Cinnamon Buckwheat Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

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These are really simple to make. The key is knowing when to flip your pancakes. Be patient and Wait until the surface begins to bubble, then flip! Enjoy these on a weekend morning with coffee or tea. I topped mine with caramelized bananas, coconut flakes, blackberries and pure maple syrup but these pancakes really call for any topping you like! Bon appétit mes amours!

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Ingredients:

• 1 cup buckwheat flour
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 3 tbsp coconut sugar plus extra for sprinkling on caramelized bananas
• 1 egg
• 2 ripe bananas
• 1 tbsp flax (ground)
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 2 tbsp coconut oil
• pinch salt

Directions:

1. Mash one banana in a bowl until it looks like a chunky sauce. Add egg, almond milk, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.

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

3. All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps. 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 1 tbsp coconut oil. Place the batter in the skillet and using the back of your spoon, form batter into circles. Cook until surface begins to bubble, then flip and cook on the opposite side for 2 minutes. 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. Stack and top with caramelized bananas, coconut flakes, blackberries and pure maple syrup.
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Raw Brussels Sprout Salad

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This salad is a delicious and crunchy blend that is truly satisfying. With spring a week away (although it is still very much winter here in Canada), I am getting ready to move away from the comforting chili’s to refreshing salads. Brussels sprouts have really gotten a bad reputation. From experience, the only problem Ive noticed time and time again is the wrong cooking technique. Over cooking (especially steaming) gives a mushy texture along with an off smell. To avoid this mishap all together I suggest eating them raw! Raw brussels sprouts have become increasingly popular as a salad addition. They add crunch, flavour and lots of health benefits. Although I had this meal for dinner, I doubled up on the ingredients to make a salad for lunch the following day. Working full time makes healthy eating a secondary priority but making dinners that can turn into tomorrows lunch is a great way to stay on track (more tips on this later…). Salads for lunch with a protein source is key to keeping energized and avoiding a post lunch crash. This salad is quick to prepare and can be a great base for more added ingredients. I added chick peas and a hard boiled egg for extra protein but grilled chicken, salmon, tuna, or even steak are great options. If using beans from a can please rinse very well!

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Serves 1 or 2

Ingredients:

• 20 brussels sprouts
• 1/2 cup broccoli
• 5 sweet peppers
• romaine leaves
• 1/2 cup chick peas
• 5 cherry tomatoes
• 1/4 cup roasted almonds
• 1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
• 1 teaspoon maple syup
• 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs (or protein of choice)
• pinch sea salt
• pinch pepper

Directions:

1. Wash and chop romaine, brussels sprouts, peppers and broccoli

2. Wash chick peas carefully (till no foaminess remains)

3. Add tomatoes, almonds and protein source of choice

3. With a fork or whisk mix lemon juice, mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until mixture becomes thick

4. Toss and enjoy!