Vegan Pancakes Made Simple

Posted on March 30, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , |

 Food - Vegan Pancakes

I wanted something a little special for Easter weekend here. I also wanted to try out chia seeds as an egg replacer.  My third reason for making these was to try to include my little dog, Charlie, in our breakfast.  He is allergic to eggs so if I could pull these off he could take a break from his usual oatmeal breakfast.  So I took a simple recipe I already had and adapted it.  I was not expecting much, but these were really excellent!  I am amazed at how well the chia seeds stood in for eggs.  I only ate 2 of these and I’m satisfied.  I have lost 5 pounds in the last month and I wouldn’t be surprised if chia seeds have a lot to do with that!  I’m fuller longer and I don’t crave sugar.  I see how they help stabilize the blood sugar.  Charlie was impressed!  His pancake disappeared in a flash!

2 C. flour (.5 white, 1.5 mixed buckwheat, oat, etc.)

3 t. baking powder (buy the good stuff without any aluminum in it)

.5 t. sea salt

2 T. turbinado sugar

3 T. melted coconut oil

1.25 C. rice milk or so, keep adding until it makes a nice batter consistency

2 T. chia seeds plumped in water for a few minutes

Put first 4 ingredients in a bowl (the dry ingredients).  Drizzle oil all over in the bowl, add chia and rice milk.  Stir until everything is mixed.  Add rice milk if necessary.  Heat a cast iron pan on medium-high.  Coat with coconut/olive oil.  Use a big cookie scoop or heaping teaspoon to spoon batter into pan.  Turn after pancakes puff up a bit.  Enjoy with fruit, real maple syrup, etc.  Reheat leftovers in a toaster oven for a quick breakfast the next day!

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Artist’s Journal – Charlie the Dachshund

Posted on March 2, 2013. Filed under: Art | Tags: , , , , |

I finished the ink/watercolor of Charlie.  I got some new toys in the mail, new brush markers in gradations of black and some watercolor crayons.  These really helped with this piece because the crayons can cover areas faster than the pencils.  I was able to get a background done pretty efficiently as a result.  And the marker set includes some really fine blacks that helped me with his whiskers.  I haven’t found a good way to get the crisp white reflection in his eye.  I have a couple of white pencils and things, but they didn’t do the job.  That’s okay, it’s always nice to have another project!

Art - New toys                        Art - Charlie 1Art - Charlie 2

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