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Blender Pancakes

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Since some mornings can be more hectic than others, who is a fan of anything quick to make and easy to clean up?

ME! ME! ME!…

With most meals, I am always looking to change things up. Breakfast is one of those meals that tends to get stagnant because the kids are responsible for getting themselves fed in the mornings.

However, if I am ready and make time to prepare something for everyone, then they eat that.  But that doesn’t happen too regularly.  Both girls have a sport activity 4 out of the 5 days each week, so it is imperative they have a nutritious breakfast to get through the start of their school day. Their minds and bodies are still growing.

Breakfast for the kids usually consists of a smoothie and something else like oatmeal, toast (with nut butter and fruit) or quinoa bowl with fruit. If I make it for everyone then it is usually breakfast potato/veggie burritos, chickpea scramble or pancakes.  We get creative sometimes, but some days its basic breakfast.

The kids always ask for pancakes, and on a very very rare occasion I will get a premix pancake mix and adjust the additions to make them. However, I am eliminating as much packaged pre-made food from our home so finding ways to make pancakes has been quite the priority lately (and I have another one to share soon).

These rounds of goodness are a favorite to eat and to make.  Everything goes into a blender.. SCORE!!  If we have leftovers made, I wrap them up and the kids either take them to school for a snack, to sports or heat them in the toaster oven for a snack when they get home from school.

ready to blend

Ingredients:

1 flax egg (place 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed into blender and add 3 tablespoons of water) and let sit for a few minutes before adding the remaining ingredients.
2 average sized bananas (not very large) and put it in the blender
1 cup almond milk
1 generous tablespoon of pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 generous teaspoon of cinnamon
little shake of turmeric
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups of rolled oats (you can use gluten free option)
1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips OR blueberries

pouring pancakes

Directions:

Get the flax egg started if you haven’t already and while you’re gathering your other ingredients, it will form into a egg like texture

Depending on what you are cooking them on, get the pan heated and ready

Add everything EXCEPT the chocolate chips or blueberries and then blend until smooth, like a pancake batter.  Once blended smooth, add your chocolate chips or blueberries and stir in by hand.

Begin scooping the batter out with a tablespoon, about 2 tablespoons per pancake as it keeps them fluffy and cooking thoroughly.  Flip when bubbling around edges starts to pop, depending on how your pan cooks it may be sooner. A couple minutes on each side.

After done, top with your favorite toppings: ours are usually consumed plain as the kids like them just as they are. Peanut or almond butter with chopped strawberries and bananas and a drizzle of syrup are favorites as well.  Get creative, make them into sandwiches or top with nuts, share your favorites with us.

Breakfast Muffins

These are a great back to school snack or sports snack.  Stock your freezer!

One of the first “treat” recipes I came across that the kids asked me to make after the first test was called Muffin Tops from Oh She Glows May have had something to with them liking to say the name ;)

There was a lot of researching cookbooks and recipes in the beginning of this journey. It was a great way to help start testing meals with the family.  Knowing I wasn’t even close to trying to come up with some of my own, I wanted to dabble in recipes to get some practice and ideas for the future.

Angela of  Oh She Glows  was the first food bloggers I came across and was quickly sucked into her recipes. Angela just made it all look easy. She was a real person. She not only shared her creativeness in the kitchen (that just made you drool when looking at the pictures), she shared who she was.  That is really what has kept me coming back to see what she is up to. I was inspired by her recipes.

I decided to update her recipe to fit our plant based lifestyle by omitting a few ingredients that I avoid.  Also after a couple tries, I found I didn’t need to use some of the other ingredients.  As well as discovering a few ways to slightly change ingredients.

You can use a muffin pan, but I found them to be fun (and the lazy in me finds it nice to just plop them on the baking sheet)  the way Angela’s recipe suggests to bake them.

To change things up, you can replace the banana with pureed pumpkin or diced apples (see Notes). They are so scrumptious.

This muffin recipe has no eggs, no added sugars, and it is soy free, oil free and dairy free!  You can also make it a nut-free option. AND always double the recipe so you can store them in the freezer!

 

before & after

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes~ Cook Time:20 minutes~ Makes: 12ish
Recipe inspired by : Oh She Glows – click here for recipe

Ingredients:

2 large ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 cup packed pitted Medjool dates (be sure they are soft, if not ,soak for about 30 min in warm water then drain)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 cups gluten-free, wheat-free rolled oats, divided (I use Bob’s, but it is packaged in a facility that packages nuts, if you have a nut sensitivity, try GF Harvest)
1/4 cups non-dairy dark chocolate chips (nuts or raisins are an optional addition or replacement)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the peeled bananas, pitted dates, cinnamon, and vanilla into a food processor.  Process until smooth.

Add in 1 cup of the rolled oats, hemp and chia seeds, and process for a few seconds, just long enough to roughly chop the oats and combine the mixture.

Take the remaining oats and pour them into a medium sized bowl and add the mixture from the processor to the bowl.  Add the chocolate chips and stir until mixed in.

Spoon dough onto the parchment paper. No need to press down on the muffin to flatten, they do not expand when cooking. These can be placed close together.  They will end up looking like mounds.

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Immediately transfer onto a cooling rack to cool completely.  I always double the recipe and store in the freezer.  This kids just take out the muffin and eat them as is or pack them in their lunches.

Notes:

I have also made variations by replacing the bananas with 1 can of pumpkin while slightly increased the cinnamon and vanilla.  Along with adding pumpkin spice and turmeric.  Chocolate chips are optional, my family prefers to have them.

When I make it with apples, I will use 3/4 cup of applesauce. I slightly increase the vanilla and put 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.  Then about 1/4-1/3 cup diced and peeled apples. When replacing with the applesauce, I do not use the chocolate chips.

When adding the spices, I do it by taste.

 

 

 

Vanilla Blender Ice Cream

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There is always room for ice cream, but not when it is full of artificial flavors and ingredients that don’t always settle well for everyone’s bellies.  Even better,  this plant based ice cream does not require an ice cream maker!!  I know not everyone likes bananas either, so I included one below, also check out this recipe , these options and these suggestions.  This vanilla ice cream is a quick and easy way to make a cool treat anytime.  It is delicious alone as well as a base to add in other ingredients to create some delightful flavors. There is prepping involved, freezing bananas.  Also, be sure any ingredients you add in are chilled as necessary.

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