Pancakes in 2 Ingredients – Boom!

Two ingredient pancakes for breakfast.

Two ingredient pancakes for breakfast.

I was having a girlfriend over for breakfast about a month ago and she’s trying to be gluten free. I came across this blog through another post on Facebook and thought it was pretty cool! She made pancakes, and they were gluten free, and they only had TWO ingredients! Say what? Yes, just two ingredients and you can make pancakes too! You combine 2 eggs and one banana and BOOM! Pancakes.

I was blown away and didn’t think that these could possibly taste all that great. But we decided to give it a try. I mashed up a ripened banana fairly well and then added in the eggs and beat those in with a fork as well. It turned in to this little bowl of batter and I was surprised. My friend and I both looked at each other and said, “That looks like as good as it’s going to get for gluten free batter.” I poured it in to the pan after I had heated up some coconut oil and before my eyes the batter turned in to pancakes! I made the first few batches plain, then added some plan low fat yogurt and blueberries to the last batches.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! I served the vanilla chia seed pudding with raspberries, a baked peach and mimosas with the gluten free pancakes for breakfast and the meal was delicious. This was an easy, healthy, gluten free, protein packed pancake that really tasted good. I have to say that adding the yogurt really helped to add to the fluffiness and thickness of the pancakes but they were still more like crepes. I think with one batch we were able to make almost a dozen pancakes which was fine between the two of us. This recipe and entire meal was definitely sababa!

2 regular pancakes

2 regular pancakes

2 blueberry pancakes

2 blueberry pancakes

Head to your kitchen and get cooking!

Bon Appétit!

Chia Seed what??? Pudding!

Chia pudding topped with raspberries, gluten free pancakes and a baked peach

Chia pudding topped with raspberries, gluten free pancakes and a baked peach

I know this recipe can be found all over the Interworld but it’s new to me. I came across this recipe when I saw someone on Instagram post that they were making this. I quickly went to Pinterest to find it, cause that’s where you go to find any recipe after all. Pinterest is my Google for recipes, all recipes.  Once I found this I created my shopping list and picked up my ingredients on my next shopping trip.

I measured out my chia seeds, poured them in the bowl and then added an entire can of light coconut milk and some vanilla. After mixing it all up with a whisk I placed it in the fridge for 2 hours to set. Once it had set I added some honey to it just to give it a little sweetness, spooned some pudding into a nice little bowl, added some raspberries on top and voilà! I have come to love, love, love this recipe for many reasons: 1. it is just the easiest thing in the world to make, 2. it tastes great, 3. it’s absolutely healthy for you! and 4. You can jazz it up any way you like.

Here’s a little bit of info about chia seeds and their health benefits:

They increase your energy.They’re high in protein, fiber (1 oz has 11 grams, a third of your RD amount), calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s.
They can aid in slowing digestion and help prevent blood sugar spikes.
Helps to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
Contains calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorous, folic acid
High in Omega-3, important for brain health.
Helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth, which translates to fewer Dr. visits!
Contains tryptophan, which helps to regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give these awesome little seeds a try! They’re great for all ages, young and old alike! The above photo includes gluten free 2-ingredient pancakes, more on that in another post.

Easy Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients
1 cup or can of light of full coconut milk
1/4 of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of vanilla
honey to taste (after it’s set, optional)
toppings (fruit, nuts, coconut milk whipped cream)

A Cuppa Yummy Protein Bars

So I’ve been focusing on having a healthier mindset this summer, something about running and knowing what I’m putting in my body makes me feel better. When doing any kind of exercise it’s important to always stay hydrated and to put the right amount of energy, or calories, into your body to stay energized. I was searching Pinterest for a protein bar recipe and found this super easy recipe that I now like to call the ‘Cuppa Yummy Protein Bars.’ Why do I call it that you ask? Because all you need is a cup of this, and a cup of that. See? Easy peasy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds (walnuts etc. based on preference)
  • 1 cup whole pitted dates
  • 1 cup dried cherry flavored cranberries
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions:

1.  In a food processor add, all ingredients and process until they form a dough-ish consistency. You’ll know it when you see it. Keep processing until you see clumps form. Process another minute or two until it forms one big dough ball.

2. Take out all of the dough and place on a baking sheet that is covered with parchment paper or saran wrap. Flatten out the ball of dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick in the form of a square, for easy cutting purposes.

3. Cover with saran wrap and chill in the refridgerator for at least an hour or overnight if you prefer. I left mine in for a little over an hour and they were perfect.

4. Remove from fridge and cut it to bars. Wrap with wax paper or saran wrap and place in zip lock bags to maintain freshness. You can store the bars in the fridge for a few weeks or in the freezer for longer.

protein bar ingredients

protein bar ingredients

protein bars

protein bars

 

On a side note, feel free to add whichever nuts or dried fruits you want, just make sure they’re all even amounts. Bon Appetit!

Is there really quinoa in your muffins?

To answer your question, yes, there is quinoa in my muffins. One might ask why? Well quinoa is a healthy grain if you will and can be used in many ways. I was scouring the Pinternet otherwise known as Pinterest in the Food & Drink section, where else, found this very interesting carrot muffin recipe with Quinoa! And to make things more interesting she used Coconut Oil instead of butter! What? Are you crazy? I just made the most delicious buttery apple crostata and now you want me to use coconut oil instead of all that buttery goodness…..I’m now skeptical of how these muffins will turn out….

….ok….

…I am a skeptic no more. The batter, oh the batter. It. Was. Aaaaaaamazing! I made the quinoa, added all the ingredients and voilà! Amazing carrot cake batter, with quinoa no less! Cut to after the muffins came out of the oven and they were perfect and my house smelled wonderful and every little part of the skeptic in my was squashed when I took that first bite….yum! Bon Appetit!

Carrot and Quinoa Muffins

Carrot and Quinoa Muffins

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups – The Healthy Way

Wanting to try something completely different, and healthy, I attempted to make my own fruit roll ups. I loved fruit roll ups as a kid, I couldn’t get enough of them! I mean, really, what’s not to like to about a roll of fruity chewy goodness? Now as an adult I can see what’s not to like about them and that’s the sugar content, high, high, high. So out on a mission to find healthy, good-for-you fruit roll ups I successfully found a not too difficult recipe here a la Pinterest!

This recipe was kind of a process. You have to cook the fruit, mash it, cool it etc. Then bake it, wait for it to cool etc. But at the end of this process you get these awesome and amazingly healthy and homemade fruit roll ups and you know exactly what you put in to them and therefore what you are putting in your body. I don’t know about you but I’m really beginning to like knowing what is in my food and what is going in my body to sustain me. I highly recommend making these and you can use tons of different fruits. I used dried apricots for mine and they came out great. I cut them up, rolled them and bagged them and took them to work with me for an easy healthy snack during the day. I gave one to a coworker and she agreed, they’re great! So go and get cooking and as Julia always said, Bon Appetit!

Fruit Roll Ups!

Fruit Roll Ups!