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Banana Oat Pancakes

I’m standing here in my kitchen, flipping pancakes at 1:30 in the afternoon.

Why? Well, two reasons. One, my son asked for pancakes for lunch; and two, I’ve been meaning to make pancakes for the past week or so and I already had all the ingredients on hand.

I like to make a double batch of these and freeze them so I can pop them in the microwave for the kids during the week. It’s a great way to get some fiber in and I feel better giving them these than the frozen boxed ones. Although the boxed ones are fine, I just have issues taking shortcuts. Apparently I enjoy creating more work for myself 🙂

Banana Oat Pancakes

1 c rolled oats, ground in blender or food processor

1 c whole wheat pastry flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 very ripe banana, mashed

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 c plain yogurt (I use the Stonyfield Whole Milk kind)

2 eggs

2 tbsp canola oil

Mix together the oats, flour, baking soda and brown sugar. Stir in the banana, vanilla and yogurt. Add eggs and oil.

Heat a griddle and spray with a non stick spray. Pour about 1/4c of batter onto the skillet for each pancake. Cook over moderate heat and flip when the bubbles burst on the surface.

I noticed that these pancakes require superior flipping skills compared to a white flour pancake recipe. I think maybe the lower gluten levels may be the reason for that. So, be aware and bring your A-Game to the griddle 🙂

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Growing superpowers

I’ve seen wheatgrass shots at the smoothie bar at my gym and on television (I confess on the Kardashians, but I seriously only watched them a few times before the wedding special and I totally swore them off after the 72 day marriage). Heard about the amazing superpowers of this little plant. I thought about adding a shot to my protein shake at the gym, but it was wicked expensive.

Wheat grass… hmmm… we can grow that, yes? Then I guess I can grow my own superpowers.

After a little bit of research I discovered that you only need organic wheat berries to get started. I found some in the Nature’s Marketplace section of Wegmans (world’s greatest grocery store).

Because of the hard nature of the wheat berry (the seed), I soaked them in water for over a day until they started sprouting. Then we put some potting soil  in one of those clamshell containers that you get field mix in and sprinkled the wheat berries in.

Get a spritzer bottle to do the watering. Water out of the faucet will displace the seeds.

Close the top, put in a sunny window, and spritz with water every day. In about 2 weeks, you’ll have something that looks like this:

It may grow faster in the heat of the summer. Be on the lookout for mold at the base of the plants; overcrowded seedlings can have this problem.

If it looks good, take some scissors and harvest your wheatgrass!

I read about using a wheatgrass juicer, but because that costs dinero and I have a teeny kitchen… another appliance could send me over the edge on a bad day… I opted to throw the grass in the blender while I was making a green smoothie.

There’s spinach in there, too.

And that’s where I get my superpowers.

Actually, I only had it twice, but it was a fun project to do with my four year old daughter. She enjoyed the whole planting, watering, harvesting process. Using a clear container was great too because she could see the roots starting to grow under the soil.

 

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All the green we got

We weren’t too on top of St Patty’s Day this year.

This is all the green we got:

Homemade green play doh, recipe found here.

 

A Green Protein Smoothie

Made from 1 c milk, a little ice, 2 cups of spinach, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, and half a banana. Mmm. And FYI, you need the banana. Really. It tastes pretty bad without it.

 

And a little greenery (and purple crocus) growing in the backyard.

Better luck next year I guess!

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Foodie Friday- Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

I guess I would consider myself a foodie. I like food. I like to make food. And I generally like to make food that is healthful for you. For part health reasons and part vanity. I look at a REAL chocolate chip cookie and gain 3 pounds.

My kids are always wanting cookies and since I can’t bring myself to buy a package of a cookies at the grocery store, I usually make my own. Why buy premade when you can do it yourself?

Here’s a recipe that’s gluten free, if you choose to use oat flour. You can substitute that out with regular flour if you’d like. Works just as well!

Ingredients:

1/2 c coconut oil (or canola oil if you don’t have coconut oil)

1/3 c plu 2 tbsp sucanat (or brown sugar)

1 egg white

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp water

2 c rolled oats

2/3 c oat flour

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

2/3 c raisins (I did half raisins, half craisins b/c that’s what I had on hand!)

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Mix wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients. Combine until just blended. Add in raisins. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Use parchment paper, a silpat, or spray your cookie sheet with non stick spray. They will stick big time otherwise!

The taste test.

Thinking…

The Verdict: She loves them! So does my son. And I do too! My husband… mmmm not so much. He’ll eat them, but would much prefer “regular” cookies.

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