chocster heaven for another time … or the Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram (see??? do it!)

Spending all day slaving over a tank of chocolate, sometimes several, making fillings, molding and dipping does not make you crave chocolate.  It leaves you seriously hungry for some substantial healthy fare.   So I’m still eating healthy and making my protein breads every few days.   I was so taken by the success of making muffins with lupin flour and I’m still getting requests for low carb baking that I thought, why not a full on, no holds barred, take no prisoners lupin bread?   Would it work?  Would it be better than those wimpy attempts at adding lupin flour to wheat bread you can buy in the supermarket?

Would it also be gluten-free?  Yeast free?  With no added vegetable oils or icky ingredients?

Would it be high in dietary fibre?  High in protein?  Low in fat just as a bonus?

Could I possibly make it delicious?

Is brilliant too strong a word?  I’d be going for genius but hey, let’s be humble.  This is brilliant!

The lupini bean is a legume and has been identified as a potential allergen, as are peanuts and other legumes.  If you have a peanut or legume allergy, you might want to exercise caution.  However, if you are OK with lupini beans and lupin flour, this bread is fantastic.

It’s got a light open texture and a lovely sweet nutty flavour.  The colour is amazing, almost as golden as polenta!  I used egg whites in the recipe, but if you use whole organic free-range eggs, you might want to don a pair of sunglasses before slicing into this yummy loaf.

This bread is fantastic with both sweet and savoury foods.  I’m currently enjoying it with cheese, both hard and soft cheeses, including ricotta and cottage cheese and sharp grana padano.  It is delicious topped with butter, nut butters, jams, yoghurt and fresh fruit, salad and chicken, mustard, salmon, grilled vegetables, bacon, eggs, anything.

As I’d just opened a fresh pack of hemp seeds, I threw a few in to the loaf.  OK, now we’re tipping the scales into genius territory … it works.  It is sensational to be honest.  I’m guessing you could use chia, pumpkin, flax, or any seeds you like and it would work.  Just for extra goodness and some texture and flavour.

If you are low-carbing, and I know many of you are in your quest to lose body fat in 2013 (don’t cave, it’s only January!), then this bread could be for you.

I hope you enjoy it.  I’m loving it.

Seriously, I’m never buying bread again.  It’s just too easy and delicious to make a gluten-free loaf full of goodness at home.

Go ahead, make this bread!

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Makes 1 loaf  (21cm x 10cm loaf tin)

Ingredients
315 grams egg whites (or 6 large eggs)
110 grams lupin flour (I use this one)
35 grams unflavoured whey protein isolate (I used Professional Whey NZ WPI or substitute whey concentrate, or rice protein)
15 grams coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Optional Additions:
20 grams hulled hemp seeds or substitute about two tablespoons of chia, flax, pumpkin, or sesame seeds, or whatever you like.

*If you prefer to make this bread without protein powders added, simply omit the whey protein from the recipe.  Substitute an extra 35 grams of lupin flour or 12 grams of coconut flour instead.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180℃.

Grease a loaf tin lightly with coconut oil spray (or PAM) or line the tin with silicone paper, if not using a silicon mold.

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix or whisk together until blended and the batter is smooth.   The batter will be fairly thin but the whey and coconut flour will absorb a great deal of moisture during baking.

Transfer to the prepared loaf tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and golden and a skewer, inserted into the centre, comes out clean.  Do not over bake this bread or the loaf will dry out.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.  Store, well wrapped, in a freezer bag in the fridge or freezer.  It will last for up to a week, stored in the refrigerator.  It will last longer if you slice it and store, wrapped, in the freezer.

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Macronutrient Profile
I have included macros for both the plain and hemp seed versions, with all macros based on the ingredients as stated.

I used egg whites for this recipe, but obviously whole eggs will work extremely well.  Whole eggs would also provide a host of more micronutrients and make this bread even more golden, if that is possible!

