Many, many things contributed to me gaining that extra 60 pounds I decided to hang out with a few years ago.
Fast food and booze were up there on the list, but there was one little food friend that helped escalate the weight gain process.
Pancakes. Mother F#%&@ing Pancakes.
I am very honest with my love for breakfast food. IT IS THE BEST! I swear I could eat it every meal of the day and be happy, especially my beloved pancakes. Who doesn’t love a pancake (if you don’t, I may need to put you on friendship probation….Im serious). I love them so much that the very first profile picture I had on Facebook was a rabbit with a pancake on its head.
When I started my weight loss journey, I knew I would have to seriously re-evaluate my eating habits. I was fine with cutting out the nasty processed food, but my heavenly little buttermilk breakfast buddy…..not so much. With time I learned there were ways I could still make pancakes in a healthy way and enjoy in moderation.
Let me introduce you to one of my favorite recipes: the Cashew Pancake!
This recipe is from the 21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan, and to be honest, I’m a little mad at Autumn for not sharing it with us sooner. Things I like about it: 1) It’s healthy. 2) It has minimal ingredients. 3) I can make a bunch of them, store them in the fridge, and reheat when needed. 4) Taste great topped with fruit instead of syrup. 5) I can make lots of nutty pun jokes when making them (see what I did there???)
Here’s what you need to make them and the easy instructions, too!
-1/2 cup raw cashews
-2 cups oats (old fashioned)
-1 large egg
-Dash Pink Himalayan salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
-1 1/3 Cups water
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Here’s how to whip them up!
Step 1: Pulse oats, cashews, cinnamon, and salt in food processor until fine.
Step 2: Add egg, water, oil, and vanilla. Pulse again until batter becomes thicker. If you need to thin it a bit, add a tad bit more water.
Step 3: Heat up your griddle/ pan/ water you are cooking these on (SIDENOTE: the cavemen used to cook their pancakes on rocks) and spray with Coconut Oil. I use this instead of Pam…so much healthier.
Step 4: Cook like any other pancake, flipping when one side has browned and the edges bubble.
Step 5: Top with favorite berries or syrup.
Something to mention…..these are more solid than your fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Don’t think you did anything wrong when you flip them and realize they are a little sturdier. They still taste amazing. This recipe makes 10 pancakes, and a serving is 2.
If you want to watch my girl Autumn make them, you can watch here. She uses the same coconut spray as me, so we are basically best friends. Plus the last time I saw her I got to clear a bathroom for her to use, which was pretty neat and made me feel like a jacked sequined security guard. That’s best friend status.
Oh yeah, and get quality kitchen help, like I always seem to have……