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2016 Food Obsessions: Pancakes

Galaxy foods, rainbow foods, purple breads, fairy breads, ube. All these were food obsessions that spread all over the social media during 2016. Most of them will probably disappear and make place for other trends, but while they are still here, let’s have some fun and try a few of them. For inspiration visit https://www.mygreatrecipes.com/collection/pancakes/

When it comes to experimenting, I usually do it with sweet treats like pancakes, because they are very easy and quick to make with minimum mess. Plus, they are very flexible and allow me to incorporate different ingredients both inside the batter and on top, without spoiling their deliciousness. On the contrary.

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Ube Pancakes
I’ll start with the weirdest, ube. This was the first time I heard about ube and I must say I quite like it. It has great purple color (my favorite and obviously, the world’s favorite this year) and sweet taste.

Ube is a purple root popular in the Philippines. It is used as replacement of traditional food coloring in sweet treats like ice cream, pudding, donuts and glazes.

I prepared pancake cake and covered it in ube glaze made with confectioners’ sugar and milk mixed with a hand mixer. Then I added ube flavoring bought from the supermarket and almond extract and continued mixing for about 3 minutes until smooth. Amazing!

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Galaxy Pancakes
Another purple trend that my kids loved. The original recipe called for donuts, so I poured my standard pancake batter into donut pans for baking. Prepare the glaze by mixing one cup icing sugar and two tablespoons milk for the base. Add drops of gel food coloring (blue and red) on the mixture’s surface. Use a thin straw to create a marbled pattern. Dip the donut top into the icing and dust it with glitter to make it shine. Very simple and attractive.

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Rainbow Pancakes
The following two food trends made me realize how fashionable I actually was. Rainbow pancake and funfetti pancake recipes have been a standard in our home for years, especially served as birthday breakfasts.
This year rainbows started appearing everywhere: on sushi, bagels and even coffee. Instagram was filled with pictures of rainbow foods.
To make perfect rainbow pancakes you will need food coloring. Prepare a classic pancake recipe and divide the batter into six different bowls, then color each of them differently: blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and pink. Cook as usual and stack the pancakes on top of each other.

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Fairy Pancakes
Fairy pancakes are nothing else than funfetti pancakes. Funfetti were big this year, even Google listed them as one of the most searched foods for 2016. The original weird obsession was fairy bread which is just white bread topped with sprinkles(?!) It originates from Australia, where it’s been a snack for kids at tea time for a long time. I’ll stick with pancakes, thank you.

Prepare your standard pancake recipe and add 1/2 cup of colorful funfetti to the batter. Stack the pancakes on top of each other, cover with whipped cream and some more funfetti. At least you won’t have to eat regular white bread with sprinkles. Why on Earth would you do that?

How to Create Simple Pancake Art

This is not an article about pancakes that resemble celebrities. Although, that is not such a bad idea. If you have the skills, that is. I don’t, so my encounters with these artistic celebrity pancakes are limited to only admiring their looks and taste. Some of them resemble their originals so much, you’d be sorry to take a bite.

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I have tried once to follow a YouTube tutorial and create a Cinderella for my daughter. It turned out to be more alike Shrek. A complete disappointment for both of us. That is why I limit myself to creating simple things, like stars and hearts.

Draw Your Pancakes
If you decide to take a shot at this type of pancakes, here is what tools you will need:
– Nonstick pan, preferably 12-inch. Butter and oil tend to make the images indistinct;
– Squeeze bottle of some sort, preferably wide-mouth;
– Spatula, preferably wide omelet-type;
– Hand mixer.

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Choose a simple classic pancake recipe to works with. Like this one:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 egg

1 ¼ cups milk

3 tbsp. melted butter

You need to mix all the ingredients thoroughly with the hand mixer to obtain a smooth, thin batter that won’t clog the nozzle of the squeeze bottle. Divide the batter into two bottles. Add some cocoa powder in one of the bottles to get dark tones.

Use the cocoa bottle first, to put down the dark areas and outer lines.  The white batter is used for the lighter tones in the middle. Cook until the pancake bubbles on top, then turn and see the result.

