Sunday, February 26, 2012

Blueberry Pancakes

Those of you that read yesterday's blog post know about this crazy diet we are undergoing because of some food allergies and sensitivities our son is having. Mostly, we are following a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and corn-free diet (amongst a few other things you can read more about here). I woke up yesterday morning craving something I thought I couldn't have (like most dieters out there) and realized that I COULD have it, I just had to be creative in the way I prepared it! I just needed to find substitutes for the milk, eggs and sweeteners! The following is the recipe I used and if I don't say so myself, they were mighty tasty. More importantly I got a "those aren't bad!" response from our son that kept snacking on them after he came home from playing soccer! That means it's a keeper. I hope you enjoy!

Oh, and in the past 2 days I have come to LOVE Coconut Oil! I have never used it before but it is super healthy and amazingly tasty! Here's what it looks like in case you've never seen it in the store before:

This recipe will yield roughly 12 medium sized pancakes (5 inch diameter).


Pancake Batter:
  • 3 T flax seed
  • 3/4 C water
  • 2 C coconut milk
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T molasses (I normally hate this stuff, but it's good for you and it works here!)
  • 1 1/2 C white rice flour (or coconut flour)
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t freshly ground nutmeg (if you don't grind it fresh, don't use it b/c it won't taste the same)
  • 1 C blueberries
  • 1/2 t lemon zest (optional, but I love it with blueberries)
  • 1 t coconut oil (to grease the skillet)
  • Syrup for topping: coconut nectar, agave, 100% maple syrup....just pick a healthy one! 

Blueberry Compote
  • 1 1/2 C blueberries
  • 1/2 t Stevia (natural sweetener)
  • 2 T coconut oil


Pancake Batter:
1. For your egg substitute:
Combine water and flax seed in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. In the meantime, whisk all of the dry ingredients and lemon zest together.

3. Pour the cooled egg substitute into a bowl with all of the wet ingredients and whip until combined.

4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until it is the consistency of pancake batter. 
I had to add a little more flour to make mine thick enough, but the recipe includes that so hopefully you won't need extra!

5. Stir in the blueberries!

6. On a hot skillet (about 350 degrees), add the coconut oil and brush to coat.

7. Use a scoop to pour the pancake batter onto the skillet and cook until bubbling all over.

8. Flip and cook until slightly brown on both sides and puffy in the middle.

In the meantime....

For the compote:
9. Heat coconut oil until melted in a sauce pan.

10. Add the blueberries and Stevia and saute on low until mixture resembles a compote.

11. Add to the top of the pancakes, along with a drizzle of your favorite healthy syrup and devour!

The taste to me was great! The texture was a little different, but extra moist (which I liked.) I hope all of you healthy foodies give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

Bon Appetit!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Making good food without all of the good stuff? Is that even possible???

We recently found out through some blood work that our son is allergic to the following foods:
  • wheat
  • eggs
  • dairy
  • soy
  • corn
  • beans
  • ginger
  • coffee
  • malt
  • legumes
  • shellfish
  • casein
  • grapes
  • avocado
  • cabbage
  • cucumber
  • mustard seed
  • most nuts
  • vanilla
  • green pepper

Can you picture my reaction when we were told this? Me, the lover of all foods! How is it even possible to have reactions to all of those things? And I'm just telling you the things making his intestines fall apart. He has other sensitivities I'm not even mentioning! So what did we do after we found out? Like any good family finding out that we might have cancer but that there is a cure...we went out and celebrated with some good cancer food before we had to give it up! :)

Hey, don't judge! I needed some gelato to help me say goodbye!

So, we are now starting on a 102 day journey on this diet until our son finishes a brain cognitive program (through Brain Balance). After completion of the program, we can re-introduce the foods one at a time. If there is no reaction to them, we can keep eating them. If there is a reaction, they are off the table completely. However, I honestly think if I can live gluten free, we probably will try to even after the diet's over.

At first I went into mourning, thinking about everything I now could not cook with or worse...EAT! However, it has now become a challenge of how creative I can become cooking extremely healthy and flavorful food in my kitchen. We are 2 days into the 102 day journey and so far, I don't feel as limited as I did at first. Also, when we left Central Market, we had enough groceries for breakfast, lunch & dinner on this diet and spent LESS than our weekly allotted amount! Win Win!

This morning I had a craving for blueberry pancakes and decided to figure out a way to make them without the regular ingredients. Come to find out, it worked! I'll share that recipe with you tomorrow.

Until then...Bon Appetit!