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Plain Version

with Hemp Seeds

with Hemp Seeds

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Coconut Protein Bread

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More protein bread.  More protein recipes.  Well, yes.  Part of me getting off to a good start in 2013.  This is good, yes? 🙂

Also, there are likely to be some traditional dessert type recipes cropping up here soon, what with the merry-go-round of birthdays and such that will start in a few weeks here at home.  Plenty of time for that … so for now, I’m going to share with you some more of what forms part of my daily repast.

Coconut bread.  Coconut Protein Bread to be precise.  A low-fat and moderate carbohydrate bread that is both high in fibre and protein.   It is great with both savoury and sweet toppings so a good basic protein bread to have on hand.  Easy to make, you just throw in all your ingredients and off you go.

This bread does contain protein powder and I know some of you have asked “Well, I don’t use protein powder so can I substitute more flour or something else in its place?”  The answer is YES, YOU CAN.  In this bread you can substitute more coconut flour for the protein powder and still have bread that is relatively high in protein and delicious.

This is great toasted and spread with some coconut butter or fresh butter.  It also makes a lovely French toast, topped with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit, made into sandwiches, and is amazing topped with your favourite healthy chocolate spread or some melted and drizzled 100% chocolate.   Serve it with fish or chicken dishes or your favourite curry, anything that loves coconut.  It has a distinctive coconut flavour and a light texture.

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Served warm, with coconut butter 😀

It is a proper bread though, not a cake baked in a loaf tin, OK?  This is not cake, people.  So for those of you who want something sweet instead, I have included the Sweet Coconut Bread version as well.  For those of you who want a gluten-free bread to eat as proper bread, make toast and bread shenanigans, this is for you.

The macros are included below the recipe as usual.   It is gluten-free and suitable for anyone following a low fructose and fructan diet.  If you substitute for the protein powder, it will also be lactose free.

Ignore the photography as I’ve had to take these photos at night and we all know that always ends in tears, mostly mine 😉

Enjoy!

Makes 1 small loaf  (21cm x 10cm loaf tin)

Ingredients
156 grams egg whites (or 3 large eggs)
156 grams whole eggs (3 large eggs)
55 grams coconut flour
20 grams unflavoured whey protein isolate (I used Professional Whey NZ WPI or rice protein)*
20 grams unflavoured micellar casein (I used Professional Whey Micellar Casein or rice protein)*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

*If you prefer to make this bread without protein powders added, simply omit the whey and casein powders from the recipe.  Substitute an extra 25 grams of coconut flour instead.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180℃.

Grease a loaf tin lightly with coconut oil spray (or PAM) or line the tin with silicone paper, if not using a silicon mold.

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix or whisk together until blended and the batter is smooth.   Transfer to the prepared loaf tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and a skewer, inserted into the centre, comes out clean.  Do not over bake this bread or the loaf will dry out.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.  Store, well wrapped, in a freezer bag in the fridge or freezer.  It will last for up to a week, stored in the refrigerator.

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Variation: Sweet Coconut Bread
This is a more cake-like bread and is richer from the addition of fats and sweetener.  You can add chocolate chips or chunks to this sweet bread, shredded coconut, or some fresh berries, banana, mango, or passionfruit, or any fruit that goes well with coconut for you.

Ingredients
As per the recipe for Coconut Bread but with the following additions and substitutions:

125 millilitres extra virgin coconut oil, melted
65 grams coconut sugar (or honey, coconut nectar, or your preferred sweetener, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt only
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or 2 teaspoons lemon or lime zest (optional)

Add these ingredients along with the others to the mixing bowl and blend until smooth.  Proceed as per the recipe above.  This bread does not need to be stored in the refrigerator although I would recommend you do this in warmer weather.  It should otherwise keep well for several days if stored at room temperature, in an airtight cake tin.

Macronutrient Profile
I have included macros for both the Coconut Bread and Sweet Coconut Bread recipes, using the ingredients specified above.

The macros for the sweet version do not include any extra additions such as fruit or chocolate.  They just include the addition of coconut oil and coconut sugar and other basic ingredients specified.

