Cinnamon Buckwheat Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup and Caramelized Bananas

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An update on an old blog recipe from 2014! These pancakes are fluffy, comforting and filling. Buckwheat is a great whole grain, fibre packed, gluten free flour. It has a rich nutty flavour and is packed with protein and calcium. If you are not gluten intolerant, feel free to mix buckwheat flour with another flour of your choice to lessen the buckwheat flavour. Also these can be made vegan by substituting the egg with a flax or chia eggs (1 tbsp flax or chia to 3 tbsp water…resting in the fridge for at least 15 minutes). I sweetened the batter of these pancakes with coconut sugar which is a really tasty brown coloured sugar made naturally from coconuts. Unlike regular table sugar, coconut sugar contains iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. It also contains the fibre inulin, which slows glucose absorption which will help stabilize blood sugar and keep you fuller, longer.
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Ingredients:

• 2 ripe bananas
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 1 cup buckwheat flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 3 tbsp coconut sugar plus extra for sprinkling on caramelized bananas
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• pinch salt
• coconut oil, ghee, or avocado oil for frying
• 1 cup blueberries
• 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Directions:

1. Mash one banana in a bowl with a fork until minimal chunks remain. Add almond milk, vanilla, and egg. Whisk until combined.

2. In another bowl, mix buckwheat flour, baking powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

3. All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Place batter aside.

4.For the caramelized bananas heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil on medium-hight. Slice bananas thinly and coat in coconut sugar. Fry on each side for about 4-5 minutes or until golden. Place on a plate.

5.Preheat skillet on medium heat with about a tbsp of oil. Ladle desired amount of batter in the skillet and using the back of your spoon, form into circles. Cook until surface begins to bubble, then flip and cook on the opposite side for another 30 seconds. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200 degree Fahrenheit oven to keep warm. Add more coconut oil if needed to skillet so the pancakes do not stick.

6. While the pancakes are cooking, place blueberries and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and allow to cook until until blueberries have bursted and cooked down, approx. 6-7 minutes.
Buckwheat Pancakes

Dill and Lemon Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad
Lots of you have been asking for easy make ahead options for lunch and dinner. Meal prepping on a Sunday is always a great idea, and this chicken salad is a great filling protein to add to any vegetable salad, sweet potato or sandwich. I even love it with some baked squash and steamed broccoli! If chicken isn’t your thing, try it with fork mashed chickpeas!

Another great tip… if you want to skip out on poaching your own chicken, make use of leftover roasted chicken or chicken from making stock. Another quick weeknight tip, buy a rotisserie chicken from your favourite store. I do find the chicken salad tastes best after the flavours have marinated in the fridge overnight!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp avocado oil mayonnaise, I like Chosen Foods brand
• 1 tbsp yellow or dijon mustard
• juice of 1 lemon
• 2 celery stalks, 1/4 inch dice (about 1/4 cup)
• 3 scallions, finely chopped (about 3 tbsp)
• 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
• 3 tbsp kosher dill pickle, finely chopped
• salt and pepper, to taste
• Cooked chicken

Poached Chicken Ingredients:

• 4 skinless boneless organic chicken breasts
• 1 lemon sliced
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
• 1 bay leaf
• 4 peppercorns
• 1 small yellow onion, sliced
• 10 sprigs fresh dill
• broth or water to cover

Directions:

1. In a sauce pan add all ingredients for your poached chicken. Cover either with broth or water until there is liquid at least 1/2 inch above the ingredients. Bring to a boil then cover and lower heat to a simmer. Poach the chicken for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove pan from the heat, uncover and allow to cool in the pot for 25-30 minutes. Once cooled, pull the chicken with your fingers or a fork.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together mayo, mustard, and lemon juice until combined. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix in your pulled chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. For a tangier chicken salad add more mustard and lemon juice. For a more fresh flavour add more dill.

Serving suggestions
• Over a vegetable salad with a balsamic vinaigrette
• Romaine leaves, hummus, avocado and extra mustard
• Inside a baked sweet potato with steamed kale
• With coleslaw, crackers, and cut up vegetables
• Make a sandwich using my healthiest bread ever, with a side salad

No Bake GF/Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (No Food Processor!)

Cookie Dough Bites
Happy Holidays everyone!
This will be my last recipe post for 2017, and it will certainly end off the year on a sweet note! This recipe was a personal request from you via Instagram poll, and I worked hard to get it right. I really wanted a ‘ball’ or ‘bite’ recipe that required no food processor. I find there are so many moments when I want something quick and sweet but don’t feel like busting out all the machinery. These come together in less than 5 minutes in 1 bowl and require only 7 ingredients with no bake time. This recipe will be added to my ‘go-to’ list, and the best part is they are vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday and I can’t wait to see share another year with you all. Thank you for your continued support!

Love,
Jen
Cookie Dough Bites
Makes 10-12 balls

Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp coconut butter, melted * can be subbed with coconut oil
• 1 tbsp vanilla
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I like a darker variety!)
• 1.5 cups almond meal/flour
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp coconut flour (or you can sub for more almond flour)
• 3 tbsp 70% chocolate chips (or more!)

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, melt coconut butter (over stove top, or microwave), and whisk until smooth.
2. To the same bowl, add vanilla and maple syrup, then whisk until combined.
3. To the bowl add almond meal, salt, and coconut flour. Mix until smooth. The batter should resemble a real cookie dough. If you find it too wet to roll into balls, add 1/2 tbsp of coconut flour at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. Alternatively, you could add more almond flour until dough is formed.
4. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Using a small cookie scoop or tbsp measure, scoop mixture and form into balls.
6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week or in the freezer for one month!
Cookie Dough Bites