4 Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

 If you’re having a Hard day… make pancakes. Pancakes + coCao = Comfort.  Yes ,definitely make pancakes. These ones are so good for you!

Recipe of the Day – 4 -Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 large green/ yellow plantain (7oz or 200g after peeled)

3 whole eggs or 3 T. flax seed in 9 T. water

1 T.  coconut oil, liquid

3 T. cacao or carob powder

optional–few drops stevia if you want sweetness Directions

Peel plantain. Place peeled plantain into food processor or blender. Add in eggs and raw cacao powder. Mix together. Next add in coconut oil. Continue to blend together. Heat up skillet or griddle on medium-low heat. Scoop about 3-4 tablespoons of batter and cook until bubbly on top and golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 more minutes. Top with your favorite pancake toppings.

Word of the Day –dificil – hard

Tip of the Day – Serve with the cherry syrup from yesterday!

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Bill’s Berry Kefir Pancakes

Bill brought these pancakes on our big hike. A nice break from my sprouts, gorp and raw food bars, ha ha! They were awesome! He makes them from his kefir he has everyday.

Recipe of the Day – Kefir Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. blue corn flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 c, kefir
4 T. butter, melted

 

For the topping:
1 c. berry jam (Type “Chia Berry jam”) into this blog’s search engine and you’ll see the recipe.

Make the batter: Heat a griddle to medium heat. Whisk together the flour,  sugar, baking soda, salt,in a large bowl. Add the eggs, kefir and butter. Mix until batter ingredients are combined, but do not overmix — there should still be some lumps and the batter will bubble slightly from the kefir.

Cook the pancakes: Ladle scant 1/4-cup portions of the batter onto the hot griddle and using the back of a spoon or the measuring cup, spread the batter into a circle. Cook pancakes until browned on the bottom and bubbles appear on the surface. Carefully flip pancakes over and cook the other side. Remove cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in the hot oven to keep warm while the remaining pancakes are cooked. Repeat with remaining batter.

Serve with syrup or berry jam.

Word of the Day –panqueques – pancakes

Tip of the Day – My mom would use leftover pancakes, spread with peanut butter and roll up for a great snack. You can’t get maple syrup here in Ecuador, so most restaurants serve fruit, jam, honey or panela syrup.

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Gluten-Free Pancakes

Here’s what my nutritionist friend said, Dorothy., about getting your body back to normal after taking steroids. Nothing to do but continue eating healthy.

I asked, “Hi Dr. T,  What do I need to take after a steroid prescription for my body to come back to normal?  Probiotics and potassium? I can’t find anything on a quick internet search.”

“Hi,

I would recommend drinking orange juice and eating other things that are high in potassium.  Such as beans, potatoes, bananas and other fruit.  It is very dangerous to be too high in potassium so I am afraid the supplements could bring you up higher if you are not monitoring your levels.  It is always safe to consume more potassium but not necessarily take the supplements.”

Recipe of the Day – Living Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 c ground flax meal
1 c. coconut flour
2 ripe bananas
2 dates, soaked
1 T. almond butter
1 T. cinnamon
1 T.coconut oil
dash salt
pinch vanilla
water,or barley water as needed
Directions:
Blend the banana to puree it. Mix in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. The batter will be pretty stiff. I use a spoon to shape it into a pancake and smooth it out. The batter will keep in the fridge for several days.
Dehydrate for 4 hours at 105 degrees.

Serve topped with fruit and a syrup of choice: honey, strawberry chia jam, orange syrup:
Orange Syrup:
1 blended orange
1/3 c. soaked dates
pinch vanilla powder

Huckleberry Syrup:
1 c. huckleberries or any berries
1 T. chia seed, soaked for 10 minutes
1 T. honey
Blend.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Jugo de naranja – orange juice

Tip of the Day – You know what’s funny, is that my whole life I’m not interested in orange juice. It doesn’t go well with my body, even though the taste is so good. And these last two weeks, orange juice appeals to me so much! I must’ve needed it. So go with your body!

