Sunday's are for Pancakes (pt 1)

Sunday morning is one of my favorite times of the whole week. I used to dread it because it meant the following day was Monday, and likely, for about a decade, Sunday meant hangover. But these days, I get to wake up, watch the Pioneer Woman or Fixer Upper and whip up pancakes or some other breakfast until my husband wakes up. I truly enjoy that 1 hour of quiet, relaxing time while I'm in my happy place.

Pancakes are our favorite, probably because my mom would always make them on the weekends. I make them a different way almost every time. Sometimes paleo, sometimes not at all, it just depends on who is joining the table and how we're feeling! These pancakes aren't paleo, or even gluten free. But they are made with whole wheat and oat flour which has great fiber. They're Kodiak Cakes, which can be found at Target (or most grocery stores), or in bulk at Costco! I typically prefer to make things from scratch, but I just don’t always have the energy for that! So, for those parents {or anyone} short of time, these shortcuts make all the difference!

So the recipe I use follows the "extra protein" recipe on the box. 1 cup pancake mix, 1 cup dairy free milk (I like Target's Simply Balanced Unsweetened Almond Milk) and an egg. But it doesn't stop there. I add several things for extra benefits: 1 tsp Maca Root Powder for my hormones (I have very low estrogen and progesterone. If you do NOT have those things, don't do that!). 1-2 Tbs ground flaxseeds for added fiber (fiber is great for eliminating an excess of hormones). A scoop or two of collagen peptides for gut health, and I like to add fruit - even more easy, frozen organic blueberries (thanks, Costco!).

Mix everything except the blueberries until smooth, then add in 3/4 cup of frozen blueberries at the very end and fold in. I use BUTTER to grease my pan. Keep the heat low-medium, and once the butter starts to sizzle plop in 1/4 cup of batter into the pan. When you start to see the bubbles, it's time to flip. It's really that easy.

What I have on top of this beautiful, fluffy stack is a blueberry compost which was really easy to whip up. I poured 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 2 Tbsp water, and 1 Tbsp coconut sugar in a small pot and let simmer until they make a thickened syrup. Make sure it does not overheat, the slower simmer the better because it helps to thicken.

Pancake Recipe:

1 Cup Kodiak Cakes

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract or pure vanilla

1 tsp Maca Root

2 Tbsp ground Flaxseed

1 scoop collagen (I love VitalProteins collagen!)

3/4 C frozen blueberries

Blueberry Syrup Recipe:

1 C frozen blueberreis

2 Tbsp water (or more if needed)

1 Tbsp coconut sugar (or honey will work, too)


In a large bowl, mix egg + almond milk + vanilla. Add in dry ingredients, but DO NOT OVER MIX! The batter should be just combined with some air bubbles. Fold in blueberries immediately before cooking. On a pre-heating electric griddle coated with butter (because #butter), place 1/4 C scoops of pancake batter. Resist flipping them until you see some bubbles emerging. When you see them, the cakes are ready to flip. I used to throw tantrums when my pancakes didn't flip perfectly, so just know practice makes perfect. Lots of Sunday Pancake recipes ahead for you to practice on.

While the cakes are cooking, place the frozen blueberries, water and coconut sugar in a small pot on low heat. Let them simmer and form a syrup. If it looks like it's a little thick or sticking to the pan, add a bit more water. Pour over a stack of pancakes!




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