Coconut Protein Bread

Coconut Protein Bread

Sweet Coconut Protein Bread

Sweet Coconut Protein Bread

 

 

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Fresh Mint Protein Gelato

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When I posted a recipe for a fresh mint and chocolate chunk ice cream, I was blown away by how many of you really love chocolate and mint ice cream, even just mint ice cream on its own!  How good is it when you infuse the milk and cream with fresh mint, hey?  A whole other realm of heaven compared with using peppermint extract!

Well, the excitement lead to a lot of excellent questions of the “will you make a protein version?” variety.  Plus, I got a huge nudge from a few lads armed with ice cream makers 🙂

So finally, I came around to thinking “Well, why not?”  It’s not as though I will be scoffing rich ice creams all summer and a proper protein gelato would be a lovely change from my usual protein desserts.  Yes, that’s right, proper protein gelato.  Not protein powder mixed with milk and gums or gelatine and whizzed in an ice cream maker.  Go ahead and do that, if you will, but don’t call it ice cream.  Not within earshot of me 😉

In the interests of never ever “making do” or “settling for a substitute” when it comes to healthy desserts, I’ve made a real gelato that is both high in protein and low in both carbohydrates and fat.  It is a gelato style ice cream (milk-based), is made using a traditional custard method, and has all the flavour and deliciousness of real ice cream as a result.  The only difference is that it doesn’t contain anything unhealthy and it’s actually good for you.

This gelato is good for you.   

I promise.

Sound the trumpets.   No, skip that rubbish.  Just go and make this gelato.   Play a fanfare and thank me later 😀

Mint is a great choice for a protein gelato as it doesn’t add any extra sugar or fat.  This recipe can be adapted to suit other flavours, according to your whim.  You can omit the mint and substitute with vanilla, spices, cacao, fruit puree, whatever.   Just be aware that in some instances, this will affect the macros and the texture of the gelato.  For example, fruit puree contains a lot of water so will make for a more icy texture.

A word about the role of sugar and fats in ice cream … Sugar not only lends sweetness to an ice cream.  It also helps develop and keep the ice cream’s creamy texture.  Fat also gives ice cream a more intense flavour, being a flavour carrier, as well as giving it a lush creamy texture and mouthfeel.  By omitting both, it is important to include the egg yolks, which also thicken the custard and create a creamier result.   I use micellar casein for ice creams as it is a natural thickening agent and helps promote a richer, creamier texture.   You will not get this by using whey.  So, with all that in mind, this ice cream is well armed to remain creamy and delicious, despite the lack of the usual ingredients required to make it so, or with the addition of gums or gelatine.

You can substitute a non-dairy milk for this recipe very easily.  However,  I would not recommend a vegan protein powder.

Serve it immediately for a softer, gelato style dessert.  If you prefer a firmer ice cream, freeze it for an hour or two.  This gelato is best eaten fresh, soon after it is made.  The addition of protein powder to ice cream will change the texture of the ice cream if stored for long periods.  It’s still lovely, but definitely at its best in the first few hours.  As a result, the quantity made in this recipe will allow for 4-6 small serves or 2-3 large serves.

You really can’t tell the difference between this gelato and the original recipe, here.  Because this is real gelato.  I call that a win.  No.  I’m feeling a bit like a legend right now 😉

Enjoy, protein peeps!    Yes, yes, macros are provided below.  They’re fantastic … better than fantastic … shoo, go make gelato, now!

Makes 600 grams / Serves 4 – 6 (100-150 grams per serve)

Ingredients
500 millilitres skim milk
10 grams fresh mint leaves (peppermint, spearmint, whatever)
2 large egg yolks
2 large eggs (59 grams in the shell)
125 grams Natvia (or similar low-calorie sweetener like Splenda, Truvia, or Nu Via)*
60 grams Micellar Casein (I used Professional Whey MPI)**

Optional:
20 grams 100% chocolate, chopped

*You could use pure stevia extract for this recipe, however, I have found that it imparts an odd flavour in ice creams and prefer not to use it.  If you do, start with about 1/8 teaspoon and work your way up from there.  I can’t vouch for the result though.  I use a granulated stevia blend for this recipe as I have found it to work extremely well in producing a good flavour and texture.

