This isn't a recipe so much as a concept. The basic idea is you mix flour-ish things with a SF syrup, like Da Vinci and Torani and add in possible other things like coconut, berries or peanut butter and then you microwave for 2 minutes and get something that resembles a muffin in texture... or it might resemble a cobbler or a bread pudding, depending on what you do. But whatever, this has become my favorite breakfast and dessert. The fun thing is, you mix it, cook it and eat it out of the same bowl. Thus the name, "bowl muffin". It's a single serving unless you're altruistic.
Basically a "bowl muffin" is my quick and easy invention based on MammaC's berry cobbler recipe. It's about 1/4-1/3 cup of some kind of flour-ish thing mixed with about the same amount of liquid and, depending on what the flour-ish thing is, you want to add some baking powder to make it poof a bit. And depending on what you use it can taste like a cobbler, a muffin, a hot bread pudding or a brownie or coconut bread pudding or whatever you can concoct! It's so easy and versatile.
Ok, so for the flourish things I use either:
1/4-1/2 tsp baking powder
Or a combination of the above. I tend to go for the meals when my plumbing is being balky.
If you use carbquik you can omit the baking powder because it already has leavening.
Carbquik gives you a more bready, doughy texture whereas the courser meals give you a more crumbly texture, more like a bran muffin. And of course they give you TONS of fiber.
So some of my favorites so far are:
1/8 cup CQ + 1/8 Cup Flax in a bowl you can microwave, like a cereal bowl -- Mix with a little less than 1/4 cup of some tasty fruit flavored sugar free syrup (I've been using black cherry). Add enough other liquid so that the batter is about the consistency of waffle batter, the more liquid you use, the more like bread pudding it'll be. Then add in a couple of tablespoons worth of some sort of frozen berry, like raspberries or blackberries. Microwave for 2 minutes. Instant berry cobbler!
You can turn it into a brownie by using just CQ and cocoa powder (about 2T of cocoa), use vanilla or some flavor of SF syrup that complements chocolate. If you want, you can chunk up some unsweetened or alcohol sugar based chocolate to make "chips" and mix them in. Nuke for 2 minutes and eat right out of your bowl! I've used vanilla and peppermint in this one. Mocha or coffee syrup would be great too.
My other favorite is coconut bread pudding. The basic recipe but using a little more liquid and put in 1/4 cup of coconut too. Use coconut syrup for this one! This one is divine! Its my new comfort food. Don't do what I did and put it in a bowl that is too small, because it bubbled over into the microwave.
For gingerbread I used my basic recipe and added a lot of cinnamon and ginger and then just a teaspoon of dark or blackstrap molasses and I happen to have some "gingerbread" flavored syrup from Da Vinci. The molasses is a very strong flavor so you don't need much and it only adds about 4 carbs.
Another variation I've toyed with just a bit is adding an egg. This makes it raise higher. I'd love to be able to perfect something that tasted a bit like bread, eggs, bacon and cheese. I've gotten close, but it still needs work.
Peanut butter is another one I've toyed with. PB syrup and a little PB stirred into the mix. I've got a large and growing collection of these syrups now.
Let me know if you improve on the recipe!
Last edited by Nancy LC : Sun, Dec-12-04 at 18:03.