HG loves a challenge, and coming up with a rockin' swap for this cheesy fried finger food was slightly tricky. Luckily, our favorite fiber-packed cereal saved the day (as usual). BTW, if you've never tried fake-frying by baking items covered in low-calorie cereal crumbs, DO IT NOW!!! (Sorry, got carried away there.) HG Tip: Bake up a batch (or two - they'll go fast!) this Super Bowl Sunday, and you and your poppers will be the life of the party. Touchdown, HG!
1/2 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal
1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
5 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and stems removed (see HG Tip)
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
Optional: salt, pepper and/or garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
In a blender or food processor, grind cereal into crumbs. Transfer to a wide bowl and mix in optional seasonings.
In a small bowl, thoroughly mix cream cheese with shredded cheddar cheese. Evenly spoon and spread mixture into pepper halves.
Place egg substitute in another wide bowl. One at a time, coat pepper halves with egg substitute, shake to remove excess, and coat with crumbs. Evenly place on the baking sheet, stuffed sides up.
Bake until outside is crispy and pepper halves have softened, 25 - 30 minutes.