Guyday Friday [Perfect Pancakes]

Creating pancakes for breakfast seemed hard for the longest time…. and then I actually tried. And they weren’t half bad. And they’re actually quite easy (which I can say now that I’ve been making them for years, but trust me, they’re not that hard!).

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To make the easiest pancakes you’ll ever make, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (or 1 cup white flour, 1/2 cup wheat flour)
  • tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 TBS coconut oil (can use 2 TBS vegetable oil if coconut oil isn’t in your pantry!)
  • Griddle (I love this one that we got for our wedding!) or hot non-stick skillet with 1 TBS melted butter

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Directions:

  • Mix the dry ingredients first
  • Pour in 1 1/4 cup milk (you may need more but hold off for now), mix in with dry ingredients
  • Add the eggs, vanilla and oil, use whisk to mix  (it shouldn’t be totally smooth)
  • IF you want to add in fruit (or chocolate chips, now is the time – add and mix well

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  • Griddle should be heated to 350 degrees, or skillet on med-high heat
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  • Use 1/4 cup measuring cup to drop pancakes on skillet/griddle

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  • Once you see bubbles start appearing on side that’s facing up, you can flip to the other side
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  • It should take about 2 minutes on each side but depends on how big/thick your pancakes are
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  • Serve immediately. If you have extras, put them in tupperware or a sandwich bag and refrigerate them.

PS – we’ve been drinking almond milk for a while now and recently discovered this disclaimer on the back of the carton:

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“SILK ALMOND MILK WILL STAY FRESH 7-10 DAYS IN REFRIGERATOR AFTER OPENING”

…even though the expiration date is in December? Gross. Now we write the date in permanent marker on the cap once we open the carton. So, yeah.

Anyway, give the pancakes a shot. The first one is always the trickiest. And your whole first batch might be a fail, but you’ll get the hang of it. And you’ll love them. Also? It only takes about 15 minutes to make a batch of these babies!

Dairy & Dessert Free

For October, I have committed myself to going dairy and dessert free. The dairy is for health reasons (self-diagnosing a dairy allergy) and the dessert is for waist reasons. I am running my butt off these days (almost 26 miles last week) and not dropping a pound.

So, I made a deal with myself to cut out all dairy products for a month… and dessert. Chocolate milk (Horizons Organic) and ice cream are basically food groups for me, so those are probably the hardest two to say goodbye to. Dessert is another story in itself, because I LOVE chocolate. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, seriously ALL chocolate. So, it will be tough (and I might scream) but I think I can do it for 31 days. almond
I have stocked up on Almond Milk (not a dairy product) and am making great efforts to avoid the delicious cheeses housed in our cheese drawer. Jalapeno Mango? Habenero Honey? Honey Goat Cheese? It’s only a month. Only one little month.

Hopefully my breathing will improve this month and maybe I’ll even drop a few pounds (not trying to pack them on now just because we’re married!).

Last night I made shrimp creole for dinner and we had leftovers today for lunch. My sugar is coming in the form of a banana and a vanilla creme protein shake today. Yes, I actually started yesterday with the plan. They say it takes 21 days to create change – whether it be with eating habits, working out, or a new routine in your life. So hopefully by 10/21, I’ll be able to say that I’m no longer craving a Starbucks Chocolate Cake Pop after lunch or chocolate moose tracks ice cream after dinner (or delicious flourless chocolate tortes wherever we go!).

Here’s a helpful website with sugar-free recipes if anyone is interested in cutting all sugar out of their life (I will refrain from calling you crazy).

What favorite item have you successfully cut out of your life? Do you miss it now or even enjoy if you do have it now? Would love to hear from you!