This protein and fiber packed breakfast is rich in antioxidants thanks to the beautiful cranberries. With no added sugar, 18 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber and 280 calories, it’s a tasty addition to any weight loss or diabetic meal plan.
While many think of cranberries as an item strictly for juice, or an accompaniment to turkey on the Thanksgiving table, they are quickly becoming one of my favorite ingredients to play with in the kitchen.
This Cranberry Compote with Whole Grain Waffles makes a very satisfying breakfast or snack thanks to the high protein and fiber content. The flavor combo of the tart cranberries with the lemon is kind of like a party going on in your mouth.
While not exactly a compote, it’s the closest thing I could come up with to describe this vibrant mixture. A true compote is fruit preserved or cooked in syrup. Since I’m not adding sugar, the syrup thing definitely doesn’t apply. Yet the cooked berries mixed with lemon juice, zest and stevia, to me, has the essence of a compote. So there it is. I prefer to prepare the cranberries right before eating them, though you can definitely make them the day before or in a larger batch and simply reheat or serve it cold. It works either way.
I am a huge cottage cheese fan which is no secret to anyone who’s seen my refrigerator. One of my favorite breakfasts or snacks is a whole grain waffle with cottage cheese and fruit. My hubby seriously makes waffles with cottage cheese, cinnamon and chia seeds most mornings. It was a natural choice to add to this recipe as the main protein source.
I found a brand of waffles with only 130 calories for two. They also contained 7g of fiber, 5g of protein, only 2 grams of sugar and with pretty “clean” ingredients. The nutritional information is based on this so take a look at the label on your brand of waffles. It’s likely that they contain more calories and sugar than the ones I included.
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- 1 cup fresh/raw cranberries
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 packets stevia or preferred sweetener
- 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 2 whole grain (lite) waffles
- optional: hemp, chia or pumpkin seeds for garnish
- Rinse the cranberries and place in a glass or ceramic bowl/container, covering loosely with a lid or paper plate to prevent splatter.
- Microwave on full power for 2 minutes.
- Add lemon juice, zest and sweetener, stirring to combine.
- Toast the waffles, top with cottage cheese and cranberry compote.
- If desired, sprinkle with hemp hearts, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds for a garnish.
Do you have a favorite way to prepare cranberries? Please share in the comments below!