If you are more skillful you can divide the batter into more bottles and add different food colorings. You can try writing letters or short phrases (like Happy birthday or a name) or draw something simple like the sun or moon, a snake maybe.

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PS: To make things a lot simpler, you can use molds.
Arranging Pancake Art
Another much easier way to create interesting stuff with pancakes is to create art using only a knife, fruits (or chocolate chips) and whipped cream.

Here are two simple suggestions:

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Teddy bear head. Prepare your standard pancake recipe and fry. You can make your pancakes different sizes while cooking, by scooping smaller amounts of the batter for the pancakes that will represent the mouth and ears, and larger amounts for the “head”. Use the raisins as eyes and draw the nose and mouth with chocolate syrup. Or you can simply use a knife and cut out smaller circles from the regular pancakes and arrange them. It is also very easy to make a doggy and kitty head.

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Santa Claus. Since Christmas is coming, here is a very appropriate pancake art suggestion. Use a regular-sized pancake as Santa’s face. Use raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes, strawberries for the nose and hat and whipped cream for the hair and beard.

Try also a snowman with two different-sized pancakes next to each other, smeared with whipped cream (or sifted with powdered sugar). Chocolate chips are used as eyes, mouth and buttons, whereas a halved strawberry serves as a nose.

Very simple and effective!

Pancakes That Fight Osteoporosis

Infusing your pancakes with mineral-packed ingredients has a double benefit for you: you get to eat a sweet treat that is also good for you. There are three important things you need to do:

  • Find a simple and easy pancake recipe;
  • Make some changes in the basic ingredients to make the batter healthier;
  • Find out which ingredients are rich in calcium to incorporate them in the recipe.

I came up with this idea when my mom was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few months ago. Osteoporosis is “a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.” The doctor told us that it is very common in post-menopause women and, besides medication, he recommended increased intake of calcium-infused foods.

So, she started with the basics: dairy products. Then I started looking for solutions on how to make her (and my) favorite foods healthier and pack them with calcium. Today, amazing and healthy pancakes are on the menu, something we both like.

Healthier Pancake Base

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To prepare healthier pancakes you need to change the recipe base first. Just follow these easy steps:

– Replace regular flour with whole wheat, oatmeal, coconut flour, almond flour or soy flour;

– Replace regular refined sugar with honey, pure maple syrup, molasses, agave syrup or stevia;

– Use healthier vegetable oil alternatives, like olive oil or coconut oil;

– You can even ditch the eggs if you wish and use flax or chia eggs. I don’t usually do this. I believe that choosing healthier flour and sugar options is enough.

Raw milk and plain whole yogurt are amongst top ten calcium-rich foods, and they are both commonly used in the pancake batter.

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– Choose raw milk instead of regular milk because during the pasteurization process (which involves high heat) most of the nutrients in regular cow milk are destroyed, including calcium. That is why the word “raw” is important here. Adding 1 cup of raw milk contributes softness and moisture to your pancake recipe.

– Plain yogurt is commonly used to contribute extra fluffiness and softness (1/2 cup). Besides calcium, yogurt is rich in protein and vitamin D.

Calcium Pancakes
Almost whole of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth. Eating calcium-rich foods is important for optimal nerve transmission, blood clotting, hormone secretion, and muscle contraction as well.

Calcium deficiency symptoms are osteoporosis, muscle tension, tooth decay, and high blood pressure.

Here are the calcium-rich foods that can be included everyone’s favorite breakfast.

Kale Pancakes

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I know, you hate kale but hear me out. I used to dislike it too before I found this perfect solution: Korean pancakes. This recipe is actually one big, savory, and hot vegetable pancake that combines kale with flour, onions, chili peppers and soybean paste. If you like exotic tastes, you will love this one.

You can combine another calcium-enriched food in this Korean recipe: broccoli.
Cheese Pancakes

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Cottage cheese pancakes are light, sweet, and savory all at once. The protein-packed cheese is combined with luscious ingredients like raw honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and wheat flour, to form a delectable batter. The most important thing is that they are low in calories.
Almond Pancakes

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I love this autumn-y recipe that combines almond meal with apples and pomegranate in whole wheat pancakes, sweetened with pure maple syrup and spiced with ginger. I also add a cup of raw chopped almonds in the batter. Perfect for rainy mornings like today!