**I use unflavoured casein.  If you prefer to use a mint or choc-mint flavoured casein, go right ahead!  Remember, though, that flavoured protein powder will have gums and sweetener added.  The gums will add to the texture of the ice cream, which is good.  You will have to adjust down the amount of sweetener you add though.

Directions
The first step is to infuse the milk with the mint.  I prefer an overnight infusion, but you will get a great flavour in a minimum of about two hours.  Wash the mint leaves if required and gently pat dry on paper towels or a clean dish towel.  Place into a bowl or jug and pour over the milk.  Cover with cling film and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours and up to eight hours or overnight.

Combine the egg yolks, eggs, and sweetener in a bowl and whisk until light and creamy.   Transfer the milk and mint mixture to a saucepan over a low to medium heat.  Bring to simmering point and then slowly strain the mixture into the egg mixture, whisking continuously.  This can be tricky so you might find it easier to strain the cream into a jug or container and then add it in a slow stream to the eggs as you whisk.

Place the custard back into the saucepan and cook over a low heat until the custard thickens slightly.  Stir continuously and do not allow the mixture to boil.  I prefer to use a whisk for this as it helps prevent lumps forming as I whisk.  The custard will not thicken a great deal if using skim milk but this is OK.

Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl, and place the bowl on or in an ice bath.  This will cool the custard quickly.  Whisk until cooled to barely warm to touch. Once cooled, add the micellar casein and mix well by whisking until smooth.  Cover and refrigerate for two to eight hours or overnight.  I left it overnight.  When ready, churn in an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.   It took all of 20 minutes to achieve a creamy gelato texture.  If you want chocolate chunks added, chop the chocolate into uneven pieces.  I chop them quite small, but it’s up to you, about how you like your chocolate chunks distributed!  Fold the chocolate through the mint ice cream.

If you want a lovely gelato texture, serve immediately.  If you prefer a firmer ice cream, place into an airtight container and freeze for an hour or two until ready to serve.

If you do not have an ice-cream machine, place the custard into the freezer instead of the fridge.  When it’s partly frozen, remove and whisk briskly to distribute the ice crystals.  Return to the freezer and repeat 2 or 3 times until the ice-cream is well churned and ready.  At this point, fold in the chopped chocolate.  Serve or place into an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.

If you prefer, omit the chocolate and serve with a low fat, low carb chocolate sauce.  MMMM

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Ideas for Variations
Cheater’s Mint:  omit the fresh mint leaves and substitute with a little peppermint extract.  Use 1/8 teaspoon and adjust to suit your preference.  Add the extract to the egg mixture before adding the milk.  This is nowhere near as fantastic as the fresh mint infusion.

Vanilla:  omit the mint and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, bean paste, or the beans scraped from 1/2 vanilla pod to the egg mixture before adding the milk.

Spiced:  Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, or other spice mix.  This is also great with the chocolate, nuts, or the vanilla version.  A little chilli would be awesome with a chocolate version.  Just sayin’ 😉

Chocolate or Choc-Mint: Either leave in the mint or omit it, as desired.  Add 15 grams of pure cacao to the egg mixture and whisk until smooth, before adding the milk.    Add some chopped 100% chocolate for a chocolate chunk version.

Fruit:  Add up to 125 millilitres (1/2 metric cup) of pureed fresh fruit.  Be aware that this will create a slightly icier texture, unless you use a fleshy fruit such as banana.

PB or nuts:  Add some peanut butter or other nut butter, to taste.  This will increase both fat and carbs but also the protein content.  Or simply add some chopped dry roasted nuts to a vanilla, spiced, or chocolate version.

Macronutrient Profile
The macros provided here relate to the recipe as stated above, for both the plain mint and chocolate chunk versions.  Substitutions of other ingredients will change the macros, of course.  Please account for any changes you make, or ingredients you include.