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Smoothie Pancakes

My road sign is gone, what? At first, I thought it was stolen, for the wood, but perhaps the garbage men ripped it out of the tree, accidentally? I do hang my trash there Fridays, up high by the sign, so the dogs don’t get to it. And it was Friday. But, either way, it did me a favor. The sign said, “Las Vegas, ” so named by the man here who bought it. But, actually, all the old neighbors say it was called, “Sabila,” named after all the aloe and agave all over the land. Much nicer name, don’t you think?

Recipe of the Day – Smoothie Pancakes

ingredients:
1 1/4 c. Smoothie plus an additional 1/4 cup (You could try sixstrawberries, one banana and a cup of water or coconut milk for your first experiment.)

1 1/2 c. Gluten-free flour (you could mix oats with platano, haba or almond/coconut meal)

1 T, chia seeds

1 T. Coconut sugar

1 tsp. Baking powder
1 large egg

1 T. Coconut oil

Directions: .Make your smoothie.

In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the smoothie egg and oil; mix until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
Serve with sliced banana and maple syrup or berries and, yogurt
For a healthier serving suggestion, you can serve with fresh fruit and yoghurt.

Word of the Day – eso – that

Tip of the Day – Even chocolate smpotjies make good pancakes! Type in ” smoothies” in the search bar of this blog and pick your one for the day.
Sprinkle freshly cooked pancakes with fresh lemon juice and a dusting of coconut sugar or panela.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Going to Sunday market was so fun today! I actually got a feeling of elation in my heart and chest, just having the money to spend. Usually I have, say 65 cents, and I dicker on 3 potatoes and 2 carrots and an avocado, for instance. And today I could buy whatever I wanted! I had ten dollars! And actually looked at things with interest, oh my gosh, What a different world it is with cash in your pocket.

Recipe of the Day – Sweet Potato/Yam/Camote Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 c. oats

2 1/2 c. coconut or almond milk

1 3/4.  c. gluten-free flour (I used brown rice, haba and rice flour today)

3/4 c. pureed sweet potato, pumpkin, camote or yams

1 T. coconut oil

2 eggs, or 4 T.flax seed in 12 T. water

1/2 c. canela or coconut sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ginger

2 pinches vanilla powder or 2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

  1. You can do this in the blender.
  2. Pour the milk, vanilla and eggs or flax and blend.
  3. Then add the rest of the ingredients , minus the oil and mix well. Let rest while you heat the griddle to medium-high.
  4. Throw a few sprinkles of water on the griddle. If they jump, it’s ready.
  5. Pour about 1/2 cup of batter onto the pan and cook 1-2 minutes on the first side.
  6. If there are bubbles in the batter and the bottom is golden, it’s time to flip it.
  7. Flip and cook for 30 seconds to 0ne minute.
  8. Serve warm with Stevia syrup (see recipe this blog), honey or fruit jam. (See recipe this blog.)

Word of the Day – trato – deal, treaty

Tip of the Day –  Substitute bananas for the sweet potatoes, to make banana pancakes. Add some walnuts or cacao nibs to the cakes after flipping!

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Chocolate Pancakes

Yesterday I stood looking up at the banana trees, wondering if I would ever have another tree produce bananas. And today, no kidding, the gardener pointed out a new growth! What! That wasn’t there yesterday, I swear. This place is a miracle of growth, Ecuador.

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Pancakes

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1¼ c. rice flour
  • 2 T. cacao powder
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 T. chia or  flaxseed soaked in the batter
  • 1/4 c. chocolate bits, pieces or cacao nibs
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 T. coconut syrup or ¼ tsp. stevia powder
  • 1 pinch vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ c. applesauce

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Sweet Potato / Camote Pancakes

A friend showed me this new herb, for me, this new tea, called Matico. Other Names: Cordoncillo, hierba soldado, achotlín, matico de la altura. It’s from an evergreen tree of the pepper family, and has medicinal properties in the leaves: an an astringents, for internal and external bleeding, throat inflammation, diarrhea, dysentery, bruises, bumps, tumors of the matrix, ulcers in the stomach simple, vaginitis, bronchitis, herpes, urinary infections, digestion, diarrhea etc.
Drink the tea three or four times a day helps to dissolve kidney stones, gallbladder and ulcer healing. Gargling of the Matico infusion help relieve tonsillitis.

