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

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

5 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark with Salted Caramelized Sesame Seeds

5 Ingredient Chocolate Bark
This insanely addictive Valentines Day recipe was inspired by my new chocolate obsession – the Lindt sesame dark chocolate bar. Literally, I can’t stop eating it, I should have titled this recipe pure CRACK! The combination of the sweet yet nutty sesame seeds and rich dark chocolate is a perfect match. My initial idea was to make these into amazing little peanut butter cups with homemade chocolate. After various failed attempts, I ran out of cacao powder and wax liners and decided to head in a completely different direction. Afterall, chocolate bark has always served me well and is ridiculously easy to make. I will continue to work on making my own chocolate, so stay tuned for that. For now, melting good quality chocolate will do.

I caramelized my toasted sesame seeds in pure maple syrup, and I could have just eaten that on its own. It reminded me of an even better sesame snap (remember those?). The addition of the peanut butter into the dark chocolate really compliments the nuttiness of the sesame seeds. As you all know by now, there is nothing I love more than sweet and savoury, so a sprinkling of course salt is the perfect final component. With only 5 ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier than this. The final product is made in under 10 minutes, and can even be made in advance and stored in the freezer for days (but your loved ones don’t need to know that!). Giving a homemade treat this Valentines Day, will make it one that’s truly special. Happy Valentines Day to you my loves.

(ps. for those interested, I tried to mix cacao powder, coconut oil and coconut sugar for my own chocolate. I couldnt get the coconut sugar to absorb properly and it just made a mess! Next time, I’ll use a liquid sweetener for better absorption!)
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Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (any variety you like, just make sure they are toasted!)
• 2 cups dark chocolate chips (I like 70% dairy free, but choose your favourite chocolate!)
• 5 tbsp all natural peanut butter
• coarse sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1. Prepare two large cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Heat maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Add your sesame seeds and cook together with the maple syrup for about 5 minutes or until they seeds are well coated in the syrup.

2. Spread out the sesame seeds onto the parchment lined cookie sheet. It’s ok if there are clusters! Allow to cool.

3. Over a double boiler OR by heating in the microwave in 30 second intervals, melt your chocolate. If you use the microwave make sure to stir really well in between each 30 seconds. You don’t want to burn your chocolate.

4. Spread the chocolate evenly on your remaining parchment lined cookie sheet. The more you spread the chocolate, the thinner your chocolate bark will be.

5. If your peanut butter is hard from the fridge, microwave for 30 seconds so it is spreadable. Then, disperse dollops of peanut butter evenly on the chocolate. Using a toothpick or fork, swirl the peanut butter into the chocolate. Using your hands, break apart the caramelized sesame over the chocolate, then sprinkle with coarse salt. Place in the freezer for at least an hour or until set. Break apart using your hands into desired size. Store in an airtight container (I like keeping it in the freezer).

5 Ingredient Chocolate Bark