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Fresh Mint Gelato Version

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Fresh Mint and Chocolate Chunk Version with 100% Chocolate

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Cauliflower Protein Bread

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If you dislike cauliflower, I suggest you move right along … there is nothing for you in this post.  Don’t make this bread because you’ll be all “oh, I hate this bread.  I can taste cauliflower!”.    Well, yes, that’s kind of the point 😉  Perhaps scan through some past offerings on the blog and find another recipe you might like … because this post is all about cauliflower and its awesomeness as the basis for a healthy grain-free bread!  So, if you love your cauli, as do I, then read on … 🙂

Many of you know that there are some awesome cauliflower and cheese based pizza crust recipes on the interwebs.  There are also some related cauliflower bread recipes.  But here’s the thing.  I don’t like my bread to fall apart so I can’t slice it … and invariably, many of these do.  Because they’re mostly the pizza crust baked as a flat bread.  Taste great, but not very practical, unless you like to eat your bread with a spoon.  I do not.

So my challenge is, how do I make a cauliflower bread that is still mostly cauliflower and lovely and moist, and doesn’t rely on lots of added flour for structure and body.  My goal was to make a cauliflower bread that was low in both fat and carbs but high in protein and fibre and that allowed me to have my extra serve of vegetables in a different form.  I like variety.  I love protein breads.   It’s a gimme.

You don’t care about my craziness though … so here we go.   This bread is delicate, because it is like a serving of cauliflower in bread form.  When still warm, it’s lovely with a little butter melting into it.  Yum.  So much for the low-fat criteria … 😀  It’s obviously great with cheese and pickles, but also served alongside soup, or any meat or vegetarian based meal.

I have added a little Grana Padano (or you could use Parmigiano Reggiano) but please use the real thing.  There aren’t many things as horrible as faux Parmigiano cheese.   Alternatively, use a little really sharp cheddar or other hard cheese.   The subtle but sharp hint of the Parmigiano is great with cauliflower.  I’ve also added a little chilli to my bread.  Then again, I like to add chilli to almost everything.  Honestly, the possibilities are huge.  You can add some smoked or sweet paprika, finely chopped fresh herbs, or finely sliced olives … pretty much whatever you like.  Keep it simple though as too much clutter in your bread makes it difficult to slice and less versatile.  You will also tire of it very quickly.  Keep it simple.

A serving of two slices (based on twelve slices per loaf) will yield about 110kcals, 15.1g protein, a low 2.7g fat (1.4g sat), only 5.1g carbohydrates (2.7g sugars), and a whopping 4.2g of dietary fibre.  I dare you to hate those macros!

This bread is naturally gluten and tree nut free.  While it is not low FODMAP, if you do not have an issue with galactose or lactose, then it is OK for you too.  If you prefer to make it dairy free, or do not use protein powder, substitute the protein powder with extra coconut flour instead as indicated in the recipe.

It bakes up well as a loaf but you could also make this as mini loaves or muffins so you don’t have to slice them up.

Enjoy!

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Makes 1 x 21cm x 10cm loaf or 12 muffin-sized breads

Ingredients

  • 575 grams chopped cauliflower (about 1 medium cauliflower)
  • 25 grams coconut flour
  • 45 grams unflavoured micellar casein* (substitute whey or rice protein isolate or 30 grams coconut flour)
  • 25 grams Grana Padano or Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 large egg (52 grams, shelled)
  • 198 grams liquid egg whites (about 6 large egg whites)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chilli, smoked paprika, roasted garlic, or some finely chopped fresh herbs (optional)

*You can omit the casein powder if you like and just add another 25 grams of coconut flour.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 200℃.

Line the loaf tin with non-stick silicone paper.  It pays to use a double thickness of paper for this.  Set aside.

Place the cauliflower in to the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse a few times, until chopped finely.  It will resemble cauliflower rice.   Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth.  If you are adding chilli, paprika, garlic, or herbs, to the bread, add them with the other ingredients.  Adjust the seasoning, if desired.

Transfer to the prepared tin and smooth the top.  If you prefer to sprinkle some chilli or herbs on top, do it now.

Lower the oven temperature to 190℃ and bake the bread for 10 minutes.  Reduce the temperature to 180℃ and bake for a further 50 minutes, or until risen and golden and cooked through.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack, in the tin.  When cool, carefully remove the bread, and serve.