 Recipe of the Day –  Camote Pancakes

Ingredients:

3 large camotes/sweet potatoes

  1. Place sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan of boiling water, and cook until tender but firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, and immediately immerse in cold water to loosen skins. Drain, remove skins, chop, and mash.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Mix mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, milk and butter in a separate medium bowl. Blend sweet potato mixture into the flour mixture to form a batter.
  3. Preheat a lightly greased griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter mixture onto the prepared griddle by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook until golden brown, turning once with a spatula when the surface begins to bubble.

Word of the Day – diarrea – diarrhea

Tip of the Day –Eat the camotes here. They are sweet and starchy and purple inside! There are thousands of other potatoes, too. Yum! So fun to try them all out!

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Potato Pancakes

Today Tiko went on five walks. He went on our morning and evening meditative strolls. Then, when I came home on my bike, from town, I saw the hips of a dog that looked like Tiko, walking with my neighbor, holding a leash in his mouth! And sure enough, it was Tiko! My neighbor said he’d visited with them and played with his dog, and now they were bringing him back. Then, my airbnb guests asked if they could take him for a walk. Yes! Then, my other neighbor was walking by and asked if Tiko could go with he and his dog, wow! Wear that dog-butt out!

Recipe of the Day – Potato Pancakes
Ingredients:
2 large potatoes, grated
1 large zucchini, grated
½ yellow onion, grated
½ c. oat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover two sheet
pans with parchment paper.
2. Spread half of the grated vegetables on a clean
kitchen towel, then roll and wring the towel to draw
out the excess moisture. Transfer to a large mixing
bowl. Repeat with the remaining vegetables.
3. In a small bowl, combine the oat flour, baking
powder, and pepper. Add to the vegetable bowl, and
mix well, using your hands to evenly distribute the
flour and baking powder.
4. Scoop about ¼ cup of potato mixture, and hand-
shape it into a semi-tight ball. Flatten with your
palms, and place the pancake onto the prepared pan.
Repeat with the remaining mix, spacing the pancakes
about 2 inches apart.
5. Bake for 12 minutes. Flip and bake for another 12
minutes, or to your desired level of crispness. Serve
at once. Top with the condiment of your choice.
 Word of the Day – ladrones

Tip of the day – Keep it simple, keep open and live with simplicity. Then there is nothing to steal.

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Corn Cakes with Stevia Syrup

Ooooh, it’s raining now, with delicious thunder every few minutes.  Lovely day in the rainforest, and I don’t have to water my trees and plants! I was trying to take a photo of a beautiful butterfly on my screen, when he jumped around and landed on my shoulder. How cute is that! The butterflies here are such a different colors than North America: pale yellow or light, light green, or brown with red or blue stripes, or orange!
Recipe of the Day:  Corn Cakes with Stevia Syrup

Ingredients:

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. masa harina (corn flour)

1/4 c.water

1/4 c.  cornmeal

1/4 c. honey

2 T. coconut yogurt (see earlier post for recipe)

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Directions: Beat coconut oil with the honey until it is creamy. Add the Masa Harina and water and beat until well mixed. In a separate bowl, mix cornmeal, honey, yogurt, salt, and baking powder. Add to corn flour mixture and stir to combine. Pour batter into an ungreased skillet,  sprinkled with a little of the cornmeal and heated so hot that a couple drops of water will dance. Cook for 2 minutes on one side, then one on the other. Watch carefully, turning the heat down a little, if necessary. Serve immediately with Stevia syrup, honey, or Nispero Jam from an earlier recipe.

Stevia Syrup:

Ingredients:

  • 3 T. Stevia, powdered
  • 1⁄2 c. warm water
  • 2 drops Maple Flavoring

Directions:

  1. Add Stevia to the water or tea.
  2. Shake or blend until completely dissolved. Bring to a boil, then stir down until it’s a thick syrup.
  3. Store in the fridge.

Word of the Day: maíz – corn

Travel Tip of the Day: Bring shoes/boots when you come to Ecuador. It is the rainforest, so it rains a lot! And they’ll keep your feet from being bitten. They also carry smaller sizes here, so even my size 9 shoes are hard to find! If you move here, bring your shoes!

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