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Pecan Oat Pancakes

You need a food processor for this recipe unless you have oat flour on hand and wish to chop up your nuts by hand :)
These pancakes are quite dense because of how they are made all in the food processor but so yummy, perfect for a weekend treat – full of  goodness! They don’t make the prettiest picture but I promise they are worth it.

Pecan Oat Pancakes

¾ C whole oats
½ C all-purpose flour
¾ C pecans
1 T dark brown sugar
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
Pinch of kosher salt
½ C whole milk
½ whole yogurt
1 egg

1 ½ T unsalted butter – melted; plus more chilled butter for griddle

Heat your pan (cast iron is good as you can leave it heating for a while to get to the right temperature without worrying about what’s happening to the coating of your non-stick) to a medium heat.

1) Grind your oats in your food processor until they turn into an oat flour.

2) Add all the other dry ingredients, the flour, pecans, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt and blend until just combined. The nuts will get nicely chopped during this process.

3) Add the remaining ingredients – milk, yogurt, egg and butter and blend until combined.

4) Add some butter to your pan and cook pancakes to your size and liking. Bubbles will appear when it’s time to flip.

Eat with some butter and real maple syrup! YUM.

 

Green Power!

Spring has finally arrived in London, and it’s so lovely to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin again! I’m so looking forward to long summer days in the sun… just as soon as we get rid of Reuben’s chicken pox!!!

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently, my sister in law stayed with us for a few weeks and her self discipline with food really motivated me to get my eating habits back into what I consider ‘healthy’. Obviously healthy means different things to different people, but what works for me is a variant of paleo or basically low carb with minimal processed foods.

Ever since Reuben was born breakfast has been a real struggle, but I’m happy to say it’s been a week and a half now and I feel like we are winning! Neither of us has had any cereal, instead opting for this delicious smoothie. I call it a green smoothie, Reuben calls it ‘cah coh’ (chocolate) or just makes his usual hamster noise.

What we blend:

Scoop or two of whey or hemp protein isolate
1/2 a frozen banana and maybe a handful of frozen blueberries
about 3 cups of spinach (we just fill the blender to the top)
Few spoonfuls of full fat greek yoghurt (how much gets in depends on how much is eaten by Reuben in the process)
Water

That smoothie must not have had any cocoa powder in it as it turns it brown (duh).

It’s so easy, quick, and the only way I have ever found to get spinach or kale into Reuben. Don’t tell anyone but sometimes we have this for lunch or afternoon tea too……..

In other news, I’m a bit upset that my husband snapped away rare pics of me and little R snuggling and playing all day today and… the card was not in the camera. Damn you ‘shoot without CF card’ setting! Damn you to hell.

This week I will lose

Over 2kgs. I am the queen of gaining the last 5kgs, losing it, then gaining it.. getting pregnant etc etc I feel I should document how I do it.

I figure I’d quite like to lose 6kgs before we start TTC (trying to conceive) again. It’d be nice to start from “my ideal” place.
Also my ideal health. I’ve been feeling less than 100% basically since I stopped breastfeeding Reuben and my diet went down the drain like you can’t even imagine. My post-shower-crazy-itching is back with a vengeance which I can only assume is down to too much refined carbohydrates (basically what my diet consists of right now). My skin is not good and there’s only so much makeup you can put on to hide it. I’m just sick of being not 100% with how I feel and how my clothes fit, and not doing anything about it.

I feel like I kind of forgot that no one was gonna do this for me, and it’s a bit ridiculous that I have all this knowledge and experience on what to do and how to do it to not just dominate it. It’s getting me down dwelling on it. What a loser.

So lets do it!

Starting with tomorrows breakfast: 2 eggs, salad and beans! Whatever kind of beans you feel like. For me – it’s whatever happens to be in the cupboard, in a can :P. A cup of black coffee, and lot of water.

And then, for snacks/lunch/second lunch/whenever:
*more eggs
*hemp protein shake (spinach/berries/yog/water)
*frozen fish either pan fried or oven baked
*sachet of tuna (flavoured)

I’ll update with my actual diet tomorrow. But for now, its past midnight and I’ve got washing to hang out. Time for bed.. nighty night. Please share with me what’s worked for you if you’ve lost weight, or if you are happy with your body, how do you keep yourself happy with your body? xx

Feijoa & Banana Protein Smoothie

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most people underestimate the importance of protein in their diet. Protein is a vital part of a healthy diet and has way too many benefits for me to bother typing out, but a large benefit of making protein part of every meal is that protein requires more energy to digest and makes you feel “full” for longer.

1 medium banana
10 feijoas
30g whey protein isolate (or your protein of choice)
ice

peel the banana and add it to your blender. add the flesh of the feijoas, and blend until smooth. add the protein powder, ice and a spash of water. blend until ice is crushed and smoothie is thick.

Sour Cream Pancakes and Feijoa Juice

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I’m trying to start a tradition.. pancake Saturdays. So far I have found the best time to do it is when we have people staying.. cooking pancakes for other people is easy and fun and most of all satisfying. I’m attempting to try a different recipe every weekend until I am satisfied.. but I am tempted to stop at these…

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Look how perfect they are.. mmmmm. Even without the single egg pan I am lemming at the moment :oP

Sour cream pancakes

1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Combine eggs, sour cream, water, and vanilla in medium bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir until moistened.

Preheat frying pan or skillet over medium heat; grease lightly. Pour about 1-2 tablespoons onto hot pan for each pancake. Cook until tops of pancakes are bubbly; turn and cook until browned the way you like.

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Feijoa Juice:
Shell loads of Feijoas.. see first pic. Mix with a handful of ice and blend until smooth. Drink straight away.

wholemeal pancakes

1 cups wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

mix dry ingredients, mix milk and eggs seperately, and combine all with melted butter until just mixed.

cook on a very hot skillet.

Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

2 tablespoons Whey Protein Isolate
50grams Cottage Cheese
20 grams Rolled Oats
0.5 Banana
1 Tablespoons Self Raising Flour

Mix all in food processor until smooth. Add 2 Tablespoons water or however much to get to desired consistency.
Cook and enjoy…

271 cal
2g fat
25g carbs
3g fibre
37g protein

Makes 3 nice sized pancakes.