10 World’s Best Pancake Recipes Inspired by Desserts

You gotta love pancakes. Not just because of their deliciousness and their simplicity, but also because they are so…flexible. I mean, there are so many versions of pancakes. You can make them in different colors, you can change the ingredients in the batter to make them healthier, you can change the topping every time. If you are creative enough you can make pancake art.

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Pancake-Dessert Fusions
On rare occasions when I have classic pancake leftovers I love creating fusions of pancakes with some of the other desserts my kids love. Or just create new pancake-dessert collisions from scratch. They are fast, simple and easy. Have you tried the oreo pancakes or doughnut pancakes? I’ve selected 10 recipes for pancakes inspired by popular desserts.

 

Oreo Pancakes

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Let’s start with my kids’ favorite. The recipe I make is actually vegan and that is why I like it. The kids are so happy when I make these that they are not even aware they are eating something vegan. The pancakes are made with dark chocolate cocoa powder and the frosting in between is coconut butter, coconut milk and vanilla. They will only take 15 minutes of your time!

Cheesecake Pancakes

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This recipe is my favorite because I am a cheesecake fan. I love the its lightness and freshness. This dessert is actually a blend between cheesecake and red velvet which brings it to whole new level. The secret lies in the red food color for the pancake batter and the cream cheese for the icing.

 

Snickers and Mars Pancakes

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My husband is a fan of high-calorie food and he is hooked to chocolate bars, like Mars and Snickers. That’s why this recipe is perfect for him. To prepare them use regular pancakes but with less sugar than usual because you will add pieces of Snickers or Mars bars into the batter. The topping is also made of melted pieces of Snickers or Mars bars mixed with a little maple syrup. Intrigued? They do taste heavenly.

 

S’more Pancakes

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This pancakes are also vegan. I like to make vegan pancakes from time to time, especially after we’ve had ones like the Snickers pancakes to reduce the calories intake in the whole family J The pancakes are made of whole wheat flour. The other ingredients that you need are vegan marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and semisweet chocolate. They taste like original S’mores.

Apple Pie Pancakes

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Another healthy pancake recipe which uses honey instead of sugar in the batter mix. It brings the beloved apple pie taste in a pancake form. The topping is made of cooked apples with cinnamon and butter, and part of this sauce is also added inside the batter. So good!

 

Doughnut Pancakes

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The Pandoughs, as my kids love to call them, are a perfect marriage between doughnuts and pancakes. I love this recipe because of the doughnut glaze made of melted butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. It is poured over the pandoughs warm and then covered with sprinkles. Go get your recipe and make them right now!

Brownie Pancakes

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Ready in no time and healthy, these brownie batter pancakes are best served with strawberries. To spoil their healthiness and add extra calories, top them with ice cream, chocolate chips and chocolate syrup. Yum!

Gingerbread Pancakes

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These fluffy pancakes are full of spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg) and molasses. They are served with maple syrup.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

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This recipe is vegan also, and made of eight ingredients only. The batter contains yeast in order to lift the pancakes up so that they look and taste more like the rolls. The cinnamon whirl is made of the same batter mixed with brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon.

 

Banana Split

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These are the easiest and fluffiest ever pancakes. They are made of oatmeal, which is full of health benefits, and topped with strawberries, banana slices and dark chocolate chips.

If you want more dessert-inspired pancakes, you will find ones like tiramisu pancakes, churro pancakes and carrot cake pancakes. All of them are delicious and many of them have their healthy alternatives. Enjoy!

Superfood Pancakes for Super Healthy Day

Recently I have been obsessing over superfoods. This began after I read an article about avocado and I started using it frequently. I was surprised how many different tasty dishes I was able to make with avocado and I loved the fact that it pairs beautifully with other foods to produce delicious meals with soft, creamy texture. Thus I started my thorough research of the so-called superfoods and I’ve made it my long-term mission to incorporate them in our everyday eating routine.

