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Wait, What? Pancakes are done?

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I finally bit the bullet one day and bought one of those fancy super-powered blenders.  I made my healthy smoothies and then asked myself, “What else can I do?”  I saw a generic pancake recipe in the booklet that came in the box and decided to make my own version that is super healthy and can be gluten-free. They are so easy and quick to make that my kids couldn’t believe pancakes can come out so fast to the table

They will love you even more if you can shape it like a bunny!

 

Wait, What? Pancakes are done?
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These are so good plain that maple syrup is not even necessary but if you must, I suggest grade B syrup as it is filled with more nutrients. I sometimes like to add my homemade blueberry compote, the link is below.
Wait, What? Pancakes are done?
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These are so good plain that maple syrup is not even necessary but if you must, I suggest grade B syrup as it is filled with more nutrients. I sometimes like to add my homemade blueberry compote, the link is below.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Throw all the ingredients into your fancy super blender until everything is smooth.
  2. Pour straight from you blender onto a skillet no bigger than 4-5 inches diameter. Flip when you see it bubble on the edges
  3. Mind you, this picture is the 3rd round because for some reason, your first round on the skillet never looks so pretty.
  4. Top with 100% pure maple syrup. I like Grade B as it has a lot nutritious minerals in it.
Recipe Notes

Here's the recipe to my Berry Compote that go great with these pancakes.

*Don't have GF flour? You can forgo the flour and replace it with another cup of oatmeal (GF)

**Egg-free?  You can replace eggs with 1/2 cup of flaxseeds

***You can use any fruit! In the fall, I use 1 cup of pumpkin puree, in the summer I use a pitted peach or a whole apple (cut the seeds out first).

Griddle the whole batch and freeze the leftovers.  They reheat quickly in the toaster oven.

They are also great pancakes to go in the car as they are sweet without syrup. Great for morning rushes to school

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Strawberry Fields

My husband and I are into a whiskey kick these days and I love making drinks with seasonal items.  We went strawberry picking with the kids this spring when the strawberries are so perfect, they taste like candy!  So I came up with this refreshing fresh strawberry and basil concoction to celebrate springtime!

Bourbon or rye you ask?  Bourbon is made over half with corn and tends to be sweeter and have hints of vanilla.  Rye is made over half with rye and tends to be dryer and have a spice to it.  I prefer bourbon myself but these days, the popularity of rye whiskey has risen and is the hipster choice.

Strawberry Fields
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Servings
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Strawberry Fields
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Servings
2
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put strawberries and basil in a shaker tin. Crush them together with a muddler or a wooden spoon. Fill the shaker with ice and pour the rest of the ingredients in. Cap the shaker and shake hard like you're in a heavy metal mariachi band. Take two rocks (low-wide) glasses and pour them evenly into them or you can fill the glasses with fresh ice and strain the liquid into the glasses. You can rim the glass with sugar or keep it plain and either garnish them with a sprig of basil or a whole strawberry.
Recipe Notes

*You can make simple syrup at home by boiling down 1 cup of sugar to 2 cups of water until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.  Let it cool and pour it into a reusable glass bottle/jar.

Bourbon or rye you ask?  Bourbon is made over half with corn and tends to be sweeter and have hints of vanilla.  Rye is made over half with rye and tends to be dryer and have a spice to it.  I prefer bourbon myself but these days, the popularity of rye whiskey has risen and is the hipster choice.

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Ping’s Crunchy Super Granola

I love granola but could never find one that had all my favorites in one package.  i decided to come up with my own that was nutrient dense, packed with flavor and gave you energy for those in-between meal hunger pains. Since my recipe has not nuts in them, they are a fantastic snack to pack in your child’s lunchbox  too.   Also, these are fabulous in a bowl swimming in coconut milk!  You will save money and have so much more flavor and nutrients than anything you can get at the market.

Ping's Crunchy Super Granola
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Quinoa packs in protein. Chia seeds give you so much energy that marathon runners drink a mix of it with lemon water the day of the race. Also flaxseeds are high in omega 3 as well grade B maple syrup has nutritious minerals in it. These ingredients puts the super in my granola!
Ping's Crunchy Super Granola
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Quinoa packs in protein. Chia seeds give you so much energy that marathon runners drink a mix of it with lemon water the day of the race. Also flaxseeds are high in omega 3 as well grade B maple syrup has nutritious minerals in it. These ingredients puts the super in my granola!
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a big bowl.
  2. Mix the liquid separately and then combine with the dry ingredients.
  3. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Allow it to cool and then mix in the chocolate chips. Viola! Yummy granola!
Recipe Notes

You can add any dry ingredient in addition or in replacement of dried cherries.

If nuts aren't a factor, feel free to add your favorite nuts to them.  About 1/2 cup would be fine without changing any part of the recipe.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

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Easy GF-Vegan Double Chocolate Brownie

My kids go to an amazing progressive school and one teacher is gluten-free and the other is gluten-free vegan.  Having so many dietary restrictions makes it hard to treat yourself to dessert.  So, I wanted to make them brownies that are just as good as the real thing and just as  rich, chocolatey and decadent. What I came up with so happen to be somewhat healthy too!  One bite and you can barely tell the difference from my brownie and the standard brownie in taste but you will feel much better eating this one!  It was a hit with the teachers, my kids and even, my hard to please (I like the real stuff) husband!

 

Ping's Easy GF-Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies
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This brownie recipe taste so decadent that you will forget that it's almost healthy!  Super easy if you have a good blender because you just throw everything in the blender. This recipe can be easily doubled and placed in a 9x12 casserole dish without changing the baking time. Feel free to add nuts if you like too. 
Ping's Easy GF-Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies
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This brownie recipe taste so decadent that you will forget that it's almost healthy!  Super easy if you have a good blender because you just throw everything in the blender. This recipe can be easily doubled and placed in a 9x12 casserole dish without changing the baking time. Feel free to add nuts if you like too. 
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor or I used my Blendtech (like vitamix) where I blended until smooth - which i had to mix with a wooden spoon and blend a couple of times.
  3. After blended I mixed in the chocolate chips except for a handful.
  4. Grease a 8 x 8 glass pan with coconut oil and then pour and spread the mix evenly in the pan.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining chips on top and then bake for 25 - 30 minutes. I baked mine for 25 and let it sit for 10 minutes since we like it a bit gooey.
Recipe Notes

*    Non vegans can substitute flaxseed for 1 egg.  The results make a richer brownie and adds more protein.

 

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