Gluten Free, Dairy Free Banana Pancakes

I still can’t figure out how to not love pancakes. I just always will. Underline, period.

I got a great pumpkin pancake recipe that was gluten free, and dairy free, but I am not quite pumpkin season ready yet. So I decided to go the banana route. I love that they have more texture to them than regular from-the-box pancakes, and they are much sweeter, so you don’t need much in the way of toppings.

Here’s all you have to do. Get you your food processor, or blender, and let’s get to it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk (I prefer unsweetened)
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • coconut oil

Combine oats, almond milk, banana, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, and baking powder in your food processor. Pulse, or blend until mixture smooths out a bit. Next, add your egg, and pulse for about 5 more seconds.

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Heat and coat you skillet with coconut oil, and get those pancakes cooking. I scoop my batter out with 1/3 cup measuring cup, they turn out a perfect size! We topped ours with Agave, and after cooking it in coconut oil, we didn’t need butter or anything! Syrup would be great too!

This batch made us 9. More than enough for us. Or at least I pretended to be full after 3. I think I’ll go back for one more right now. Enjoy!

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Green Republic

I know some of you have just finished reading my post about out trip to Austin! One of my favorite spots was a smoothie joint called Daily Juice. I am super in to green smoothies right now, because let’s face it, even though I love them, greens are what I put off eating the most! SO if I can get a good dose in the morning, I feel so. so. good.

Even after a few cheats in Austin (I mean, that food was so good, how could I not), and quite a few drinks, we got right back on it on Sunday, and somehow this morning I am still down another pound. And Aaron, still being within his 24 days, stuck to it even more that I, and he is feeling beyond great. I swear, cutting out sugar and dairy is the best thing I could do for my body, and skin!

So, I have been mocking and putting my own spin on The Green Republic http://dailyjuicecafe.com/menu/green-smoothies/ this week. Here is what I came up with today.

1 banana

1/3 cup blueberries

1/2 cup coconut water (add more if you like it a bit runnier)

2 T almond butter (sticks to my belly and keeps me full!!)

1 c green kale

1c spinach

It was so delish, and very close to what I had at Daily Juice a few mornings in a row. Try it. Right now.

Please, tell me what you put in YOUR smoothies I want some new ideas! ! Here is the only pic I got, because as I was writing about it…this happened.

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Did y’all enjoy Austin?

We did. We suuuuure did.

Aaron and I just returned from a trip to Austin for my oldest friend, Ally’s wedding. She lives there now, and it took her getting married to finally get us down there. But let’s just say, we WILL be back. I mean, I could get used to summer weather always, living on Mexican food and BBQ, doors being held open always, never carrying my bag once, and men getting up from their chairs to let me sit down. Southern gentlemen is an understatement.

Ally and Craig sure know how to throw a wedding. A wedding weekend I should say. They had activities planned, and made everyone feel so welcomed. We were also very happy to get away from the rain, that we had no idea was going to turn into such a devastating flood. The stories I came back to from my clients (99% of them live in Boulder county) were beyond terrible.

Anyways, we started off with a little cruise on this amazing boat on the river on Thursday night,

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Friday morning, we got our nails done, of course,

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and then if was off to rehearsal and dinner at Franklin’s bbq, which is extremely well known world wide. Look at these cute Texas and Iowa combo centerpieces:

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We all ate until we couldn’t move. Literally. We had to walk home, just to walk of some food. We did make a pit stop at Dogwood, which apparently is ex-bachelor Brad Womack’s bar.

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Saturday, I was hard at work doing hair and makeup for the wedding party, and of course, the beautiful bride!! We have talked about this day since we were little, including that I would do her hair and makeup. Everyone was in great spirits, and we had a blast getting ready. Aaron and the other husbands did some tailgating at UT, and pretended to be Longhorn fans for a day!

The entire wedding went off without a hitch! The venue was a charming, 1920’s mansion, which is SO Ally. It was gorgeous.

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At night, it transformed with chandeliers that were hanging from trees lighting up, and a bluegrass band, Wood and Wire, playing all night.

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They were great. Of course, you can’t forget the photo booth!

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It was hard saying goodbye to Ally and Craig the next day, as well as a couple other high school friends that I miss seeing more of. But the wedding weekend was just so fun. Everything was perfect.

Aaron and I decided to stay a few extra days, and I am so glad we did. We explored, shopped, ATE, laid by the pool, and relaxed. Austin has so much to see, so we really tried to fit it all in. Here are some of our favorite spots, should you decide to give Austin a try someday.

Franklins BBQ (best BBQ ever-must try the espresso BBQ sauce)-http://franklinbarbecue.com/

La Condesa (an adorable Mexican restaurant-must try the Mexican sweet corn!)-https://lacondesa.com/austin

The Cedar Door (great food and happy hour)-www.cedardooraustin.com

Parts and Labor (great shopping)-http://partsandlabour.blogspot.com/

Y&I (great shopping)-http://www.shopyandi.com/

Eleven Eleven (great shopping)-www.shopeleveneleven.com

Daily Juice (awesome smoothies)-http://dailyjuice.org/

Turf and Surf (great for game watching and good food)-

And more pics just for fun! 🙂

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You’re eating what?

You're eating what?

