Everyone that knows me, will tell you I’m a morning person. I love waking up with all the magical possibilities available to me. First I’m awoken by the morning sun beams blasting through my window. I feel it’s energy massage and energize every cell in my body. It’s magnificent vibration gently nudges me to open my eyes and begin my journey of a new day. After a few stretches and yawns, I take the time to thank my bed for providing me with a beautiful nights rest. I bless my day, bless my family and bless my home. As my feet hit the floor I feel fresh and renewed, ready to create and contribute to this world. I push play on the stereo and the sweet sounds of Enya begin to vibrate……..HA! I wish! Here’s how my mornings really play out. First I’m usually awoken by the sensation of a my daughters hand or a foot jammed in the small sensitive part of my lower back. Not enough to immediately wake me, just enough to create a dull ache on the brink of charlie-horsing. SUPRISE! Ellie snuck into bed. In my reality Enya plays in my dreams and in the real world I wake up with the god awful annoying sound of the neighbors dog barking. WTF does he bark at? I quickly forget about Cujo as the bedroom door slams open with my panicky 4 year old, Finn, sprinting to my bathroom before he pees his pants. Followed immediately by my 11 year old entering with an equally dramatic and loud entrance. The panic escalates because the bathroom is occupied and I’m forced to jump out of bed to escort him to the downstairs bathroom because apparently the bright sunny mornings are spooky. I then go sit at the bottom of the stairs and take a deep breath followed by a long mellow dramatic sigh. “Serenity NOW!” In that moment I have two choices; I can move forward with my day with the feelings of annoyance, exhaustion and resentment as I crawl back into bed, put a pillow over my face and scream. While this cathartic therapy is tempting and I feel pretty justified, I make a different choice. I don’t choose praying to the higher power for the strength and serenity to make it through my day. I don’t choose to repeat the affirmation “all is well in my world” 9 times. And I certainly don’t choose to go sweat it off at the gym. Nope, instead I decide by listening to that part of me that is in direct connection to all that is. Some might call it your gut instincts, I call it my inner knowing. So in this divinely inspired moment, this present opportunity, this life altering “now”,……I……..choose…….pancakes! Let us Begin!!
These are not your ordinary Aunt Jemima flap jacks. These are first and for-most, gluten-free. The biggest issue I find, with anything gluten-free, is that it’s either really gross, or super unhealthy. These pancakes I assure you, taste better than IHOP and are healthier than Whole Foods. They’re also dairy-free and sugar-free.
The hardest part about creating this recipe was keeping the gluten-free aspect healthy and keeping a light fluffy consistency. I added quinoa flour to the mix specifically for this purpose. It has a sweet nutty flavor and is the perfect compliment to the remaining ingredients. The second reason I added quinoa to this pancake recipe was because it is high in protein. Most people understand that to build muscle you need protein, but don’t understand how it relates to insulin and weight loss. Let me nerd out for a bit. I will do my best to easily describe this process for those of you who are not nutrition dorks like myself. Okay, so protein in your meal equals a slower digestive time which in turn results in no insulin spike. Why should you be concerned about this? Any time you consume a food like sugar or pasta, they digest very quickly which results in this evil insulin spike. How about we call it a “Voldemort spike”. This “name we do not speak of spike” will signal to your brain to basically store whatever you have eaten as fat. NOW, because protein slows down the digestive time it will help to counteract this evil, House of Slytherin lord. Okay I’m really not a Harry Potter dork too, the reference just seemed fitting. Anyways, here is a great trick. Anytime you have overindulged on something carby, yeah I just made that word up, or sugary food, you can prevent the Voldemort spike by consuming protein with it. This prevents the signal to the brain and in turn stops the fat storage. Some sort of meat or dairy protein would be perfect. Note, this is not a health tip, but a weight loss tip. To read more about quinoa health benefits here is a great article http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/diana-herrington/7-benefits-of-quinoa_b_3363619.html. The other part of the flour mix is coconut flour which I talk about at length in this article https://tulanutrition.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/3-reasons-to-avoid-almond-flour/
Now for the tricky part. The sugar-free sauce. This is accomplished by using stevia powder. If you are not concerned about your sugar intake. I would recommend using raw organic honey instead to gain the whole food benefits that honey provides. To substitute with honey, in the batter mix, instead of using 3/4 tbs. of Stevia powder, use 1 tbs. of raw organic honey. Try finding Buckwheat honey, which provides you with the most antioxidants of any varieties out there. In the blueberry sauce delete both the coconut oil and stevia and again add 1 tbs. honey.
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1.5 cups of plain coconut yogurt
3/4 tbs of stevia powder
1 cup of smashed banana
zest from 1 lemon
juice from 1 lemon
1 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs poppy seeds
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup water
1 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp stevia powder
1. Start with the sauce first. Add all ingredients to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, turn down to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Set to the side until ready to use. After this first step I have no recollection of the pandemonium that ensued earlier in my day. Already I am at ease.
2. For the batter mix add all dry ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Now my breathing has deepened.
3. In separate bowl combine the rest of ingredients except poppy seeds and stir until smooth. Add dry ingredient mixture and get your stir on one more time. After mixture is smooth fold in poppy seeds. I’m Starting to smile.
4. To cook add a tablespoon or more of extra virgin coconut oil to a pan and heat. Add 1/4 of a cup of batter to pan and cook each side for a couple of minutes. If you add to much mixture the center will stay very soggy so no more than 1/4 of a cup. I like my pancakes a bit more crispy on the outside so I add more coconut oil in the pan and cook each side twice. I’m feeling lighter.
5. Serve with blueberry sauce. Now I’ve transcended
The moral of my pancake story; 1. these pancakes can turn any crappy morning into bliss and 2. I apparently watch to many of my kids movies.