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Super Pancakes
I have made so many super-meals, some with greater success than others, I admit J. But I found pancakes to be the best and easiest way to incorporate the more exotic and less mainstream superfoods into our everyday diet. Not to mention the double benefit for my family: we get to eat our favorite breakfast boosted to another, healthier level. The superfoods are known for their nutritional benefits, they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They reduce the risk of chronic diseases and prolong life. Bonus for mum: they facilitate weight loss (hurray!). So why wait? Let’s make some easy and simple super pancakes, folks.

Cocoa Pancakes

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Superfood properties: contains flavonoids, which help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. It is very low in calories and contains almost 0% fat, which allows you to enjoy chocolatey pancakes with no guilt whatsoever. Make sure the cocoa you’re buying is non-alkalized because processed cocoa loses most of the antioxidants.
I have found a perfect fusion of healthy, delicious and good-looking for my family in the vegan Oreo pancakes. I mean, who doesn’t love Oreo cookies? They are a great way to sneak (a lot of) healthy ingredients into your kids’ breakfast. They will absolutely adore them and will never know how healthy their breakfast really was.

Chia Pancakes

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Superfood properties: packed with omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and calcium. If you, sorry for saying, hate fish as much as I do, chia seeds are the ideal substitute because of the omega-3 acids. They are perfect for adding to smoothies or salads.

So far I have made peanut butter and banana chia pancakes, pumpkin chia pancakes and lemon chia pancakes, but my absolute favorite is the sweet potato chia pancake recipe because of the beautiful texture, crunchiness and because it is very simple and easy to make.
Hemp Pancakes

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Superfood properties: high in protein, amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and potassium. Although they are related to marijuana, hemp seeds contain almost no psychoactive ingredients.

The hemp pancake recipe is a great energy booster because of the hemp protein powder inside. They are absolutely healthy because they are sugar-free (use stevia), eggless and gluten-free. They are great for people who exercise because of the high carbs level.

 

Avocado Pancakes

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I will finish with my favorite superfood pancake recipe. Superfood properties: rich with vitamins B, K, C and E and potassium. These emerald pancakes are fresh, tender, fluffy, thick and creamy and they simply melt in your mouth. Serve them with another superfruit, blueberries, sit back and enjoy.

There are so many other superfoods you can use, both sweet and savory: pumpkin, spinach, broccoli, oats, quinoa, green tea, etc. to produce delicious and healthy pancakes. My personal favorite when it comes to savory pancake ingredients is kale. Experiment and find yours.

Banana Bread Recipe for Healthy Bones

Infusing banana bread with mineral-packed ingredients has a double benefit for you-you get to eat a sweet treat that is also good for you.
However, since sugary delights and healthy don’t go together, our first job is to make the banana bread base healthier by changing some of the basic ingredients.

It’s All About the Banana Bread Base
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To prepare a healthy banana bread you need to change the recipe base first. Just follow these easy steps to transform your banana bread into a healthy snack:

– Replace regular flour with whole wheat, oatmeal, coconut flour, almond flour or soy flour;

– Replace regular refined sugar with honey, pure maple syrup, molasses, agave syrup or stevia;

– Use unsweetened applesauce or coconut oil instead of butter;

– You can even ditch the eggs if you wish and use flax or chia eggs.

Calcium Banana Bread
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Almost whole of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth. Eating calcium-rich foods is important for optimal nerve transmission, blood clotting, hormone secretion, and muscle contraction as well. It is a fact, however, that many people don’t eat enough calcium-rich foods.

Calcium deficiency symptoms are osteoporosis, muscle tension, tooth decay, and high blood pressure.

Here are the calcium-rich foods that can be included in banana quick-bread:

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Raw milk. During the pasteurization process (which involves high heat) most of the nutrients in regular cow milk are destroyed, including calcium. That is why the word “raw” is important here. Adding ½ cup raw milk contributes softness and moisture to your banana loaf.

Yogurt and kefir. Other ingredients that are used for extra softness and moisture are plain whole milk yogurt and kefir (1/2 cup). Besides calcium, yogurt and kefir are rich in protein and vitamin D. Yogurt is used more commonly, but kefir also works well in banana loaf.

