Healthier Cake Batter Pancakes

Yesterday was my little brother Parker's 12th birthday! YAY! Happy Birthday punk!

Parker is not only a little dare devil but a smart, adorable ball of energy that I wouldn't change for the world. So much love for my nugget. 

Aren't birthdays the best? You can put sprinkles on anything and no one will question it. Starting off with.. PANCAKES! These pancakes have actual cake mix in the batter so they have this truly authentic, delicious birthday cake flavor. I wanted to make them a bit healthier than normal pancakes too so keep an eye out for the healthy alternatives I opted for. They are perfectly fluffy and sweet and out-of-this-world good!! 

 

Makes about 8-10 6-inch pancakes  

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INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Gluten-Free Flour  

1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Cake Flour (White or Yellow) 

3 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar (or any sweetener of your choice) 

1 Cup Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 Egg at Room Temperature

3 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt   

1/4 Cup Rainbow Sprinkles

 

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large mixing bowl with a whisk, mix together flour, cake mix, baking powder, salt and coconut sugar. Then add almond milk, egg and Greek yogurt just until incorporated. Careful not to over mix! Then add sprinkles and mix a couple beats. Set aside to thicken. 

2. Using a griddle or a flat pan, heat stove to a low-medium flame. Spray with a non-stick cooking spray. 

3. Pour about 1/4 Cup of the batter on the pan. Cook about 3-4 minutes or until the edges are browned and there should be bubbles coming up in the middle of the pancake. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. When you press down on the pancake, it should bounce back and not feel mushy. 

Top with whipped cream or frosting and enjoy!! 

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Vegan Chocolate Crepes Stuffed With Paleo Caramelized Bananas

Hello Healthy!!

These Vegan Chocolate Crepes are to die for! The only thing that would make them better are Paleo Caramelized Bananas. Oh wait.. GOT EM!  

This recipe serves 3-4 people or 2 very hungry people.  

If you're having friends over and want to impress them with a beautiful and secretly healthy breakfast, make these! 

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This recipe makes 12-16 6-inch crepes (3-4 people.)

For 1-2 people, divide recipe in half. 

 

INGREDIENTS

For The Crepes: 

1 Cup non-dairy liquid (I used almond milk)  

**Note** you may need more almond milk if the batter is too thick

3 Tablespoons Agave (Can be substituted with maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice)  

1 Cup Gluten-Free Flour (I used GF Oat Flour) 

 1/4 Cup Cacao Magic Superfood Powder (Can be substituted with Unsweetened Cocoa Powder)

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt  

 

For the Paleo Caramelized Bananas: 

2 Large Slightly Green Bananas (if they are slightly ripe, that's okay)

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

2 Tablespoons CacaoBee Honey OR any honey of your choice 

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon  

A Pinch Of Salt

 

DIRECTIONS

 For the Crepes:

1.  In a large bowl or a small blender, blend all ingredients together and place batter in the refrigerator and allow to thicken for 5 minutes. The battery should be very liquidy. If it is not, add more liquid and blend. 

2. Once it's ready, heat a small sauce pan and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Poor about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and swirl the pan around until the batter makes an evenly coated circle. Let cook for 2 to 3 minutes and flip. Cook the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes. Then place the crepes on a plate while you make your caramelized bananas.

 

For the Paleo caramelized bananas

 1. In a medium sauce pan, turn the heat on low and add the coconut oil and honey. Mix a bit until they are both melted.

2. Slice both bananas in half inch thick pieces. Put the bananas in the pan. Sprinkle the bananas with cinnamon and salt. Wait 3-4 minutes or until the bananas are Caramelized on one side. Then toss the bananas around in the pan until they are all flipped over. Cook again for 3-4 minutes. 

3. Put the banana mixture into each crepe and fold them up. Serve and enjoy! 

 

Coconut Macaroons (dairy, gluten & wheat-free)

Hi friends! Are you having the best year yet? GOOD IM GLAD! 

I've been working on perfecting my coconut macaroon recipe (not the kind with the shell) and I FINALLY DID IT! Oh and... They're health-ified . And they still taste sinful. Does it get any better than that? They stay soft and slightly crunchy on the outside. 

This recipe makes about 25 golf ball sized macaroons. To store these, leave in an airtight container but leave the top slightly open so they stay a little crispy. 

 

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INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (I used medium Shredded from Whole Foods- the smaller the shreds, the better)

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar (can be substituted with Coconut Sugar) 

3 Tablespoons Coconut Flour  

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, melted

1 Whole Egg + 2 Egg Whites, room temp

1/4 Cup Coconut Cream (can be substituted with any dairy-free product) 

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.  

2. In a large bowl or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together the shredded coconut, sugar, flour and salt until combined.  

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut oil, eggs, coconut cream and vanilla. Add this wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until smooth. 

4. With a spoon or a small cookie scoop, scoop up about 2 Tablespoon sized balls and place about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the macaroons are golden brown.  

The Perfect Protein Pancake (dairy-free/gluten-free)

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Are you ready for a perfect, healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free breakfast that tastes like you're cheating??  

HERE IT IS!  

These pancakes are so simple to make and so delicious- and perfect for before or after a workout! 

I topped mine with Bananas and Nutella.  

Topping Ideas: 

Berries, Peanut Butter, PB2, Almond Butter, Sugar Free Syrup, Philosophies Cacao Magic, Jelly.. The possibilities are endless! 

This recipe is very forgiving- if you want peanut butter pancakes, add a Tablespoon of peanut butter to the batter. This goes for blueberries (add 1/4 Cup after blending) or any other mix-in! The batter will not change. Just don't forget to let it sit for a few minutes before you cook it.  

INGREDIENTS

1 Ripe Banana, Mashed

1 Egg OR 2 Egg Whites  

1/2 Cup Gluten Free Oat Flour (or plain gluten-free flour)

1 Teaspoon-1 Tablespoon Protein Powder (I Used 1 Teaspoon Philosophies Cacao Magic Vegan Protein) (OPTIONAL)

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Unsweetend Almond Milk  (or Greek yogurt if you like dairy)

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda  

1/4 Teaspoon Salt  

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Blend all ingredients in a small blender or in a small bowl with a whisk until smooth. (I used my Nutribullet) 

2. LET BATTER SIT FOR AT LEAST 3 MINUTES! This step is very important!! If you pour the batter too fast, it will be runny and the pancakes will be thin. Letting it sit will allow the flour to absorb the liquid- thicker pancakes.  

3. While waiting, preheat your pan and spray with a non stick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 Cup -1/3 Cup of batter on the hot pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until edges look cooked. FLIP!

4. Cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove from pan and top with whatever you'd like. ENJOY!