Blueberry Pancakes

Posted on March 10, 2015. Filed under: Breakfast Made Simple, Food Made Simple | Tags: , , , , , , |

Blueberry pancakes

Pancakes, Easy

1.5 C. flour

3 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

1 T. white sugar

1.25 C. milk

1 egg

3 T. melted butter

So, let’s talk pancakes today!  Above is my standard recipe, but today I made changes.  I used .5 C of 3 different flours to get the 1.5 total (oat flour, unbleached wheat, and spelt) AND I found canned blueberries at Aldi.  I also eliminated the sugar, milk, and butter.  Instead I used some pure maple syrup and 1/2 can coconut milk mixed with water to make about the same amount of liquid.  Then I got the cast iron skillet coated in farm lard and butter and really hot.  Then I poured in some batter and then placed the blueberries in, dotting them all over.

The nice thing about this recipe is it is very adaptable.  The blueberries were juicy and soft and worked really well here.  Give it a try!


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Independence Day Wheatless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on July 3, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Philosophy | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wheat-free CookiesWhatever you do, please don’t call it the 4th of July.  And please don’t go about celebrating it mindlessly!  Perhaps by calling it by its rightful name, Independence Day, a name which invokes the struggle and the purpose of our hard-won freedom, we will celebrate with awareness.  We struggled then for Independence from an unfair and distant government controlling us and in some ways we are facing a similar struggle with our current government which is out of touch with the citizens.  How can our leaders exclude themselves from laws they pass for us with a clear conscience?  How can they make careers of governing when our government is supposed to be of the people, people who serve as leaders and then return to normal life?  Our founding fathers were not fuddy-duddies from olden days who don’t understand modern life.  They were stunningly brilliant.  They had lived with unfair and tyrannical government and they set up our country with many safeguards to keep us free.  We must make sure these diligently planned guidelines aren’t allowed to erode and decay into the same kind of country they left.

For Independence Day, what could be more American than chocolate chip cookies?  Keeping with my new wheat-free living, I’ve adapted the standard recipe and wow!  These are amazing!  Don’t go worrying about the sugar and things like corn flour.  These are a treat.  Simple as that.  Remember:  small quantities of high quality…mmmm.

Wheatless Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. white sugar

1 C. pure farm lard/organic butter/melted coconut oil mix (or any one of the 3)

2 eggs

1 t. salt

1 t. baking soda

1 t. vanilla

2 C. mixed flours (I used 1/2 C. each:  coconut flour, oat flour, almond flour, 1/4 C. garbanzo bean flour, 1/4 C. millet flour, then after mixing and trying the first batch which spread out too much I added 1 C. oatmeal and 1 C. corn flour – perfect stiffness to the dough)

Nuts and chocolate chips – about 1 1/2 C. each or to your liking.  Today I used slivered almonds, but walnuts are nice too.

Mix everything together in the order listed because the oils go in nicely on top of sugars.  You don’t want the coconut oil seizing up on you even though it would probably melt in during baking.  After I made the adjustment with oatmeal and corn flour they were perfect.  Even the first batch, though thin and crispy are delicious!  Bake at 350° until brown, about 15 minutes.

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