You can prepare home-made kefir by using active milk kefir grains and cow or goat milk. Place the kefir grains into 4 cups of fresh milk and cover with a coffee filter or cloth. Place in a warm spot to culture for about 24 hours. After culturing is complete, separate the kefir grains from the finished kefir and store the kefir in the fridge.
Cheese Banana Bread
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I love cheese in and on my banana loaf recipes. Prepare a pumpkin banana loaf by adding a cup of pumpkin puree, together with allspice and, optionally, nuts. Prepare a cream cheese filling that will be poured in between two layers of banana bread batter before baking.

Another option is to prepare a thick cream cheese frosting that will be poured on top of the bread and will transform the quick-bread into a real cake. Sprinkle some more nuts on top.

Cream cheese also works well in carrot, sweet potato and chocolate banana bread recipes.
Almond Banana Bread
Almonds are also amongst the top 10 foods rich in calcium. Add a cup of almond into the banana bread batter and spice with a tablespoon of cinnamon. Prepare a vanilla glaze and sprinkle some more almonds on top.

Tips for Better Wine Storage

When buying wine, do you just put it in the pantry or refrigerator without thinking twice? Proper wine storage may be vital for any wine you plan on keeping for more than a week. Many people don’t know how or where to properly store your wine, or even think they’re supposed to do so.

Bottled wine needed to be treated with care and consideration, because they are not very robust. If you plan to wait several years after the purchase date to enjoy the wine, you must be especially careful.

In general, any supermarket-sold wine that you plan to drink in the near future does not need careful storage. However, proper care never hurts. The longer you want to keep the wine, the more care you need to provide due to environmental effects over time.

The ideal place to keep wine is in the cellar, in fact, the process of storing wine is sometimes referred to as “cellaring”. The cellar has the right combination of quiet, darkness and space, needed by wine bottles. However, many people simply don’t have access to a cellar space.

There are a few other practical options you can implement in your home. For special wines, you might consider a cellaring service. This local business will store your wine in perfect environmental conditions for a fee.

 

Get the Right Temperature

Wine is sensitive to many different environmental factors. The most damaging are extreme temperatures. Both cold and heat can break down a wine’s compounds and make it taste awful.

Sudden changes in temperature can have an immediate impact. Make sure your wine is stored at a constant temperature of between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. You can check with your wine seller about the specific temperature needs or certain wines.

If the temperature you store your wine at goes beyond this range for even a few days, it can de-flavour the wine. It’s important to remember that this changes will happen seasonally or annually, depending on your location.

 

Get the Right Humidity

Wine should be stored at 70 percent humidity, which is relatively high. Dry conditions can lead to a cracked or shrunken cork. This will allow oxygen into the bottle which will spoil the wine. However, you also don’t want too much humidity.

High humidity can cause mould to grow on the cork. In addition, it can cause the storage space to become musty. This smell can penetrate the cork which will spoil the flavour of the wine. Here are some more tips.

 

Avoid Light

Sunlight and some artificial light, can be harmful if the exposure lasts too long. Light breaks down wine’s organic compounds which cause unpleasant flavours. That’s why wine is generally kept in dark places. You can store your wine in a sealed container or inside a cupboard.

 

Use a Wine Rack

A wine rack is designed to make wine storage better and easier. Win racks store wine horizontally, which is essential because it keeps the wine in contact with the cork. This will help prevent the cork from drying out, which allows oxygen into the wine.

Wine racks also protect bottles from vibrations and shocks. This can affect the aging and setting process. A wine fridge is an expensive option, which provides similar benefits, with the added benefits of regulated humidity and temperature.

 

Check How Long You Can Store the Wine

Many of the wines you find in retail stores are meant to be drunk not long after they’re purchased. They don’t store well over long periods of time. A wine that’s meant for storage will indicate on the label how long the wine can sit comfortably and mature.

If you buy a wine for storage, keep to the dates listed. Keeping a wine for too long, especially if the optimal conditions are not maintained can result in a ruined bottle of wine.