Isn’t this genius? If you got a receipt of the calories, fat, etc for each meal you purchased, would your choices be different? I’d like to think mine would, although sometimes I know better, and still order on up. I pray that Mexican restaurants never implement this practice! However, if you’re counting calories, or trying to squeeze in extra protein here and there, this is super helpful! And more importantly, if you haven’t had The Wintergreen salad from Mod Market in Boulder, it’s a must. 😉

Monster Cookies and Monster Knives

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend! While mine involved a LOT of work (two weddings), I did have a great time, and my Sunday bride, Melissa, had one of my favorite looks of all times. Lace, red lips, hair in a classic updo, plus…she is gorgeous! Here are a few quick pics of this awesome setting in Boulder.

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I DID have to do some baking this weekend. As you all know, I have been on a cleanse for a while now, but I miss baking. I CAN bake things, and just give them away. If I do it immediately. Otherwise, I will eat them all in one sitting. I have been deemed ‘The Cookie Monster” by my very own husband. Once I have one….you better get yours fast, or they’ll be gone.

I am truly a believer of the more the merrier, including when it comes to ingredients in cookies! So I saw some fall colored m&ms at Target in the checkout line (such a sucker for these purchases), and decided on Monster Cookies. Peanut Butter is a natural thickener and binding agent, so you don’t even have to use flour. SO if you can eat oats, these are naturally gluten free. I will warn you that gluten is about the only thing they are free of. So preheat your over to 350, and find a good hiding spot for these babies, or friends to give them away to. Or just be prepared to eat the whole batch.

First, mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 stick of melted butter, and 1.5 cups crunchy peanut butter with an electric mixer.

Add in 3 eggs, and 1.5 t vanilla.

Next, add in 4 cups certified gluten free oats, and 2 t baking soda. Mix well with electric mixer.

Turn mixer off, lick batter.

Now, add in 1 c. m&ms, and 1 c. chocolate chips. Mix these in by hand. Add more if you really like chocolate.

Spoon in 2 in x 2 in balls on greased cookie sheets, and bake for 10 minutes.

Transfer to cooling rack immediately for a chewier cookie, or let cool on the cookie sheets for a more solid cookie.

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Confession: I ate some. While they were warm. mmmmmm. So, off to Bank of America the rest those cookies went. I saved half the dough for a day when I can really splurge. Try them, you’ll love them!

Onto this monster knife you see mentioned in the title. Tonight, upon arriving home, Aaron already had his mind set of some dinner. He started his cleanse, and is going strong. He had chicken out and ready to make, and I suggested he cut up some tomatoes and an avocado to beef it up a bit.

As I was returning a few client emails, I heard him shout louder than I ever have before. He was just saying ‘oh my God, oh my God. I just put a knife straight through my hand!’ I was so shocked, that immediately as I got up, I almost sat back down as I said ‘I know you’re teasing me, but I’m coming anways’

I was so wrong. He had clearly paced in circles before getting that hand under some water in the sink….there was a blood trail in a circle on the kitchen floor! Of course, I had to see. I got a good look at the 1.5 inch gash about 1.5 inches below the base of his middle finger. Then, he flipped his hand over. Straight through his hand was NOT an understatement. I looked over at the avocado and saw this…

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How he managed to pull the knife back out of his hand is beyond me. Within 2 minutes, he was already starting to say ‘I’ll just put some Neosporin on it’, and I had Olive outside, shoes on, towel tied around his hand, and shoveling us out the door, Urgent Care on the horn.

Upon arrival at Urgent Care. It went a little something like this:

Aaron: ‘I put  knife through my hand’

Nurse: ‘You cut yourself, or it went through?’ (assuming he was just exaggerating)

Aaron: ‘Through. In, and all the way out’ (showing the nurse)  We heard a bit of ewwing from the others waiting.

They took us straight back, and within minutes were sending us to the ER, explaining that he would need a CT scan to see which nerves and tendons he had severed on along the way, and we could also get some referrals for hand surgeons. He took a deep breath, and again we were off to the car, and on to the next. Aaron was getting a little light headed, and his hand was finally starting to hurt.

In the ER, we lucked out. We were moved ahead of the folks going though drug with drawls, and hernias, because Aaron was ‘bleeding out’ as he called it. We got back to see the doctor, and Aaron was so scared!

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Just kidding….

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At this point, things had really calmed down, and people were done throwing around words like ‘hand surgeon’. A few quick shots to numb his hand, which he did not love, and the stitching began. I was naturally asking a million questions, partly to help keep Aaron’s mind off the stitching and needles, and then asked if he could show me the stitching procedure in detail. I waited until I watched 2 before I asked If I could do one. I think I was a surgeon in my past life.

Aaron’s potential hand modeling career may be over (too bad cause we could have used that $ to put me through med school), but he took it like a champ. I mean seriously, a knife in one side of your hand, and completely out the other side, and all you did was yell a little? Badass. Don’t make me brag.

Anyways.. I’ll save the detailed pics for those who ASK for them, and are in to the blood and guts thing like I am, but here is his severed nerves and all hand, posing with the infamous knife and avocado.

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Poor guy is recovering on the couch, and will probably be taking the fishing, golfing, softball playing, and even typing off the agenda for a while per the request of the doctor (not me, the real one).

Now the question is, does anyone know a Boy Scout out there that could teach this man how to cut AWAY from his hand? OOOORRRRR maybe I’ll just keep my mouth shut since I am the one who suggested that avocado to begin with.

Hope you all have a great, ER trip free week! I’ll keep ya posted on Aaron’s progress! Thanks for reading!