August 24, 2014

Weekend Recap and Almond Flour Pancakes

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and stayed cool during the late summer heat wave!  I myself had a wonderful weekend that started out with hitting 61.4 lbs lost since January 2013!!  Come onnnnn Onederland!  I also cooked and baked up a storm (shocking right?), got a few projects done, and spent time with good friends.

Pictures from the Jason Gray concert at Calvary Baptist in Normal on Saturday night.  ^^ That handsome guy is a friend from my ISU days.  Eric and I met ten years ago at my first Intervarsity retreat.  I love that we've stayed in touch (though not always very consistently) all these years.  He's pretty great. 

I unexpectedly ran into this beauty at the concert as well.  My friend Joan (also an ISU Intervarsity friend) who lives in Peoria.  Getting to spend my evening listening to good music and godly wisdom from Jason Gray was absolute perfection.  My evening ended with a mug of chocolate banana ice cream and some Anne of Green Gables.  Again... perfection.

Banana Ice Cream?? Oh yes.  It's more amazing than it sounds and has been a lifesaver for Katie and me during the past 24 days.  It's gluten and dairy free and paleo/whole30 friendly.

Here's my "recipe" for it:
 (use 1 banana per person you're serving)
- Freeze a cut up banana on a baking sheet for a few hours to overnight

In a food processor combine:
-frozen banana
-a couple spoonfuls of unsweetened cocoa powder
-enough canned coconut milk (I use light coconut milk) to get the ice cream moving and smooth.

Serve in your favorite mug!

Oh and this weekend I also painted this nightstand for my bedroom which I'd been meaning to do FORever:
 (Left: Before
Right: After two coats of lime green spray paint)
Have to say I absolutely LOVE it.

I also worked on a few things for some people I love very much which include painting, baking, and mailing... but must remain quiet until they are received by said people. ;)

What did YOU do this weekend?  I'm certainly getting excited for all the apple-y, pumpkin-y, autumn-y goodness that the next two months are going to bring.  That in addition to Big Shoulders 2014, my first 10K run at the Morton Pumpkin Festival (and the free pumpkin donut that I get for finishing), hopefully a couple camping trips with Katie and friends, the ISU Homecoming 5K with Eric and some other college buddies, hopefully a visit from my sweet Rebecca, and the Jingle Bell Run with my Weight Watchers Warriors.  Needless to say: So stoked for Fall!

Finally: A real RECIPE!  Congratulations for getting to the bottom of the world's longest blog post.

Almond Flour Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Adapted from The Paleo Cookbook by Anna Conrad

Serves: 2-4

1 1/4 C almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 large eggs
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce (or honey/agave if you're not on Whole30)
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tbsp melted coconut oil, cooled slightly

Combine your dry ingredients in a bowl
Combine eggs, vanilla, applesauce in another bowl.
Wisk in melted oil.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and wisk together
Pour 1/4 cup measurements onto a griddle.  Spread the batter out for thinner pancakes and to make the recipe serve more people.
Flip when bubbles start forming on the top.

Serve with unsweetened applesauce or maple syrup (if you're not on Whole30)

*NOT a WW friendly recipe according the ingredients I plugged into the recipe builder.   But if you spread the batter for thinner pancakes and serve with a big serving of fruit or egg whites with veggies, it's a great substitute for regular pancakes.  It's packed with protein and healthy fats!  Just don't go overboard. (believe me, when you try them you'll see it's easy to do.)

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