Make your cake and eat it with this less sinful snack recipe.
It’s also packed with protein for a recovery and muscle-building boost.
Serving size: 10 cakes
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tbsp cream cheese
- Pinch of cream of tartar (or ¼ tsp)
- 1 stick of Canderel sweetener (2g)
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 150°C and move your oven rack to the middle.
- Get all your equipment and utensils ready to work as quickly as possible once you fold in the two mixtures and get it onto your baking sheet and into the oven before the mixture starts to melt or ‘unfluff’.
- Spray your baking sheets with Spray & Cook and have them on standby.
- Separate the 3 egg whites and yokes into two separate mixing bowls (make sure there is no yolk in your egg whites)
- ‘Cream’ the cream cheese until soft, then add to the egg yolks. Next, add the stick of Canderel, scoop of protein power and teaspoon of cocoa powder, if you wish. Mix with a stick blender or electric mixer until a smooth mixture is created. Place mixture to the side.
- Add the cream of tartar to the egg white mix. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and form peaks.
- Take your egg yolk protein mixture and gently fold it into the stiff egg whites. Stop immediately when your two mixtures are folded in together with the least amount of folding. Take care not to over mix and loosen the stiffness of the egg whites. Do not let this mixture stand or it will ‘melt’.
- Take the spoon and quickly and carefully spoon your fluffy mixture onto the prepared baking sheets, in 10-12cm circles that are 1-2cm high (makes roughly 10 portions). Do not work with the mixture too long or it will ‘melt’.
- Carefully place onto the middle rack of the oven and bake undisturbed for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and carefully lift with a broad spatula onto the cooling rake. Your cloud cakes will now be fragile, like a baked meringue, so work carefully.
- Once completely cooled (+/- 30 minutes), place in an air-tight container overnight as this changes the texture to a more chewy bread-like consistency.
- Add your preferred topping, serve and enjoy!
Note: As oven temperatures vary, some trial and error may be need to find the specific oven temperature required to brown the cloud cakes evenly in the advised cooking time.
One tablespoons of full-cream cream cheese contains 50 calories and 6g of saturated fat. The calcium and phosphorous content of cream cheese also make it an ideal healthful food to help boost bone strength and reduce decalcification. If you’re counting calories, opt for the low-fat cream cheese option!
Recipe supplied by Elize Marie.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.