These paleo approved vanilla pancakes are scrumptious! I will tell you, however, that they are very dense and slightly on the eggy side, but a really great alternative to the ingredient laden glutinous pancakes that are NOT paleo approved. They are super simple to make too!
*1/4 tsp baking soda
*1/4 c coconut flour
* 4 eggs
* Pinch of salt
* 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
* 1 tbsp of water (I added a little more water to mine)
* Mix all ingredients together.
* Heat up skillet with pure butter or coconut oil.
* Cook 2 min. a side.
So it is day 1 of our Paleo detox and I am feeling good, granted it is only the first day so ask me in a week. This morning I made pancakes from Almond flour and they were YUMMY. I found this great app called myKitchen that allows you to build meal plans from a variety of recipes that they have on their site. The first recipe under paleo breakfasts were these delicious almond flour pancakes.
1 3/4 cup of Almond flour
1 tsp of vanilla (I added an extra dash of this)
1/2 tsp of cinnamon (I also was a little generous with this)
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
2/3 cup of water (You can add more water and the pancakes thin out a bit…just depends on the consistency you would like)
coconut oil (for use in the pan, I prefere this over butter)
1. Whisk eggs, vanilla, water in one bowl.
2. Mix flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt in another bowl.
3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
4. Heat skillet to medium heat and coat with coconut oil.
5. Pour batter onto skillet and cook 2-4 min. a side.
*I topped mine with coconut butter and strawberries and added some more cinnamon.
They were so yummy I cannot wait to make them again!
We have recently introduced solid foods to L and it has been so much fun to see her expressions over the different tastes and textures. We decided to go for a more baby-led approach because she was not really into the spoon feeding. She does, however, LOVE getting her hands into the food and shoveling it into her mouth…super messy, but also super fun.
I was skeptical about the baby-led weaning process (which does not actually mean weaning as I previously thought) because I was afraid she would choke. After doing some research and talking to other moms who used this approach I began to feel more comfortable and I liked the idea of allowing eating be her idea. If you google baby-led weaning, you will see a TON of funny youtube videos and posts on the subject.
So far she has had avocado (she’s not a fan, must take after her Daddy on that one), butternut squash (still not sure of that one), pears ( yep! They are a hit!), apples (also a hit), and sweet potatoes (I’d say she’s a fan). We also let her suck on a green bean which she seemed to like.
Overall the introduction to solids seems to be going really well since we switched to the baby-led approach. I hope she becomes a foodie like me.
Before the baby-led approach:
After the baby-led approach:
As you can see, she much prefers the latter of the two.
While on our stay-cation down by Disney last week I happened upon the most amazing place called Babycakes. I had heard of them online and around the gluten-free blog world, but oh. my. word. I had never tasted anything so good. I went a little nuts and got cake, cupcakes, cookies, and donuts. DONUTS! I had not had a donut in so long. Yes, I went a little carb/sugar crazy, but oh so worth it.
Their baked goods are fluffy, moist, sweet, indulgent, and addicting. I had no self-control.
It is a good thing that they are located down by Disney and not down the street because I would be there every single day.
If you live in the area and have not been to Babycakes, it is located in Downtown Disney Village right before the lego play area.
Willow Tree Cafe is actually in Sanford which is about 30 minutes outside of Orlando, but so worth the drive if you love German food and would like to order a gluten-free bread basket with your meal. Ryan and I go here often and we love the atmosphere. The food is delicious and now they offer a gluten-free menu and have a gluten-free baker.
They are opening up a bakery around the corner that will have gluten-free goods, which I cannot wait to check out. If it is anything like the bread basket I had at the Cafe, it is going to be amazing.
Oh, and they have gluten-free beer and its not your average Redbridge. So gooood.
If you know how much I love pizza, then you know I couldn’t go too long without finding a gluten-free pizza spot in Charlotte. Tony’s Pizza was right down the street from me and so I went to see if they had gluten-free crust. I was so happy to find out that they did. It is good, not my favorite, but good all the same. I have heard, since my visit to Tony’s Pizza, that there are also more pizza restaurants that serve gluten-free in the area. I hope to get around to checking them all out.
Last week I had the most amazing, juiciest, gluten-free burger at Big Daddy’s Burger Bar. They have an entire menu that is gluten-free as well as a small selection of gluten-free beers. They also have a huge selection of salad greens, toppings, and dressing to build your own salad. I was so happy to find this little gem and I cannot wait to go back again. They have two locations in the Charlotte, NC area, one in Dilworth and one in Ballantyne.
Don’t mind the grainy cell-phone picture, it tasted way better than it looks.
Since most of my time has been spent in North Carolina this summer, I thought I would do a post on gluten-free Charlotte. Eating gluten-free is becoming more and more available and I love that, however, it is now making it hard for me turn down the things that I otherwise could not have. For instance, yesterday I stumbled upon The Blushing Bakeshop and discovered that they have gluten-free cupcakes. Of course I had to buy one, right? They have the most amazing flavor to them. They are fluffy and creamy all at the same time. The gluten-free flavor of the week was Carrot Cake. It was amazing, and I am already looking forward to next weeks flavor.
I have been on a cookie kick as of late. Peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate are some of my favorite ingredients so I decided to add them all into one cookie. Instead of coming up with my own recipe, I adapted this one from Food Buzz. They are so yummy.
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup sugar (I used 1 part brown sugar, and 1 part white sugar.)
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of gluten-free oats
1 cup milk chocolate chips
* I also added a tiny splash of vanilla extract.
Preheat the oven to 325°.
* Line a cookie sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
* Stir together the first 5 ingredients.
* Add the oatmeal and then stir in the chocolate chips.
* Drop the dough by the tablespoons onto your baking sheet.
* Bake for about 12 minutes.
Makes about 18 – 20 large cookies.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I FINALLY saw the final Harry Potter movie this weekend, I was waiting to see it with Ryan, shopped with my sister, went on a picnic and took a long walk with Ryan before he headed back home. Our short time together came and went way too fast, though I am extremely thankful for all that is going on in our lives right now.
Just before Ryan headed out of town, we went to my favorite park in Charlotte and had a picnic of cheese, pepperoni, watermelon, crackers, and a key lime tart. It was a perfect end to the weekend, and I was also able to cross off one more thing on my list of things to do before 30. I have come to grips with the fact that I will more than likely not accomplish everything on my list, but I am proud of myself for trying. Also, we booked a flight to go to Costa Rica in celebration of my 30th. So I think that counts as my #15 – go somewhere exotic with Ryan.
Right now, I am feeling excited about the future and I am very content with the present.