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Happy almost end of “not-like-any-other” summer! I hope you and your loved ones have kept healthy–both physically and emotionally. These are extraordinary times for sure, and so many of us regularly feeling anxious, stressed, even depressed. I hope you have been managing all right. I’ve developed my own strategies for staying (relatively speaking) positive and optimistic. I recognize (and remind myself!) that the pandemic is temporary, even if it’s not as temporary as we had initially hoped. I try to spend as much time in nature as I can, which has been challenging since I’m working full-time and raising two children who can’t be in camp due to Covid-19 restraints.  I also bought an excellent book on mindfulness, which has helped me reduce stress more than meditation has because it’s very purposeful and intentional and helps me reshape and redirect my thinking. I found mediation was leaving too much to chance even if it helped me relax.

Of course, I’m also trying to maintain a healthy diet so I’m better protected against the Coronavirus–or any virus for that matter, and so I can maintain a healthy weight since I can’t go to the gym anymore and my workouts are more sporadic. I will admit I’ve fallen victim to the Covid-19 snack phenomenon, whereby I often find myself standing in front of my refrigerator, door open, considering what to eat when I’m not actually hungry! Do you know what I’m talking about?? There have been so many funny memes posted about this, and it really gives us insight into the human psyche.

But back to the pancakes… I have made these my go-to breakfast because it’s super easy to whip up a lot of batter, store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator, and quickly make a nutritious, delicious breakfast for days to come. I usually don’t put maple syrup on mine, and instead use a big dollop of my strawberry chia puree, which I also make a big batch of and keep stored in the fridge.

These pancakes are really good, eggy in texture and packed with protein thanks to the four eggs, almond flour, hempseed and collagen peptides. Sometimes I make them with extra cinnamon, but then use maple syrup instead of the strawberry puree so the strawberry and cinnamon aren’t competing with each other. And the best part? You can just throw all the ingredients into your Vitamix or other high-powered blender and voila!

 

Ingredients

1 large banana

4 eggs

1/4 cup almond milk

3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup raw hulled hempseed

1/2 cup tapioca flour

2 scoops collagen peptides (I like this brand)

1 Tbsp coconut sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon*

1/2 tsp salt

*If you want the super-cinnamony version, use 1-1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

 

Preparation

Blend everything together in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Cook in a buttered or oiled cast iron or nonstick pan over medium-low to medium heat until golden brown (3-4 minutes). Flip and cook the opposite side until just golden (1-2 minutes).

Strawberry Chia Puree (made in advance)

In a glass bowl or large glass jar, stir 4 cups fresh or frozen pureed strawberries with 2 heaping tablespoons chia seeds, the juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup. Cover and let sit in the fridge for four hours before using. Store in the fridge for up to five days.

Be well, and enjoy!

 

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I’m in the midst of moving, surrounded by boxes, so I won’t spend too much time writing here. However, several people who follow me on Instagram have asked me to share my recipe for the green paleo pancakes I’ve shared pics of several times.

My sister made these for me while I was visiting her in May. I tweaked the recipe just a bit for better consistency (sorry, Sis!), and more consistent results. Several other bloggers have shared green pancake recipes, but many include small amounts of greens, where the greens are used more to color the pancakes as opposed to providing real nutritional value. I’m always looking for more ways to incorporate greens in my mornings, and if you’re like me, you can only handle so many green shakes.

These pancakes blend up easily in any high-powered blender (e.g., Vitamix). They’re packed with protein, fiber, minerals and anti-oxidants. These pancakes also use tiger nut flour (made from tubers, not nuts), which is an excellent source of prebiotics–the energy source for the good bacteria in our guts which keeps our health humming.

 

Ingredients (per person)

1 ripe banana

1 organic egg

2 leaves of leafy greens (such as chard, collards, kale)

1/8 cup almond flour

1/8 cup tigernut flour

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch sea salt

 

Preparation

Blend everything together in a high-powered blender.

Put a non-stick pan or well-seasoned cast-iron pan on medium to medium-high heat. Melt a little coconut oil or butter in the pan, and pour the pancake batter in approximately 4-inch diameter circles. Cook until browned and any bubbles around the edges have popped, roughly 3-4 minutes. Flip over and cook another 3-4 minutes until browned. Place on a plate and allow to sit at least 3 minutes. (The pancakes will continue “cooking” while they sit.)

Serve with raspberries or sliced strawberries. These pancakes are plenty sweet due to the banana, but if you want a little more sweetness, drizzle raw honey over them. Do not use maple syrup. As much as I love maple syrup, the flavor does not go with the pancake!

Makes 3-4 pancakes.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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What do you do when your beloved waffle iron suddenly has an identity crisis, and can’t decide if it wants to be a cool iron or a smoking hot iron? You turn your beloved waffles into pancakes naturally.

Seriously, the first time I realized my cherished waffle iron had serious problems, I was in a hurry and decided to make pancakes from the waffle batter just so I wouldn’t have to waste all those good ingredients. However, we love our “waffle pancakes” so much that we regularly make them now. Granted, there’s nothing like the light crisp and chewy center of waffles, so even though I’ve titled this post “waffle pancakes,” you can use this batter in the waffle maker or skillet. (And truth be told, I haven’t replaced my waffle iron yet, because I secretly keep hoping someone will fix it for me.) The recipe is a slightly altered version of Brittany Angell’s “extra-crispy paleo waffles” recipe from her cookbook Every Last Crumb, which is a very valuable book if you’re following a paleo diet and love to bake.

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup almond flour

1/2 cup tapioca starch

1 tbsp coconut flour

2 tsp double-acting, aluminum-free baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 large egg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup dairy-free milk

1 tbsp coconut sugar

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly*

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

*Increase to 1/4 cup if making waffles

 

Preparation

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add in everything else except the oil and vinegar. Whisk until smooth. Slowly whisk in the oil, followed by the vinegar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add a little more milk if the batter isn’t runny enough to pour.

Heat your skillet or waffle iron. Brush your iron or pan with oil, and pour the batter into 4-inch rounds or into your waffle maker. Cook until light golden brown on both sides.

Top with fresh berries, compote and maple syrup.

Enjoy!

 

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