Vegan Pancakes with Date Sugar

Hey healthy bunnies!

 

I made some quick and easy pancakes this morning and wanted to share the recipe with you. I’m slowly working on taking refined sugar out of my diet, and right now I am experimenting with date sugar. I found it online, and what I love is the only ingredient on the package is dates! It is quite good and worked very well for this recipe.

 

You will need:

 

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. date sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Makes eight 4″ pancakes

Whisk together dry ingredients, then add liquid. Cook on medium low heat for best results.

 

heart shaped vegan pancakes

 

 

Berry Protein Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Usually, such a breakfast treat would be reserved for weekends when there is generally more time to cook, and a little leeway to indulge. I’ve long since wondered what mystery ingredients are in those “ready to pour” containers and have usually opted for a pre-made multi-grain mix or in most cases, settled for cereal.The protein powder and egg whites make this breakfast a great way to get a head start on your protein intake and start your day right. I’ve tried many protein powders, and I can always detect them in my smoothies. With this recipe, the protein powder goes unnoticed. I love this delicious pancake alternative because it is the perfect combination of naughty and nice; the high protein content makes it nutritious, yet the fact that it’s pancakes makes me feel like I’m actually getting away with something! The deep color of the pancakes reflects well the flavor o blueberries, blackberries and raspberries that have been blended well into the batter.I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! Enjoy!Serves: 1

Cook time: 10 minutes

  • 1/4 Quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup mixed berres (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 serving protein powder
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Non-stick spray or cooking oil
  1. Overnight: place 1/4 cup steel cut oats in a container along with 1/2 cup water, or until the oats are covered. They will absorb the water over night. Refrigerate till morning (you may skip this step and just use instant oatmeal).
  2. In a blender combine oats, coconut milk, 1/4 berries, protein powder, egg whites, honey, and cinnamon. Blend ingredients well for 30 to 60 seconds, or until the consistency is like a smoothie.
  3. Heat skillet on high and once heated, coat skillet with cooking spray or oil and pour batter directly from blender. I found that my protein pancakes took a little longer on each side than normal pancakes. You’ll want to wait till the pancake is nice and firm before flipping.

 

Individual Frittata

This morning I was really in the mood to make eggs, but something not as traditional. I have always loved quiche, but when someone told me about the Italian version–frittatas, I was intrigued. It takes less prep time because there is no crust, and leaving out the crust really saves a lot of calories. Frittatas come in many assortments and sizes, and are great for any meal of the day. In the oven, they have a beautiful rising souffle look, with nice golden brown coloring.  Nearly any variety of shredded cheese will work for this recipe, but I used fat free shredded cheddar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese
  • 2 TBSP low fat milk
  • ¼ cup cooked vegetables
  • Sea salt as needed
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp fresh or freeze-dried parsley
  • 21 seasoning salute or Mrs. Dash original
  • 1 3.5 ounce ramekin per serving
Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl, scramble egg with milk, salt, crushed pepper, parsley, seasoning solute, and a small pinch of shredded cheese.
  3. Spray inside of ramekin with non-stick spray or coat lightly with olive oil.
  4. Pour egg mixture into ramekin. Add vegetables. I used French green beans and 2 asparagus spears that I quickly sautéed in the skillet. You may also use leftover vegetables you have from a previous meal.
  5. Top with the remaining portion of shredded cheese and bake for 20 minutes, or until frittata has risen and become a nice golden brown.
 

Naturally Sweetened Steel Cut Oatmeal

I find it difficult to ever go back to instant oatmeal after having Jamba Juice’s delicious steel cut oats. In vowing to add no sugar or salt to my food for 21 days, I opted to make my oatmeal at home. It’s also much more cost-effective. Breakfast was divine, and with only a few ingredients. I used:

*Trader Joe’s quick cook steel oats
*1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
* 2 large dates minced
* cinnamon
*1/8 cup walnuts chopped

1. Cook oatmeal according to instructions.

2. Sprinkle cinnamon, nuts, strawberries, then dates.

Enjoy!

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Nutritional facts: Calories: 322, Fat: 13g, Protein: 8g, Iron: 14%