On my Day Zero list is a challenge to complete a juice cleanse. I’m not sure why I put it on my list, seeing as how I’m not terribly excited by the idea, but I think it was to challenge myself to do something I didn’t want to do and didn’t think I could do successfully. So on Monday morning, I made a pit-stop at the local Whole Foods and picked up juices for a one day cleanse. I chose these, but there are lots of options and you can even make the juices yourself. Day one of the cleanse cost me $44.01 (tax included) from my local Whole Foods. This is cheaper than if I had ordered from the brand’s website, where it would have cost $54. The local store didn’t have the Fiji in stock, so I purchased the Master Cleanse instead and will just make that its substitution. It is worth noting that on my way out the door, my cashier Andrew wished me luck on the cleanse. Is that good or bad? I don’t know.
So today is Fat Tuesday, National Pancake Day, and two days before Valentine’s Day. I’m also doing a Vegan Challenge this month, so to celebrate all these things and stay within the challenge confines seemed like it might be difficult, but it wasn’t! I made heart shaped pancakes for Jay and me, kept everything vegan, and even threw in extra health benefits without sacrificing flavor!
While I don’t have an exact recipe because I made these quickly, I will give you the rundown on everything in my healthy vegan chocolate chip pancakes!
Healthy Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Un)Recipe
all measurements are approximations, please taste and adjust!
Makes 12 or so pancakes
- 1 cup King Arthur Flour whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup quick oats
- 2 T ground flaxseed meal
- 2 T chia seeds
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 c Silk unsweetened original almond milk
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 2 T Stevia in the Raw
- 1/2 T cinnamon
- vegan chocolate chips
- Earth Balance (for pan and to serve)
- Maple Syrup (to serve)
I tossed everything into the stand mixer with the mixer attachment and mixed on level 1 for about 30 seconds or until all ingredients were wet. Let sit for 5 minutes. (This allowed the chia seeds to gel, making a perfect egg replacer! It also allows the oatmeal to soften and the baking powder to start working. Wait to adjust your flour/liquid ratios until after the resting period as it will thicken slightly.)
After you let the batter sit and thicken, mix for a minute on medium speed and then add chocolate chips. Fold in with a spatula. Coat pan with Earth Balance and warm to medium heat. Start ladling pancakes! I used a heart-shaped mold I found at a discount store last year for $2.99! (You can also use these silicone molds to make fried eggs!) As with all pancakes, flip when you see little bubbles and the outer edges appear dry. You should have no trouble moving the pancakes around the pan with a spatula when they are ready to flip.
Top your pancakes with Earth Balance spread and maple syrup – Eat! Enjoy!
How are you celebrating National Pancake Day?
Good morning! It’s February, the month of love, Valentine’s Day, snow angels, and winter greens and squash. It’s supposed to snow here tonight, which is just odd considering that it was 73 degrees a couple of days ago. Sigh, Virginia weather is crazy. Anyway, it’s the beginning of the month, so that means it’s time for challenges!
Each month, I’m challenging myself to a few new challenges, here and on my Kristel Poole Photo Blog. The ones here will be mostly food, health, and home related and the ones on the other blog will focus on the rest of my life. I can’t wait to get started and I also want to hear what your goals are this month, so make sure to add that into the comments!
Challenge #1: Vegan February!
That’s right, it’s vegan February! I was convinced by a request from Jay and watching the documentary Vegucated. I may write about that film later, but definitely look it up if you are interested in learning more about going vegan. Anyway, we have both been eating more plant-based than usual since the film and decided to do an entire month of eating vegan. I thought it would be super easy until I remembered the Super Bowl is this coming Sunday and most appetizers that I can eat as a vegetarian include cheese – and now I can’t even have that! So, expect a bunch of vegan posts coming up and even some great vegan football eats!
Challenge #2: Post every day!
My biggest setbacks with my blog are caused by normal busy life taking over and the blog and my cooking falling to the background. I’m so pumped about so many awesome things coming up that I’m not going to let that happen again! I will post every single day of this month!
Challenge #3: Run a mile every day!
Am I crazy? Why do I want to do this? Well, I am crazy and the winter always makes me want to do anything BUT run a mile every day, so why not turn that on it’s ass and just freakin’ do it! Hopefully it’ll give me extra energy and a much-needed mid-winter boost! Let’s see how it goes!