Making a delicious pancakes with crepe maker

Thankfully this holiday season has brought me plenty of relaxing and reflection time. Most of these times were accompanied by anticipated pancake breakfasts. Yet some were accompanied by candlelight due to nature’s form of diamond chandeliers.

More thanks to having everything all powered just in time for the real festivities. Christmas went on as normal with lots of food and family (don’t worry I didn’t eat my family, although I may have been tempted to take a mental bite out of them at one point or another).

But let’s get back to those pancakes, shall we? There is no sense digging in to reflections and resolutions on an empty stomach, so let me introduce to you some Vanilla Orange Pancakes. But before we make these delicious pancakes, You need to have a good non stick pan so that the pancakes don’t stick on it. I prefer an electric crepe maker, that can be use to make both crepe and pancakes. You can learn more about electric crepe makers here http://sistersinthekitchen.co.uk/best-electric-crepe-makers/

Orange is actually one of my least favourite flavours as it reminds me of being a kid and having my packed lunch sandwich slightly orange flavoured from being squished against my clementine. I hated it. When I smell clementines, I don’t think of Christmas. I think of gross lunch bag sandwiches. But enough about that because this orange flavoured meal was actually appetizing!

Vanilla Orange Pancakes

Ingredients: Instructions
•1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
•2 tbsp coconut flour
•1 tbsp vital wheat gluten
•1/2 cup canned pumpkin
•1/4 cup cold Blood Orange Pu’erh
•1/4 cup egg whites
•1/4 tsp baking powder
•1/4 tsp baking soda
•1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
•Capella Waffle Flavour drops

1)Mix all dry ingredients

2)Add pumpkin mix well

3)Add egg whites, mix. Add other liquids (except ACV) mix. 

4)Add apple cider vinegar and mix immediately before pouring onto frying pan.

Category Mark Comments Overall Grade
Convenience

A

These pancakes cook up quick compared to recipes I have made in the past

A

Health

A

The stats are approx: 170cal (20g carbs/3g fat/19g protein)
Taste

A

The orange tea adds a nice hint of flavour.

Texture

B-

Very cake-y texture

General Comments:
Makes a 8 small pancakes

A general reflection of the past year leaves me in a satisfied state. There are definitely areas where I could improve (like relationships), yet there are other areas where I have made great accomplishments (like in my career).

I’m the type of girl who made resolutions even before resolution making was popular. Some call it dedication, yet I’m swayed to want to call it insecurity. For me I make goals/resolutions when I am not secure at the place I am and feel the need to achieve something to get to a better place.

Despite my negative interpretation of resolutions…I still make them.

Lots of them.

All nicely categorized into compartments. Something outward, something inward, and something all around. There are goals that fit into each one of those categories and they have all been recorded in my notebook to be reflected on at the end of the year.

Surprisingly none of my resolutions are focused on fitness or food. Both of which seem to be a huge media highlight. I still love experimenting with recipes, trying new products, going for runs, and being healthy…but I do not devote near as much time to any of those things as I have in the past. This may impact my blog quite a bit as I no longer plan to solely focus on the healthy living aspect. I don’t plan on pushing out any more forced WIAW or recipes that my heart just aren’t in (don’t worry vegetarian readers: my heart isn’t literally in any of the recipes). I’m not sure how impacted my blog will be, but if you keep checking in, I’m sure you will find out!

I don’t know about you but Januaries always make me optimistic. I always feel fresh, determined, and just plain excited about everything. I know this feeling isn’t going to last long but while it is here I am going to relish in the backup energy it gives me. In my case when excited energy is around so it creativity, which makes a magic mix for experimenting in the kitchen. The former being the reason why I’ve played around with my basic chocolate microwave cookies to make this delicious spin:

Harvest Chocolate Berry Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients: Instructions

•1 tbsp whey protein powder

•1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

•2 tbsp cartoned egg whites (or the whites of one egg)

•5-6 drops of Capella Harvest Berry Drops

•1/4 tsp baking soda

•1/4 tsp package of stevia (optional)

•1 tbsp coconut flour

•1 tbsp cold berry tea

•1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Icing:

•1 tbsp cream cheese

•1 tbsp greek yogurt

•1/8 tsp stevia + 2-3 more flavour drops

1) Mix all dry ingredients in bowl

2) Add pumpkin and egg whites. Stir well.

3) Spoon onto large plate and microwave for 4 minutes

4) Flip and microwave for 2 more minutes.

5) Cool while mixing up icing ingredients.

6) Top and enjoy.

Category Mark Comments Overall Grade
Convenience

B

I find anything made in the microwave to be convenient (no oven warm up time).

A-

Health

A

These stats for these cookies are approx: 100cal (10g carbs, 1g fat, 17g protein)
Taste

A-

These taste like chocolate covered strawberries. Represented as cookies.
Texture

B+

The first picture captures the texture of these cookies quite efficiently: thick and fluffy.
General Comments:
The entire recipe makes 5 medium sized cookies. Inspired from my basic chocolate microwave cookies

A current favorite quote of mine by J Robert Oppenheimer. Makes you think huh? Speaking of optimism, there is nothing like watching some french subtitled TV while munching on popcorn and knitting socks to relax me and give me an optimistic outlook on life. Plus the is nothing disheartening about the sense of productivity!

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