31 Oct 2019

PUMPKIN PIE PANCAKES


Hello, all. How is everyone doing? I've got a treat for you today! It's cozy, sweet, and seasonally-inspired. In the festive spirit of Autumn, October, and Halloween: I give you... *drum roll* ... pumpkin pie pancakes!! (I understand you probably already read the title of this post, so that drum roll wasn't necessary. I just like drum rolls.) They are vegan and gluten-free, but you really wouldn't know it.

I readily admit I am not normally great at making pancakes. For whatever reason, they have always been a tricky recipe for me to pull off successfully. I either end up with weird gooey messes, or burnt pieces of batter. That's why I feel confident sharing this recipe: if I can make it work, anyone can. These pancakes turned out PERFECT. (My parents agree.) This recipe is sublime when you want pumpkin pie and pancakes all in one. Then, top them off with whipped coconut cream, maple syrup, roasted hazelnuts and oooh, baby! This recipe is excellent for a decadent breakfast, and it works just as well - if not better - as a dessert. You can make these pancakes in just a few minutes, and they look so darn cute garnished with all the toppings. I strongly believe we all deserve cute pancakes. Let me know if you make this recipe, and how it turns out!

xo, em


PUMPKIN PIE PANCAKES
Makes 7-8 pancakes. Print the recipe.

Pancakes:
1 cup gluten-free flour mix (I used GoGo Quinoa)
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Vegan butter (or coconut oil), as needed (I used Earth Balance)

Toppings (non-negotiable!!!):
Coconut whipped cream
Roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Maple syrup
Flaked salt

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Add the pumpkin puree, milk, and maple syrup, and whisk everything together until evenly smooth. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes while you heat up a pan.

Heat up a non-stick pan on high heat, then reduce to medium-low (you just need to get the pan hot). Add a small scoop of vegan butter* to the pan; it should be hot enough that the butter quickly melts and sizzles. Scoop in 1/4 cup of batter; cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Continue this process until you've used up all your batter.

Serve your pancakes with all the toppings, and enjooooy!

*Note: I used a small pan and made my pancakes one at a time, using about a 1/2 teaspoon of vegan butter to cook each one. If you're using a larger pan, add more vegan butter, and cook several pancakes at once. Up to you, and the size of your pan!

25 Sep 2019

MAPLE HAZELNUT GRANOLA


Hey, fam! September is here, and that means some of us are BACK! IN! SCHOOL! I have been working my way through an undergrad for about 100 years, and that's no different this semester. So: I've been inspired to create some easy, nutritious and delicious recipes, that I can eat at home or on campus. One of these recipes is granola. It's been a fave food of mine ever since I was a kid. When I realized a few years ago how simple granola is to make yourself, there was no going back to your average store-bought varieties. Seriously: you throw some oats in a bowl, mix them around with nuts and maple syrup, then bake it all for 40 minutes. Voila. Perfect, fresh, and fragrant granola every time. It makes a quick breakfast before school, a light snack, or a terrific topping for ice cream and other sweet treats. 

29 Aug 2019

MY FAVE VEGAN SUPPLEMENTS


Today I am giving my own personal response to the age-old vegan question, "Should we take supplements, or nah?" In short, my answer is: it depends, but probably. Read on for the longer version. 

21 Aug 2019

PERFECT BREAKFAST BAGELS with TOMATOES & BASIL


Hello, friends. Busy as I am with school, meditation practice, endless to-dos, trips, errands, and life, I am TRYING to post more regularly. It's not really happening. I remember when I used to publish recipes every week... Oooh, those were the days: back when I was a teenager, with about 200% less worries. ANYHOO. Today is THIS day, and here I am. I want to share with you my current fave breakfast. It's a bagel. But not just ANY bagel. This recipe includes garden-fresh ingredients to give you nourishing vibrancy all morning.

12 Aug 2019

DIY MEDITATION CUSHION (QUICK & CHEAP!)


Hello, sweet readers! Today I bring you some a little different from my regular recipe posts. I want to share a super easy tutorial for a DIY meditation cushion/pillow. I improvised this last week and it came together perfectly. For me, an important piece of why I meditate in the first place is to be content with the simple gifts in life, and to not desire more than I need. So, there is no need for me to buy a fancy meditation pillow made with new materials, when I can craft one easily and affordably in my own home, with my own hands. I enjoy being part of the process, too.