Lose Weight by Eating Banana Bread

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I am a recent but completely devoted fan of banana bread. How come? I’ve been avoiding sweets and desserts my whole life because of the body weight, of course. I allow myself sinning only from time to time and with light sweets only. Nothing that includes too much sugar, chocolate or creams. That was the case a few months ago when I went to my friend Amy’s house for a cup of coffee and a friendly chat. She had just prepared a fresh banana bread that smelled so great I just had to grab a bite. Oh that combination of banana bread with coffee will haunt me my whole life.

Healthy Banana Bread

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The best thing was that the loaf was moist, soft, light and sweet enough even without any sugar added. Amy told me she had stopped adding sugar in her banana bread because the banana acts as natural sweetener. Wait, what? Can banana bread actually be good for you? When I got home I started searching for healthy variations of banana bread and I realized I had been living in the dark all these years. I landed on an amazing banana bread collection on MyGreatRecipes that offers tons of low-fat and good-for-you-recipes.

The classic banana bread recipe is made with white flour, butter, egg, sour milk and refined sugar, but changing a few ingredients you can transform this sweet treat into a wholesome goodie.

Banana Bread Foundation

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1.Flour. Replace the regular white flour, which has almost no vitamins and minerals, with whole wheat flour, oat flour, almond flour or any of them mixed with some flaxseed that brings protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

2.Sugar. As I mentioned before, the banana is sweet enough and you don’t really need sugar. However, if you insist on a sweeter treat use honey, stevia, agave, maple syrup or molasses to cut fat and calories.

2.Butter. You can substitute regular butter with nonfat butter, coconut oil or olive oil. You can also choose applesauce instead of butter.

  1. Sour cream. Some banana bread recipes call for sour cream which contributes fluffiness and moisture. Replace it with some nonfat plain Greek yoghurt which will produce the same effect but with less calories.

4.For those who want an extremely healthy treat, there are substitutes for eggs too. Try the chia eggs, for instance.

Safe Banana Bread Add-ins

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1.Chocolate. If you are making a chocolate banana bread, make sure the cocoa powder you’re using is unsweetened (and if possible unprocessed) or use dark chocolate chips.

2.Nuts. All kinds of nuts work perfectly well in banana bread. Feel free to use them, they are full of proteins and perfectly healthy.

3.Try using chia seeds in your banana loaf. They are called superfood for a reason: they are low in calories and rich in antioxidants. Plus, they will add extra crunchiness to your bread.

4.Any fruits work great in banana bread. Try pumpkin, carrot, avocado, peaches, coconut, basically any fruit that comes to mind.

 

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Here is a list of possible extras that you can add to the loaf completely guilt-free:

vanilla extract

vanilla beans

dark chocolate chips

peanut butter chips

fresh fruits

dried berries

raisins

chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds or pecans)

coconut flakes

cocoa nibs

Try pairing your new favorite healthy banana bread recipe with a cup of tea that boosts your metabolism and helps burn fat, like green tea, oolong tea or mint tea.

Berry Irresistible Pancakes

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Anything that has the suffix “berry” must be good. Just think of Halle Berry. Ha, ha… No, seriously. I love these fruits, because they look great, taste great and are packed with nutrients. And when you put them in pancakes (and on top of them), oh boy, what a treat. They are most definitely beauties with character. I did some serious research that took me to a great website MyGreatRecipes full of simple pancake recipes of all kinds. Here is my personal list of favorite bumbleberry pancakes.

Strawberry Pancakes

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Nutrition: source of vitamin C, manganese, dietary minerals and essential unsaturated fatty acids.

Love level: 10/10

Even though strawberries are healthy, I like spoiling their healthiness with Nutella cream because I SIMPLY CAN’T RESIST THIS COMBINATION. Ok, calm down. You have the alternative to fold strawberries inside the batter or place them on top of a thick layer of Nutella. No matter how you use them, the pancakes will be divine.

Blueberry Pancakes

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Nutrients: rich in carbohydrates and protein, manganese, vitamin K, vitamin C and dietary fiber.

