Fact: you do not need pancake batter to make your own pancakes.
I have been making my own pancake batter a lot lately and have been seriously loving it. I love making pancakes with ingredients that I already have in my pantry. I have also learned to mix them in a way so they are nutritious and fiber rich, but still taste delicious!
Its no secret that I love oatmeal. It is a staple in my breakfast rotation and I also regularly make pancakes using oat flour. HOWEVER, you do not need oat flour to make pancakes. You can make your own. This is easy and cost efficient. In order to make pancake batter, I have been blending gluten free oats with chia seeds, fruit, and almond milk and adding a tsp of baking soda. Each of these ingredients are critical.
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I started making this smoothie this past winter after reading Kelly Leveque’s book Body Love. In this book, Kelly promotes eating according to the Fab 4 Method (protein, fat, fiber, and greens) in order to help turn off your hunger hormones and keep you feeling satiated for longer. Additionally, the book talks about a diet that is lower in sugar and carbs. I was inspired by this book to make a low sugar smoothie bowl that is full of protein and healthy fats in order to feel satisfied for long after consumption.
Like I said in my last post, this is not turning into a keto or low carb blog. I believe different ways of eating work for different people. I want to share a variety of different recipes that support several different ways of eating. All of my recipes, however, have one common thing- they are all made with real food. I’m a real food enthusiast, meaning I believe in eating food in its most natural and unprocessed form. In my mind, eating real good is #1 and any other diet that you follow comes second.
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Meet my latest breakfast obsession – Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats! I was inspired by my Pina Colada smoothie bowl to make this overnight oats combo and it is SO. GOOD. The pineapple and coconut combination tastes so refreshing and delicious! It is the perfect overnight oats combo for the summer. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and is so simple to make!
On Sundays, I usually like meal prepping my overnight oats for breakfast for the week. It is literally so simple and then I have breakfast already made for me for the entire week! I make them all at once and then let them sit overnight in the fridge and then on Monday all I have to do is reach into the fridge and grab a jar for breakfast. It couldn’t be easier! I like to re-purpose glass nut butter jars and use them for my overnight oats. Re-purposing nut butter jars for overnight oats supports nontoxic living by reducing waste and use of plastics. Plastics do interact with our foods!
I love making overnight oats because it is a satisfying and delicious meal and also oats are not very expensive. I do try to buy gluten-free oats because even though oatmeal by itself does not contain gluten, oats are commonly processed in facilities where there could be cross contamination with gluten-containing products. If you have a gluten sensitivity, better to be safe and buy gluten-free oats.
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During the summer, I crave all of the fresh, hydrating fruits. One of my favorite is pineapple. Pineapple are full of nutrients, contain antioxidants, and help fight inflammation. They are also so incredibly delicious.
If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know that one my go-to breakfasts is a smoothie bowl. Unlike most smoothie stores you see that market themselves as healthy but are actually the equivalent of froyo, my smoothie bowls are full of fruits and veggies and largely gluten-free and dairy-free. I love making smoothies for a few reasons. 1) It is a breakfast you can make it literally less than 3 minutes. 2) It is made with primarily frozen or other naturally shelf stable products such as nut butter so it is easy to have these ingredients on hand because they do not expire quickly. 3) They taste AMAZING! Literally like you are eating dessert, except they are packed with fruits veggies, healthy fats, and proteins. It is such an easy way to sneak in a ton of veggies.
In the spirit of summer, I was inspired to make a Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl. This smoothie is literally made with 4 ingredients. You read that right, ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS!
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Have you ever added avocado to your pancakes….? Let me introduce you to this rich, chocolately stack of Banana Cacao Pancakes. These pancakes taste so creamy and delicious, but are made with all clean ingredients! This recipe is gluten free and vegan.
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Does this remind anyone else of straight elementary school?! Orange Creamsicle popsicles definitely take me back to summertime as a kid. Try this healthy twist on your favorite childhood treat! Recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and packed with fruits and veggies.
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