This is probably the worst post for anyone to write on day 2 of a 3 day vegan "lifestyle", pancakes. Can we be honest for a second? Why on earth does Ultimate Yogi call it a 3 day vegan lifestyle? Let's just call it a cleanse and get on with our lives.
Then again giving me the freedom to just 'lifestyle' it for 3 days I quickly realized my tea biscuits were vegan, as well as regular Fritos. Both fall in the category of "accidentally vegan" according to the Peta website, but after a day of teaching and right before an hour and a half of tutoring, one kinda needs a little unhealthy snack that still fits the "vegan lifestyle."
Dang I'd be a fat vegan.
But I digress.
Saturday morning I woke up dying for some pancakes, and while trying to lower my gluten intake (this vegan thing turned me into a carb-a-holic...enter whole wheat pasta) I found a basic recipe for some super clean pancakes. I played with them for two breakfasts in a row and found a recipe I will not only make, never making "real" pancakes again.
Now if I could just figure out a way to make grain free french toast!
I typically use real maple syrup or raw honey on pancakes, I just prefer it to the taste of store bought man made syrup. Sadly I think Master Cleanse turned me onto maple syrup, but hey it's good.
One more vegan day Emily, one more day. Then Thursday morning I am waking up and making these puppies for breakfast!
Jeremy, who usually laughs at my food substitutions tasted these not knowing what they were and when asked what they tasted like he replied "pancakes." Then he looked at me stupid for feeding him pancakes and expecting another response. One serving/batch makes several good sized pancakes for enough calories that you can squeeze in some fruit and coffee and still hit in around a normal meal. After eating this I was definitely satisfied, but like all things I deems good tasting I wanted to eat about 4 more.
You may notice the "butter" on top, it's actually Smart Taste with Flax Oil. If you are looking for a healthy vegan butter sub this is the way to go. My husband has been a margarine man forever and actually buys this now without me even having to ask. Seriously, the last grocery list I put butter and he picked this up and dropped it in my buggie without asking. Then when I came home this week there was a new tub in the fridge.
Uh, I love the man!
These babies are also not only gluten free and dairy free, they also meet Paleo and technically Whole 30. Even though Whole 30 says to not "paleo-ify" your food, there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. I'd say I couldn't stick to Whole 30 well enough the week I went home strictly because I wasn't Paleo-ing up my food enough. Sorry, but a girl has cravings sometimes.
Clean Eating Pancakes
1 large eggs
dash of cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp almond butter (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a blender, food processor, or with an immersion blender until smooth and frothy. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray, or coconut oil. Pour batter in batches, about 5, and cook until it starts to show bubbles. Flip and cook through on the other side. Serve with honey or syrup.
Tip :: use a "just turned yellow" banana and for super thick pancakes. The softer the banana the thinner the pancakes.
What are some of your favorite healthy recipes?