Love level: 9/10

Almond Blueberry Pancakes with Chocolate Ganache. What more can I say? Just look at the ingredients and start drooling. Before you judge me for favoring unhealthy, high-calorie pancakes, just know: these pancakes are absolutely good for you: whole wheat and almond flour, coconut sugar or honey and dark chocolate. See, decadent and healthy can go hand in hand.

Raspberry Pancakes

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Nutrients: among the highest level of dietary fiber of all foods, vitamin C, manganese, plus low sugar content.

Love level: 8/10

I have tried many recipes with raspberries inside the batter, but my absolute favorite is the Pink Raspberry Pancakes. I just love the pink color and when I am in the mood for absolutely beautiful pancakes I divide the batter into three batches and create lighter and darker shades of pink. You should see what they look like when stacked. This recipe is very easy because all the ingredients are mixed in a blender. Serve with whipped cream or keep them healthy with raspberry and maple syrup mix on top. To die for!

Blackberry Pancakes

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Nutrients: dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K.

Love level: 7/10

This recipe is made with buttermilk, which gives the pancakes their softness and fluffiness. Prepare some blackberry syrup to complement the amazing berry-infused taste.

Mulberry Pancakes

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Nutrients: rich in vitamin C and iron

Love level: 6/10

Mulberries are sweet, but they bring certain tartness to the pancake batter that is just perfect for waking up in the morning. Even better than coffee, I dare say.  Add juiciness by suspending them over the pancake batter while cooking and use some more on top together with melted butter.

Don’t forget to try cherry pancakes, even though cherries don’t contain the “berry” suffix (probably because of the fact that they are not berries, duh!). J They are very similar to the other berries in taste, at least for me, and that is why I mention them here. My next venture will be with elderberries, just to see how they’ll turn out. I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

How to Freeze Strawberries

If you wondering about how you can effectively preserve your strawberries and keep them fresh long after the season for strawberries is over, then this guide is for you, in this guide you will learn how you can effectively store your strawberry fruit and use them for making recipes such as smoothies even after summer.

I am sure every one will find it great to always have some strawberries and bananas available for making smoothies. I have mentioned these two because they are the staples for most of the smoothie recipes I have. Freezing strawberries is quite a lot easier than you think it is. Strawberries can be frozen whole, sliced, or crushed. For making my smoothies, I like to freeze my strawberries whole.

By having some frozen fruits such as bananas and strawberries handy, you are always guaranteed that the basic smoothie ingredients are within reach for any surprise guest or for a late night snack.

The best period to source your strawberries is during summer, i like to buy mine from the local farmers market. Select strawberries that are dark red, firm, and fully ripened. Do not not select strawberries that are moldy, damaged, or discolored.

Dip the selected strawberry fruits in lemon juice. The lemon juice helps the strawberry fruit retain some of its original coloration. Of course there are many great ways you can use your frozen strawberries for besides smoothies, like sauces for fruit salad, pancakes, frozen margarita, jams.

Now pack the strawberries in zip-lock bags and place them in your refrigerator, you should put them in a refrigerator where the will freeze completely.  Freezing strawberries does not sterilize them, but the cold prevents microorganism growth which is the cause for food spoilage. Properly frozen strawberries will contain most of their taste and nutritional value.

Spiked Cherry Sweet Tea

Ingredients You will need to make this very simple sweet tea syrup

1 cup of water
10 teaspoonful of sugar
½ cup fresh, pitted cherries

Ingredients You will need to make this very simple sweet tea syrup

3 bags black tea
8 cups water

Cherry simple syrup

Ingredients for Cherry simple syrup

Cherries, for garnish
Lemon wedges
One and half ounces of rum (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE
To prepare this simple syrup, gather all the ingredients, put them in a small saucepan and heat until it boils. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes; cool and strain.For the tea, combine the water and tea bags in a large, seal-able jar. Set by place with a bit of exposure to the sun and allow to steep for several hours. To serve, pour tea into ice-filled glasses, then stir in cherry simple syrup to desired sweetness. Squeeze the juice from one lemon wedge into each glass and add rum, if desire. Stir and garnish with cherries.

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