Almond Meal Pancakes with Goat Cheese and Raspberry Wine Sauce

Hello September! Bring on the breakfast posts in honor of National Breakfast Month!!!!

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Lately it seems that all things fall have been popping up everywhere! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, plaid, apple cider, hay bales, pumpkins…. I AM SO READY!!!! I love fall weather. Its the perfect workout weather. Its sweater weather. And its beautiful! All those leaves changing colors paint such a magnificent canvas. AHHH….*SIGH*.

But alas, the weather decided it was NOT time for fall yet. 90’s and humidity you could cut a knife with….

And so the humidity dulled my excitement for fall. How can I eat pumpkin pancakes when I start sweating just walking to my car from the grocery store??? I can’t. And especially not when I bought fresh raspberries!!! (There was a sale. A GREAT sale).

With a little help from my favorite kitchen companion, The Flavor Bible, I came up with Almond Meal Pancakes with Goat Cheese and Raspberry Wine Sauce.

These sound pretty fancy. They really aren’t. In fact, they are pretty easy. I used half of a gluten free pancake mix by Hodgson Mill and half almond meal for my “flour” base.  I added a teaspoon of baking powder and two tablespoons of chia seeds. Side note: I LOVE chia seeds. Obsessed.

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I added an egg and coconut oil to the dry mixture.

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The final ingredient was almond coconut milk. I used the same blend that I used to make the Cherry Mango Fro-tein Shake. (Note that after I let the mixture sit for a few minutes, I had to add a bit of water to thin the mixture).

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After mixed all together, I poured small amounts of the batter on a hot, coconut oil greased cast iron griddle.  I added a few sprinkles of goat cheese to the top of the pancakes. image

After the bubbles appeared, I flipped the pancakes over until they finished cooking for about 3-4 minutes.

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While I was waiting for the pancakes to cook, I added about 1/3 cup red wine to a sauce pan with about a cup of fresh raspberries. I boiled the mixture for about 5 minutes. After turning off the stove, I added 2 T of chia seeds to thicken the sauce.

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I served the pancakes with some maple syrup drizzled on top and the raspberry wine sauce.  It was the perfect sweetness for me. However, if you prefer more sweetness, I would add a tablespoon of sugar or honey to the actual pancakes.

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Breakfast for dinner

YUMMMMMMM!!!!

YUMMMMMMM!!!!

 

Happy Breakfasting!!!!! :-)

-A

Cherry Mango Fro-tein Shake

Confession. I LOVE ICE CREAM. LOVE. When its hot, cold, raining, sunny, storming… it doesn’t matter. But the high sugar content often leaves me feeling sick after. And its not as nourishing as I would like it to be.  I’ve tried protein ice cream, protein smoothies, even protein oatmeal… but this new treat is by far my favorite way to enjoy protein. It is just like a soft serve treat, except its nourishing AND doesn’t have all the added sugars. It makes a great dessert, snack, post workout recovery… or even breakfast :-)

My current favorite flavor combination comes from tart cherries and mango chunks. YUM. Tart cherries have anti-inflammatory properties (making them awesome for a post workout treat) and mango is just an awesome summer fruit.  For this recipe, I used fresh- frozen fruit with no added sugar. I may or may not have snuck a few pieces out of the bag before they made it to the blender. 😉

I’ve tried many different milks in the past with my shakes and smoothies, but Califia Farms makes a coconut almond milk blend that is INCREDIBLE!!!! It is by far my favorite “milk” to use in smoothies.   It provides a creamy texture to the frozen treat and leaves a hint of coconut flavor in the background. YUM.

The last component is protein powder. My current favorite to use in baked goods and Fro-tein shakes is Its About Time- Vanilla Whey Protein

Sweetened with stevia, it doesn’t have the artificial sweeteners that you find in so many other brands.

MMMHMMM post workout recovery

MMMHMMM post workout recovery

This delicious treat is so easy to make. Four ingredients. A blender. That’s it.  Enjoy!! And be on the lookout for more Fro-tein shakes in different flavors!!

Cherry Mango Fro-tein Shake

~1/3 cup frozen tart cherries (heaping)

~1/3 cup frozen mango chunks (heaping)

1 scoop of Its About Time vanilla whey protein powder

1/2 cup Califia Farms Coconut Almond Milk blend

water as needed to achieve desired consistency.

Add all ingredients to blender (I use a Ninja blender). Blend until consistency is even and smooth. Enjoy as a snack, post workout shake, or even breakfast. :-)

 

Healthy Fruit Pizza- Easter Edition

I love fruit pizza. LOVE. I’ve loved it since I was a kid.

The problem- it’s not exactly healthy. A sugar cookie. Topped with cream cheese and sugar. Then comes the fruit, drenched in more sugar. The problem- SUGAR. Mostly all refined. If you ask me, sugar is the reason for the obesity crisis in America and not fat. But more on that at another time…

Back to fruit pizza- now that I am gluten free as well as more conscious about what I eat, I wanted an alternative that was pretty much guilt free and more nutritious for my body, but still yummy.

First the cookie:

Healthy GF Amaretto Cookie

½ cup of Old-Fashioned Oats

½ cup of Almond Flour

½ cup of Cashew Flour

½ t Baking Powder

½ t Sea Salt

1/2 {heaping} t of Baking Soda

¼ cup Real Maple Syrup

3 t of Amaretto

1 t of Vanilla Extract

1 ½ T Milk (can substitute milk of choice)

1/3 cup Coconut Oil (melted)

 

Pre-heat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients into the dry. Mixture will be fairly wet. Spoon onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely. Cookie will be fragile.

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Then the topping:

1 Container of 2x the protein Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

Enough maple syrup to make a spreadable mixture, about 1-2 T.

1 t Vanilla Extract

Mix these ingredients together and then spread on the pizza VERY CAREFULLY!

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Then add fruit, preferably fresh fruit.

Here is my Easter Egg fruit pizza –image

Have a safe, HEALTHY, and fun Easter!! Try not to eat too much candy 😉 But there will be a workout Monday to combat all those chocolate eggs just in case!