Store, wrapped in foil in a freezer bag, in the refrigerator.   It will keep fresh for several days if stored this way.

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Macronutrient Profile

I have provided macros as per the recipe above.  If you substitute other ingredients, you will have to account for these changes.  Further, you will have to account for any extra ingredients you add to the bread, in terms of flavourings.

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Yuzu & Wattle Seed Protein Cheesecake

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I am running a seven-day diet challenge for myself.  It’s not that much of a challenge, to be honest, but the idea is to set me up so I can enjoy Christmas Day with the family and indulge in a bit of what is really not good for me, without fearing spending Boxing Day feeling below par.

So I’m kind of eating clean, whatever that means 😉

Well, in practice, all that means for me is that I stick to my low fructose and fructan diet 100%, without any random challenges.  I usually run random challenges where I introduce food that I know causes me GI distress, just to see if my situation has improved.  It has, by the way, so I’m happily and, so far, successfully doing science on myself to beat that sucker 😀

But, for at least a week (or until Christmas Day) I want to be 100% on the straight and narrow and along with that, I’m pretty much avoiding even an infrequent treat.  Wait on, that depends on what you consider to be a treat …

I’m still having dessert, people.   I’m even having cheesecake for pity’s sake …

I’m just having healthy desserts and that means another protein cheesecake.  Dare I say, the BEST protein cheesecake ever.   Why?  Let me count the ways … in a truly non-exhaustive list …

  1. It is light and creamy and sweet but has a beautiful tang from the citrus.
  2. It has a wonderful and unusual flavour combination that I’m sure you have not seen in a protein cheesecake before.
  3. The macros for this cheesecake are so freaking fantabulous, I had to quadruple check them this time because I found it so hard to believe.  Looking at the macros, you’d think it should be just rubbish.  It is the opposite of rubbish.  Manna from heaven, that’s what it is 🙂
  4. My mother hates cheesecake.  Perfect test subject.  Loves it.  This cheesecake can win over the cheesecake haters.  Trust me.
  5. Yuzu and wattle seeds are AMAZING.  Alone.  Together.  Yep.  Totally.

I’ll leave it there, shall I?

Some of you would be wondering what the hell is yuzu?

Or you might be thinking I hate yuzu / I can’t buy yuzu juice anywhere / I’m totally indifferent to yuzu and just don’t care.

Yuzu is a wonderful citrus fruit that has a lovely flavour reminiscent of lemons, mandarin and orange, possibly a tang of grapefruit.  It is sweeter than a lemon but still has a lovely astringent finish.  It originated in China but is widely used across Asia, especially in Korea and Japan.    I have not been able to source fresh yuzu fruit so I usually buy imported 100% yuzu juice, made from fresh fruit (not concentrate).    I highly recommend it.  In fact, I’ve used it in several recipes on this blog and many many more.  I love yuzu.  If you cannot find it, simply substitute fresh lemon juice or a combination of lemon and orange or mandarin juice in about a 3:1 ratio.  If you don’t like it, does this mean we cannot be friends anymore? 😉

The other ingredient is another I have used a few times here and many more times besides.  Beside my large stash of cinnamon that I barrel through at a rate of knots, is my trusty jar of ground wattle seeds, an Australian native seed.  Lightly roasted and ground, it has a wonderful aroma and flavour that has hints of hazelnut, coffee and chocolate.  It has to be a pretty perfect food because it’s also packed with nutrients and fibre.    You can buy wattle seed in specialty food shops and some supermarkets in Australia and online, if elsewhere.

Yuzu and wattleseed are a lovely flavour pairing.  Yuzu has a natural affinity for hazelnuts and dark chocolate … come to think of it, those three together are a particular favourite of mine.  It also goes really well with berries and summer stone fruit.  Don’t worry if you substitute lemon … the result will still be amazing.  It also goes rather well in this combination.

If you don’t have any wattle seeds handy and want to make this cheesecake now (of course you do!), it will also be fantastic with poppy seeds.

