It’s been awhile since I “experimented” with my IP food. I’ve been kind of on autopilot as we try to finish our first home purchase – very exciting, but plenty stressful. And chaotic. (At this point, I’m seriously considering keeping out a few frying pans, packing everything else up, and eating off paper plates!!!) However…
I purchased Walden Farms Strawberry Fruit Spread a few weeks a go on a whim. I’d been looking at it off and on for awhile.
Know this: Walden Farms is not a magical company. You can not take a product that is typically 50 calories per tablespoon, turn it into a zero calorie product, and go, “WOW, THEY TASTE THE SAME!” Never going to happen. Don’t live in that dream world, folks. you’ll only be disappointed. With that said, this product is not terrible. It probably tastes more or less “strawberry flavored,” although I think it does mention something about real strawberry something in the nutritional information/ingredients list. It does not quite have a jelly consistency, more like… well it’s like a jelly and Jell-O hybrid.
I had an idea that it may make a good “filling” for the Plain Crepe. Here’s what you need:
- Mixing bowl and whisk (I think making the “bread-like” ice cream
- 1 Ideal Protein Plain Crepe Packet
- 4 oz. water
- up to 1 oz of Sugar Free Vanilla syrup (such as Torani’s)
- 1 – 2 Tbsp. of Walden Farms Strawberry Fruit Spread
- Grease up a frying pan with a bit of Olive Oil (remember your daily portions/allowances).
- In a bowl, mix the plain crepe mix with about 4 oz. of water, and a little bit of Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup. This does two things: it sweetens up the crepe itself, and adds a nice vanilla flavor, giving it more of a “home-baked” taste.
- Cook the crepe on the stove according to manufacturer directions.
* Tips: I like to get the first side get nice and crispy. One trick I use to tell if it’s ready to be flipped is to wiggle the pan a bit. Sometimes you get lucky and the crepe starts to move around. Usually you have to wiggle a spatula under the crepe and flip. I let the second side cook for less time than the first; it’s going to make the final step easier. Cooked through, but not crispy.
- Lay your crepe on a plate, softer side up. Put 1 – 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Fruit Spread down the middle of your crepe. It does not “spread” so much as it “squishes,” so squish it around until you have it going from one side to the other.
* Tips: There is no sugar/sugar alcohol in this product, so I wouldn’t be too concerned by your serving amount, other than it’s never great to eat too many artificial sweeteners.
- Roll your crepe, TIGHTLY, so that your filling will go from end to end when rolled up. Don’t worry that you don’t have “fruit” spread throughout the whole crepe, it will be just great.
- Get yourself a cup of tea or coffee (or one of your 8 glasses of water a day!) and enjoy!