When you need to make sure there’s THM-friendly appetizers and snacks around, these Perfect Pinwheels are just the thing. I’ve taken my mother-in-law’s classic cream cheese pinwheel recipe and made it Trim Healthy Mama friendly. I also include a bonus Fuel Pull Deli Pinwheel and more ideas for both S and FP variations.
My mother-in-law makes these yummy little cream cheese pinwheels. They seriously get devoured at every family get together! Everybody loves them, and so do I.
The only problem is that they’re made with white flour tortillas. Definitely not on plan! I’ve been craving those yummy little pinwheels recently so I set out to THM-ify one of the best pinwheel recipes ever.
You certainly can sub the regular tortillas with low-carb versions BUT too much “frankenfood” in your diet can cause a stall. They’re great in a pinch or as a special treat but should not be the mainstay of your low carb tortilla needs.
So what’s a Trim Healthy Mama to do?
Hello Wonder Wraps, Our Old Friend!
If you haven’t made Wonder Wraps yet you really should. There’s a great basic recipe in the THM books, both the Original Plan book and the first cookbook. I adapted that for my Chicken Florentine Wonders (also a Fuel Pull) and for these THM-friendly pinwheels I adapted my adaptation.
Kind of like WonderWraps 3.0 I guess.
I’ve included an actual recipe below for 2 variations, but honestly there are SO many ways you can make low carb pinwheels! Even low fat pinwheels have many options, you just might have to get a bit more creative there.
S Style or Low Carb Pinwheels Are Super Easy!
My mother-in-law’s recipe is basically cream cheese, shredded cheddar, garlic powder, green onion, black olives, pimento, and green chilies. Of course, I didn’t have all that on hand so I improvised.
The best thing about this low carb pinwheels recipe is that it’s super forgiving. Mix up what you have available, it’ll be good.
Even though I lacked the exact ingredients, my THM-ified pinwheels taste pretty much like I remember! Of course there is a bit of a texture difference using psyllium husk-based wraps but when you want to stay on plan it’s not an issue, right?
My kids loved them too and that’s all the stamp of approval a mom needs!
More Low Carb Pinwheels Options.
Mix any of the following into regular or 1/3 less fat cream cheese:
- Turkey bacon and chives
- A mixture of cheeses such as cheddar, Monterrey Jack, or hot pepper
- Taco seasoning, olives, jalapenos
- Cooked ground meat, bell peppers
- Sundried tomatoes, garlic, and capers
- Dill pickles, diced turkey ham, green onions or chives
Or try my Easy Homemade Yogurt Cheese with Cilantro, Garlic, and Lime as a spread.
Fuel Pull Pinwheels? Yes, you can!
For many new THMs Fuel Pulls can seem daunting and maybe even boring. Low fat AND low carb? How can it taste good?
Need some Fuel Pull Inspriation? I’ve got over 50 ideas for you!
In my recent post, How to Make a THM Charcuterie Board, one of the tasty little snacks on my Fuel Pull charcuterie example was these beautiful little pinwheels. A little low fat cheese spread, some lean deli meat, and organic salad greens — all rolled up into tasty poppable bites.
More Fuel Pull Pinwheels Ideas:
We have to get a bit more creative here to make up for the lack of fat. But it’s not impossible! I use 1/2 of an Aldi version of Light Laughing Cow cheese wedge per wrap (which comes out to .75 grams of fat per whole wrap and even less per pinwheel). You could certainly use a whole one if you want more cheesy goodness.
- Mix some dijon mustard with my Low Fat Mayo, spread it on the wrap, then top with your favorite deli meat and finely diced pickles
- A few turkey pepperoni slices, low fat mayo or low fat cheese wedge, a light sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil leaves
- Sugar free pizza sauce, lean deli chicken, a sprinkle of low fat mozzarella or Parmesan
- Turkey breast, cranberries, and low fat mayo
- Peanut Junky Butter and some Slim Belly Jelly (from the Cookbook)
- Peanut Junky Butter and finely diced strawberries
Another flavorful Fuel Pull favorite is my low or no fat Creamy Cajun Ranch Dressing or Dip. If you make a thicker dip style it would make a great spread option here too.Low Carb Perfect Pinwheels are great for snacks and party platters! #thm #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #partyfood Click To Tweet
Perfect Party Pinwheels to Please a Crowd.
You can get 5, maybe 6, pinwheels out of one wrap depending on the size. The recipe below will make 8 to 10 wraps so anywhere from 50 to 60 pinwheels can be made from one batch. That sounds like a lot but trust me, they’ll disappear in a flash.
Simply double or triple the recipe if needed. Or even more if you have a huge crowd! I’ve not kept these more than a day because they just get gobbled up but if your filling isn’t too wet you should be able to make them the day before a party if needed.
If you make Wonder Wraps and freeze them these delicious little pinwheel appetizers can be made on a moment’s notice too. They’re perfect for surprise guests!
If you’re looking for baked, low carb, THM-friendly pinwheels my blogging buddy Keri at My Table of Three has what you want!
Have You Been Looking for a THM Pinwheel Recipe? Here you go!
S Style Cream Cheese Filled Wraps FP Style Deli Pinwheels **Nutritional information will vary depending on ingredients. Feel free to calculate nutritional information using this link: Spark People Recipe Calculator As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
For the Wraps
S Style Cream Cheese Pinwheels
FP Style Deli Pinwheels
Make the Wraps
S Style Cream Cheese Filling
Assemble the Wraps
More Options for S Style Pinwheels:
More Options for FP Style Pinwheels:
S Style Cream Cheese Filled Wraps
FP Style Deli Pinwheels
**Nutritional information will vary depending on ingredients. Feel free to calculate nutritional information using this link: Spark People Recipe Calculator
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.