This is another dessert that you don’t have to make on the side because I can’t have the normal dessert everyone else is having.  When I make this cheesecake, everyone eats it because it’s just as good, if not better.  If you don’t care about making it healthy, feel free to use sugar in place of the stevia sweetener and a full-fat cottage or ricotta cheese along with a full-fat yoghurt or crème fraîche.  You will have yourself an amazing rich and luscious cheesecake.

Serve it with fresh berries, raspberries in particular, or stone fruit, mango, whatever.  Turn that fruit in to a fruit coulis and pour over the top.  Drizzle a little dark chocolate on top, if you like or some crushed roasted hazelnuts, or both.  It makes a great healthy dinner party dessert. 

Never ever make do when it comes to dessert.

On that note, let’s get to that cheesecake.

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Check out the macros.  Yes, they are indeed beyond awesome.  Total fluke, to be honest, but who’s complaining? 😉

Makes 1 x 20cm cheesecake (serves 8)

Ingredients

  • 500 grams low-fat cottage cheese
  • 250 grams thick non-fat Greek yoghurt (I used Chobani 0%)
  • 156 grams eggs (shelled weight, about 3 large)
  • 120 grams stevia blend sweetener (I used Natvia, or substitute your preferred sweetener)
  • 60 grams unflavoured micellar casein (I used Professional Whey)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest, finely zested
  • 80 millilitres 100% yuzu juice OR fresh lemon juice
  • 8 grams (2 teaspoons) ground wattle seeds

Substitutions:

  • You can substitute ricotta, quark, or cream cheese for the cottage cheese.  I prefer the cottage cheese as it gives a lovely light, creamy texture.  I think ricotta makes the best substitution, if you feel you must.
  • If you wish to use poppy seeds, substitute 10 grams of poppy seeds and omit the wattle seeds.
  • To substitute for the yuzu juice, use all lemon juice or a mix of 60mls lemon juice and 20mls orange or mandarin juice.
  • I used Chobani Greek yoghurt, which is especially high in protein and very thick.  If using a different Greek yoghurt, make sure it is thick or strain the yoghurt before using.  You will need about 375 grams of yoghurt to get about 250 grams of yoghurt after straining the liquid.
  • For a rich, indulgent cheesecake, substitute 125 grams sugar for the Natvia, and substitute equivalent quantities of full-fat ricotta or cream cheese for the cottage cheese and full-fat yoghurt or crème fraîche for the non-fat yoghurt.  The rest of the recipe remains the same.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 150℃.

Line a 20 centimetre springform tin with non-stick silicone paper or grease and dust with a little flour (wheat, oat, corn, as desired).  I prefer to line the tin with non-stick paper.  Set aside.

Place the cottage cheese in to the bowl of  a food processor and blend until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients, except the wattle seeds, and process until smooth.  Add the wattle seeds (or poppy seeds) and pulse for a few seconds only to distribute.

Alternatively, blend the cottage cheese until smooth and transfer to the large bowl of a mixer.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix with the paddle attachment until the batter is smooth.

Transfer the cheesecake batter to the prepared tin and smooth the top.    Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until set and starting to colour around the edges.  Switch off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven, with the door slightly ajar, for a further 20 to 30 minutes, to allow the cheesecake to settle.

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A lot of people get worked up about a slight crack on the surface of the cheesecake.  Seriously, I do not.  I’d probably get cranky if it domed or worse, fell, in the centre and cracked in a bid to erupt its contents as it baked.  But a small crack on a level smooth top?  I’m not that fussed.  I think it adds character. 🙂

Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate for several hours, covered, before removing from the tin and serving.   It is best served chilled.  Serve with fresh berries or a berry coulis.  Raspberries are particularly lovely with this cheesecake as they match lemon, yuzu, and the wattleseed so well.  Mango would also be lovely and it goes without saying that a little dark chocolate grated on top or in a light chocolate sauce would be awesome.

Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator for up to two to three days.

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Macronutrient Profile
The macros provided here relate to the recipe as stated above, for both the yuzu and lemon versions.  Substitutions of other ingredients will change the macros, ranging from a negligible amount (e.g. lemon juice instead of yuzu juice) or dramatically (e.g. using full-fat cream cheese instead of cottage cheese).

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