Spinach Pancakes

You could say one of my favourite things to do is experiment in the kitchen – especially with pancakes. I have so many different pancake recipes now, I have a hard time choosing which one I want to make in the morning. But oops, I did it again. I created yet another pancake recipe. And like the sweet potato pancakes, these ones contain a vegetable as well; a leafy green.

IMG_9672Spinach is awesome. Spinach is one of the best super foods for your body. It contains almost every single vitamin and nutrient you need, and gives you so much energy for your day. So when I thought about making pancakes, I thought, what better way to make healthy pancakes than with none other than the world’s best super food – SPINACH!

IMG_9634Spinach pancakes everybody. Take it all in. I know what most people are thinking – mostly because my brother was one of those people. “Ew, spinach in pancakes? That’s disgusting” or “Pancakes …. why are they green!?”

Well fear not my friends, I assure you that you can’t even taste the spinach. I use spinach all the time in my smoothies, and it doesn’t have a distinct or gross flavour. It just adds colour – and a ton of vitamins and nutrients. So don’t let these pancakes scare you – they’re awesome.

IMG_96511. Start off by preheating your stove top of skillet to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a magic bullet or blender, add 1 ripe banana and 1 handful of spinach.

3. Add 1/2 cups of water and blend it together for 30 seconds

4. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 and 1/2 cups of oats

5. Pour the green smoothie contents from the blender into the bowl and stir it in

6. Add 1/4 coconut sugar and 2 tsp. of peanut butter

7. Add 2 tsp. of pure maple syrup and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

8. Add 1/2 cups of almond milk. If your mix is too thick, simply add more liquids to get it to a thinner consistency.

9. Grease your pan with coconut oil

10. Cook until they look ready.

The batch should make about 10 regular sized pancakes. I topped mine with banana, strawberries, vegan chocolate chips, and pure maple syrup.

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Healthy Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potatoes; my favourite vegetable and a well known super food. I try to incorporate sweet potatoes into many of my meals because all of the health benefits of them. I’ve tried making sweet potato fries in the past, and although they have been good, I never thought they were worthy enough to post the recipe on my blog. But last night I finally made a batch that I think I have perfected.

IMG_0712They are perfectly crispy, and ever so sweet. In the past when I’d try to make them, they were never crispy enough, or I’d end up burning a few of them – but not these ones. Plus, I added a delicious avocado dip which tastes delightful with them.

2014-04-06 007 2014-04-06 006Okay, so the first step you have to do is cut up your potatoes depending on how much you want to make, and how many people you want to serve. For this batch I did one potato for myself, and I wanted more, so if you are serving just one person, I’d advise you to do 2-3 large potatoes. If you want to make them for multiple people, perhaps do 5-6.

1. Peel your potatoes, or leave the skin on; it’s really up to you. I like them both ways! Cut them in half so they’re easier to cut, and start slicing them into french fry shapes.

2014-03-21 001 2014-03-21 0012. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Get a plastic bag, dump your fries into it, and get ready to shake and bake.

2014-04-20 006 2014-04-20 0034. In the bag, (depending on your yield, I did 1 potato) add 1 tsp. of olive oil.

5. Add 1 tsp. of brown sugar, and 1 tsp. of  sea salt.

6. Start shaking. Make sure you get all of the ingredients mixed in with all of your fries, and shake it well.

7. Pour them onto a cooking pan, and spread them all out so they cook well. Dab them with paper towel to ensure they aren’t too wet.

2014-04-20 005 2014-04-20 0018. Stick them in the oven for 15 minutes, take them out, flip them all, and put them in for another 15-20 minutes depending on how
they look.

9. Once they are brownish and crispy, or however you like them, you can take them out and eat them.

IMG_0664For the avocado dip, I simply mushed up 1 whole avocado, and added a few squirts of lemon. That was plenty for 1 person, with a tad bit extra left over, so depending on how much you want, you can decide how many avocados you want to use.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe, and choose to make your own healthy fries rather than the processed fast food ones! 🙂

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This morning I was in the mood for something other than my regular oats. I decided to whip together this delicious combo which reminded me of a sweet apple pie.

IMG_8717This combo couldn’t have gone together more perfectly. It has the wonderful flavour of apple, with that sweet dash of cinnamon. The oats were just so warm and gooey along with the almond butter, that it was melt in your mouth delicious.

What you’ll need: oats, brown sugar, peanut butter, almond butter, apples, strawberries, walnuts, cinnamon

1. Boil or cook 2/3 cups of oats, and bring them to the texture you like.

2. Put a tsp. of all natural Almond Butter in the center.

3. Cut up a Macintosh into small pieces, and drop them on.

4. Cut up 3 strawberries and add them as well.

5. Break a part a couple of walnuts, and toss them on there.

6. Finally, sprinkle cinnamon on top of everything.

Dig your spoon in and enjoy the entire bowl of this heavenly creation.

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