Thursday, February 21, 2013

In A Snap

Dear Readers,

Now that our clan has been vegan for nearly two months, we've established some favorite foods and easy, go-to recipes.  This has been crucial since life moves at the speed of light thanks to lots of travel, friends, events, etc. all mixed in with the usual laundry list of daily tasks.  Add to that Muffin is walking, and lookout world!

Anyhow, back to the food.  Without eggs, bacon, etc. we've been making the most of cereal, tofu scrambles and some fantastic blueberry pancakes, modified slightly from a recipe from our fav Engine 2 guy, Rip.  I love that I can trust that the food I make from his recipes is healthy, fresh and amazing.

Now for pancakes!

The Best Almond Blueberry Pancakes (Muffin tested, Muffin approved)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal (unground it just goes right through you...FYI)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups low fat soy or almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons applesauce (all natural, no sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen; other berries are great too!)
Combine the ingredients in a
 large bowl.

Heat a dry skillet. Spray with a tiny bit of cooking oil.
Ladle a large scoop of batter into the pan. Several pancakes can be cooked at once if you’re using a large skillet.
Cook until the batter begins to bubble and the bottom of the pancake is golden.
Flip and cook on the other side until both sides are golden.
TIP: Our cakes tend to be lovely, dense and moist.  Try letting them dry on a cookie cooling rack rather than a plate.  Also, double this recipe and freeze the leftovers in a large, plastic baggie (separate layers with wax or parchment paper).  They warm nicely in the toaster on fast mornings!
The best part of these cakes is you feel satisfied and healthy after eating them, not semi-sick from all the white flour and sugar.  We love them topped with applesauce (Muffin and me), peanut butter (Sweetie), more fruit and pure maple syrup (everyone!).
Bon Brekkie!

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