lazy day pancakes
This weekend's To Do List was pretty laid back. All we wanted to do was sleep in, take our time grocery shopping and doing laundry, and take the pups out on a couple new trails. I have been practicing slowing down and not doing everything I am invited to for about a year now, and it's just now starting to feel okay. I still need to work on just saying no and not justifying it, but progress is being made.
It's starting to cool down up here at the cabin, and when I woke up today, it seemed like the perfect day to throw on a hoodie and wool socks and whip up some pancakes! We have been trying to get back on track with consistently eating foods that help us feel our best and it definitely helps that there isn't anything close by to tempt us (the closest gas station is a 20 minute drive). I knew when we decided to live here that we would need to plan more, budget more, and give in to temptations less. Thankfully, this has not only been easy to do, but it has been rewarding and satisfying for us both.
When it's one of those morning where we can relax and take our time, we love to enjoy these Vegan Blueberry Pancakes that I found last year on the Boho Beautiful blog. Yes, I left the word "vegan" out of the title of this post - but I just didn't want to lose anyone! The word "vegan" can have such a bad connotation, and I don't want to misrepresent these yummy pancakes!
They are not light and fluffy, but they are hearty, filling, and extremely satiating. There is nothing "vegan" about how they taste, so please trust me here! They taste amazing, and keep me full until at least early afternoon. In fact, today I couldn't even finish the two cakes that I made for myself. (Chris had no problem downing his though ;)
Also, I just realized that we use a lot of butter with our version...so technically these aren't vegan anyways! LOL but I will stress that the butter we use is real butter, and has like 3 ingredients. It might not be vegan, but it's natural, and that's really what matters to us.
The recipe is really simple, and as you can see, I have a pretty good time making them. :)
What you will need for these lazy day blueberry pancakes:
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 2 TBSP chia seeds
- 2 TBSP hemp seeds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- desired amount of salt
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk (I use coconut whenever I can)
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 TBSP real maple syrup (I had grade B on hand, so that's what I used)
- 1 cup of blueberries (I use frozen and it still tastes amazing to me!)
I like to add all the dry ingredients together in a big bowl, then mix the wet ingredients together in a small bowl. Then I simply pour the wet ingredients over the dry mixture and slowly stir to combine. I think I read something somewhere about not over mixing pancake batter, so I try to just stir enough to get it all mixed together, and then I fold in the blueberries gently.
We use a lot of butter. Butter on the skillet, butter on the pancakes, butter if we feel like we need to add it half way through. I really don't hold back as long as it's natural. Butter the skillet (or use oil) and drop half cup portions onto the hot surface one at a time over medium high heat (for the first batch).
These hotcakes are THICK, and I have learned through trial and error that the best way to get them to cook all the way through is to let them sit for a long time before flipping them. Resist the urge to prematurely flip, and you will have the perfect texture after all is said and done. I like to watch the edges, and when they look cooked about halfway up, I'll start testing them for the flip. They should stay together pretty well at this point, so if they are still drooping off the spatula, they aren't ready yet. It's an art people.
On the second batch, I'll take the heat down to medium, and rebutter the griddle. Once I have a pool of butter, I repeat the process.
Voila. Thick, hearty pancakes with pops of warm, juicy blueberries. Heaven.
We had heavy whipping cream on hand so I could whip up some cream...but then I realized I didn't have a hand mixer close by. (We moved most of the stuff that was in this place down to the crawl space under the cabin. I do not like a lot of clutter...) I'm sure I could have found a way to whip it up anyways, but it just didn't seem worth my time at this point in the morning. But if you have the time and ingredients, I think that would take it up more than just a notch!
Like I said, I only got through about three quarters of mine. Then we hung out on the couch and watched ESPN for a bit, took the pups for a hike, stopped in town for a beer on the way back, and now Chris is napping to my right, and Glady and Rico are curled up next to me on my left. I'm really glad we chose to take it easy this weekend. And I am in love with this little cabin of ours.
Simple Things that made me grateful this week:
- Driving down to Denver twice to see two different friends.
- Getting my iPhone back. Project Fi worked fine, but I am really glad to be back on the Apple train :)
- Being ahead on my budget. We made a lot of sacrifices and changes, and I finally feel like we have a system that is working for us.
- Hearing my "wise" voice again. I mentioned that I started seeing my therapist again, and one of the things she had me work on was listening to myself again...the voice I want to hear is being drowned out by all the other conflicting voices (I don't care if I sound crazy, I don't know how else to explain it). Anyways, as I was coming out of the forest into the valley the other day, she spoke to me and for the first time in a while, I was able to hear her. I was able to stop going down the spiral of "what ifs" in my head and refocus my thoughts on things I wanted to focus on. It was so simple but it felt so, so good. :)
Life is good, and I have a lot to be grateful for. It can be hard work sometimes, but I think it's worth it.